I apologize for my suggestion that giving money to places like the Homeless shelter, the Salvation Army, or Goodwill, might reach more really needy people.
You folks are right, more toy box filler is way more appropriate.
Merry Christmas to all--including you eastridge8.
This "tax cut" is money being paid into the social security trust fund. Whether it is a good thing or not is up for debate but in the end the money will have to come from somewhere.
Yeah, helping families pay for toys for their kids is a whole lot better then helping hungry, homeless people.
Let's get real.
Several months ago the mangers at Erlanger received nearly two million dollars in bonuses.
This spring Erlanger formed a partnership with Hutcheson Medical Center, a hospital losing 1 million dollars a month.
Also this year Erlanger opened a new facility at VW.
A couple of months ago Erlanger paid Ritz Carlton $500,000 dollars for service improvement, which along with forcing hundreds of employees to purchase new uniforms, informed them that they would need to wear "nice clothes" as they walked in from the parking lot before changing into their new work attire.
A week or so ago, 1/2 the board voted to give the captain of this disaster a $700,000 severance package.
The problem is the board. They subscribe to the Red Bank, East Ridge, and Chattanooga City Council form of leadership: Help your buddies at all costs and be held accountable for absolutely nothing.
We can talk about care for the poor all day long--and it is partially accurate, but in the end, it's bad decision making and classic nest feathering that's the root of Erlanger's problems.
A couple of things.
If they couldn't afford the fee, then they couldn't pay the bill either.
The system is not new. Its been around for over twenty years and other homes have burned to the ground while the fire department stood watching. They knew it could happen to them.
The county has no fire services. The nearby city does but has offered to provide services to county residences that pay a fee. Its sort of like our library--want a book and don't pay city taxes--pay a fee.
I feel sorry for these folks, but they should have paid. If they would have saved 5 or 6 dollars a month, they could have paid the fee. It was a foolish gamble.
It reminds me of people without renters insurance. What will cost to replace everything you own?
Tea party, tin foil hat alert!!!
BLITZER: Does your wife know this woman in Georgia?
BLITZER: Nobody in your family knows this woman?
Ever heard of Occam's razor?
I think the word is "grief" oh great stone thrower...
People drive bad everywhere. My guess is texting --who knows?
I live within 3 miles of the proposed site and earn a pretty nice living. Build it and I'll shop there three or four times a day. The same people that are against it are now shipping at Target, Wal mart and eating at the Longhorn. I'm tired of having to go toward Hamilton Place for finer foods/shopping.