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

Collegedale's Wreck Problem

Re: Speed Limits Being Lowered On Main Collegedale Thoroughfare  I just read your story on Collegedale lowers speed limit for main thoroughfare.  It's funny the city claims they will have TDOT put up dangerous intersection signs, because last summer when it was stated in a story (possibly not by your company) that they were dropping the speed limit from 55 to 50 on ... (click for more)

A New Beginning For A Healthier Life

The advent of Spring brings a time of fresh starts and new beginnings, and what better time to make the decision to quit smoking?  Smoking is a serious problem in Chattanooga and across our state. The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention report that nearly 17 percent of adult Americans smoke or use tobacco products regularly. In Tennessee, that number increases significantly ... (click for more)

County Commission Told To Fully Fund County Schools Improvement Request Would Take 28 1/2-Cent Property Tax Increase; 78 School Personnel Would Be Added

County Mayor Jim Coppinger told members of the County Commission at a budget workshop on Tuesday that it would take a 28 1/2-cent property tax increase to fully fund the county school budget request. The county schools are asking for $24,218,919 in new money for a focus on workforce readiness, literacy and low-performing schools. County Mayor Coppinger did not say whether ... (click for more)

Judge Poole Rules In Favor Of State On Billy Hawk Murder Cold Case Motions

Criminal Court Judge Don Poole has ruled that the state can introduce at the murder trial of Billy Hawk testimony about his alleged drug involvement with the victim in the case, Johnny Mack Salyer. Hawk is charged in the 1981 murder of Salyer, whose body was found in a 55-gallon drum in the Tennessee River. The witnesses indicated that Salyer was cooperating in the drug case ... (click for more)

Chattanooga FC Hosts Inter-Squad Scrimmage Saturday

Chattanooga FC will hold an Inter-squad match Saturday, May 7th, 7:00pm at Finley Stadium. The event is open to the public and free for all who attend.  The 2016 roster is set! The Inter-squad match will be the first chance for fans to see their CFC team in action. After the game, everyone will have the opportunity to get autographs, take photos, and talk with players, ... (click for more)

Baylor's Kayla Hughes Named FCA Christian Athlete Of The Year

Baylor School softball star, Kayla Hughes, was named the Greater Chattanooga FCA’s Christian Athlete of the Year at the ministry’s annual Day of Champions Sunday afternoon at Ridgedale Baptist Church.  Hughes, who will continue her softball career at Tennessee Tech, was chosen from among twelve high school FCA senior leaders nominated by area schools.  This is the 53rd ... (click for more)