The Value Of My Vote - And Response

Monday, July 21, 2014

My vote cannot be bought.  Character, integrity and ethics are major issues for me in the District 3 election.   

Since I cannot vote for Scottie Mayfield again, I suppose it is safe to conclude that I shall be voting with him this time around.

Charlotte Parton
Chattanooga 


* * *

I would like to respond to your article Ms. Parton.  I respect that three things are important to you when casting a vote are character, integrity and ethics.  This is how I was raised to vote, look at the character and integrity of a candidate and choose based on that who I vote for someone. 

Based on those three requirements, I am surprised you are voting for Fleischmann. In the last couple weeks Fleischmann has produced two ads which spread lies and misrepresentation of his opponent Weston Wamp.  He has taken a few sound bites (out of context) and used them to portray Wamp in a way that does not truly represent his statements or views.  This is unethical and lacks the integrity needed for a change in D.C.  It definitely does not represent the character, integrity and ethics that East Tennesseans were raised on. 

Secondly, in 2011 Fleischmann was part of a lawsuit including him as a defendant in a character defamation case involving lying and spreading rumors stating she "paid her future congressional staff lavish bonuses."  We now see Fleischmann once again spreading rumors about his opponent just to win and keep his job.  How does that speak to "character, integrity and ethics?"  His ads and campaign have spread lies regarding his opponents beliefs rather than defending his own record.  Fleischmann and his campaign have spread hatred, lies, and divisiveness in our party.  As an American, East Tennesseean, and a true Republican, it breaks my heart to see the hatred and divisiveness that has been portrayed in the Fleischmann campaign.  "United we stand, divided we fall." 

I guess what I'm getting at, Ms. Parton, is by your own requirements, how can you vote for someone who has run a campaign that is so fundamentally against the three things you stand for? If character, integrity, and ethics are truly major issues for you and the standard by which you vote, I guess it is safe to say you will not be voting with Scottie this time around. 

Ethan White
Ooltewah





Send Your Opinions To Chattanoogan.com

We welcome your opinions at Chattanoogan.com. Email to news@chattanoogan.com . We require your real first and last name and contact information. There is no word limit, but if your article is too long you may lose your reader. Please focus more on issues than personal attacks. (click for more)

Why To Vote Yes On Amendment One

I am still troubled about an editorial of several weeks ago on how women should not have to have government tell them what they can and can’t do with their own bodies.  Today I saw the advertisement being shown in Chattanooga.  There are so many untruths in it that I can’t just sit by and do nothing.   The editor was misinformed about what the Amendment One actually ... (click for more)

Mayor Berke, Chattanooga Police Department, And Community Members Reach Out To Group Members To End Violence

The city of Chattanooga held a call-in on Thursday night, as part of the Violence Reduction Initiative. Dozens of law enforcement officials, community members, social service providers and clergy gathered to deliver a message to over 20 members of violent groups in Chattanooga. Family members of the probationers watched the call-in from another building. Although the call-in was ... (click for more)

Tribute Service For Luther Masingill Held At Historic Engel Stadium

It took a place as big as historic Engel Stadium for Chattanooga to say goodbye to their beloved Luther. Hundreds came Thursday afternoon to pay tribute to Luther Masingill who died early Monday morning after a radio career that spanned an amazing 74 years. It was clear from all who spoke that he was considered not only a radio personality, but also a role model. One after ... (click for more)

Notre Dame Claims Region 4A/AA Soccer Title

Junior Sofia Olenchek scored twice, including the winning goal in the second overtime (95th minute) period as host Notre Dame defeated crosstown rival Chattanooga Christian 2-1, for the Region 4 A-AA championship Thursday night. In a well-played, physical match, CCS led at halftime, 1-0,  after senior Hannah Henry scored in the 14th minute, but Olenchek's first goal ... (click for more)

Baylor Beats Briarcrest For Shot At Father Ryan, DII-AA State Volleyball Title

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – OK, Father Ryan.  Baylor’s still hanging around. The Lady Red Raiders stormed past Briarcrest, 3-1, Thursday in the loser’s bracket final at Siegel Middle School and advanced to Friday’s Division II-AA volleyball tournament championship match. The set scores were 26-24, 25-15, 24-26, 25-15. The Lady Red Raiders lost to Father Ryan, ... (click for more)