Anyone who is critical of the goose killing (or better term culling) need only to walk on the sidewalk around the front pond at Chattanooga State to realize there were too many geese. Every six inches would require stepping around their numerous droppings. With few natural predators, the geese are a national problem now because many are not migrating any more, even in the northern climates.
The Tennessee liquor store mafia lobby wins again. They have the state politicians in Nashville bought and paid for. Any time a change toward alcohol law modernization, the liquor store mafia and bible thumpers get the bills killed in committee. Tennessee is about 30 years behind the rest country in regards to modern alcohol laws.
It's good to hear that Mayor Berke is taking the financials of the city of Chattanooga seriously. Ron Littlefield would probably have probably given a green light to the new furniture purchases, and made sure they went to a local firm that was a buddy of his (rather than a competitive bid). Then old Roy Exum would suggest he be given a plaque for supporting the local economy.
All the more reason not to go downtown. The city should be careful what they ask for. The goose laying the golden eggs may be eliminated, and the downtown restaurants and merchants may pay the price.
With the city handing over parking enforcement to CARTA, only to then be handed off immediately to Repubilic had to be premeditated. Money definately changed hands (most likely "unofficially") somewhere in the loop. Republic has the monopoly on parking in this town both private and public. On this subject, both political sides should be outraged.
It has to be a slow news day when the local paper and TV networks report on a teenage party involving underage drinking. Next, they will probably report that teenagers are having sex.
If the post office was a private entity, it would be bankrupt. The only thing keeping this thing alive is the monetary backing of the federal government to bailout the budget shortfalls. The postal union obligations are crippling this entity. Privatization is probably not the solution, but an entire reorganization (union and management)is. Start from scratch from the both to the top based on a private enterprise organization. The liberals seem to point the finger at everything else but the bloated, and crazy rules and financial obligations the postal union require.
The housecleaning is long overdue. Now the Ron Littlefield is finally out of office along with his "rubberstamp city council" (Jack Benson, Pam Ladd, Manny Rico, & Andre McGary) the city can finally start moving toward what the electorate want. An independent audit of the city would be a good start. The incoming mayor's reputation would start out very well if he eliminated the 311 position (the position Ron put Anita in at the tune of $98,000) and Breeland's position. All annexing should stop, the city cannot even pay for it's existing obligations. With this new chapter, hopefully much of the corruption of the Ron Littlefield and Ward Crutchfield era will be eliminated.
The first order of business should be to eliminate Ron Littlefield's handpicked positions for Anita Ebersole and Richard Beeland. $98,000 for a position that requires an associate's degree? How these actions can pass the light day is truly amazing. The second order or business is to do a full independent audit of the city. If everything turns out fine, great. If however, there is questionable and/or illegal stuff that turns up, investigations and indictments may be in order. Generally, banks find fraud when the people committing it go on vacation. The same may apply to former political officials to the City of Chattanooga.
Congratulations on winning district 4 Larry! Chattanooga, TN government has cleaned house now that Ron Littlefield, Jack Benson, Pam Ladd, Manny Rico, and Andre McGary will no longer be running the city.