Vince Dean Vs. Gwen Tidwell

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Re:  We Need Gwen Tidwell

I normally don't speak out in elections.  However, I am astonished by the remarks of one of your opinion writers.  We need Gwen Tidwell?  Really? Let's take a look at the rest of the story.  

It may be true that she has collected $70 million and has hired a collection agency to go after $50 million, but drum roll please........the $50 million was actually $92 million to begin with. Forty-two million dollars was "written off."  So let's do the math here. That's $162 million that should have been collected and only $70 million was collected.  Simple math says that's less than 50 percent collections.   

Qualifications are brought up.  Why in the world does anyone think that being a lawyer makes you qualified to be a clerk? If I went to law school and earned my degree, I think I would rather be a lawyer than a clerk. I think that being a lawyer, qualifies you to be a lawyer.   

"Hers is an administrative post"..... Vince Dean was a proven administrator, even before he became a proven legislator.  The fact that he has helped write some of the laws that dictate the clerk's office would, in my opinion, make him uniquely qualified.  Now here's another take on it:  if her being a lawyer qualifies her, because lawyers use the office every day, let's not forget to look at the fact that Vince was a police officer and they use the office every day, too.   

A handful of lawyers endorsed her?  The Fraternal Order of Police and the International Brotherhood of Police Officers both endorsed Vince. That's a lot of folks that use the clerk’s office every day.   

"Her staff adores her?" Well I'm sure some of them do.  However, in a recent public speech, Vince Dean said that someone in the clerk's office had texted him pictures of boxes of files stacked on the floor.  Also, I heard one of her employees told Mr. Dean, I hope you never talk to me the way that she has.  The fact is that many of her employees, anonymously of course, for obvious reasons, prefer that she not show up in the office, as is the norm for her. They like having her absent because things are more "peaceful."  

Oh no, we don't need Gwen Tidwell, we need a change. We need Vince Dean.

Nikki Bruce Giffe


EPA Overreach Jeopardizes Jobs And Increases Energy Prices

The latest round of regulations by the Environmental Protection Agency are difficult to rationalize. The EPA’s planned greenhouse gas rules will jeopardize low-cost electricity relied upon by local governments, small businesses, farmers and manufacturers – a regulation whose impact will be felt by much more than just energy producers and utility companies – but throughout the ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Lamenting ‘The Last Day’

I wasn’t at Fenway Park yesterday but I know what happened. Yes, it was No. 2’s last game of a great career, and more Yankees fans than usual were packed into Boston’s holy ground to see Derek Jeter’s swan song. But what I know happened has become an almost sacred rite, when towards the final out of the last game of the season Red Sox radio announcer Joe Castiglione will read a ... (click for more)

Witnesses In 17-Year-Old Murder Case Say They Saw Hollingsworth Threaten, Mistreat Wife

Two potential witnesses in a 17-year-old murder testified Monday that they saw Adolphus Lebron Hollingsworth threaten and mistreat his wife Vicky before she disappeared in 1997. Hollingsworth, who is under $200,000 bond, is set for trial on Nov. 4. Orville Hughes said he lived around the corner from Vicky when he was on Chamberlain Avenue and they were on Duncan Avenue. ... (click for more)

Family Makes Treasure Trove Of Early Chattanooga Photographs Available For Book; Stokes Collection Has Been Passed Down To Descendants

A treasure trove of Chattanooga photographs that have been passed down in the Stokes family for generations has now been assembled in an upcoming book. Chattanooga Around The Turn Of The Century: The Remarkable Stokes Collection will be published by Chattanoogan.com. Pre-orders are now being taken for the book, which includes over 700 photos on large-size pages. Publisher ... (click for more)

Baylor Impressive In Volleyball Sweep Of Signal Mountain

Baylor coach Sarah Lail paused briefly before saying that she's seen her Lady Red Raider volleyball team play better than they did on Monday, but they did just about everything right as they celebrated Senior Night with an impressive 3-0 victory over the Signal Mountain Lady Eagles. It was a meeting of two of the top three teams in Chattanooga -- too bad that Ooltewah couldn't ... (click for more)

Basketball, Wrestling Mocs Host Ball N' Brawl

It’s party time in the Scenic City. Chattanooga’s team is sending some of its best to close down 3rd Street on Friday, October 10, for Ball N’ Brawl. This inaugural event features the men’s and women’s basketball programs along with the wrestling team. “This was an idea coaches Heath Eslinger (wrestling) and Will Wade (men’s basketball) came up with,” Director of Marketing and ... (click for more)