No, Chattanooga Doesn’t “Need” a Ferris Wheel…and Other Random Thoughts

7582c21530e5da5b1f4be16e991ba93d55657_mediumJoe Ledbetter, James Chapman and some other local businessmen say Chattanooga needs a Ferris wheel, and they are working to see that we get one.

Yeah, a Ferris wheel in Chattanooga would be fun and popular, and if some entrepreneurs can make it happen, I say go for it.

But we don’t exactly need a Ferris wheel. No, we need other things, like fewer shootings, more jobs and less shady behavior overall. Oh, and a single, definitive streetlight billing audit would be great, too.

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Let’s Invest in Integrity in Gig City

a33921d857b46fe49f254235895d281023001_mediumYou only need to be a casual observer of the news to have noticed how our super-fast Internet has transformed life and business in Chattanooga. The gig has helped to create a climate of innovation, as well as spurred millions of dollars in investment, making us the envy of other cities across the globe.

Similarly, you only need to be a casual observer of the news to know that we’ve dealt with our fair share of—how do I put this?—challenging moments lately. Local headlines have been filled with various examples of abuses of power, violations of the public trust, conflicts of interest and other instances of impropriety.

Why am I mentioning these things? Am I trying to be a downer? No. Absolutely not. I love Chattanooga. I really do. We do a lot of things right, and we have a lot to be proud of.

But it’s important to put things in perspective, and, from my perspective, it’s important to point out that our collective integrity is far more important than our impressive Internet.

In short, we could use a little more of it around here.

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America’s Man of Letters: An Interview with Pat Sajak

sajak_web“Wheel of Fortune” host Pat Sajak never pictured himself as a game show host — and neither he nor the show’s creator, Merv Griffin, thought the show would last very long — but Griffin took a chance when he hired the little-known local weatherman to replace Chuck Woolery as host in 1981, and America responded by taking to “The Wheel” like few other game shows in history.

When he hasn’t been manning a big, multicolored wheel and awarding contestants millions of dollars in cash and prizes, Sajak has spent the last three decades giving other things a spin. He hosted a short-lived late-night talk show on CBS, frequently filled in for both Larry King and Regis Philbin on their talk shows, and has written about politics for Human Events, National Review Online, and An unabashed Republican, Sajak now saves most of his political commentary for his Twitter feed, where the television icon’s musings have earned him both cheers and the occasional jeers.

Sajak recently chatted with The Daily Caller via email his career, being a Republican in Hollywood, and the perils of social media.

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