Tommy Crangle Is A True Representative Of The People

Sunday, June 29, 2014
I first encountered Tommy Crangle during the 2010 U.S. Congressional election primary for a vacant seat.  Knowing none of the candidates, I called and/or emailed each. Tommy was the only responder, calling back within a day to set a breakfast meeting at Lynn's Market two days later.  The morning he spent talking with me (and intermittently a dozen others) about his background and issues impressed me with his knowledge, logic, values, and courage. 

Retrospectively, that encounter embodied the essence of our representative government.  Rather than filtering his calls for names with influence and/or money to serve his needs, Tommy wanted to understand all his constituents' needs in order to effectively represent them. 

Most candidates espouse personal values they perceive shared by the voters, but without deep knowledge, sharp thinking, independence from and courage to buck the establishment when needed, those values will not translate into effective action as our representative.

Sadly, our current governments are infested by 'representatives' catering to the few who can help enrich them personally, now and/or later, or fund the next election.  This powerful feedback cycle misdirects our government from a government of the people to a government for the rich and powerful - incumbents included.  The tendency of people in government to first guarantee their own well-being has been persistent throughout history.  The founders of our country and state, by adopting independent government branches, did so to curtail this unhealthy tendency.  Tommy will effectively fight to keep/restore true representative constitutional government.

Douglas Mashburn



Roy Exum: ‘Mom Don’t Have…I Do’

It’s hard to know what goes through the mind of a five-year-old, particularly one who watches her mom go in and out of jail due to drug addiction. But little Sunshine Oelfke is obviously being raised right by her grandmother because the other morning, the five-year-old came into the kitchen before leaving for kindergarten with a baggie full of coins from her piggy bank. “I asked ... (click for more)

Problems With The Key Staff Findings On The Landfill

Concerning the proposed C&D Landfill in Harrison, on Sept. 11, the staff of the Chattanooga Hamilton-County Regional Planning Agency made a presentation to the Planning Commission for the rezoning request.  Mr. Schultz for the staff made the following statements which were titled "Staff Key Findings."  I would like to contend with their findings.  1. "Proposal ... (click for more)

Signal Mountain Committee Says Pulling Away From County Schools Is "Feasible"

After eight months of investigating the viability of Signal Mountain establishing a separate school district, a committee of six has determined that it is feasible and would meet the goal of improving the education provided to students. The committee was also tasked with identifying obstacles and if possible to find ways to overcome them.  Results of the report were presented ... (click for more)

County Commission Votes 7-2 For Rezoning For C&D Landfill At Harrison

The County Commission on Wednesday voted 7-2 to approve rezoning for a Construction and Debris landfill at Harrison.  Voting in favor were Greg Beck, Warren Mackey, Sabrena Smedley, Greg Martin, Tim Boyd, Randy Fairbanks and Jim Fields.   Opposed were Chester Bankston and Joe Graham.  Commissioner Boyd said it was just the first step in permitting for ... (click for more)

Signal Mountain Hits One Last Bump In The Road At State Volleyball

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – It’s not like Signal Mountain hasn’t been down this bumpy road before. Despite the obstacles created by losing early in the TSSAA state volleyball tournament, the Lady Eagles have proven to be cautious, but relentless drivers on a path back to title contention twice before. They’re on the same course this October. After losing to Knox Catholic ... (click for more)

Baylor Advances To State Final; Sale Creek Ousted

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – The Baylor Lady Red Raiders are one win away from another D-II Class AA state volleyball championship. Facing the Brentwood Academy Lady Eagles for the third time this season here at Blackman High School Wednesday morning in the winner’s bracket final, Baylor was able to advance by winning in four sets, but it was a battle for the ages where two really good ... (click for more)