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Bradley County leaders decision to tax and spend, not sitting well with taxpayers

In Uncategorized on February 26, 2013 at 10:52 AM

The Bradley County News room just received an email that I thought would make a very appropriate “Letter to the Editor” type blog to be addressed in this news outlet and shared with our 50,000 plus readers in 106 countries.

The relevance of the letter comes on the heels of a huge regional tax and spend program startup with meetings to be kicked off in the month of March.

The Local Chamber of Commerce and other NGOs will be gambling billions upon billions of your tax dollars on “economic development” for our 3 state, 16 County megaregional “Thrive 2055” growth program.

The enormity of this project will be horrendously expensive and we the taxpayer will get very little benefit and we will see very little oversight by our elected leaders as non governmental organizations run amuck with your hard earned tax dollars.

The biggest message I received from this email was our locally elected representatives are not concerned with reducing our debt, only receiving more grants to spur new spending sprees. That is a fantastic summation of where our leaders are directing us with this regional growth plan.

They all “say or preach” the right thing when the press is around or hog the print to fuss about DC when they are doing the same thing only at the local level and on a smaller scale.

It’s time the citizens and ultimately taxpayers speak up and say enough is enough. We do not like the direction our County is going and we want to preserve our children’s future not gamble it away for the next federal grant that may come our way.

I think it’s high time we take responsibility for our city and county. Act responsible and live within our means for a change, cut our debt instead of mounding it on our children’s backs, robbing them of their own ability to be prosperous.

Letter to the Editor:

Gentlemen,
Let me please begin by recalling some of your quotes that are the basis of this e-mail to you all.
 
Gary Davis quote from TFP article by Paul Leach on Jan. 11 2013:

“These are all very good signs that we are slowly but surely growing our way out of this recession and, at least in Southeast Tennessee, doing our part to generate the revenue we need without raising taxes”
 
Jeff Morelock quote from TFP article by Paul Leach on Dec. 5, 2012:

“Are we going to invest in future industry here and have growth so we don’t have to increase taxes, or are we going to tell industry we’re not interested in you coming here?”
 
J. Adam Lowe from a CDB article 2/22/2013 by David Davis:

He “absolutely despises the conversation about reducing the deficit. I want to eliminate the deficit. I want to reduce the debt”.
He said his parents would pay more in taxes if they knew it would go toward paying foreign debt.
“There is not trust it will go to that”. “Their concern is that it will continue to fund programs…”
 
Each of these articles were about different issues but I found a common thread running through each of them in your quotes. All of you rail against Washington. All of you talk about how federal debt is an issue and all you ascribe to the same basic political and economic philosophies as the solution.
 
We have our own ever increasing debt problem in Bradley County and none of you talk about it (at least publicly as I can tell). It’s always about how bad things are in Washington. As a proportion we are at least as bad as Washington in this county. Is it not hypocrisy on your part to attack Washington when our situation is approaching a mirror image? And unlike Washington, you can’t just print more money until it is as worthless as the the currency became during the days of  the Wiemar Republic just preceding Hitler.
 
Instead of remaining within the bounds of what is expected of your job you take on the task of “economic development” based on the principles of sustainable development, public/private partnerships and now regional growth. We have been at this kind of activity for over 20 years now? How has it worked for us? Have all these PILOT programs, incentives and business “attraction” produced a ballooning budget surplus yet that you have so hoped for? No it hasn’t and it never will. Do you know what else? I cannot find one study, one piece of documentation anywhere that tells us this unholy alliance between big business and bigger government works. I have multiple studies from the right wing (The John Birch Society) all the way to the left wing (The NEA) as well as many other legal and academic studies that show what you are engaging in always fails. I defy you to find me one study that shows the success of government directed economic development. Understand: I want to believe it works. I want to believe that I can turn all of life’s problems over to my government and they will create a “livable community” for me. The evidence does not bare that out.
 
“Whirlpool is still here.” “Look at Volkswagen and Amazon”: is not a study. Sorry. There are always silver shovel ceremonies and short term bubbles of economic growth (makes for great headlines and photo ops) but that bubble always bursts. Then it leads to more economic development which means more debt! You promote these deals, we provide infrastructure and services at no cost to these corporations. They take federal, state and local monies in these programs. The result: either they are long gone by the time it is time for them to begin paying their full tax burden or if they are still here, we are hit up for another PILOT agreement. You are all aware of cities that have gone bankrupt such as Stockton, Cal. The big lie in the media is that it was all about out of control public employee benefits, retirements and the SEIU. I know there is some truth in part. However the real issue in these California cities is their net bonded debt that they could not pay. This debt was created by redevelopment schemes and business attraction programs just like what is being unleashed in our area now. What makes you think you will do better this time? Regionalism? Thrive 2055 will take care of it?  
 
As stated earlier; none of you suggest addressing the spending side of the equation to solve our deficit issues and spending “needs”. All of you agree that your activity will generate growth, that will generate jobs, that will generate revenue. Once again, we have been doing this for a long time, where is the budget surplus? Where is the debt reduction? Why do you still despair over a lack of revenue?

