published Thursday, August 25th, 2011

Gov. Haslam salutes Chattanooga

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    Gov. Bill Haslam speaks during the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce's annual meeting Wednesday afternoon at the Chattanooga Convention Center.
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Tennessee’s able and enthusiastic Gov. Bill Haslam honored our wonderful people and the city of Chattanooga on Wednesday, as he presented an upbeat keynote address during the annual meeting of the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce.

Fortunately, there is much to praise, and to give thanks for, in our fabulous and ever-improving community. That’s due in large part to the fact that we have so many unselfish and determined residents, as well as dedicated leaders, pressing Chattanooga forward.

The meeting of the Chamber of Commerce attracted many hundreds of those residents to a huge hall at the Chattanooga Convention Center. There was a spirit of enthusiasm and good will as Chamber members reviewed a year of great economic, industrial and civic progress — progress that has continued despite the economic difficulties in much of our country.

And why shouldn’t we feel encouraged?

Look around. Chattanooga is blessed not only with big new development from companies such as Volkswagen, but with smaller though still important investments by a range of other companies. Meanwhile, personal income in Chattanooga is growing almost twice as fast as it is growing nationally. And, of course, we are blessed with intangible benefits such as superlative natural beauty and opportunities for outdoor recreation.

It’s perfectly understandable that we would be excited about our community’s prospects, and that excitement was on ample display Wednesday.

Our country and members of our military services were honored by the presentation of the flag by members of the Tennessee Army National Guard. Our national anthem was sung by Lon Eldridge, Gavin Cross and Stacy Carmosino. The optimistic spirit was enhanced by Chamber President Tom Edd Wilson and 2010-11 board Chairman Ron Harr. Mike St. Charles is the Chamber chairman for 2011-12.

From the beginning to the end of the meeting, there was the kind of zeal that is characteristic of our great community. Surely more economic and community advances are ahead, owing to good leadership and citizen support.

Chattanooga is a happy, progress-minded city that is on the move toward even bigger and better accomplishments.

We have fine people who are making admirable contributions for the future benefit of all of us and our entire region. That is something of which we can all be proud.

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328Kwebsite said...

Look around.

The Republican party has actively made themselves the party of tax dollar abuse and corruption.

$328,000 website to political cronies, including the abuse of $60,000 in federal tax dollars.

$500,000 hostile ouster of school officials to appoint more cronies.

$300,000 contractually obligated cost to pay out that contract.

$125,000 county chief of staff, no experience, political crony, paid for by firing five deputies.

$10,000,000 fictitious definition of "liability" in the city budget.

Outright failure of County Mayor Ramsey to honor his elected office's obligations.

Self-appointment and self-payment of the Metro Payoff Club, Republicans exploiting city and county task organizations to setup a circle of bribes, kickbacks and payoffs.

Unnecessary harassment of public employees. Embarrassing fiascoes related to police transportation, public school teacher salaries, and general purpose lying from elected and appointed officials.

FBI investigations motivated by complaints from the Mayor's office, when it's obvious that the Mayor's office is the leading source of financial crime in this area.

"Slaves learned to read," comments from Republicans elected to safeguard educational standards in our area.

Why doesn't everyone join the Chamber of Commerce, from City councilman Manny Rico, who knows full well that the US Chamber of Commerce is a Karl Rove front organization.

Significant suggestion that much of the laundered local money stolen from city and county government budgets will be routed to stealthpacs and super-pacs in support of Republican candidates.

A governor who was apparently elected solely because he raised the most money.

Failure of the governor to obey environmental regulations regarding his own businesses. Adjacent failures to lead in fair and ethical business practices, by seeking the favor of his own office to improve his personal profits.

Failure of Amazon to fulfill its tax credit obligations, by refusing to hire unemployed people.

Failure of Amazon, Volkswagon and Wacker to hire a reasonable percentage of veterans, women, minorities, physically handicapped people and college graduates in ratios commensurate with the general population.

Suggestions by the governor's office that we should have to do away with 30% of our state government because his rich friends don't get enough tax breaks for rich people.

So much Republican unethical behavior to be proud of.

Pride cometh before a fall.

August 25, 2011 at 7:52 p.m.
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