published Friday, August 27th, 2010

Letters to the editor

Paper contributes to misinformation

I challenge this newspaper's compliance with its motto "To Give the News Impartially, Without Fear or Favor."

A headline in Sunday's Metro read "Is Obama Muslim? Locals say move on to more pressing issues."

The article cites a poll finding that 18 percent of Americans believe he is indeed a Muslim. It then quotes a doctor who says it is the responsibility of traditional media to refute or prove a claim. However, with its headline this newspaper abdicates that responsibility by implying that Obama's faith is open to question, no matter how many people may believe otherwise. To be consistent with the principle of responsibility, the headline could and probably should read "Is 18 percent of America nuts?"

Obama is not a Muslim and never has been. (To me, he demonstrates his faith in ways other Christians might well aspire to.) Now, let's do as the locals say and move on to pressing issues.

Some within the media are analyzing how a matter so clearly contrary to fact has a following of one-fifth of Americans. One factor is headline editorializing that suggests it is still open to debate. This paper should not be contributing to a misinformed citizenry.

EMILY BRAWLEY

Obama should take responsibility

Some recent news items:

U.S. productivity dropping, jobless claims up again, consumer spending down, Congress and presidential approval rating in free fall, health care cost soaring since passing of ObamaCare, U.S. trade gap widens, consumer confidence in government deteriorating, corruption abounds in Washington, rise in taxes predicted, stimulus plan falters, race relations worsen, more bailouts being considered, Obama reluctant to stop influx of illegals, Obama urges citizens to sacrifice, majority want ObamaCare repealed, economy lacks prospect for relief, double-dip inflation predicted by some economists, businesses reluctant to hire, consumer prices rise as personal income falls, housing market sinks, cash for clunkers now seen as boondoggle, transparency in government continues to close, application for food stamps at all-time high, home builders confidence sinking, national debt out of control.

What's the White House response? "Things could be worse," "we inherited these problems."

At what point does Obama take responsibility for the mess he has gotten us into?

CAREY CROUCH

Obama is part of budget deficits

To those of you who keep blaming Bush and the Republicans for our fiscal problems -- here's a short civics lesson.

Budgets do not come from the White House. They come from Congress, and the party that controlled Congress since January 2007 is the Democratic Party. They controlled the budget process for fiscal year 2008 and FY 2009, as well as FY 2010 and FY 2011.

For FY 2009, though, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid bypassed George Bush entirely, passing continuing resolutions to keep government running until Barack Obama could take office. At that time, they passed a massive omnibus spending bill to complete the FY 2009 budgets.

And where was Barack Obama during this time? He was a member of that very Congress that passed all of these massive spending bills, and he signed the omnibus bill as president to complete FY 2009. Let's remember what the deficits looked like during that period.

What Obama is saying is I inherited a deficit that I voted for and then I voted to expand that deficit four-fold since Jan. 20.

Wake up, America, before it's too late.

ED DEBOER Signal Mountain

EPB needs to see the real world

Way to go, Electric Power Board, you've done it again. You have seniors, low income and people out of work trying to decide if the should buy their medication, feed their families or turn off their electricity.

I can see the grin on your faces when you pick up your big checks.

I'm sure most of you at the top will never have to face these problems at your retirement. Get out in the real world and see what it looks like out here.

KELVIN FLEMINGS Soddy-Daisy

City residents have had enough

Your Aug. 10 editorial, "A recall rift to avoid," opined that the 33 percent tax increase originally proposed by Mayor Littlefield was "modest." Many would take issue with your assertion, given the fact that Chattanooga area incomes dropped by the largest amount in over four decades.

The people of Chattanooga do not exist primarily to pay the taxes that the city of Chattanooga deems necessary to fund government programs during the worst recession in our lifetimes and more than 10 percent unemployment.

Over 9,000 Chattanoogans -- more than 50 percent of all the votes cast for Mayor Littlefield -- have decided to exercise their right to recall the most politically tin-eared mayor in the last 40 years. These citizens ask for a legally valid recall followed by a replacement mayor whose policies are fiscally conservative and reflect the reality of the tough economic times we all face. Accomplishing this recall will be hard and will take one step at a time and hundreds of volunteer hours, but as it is clear the people have had enough. What is the alternative?

The logical pursuit of good government requires accountability. If the people don't hold the government accountable, who will?

BRENDAN JENNINGS Harrison

Replace bike bells with loud horns

Regarding pedestrians and cyclists sharing the Greenway.

A letter writer suggested that pedestrians could hear the bells of the bicycles if their ears were not obstructed with electronic music.

Well, my ears are not obstructed by electronic music because I wear hearing aids. I have a profound hearing loss, and even with wearing my hearings aids I cannot possibly hear the bells of cyclists who are approaching from behind me.

I try to walk to the edge of the grass and if need be "leap" out of he way the cyclists zoom by. Cyclists should not assume everyone can hear their bells because they are very difficult to hear. I don't understand why the bicycle industry doesn't provide loud horns for bikes which would be easier to hear than the high pitch sound of tinny sounding bells.

