Vi­sion for city, county fu­ture is a big stretch

Chattanooga Times Free Press - - OPINION - Jim Howard

Thurs­day’s Page 1 ar­ti­cle, “A new vi­sion for city’s fu­ture,” is full of feel­good lib­eral dreams that are com­pletely di­vorced from re­al­ity.

The dis­par­ity in racial in­come will never change, ex­cept for pos­si­bly wors­en­ing. The dif­fer­ence in in­come is due al­most en­tirely to life choices made by the suc­cess­ful.

Choice one is a two-par­ent house­hold. It’s trite to list the out­comes from sin­gle-par­ent homes vs. two-par­ent homes.

The sec­ond big choice is ed­u­ca­tion. The poor are gen­er­ally poorly ed­u­cated. The pri­mary rea­son for that fail­ure is wrong choice num­ber one.

Hous­ing ap­pre­ci­at­ing in value is a good thing. A com­mu­nity be­com­ing whiter is a good thing. You will have less crime, less gang ac­tiv­ity, a safer com­mu­nity. Count the mur­ders oc­cur­ring on Look­out Moun­tain and Sig­nal Moun­tain vs. down­town. Gen­tri­fi­ca­tion oc­curs for the same rea­son.

Lead­er­ship is not a qual­ity that can be be­stowed un­less we have a to­ken sys­tem where un­de­serv­ing people are pro­moted solely based on race. It then be­comes a ti­tle, not a char­ac­ter­is­tic.

Je­sus said, “The poor will al­ways be with us.” You think you are smarter than Je­sus. Solve the prob­lem, with my bless­ing.

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