Gerald Witt notes that nobody except public officials showed up for Tuesday's City of Knoxville budget hearings.

On the one hand, this could be interpreted as meaning that folks are happy with how the city is being run and trust their elected officials to do the right thing. On the other hand, it could mean that people just don't care. Which, judging from turnout in city elections, is more likely the case.

I guess reporters who have to cover non-events like this are also disappointed that angry concerned citizens and assorted teanuts didn't show up waving "don't tread on me" flags and whatnot to relieve the boredom and sell papers. Nick Della Volpe apparently entertained with a Tai Chi demonstration, though, so there's that.

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Gerald Witt's picture

I couldn't care less about

I couldn't care less about who shows up. What troubles me is that nobody did.

Rachel's picture

The first explanation is

The first explanation is probably the correct one. People show up when they're unhappy or want something. If they're basically satisfied, they don't show up to say "good show."

Plus there's the fact that these hearings are during the work day (although it would be difficult to schedule them otherwise).

Average Guy's picture

Not this reporter specifically,

but I do put part of the blame on the press for the apathy.

Schools should be more secure. Right. Easy enough.

But before communities assume the cost of 50+ more SRO’s, information like Columbine had a SRO and Newtown had security, would be helpful.

We don’t blink to spend on things we think we need, but the context on what’s needed only comes from the paper of record for many. A great deal of current government spending and cutting comes from knee jerk reactions instead of well thought out ideas and/or debate. Absent an objective and balanced press, knee jerk wins out.

cwg's picture

Uh

The school budget is the the County budget, not the City budget. So don't blame the press for "apathy" when you don't even know what you're talking about.

Average Guy's picture

Low hanging fruit

Used SRO example because it seems easy. Newtown happens, Jones and McIntyre agree they need 58 new SRO's and it happens.

No questions about this fixing a local problem, about this being the best solution to a local problem or if the extra $20+ million will be the best use of scholastic dollars for the next 10 years.

I hold that the City budget may have no spending that warrants challenge. Haven't read about it anyway.

AnonymousOne's picture

"about this being the best

"about this being the best solution to a local problem or if the extra $20+ million will be the best use of scholastic dollars for the next 10 years."

Really? Dead kids don't learn well. What you should worry about is the dead weight in Andrew Johnson, retired supervisors making $50 an hour "working" for KCS ( and still gettting retirement and a rubber stamping school board. In ohter words the continuak fiefdom building politics.

Average Guy's picture

Really? Dead kids don't learn

Really? Dead kids don't learn well.

Really? Neither do kids with little to no resources. Being stupid is terminal; death just comes slower, and is usually tied to poor health and poverty.

If one thinks schools can be made 100% safe, one’s an idiot. If one wants to reduce guns entering a building, get metal detectors. If one thinks this generation needs constant security the way no generation ever has, get security guards. When a student incident gets to the level of the school SRO, the SRO writes it up. This means the incident goes in a police file as well as a school file. This is not a good setup for anybody.

What you should worry about is the dead weight in Andrew Johnson, retired supervisors making $50 an hour "working" for KCS ( and still gettting retirement and a rubber stamping school board. In ohter words the continuak fiefdom building politics.

Okay. Better we give law enforcement officials education money instead of retired educators? But waste is waste, so by all means, make the case.

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