Kudos To Chuck - And Response (3)

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

It looks like Chuck Fleischmann’s efforts to get funding and priority for the Chickamauga Lock are finally bearing fruit, and he should be recognized for his leadership in getting this done. Thank you, Chuck, for your stick-to-it-tiveness on this vital piece of infrastructure to the businesses and economy of Chattanooga and East Tennessee.

Wilson von Kessler

Lookout Mountain 

* * * 

It’s just too hard for me to read kudos to Chuck from Wilson von Kessler and not respond. Maybe if he would just YouTube Chuck Fleischmann and watch both his floor and committee speeches, he would learn that there are two big problems. 

The first problem is that Chuck has no leadership ability. Giving him kudos for his “stick-to-it-tiveness” is like giving kudos to Dennis Rodman for not getting another tattoo or nose ring before he goes back to visit North Korea. He hasn’t stuck to getting the new lock. At best, we are fourth in line with no money in the budget that our former Congressman worked so hard to get. Chuck merely ask “what are your thoughts on this” when attending a committee meeting. I’ve got an idea, why doesn’t he tell them what his thoughts are and things need to change. Step up to the plate man. 

The second problem is that Chuck doesn’t recognized that time is running out on the existing lock. Oh yes, he knows that there are problems because he says “I’ve visited it twice since I’ve been in office.”  I guess if I sleep in the garage tonight I’ll know all about automobiles.  

We are on target for the lock to be closed in 36 to 42 months because it just won’t hold up past that. When it closes, all of that river traffic will be switched to our highways. Speaking of a nightmare, this will be a huge one.  

Chuck voted against the bill to increase revenues via user fees. I don’t understand that vote when the very barge owners that would have to pay the fees were in favor of them. I would pay a user fee to have a bridge built from Harrison to Hixson because I would use the bridge to save myself 20 miles and 40 minutes of driving.  It’s not a tax, it’s a user fee in order to help me get what I need.  

It’s time to wake up 3rd District and send Weston Wamp to Congress because he will fight the fight for us. We don’t have a fighter now and we won’t until we vote for the change.

J. Pat Williams 

* * * 

Way to bring home the bacon. 

Robert Harvey
Chattanooga

* * * 

Pat Williams is a hundred percent correct about Chuck unable to produce. Why do you think all the headlines are about Senator Alexander and the Chick Lock? Because our "representative" doesn't have what it takes to get anything done.  

Weston will pick up where his dad left off and help get the Lock stable once again. It's time for people to wake up and realize we do need a drastic change in the Third District.  

Rick Tucker
Hixson



David Carroll: Cracking The Middle School Code

I was recently asked to speak to Ooltewah Elementary fifth graders, as they marked the end of their elementary years.  Now it’s off to the next step.  I believe middle school is the time in which kids either head in the right direction, or the wrong one.  Rather than make them endure a speech by a guy who last wandered the halls in the prehistoric era, I enlisted ... (click for more)

Approve The Humane Educational Society's Increased Budget - And Response

I am a Chattanooga resident and animal lover in Hamilton County. The requested increase for the Humane Educational Society’s budget should be approved.   If we cannot take care of those who have no voice, who will? HES team members and volunteers are very dedicated to making Hamilton County a better place to live, for everyone.   Commissioners, please help them by ... (click for more)

Board Of Regents Board Meets Wednesday To Approve New Chattanooga State President

The Tennessee Board of Regents will convene a special called meeting at  9:30 a.m. CDT next Wednesday to receive recommendations for presidential vacancies at community colleges, including Chattanooga State, and the director position at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology – Covington/Ripley.  The finalists to replace longtime leader Jim Catanzaro are: ... (click for more)

New CARTA Service To Enterprise South Industrial Park Has "Medium" Success So Far

CARTA officials said its new bus service from downtown to the Enterprise South Industrial Park is meeting with "medium" success thus far. Lisa Maragnano, executive director, said there have been 313 riders on the routes that began at the first of the month. That includes 241 getting aboard downtown in the early morning and 72 riding from Enterprise South in the afternoon. ... (click for more)

Signal Mountain Girls Win Second Straight A-AA Track Title

MURFREESBORO – The Signal Mountain Eagles won last year’s Class A-AA state track title by a scant six points, but it wasn’t nearly that close this year. With Camryn Bowman and McKenzie Ethridge both winning two events, the Eagles had a one-point lead following the field events, but ending up scoring 96 points and winning by 24 over runner-up East Nashville. While Signal Mountain ... (click for more)

Baylor To Face GPS Again For D-II State Softball Title

MURFREESBORO – It will be another Baylor-GPS battle for the championship in Division II softball as Baylor advanced with a 10-3 win over St. Benedict while GPS later beat the Lady Eagles by a 2-0 final for the right to face the Lady Red Raiders again. This year’s D-II tournament was similar to last year as Baylor beat GPS on the first day before the Bruisers came back and beat ... (click for more)