I think it's a shame that so many folks are branded for life on the Sex Offender Registry whose offenses were minor, non-violent, and/or concensual in nature. They are unfairly branded for life and many are ostracized and often condemned by people who overreact who are quick to judge without considering mitigating circumstances and a return to law-abiding, peaceful life.
I, for one would fear a convicted murderer living nearby much more than someone who made one mistake sexual in nature and has paid his price to society and has successfully participated in probation and is living peacefully among us. It is truly that murderers and other violent offenders walk free after probation and can live private and non-stigmatized lives among us.
I do hope that the state of Tennessee will follow Georgia's lead in helping rehabilitated sex offenders to regain normal private lives.
I don't feel sorry for these people who whine and complain they are going hungry. There are government handout programs galore to offer help and noone should go hungry.
Shopping smart helps a lot. Buying on sales, using coupons, and choosing store brands are just some of the strategies that stretch the grocery dollar. And there are several discount grocery stores to choose from.
I'm retired and on a fixed income, plus part time job, so I know what I'm talking about.
And the people who whine the most are the same people who voted for Obama. How do they like paying $4 per gallon of gas because Obama refuses to allow development of our vast resources of oil and gas? And food prices have gone up severely due to corn being used for ethanol instead of for food. Another misguided government program.
Food stamp benefits have increased drastically in the past two years and I see people buying steaks with their food stamps while I'm eating hamburger, and thankful for it. And many barter their food stamp with others for money or services.
The Hedrick's excuse for not picking up WIC vouchers due to lack of a car is another lame excuse. There is all kinds of cheap and free transportation available for such purposes. Or is it that they can't afford those gas prices to drive their own car which was probably reposessed.
This whole article reeks of the sorry state of our society who has their hand out expecting the government to support them cradle to grave. And they are the ones who appreciate it the least, hold out their greedy hands for more, and cry "tax the rich".
Our society is in a sorry state of affairs and the "takers" are starting to outnumber the "givers".
I like the suggestion of the city buying a large tract of land and designate is just for "gang wars". We could even issue weapons and ammo at the entrance gate. Then, let them have at it. Soon the local gang problem would be solved.
I am so sick of seeing and hearing these stories.
That comment by the young girl, "Now I have noone to go home to lay with" kind of tells it all. That kind of comment is symptomatic of the problem at hand. Single unfit parents breeding and raising thugs and sluts. Blight on a decent society. What more can I say? No solution in sight except for letting them weed each other out of society by natural selection.
Too many people want to hang this teacher even before the facts are in. This "hanging" mentality has got to go.
I agree with Rolando. This teacher is being punished by losing her job before she's even been tried. Where is the presumtion of innocence? She should be at the very least be suspended with pay until this issue is resolved.
Granted the presence of the noose is a device used by racists to intimidate and inflame the black population. And the authorities and the media are being used and manipulated to spread that hate message and to give the racists the very attention and notoriety they seek. Is the media looking for a big breaking story they can use to promote sensationalism? I am not racist, and by the same token if "kill whitey" was written on a building wall, I would hope the media would not play it up to promote their own interests. But I really do think the media would tend to give much less coverage to an anti-white slur than what we see now. Such a thing would not be nearly as provocative and the whites would not rise up in righteous indignation. They never do, and the media knows that.
So all people of Chattanooga, white, black, or whatever, consider this ignorant "noose" gesture for what it really is. Just a vain attempt for some hate group or person(s) to inflame and intimidate. If we react in either fashion, then we have aided and abetted them in succeeding in their mission.
I wonder who is coming up with the bond money. I believe you have to post either 10% of the $200K or property of some value. Either way, it's a lot of money to buy a few months freedom. I also wonder what the bond (if any) would be if he violates the conditions of release again?
Let's give these officers credit for a job well done. Thefts like these only raises prices for all of us.
I'm a veteran and I receive healthcare at the local VA Outpatient Clinic in Chattanooga.
I can't stress how much I appreciate the care I get. The staff is friendly, responsive, and professional. I am always treated with respect and dignity, and I never feel like just an insignificant number winding my way through the system.
Too often we hear negative comments about veteran healthcare, but as for me, and for the many veterans I've observed, we get top-notch care.
I appreciate the VA healthcare system, and I applaud the many dedicated professionals who serve us veterans.