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 [...]

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 [...]

Republicans: Are You Listening?

As someone whose first vote was for Ronald Reagan in 1980, I can honestly say that I have consistently sought after the most conservative candidate I could find, but all too often I found myself voting for the lesser of two evils. But in 2009 the political landscape changed. When the Republicans could only muster up a miserable option by the name of John McCain to run against a socialist-Marxist by the name of Barack Obama, tens of millions of grassroots Americans said enough is enough. The Read more [...]

Leaders Lead on Amendment 1

This week the Hamilton County Commission was faced with what I believe may be one of the most important votes they have cast during their tenure.  Granted, the vote was over a "mere" Resolution that resulted in no overt action or new law in our county.  But there are times when simply speaking Truth and taking a stand on a foundational Principle is paramount and as such required. The Resolution which was voted on this week addressed Amendment 1 to the Tennessee Constitution - an Amendment which Read more [...]

Vote AGAINST the Domestic Partnership Ordinance: An Issue of Faith, Finance, and Fairness

There is not much that has elicited such a divide and strong emotion for many residents of Chattanooga as the Domestic Partnership Ordinance.  Last November it narrowly passed by a city council vote of 5-4 but it was immediately blocked when a Petition was signed by over 11,000 voters.  As a result it is up to Chattanooga voters on August 7 to decide whether to pass or permanently defeat the ordinance that would extend health benefits to city employee’s girlfriends and boyfriends (either same-sex Read more [...]

Lamar: Don’t Tread on US

The Chattanoogan.com website is a great place to read what's on the minds of people in the community so I frequently peruse its Opinion page. This week I read an interesting piece that was chiding grassroots citizens for their "less than civil" activities when they held a "No Amnesty" Rally at a Lamar Alexander event in Chattanooga. First, let me say I was at the Rally of grassroots citizens who gathered peacefully outside the Rib & Loin Restaurant at 4:30 Tuesday afternoon with signs, banners Read more [...]