MARY COLEMAN

Where are jobs from tax cuts?

The Bush tax cuts are set to expire on Dec. 31. These tax cuts, along with the Iraq War, have exploded our national debt. The Obama administration and the Democrats plan to let these tax cuts expire only for those making more than $250,000 a year. These tax cuts will remain in place for those of us making less than $250,000.

Republicans continually argue that if we cut taxes on the wealthy, they will create jobs. They argued it 10 years ago, which resulted in the Bush tax cuts.

I have one question for them: Where are the jobs? We have we been steadily losing jobs over the past 10 years.

Even though they claim to be so worried about the national debt, Republicans will fight tooth and nail to save tax cuts for the very wealthy and won't lift a finger to keep teachers in the classroom or extend unemployment benefits. No matter what the battle, Republicans are always on the side of Goliath against the Davids and have somehow managed to convince people that what's good for Goliath is good for them.

HELEN F. STAPLETON Sewanee, Tenn.

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crtsports said...

Great letter Helen. What they have managed to do is to get people to vote solely on social issues and to ignore the economic issues they preach.

August 27, 2010 at 12:22 a.m.
acerigger said...

Gay marriage,Ground-Zero Mosque,The(Republican)Deficit,Illegal Immigration,and all the other "Look at the shiny object over there!"Junk,is all they have to run on.Oh yeah,and whatever President "Obama messed-up today" too.

August 27, 2010 at 1:05 a.m.
acerigger said...

"health care cost soaring since passing of ObamaCare",Ms.Crouch,the Affordable Care Act has not yet been implemented.The insurance companies are raising rates now in anticipation of their wings getting clipped.The rest of our maladies you list are the results of the failed policies of the previous republican administration.Deny it all you like,and, by your use of the term "obamacare",I'm sure you do deny it.

August 27, 2010 at 1:18 a.m.
anniebelle said...

These re-writers of history are rampant in the United States today. They not only have their own opinion, they have their own set of facts. When did this brainwashing (lol, mini-cycle, I'm sure) start? This division of our populace started under Nixon and was ramped up into high gear under Ronnie Raygun. These people care nothing for the United States, they only have their hate and fear to nuture their beliefs. Their hate only exceeds their ignorance.

August 27, 2010 at 5:41 a.m.
carlB said...

These re-writers of history are rampant in the United States today. They not only have their own opinion, they have their own set of facts. When did this brainwashing (lol, mini-cycle, I'm sure) start? This division of our populace started under Nixon and was ramped up into high gear under Ronnie Raygun. These people care nothing for the United States, they only have their hate and fear to nuture their beliefs. Their hate only exceeds their ignorance. Username: anniebelle | On: August 27, 2010 at 5:41 a.m.


Reply: anniebelle, very well said.

By the way, I haven't heard anybody named Anniebelle since living in my hometown.

August 27, 2010 at 10:59 a.m.
zacklittlefield said...

Brendan -

9,000? Count again my friend.

Z

August 27, 2010 at 1:29 p.m.
Love4America said...

It is so sad to have a president who won't take credit for anything except what is going great. Oh that's right, nothing is going great. (Except for the growth of Government). So I guess it's all Bush and Regan's fault. Carter and Clinton were such wonderful leaders. Maybe that's what we need. Another Jimmy Carter, wait a minute, we do have another Jimmy Carter. Only worse. He should stick to community organizing. He doesn't have a clue on how to run our country. Obama will go down as the worst president in history. He will be lucky to get his picture on food stamps. George Washington is turning over in his grave. Obama is an insult to intellegent Americans. Only the blind liberal zombie idiots are happy with him. You can say anything about me you want. At least I can sleep at night knowing I didn't vote for the Muslim un-American dictator. He is all and more that we feared he would be. God Bless America.

August 27, 2010 at 2:55 p.m.
tnmoman said...

The blame game is running rampant. Obama has us at each others throats. What we need is a true leader who loves America as much as we do. Where is this person? What do we have to do to find them and have them run for office. Is it true that you have to lie and be a crook to be a politician? Is there any hope for our children's future? People voted for Obama and others in hopes of improvement. All we are getting is more of the same or worse. How sad, to have such a wonderful country and nothing but a bunch of crooks to run it. We all need to pray for the answers.

August 27, 2010 at 3:30 p.m.
lkeithlu said...

Although Obama isn't perfect, he inherited a mess. If all his critics would put their shoulder to the wheel and help, maybe we can get through these economic issues together. We have become a nation of blamers and complainers. Accusing Obama of being Muslim shows a) we have no clue regarding the truth, b) we are clearly bigots afraid of those different than us (why should Obama's religion matter anyway?) and c) we'd rather achieve our political ends than help Americans thrive (and this goes for both parties)

When will we realize the following:

No, we don't know if bailing out companies was the right choice. It was for thousands of GM workers, but it might not have been for the country. We can play the "what if" game til the cows come home and it will achieve NOTHING.

