Shouldn't we expect someone to realize that most public school students are not of voting age?
This was an awesome triathlon. A good opportunity to include some race photos and video alongside the article. This is "The" sports event in Chattanooga for the year.
By Tuesday morning the GOP will be calling this a projected tax increase and blaming President Obama for everyone's fourth of July sunburn.
Having survived one of these accidents, I think fat, selfish people should have to get hit by a car in order to drive one. Then maybe you would understand how your personal inconvenience is not worth someone else's life. Share the road, it's the law.
So, I guess the answer to that is that our local politicians, like Mayors Littlefield and now-Senator Corker, will follow the three foot rule; that is, after they rewrite it to meet their paycheck needs.
We also have a problem with people not understanding how to cross the street, even with a traffic light telling them when to walk. The pedestrian crossing buttons in Chattanooga stopped working after Mayor Littlefield took office. They now do nothing.
Mayor Littlefield's administration put up signs that say, "Pedestrians must push button."
None of the buttons work.
Pedestrian crossing signals only change with the periodicity of the traffic stoplights.
I guess we could splurge on some public works and use the existing resources to make the buttons responsive to the needs of the people. Oh, I forgot: traffic flow gets local politicians paid. That's why they repainted all of the streets a few years back: to change traffic flow to improve their property values. Those property values are important parts of collateral or downpayments on loans for political ads. That's how Mayor Corker became Senator Corker. We can't fix the streetlights to interrupt a politician's paycheck! Silly me.
One crossing, of Amnicola Highway at Battery Place, a block uphill from the Roundhouse, does not ever change at all. They do not change with the cycling of the lights or with the buttons. You just have to run across when you dare. I once waited 15 minutes and the light never changed. The signs are a sham.
There is one poor blind guy in town who tries to cross at these lights. Somehow, he is still alive.
The pedestrian "Walk" sign activates when the main flow of traffic, going straight, goes in that direction. People just stand on the curb for five seconds, see the light says, "Don't walk," and then they cross against the light anyway.
Three feet of clearance when passing a bicycle has been the law since about 2005 or 2006. I have been on a bike and in a MVA. Any day I ride on the road, even on my way to roads with bicycle lanes, I have close calls with cars.
Many of our traffic laws are based on yielding, letting someone else go first. Most of our drivers drive with the attitude of "me first." They might not be in such of a pushy hurry if they had ever been hit by a car.
Any kind of pinch point or slow down in traffic will be within 100 yards of the spot where motorists will violate this clearance law. They will often only wait a few seconds.
On one day alone, I had 13 people honk, cuss, yell, or cut too close; almost all were in cars with out of state license plates. There had been some construction on a nearby highway. These people were driving on roads through our community to bypass the traffic jam. They just act more upset when it looks like they need to wait five seconds to be safe.
Most people in my community give me more than enough room to clear. Be SAFE: seen, aware, friendly, equipped. They'll get used to you being there after a few days.
We are all simply not good enough drivers to be at our best all the time; but, being aggressive over using the road is not worth it.
The only reason why they are illegal is because we made it illegal for brown people to come to this county. I know. I am the son of a white immigrant. No one ever even asks us if we are legal.
When they find out we speak English, we go to the front of the line when it's time to process a visa.
We need to make immigration legal, so you hypocrites can stop typing "illegal" in capital letters.
They are only illegal because you are too jealous to share freedom.
And you know who will be the first to be victimized? Those too bad off to vote. If we don't stand up for them and stop these rich people taking the money now, the sick and poor will get hurt. The kind of help that's getting cut off is what helps those folks keep it together enough to survive.
The AIM Center is about giving people who are mentally ill the chance to live in a regular house together. It's a halfway house for people who need help. It's a chance for those folks to take what responsibility they can for themselves to try and get going with something that looks like a normal life.
Who shuts down group homes for the mentally ill to get a six figure salary for themselves?
Apparently our local rich politicos, Corker, Kinsey, Coppinger, Littlefield, all of these cronies, are ripping off the weak and the poor to pay themselves and their employees. Meanwhile, they cry poormouth taxpayer all the way to the bank.
Cap executive salaries at something reasonable. These people are making way too much money for self-appointed offices.
Paying unelected rich people more than generals at the expense of the poor is one of the most reprehensible things I've seen in this city since I returned from war. I just cannot understand why people were not instantly outraged at these selfish proposals. How did this get approved? How could someone ask for this? I am amazed at just how disgusting and selfish our people have become.
The City paid for the website to a design firm with ties to former Mayor Kinsey. Those people, like the new Chief of Staff, we observed negotiating for who gets what as part of Mayor Coppinger's appointment.
They are paying themselves, with taxpayer funds, right in front of us. They are taking the money for themselves, not serving these people.
While the government may not be Metro, the back door deals are.
Those deals are resulting in outrageous payments. Take the Chief of Staff salary, above, for example. A US Army two star general officer, O-8, Major General, with less than two years of experience, like Mike Compton's zero days of employment with the county, would be paid a maximum full time annual salary of no more than $114,368.40.
Generals do not, by executive order, make $120,000 a year with no experience. If you would like to check me on this, go to dfas.mil and download a copy of the pay table.
We do pay two generals in the state of Tennessee. As a practical matter, to become a general officer, to have that kind of salary in public service, you need near 20 years of experience, at least. Significant educational and training advances. Successful previous postings.
These guys who appointed and are now paying themselves more than General Petraeus would get paid if he had no years in, have none of that.
That website deal is for more than double what we would pay our highest ranking military officers. They are capped at a maximum annual salary, for over 18 years in, at $12,291 a month. $147,492 a year.
And, they are telling us there is not enough money to help our sick, old and weak.
If Mike Compton was ranked by scope of responsibility, and experience, on our current pay tables for officers, he'd come in at no more than O-3, Captain, with near 150 employees. Pay for a Captain with no experience is $3711 a month.
Actual value? $44,532.
That's a lot closer to the average citizen's pay of $32,000 a year. It'd be an example of a reasonable compensation offer. Instead, these guys are paying themselves more than colnels and generals.
We're about to pay Mike Compton, a political appointee with no experience, more than we'd pay a Major General. Meanwhile, the job was offered to apparently no one else. We have many, many people in this area out of work who have experience not only in the executive branch at this scope of authority, but in other industries as well. Yet, we're expected to just rubber stamp this guy in.