Mayor Berke's time in office reminds me of this tv show I watched recently. You may have seen this show where people flip houses by purchasing the homes through auction. From the outside they are so optimistic about what the inside holds, but they wont be able see what they are really getting until they buy it. Usually what happens is they get the door open only to find a horrific mess. Everything from thieves coming in to steal plumbing or appliances, vandals and even squatters. In this case when Berke bought the house he found much of the same issue, but this time the house was previously owned by a Republican and he left quite a mess.
You cant just build over the issues, you have to strip them down and rebuild them otherwise you are just putting a patch over the problem. That seems to be the Republican way, just patch it up and let the next guy worry about it.
It's comical almost to the level of "April Fools" that a republican would even dare mention tax payers dollars. Do you really want to go there? Two words for you "mesh network" Which Berke had no choice but to adopt due to the millions already invested.
Pension- Since I contribute to the Fire & Police pension I guess I should probably remind you of this. You made the statement "based on activity and not results" Oddly enough Mayor Littlefield recognized the unstable pension plan. Dan Johnson came out and said changes would have to be made. Did he? He did nothing. In Berkes case it was just more remodeling he would have to do. It wasn't a popular thing to do, but necessary. I applaud him for seeking solutions when police departments all across the country have no say so in the process and they also have no pension anymore. Yes,we will have to deal with a reduction and no one likes it but it's better than not having a pension at all.
We appreciate you giving the Mayor so much time in implementing the Violence Reduction Initiative. The process has not been an easy one and much ground work had to be laid before it could be rolled out. We appreciate you giving him 15 days since the roll out to declare it a complete failure. What you don't see is what results are being made and what cases are being against the ones perpetuating the violence in Chattanooga. You will probably say "Well, they are still shooting" and I will reply "They were shooting a lot more when a republican was in office"