You wrote: "Tennessee's Republican state lawmakers must think we're stupid." Is it possible they have good reason to think that? After all, they keep getting re-elected.
In a tough election, where tempers flare and facts are often the victims, it is refreshing to read the TFP recommendations and their reasons for them. I contrast that to the leading paper in the large city to the east of Chattanooga, Knoxville, where the endorsements are based solely on partisanship. That paper endorsed Chuck Fleischmann, a congressman whose influence only marginally affects their readership, and avoided any stand on the presidency.
I frequently include the TFP in my FB posts for its consistent efforts to report about the issues of its readership, from the Chickamauga Locks to poverty. I use the TFP both as an example of good reporting and for its willingness to take a stand when it counts.
Responding in agreement with whats_wrong_with_the_world's statement above. As in any good negotiation, there has to be some give and take. A business person wants to know what he's getting for what he's giving. A social worker might ask, "What are you willing to do in order to access the knowledge, skills and abilities you'll need to turn your life around.
I have a pretty strong background in writing, videography and the like. There are opportunities in both fields. If I make myself available to teach, are you going to do your part to learn?
Success doesn't come from a high school diploma or even a college degree. It comes from commitment to one's self, to the field one wants to give himself or herself to. Go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vkBzrM... and read the names of the millionaires/billionaires who dropped out of college/highschool, not only in the US but around the world. Think it's time for a change, ask for help. Post your request here at the timesfreepress.com comments section and see how many people will offer to help.
Don't expect money, or a job. Expect guidance, mentoring and direction. Expect that you're the one who has to do the work because in the final analysis, it's your life.
I enjoyed reading 382Kwebsite's comments. One sentence stood out:
"Not only has he accomplished nothing, but also he has wasted our time with his tenure."
We taxpayers pay our congressmen (Fleischmann) $170,000/year PLUS EXPENSES and other perks to work about 100 DAYS/YR. He not only wasted your time, he wasted over a QUARTER MILLION DOLLARS OF YOUR MONEY. Let's say you're a business man. Would you keep this guy on your payroll?
I applaud the timesfreepress for this article and for their coverage of the races for District 3.
I speak as a voter from Dandridge, who, since redistricting, no longer has Chuck Fleischmann as his representative -- HAPPILY.
Area voters should know that the congressman Never contacted constituents like me when he was coming to the city. The only way I knew he was around was from newspaper reports AFTER he'd come and gone. I suppose that's because I had serious questions and he really doesn't do well with serious questions.
I met Mary Headrick in Knoxville some moths back and I was pleasantly surprised by her command of issues, her strong, well-thought- out opinions, and her willingness to engage in dialogue.
I have no dog in the 3rd District issues but I can tell you that if you want a representative who is concerned about her constituents above all, you must take the time to attend one of her events and hear her out. She stands head and shoulders above her opponent, and you would do well to allow her to serve you and your district.