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eileen said...

When a Christmas Eve shooting injuring 9 young people makes International news, you no longer have to worry about events such as this occuring in the middle of Chattanooga's tourist district.

Chattanooga has waited too long to do something about a problem that has been increasing in intensity for several years. I, like the rest of you, do not know what the solution is, or even if the there is a solution. It is easy to randomly place blame on one group of citizens or another. It takes trememdous courage to offer suggestions for improvement. Let us hear your serious and reasonable solutions.

December 29, 2011 at 8:35 p.m.
eileen said...

Thank you Chattanooga Police for your efforts at attempting to control this public disturbance. It must be very dangerous to be wearing a uniform in the midst of such a melee; and also during follow-up attempts to arrest the violators on their home territory.

December 26, 2011 at 9:27 a.m.
eileen said...

This sounds like it could become a model program for all schools. Creativity fosters higher order thinking and problem-solving skills. Too often students' creativity is wrongly squelched in schools in order to provide an emphasis on math and science skills as set forth by the nation. Our students (and our nation) would be better served if creativity was used as a method to promote math and science learning. Good work, art teacher Joshua Coleman and Principal Rodney Knox for not only allowing your studnets to think outside the box, but doing so yourselves.

December 21, 2011 at 11:15 p.m.
eileen said...

TN has a habitual motor vehicle offender act. Shouldn't there also be a criminal habitual offender act? Law-abiding citizens would be most appreciative if one of our state legislators took up the cause in the legislature to get such a law written and passed. Perhaps then we won't be reading news articles about a Chattanooga citizens being charged with 68 crimes. Of course, he may have been found innocent of the 68 charges, but that is highly unlikely.

December 8, 2011 at 7:18 p.m.
eileen said...
  1. The most absurd story this year for me was Erlanger sending a deceased infant home in a styrofoam cooler. That story was so inhumanly disturbing, it has stayed on my mind for weeks.
  2. The violence in Chattanooga, apparently mostly gang related, has me considering a life-changing move away from the city I have called home for 40 years. Therefore, the series of news stories has significantly impacted my personal life. I find myself constantly instructing my grandchildren on ways to stay alert when in public. I do not want them to fear life outside the home, but I do want them to always be alert to the possibility of wrongdoing nearby.
  3. I was on my way to Rib & Loin to pick up lunch for my family on the day Sgt. Chapin was killed. As I approached the site, I could tell something had gone seriously wrong by the number of police cars, ambulances and activity in the area. Since this event occured so close to home (less than 2 miles) this too keeps me wondering about maintaining a home in Chattanooga.
  4. I followed the Gail Palmgrem story from the start. I did not know her or any of her family, but the events and circumstances never made sense, which was intriging and worthy of additional thought. Even with the recent news of finding her remains and car, and the immediate request (press release) for exoneration from her spouse (through his attorneys)regarding his involment, continues to make me wonder. And no, I do not watch CSI or any other criminal investigation television show. I haven't watched television in more than 25 years.
  5. The painstakingly slow demise of the City of Dalton GA was and continues to be worthy of my attention. The economy hit the area hard and it has devastated so many working families who are now without jobs. It seems so many of the workers were from South American Countries and Mexico, leaving them without extended family support to help them through difficult times.
  6. Although the destructive tornadoes created trauma to all our residents (directly or indirectly) it is ranked lower on my list, as it was an act of nature. There was nothing we could do to prevent it. Our ownly avenue was to react after the fact by trying to find ways to help those in need. The individual family stories were heartbreaking and stories about how the entire area became involved in helping was uplifting and showed the true spirit of the people "in the South." However, the story can't compare to the absolute lack of concern and civility that Erlanger personnel demonstrated to the young African American woman who endured her 3rd miscarrage; who got to hold her tiny baby boy for a few minutes, gaze into his eyes and tell him she loved him; and then be handed his deceased body in a styrofoam cooler.
December 3, 2011 at 10:55 a.m.
eileen said...

If only we had more "Heroes" like Mr. Brown, what a wonderful world this would be.

November 15, 2011 at 8:35 a.m.
eileen said...

Perhaps it's time to move away from the Chattanooga area. With 44 documented gangs with 1100 members and 463 uniformed police, this city is no longer a safe place to live or raise children or grandchildren. Why not wait for the fix? "In 1997 Chattanooga police estimated there were 10 criminal street gangs with 150 members..." It is 14 years later and we remain headed in the wrong direction. I have read the comments by readers who are quick to suggest that the actions of the gang members are a development of their low socio-economic status. Others generalize/stereotype all people of a particular race into a category of worthless criminals. I am not convinced that we have the intelligence nor desire to fix the overlying problems that are plaguing (what used to be) our wonderful city.

October 30, 2011 at 12:41 p.m.
eileen said...

Thanks for the uplifting story TFP. And thanks to the Jones family for following God's lead and fulfilling Vasya's dream.

October 18, 2011 at 9:55 a.m.
eileen said...

Fights after high school football games is becoming frequent. Perhaps it's time to do away with the sport and encourage all former players to participate in wrestling.

October 17, 2011 at 4:42 p.m.
eileen said...

From a "real 60's hippie-chik", I think it is wonderful that the silent majority across American has finally decided to use their voices! Speak up! Speak out! And keep it peaceful! If you believe you can make a difference, you will.

Payingattention, you demonstated your interest in the Occupy Chattanooga movement by asking for more specifics. Keep an open mind, and you may soon be joining the group at Miller Park. If you don't agree with the specifics, then start your own group in Miller Plaza with fftspam.

October 8, 2011 at 9:15 a.m.
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