Your quotes are essentially threats to the people: let us spend this money on economic development or we will raise your taxes. Those are the only options you give. Jeff Morelock, this is especially true of your quote. You clearly give no thought to spending reduction. You want to grow the tax base to match the size of this government that continually increases. How are any of you different than Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama? I can’t tell the difference. These are the ones you probably all criticize and complain about “strings attached” as you continually take money in federal grants and sit back and act appalled at their behavior.
 
Let me make it simple and if you disagree, then at least I said my peace to you.
PILOT programs, TIF and other Tax abatements are wrong for four reasons: 
1. People like free stuff. Whether it is an individual or a corporation. I don’t blame them: they would be stupid for not taking what you are offering because if they don’t, their competition will. Once people or corporations start taking free stuff, they will never stop and demand more free stuff. I asked another county commissioner this  question to his face one time: Where does it end? He shook his head and muttered “I don’t know”. How sad of a response; yet he still votes for all this.

2. Corporations that have tax abatements do not pay for the services they consume. If you want to perform an experiment: let all county residents only pay the school portion of their property taxes for 6 months and see how far you get. And you don’t even have to build us a new fire station or a new road! The NEA study takes my position because they know the safeguards written into the law to protect school taxes does not work.

3. As you start using our tax money as an incentive do you not think other municipalities, regional entities, etc… are doing the same against us? I know in business when someone cuts a price, there is always retaliation against the price cutter. Soon a price war ensues. Gary Davis: I know you understand this: That is why you were caught on a YouTube video at the Walden Club asking our local municipalities to “stop competing with each other, that’s the point”. You said: “We don’t need to compete”. In business, that is a clear violation of the Sherman Anti-Trust act; In government, I guess you can create any sort of Cartel you want. You must be really excited about Thrive 2055. This is a whole new layer of unelected, unaccountable government who make decisions on what businesses will go where and what areas grow. However, this didn’t work in ancient Rome where it was pursued by Emporer Constantine in Constantinople. It did not work in the Soviet Union, and it will not work here. Central planning ALWAYS fails and leaves a trail of debt and poverty. Again, I will share multiple studies if you are interested.

4. NGOs like the Chamber of Commerce and quasi-government organizations like the Industrial Development board shop our tax money to people and corporations. I know these things are not your creation but your quotes and actions show you are more than willing participants. Again, these are unelected organizations and individuals that have no accountability to the people of Bradley County but declare themselves as our “representatives”. There were some very smart people who wrote our various state constitutions who outlawed the very activity the IDB engages in. I know full well these industrial development boards were created to get around state constitutional restraints that forbid municipalites from lending their credit to private comapnies or individuals. Again, many of these things came into being as a result of the New Deal and are not your doing, but they are still wrong. You can choose to not go along with this if you want. 
 
In closing,
We are poor. Let’s start acting like it. Stop complaing about Washington when in truth Washington is your life blood. We rely on federal grant money and you know it as well as I do. Its’ not just funding our local government directly from Washington – you can even look at our local “growth”. For example look at Spring Creek which is being built with HUD 221 backed financing. This is not real, organic economic growth and you know it. These developments are built with non-recourse loans with a lower down payment than any mortgage today. This is a formula for disaster. That’s exactly what caused the housing bubble in the first place! However there is always a recourse – The American taxpayer!!

Show Washington how it’s done. You have your own debt problem to deal with.
J. Adam Lowe: If you are serious about debt, I suggest you offer up a proposal to raise property tax rates in the county with all the proceeds to go to a “lock box” for debt reduction. Think about it – you can be the Ross Perot of Bradley County!! Remember he ran on a platform to tax a gallon of gasoline $.50 that went right to debt reduction? I don’t think you will get that far in your political career by pointing attention to our local debt load but it’s worth a try.

The truth of the matter is that all of you don’t want more revenue for debt reduction: you want more revenue for more spending. My proof is the wheel tax proposal that failed. More money for more borrowing.

Gentlemen, please consider going in a new direction. Consider these words and I am happy to reconsider where I am wrong in my conclusions. Can you say the same about yourselves? I have nothing against any of you personally as I have not met many of you. It’s not any of you as a person that drives me to write this: It is the political and economic philosophies you are following that I find objectionable.
 
P.S.
Let’s start by pulling out of that exit 20 land deal that the city and county paid about $4 millon dollars too much for. I would like a copy of the property assessment for that land by the way. can one of you please scan and send your copy to me?
 
Thank you for your attention,
 
Rob Bower 

Action Alert: Power companies trying to pull plug on Smart Meter Bills in TN

In Uncategorized on February 15, 2013 at 1:50 PM

We need your immediate assistance! Do not delay! This is an action alert sent out by the TN Legislative Team, we appreciate the heads up by Karen Bracken, who has been following this closely.

The Power Companies and their lobbyist are trying to change the wording in the bills which will leave them essentially ineffective. Please call and email the names and numbers provided below. You want change? You must support those that are creating the change! We can not simply sit back and watch as big money and back door power moves destroy our state and country!

