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

Not Thrilled With The Parking Rate Increase

Mark your calendars for Sept. 1—the day the Chattanooga Parking Authority has announced it will raise parking rates around the city. In addition to the rate hikes, the Parking Authority will extend enforceable hours from 4:30-6 p.m.  and will include Saturdays as well. The Parking Authority has allowed for a learning curve, however, saying that during the month of September, ... (click for more)

Tell Congress To Protect AmeriCorps

In June, the House and Senate Appropriations Committees approved separate spending bills that would reduce opportunities for young people to serve their county, by cutting the AmeriCorps program, by as much as 34%.  These cuts mean half as many AmeriCorps members serving with local programs like Southeast Conservation Corps. These members build local trails, remove invasive ... (click for more)

Boy, 4, Struck By Vehicle Near Tunnel Boulevard

A four-year-old boy was struck by a vehicle near Tunnel Boulevard on Saturday afternoon. A t approximately 4:20 p.m.,  the Chattanooga Police Department responded to 3400 Through St. on a c hild struck by a vehicle.  T he victim was conscious when officers arrived. He was transported to a local hospital. I nvestigators are continuing to compile ... (click for more)

Assessor Bennett, Former Assessor Ramsey In Jetton Camp For Assessor Of Property

Assessor of Property Bill Bennett and former Assessor Claude Ramsey recommended Sterling Jetton as the next assessor at a breakfast fundraiser at Wally's Restaurant in East Ridge on Saturday morning. Mr. Jetton, who spent 27 years in the assessor's office, is running against County Commissioner Marty Haynes in the March 1 Republican primary. Noting the political heavyweights ... (click for more)

Ellington, Bell Win First Running Of Jasper Highlands 5K

  JASPER, Tenn. – The Chattanooga Track Club introduced its newest race on Saturday as the inaugural running of the Jasper Highlands 5K was held high atop the Cumberland Plateau.   Advertised as “the most scenic community in Marion County,” Knoxville’s Stewart Ellington put his name on the list as the first winner by covering the rolling 3.1-mile distance in 16 ... (click for more)

Baylor Sweeps Two Nashville Teams In Volleyball Saturday

Volleyball teams from Brentwood Academy and Pope John Paul II have at least one thing in common on Saturday following matches with Baylor and GPS.  They both headed back to Nashville with a win and a loss as both beat GPS and both lost to Baylor. Baylor improved to 13-1 overall and 3-0 in region play with Saturday's two wins, including a 3-1 verdict over Brentwood ... (click for more)