Take The Measure Of A Man And His Record

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

I would like to say that many of the politicians in Chattanooga have been friends of mine for years.  In fact I have contributed to their campaigns and have tirelessly worked daylight till dark on some of their campaigns for months to help them get elected. Sadly some have even used my public comments without my permission to try to damage their opponents.

I was a board member of a local non profit group of citizens called HCRAA that spent four long years fighting off and defeating the forced annexation of our county residents into the city by our previous mayor and city officials that saw us as a cash cow to help them solve their cash strapped city government problems.

I say all this to show that some of us have been proud to take a stand against the disgusting side of "politics as usual". I have seen how politics causes good folks, some with the best intentions that begin to weigh new political friendships and influence as well as the need to raise money, and seemingly change perspectives on what was thought to be "representative government".  We have constant turmoil in Washington and getting anything accomplished for the people is sadly forgotten in an atmosphere where holding on to power or regaining it is all that seems to matter.  In the "swamp" of Washington, the only thing that could possibly save our Republic is the imposition of term limits.  Yea, right.  Try to get politicians to vote on that one. 

I know Tim Boyd personally, and through my involvement in local politics I have sat in on many County Commission meetings where he has obviously at times been the one commissioner that goes to great lengths to actually investigate the issues.  Yes he can be long winded, but sometimes that is what was needed to fill in the blanks on issues that in politics can get decided because of political and financial pressures by the power brokers in Chattanooga. To be sure, Tim can be a pain in the backside to the "good old boy network".

Because of my past friendship and support of Tim Boyd, and the public stands he has taken against some of his colleagues and even friends on the Commission and even the mayor, I find it very hard to believe these charges against him. Seems these kinds of things conveniently crop up just as folks are about to cast their votes. Hmmmm.

Take the measure of the man, and his record.  Don't be swayed by last minute charges that a candidate has no time to defend against.  As for me, I'm done.  Very few good people last long in office. They either go along to get along, resist the system and are pressured out of the way, or they finally have enough and leave on their own. Only informed voters can make a difference.
 And you wonder why Americans are disgusted with politics. 

Bill Reesor
Ooltewah



Fortunate To Have Greg Martin

The residences of the third district in Hamilton are fortunate to have had Greg Martin as our county commissioner since 2016.  Greg Martin served District 3 as the representative on the Hamilton County School Board from March of 2012 to November of 2016. Greg and his family have attended the schools in third district of Hamilton County and Martin’s wife, Sheila, is a teacher ... (click for more)

Send Your Opinions To Chattanoogan.com; Include Your Full Name, Address, Phone Number For Verification

We welcome your opinions at Chattanoogan.com. Email to  news@chattanoogan.com . We require your real first and last name and contact information. This includes your home address and phone number. We do not post the contact information, but need it for verification. There is no word limit, but if your article is too long you may lose your reader. Please focus more ... (click for more)

Chancellor Fleenor Sets Aug. 6 Hearing In Democratic Suit To Keep Robin Smith Off The Ballot; Ms. Smith Was Former Campaign Advisor To Judge

Hamilton County Chancellor Pam McNutt Fleenor has set a hearing for Aug. 6 at 1:30 p.m. on a lawsuit brought by the Tennessee Democratic Party seeking to keep former state GOP Chairman Robin Smith off the ballot. Ms. Smith was a campaign advisor for Ms. McNutt Fleenor when she ran for judge in 2014. Her Rivers Edge Alliance was paid $13,546.86 by the McNutt Fleenor campaign, ... (click for more)

Police Say One Gang Member Shot Another After Both Just Left Gang Meeting At Mayor's Office

Police said one gang member shot another after both had just left a meeting at the mayor's office aimed at quelling gang violence. Kevin Dewayne Bush was arrested for shooting Keyshawn Kidd on May 29. Bush, 20, of 17th Street, is charged with attempted first-degree murder, reckless endangerment and unlawful possession of a firearm. Police said Kidd was returning to his ... (click for more)

Mongar Succeeds Massey As Lady Owls Softball Coach

In an absolute twist of fate, Kerilyn Mongar has taken over the Ooltewah High School girls’ softball program following the resignation of Jon Massey shortly after the 2018 state tournament. Massey has since been named boys’ baseball coach at Silverdale Baptist Academy and Mongar, who coached at East Ridge for three years, now has the task of continuing the Lady Owls’ highly ... (click for more)

UTC Wrestling Coach Heath Eslinger Resigns

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Mark Wharton announced the resignation of wrestling head coach Heath Eslinger today.  Eslinger, who spent nine seasons as head coach of his alma mater, informed Wharton of his decision this morning.  "It was always my hope that Heath Eslinger spend the rest of his career leading our wrestling ... (click for more)