ACT NOW! PLEASE!

The Utility companies are trying to strip the language of our SMART METER bill.  If they are successful the bill will be rendered useless to all Tennesseans.  WE NEED YOUR HELP NOW.
 
Please spread the word to all patriot members, friends, neighbors and relatives.  We need phone calls and emails to the following Sub Committee and Committee members.   Ask them to support our bill AS WRITTEN.  We The People should come before special interest groups that might give campaign money but the voters are who put you in office and we can take elected officials out of office too.  (REMEMBER MONDAY, FEB. 18 IS A HOLIDAY)  Lets get prepared to hit the phones hard on TUESDAY.  But you can send email NOW!!  Tell the committee members you SUPPORT HB373/SB283 and would like it passed AS WRITTEN.
 
This is the first ACTION ALERT of the legislative session but it will surely not be the last.   Let them know we are watching and we are paying attention!!!
 
Smart Meters are a proven carcinogen.  They are an invasion of privacy and the end game is to ration electric, gas and water while raising the costs to the rate payer.  Less energy used=loss of revenue to the utility company=higher cost to you with rationed use!!!  What sounds good today often comes back to bite us years down the road.
 
I have corrected the phone number for Senator Ken Yager since sending my original email.
 
 
Please make 1 phone call to the following and send an email to each member noted below:
HB373 – Sponsored by Rep. Rick Womick  –  Business and Utilities Sub Committee
Committee Officers
Art Swann, Chair   615-714-5481   rep.art.swann@capitol.tn.gov
Members
Kent Calfee615-741-7658   rep.kent.calfee@capitol.tn.gov
Barry Doss615-741-7476    rep.barry.doss@capitol.tn.gov
Curry Todd615-741-1866 rep.curry.todd@capitol.tn.gov
Tim Wirgau615-741-6804    rep.tim.wirgau@capitol.tn.gov
SB283 – Sponsored by Senator Ketron – State & Local Government Committee
Committee Officers
Ken Yager, Chair   615-741-1449  sen.ken.yager@capitol.tn.gov
Jack Johnson, 1st Vice-Chair  615-741-2459 sen.jack.johnson@capitol.tn.gov
Janice Bowling, 2nd Vice-Chair  615-741-6694  sen.janice.bowling@capitol.tn.gov
Members
Mark Green 615-741-2374  sen.mark.green@capitol.tn.gov
Mark Norris 615-741-1967  sen.mark.norris@capitol.tn.gov
John Stevens 615-741-4576 sen.john.stevens@capitol.tn.gov

Ringstaff opts for PC with “we will not tolerate” guns in Cleveland City schools statement

In Uncategorized on February 13, 2013 at 10:27 AM

This week, the Cleveland TN City School Board has voted 7 to 0 to not allow guns in our city schools to protect our children.

The only exception made was that police resource officers may carry guns on city school property.

A move that essentially leaves your child as vulnerable today as it did yesterday. Politically speaking the city school board debated and voted to essentially make no new improvements or improve upon the security inside our city public schools and have given the teachers no added avenues to protect our children.

I agree that not every teacher has the desire or personality needed to confront an armed gunman face to face. The fact remains that many of our teachers are veterans and ex or current law enforcement officers and have more than enough training to yield a gun to protect our kids.

In the aftermath of Newtown and Sandy Hook and dozens of other horrible incidents in our schools, concerned citizens and taxpayers are asking for increased protection. That request has not only been ignored it has been stated and voted upon that we “will not tolerate” guns in our schools.

This to me means that only bad guys with guns will be allowed in our schools. Look at the message this sends.

I am assuming Mr Ringstaff and the school board will also have concerns about the most recent bill that is forging ahead that allows guns in parking lots for the safety of the teachers who travel back and forth.

In a world that is accepting of political correctness, the Cleveland city school board has obliged and have severely missed the mark. The opportunity to demonstrate to the community that your child’s safety is in our best interest was lost in the hopes to look politically correct in the eyes of a growing leftist viewpoint.

What a world we live in where the leaders of the city of Cleveland Tennessee are so attuned to the daily drumbeat from the White House that the safety factor is ignored for our children for the sake of not looking confrontational to the policies coming from DC.

Why not just choose to not make a statement at all Mr Ringstaff or how about making a statement such as the safety of our kids in our schools are of utmost importance and we will continue to protect them as we have for years, with guns, may I remind you. Anyone approaching our property with the intent to harm will be met with deadly force.

Instead, we get the PC version directly from the Socialist playbook, we will not tolerate guns in our schools, with exceptions.

Where is the day when leaders stood up and were accountable? Where is a community that cries out when a director of schools makes a statement that leads to absolutely not one added barrier of added security to protect your children but does allow for his anti gun rhetoric to flourish although the community is crying out for you to take action.

I am puzzled.

Let’s hope and pray in spite of our elected and appointed leaders that we do not have disasters such as aforementioned. Let’s make a conscious decision to hold our leaders completely accountable for any breeches o safety upon our kids. Hopefully this outcry will spawn action. The message that your desire to be PC is crippling this country and is leaving our children less safe.