No, we don't know if bailing out financial institutions was the right thing. Millions of Americans whose accounts were threatened might think so, but we will never know, because that is what we (Bush and Obama WH) did.

No, he's not a Muslim. No. Never was. However, he will expect us to apply the constitution to all groups.

No, he is not a marxist. What a silly idea. He is a democrat, and many republicans equate democrats with socialists (and using some definitions they would be correct) but we are not looking for another North Korea. Take off your tinfoil hat, for dog's sake.

No, he is not a dictator. Under our constitution it is impossible for the president to be a dictator. Learn your government.

No it's not all Bush's or Reagan's fault. But each president in the past takes some responsibility for setting up the conditions that allowed Wall Street to take us for such a dangerous ride. We all bear some responsibility for living outside our means.

I am disgusted with the braying, lying, conspiracy-claiming lunatics in this arena. I am also embarrassed that other countries are finally seeing us for the ignorant, reactionary bigots that we are.

August 27, 2010 at 4:17 p.m.
FM_33 said...

health care cost soaring since passing of ObamaCare",Ms.Crouch,the Affordable Care Act has not yet been implemented.The insurance companies are raising rates now in anticipation of their wings getting clipped.The rest of our maladies you list are the results of the failed policies of the previous republican administration.Deny it all you like,and, by your use of the term "obamacare",I'm sure you do deny it. Username: acerigger | On: August 27, 2010 at 1:18 a.m.


Get in line and get your Obama care and shut up.

August 27, 2010 at 4:28 p.m.
FM_33 said...

(Except for the growth of Government). So I guess it's all Bush and Regan's fault. Username: Love4America | On: August 27, 2010 at 2:55 p.m.


Who ran the government longer Republicans or Denocrats ?

Democrats was in power for over 70 years.

Who was the one who pushed for big government with the welfare system ?

Starts with a D !

August 27, 2010 at 4:32 p.m.
FM_33 said...

Obama is an insult to intellegent Americans. Username: Love4America | On: August 27, 2010 at 2:55 p.m.


The polling data will tell you which group of voters place Obama in office.

Starts with a R !

August 27, 2010 at 4:34 p.m.
FM_33 said...

That's why my vote went to the 3rd party.

Hip..Hip...Hooray !

August 27, 2010 at 4:35 p.m.
fairmon said...

The goods and services you purchase has an embedded tax of at least 25%. The wealthy don't need a tax break, business and industry does. The U.S. has the highest corporate tax rate in the world. Politicos love to bash big business as they tax and run them out of the country. They do it so well most voters fall for their ponzi scheme and join the stoning. Reduce taxes, allow industry to compete with back home labor and the deficit problem improves. Working people buy things and pay taxes. Hello? Tax payers,why don't we build another museum and repair shrines all over the world? We have elected 530 economic idiots. I have to assume 5 of the 535 may not be but are helpless with all the others so oblivious of the financial dilema many face.

August 27, 2010 at 5:44 p.m.
nickie said...

Obama isn't perfect? Thats an understatement! Vote for a Chicgo community organizer who never held a real job and what did you expect? His agenda was re-distribation of wealth and handouts for the Democratic base. The Democrats are running away from Obama in fear that they will lose their Senate and House seats, and thankfully many will, and we can start repairing the damage this president and his liberal minions have inficted on our country.

August 27, 2010 at 9 p.m.
carlB said...

Username: lkeithlu | On: August 27, 2010 at 4:17 p.m.

Reply: lkeithlu, looks as if we have a determined "group" who are getting desperate in trying to convince us that the Democrats are destroying this country when it would have really been destroyed if President Obama had not been elected.

Username: FM_33 | On: August 27, 2010 at 4:28 p.m.

Reply: FM_33, you must be in a lot of stress for you to be so demanding. Making such a forceful statement "Get in line and get your Obama care and shut up" will get you "no where." Since the voters are not falling for the untruths and the misinformation being "spat out" by the party out of power, the next tactic must be to get belligerent.

August 28, 2010 at 12:39 a.m.
acerigger said...

Thanx Carl,I wonder why me wanting affordable health insurance is a bad thing?

August 28, 2010 at 4:24 a.m.
carlB said...

acerigger | On: August 28, 2010 at 4:24 a.m.

Reply: The cost of healthcare insurance, is being increased by the private sectors, for making a profit, so the CEOs get their millions of dollars, not by the Government. Under the circumstances that costs is causing a "burden" on the people, whose slaries have decreased and the small businesses are having trouble staying in business and this also includes large corporations.
What if the healthcare insurance had to be run in a strictly nonprofit mannor? People do get sick and have accidents which create a need for medical care. If these people don't have healthcare insurance, who pays for their visit to the emergency rooms? So, why is the cost of our healthcare insurance continuing to increase? If you follow the money or have a short stay in the hospital, then you will get an awakening. Here we are in still in the affects of the 2007 deep rececession and our cost of living is still increasing, with the workers' wages decreasing and the wages at the top, including our elected Congress still increasing.

August 28, 2010 at 10:21 a.m.
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