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Posted Tuesday, February 26, 2008, at 10:20 PM

Of all elected and appointed officials, which ones do you think put aside such things as quests for a title and grasping for power and get down to the business of representing you to the best of their ability at the federal, state and local levels?


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Dump Truck Driver, maybe I am missing something about Patterson, so please list some things that Jimmy has brought to the county. I don't just want to know what he has followed on, but what he has started, in order to make Bedford County a better place.

Anyone can go to a meeting and vote. What has he come up with to make a different.

I see Roger Brother doing something all the time and so does Bo Wilson, but never Patterson.

-- Posted by Lower Taxes Please on Thu, Feb 28, 2008, at 5:04 PM

Governor Bredeson is self-centered and does not care about the people. If you haven't seen the news report about the veterans nursing homes, maybe you will on the news tonight. They have sent him a report about the problems in these kinds of homes and he still has yet to respond. It aggravates me to know he doesn't care enough about the people of TN. He just keeps on taking advantage of us. He is control of any money spent on things in Tn and he refuses to put emphasis on the things that really need attention.

-- Posted by jkelley on Thu, Feb 28, 2008, at 1:09 PM

Great comment Farmer Bill.

-- Posted by bomelson on Thu, Feb 28, 2008, at 8:35 AM

I served for 28 years as an elected official of Bedford County. I think I represented my constituency well, I must have or I wouldn't have been re-elected 6 times. I served because I thought it was my civic duty, not for fame or glory. I got lots of phone calls and attended many long and boring meetings. Public service is what makes our form of government work. If you don't like the way your representative is voting on an issue talk to him/her about it. If that doesn't work run for the office and you will find out if your constituency agrees with you or the current office holder. That's the reason we have elections… it's called a democracy.

I see a few people on this Blog and others that continually complain about something that some elected official has or hasn't done. That is easy enough to do, especially with the anonymity provided by this medium. As an elected official I was always glad to hear from anyone who had a point to make on a given issue provided they made their point in a respectful manner. We are all subject to be influenced by others with a different point of view but I and most anybody else would be more likely to respond positively if you present your views in a quiet respectful manner.

There are current County, State and National office holders that I have issues with and I will do my best to see that they are replaced in the next election. I will continue to respect the office they currently hold and will not degrade them just because I disagree with them on certain issues.

-- Posted by Farmer Bill on Thu, Feb 28, 2008, at 8:08 AM

Mr Patterson is doing a great job for the county .. infact he has got a lot of things accomplished that you obviously don't know about.... He is very active in the county/community etc that I see. And from what I see, he has a mind of his own. He is not afraid to make difficult decisons. That's what we need, someone who can make those hard decisons, not to be swayed by others. Thanks for donating your retirement time to Bedford county. I am sure the pay is not worth it!

-- Posted by Dump Truck Driver on Wed, Feb 27, 2008, at 2:42 PM

The people of Nashville are still trying to pay for Bredesen's fantacies of pro sports, so he gets an "F". Locally, our mayor is just a 'yes' man to what ever he is told to do. He could show some backbone by firing the city czar(manager). Half of the county commisioners are to lazy or lacking of mental powers to be very effective.

-- Posted by Chef Boy R.D. on Wed, Feb 27, 2008, at 11:56 AM

Bo Wilson is the only one local that check to see where our tax money is going and will get down to the business of representing us to the best of his ability.

Jimmy Patterson only wants to hold office and goes with whatever someone else tells him what to do. We need to elect people to office that can think for their self.

We had to hire a whole new dept. to do the job that the County Mayor is supposed to do. I guess he had to have time for photo shoots so he can be in the paper every week. We need to elect people to office that can do the duties of the office that they run for.

-- Posted by Lower Taxes Please on Wed, Feb 27, 2008, at 9:20 AM

Thought provoking question because it points out to me that I really don't know the local voting records all that well.

II wonder if the T-G would re-cap our current county rep's votes, so we could see them in a quick overview?

-- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Feb 27, 2008, at 7:06 AM

I just hope more people realize it all starts locally no matter where you live.

-- Posted by stardust on Wed, Feb 27, 2008, at 5:16 AM

Federal- Ron Paul

State- Bredesen

Local- Are you kidding?

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Wed, Feb 27, 2008, at 12:30 AM

Ron Paul - Federally,

Hard to say for the State, but that Mayor of Chattanooga has my vote for sheer brass.

Locally I cannot I am impressed with many of them.

-- Posted by Evil Monkey on Wed, Feb 27, 2008, at 12:05 AM


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Bo Melson is a retired sports and police beat editor of the Times-Gazette.
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