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

Roy Exum: Goodbye To My Scooter

The month of August turned out to be unkind, with my dog, my favorite aunt and my magnificent mother all dying within three weeks’ time. As I finally begin to push out the three newest dents in my soul, my habit has been to write something akin to a goodbye note to those I have loved. I’m not ready for Aunt Martha and Mother yet – not by a stretch -- but I remembered Scooter with ... (click for more)

A Haven For Small Business Owners

With the latest incentive recently announced by the City of Chattanooga, the community is becoming a haven for small business owners and entrepreneurs.     The small business incentive program is a win-win for both business owners, while at the same time promoting an incentive for hiring full time employees. We all know that small businesses represent the primary ... (click for more)

Sewell Says City, EPB "Close" On Amount Owed By Utility To City On Street Light Overbilling

City Internal Auditor Stan Sewell told City Council members on Tuesday that EPB and the city are "close" on the amount owed by the utility to the city on street light overbilling. Mr. Sewell said the city computed the amount at about $1.2 million, while he said EPB's auditing firm, Mauldin and Jenkins, has it at $1.5 million for an 89-month period that was audited. Mr. Sewell ... (click for more)

City Council Votes 5-4 On New Process For Naming IDB Members

The City Council voted Tuesday night 5-4 to set up a new process for naming members to the Industrial Development Board (IDB), which currently has four vacancies. The process includes three City Council panels: A (Districts 1, 2, 3), B (Districts 4, 5, 6), and C (Districts 7, 8, 9). Group A will fill two of the vacancies and Groups B and C one each. Agreement ... (click for more)

Hixson Claims Top Spot In 6-AA With Win At Central

Hixson and Central entered their volleyball match on Tuesday tied for first place in District 6-AA as both were unbeaten in three matches. The Lady Wildcats have that top spot all to themselves after pinning a 3-1 defeat on the Lady Pounders in a match held at Brown Middle School's Carole Wilson Gymnasium. Hixson won the first set with ease by a score of 25-12 before winning ... (click for more)

Boyd-Buchanan Whips Silverdale, 3-0, In 5-A Volleyball

The effects of losing six straight matches – a league loss to Grace Baptist and five in the Tennessee Tandem tournament – were still bothering Silverdale Baptist Academy in a District 5-A volleyball match at Boyd-Buchanan. But not nearly as much as the Lady Bucs’ sterling play. Boyd-Buchanan (23-13, 5-1 District 5-A), which also lost to Grace last Thursday, gained momentum ... (click for more)