Dr. Don Gala's comment history

ddgala said...

04-15-2012 On the day that Officer Jacks graduated from the Academy, I was present. My presence was for a friend who had graduated from the Academy, and I was merely in the right place to meet her, as I met others from that class as well. She was full of life, promise, hope, and desire to help her brothers and sisters in Blue to make Chattanooga a better place to live. Any time that someone attempts to get your weapon, please keep this special young woman in mind. She would not want anyone to end-up like her by hesitating to one's compromise.

This would, of course, make it more, rather than less, of a need to use one's weapon during a potential or actual struggle where a person's firearm could be stripped away and used against oneself.

Lately, there has been a lot being said about the use of DPF during a struggle or attack. Officer Jacks (a White Police Officer) lost her life (2002) at the hands of her assailant; a 17-year old Black youth who was 6'2" and 200lbs in Sanford, FL was a killed during a scuffle; and a 17-year old White youth who was approximately 190lbs. at 10'8" was shot twice and killed when he rushed an armed Black man in Greece, New York (2009). One case shows us what can happen when we do not use DPF fast enough with an assailant, one case shows us what happens to an attacker when a person protects decides to use DPF to protect oneself from an attacker, and another case in Sanford, Florida may have been a similar use of DPF.

Officer Jacks loss of life and the lesson we learned from it should never be allowed to happen again.

As for Isaac Jones, III, he should suffer the life of an inmate..., forever. He should never be released from prison. And yes, this may have been one of those cases when the death penalty would be appropriate. I am at odds with the swiftness of the death penalty - no more pain, and the life locked-up behind bars - where suffering never ends.

April 15, 2012 at 9:48 p.m.
ddgala said...

Sandy Hughes has a point in her argument. How effective are lay people in making decisions about issues in education? As we have seen in Hamilton County, even a former Principal seems to have lost touch with the issues in education. When money, instead of effective education programs, leads such a former educator by the nose it makes it difficult to support Ms. Hughes. After all, the former public school Principal hasn't done any better than the lay people on the HC School Board.

If you question what I write here, then check your property tax bill of 1995 and compare it with the student test scores of that year. Now, examine your property tax bill for 2010 and compare it with the student test scores for 2010. Any problem? You are pay a lot more for less. This is what the former Principal on our school board supported. How does this differ with what the lay people did on this school board? This does not differ one bit!

Sorry, Ms. Hughes, but although you have some concerns about the school board, the reasoning appears to be weak, at least when we examine the evidence. For your information, I have been concerned for some time, but the people keep re-electing the same people who caused the problem. This may be the problem..., or are the elections fixed? Unfortunately, I am not as naive as I once had been.

December 29, 2011 at 10:13 p.m.
ddgala said...

I was shocked to read Chief Cooper's testimony in this case. If Reporter Pam Sohn's article is correct, Cooper should be in trouble for perjury. Shame on these folks. It must be that the end justifies the means.

They wanted younger people in these positions. They didn't eliminate them, they placed 2 other young individuals in these positions.

In regard to the performance appraisals, shame on them for trying this stunt. Live by your signature. After all, these men only needed a satisfactory rating to prevail. It is a myth that there is a need for an outstanding, although an outstanding makes Cooper look that much more incompetent. He should just come clean and admit that paying to new Assistant Deputy Chiefs was cheaper than paying these older guys. This is the truth, although one of the Captains promoted was a serious mistake, and had to be undone.

People at this level should sign an agreement of service at will. In other words, continued service is at the discretion of the Police Chief. After all, these are political appointments. You can appoint a goat to an Assistant Deputy Chief, Deputy Chief, or Chief's position. It has always been this way, and always will be. Every level of government works like this. In this case, however, it appears that if these 2 men had been younger with less pay, they would have been allowed to stay. They cannot use age like this, it is just plain unlawful.

January 10, 2010 at 1:20 a.m.
ddgala said...

What were the 15+ patrons in a restaurant in Fayetteville, NC, thinking in 1995 when a person entered and began shooting? Got a gun?

May 30, 2009 at 6:57 p.m.
ddgala said...

If legislators want the guns in restaurant provision, put back the restriction "after 11:P.M." This makes sense; guns after the kitchen closes doesn’t.

May 30, 2009 at 6:44 p.m.
ddgala said...

While Reps. Brown and Favors are trying to tie the hands of honest people (people who, if armed, would assist in saving their lives if a criminal tried to kill them), the criminals, by their very nature could care less about laws governing firearms, would continue to violate laws, threaten the life and limb of honest people, and cause mayhem in our community. What is going through the small minds of these two legislators?

Representative Brown has done some good work in the past. Today, she and Rep. Favors sound like dolls in a doll shop, with nothing between their ears. What are they thinking? Do they think that they are living in a different world than the rest of us? It is a dangerous world, and we are like sheep, and the criminals are like wolves. The one fact that changes the potential threat here is that when the lamb has sharp teeth, the wolf will be less likely to attack the lamb.

This is what this is all about. Being a retired LEO, the law already allows me and other LEOs to carry firearms in every state, where there are about 50 different sets of laws governing firearms. As such, this is not about me, it is about every honest man and woman out there that has a God given right to protect themselves from the threat to life and limb. Our U.S. Constitution allows for the same protection, so said the U.S. Supreme Court.

The various pieces of legislation appears to be for the purpose of protecting honest people from prosecution for acts not considered a threat to public safety, such as, having lunch in a restaurant that serves alcohol, even though the person carrying the firearm is not consuming any alcohol.

It is the responsibility of the State Legislature to protect honest people, while providing legislation to apprehend and prosecute criminals. I applaud the Tennessee State Legislature for the work being done here. As for Representatives Brown and Favors, I can only ask that they consider who is being protected here (honest people) and stay focused on protecting honest people.

March 20, 2009 at 10:34 p.m.
ddgala said...

Don (Gorman), thank you for providing the correction to the use of "Office" over "Department." The use of "Department" indicates a subordinate organization under an elected entity other than the Sheriff. The Sheriff is the elected official, and hence, the use of "Office" is more appropriate.

Hopefully, the County Commission will provide the Sheriff with the funding necessary to build an appropriate correctional facility that would best serve the County without the threat of future litigation that would potentially cost the taxpayers millions of dollars. This is where we are heading.

It is incredible that a County Commissioner had sought the Sheriff's seat and advocated the need for a new jail. As soon as this person loses, he fails to even mention the need for a new jail. It is amazing how short the memory can be for some people, or is it just a shallow desire for some votes. Regardless, this is unfortunate. We need a plan with money to handle the problem(s) with the present jail.

March 20, 2009 at 9:38 p.m.
ddgala said...

Although Mr. Long is a criminal and embarrassment to our community, Overstreet should be subjected to the CJ System with more zeal. Up to this point Overstreet has enjoyed the kindness of the System and he has abused it. It is time to say goodbye Mr. Overstreet and send him to the Department of Corrections to deal with him.

September 18, 2008 at 12:52 a.m.
ddgala said...

My prediction is that fall is arriving early this year. Does this mean an early winter...? Maybe this does indicate an early winter. It most likely will mean that temperatures will begin to drop earlier, which merely means that we need to begin to examine our cold weather clothing earlier this year.

For those of you who will ask, "What does this mean in regard to global warming?" This is a much more complex question to respond to here. Let us just consider the possibility that fall will be early this year.

September 8, 2008 at 1:51 p.m.
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