I pray down an order of protection around our schools, obviously our leaders have chosen to do otherwise with this recent action.

This blog is only my opinion and if you read and disagree, I challenge you to tell me what they have done with this vote and a missed opportunity to protect our children.

If you are completely honest with your self, I’m sure you will come to the same conclusion as me and that is:

No added barriers of safety were decided and voted upon that further protect our children. Only a politically correct gun control statement was made and nothing else.

I digress for now, because I am bewildered!

Source of info:

http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2013/feb/10/cleveland-schools-against-guns-for-teachers/

Bradley County Sherrif Jim Ruth joins Arpaio and Mack saying NO to Obama gun control

In Uncategorized on February 8, 2013 at 2:55 AM

269 SHERIFFS AND 8 STATE SHERIFFS ASSOCIATIONS SAYING ‘NO’ TO OBAMA GUN CONTROL

Posted on February 01, 2013

Sheriffs have risen up all over our great nation to stand up against the unconstitutional gun control measures being taken.

BCN Note: I have to say this is a very proud moment for my county. Sherrif Jim Ruth has stepped out and is standing tall among Sherrifs in Tennessee and across the nation. He along with Jim Hammond of Hamilton County are the first and only to stand against the onslaught of Obama gun control actions from Tennessee. This list of impressive constitutionalists are upholding their oath to the citizens of their respective towns.

When and I do believe the Feds under Obama executive orders or the authorization of the UN will be at our doors very soon to take our guns. Constitutional Sherrifs are the last defense between a tyrannical government and taking your guns. They are really the only ones that can stop them. How you may ask? The Sherrif makes a stand and deputizes every willing person in sight and we simply make a loud and persuasive argument for them to turn around and return to DC. It’s that easy. The trick being our Sherrif has to make the buck stop with him first.

After several people talking with Sherrif Ruth for the last couple of weeks, watching videos and exposing him to the realities of what can happen if the federal government oversteps it’s boundaries he summarized it best when he was quoted as saying ” I don’t think we realize how bad of shape out country really is in!”

If your Sherrif is not on this list, what are you waiting for? Have them contact CSPOA and sign up and stand with Ruth, Arpaio, Mack and many others.

The following is a list of sheriffs and state sheriff’s associations from who have vowed to uphold and defend the Constitution against Obama’s unlawful gun control measures.  I applaud these public servants for their courage and conviction.  

I call on sheriffs all over this nation to add their voices to the growing numbers of faithful protectors of our freedom. -Richard Mack

Constitutional Duty of the Sheriff – Richard Mack

Sheriffs and associations who have made public statements committing to protect their citizens’ 2nd Amendment rights from Obama’s gun control efforts will be added.  Some of these sheriffs are members of the CSPOA, but inclusion in this list does not necessarily mean they are a member.

LIST OF STATE SHERIFF’S ASSOCIATIONS

1. Utah Sheriffs Association

2. Florida Sheriffs Association

3. Georgia Sheriffs Association

4. Colorado Sheriffs Association

5. New Mexico Sheriffs Association

6. Nebraska Sheriffs Association

7. Wyoming Sheriffs Association

8. Indiana Sheriffs Association

LIST OF COUNTY SHERIFFS

Disclaimer: While we encourage all sheriffs, their departments and peace officers to join CSPOA, the above list was created to identify those county sheriffs who have gone on record to uphold their oath by having made public statements, written open letters or called our office and asked to be included in the list of sheriffs and peace officers standing against gun control.  This DOES NOT mean they are members of the CSPOA.

