Angry Congressman - And Response (2)

Friday, August 8, 2014

An open letter to Congressman Chuck Fleischmann:

Sir, 49.2 percent of voters in yesterday’s primary apparently disapprove of the job you are currently doing. That should be some kind of a wake up call.

You ran a negative campaign with no real word on what you were doing or would do for the 3rd District. Myself and several family members personally witnessed you at multiple campaign events and polling places.

You are truly an angry Congressman. Your shouts of “I am your Congressman” seemed both arrogant and defensive. Almost a “how dare anyone run against me or question me” comment. Your negative attacks on Weston Wamp convinced just enough voters to get you re-elected.

I hope that you will look at the results, wake up and smell the coffee, and do a better job for this district than you have done. Otherwise, it may be more than 49.2 percent in two years.

David Thomas
Chattanooga 

* * * 

Dear Mr. Thomas,

Regarding your open letter to Congressman Chuck Fleischmann, I wholeheartedly agree. That anger is a concern. We all have a right to question, we all have a right to differ in opinions and ideas. 

Any congressperson has a duty to treat people in their district with respect and decency no matter if they have an opposing view. I would be discomfited to have a congressperson that I agreed with lock step to so crudely treat those who object or criticize.  

There is certainly room for Congressman Fleischmann to work on his approachability. 

Maryon Wright
Chattanooga 

* * * 

Apparently there is something I missed during this past election. But it seems others are angry besides the congressman. I guess I am angry also because it seems a lot of people have no problem with a candidate secretly recording a conversation in a man's home and then using it in the campaign without his permission to tape and/or to use a private conversation.  

It seems today most people run for office on a platform of vote for me because they are bad and not vote for me because this is what I plan to try to accomplish if elected. Half truths and outright lies are the rule of the day from the president down to local elections and we the people don't expect them to be any different. 

N.D. Kennedy Sr.
Ooltewah



Equity Study

What exactly is an Equity Study? Is the the damage control that comes in the wake of the UnifiEd outburst a few weeks ago? I can save the board a whole lot of hassle since the mere mention of doing such a study means that the study will reveal inequities, regardless of any basis.  If they would like to throw a quarter million down the drain for 20 pages ... (click for more)

Coppinger And UnifiEd

I am writing in response to Mayor Jim Coppinger's puzzling quotes in Roy Exum's column this morning, wherein the mayor seems to disavow UnifiEd and its position on the socio-economic desegregation of our schools. On  April 5 , I attended a candidate forum hosted by the North Brainerd Neighborhood Council at the Eastdale Recreation Center gym. That evening, Mayor ... (click for more)

Jury Finds Donaldson Guilty Of Second-Degree Murder In Killing Of Son-In-Law

A Criminal Court jury late Friday afternoon returned a verdict of guilty of second-degree murder against Glen Donaldson in the killing of his son-in-law, Adam Levi. He is facing 15-60 years in state prison. Judge Don Poole will set the sentence at a sentencing hearing on July 12.  He has been free on bond, but was taken into custody after the verdict. The jury deliberated ... (click for more)

1st Vote On Controversial Signal Mountain Grocery Proposal Set June 13; Town To Choose Either Tennessee American Or Waldens Ridge For Water Service

The next steps in rezoning 617 Cauthen Way were discussed at the Signal Mountain work session Friday afternoon. Since the last council meeting, Town Manager Boyd Veal created a list of conditions to include in the zoning ordinance relating to the proposed commercial development designed to assure that there is no negative impact to the surrounding properties or to the interest of ... (click for more)

Summertown Stops Sale Creek's Bid For A State Class 1A State Softball Title, 7-5

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – Sale Creek had its sight set on making some softball history Friday. The Lady Panthers reached their first TSSAA state softball championship with a 3-1 victory over Cascade, powered by a Trinity Liner three-run homer on her 18 th birthday. A few hours later, they wanted to beat Summertown and set up a second title game for all the marbles. ... (click for more)

Silverdale Wins D-II-A State Softball Title

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – Kaili Phillips got disqualified in the first inning of Thursday’s game against the Tipton-Rosemark Lady Rebels and nobody gave the Silverdale Lady Seahawks a snowball’s chance of winning that game. But they did. Nobody gave the Lady Seahawks much of a chance of repeating that feat less than 24 hours later in the winner-take-all final game, but once again, ... (click for more)