America’s Best Days: A Hopeful Optimism

It is widely acknowledged by many Americans, regardless of ideological bent, or religious affiliation, that our nation is in deep trouble.  While America has encountered significant challenges over its 240 year history, never before has it faced so many self-inflicted wounds that pose such serious if not lethal threats to our nation.  I do not underestimate the monumental perils our nation faced during our civil war or even World War II.   But the threats of today are different, and perhaps Read more [...]

When Evil Visited Our City

It was another quiet, sunny day in beautiful Chattanooga, affectionally known as “Scenic City” Tennessee.  Just a few weeks earlier our city with such charm and character was voted “Best Town Ever” by hundreds of thousands of Americans.  And yet, on the morning of July 16 at 10:45 the peace in our city was tragically shattered in a sudden and violent manner.  In the moments that followed, our city was drawn into a worldwide battle between good and evil.  Previous to July 16, our sleepy Read more [...]

No Greater Love

On this Memorial Day, our collective thoughts as Americans turn to those men and women throughout the history of our nation who gave their all so that we might continue to enjoy the "blessings of liberty." Whether those unselfish patriots laid down their lives in 1776 as a result of "the shot heard 'round the world" or perhaps more recently as our fellow citizens gave their lives half way around the world, there is no greater act of love, sacrifice or commitment than the one they demonstrated.  Read more [...]

River City Company: Commissioner Graham NOT Independent

In a stunning admission from River City Company (“RCC”), it has acknowledged that County Commissioner Joe Graham is not “independent” as he serves on the River City Company Board and also sits as a County Commissioner in evaluating projects that RCC brings to the Commission to approve.  In layman's terms, County Commissioner Joe Graham, City Councilman Chip Henderson, County Mayor Jim Coppinger and City Mayor Andy Berke, are subject to a “conflict of interest” as they sit on the Read more [...]

Opting out of my Faith: Not Optional

I am growing sick, tired and saddened over the aggressive discrimination, attacks and overt bigotry towards Christians and those who hold to an orthodox theology that has been in place for over 5,000 years that defines marriage as between one man and one woman. Up until a few years ago, this orthodox view was (and perhaps still is) mainstream in America. (And for the record, holding to the orthodox view of marriage is not akin to slavery or racism, so please don't even devolve to such a silly Read more [...]

Bob Corker Devolves on Same-Sex Marriage

“Devolve:  to degenerate or deteriorate gradually; to change gradually for the worse; decline; deteriorate." Ten years ago Bob Corker, former Chattanooga Mayor, was meeting with his staff and advisors to formulate a strategy that would enable him to move from local politics to one of the highest profile stages in the nation.  As Bob met with his team they discussed policy issues, formulated strategies, and staked out the positions he sensed would enable him to prevail in his goal to win the position Read more [...]

PILOT’s – the Reason for Your Coming Tax Increase

Is it fair that common everyday taxpayers in Chattanooga & Hamilton County must pay 100% of their property taxes, including individuals who are finding it difficult to make it on fixed incomes as well as small struggling businesses, while wealthy, well connected businessmen get hundreds of thousands if not millions of dollars in tax breaks that go straight into their back pockets! The Chattanooga City Council and Hamilton County Commission just gave away a 14 year $1 Million tax Read more [...]

Obama’s Lost Love Letters to Michelle?

As I’ve thought about the many statements Barack Obama has made about America since he was catapulted onto the national stage, the question about whether Obama loves America has never been one with which I have grappled.  Many of us who read about Obama and studied him closely back in his early years of national prominence were frustrated and saddened that the statements he made about our nation, that most of the 330 million Americans love, were never challenged by the majority of the populace, Read more [...]

Open vs Closed Primaries?

For some time now there has been a debate raging over whether Tennessee Republicans should keep their Primaries Open or Close them.  In essence, a Closed Primary would mean that voters would simply vote in the Primary based on the Party with which they affiliate or register.  Thus Republicans would vote in Republican Primaries and Democrats would vote in Democrat Primaries.  Then, once the candidate is selected by each party via their primary elections, all voters would then choose from the Read more [...]

When Wright was Wrong & Filled with Hate

Saturday morning I had the opportunity to attend what was billed as the “Unity Prayer Breakfast” at the Greater Tucker Baptist Church.  The event was presented by “The Unity Group” in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King.  I went there along with several of my friends, both black and white.  Not that the color of their skin should matter, but for some reason our culture and community finds it useful to divide us along those lines. I went out of curiosity over the keynote Read more [...]