Dressing The Wound

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

I seem to have plenty of Irish to go around for everybody on this panhandling issue. All sides seem to be unwilling or unable to get to the heart of the matter. 

Panhandling is just one of many symptoms (outcomes) of the same condition. Chattanooga is waging a multi-front war on poor people, not an overstatement. We read a new news story going toward proving it at least twice a week. Conservative mouthpieces are all for it, and liberal elites are content to build whole industries around the symptoms while dressing the wound of poor people as if it was nothing, as though they are nothing. 

Having catalogued all anyone needs to know about poor people and poor communities in public documents, each case booked in two volumes with three inch binders for each volume and in file boxes of material from 25 years of related work stacked in my closet, I say that with some authority. City government is very clear about whose welfare it serves, and it is not the welfare of its poor people and other working people at risk of becoming poor. That is roughly 70 percent of the population, at least before the more recent embarrassing numbers on Chattanooga’s gentrification problem. 

This is a most shameful time for Chattanooga, and it is no accident. 

Frank Wrinn


Open Enrollment Is A Choice

Charles Toney Should Not Be Made Out To Be A Victim

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There is a growing focus on education choice across the United States, especially here in Tennessee. When you discuss parent choice, everybody immediately thinks of vouchers. Vouchers are only ... (click for more)

I’m just baffled. Charles Toney is being made to look like a victim when he clearly resisted officers' commands. He refused medical treatment on the scene and was then treated at the jail. Now ... (click for more)

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Opinion

Open Enrollment Is A Choice

There is a growing focus on education choice across the United States, especially here in Tennessee. When you discuss parent choice, everybody immediately thinks of vouchers. Vouchers are only one form of choice. When you discuss school choice, the debate is unfairly focused between public and private. Terminology is constantly changing and evolving, and the words themselves create ... (click for more)

Charles Toney Should Not Be Made Out To Be A Victim

I’m just baffled. Charles Toney is being made to look like a victim when he clearly resisted officers' commands. He refused medical treatment on the scene and was then treated at the jail. Now his attorney is declaring all kinds of sustained injuries. I thought it was well known if you resist officers and become combative it will not end well for any of the parties involved. ... (click for more)

Breaking News

Officer Who Responded To Brainerd High School Melee: "It Was Mayhem"; Student Arrested With Gun On Friday

An officer who responded to a melee inside Brainerd High School late Wednesday morning said, "It was mayhem." And on Friday a Brainerd High student was arrested for bringing a gun to school. The incident happened after school dismissed, but it was on school grounds. The student had not been to school, but was arriving for an evening class. The school's SRO and assistant principal ... (click for more)

New Pro Soccer Team Is Interested In Building Training Facility At Camp Jordan Park

The Chattanooga Red Wolves professional soccer team may be coming to East Ridge. In Thursday night’s Agenda Session of the East Ridge City Council meeting, Red Wolves owner Bob Martino told the council that he wants to enter into a public/private partnership with the city to build a practice facility near the existing Weldon Osborne Stadium in Camp Jordan Park. The facility would ... (click for more)

Sports

Montgomery's Career-High 35 Points Lead Canes Past Bears, 76-56

(Story will be updated) Cam Montgomery was living the dream Friday night. The East Hamilton senior guard almost single-handedly put visiting Bradley Central in a quarry-deep hole by hitting three of his first four shots – all 3-ponters – and wound up with a career high 35 points in the Hurricanes’ 76-56 District 5-3A victory. Montgomery’s stunning performance – he scored ... (click for more)

Fast Start Lifts CCS Past Silverdale

Chattanooga Christian basketball coach Eddie Salter is always happy when his Chargers win a big district game, but he wasn’t the happiest guy in the gym at Silverdale Friday night. He liked what he saw as the Chargers played really inspired basketball in the first half as they built a 37-14 lead, but the second half wasn’t so pleasing to the veteran coach as his team got complacent ... (click for more)