Weston's Too Young - And Response

Sunday, August 10, 2014

First of all, I voted for Zach Wamp every time he ran beginning with his first and unsuccessful run against Marylyn Lloyd way back when.

My thoughts on the recent race for the Third District seat, I personally think that Weston is too young. I base this opinion on assessing at my age now what I thought about myself and my peers at that stage of our lives. To me, Weston has shown immaturity throughout his two campaigns beginning with the secret taping of his conversation with Mr. Mayfield and ending with his concession call and his subsequent remarks reported by the press.

Get over it. I marveled at his rebutting of a opinion in this very venue and thought for sure he would have been advised against such an immature move. I can and most likely will be for Weston in the future, but I would advise him and other future candidates to get wiser with age, grow thicker skin and learn to let criticism roll off their backs.

As for saying that tens of thousands were deceived by Congressman Fleischman is also saying those voters weren't very smart. Those voters were probably the peers mentioned above who like myself didn't think they would have been ready until maturing through living. I read where you stated if you were 32 or 42 that you would have won. I agree, and I hope I'm still around when you ripen because I'm one who believes that the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

Robert Richey  

* * *  

Weston Wamp's concession call gave an insight into the politician that he is, and that is one of a hot-tempered politician at best. The sheer arrogant and distasteful comments he made to Congressman Fleischman showed me that he is not mature enough to be in our government. 

I agree with Mr. Richey, that by Weston saying Congressman Fleischman deceived tens of thousands of people, basically states that you Mr. Wamp think that those people who voted against you are idiots. You need to respect the voters, after all they are the ones who decide your future in Congress, or lack thereof.  

My advice to Mr. Wamp is that the next time you run for Congress, be the bigger man. I would rather vote for someone with whom I don't necessarily agree with that has good character, than vote for an ill-tempered, sneaky politician in which I agree 100 percent with his views any day. It's not all about what you say, your character wins votes just as much as your objectives to your campaign. 

Kristin Turner


During A Martin Luther King, Jr. March Is Not A Time To Campaign

It truly amazing what Martin Luther King, Jr. accomplished at just 39 years of age. He changed an entire country. Dr. King was not in elected office or in any position of power. Yet, he accomplished more than any politician.  To me the Martin Luther King, Jr.'s vision was an expectation of life centered in education, hard work, and accomplishment that in time would evolve ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: What Else $3 Can Mean

Orchard Knob Middle School, located on North Highland Park Avenue in Chattanooga, led every other secondary school in the state of Tennessee last year with 6.8 percent of its students expelled. So as people are working feverishly to keep the school from being taken over by the state’s Department of Education, allow me to pose a question. Last Friday during the last period of ... (click for more)

County Commission Votes 8-1 To Deny Permit For Controversial Bakewell Firing Range

The County Commission voted 8-1 on Wednesday to deny a special exceptions permit for a $2.4 million firing range at Retro-Hughes Road at Bakewell. Only Commissioner Greg Martin was in support. Opponents and supporters were again gathered at the courthouse, but the commission voted without hearing further argument. Commissioner Randy Fairbanks said to him "it is not a gun ... (click for more)

Big Woody's Tree Service Employee Killed In Fall On Signal Mountain

Recovery efforts are underway for a man who fell off the side of Signal Mountain. At  11:22 a.m. , a 911 call was made by an employee of Big Woody's Tree Service reporting a man in his early 30s had fallen off the side of the mountain while trimming trees on private property. Walden's Ridge Emergency Services responded to 6202 Forest Park Drive and arrived on ... (click for more)

Tyner Outshoots Brainerd In Big 6-AA Battle

Brainerd’s Jackson-High Gymnasium was filled to capacity long before the girls game had ended Tuesday night, but the overflow crowd had come to see the second meeting between Tyner and Brainerd and a battle for first place in District 6-AA. Both are ranked in the latest state Class AA poll with Tyner listed sixth and Brainerd ninth.  Brainerd had won all four meetings ... (click for more)

No. 3 Cleveland Sneaks Past Walker Valley 59-51

CLEVELAND, Tenn. – State-ranked Cleveland blew most of a 13-point second-half lead, but got clutch field goals from Deontae Davis and KK Curry down the stretch and managed to stay unbeaten in District 5-3A high school basketball action with a hard-fought 59-51 victory over rival Walker Valley on Tuesday night. Walker Valley’s girls defeated the Lady Blue Raiders 43-39 in overtime. ... (click for more)