Our Planet Is In Need Of Love

Thursday, November 9, 2017

My first great-great-grandson was born just one year ago. His family had a birthday party for him. My oldest son submitted a paper for review to a climate committee studying both short term and long term affects to humans on the planet. Brennan, so young, will be impacted by global climate changes and we can only speculate if he will be harmed; if he will have his life shortened and what his economic future will be for him. Lots of questions, but no ready answers. Everyone of us should be concerned for the future and tiny Brennan has not the predictability that I had and most all of us had for our futures.

In my own lifetime weather events were pretty consistent. Oh, we had snow storms and once in a while a weather event that would close the schools. Once in a while we had summers that were warm, but they too were not an issue. The issues with climate change have already made a difference in the world. Parts of the African continent are already feeling the affects of severe drought; monsoon rains that seem only to go on and on. Weather events in this country have crossed over from normal events to catastrophic events.

I personally drive a hybrid car. I fill up at Sam's next to a Ford F-250. My great-great-grandson may not have what is a beautiful country to see, feel and have a future predicated on the wisdom and leadership of governmental leadership. The present administration is putting people in place to begin undoing efforts to mitigate climate change. One inspired message received by the leadership .. bring back coal.. wonderful coal... put coal miners back to work.  The affects, medical and environmental are known. Coal burning kills. If you have not seen pictures of Beijing, China please do. Headlights on in the day time. Can't see. Pollution.  

Our elected leadership in Congress and the Senate and many of their congressional friends turn away from discussion about climate and instead embrace with palms up accepting campaign money from the likes of the Koch Brothers; from the giants of Exxon, Duke Energy, etc.  The brilliant and predictor of gloom, Steven Hawkins, has said in a few hundred years the earth we call home will not be habitable. See if we can to think only of what is here and now to what could be. Our precious planet may be in need of love. 

Robert Brooks



Sewage Contaminating Our Water

For anyone who lives near Moccasin Bend, it's no secret that there is raw sewage and feces being pumped into our water and the Tennessee River. Ask any fisherman or boater who is on the water before they stop pumping of a morning and they will tell you stories such as this. I've seen it myself personally and have witnessed the brown and yellow concoction that is being blasted into ... (click for more)

City Council’s Critical Call—Creek Consensus?

The Friars Branch Stream Restoration Project cost the city $1.2 million after new homes were flooded along Hickory Valley Road caused by inadequate stormwater management during the development of Hamilton Place upstream.  The residents dealing with the floodwaters suffered cleanup costs as did the city.  Allowing homebuilders to cover up more surface with impervious homes ... (click for more)

City Council Votes On 1st Reading To Lower Rain Retention Requirement In South Chickamauga Creek Basin

The City Council on Tuesday voted to lower the requirement for rainwater retention in the South Chickamauga Creek basin. The move from holding the first 1.6 inches to one inch had been requested by the Home Builders Association and the Berke administration. Sandy Kurtz, longtime leader of the South Chickamauga Creek Greenway Alliance, said the resolution was "not yet ready ... (click for more)

Former Pilot Regional Account Specialist Says Former President Mark Hazelwood Approved Of Fraud

When well-known attorney Rusty Hardin on Tuesday asked a former Pilot regional account specialist if she believed that former president Mark Hazelwood knew of a plan to cheat trucking firms he didn't get the answer he expected. Holly Radford told a jury in Chattanooga, "I know he had knowledge of the rebate schemes that were going on. "I had conversations with him about it ... (click for more)

Davis, Volker Power Soddy-Daisy Past Hixson 53-31

Tuesday was Game 2 for Bill Eller being back on the sideline as a head basketball coach. “I was nervous as heck in the first one,” Eller said Tuesday night after his Trojans belted Hixson, 53-31, behind the potent one-two scoring punch of Josh Davis and Doug Volker. “But this is my 29 th year coaching. It’s like riding a bicycle and once the ball is tipped, it’s about the ... (click for more)

CCS Sweeps Polk Co. In Thanksgiving Round Robin

Coach Eddie Salter appears to have a pretty good basketball team at Chattanooga Christian, but he’s still looking for the right chemistry as he finds the best combination of players to put on the floor. The season is still really young and the Chargers had only played one game coming into their annual Thanksgiving Round Robin Tournament Tuesday night, but it looks like he will ... (click for more)