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About: David Cutting

    David CuttingI am married, and the father of six adult children, all of whom are college graduates, one six-year-old daughter, and one three-year-old daughter. I am also a grandfather of four.
    I studied architecture at Pratt Institute, and then went to work as a surveyor. Afterwards I worked as a field engineer, responsible for construction supervision of highways and buildings. I joined CBS, becoming Manager of Planning and Cost Engineering, and supervised other engineers and architects. Following this value added experience of 20 years I worked another 20 years as owner of a commercial printing business.
    My dream for America is peace, love, and justice for all.

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    It is time to protest local natural gas rates


    The Logo of the Clarksville, TN Gas and Water Department

    The city-owned Clarksville Gas & Water is unconscionably raising our gas rates, without warning or explanation, and local media is not reporting on it. My January bill was at a rate of 34 cents per 100 cubic feet, and my February bill was at 51 cents per 100 cubic feet, which was a 50% increase over January’s bill. Now my March bill is at a rate of 68 cents per 100 cubic feet, which is a 100% increase over January’s bill! How much must CG&W charge us in order to create massive public backlash? Please join me, as I am ready to protest now!

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    An Unnecessary Trial


    This is an update to David Cutting’s previous letter “Theft by City Hall

    The Logo of the Clarksville, TN Gas and Water Department

    The Logo of the Clarksville, TN Gas and Water Department

    If the Clarksville Gas & Water Department (CGW) had been upfront and honest, there would be no need for a lawsuit to force the promised return of deposits. If Judge Shelton had followed standard court procedures and issued a default judgment when the duly served defendant Mayor Johnny Piper or his counsel did not appear, the case would have ended then. If City Attorney Lance Baker would right the wrongs, rather than defend immoral actions by the city through his superior knowledge of the law, we would not need an attorney.

    However, with the publicity generated by Clarksville Online publishing my letters to the editor, we now have a volunteer. A federal attorney who feels that we can win this case. We are grateful to him. This is good news for all consumers served by CGW. We will seek to establish a legal precedent, and tell municipal bureaucrats that they can no longer be able to tell residents that “The city can do whatever it wants.”

    Now we are looking for witnesses and other victims. For the witness we need people who can testify that they paid a service deposit to CGW and later had it refunded back. We also need other consumers who had their deposits seized, even though they had always paid their bill in a timely manner.  It is now appropriate to move to convert this suit to a class action, which will benefit all of the victims of this “theft” by City Hall.

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    An update on my case against CG&W for breach of contracts


    This is an update to David Cutting’s previous letter “Theft by City Hall

    The Logo of the Clarksville, TN Gas and Water Department

    The Logo of the Clarksville, TN Gas and Water Department

    Many readers requested updates to my article about theft by city hall, in which I wrote how I am battling to get the City’s Gas and Water Department (CG&W) to honor contracts and return customer deposits.

    Yesterday, September 14, 2009, we suffered a minor defeat when Judge Grimes denied my motion for evidence, due to technical legal errors. He admonished me that although I am without counsel, he will cut me no slack for not having an attorney. I understand this, as it would be unfair to attorneys to hold them to higher standards. However, he should not have given Lance Baker, the city attorney, free legal advice by telling him he can “quash” my future subpoenas. «Read the rest of this article»

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    “Theft” by City Hall

    The Logo of the Clarksville, TN Gas and Water Department

    The Logo of the Clarksville, TN Gas and Water Department

    On May 25, 2005, I opened an account with Clarksville Gas and Water Department, and gave a $225 deposit, which I was told would be refunded after four years. Four years later, on May 26, 2009, I applied for the return of my deposit. The clerk and her supervisor told me that new policies instituted by new management prohibit returns until after service ends, and “THE CITY CAN DO WHATEVER IT WANTS”.

    I filed suit, charging breach of a legal contract, diversion, and unfair trade practices. No attorney arrived to represent the city in General Sessions Court on July 8, so Judge Shelton phoned the city attorney, Lance Baker. He later met with me, which gave me the opportunity to explain my case and share the evidence. We then went before the clerk, who reset my case for a two-hour trial before Judge Grimes on November 9th. «Read the rest of this article»

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    Young dancers entertain elders with holiday program


    Charming young students from Natalie’s Dance Network performed ballet, tap, and jazz dancing Saturday for the delight of residents of Spring Meadows Health Care Center and General Care Convalescent Center, both in Clarksville. These are annual Christmas season events serving these and other nursing homes during mid-December. (Photos by David Cutting)


    Young dancers don Santa caps as they entertain.


    Conflicts of interest erode trust in city government


    Conflicts of interest exist when people in positions of trust, such as politicians, have competing personal interests which make it difficult to fulfill their duties impartially.

    As our city government, comprised of the mayor and city council, routinely rule on issues affecting realtors, builders, developers, and building material suppliers, people in those disciplines should not serve in city government. Since active realtors, builders, and developers are entrenched in elected local offices, we have bad laws which enrich them at the expense of the voters who elected them and all taxpayers and residents.

    Christina Walsh of the Castle Coalition, of which I am a member, wrote recently about Clarksville, “Clearly, the confluence of bad law and politically connected developers here does not bode well for the citizens of Clarksville, who have been virtually abandoned by the very political officials they elected to represent their best interests. Local governments very often disguise their intentions of transferring perfectly fine properties to private developers, declaring so-called ‘blight removal,’ ‘urban renewal,’ or ’slum clearance’ as the justification for eminent domain. They hide behind this ‘public use’ concept in their quest to acquire property for the private use of developers.” «Read the rest of this article»

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    Reflections on an election


    David Cutting's election campaign was a family affair

    In my recent stand for a seat on the Clarksville City Council, I spent $790, or $1.25 for each vote received, and the winning challenger spent $6,740, or $2.68 for each vote received. He and I both wanted to win, worked hard at it (he much longer than I did), and saw a real need to replace the incumbent.

    The defeated incumbent, similarly to me, spent less than $1,000 on his campaign, but unlike me, did not work hard at it. The winner received $4,740 in campaign contributions, and a $2,000 loan from himself to fund his campaign. I neither sought nor received contributions, and if the incumbent did, they totaled less than $1,000, or he would have had to file a report. The local newspaper reports none of this public record data, and it is not on the Internet. «Read the rest of this article»


    When to replace a city government


    Several decades ago, as a public elementary school student, I learned that the purpose of government is to provide for its citizens those essential services that we cannot accomplish individually, such as police and fire protection, public education, and public libraries.

    For the Clarksville city government, meaning the elected mayor and the elected city council, building a water park, placing cameras on traffic lights, and building a separate city council structure violates Jeffersonian democracy to the point that we should vote them all out. «Read the rest of this article»

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    In recital, young pianists, vocalists, delight audience


    Kiara Cutting

    The Studio of Tiffany Hilliker held its Fall Recital at the Clarksville Department of Electricity’s Hall on Saturday, November 8. Nineteen students, all in recital attire, brilliantly performed.

    Seventeen of these gifted students are pianists, and two, Lexi Moore and Lauren Ritter, are vocalists. An audience of approximately one hundred enjoyed the performances, and afterward shared in refreshments.

    Clarksville knows Mrs. Hilliker for her piano and voice teaching, and her Kindermusik classes at Mary’s Music. «Read the rest of this article»

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