Name County State
1 Blake Dorning Madison Alabama
2 Ana Franklin Morgan Alabama
3 Andy Hughes Houston Alabama
4 Jay Jones Lee Alabama
5 Huey Hoss Mack Baldwin Alabama
6 Kevin Davis Chilton Alabama
7 Scott Mascher Yavapai Arizona
8 Joe Arpaio Maricopa Arizona
9 Tom Sheahan Mohave Arizona
10 Paul Babeu Pinal Arizona
11 Mark J. Dannels Cochise Arizona
12 Leon Wilmot Yuma Arizona
13 Mike Moore Boone Arkansas
14 Adam Christianson Stanislaus Ca
15 Jon Lopey Siskiyou California
16 Tom Bosenko Shasta California
17 John D’Agostini El Dorado California
18 David Hencraft Tehama California
19 Dean Growden Lassen California
20 Dean Wilson Del Norte California
21 Mike Poindexter Modoc California
22 Thomas Allman Mendocino Ca
23 Mike Downey Humboldt California
24 Margaret Mims Fresno California
25 Greg Hagwood Plumas California
26 Bruce Haney Trinity California
27 Martin Ryan Amador California
28 Jerry Smith Butte California
29 James W. Mele Toulumne California
30 Justin Smith Larimer Colorado
31 Terry Maketa El Paso Colorado
32 John Cooke Weld Colorado
33 Stan Hilkey Mesa Colorado
34 Lou Vallario Garfield Colorado
35 Rick Dunlap Montrose Colorado
36 Jeff Christopher Sussex Delaware
37 Bill Snyder Martin Florida
38 Frank McKeithen Bay Florida
39 Mike Scott Lee Florida
40 Rick Beseler Clay Florida
41 Michael Adkinson Walton Florida
42 Grady Judd Polk Florida
43 Harrell Reid Hamilton Florida
44 Stacy Nicholson Gilmer Georgia
45 Scott Berry Oconee Georgia
46 Roger Garrison Cherokee Georgia
47 Neil Warren Cobb Georgia
48 Butch Conway Gwinnett Georgia
49 Gary Gulledge Paulding Georgia
50 Joe Chapman Walton Georgia
51 R. Darren Mitchum Twiggs Georgia
52 Christopher M. Clinton Towns Ga
53 Roy Klingler Madison Idaho
54 Kieran Donahue Canyon Idaho
55 Daryl Wheeler Bonner Idaho
56 Chris Goetz Clearwater Idaho
57 Doug Giddings Idaho Idaho
58 Doug McFall Jerome Idaho
59 Brian Brokop Lewis Idaho
60 Joe Rodriguez Nez Perce Idaho
61 Tom Carter Twin Falls Idaho
62 Dave Resser Benewah Idaho
63 Mitch Alexander Shoshone Idaho
64 Edward Motley Edgar Illinois
65 Mike Emery McLean Illinois
66 Jerry Parsley Clark Illinois
67 John Zaruba DuPage Illinois
68 Brad Rogers Elkhart Indiana
69 Ken Murphy Franklin Indiana
70 Tom Grills Ripley Indiana
71 Ken Campbell Boone Indiana
72 Warren M. Wethington Cedar Iowa
73 Frank Denning Johnson Kansas
74 Denny Peyman Jackson Kentucky
75 Michael A. Helmig Boone Kentucky
76 John Snedegar Bath Kentucky
77 Scott F. Harrison Powell Kentucky
78 Chuck Korzenborn Kenton Kentucky
79 Charles A. Jenkins Frederick Maryland
80 Ken Tregoning Carroll Maryland
81 Dar Leaf Barry Michigan
82 Ted Schende Benzie Michigan
83 Larry Stelma Kent Michigan
84 Kenny Marks Menominee Michigan
85 Robin Cole Pine Minnesota
86 Victor Williams Itasca Minnesota
87 Bill Rasco DeSoto Mississippi
88 Billy McGee Forrest Mississippi
89 Cecil Cantrell Monroe Mississippi
90 Brad A. DeLay Lawrence Missouri
91 Charles Heiss Johnson Missouri
92 Steve Cox Livingston Missouri
93 Mick Epperly Barry Missouri
94 Stephen Stockman Mercer Missouri
95 George Underwood Oregon Missouri
96 Michael Dixon Osage Missouri
97 Randee Kaiser Jasper Missouri
98 Steven R. Blunkall Shannon Missouri
99 James Sigman Texas Missouri
100 Mark Dobbs Butler Missouri
101 Gary Schaaf Perry Missouri
102 Randy Esphorst Gasconade Mo
103 Kevin T. Harrison Warren Missouri
104 Jimmy Shinn Marion Missouri
105 Gerry Dinwiddie Ralls Missouri
106 Tom Rummel Sanders Montana
107 Jay Doyle Lake Montana
108 Scott F. Howard Powell Montana
109 Chris Hoffman Ravalli Montana
110 Darby Harrington Wibaux Montana
111 Mike Linder Yellowstone Montana
112 Chris Kleinberg Dakota Nebraska
113 Ed Kilgpore Humboldt Nevada
114 Benjamin D. Trotter Churchill Nevada
115 Tony DeMeo Nye Nevada
116 Douglas R Dutile Grafton NH
117 Dan Houston Bernalillo New Mexico
118 Shawn Menges Catron NM
119 Patrick R Jennings Chaves NM
120 Johnny Valdez Cibola New Mexico
121 Jim Maldonado Colfax NM
122 Dennis A. Cleaver De Baca NM
123 Todd Garrison Dona Ana New Mexico
124 Scott London Eddy New Mexico
125 Raul Holguin Grant New Mexico
126 Michael R Lucero Guadalupe NM
127 Herman Martinez Harding NM
128 Saturnino Madero Hidalgo NM
129 Mark Hargrove Lea New Mexico
130 Robert Sheppard Lincoln NM
131 Marco Lucero Los Alamos NM
132 Raymond Cobos Luna New Mexico
133 Benny House Otero New Mexico
134 Joe Schallert Quay New Mexico
