published Monday, February 23rd, 2009

Letters to the Editors

Gregg will work for bipartisanship

I watched with interest an interview on CNBC with Republican Sen. Judd Gregg, who commented on his withdrawal from President Obama’s Cabinet as commerce secretary. He laid the blame on himself, citing ideological differences. He said he could not give “110 percent” to a president and a team that differed dramatically from his core values, but at the same time he was willing to work with the Democrats.

This is an example of a man who stands up for his convictions. He is to be applauded for his stance. He wishes to go back to the Senate, but with the idea that he can bring bipartisanship to the floor.

Sen. Judd Gregg is someone who will work to achieve balance. He did not blast the stimulus bill, but admitted he would likely not vote for it. At the same time, he embraced the Geithner plan to remedy the banks, highly criticized by many Republicans for lack of detail. Unlike those who just want to name-call the other party and levy cheap shots, Sen. Gregg is willing to acknowledge those on the opposite side of the aisle as having good ideas.

DONNA J. NICELY

Soddy-Daisy

Maglev proposal a giant boondoggle

I again see a call for taxpayers to come up with a chunk of change to fund a feasibility study for the proposed maglev train link from Chattanooga to Atlanta, but no accounting for any results from money already spent. I don’t think the study group could get a Lionel set going around a Christmas tree.

With no existing maglev equipment already developed, their proposal is a giant boondoggle of research and development and not a commuter rail system, but surely it will levitate the taxpayers’ money into an endless morass.

MICHAEL JUSTICE

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