Soddy Daisy Should Get Out Of The Dark Ages - And Response (2)

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Whoever these old politicians are that keep trying to control things in Soddy Daisy need to find a hobby.  

Randy Fairbanks ran a great race, listened to voters, provided his own qualifications to be elected and won. We were pretty impressed that the person who wanted our vote actually made every effort to listen to the voters. 

Now, Fred Skillern’s little kingdom’s upset and he’s sending in his puppet, Rhonda Thurman.  There’s a little group I keep seeing up here trying to get control of the north end of the county by keeping the squeeze on the County Commission seat and the state rep seat.

Hey folks, you can stand with Randy Fairbanks and against all these folks lining up behind Fred Skillern the king, Rhonda Thurman, his puppet, and Richard Floyd the man who almost shut down a company from locating in Chattanooga to make a distillery and prevent wine in grocery stores. 

Let’s get out of the dark ages Soddy Daisy. Good grief.

Amanda Johnson

Soddy Daisy

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It is no surprise to anyone that Rhonda Thurman is desperate to be the District 1 county commissioner. It has been her dream since she ran for the school board to put herself in play. 

Certainly it is up to her district constituents to help her make an end run around Mr. Fairbanks’ primary win. Obviously, she miscalculated Mr. Skillern’s upset loss. That loss was attributed to his backroom deals on school upgrades and expansions. And much was said that even though his constituents loved him, it was time for a change. 

If change is important here, there certainly won’t be any with Rhonda Thurman in that seat. One needs to only look at her record on the school board and ask what she has really done for Hamilton County education over the past 10 years. Other than being the lone wolf representing the single “no” vote on many school issues, her public service career is extremely sparse. That may be okay for Soddy Daisy, but as county commissioner, she would represent Hamilton County on a wide variety of issues, many in which she has had no experience. Then, too, Hamilton County has had its share of embarrassing statements and foolish dealings. Ms. Thurman’s history and negativity would only act to continue this pattern. 

If District 1 voters and all Hamilton County residents really want a change and to turn the page on past cronyism and bad practices, Rhonda Thurman will not get you there.

Greg Williams

Signal Mountain

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Now that the community has been shown the cronyism (front page) between Rhonda Thurman and Fred Skillern, one can only think of what other tricks Ms. Thurman has up her sleeve. Ms.Thurman was groomed for that District 1 seat after all.

Obviously Mr. Skillern thought it was his seat to give away, and Ms. Thurman thought it would be handed to her on a silver platter. Well the people of District 1 disappointed them both, and showed that it is in fact the people's seat.

The people have voted, and that should have been respected. Instead, you have Ms. Thurman instigating this "write in" campaign because her groomed seat was jerked out from underneath her by the voters. Elections have consequences, and now that the voters are wise to Ms. Thurman's backroom cronyism, hopefully they will choose a different path in the next school board election. I'm sure she will have some stiff competition after this circus.

Jeremy Williams
District 1 Resident


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