135 Joe Mascarenas Arriba NM
136 Darren Hooker Roosevelt New Mexico
137 Ken Christesen San Juan NM
138 Benjie Vigil San Miguel NM
139 Robert Garcia Santa Fe New Mexico
140 Joe Baca Sierra New Mexico
141 Phillip Montoya Socorro NM
142 Miguel Romero Jr Taos New Mexico
143 Heath White Torrance New Mexico
144 William Spriggs Union NM
145 Louis Burkhard Valencia NM
146 Tony Desmond Schoharie NY
147 Richard Devlin Jr. Otsego New York
148 Donald Smith Putnam New York
149 David Cole Steuben New York
150 Timothy B. Howard Erie County NY
151 Coy Reid Catawba North Carolina
152 Adell Dobey Edgefield North Carolina
153 Jerry Jones Franklin North Carolina
154 Charlie McDonald Henderson NC
155 Jimmy Thornton Sampson NC
156 Eddie Cathey Union North Carolina
157 Donnie Harrison Wake NC
158 Carey Winders Wayne North Carolina
159 Sam Page Rockingham NC
160 Larry Rollins Harnett North Carolina
161 Alan Norman Cleveland North Carolina
162 Mike Marshall Stokes North Carolina
163 Tracy Carter Lee North Carolina
164 A.J. Rodenberg Clermont Ohio
165 Sam Crish Allen Ohio
166 J. Steve Sheldon Richland Ohio
167 Michael Simpson Preble Ohio
168 Bob ‘Big Block’ Colbert Wagoner OK
169 Johnny Tadlock McCurtain OK
170 Roger LeVick Jackson Oklahoma
171 Steve Randolph Major Oklahoma
172 Glenn E. Palmer Grant Oregon
173 Gil Gilbertson Josephine Oregon
174 Tim Mueller Linn Oregon
175 Craig Zanni Coos Oregon
176 John Hanlin Douglas Oregon
177 John Bishop Curry Oregon
178 Larry Blanton Deschutes Oregon
179 Jim Hensley Crook Oregon
180 Pat Garrett Washington Oregon
181 Dan Staton Multnomah Oregon
182 Mike Winters Jackson Oregon
183 Brian Wolfe Malheur Oregon
184 Mitchell Southwick Baker Oregon
185 Frank Skrah Klamath Oregon
186 Jason Myers Marion Oregon
187 Bob Wolfe Polk Oregon
188 Jack Crabtree Yamhill Oregon
189 Boyd Rasmussen Union Oregon
190 Jim Muller Adams Pennsylvania
191 Eric J. Weaknecht Berks PA
192 Clinton J. Walters Bradford PA
193 Jeffrey C. Krieg Elk Pennsylvania
194 Carolyn “Bunny” Welsh Chester PA
195 Jonathan Held Westmoreland PA
196 Ronny R. Anderson Cumberland PA
197 Ronnie Anderson Cumberland PA
198 Al Cannon Charleston SC
199 Chuck Wright Spartanburg SC
200 Wayne DeWitt Berkeley South Carolina
201 Jim Matthews Kershaw South Carolina
202 James Metts Lexington South Carolina
203 Bruce Bryant York South Carolina
204 JIM RUTH Bradley Tennessee
205 Jim Hammond Hamilton Tennessee
206 Larry Smith Smith Texas
207 Terry Box Collin Texas
208 Joel W. Richardson Randall Texas
209 Jack Brandes Austin Texas
210 Johnny Brown Ellis Texas
211 Michael Cox Hill Texas
212 Bob Alford Johnson Texas
213 Earl Howell McCulloch Texas
214 Parnell McNamara McLennan TX
215 David Medlin Oldham Texas
216 Tommy Gage Montgomery Texas
217 Dane Kirby Fannin Texas
218 R. Glenn Smith Waller Texas
219 W.T. Smith Burnet Texas
220 Ed Cain Hardin Texas
221 Buster Nixon Mason Texas
222 Clint Hammonds Mills Texas
223 Don L Johnson Hutchinson TX
224 Cameron M. Noel Beaver Utah
225 David Edmunds Summit Utah
226 James Tracy Utah Utah
227 Robert Dekker Millard Utah
228 Frank Park Tooele Utah
229 Joseph Yeates Box Elder Utah
230 G. Lynn Nelson Cache Utah
231 James Cordova Carbon Utah
232 Jerry Jorgensen Daggett Utah
233 Todd Richardson Davis Utah
234 Travis Mitchell Duchesne Utah
235 Greg Funk Emery Utah
236 James D. Perkins Garfield Utah
237 Steven White Grand Utah
238 Mark Gower Iron Utah
239 Alden Orme Juab Utah
240 Lamont Smith Kane Utah
241 Blaine Breshears Morgan Utah
242 Marty Gleave Puite Utah
243 Dale Stacey Rich Utah
244 Rick Eldredge San Juan Utah
245 Brian Nielson Sanpete Utah
246 Nathan Curtis Sevier County Utah
247 Jeff Merrell Uintah Utah
248 Todd Bonner Wasatch Utah
249 Cory Pulsipher Washington Utah
250 Kurt Taylor Wayne Utah
251 Terry Thompson Weber Utah
252 Merv Gustin Duchesne Utah
253 Than Cooper Garfiled Utah
254 James B. Nyland Sr. Grand Utah
255 Gene Ercanbrack Morgan Utah
256 Mike Lacy San Juan Utah
257 Kay P. Larsen Sanpete Utah
258 Phil Barney Sevier Utah
259 Kenneth Vanwagoner Wasatch Utah
260 Kirk Smith Washington Utah
261 Ken Bancroft Asotin Washington
262 Tom Jones Grant Washington
263 Dave Brown Skamania Washington
264 Brett Myers Whitman Washington
265 Ken Irwin Yakima Washington
266 Mike Harper Roane West Virginia
267 Ken Merritt Wood West Virginia
268 William “Randall” White Boone WV
269 David A. Clarke Jr. Milwaukee WI

