I lived up north Rockman,and worked for a unionized company as both a union worker and a manager of unionized employees. That company is doing just fine. You may speak from experience, but your broad brush paints a very inaccurate picture. NAFTA has more to do with the exodus of manufacturing than unions. If I'm wrong about that, explain to me why the non-unionized textile industry has all but fled THE SOUTH for overseas? It's all about increasing profit at the expense of American jobs. Union or otherwise.
No big deal huh? This guy Hurd breaks the law, and one of the snakes he illegally posseses kills somebody.
Aside from the fact that it is illegal to possess these animals in the State of Tennessee, it is also illegal to collect these animals in many places. I am not amused when somebody collects wildlife illegally from our public lands. This impoverishes these lands for all. And yes, that includes venomous snakes. They play an important role in their native habitat. Encountering a venomous snake is often the highlight of any hike that I take.
I say... throw the book at this guy!
I said it before, and I'll say it again. If TVA hands out bonuses to their employees while handing the bill for this cleanup to their customers, heads should roll.
Conserve is the root of the word Conservative. Lamar Alexander gets it. And Tennessee is lucky to have a US Senator who understands the value of conservation.
Cherry Stewart, thank you for your letter. With all the partisan bickering these days, it's nice to hear about an issue (wilderness) that has broad bipartisan support. The great Republican Teddy Roosevelt set the standard in the early 1900s, and Republicans and Democrats alike have taken action to protect our nation's natural heritage since the Wilderness Act was enacted 45 years ago.
I encourage folks to visit http://tnwild.org to learn more about expanding wilderness in Tennessee. Future generations will thank us for taking action when they realize that they have clean water and wild places to hunt, fish, hike, camp, and horseback ride as a result of our foresight.
As long as the cost of cleaning this mess up is passed along to consumers, TVA management should not receive a penny in bonus money or raises. Funds that would normally be spent on bonuses or salary increases should be used to defray expenses for this clean up.
This is news????
Thank you for bringing up this important issue. Future generations will undoubtedly look back and judge that we did not protect enough land to ensure clean air and water, and to provide a place to quietly renew our spirits. Hopefully our Congressional representatives will heed the call and take action to expand wilderness in our beloved Cherokee National Forest.