Letters: Check out your contractor

Johnson City Press • May 17, 2020 at 6:00 AM

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Check out your contractor

The old adage that “In the spring a young man’s fancy turns to love,” can be redone to an old man’s fancy turns to home repair. Love can make a young man blind; so can ads that state all sorts of discounts, licensed this and that and so on. The following are a few hints and reminders to keep in mind when looking for a contractor for whatever repair you have in mind.

License: Make sure that the contractor when stating he is licensed that he holds a state license. There is a major difference between that license and what I call a local license. The local license can be obtained for a few bucks and is good for any repair up to around $24,000. Just about anyone can obtain this license. A state license goes hand-in-hand with actually being bonded and insured along with the license holder to have a certain amount of liquidity. Demand that the Contractor give you his license number. Go to the Tennessee contractor website where you can enter the number for verification and possibly other useful information.

Remember also, you get what you pay for especially in home repair. If a contractor is quoting a price that is about half what another one is quoting, watch out. Also Tennessee state law states that a contractor cannot ask for any more than one-third of the quoted price upfront.

Make sure that the contract specifies a date that the work will be completed by. In other words do not sign an open-ended contract.

Just as there are many reputable contractors out there, there are just about as many dishonest ones also. Check him or her out before signing on the dotted line!


GOP going in the wrong direction

A recent article in the Forum touting a young Republican lady’s run for public office claiming “her political views reflect the clear direction in which the party is moving.” What direction is that?

Abandon the Constitution as most Republicans have, help Trump continue his "my way or the highway” control of the DOJ, DOS, FBI, DHS , EPA, OMB, USDA, and at this most critical time, the CDC.

His “ yes” men now control those agencies. The president has signed, by executive order, more than 55 bills via the executive privilege law that revoke air, land and water regulations that were designed to protect the population, wildlife, and vast government-owned land areas, and an additional 48 bills increasing this disaster are pending, all to aid big business.

The clear direction, I hope not.

Piney Flats

Child care needed for full recovery

Due to COVID-19, Save the Children Action Network (SCAN) transitioned their annual Advocacy Summit into a Virtual Advocacy Summit. One of the sessions I attended was called “Child Care in Crisis,” which discussed the critical importance of the child care industry to American families and the economy.

The child care industry is the backbone of the U.S. economy. Parents of 6.4 million children need child care in order to get back to work. In fact, the child care industry contributes approximately $100 billion to our economy and employs more than 1.5 million people. But, due to coronavirus, child care centers are closing due to lack of funds and low enrollment.

According to a recent SCAN and Child Care Aware of America survey, 87% of voters support direct federal assistance for child care providers so they can meet payroll and pay rent and utilities during this crisis. Voters have spoken. Child care is an indispensable industry that must be supported. Leaders in Washington, D.C. — together with candidates for public office — must put the child care industry at the forefront of the agenda.

Join me today in urging Congressman Phil Roe to provide robust funding for the child care industry in the next coronavirus relief package.

Our recovery depends on it.

Johnson City