http://cspoa.org/sheriffs-gun-rights/

Bradley County Sherrif Jim Ruth vows to protect our 2nd Amendment rights

In Uncategorized on February 7, 2013 at 9:21 AM

Local sheriffs vow to oppose Obama’s gun control

BCN insert- More gun control laws will not make us safer. Stricter or tightened registration will not solve anything. The government knowing more about you and all your information placed in a database somewhere in DC will not make us safer. Guns don’t kill people, the person pulling the trigger kills people. Criminals with the intent to harm others will more than likely not register a gun or be concerned whether it is registered or not.

Let’s support Sherrif Ruth as he makes a stand against more gun control laws that supress your second amendment rights!

Link to video: http://www.wrcbtv.com/story/20962631/area-sheriffs-speak-out-on-gun-rights?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter&autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=8324119

Posted: Feb 04, 2013 8:58 PM EST
Updated: Feb 04, 2013 10:28 PM EST
By Matt Barbour, Reporter – email

(WRCB) — As President Obama spent part of his day pitching his anti-gun violence agenda in Minnesota, more law enforcement agencies across the country are vowing to uphold the right to bear arms.

Two sheriffs in the Tennessee Valley are speaking out on gun rights.

“I would hope that the legislature at the federal level would not mess with second amendment rights,” says Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond.

It is a stance that Sheriff Hammond and other sheriffs across the country are taking.

“Sheriffs are constitutional officers and we take very seriously protecting the rights of citizens, when it comes, especially this case, to their second amendment rights.”

Hammond says the Tennessee Sheriffs’ Association will soon follow suit behind others across the country, including Georgia’s, which has a statement posted on its website.

It reads in part, “The sheriffs will aggressively oppose federal or state legislation which infringes upon law abiding citizens’ right to bear arms.”

This comes as President Obama is rallying for a ban on assault weapons and universal background checks.

“It’s not because of what he’s doing, it’s because I want to let them know how I would stand as a sheriff,” says Hammond.

Just two weeks ago, the Bradley County Commission passed a resolution, vowing support of existing state and federal rights to bear arms.

Sheriff Jim Ruth wrote a letter publicly supporting it, saying he took an oath to support the constitution and it is his solemn obligation to support the resolution.

“I hope we can come together with some realistic legislation to make society safer and at the same time not to pick on things that have no effect,” says Commissioner J. Adam Lowe.

Lowe proposed the resolution.

He says a ban is not the answer.

“When we look at violent crime rates with countries with bans, we see that it doesn’t reduce violent crime.”

He is open to laws that make it tougher for guns to end up in a criminals’ hands.

“Background checks are a reasonable expectation to screen those who are law abiding. I think it gives a lot of gun dealers, whom are many friends of mine, an opportunity to know more about a person before they sell them a weapon,” says Lowe.

Bottom line, there is a call for open dialogue when it comes to gun rights.

“I just think we’ve got to have cool heads in making a decision, we can’t be rushing into something with a knee-jerk reaction,” says Hammond.

Both Hammond and Lowe say when it comes to school safety, they are big advocates of supporting the school resource officer program.

But Hammond says it all depends on what tax payers are willing to pay.

He says if he were to put an SRO in every Hamilton County school, his budget would increase by $6 million.

Bradley County EMS needs your help to purchase outer gear

In Uncategorized on February 2, 2013 at 6:00 AM

We are truly blessed to have the best EMS service here in Cleveland and they are needing our help. Due to the economy, budget cuts etc these guys have been forced to become creative to fund their frontline EMS crew with the gear necessary to perform their day to day functions safely and effectively.

It’s simply outer gear, a coat. But to them it’s essential gear. This gear makes them more visible, keeps them insulated from the elements and to carry needed supplies as they respond to a call from you for their assistance.

Let’s rally to these guys who are truly unsung heroes and will work their tales off to make sure you stay alive. Donate what you can to the website below, its simple. Most people are donating 25 dollars some even purchasing a whole jacket for 125 dollars.

Please pitch in what you can. I know there are good people out there. Let’s extend our thanks to them for the fantastic job they do.

I am asking my 50,000 or so readers to chip in what they can and help these guys who are laying it all on the line for us!

Coats for EMS CLEVELAND, TN

I am trying to raise money to help our service purchase new outerwear for our employees.
 
