Political Musings

Tuesday, August 05, 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

Molehills On The Mountain

It just so happens that a very flat, level road on Signal Mountain named Mountain Creek  just received the first ever speed bumps on the mountain in its entire history. Please take the time to drive on Middle Creek and try to figure out how this road could possibley qualify under any public safety criteria for speed bumps, let alone the very first on Signal Mountain. I should ... (click for more)

Distaste For Competition

Councilman Hakeem said the new set-up was a threat to the continued viability of cab companies. Bad for the taxicab industry but good for the public. Taxi medallion prices are falling and so are sales volumes and the taxicab industry is fit to be tied. In New York medallion prices have fallen 17 percent in a just over a year and over 20 percent in Boston.  The taxi cab ... (click for more)

Erlanger To Proceed With Manager Bonuses In 2 Steps; Considering Employee Performance Incentive Plan

Erlanger President and CEO Kevin Spiegel said Wednesday night that the hospital plans to proceed with $1.7 million in manager bonuses in two steps. Current participants in the incentive program will receive 50 percent of the approved 2014 performance plan this month. The remaining 50 percent will be paid to the management group in July 2015. At the same time, Mr. Spiegel ... (click for more)

Caldwell Arrested In Rapes Of 2 Women Over 60 In Brainerd, Hixson

Investigators have made an arrest in the rape cases that were reported last weekend. Taken into custody was Derrick Dewayne Caldwell, 30. He is charged with two counts of aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated burglary. Police said two women over 60 years old were raped in Brainerd and in Hixson in separate incidents. (click for more)

UTC Cagers Upset No.7 Stanford

"Defense kept us in the game and our fans are great!." UTC sophomore Moses Johnson after the 54-46 win.   The giant killer has done it again. Relying on hustle, determination, key 3-pointers and 10 made free throws down the stretch the Chattanooga Mocs defeated visiting No.7 Stanford women 54-46 Wednesday at McKenzie Arena. Playing before 2,128 cheering ... (click for more)

Vols Land 4-Star JUCO Running Back Alvin Kamara

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee football coach Butch Jones has signed junior college four-star running back Alvin Kamara, who is from Norcross, Ga., and originally signed with Alabama and then transferred to Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College. Information on Kamara: ALVIN KAMARA R-Sophomore • Running Back • 5-11 • 200 Norcross, Ga. • Norcross H.S./Alabama/Hutchinson ... (click for more)