Oh, Woe, What's Next?

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Oh woe, what is next is an apt introduction to a topic that lots of people talk about but little actually gets done and the product improves. The product, children, is a blessed event most of the time unless you are black, brown or not readily acceptable to the majority.

I saw the prejudice in my small town as Polish, Italian, Latvian immigrants moved to work in the factories of the town I am from. Those folks "on the other side of the tracks" were often belittled because they spoke no English and ate strange foods. I know that the school changed a lot of perceptions of what people thought or at least it did to my age group. The Polish girl with a last name that ended in Ski turned out to be a friend. Ditto the Italian boy with a last name that ended in Ina.  We had names like Rozanki, Andolina, Kochanski, Cicero. We graduated together.

The town's people changed along with the school's efforts, though not on a conscious level I am sure. What was different in this small town and that of the problems we have in Chattanooga?  Maybe it's the size of the community or size of the problem or maybe it is the color of the skin? All of the issue relating to education or lack of can be and should be solved on a local level.  Only we know the problems well enough to solve, but for what and how?

Let me describe a way so simple that even the minds of esteemed educators and county leadership seemed to miss the point. Doing the nibbling around the edges has not solved anything and lots of money has been spent  The subjects in question still begin school behind; stay behind and you all know the outcome for so many that did not get an adequate education. I wonder, really wonder, that if society educated all its citizens, would the crime, drug and marriage failures be as large? We must educate the entire family.

The large sum of money now allocated to study the problem is a waste of resources. Why not hire full time home/teaching/coordinators just for the inner city elementary school. Money well spent?

Robert Brooks



Bill Lee Is Great For Tennessee

I had the opportunity to meet Bill and Maria Lee at the grand opening of his Chattanooga Campaign HQ. He delivered, what was by most accounts, a showstopper speech at the Statesman’s dinner in Nashville the night before. He and Maria should have been worn out, but if they were, they really showed very little sign of it. His energy level, for a guy that couldn’t have gotten more ... (click for more)

An Excellent Commissioner – Greg Martin

I have had the privilege of serving with Commissioner Greg Martin for several years now.  In my opinion, he has been an excellent commissioner and has represented the people in District 3 faithfully and with integrity.  There are several characteristics which place Commissioner Martin in the “excellent” category.  First, he is regular in his attendance of Commission ... (click for more)

Firefighters Battle 2-Alarm Fire On Workman Road Tuesday Morning

Chattanooga firefighters were dispatched at 6:03 a.m. on Tuesday, to a commercial fire at 400 Workman Road. When the first firefighters arrived on the scene, flames were shooting through the roof and the request was immediately made for a second alarm response. The flames could be seen for miles as a total of 13 fire companies rushed to the scene. The large, two-story ... (click for more)

Senator Watson And Rep. Hazlewood Ask TDOT To Move Swiftly On Highway 127 Road Project Up Signal Mountain

State Senator Bo Watson (R-Hixson) and Rep. Patsy Hazlewood (R-Signal Mountain) have asked the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) to move swiftly on the Highway 127 project leading up Signal Mountain. In a sternly-worded letter, the lawmakers asked TDOT Commissioner John Schroer to prioritize the road project due to further deterioration of the road. ... (click for more)

English, Ex-East Hamilton Coach, Hired To Lead Whites Creek Boys' Hoops Team

Rodney English, former boys’ basketball coach at East Hamilton, recently was named to a similar job at Whites Creek High School in Nashville. The move was made public Monday when English’s name appeared on the official Whites Creek school directory that is annually submitted to the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association. The hiring of English at Whites Creek was also ... (click for more)

Vols' Nigel Warrior Named To Bednarik Award Watch List

Tennessee junior defensive back  Nigel Warrior  has been named to the 2018 Bednarik Award Watch List. Warrior is the first Vol to be named to the Bednarik Watch list since the defensive trio of Derek Barnett, Jalen Reeves-Maybin and Cameron Sutton were named to the Bednarik's preliminary list in 2016.   Warrior totaled 83 tackles with 3.5 tackles for loss ... (click for more)