We strive to provide an unmatched service to this community.  Hopefully you have never required our services, but if you do, rest assured you will receive nothing short of excellent care.
 
We have a small group of 95 men and women that provide emergency medical care to a 330 square mile area.  The population of Bradley County exceeded 100,000 residents in 2012, which is over 1,000 residents per EMS worker.  We operate 5x 24/7 units, 2x 16-hour daytime units, and 2x 8-hour daytime units.  Our call volume exceeded 22,000 calls in 2012, which is pretty significant for us. We work long and hard to make sure you are cared for in your time of need.
 
Unfortunately our service has made sacrifices to keep up with the ever-growing need for emergency medical coverage.  Supplies, equipment, ambulances, and personnel don’t come cheap.   An unstable economy, local budget cuts, increased supply requirements, drug shortages, rising fuel costs, and unit maintenance have all but depleted our financial capabilities.
 
These new jackets (5.11 Responder Parkas) will provide durability, comfort, uniformity, protection from all weather hazards, high-visibility, and safety from blood borne pathogens and other biological hazards. 
 
We have set a goal of $20,000, and we will have 30 days to reach this goal. 
 
This amount will purchase approximately 60 jackets.  The amount needed to provide a duty jacket for all of our employees that work 40 hours a week on the ambulance.
 
With the support of our families, our friends, our neighbors, our colleagues, and our community, which we so proudly serve, WE CAN REACH THIS GOAL!
 
DONATE TO HELP US, HELP YOU!
 
Thanks for your support.
 
Go to this link below and please donate what you can! One jacket is 125.00! Donate what you can. Please!

http://www.gofundme.com/1xy5qg

Obamacare: Cheapest bronze plan premiums exceed $ 20,000./yr

In Uncategorized on February 1, 2013 at 8:18 AM

IRS: Cheapest Obamacare Plan Will Be $20,000 Per Family

In a final regulation issued Wednesday, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) assumed that under Obamacare the cheapest health insurance plan available in 2016 for a family will cost $20,000 for the year. Under Obamacare, Americans will be required to buy health insurance or pay a penalty to the IRS.

The IRS’s assumption that the cheapest plan for family will cost $20,000 per year is found in examples the IRS gives to help people understand how to calculate the penalty they will need to pay the government if they do not buy a mandated health plan.

The examples point to families of four and families of five, both of which the IRS expects in its assumptions to pay a minimum of $20,000 per year for a bronze plan.

“The annual national average bronze plan premium for a family of 5 (2 adults, 3 children) is $20,000,” the regulation says.

Bronze will be the lowest tier health-insurance plan available under Obamacare–after Silver, Gold, and Platinum. Under the law, the penalty for not buying health insurance is supposed to be capped at either the annual average Bronze premium, 2.5 percent of taxable income, or $2,085.00 per family in 2016.

In the new final rules published Wednesday, IRS set in law the rules for implementing the penalty Americans must pay if they fail to obey Obamacare’s mandate to buy insurance.

To help illustrate these rules, the IRS presented examples of different situations families might find themselves in.

In the examples, the IRS assumes that families of five who are uninsured would need to pay an average of $20,000 per year to purchase a Bronze plan in 2016.

Using the conditions laid out in the regulations, the IRS calculates that a family earning $120,000 per year that did not buy insurance would need to pay a “penalty” (a word the IRS still uses despite the Supreme Court ruling that it is in fact a “tax”) of $2,400 in 2016.

For those wondering how clear the IRS’s clarifications of this new “penalty” rule are, here is one of the actual examples the IRS gives:

“Example 3. Family without minimum essential coverage.

“(i) In 2016, Taxpayers H and J are married and file a joint return. H and J have three children: K, age 21, L, age 15, and M, age 10. No member of the family has minimum essential coverage for any month in 2016. H and J’s household income is $120,000. H and J’s applicable filing threshold is $24,000. The annual national average bronze plan premium for a family of 5 (2 adults, 3 children) is $20,000.

“(ii) For each month in 2016, under paragraphs (b)(2)(ii) and (b)(2)(iii) of this section, the applicable dollar amount is $2,780 (($695 x 3 adults) + (($695/2) x 2 children)). Under paragraph (b)(2)(i) of this section, the flat dollar amount is $2,085 (the lesser of $2,780 and $2,085 ($695 x 3)). Under paragraph (b)(3) of this section, the excess income amount is $2,400 (($120,000 – $24,000) x 0.025). Therefore, under paragraph (b)(1) of this section, the monthly penalty amount is $200 (the greater of $173.75 ($2,085/12) or $200 ($2,400/12)).

“(iii) The sum of the monthly penalty amounts is $2,400 ($200 x 12). The sum of the monthly national average bronze plan premiums is $20,000 ($20,000/12 x 12). Therefore, under paragraph (a) of this section, the shared responsibility payment imposed on H and J for 2016 is $2,400 (the lesser of $2,400 or $20,000).” SOURCE :

http://endtimeheadlines.wordpress.com/2013/01/31/irs-cheapest-obamacare-plan-will-be-20000-per-family/

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