Political Musings

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

I have read with interest, the various claims, accusations and rhetoric surrounding this current election cycle.  Today, it was amusing to read that Curtis Adams has now been banned from the Pachyderm Club for palling around with a Democrat...God forbid.  You might recall that Curtis is only a fairly recent convert to the red party, having been a lifelong Democrat. His mudslinging at Tim Boyd is more a matter of sour grapes I think and is unwarranted in my opinion.  Red or Blue, I think Tim has done an excellent job of representing the 8th District and has not bowed to the party line as it were and has been a good steward for his district and deserves to be reelected. I will be voting for Tim.   

You have Oscar Brock running for not one, but two offices.  I guess he just wants to cover all his of bases. His supporters say he really cares about the children and that may be true, but I have to wonder how good of a fit he is with his family business inheritance background and the fact that he and his children all attended private schools or is this just a stepping stone to other political aspirations down the road? 

I am so tired of the negative campaign ads and rhetoric between Weston Wamp and Chuck. Weston, you are too young and just don't have enough life and work experience for me. Maybe you should run for school board first.  Chuck, you have been one of the worst representatives in one of the worst Congresses in history. You were not elected to go to Washington to just oppose our President in everything he says and does. I have no confidence in any Republican running for national office at this point.  I will be voting for Mary Headrick.  

Scott Desjarlais..it is time to go. I have no idea if Mr. Integrity will be any better, but he certainly can't be any worse. The Republicans in Nashville have been telling flat out lies about our State Supreme Court justices.  They have been doing a good job and should be retained. It is time to stop the partisan hate speech and work together for the betterment of our districts and our state.

John Fricke

Possessiveness, Jealousy And Greed: The Original Three Stooges

Are possessiveness, jealousy and greed the original three stooges? Not really. The words “possessiveness,” “jealousy,” and “greed” are often viewed by the majority of people as all negative qualities when displayed.  But are they? In this column, as it is solely my opinion, agree or disagree, I am throwing the dictionary with its designated meanings out the window.  Good ... (click for more)

Hopscotching On North Market Street

I work in the North Shore area.  North Market Street looks like children's hopscotch markings all the way from the bridge up to the light at Mississippi.  You need a trained dog to figure out all the markings. Traffic was already crawling since the addition of townhomes, apartments and a busy Publix in the area.  Really, you have to stop and study it or just follow ... (click for more)

Legislative Hearing On Volkswagen Emissions Scandal To Be Held In Chattanooga Oct. 29; Haslam To Visit VW Plant Wednesday

The Senate Finance, Ways and Means Committee’s Appropriation Subcommittee will be conducting a hearing in Chattanooga to review the financial impact on the state from Volkswagen’s violation of U.S. emissions standards. The meeting will be held at the Hamilton County Department of Education, 3074 Hickory Valley Road, on Thursday, Oct. 29, from 1:30-3:30 p.m.  Members ... (click for more)

Bradley County Commission Decides Not To Provide Animal Pickup Service

Bradley County Commissioners on Monday finally put animal control to rest. It was not easy and it was not without confusion, but in the end, the county will not provide animal pickup service. Confusion began when commissioners were asked to approve the agenda, which included two options for animal control pick up. Item “D” provided for the SPCA of Bradley County to pick ... (click for more)

Baylor Boys Win 17th D-II AA Golf Title; Baylor Girls Take Second

  MANCHESTER – On a sun-drenched afternoon, it was a special day for Baylor golf and for the King Oehmig family. Highlighted by a 5-under, 31 on the final nine holes, Baylor senior Oliver Simonsen shot a two-day, 3-under 141 to lead Baylor to the 2015 TSSAA D-II AA boys state championship at WillowBrook Golf Course here Tuesday. Carrying one-of-a-kind black golf ... (click for more)

Ooltewah Whips Lady 'Canes For Shot At District 5-3A Volleyball Title

(Story will be updated) CLEVELAND, Tenn. – Old rivals will play for the District 5-3A volleyball tournament championship on Wednesday. Ooltewah (41-11) and Walker Valley (28-11), the tourney’s Nos. 1 and 2 seeds, respectively, posted semifinal wins Tuesday night at Cleveland Middle School and earned their shots at the title, along with berths in the Region 3-3A tournament ... (click for more)