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RJ Corman Railroad should pay to refurbish their bridge


RJ Corman train and logoThe State of Tennessee has been asked in the name of the residents of Clarksville, Montgomery County and Stewart County Tennessee to issue a grant for the refurbishment of the RJ Corman Railroad bridge. This bridge passes over Riverside Drive in Clarksville before it crosses the Cumberland River on it’s journey to the TVA’s Cumberland City Power Plant in Stewart County. Both the railroad and the bridge are privately owned and operated by the RJ Corman Railroad Group LLC, a for profit company. «Read the rest of this article»

Letter to Editor about recent Op-Ed on Estate Tax


IRS logoLetter to the Leaf Chronicle sent Sunday July 9, 2006:

In “Estate Tax Hurts Black Americans” (Leaf Chronicle July 9), Mr. Deroy Murdock quotes a study that showed that 90% of black business owners “believed” the estate tax hindered long term growth prospects. What people ‘believe’ is irrelevant in the tax code, however, it is a convenient way to spin the issue. «Read the rest of this article»

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America raped and pillaged, while we are sleeping


EPA logoThere have been many monumental defeats for our air, water and land recently. Most polls show that Americans are pro-environment. Instead of finding cleaner forms of energy or trying to reduce our gluttonous use, we allow our land and oceans to be handed over to the care of corporations.

I hate how they give such handsome names to these sinister laws. Who would guess that the ‘Clear Skies Act’ allows companies to increase pollution? It lessens the standards in the Clean Air Act passed over 30 years ago. «Read the rest of this article»

Campaign advertising: Signs and Vehicles


Generic Political SignsDuring recent drives around Clarksville, I have been seeing short stretches of road with 20-30 campaign signs and often having two or more signs for a candidate on a single piece of property. I have a simple proposal to make.

Clarksville and Montgomery County should limit private property placement of these signs to one sign per political candidate per property. They may post signs for more than one candidate if they so choose. For signs placed on the public right of way, there should be no more than one sign for a individual candidate for every 500 feet of road. «Read the rest of this article»

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Teachers demonstrate their support for district 5 county commissioner Candidate


(Press release by Gregg Schlanger)

Norman Smith Elementary School on GreenwoodDear friends,

As the campaign enters the last four weeks I will be going door to door throughout the district everyday. A calendar is now posted on the website and I am asking volunteers to “Walk the District” with me. We will canvass Mondays through Fridays 5 – 6 PM and Saturdays 11 AM – 3 PM. Please let me know what day you would like to help. I will be happy to add your name to the calendar. «Read the rest of this article»

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Honor our soliders on the 4th of July


Medic in IraqOur soldiers were sent to the nation of Iraq, on the orders of their commander in chief. They had no part in creating the false and misleading justification for this war, which was sold to the Congress and a trusting public by the Bush administration. For doing that, both he and his administration deserve our scorn.

Our soldiers deserve only our respect and our support. «Read the rest of this article»

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Déjà vu


Soldier in IraqOn a cool September morning in 1966, I stood outside my Catholic high school, waiting for my best friend to hop off the bus. She did, crying.

“Jim died.”

My eyes welled up, and I marked the day in my mind as the one on which I lost my first friend to Vietnam. «Read the rest of this article»

Proliferation By Any Other Name…


Nuclear weapon testTwo brow-raising stories came across the web Friday, both dealing with nukes. You know, those neat little weapons that could destroy the earth and all of us who live on it.

The first story dealt with plans to “revamp the entire (nuclear) arsenal” with something called the Reliable Replacement Warhead (Scott Lindlaw, AP, 6/30/06). The Reliable Replacement Warhead is a purported to be a new, better warhead intended to replace existing deteriorating warheads. This new and improved weapon is deemed reliable, safe and secure and all those good words, but of course, has not been tested since we theoretically don’t test nukes anymore.

Two companies, Los Alamos and Lawrence Livermore laboratories, in New Mexico and San Francisco, CA respectively, are competing to build the best replacement bomb; the contest ends in November when the White House is expected to make a decision. «Read the rest of this article»

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$5.15 an hour, the minimum wage since 1997


Most Americans support minimum wage increase
Published in the Leaf Chronicle – Jun 30, 2006

Employee and a time clockOn June 21, our two multi-millionaire U.S. senators from Tennessee, Lamar Alexander and Bill Frist, voted “no” again on a bill to increase the minimum wage. I find this appalling.

Growing up on a small farm in Tennessee, it was impressed upon me that hard work was not only expected but also is an important character trait. I think most people agree that no one in the United States who works full time for a living should have to live in poverty. To me, that means they can afford basic housing, groceries (not including meals out), needed health care, child care and other necessities. «Read the rest of this article»

Montgomery County Democratic Party To Meet


Democratic Party LogoThe Montgomery County Democratic Party will meet at the Smith-Trahern Mansion in downtown Clarksville on Tuesday, June 27, at 7 p.m. The meetings are always held on the last Tuesday of the month at 7pm in the same location.

The Democratic Party is committed to keeping our nation safe and expanding opportunity for every American. That commitment is reflected in an agenda that emphasizes the security of our nation, strong economic growth, affordable health care for all Americans, retirement security, honest government, and civil rights.

To learn more about the Montgomery County Democratic Party’s commitment to security, opportunity, and responsibility,  Visit their website at:

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