published Monday, February 1st, 2010

PETA wants hospital to stop hiring meat eaters

by Emily Bregel

by Cliff Hightower

by Matt Wilson

The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA, is asking a local hospital to extend a ban on hiring smokers to meat eaters, too.

Starting Monday, Memorial Hospital no longer will hire people who use tobacco products, a move that hospital leaders say is geared to promote the hospital's message of health.

Last week the executive director of PETA, Tracy Reiman, sent a letter to hospital President and CEO Jim Hobson requesting that the hospital hire only vegetarians and vegans, and encourage current employees to cut meat from their diets.

Prohibiting the hire of meat-eaters is "the next logical step in the company's efforts to foster a healthier work force," said Amanda Fortino, campaign coordinator with PETA, in a telephone interview.

"Even better than quitting smoking is to go vegan, when you take into consideration all the disease meat consumption is linked to," such as heart disease and obesity, she said.

The proposition is "ridiculous," said Memorial spokesman Brian Lazenby.

Hurst announces re-election run

Hamilton County Register of Deeds Pam Hurst, a Republican, said she'll be campaigning this year for another term in office.

"It is just great that Hamilton County voters have put their trust in me and I plan to continue to keep my promise to be progressive," she said.

This would be her fifth term in the office.

In other county election news, two new challengers have picked up papers to run for the 8th District seat being vacated by Commission Chairman Curtis Adams. Republican Jack Martin and independent candidate Jim Winters each picked up qualifying papers last week.

In the 9th District, where Commissioner Bill Hullander is stepping down to run for county trustee, Republican Gary Neil has obtained qualifying papers to run.

no rail for chattanooga

A Thursday news release from the White House announced that the federal government is committing $8 billion to high-speed rail projects across the country, but not for the long-rumored Atlanta-Chattanooga line.

The release lists nine different projects. The only one of those that reaches into the Southeast is one that would go from Charlotte, N.C., to Washington, D.C.

Chattanooga Mayor Ron Littlefield, a longtime proponent of high-speed rail, could not be reached for comment.

skillern brags on thurman

Following a plea from Hamilton County Commissioner Warren Mackey for improved communication between the Hamilton County Board of Education and the commission, Commissioner Fred Skillern chimed in to pat the school board member who represents his district, Rhonda Thurman, on the back.

"My school board member does keep me informed, and the rest of the world, too," he said to some scattered laughs.

Commission Chairman Curtis Adams said, "I think you ought to have her down here and let us honor her at the commission."


During the regularly scheduled City Council meeting Tuesday night, members of the body called for a roll-call vote on whether to provide $19,000 to the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Bicentennial Library.

Councilman Russell Gilbert had left early because of a death in the family.

When Shirley Crownover, the assistant city council clerk, called his name, a voice rang out.

"Yes," said Councilman Manny Rico.

"Councilman Gilbert is gone," Ms. Crownover said, surprised.

The chamber burst into laughter.

"Now we know how you got elected," said Council Chairman Jack Benson, looking at Mr. Rico.


Discussing an item on the City Council agenda Tuesday night, Councilman Andraé McGary pushed his button to ask a question.

Council Chairman Jack Benson called on him.

"Councilman McGwire," he began. "I mean McGary. Did I ever tell you I married an Irish woman?"

"I love you too, Jack," Mr. McGary replied, smiling.

Compiled by staff writers Matt Wilson, Cliff Hightower and Emily Bregel

about Emily Bregel...

Health care reporter Emily Bregel has worked at the Chattanooga Times Free Press since July 2006. She previously covered banking and wrote for the Life section. Emily, a native of Baltimore, Md., earned a bachelor’s degree in American Studies from Columbia University. She received a first-place award for feature writing from the East Tennessee Society of Professional Journalists’ Golden Press Card Contest for a 2009 article about a boy with a congenital heart defect. She ...

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harleyrider1978 said...

This is the same type of mentality behind the second hand smoke trash science...........peta and the smokefree radicals belong in the hospitals mental ward!

Note that the EPA report of 1992 on second hand smoke was tossed out as junk science by federal judge osteen. Followed by 2 congressional comittees with henry waxman in attendance,both comittees also tossed the epa report as junk science.........yet these same smoke free and govmnt health groups continue to make claims shs/ets harms people. Sg general carmona was asked to provide some names of the dead he claimed of 50,000 deaths to shs a year........yet he couldnt name one and he declared the number was computer generated on the sammac this date there still are no names.........note this too the relative risk factor of second hand smoke is a 1.1 while tap waters is a 1.24 and milks is a 2.4 yet we dont call these things carcinogens as the epa study of 1992 tried to claim.......then when we find not one smoke free group lists the true major component in second hand smoke is water vapor and air at nearly 94%.....surgeon general report of 1989 pg 80.

Then we have OSHA not making a rule of limits...........why because nano grams and femptograms are not going to harm anyone.........what we have here is a lie and mass propaganda by health officials andnon-profits out to secure profits for big pharma elling the cessation drugs....the guilty parties are the robert woods johnson foundation aka johnson and johnson along with the american cancer society ,hired out by RWJF to lobby for smoking bans.......note also that all state wide bans include tax dollars for smoke free droups and 300-500 million dollars for purchasing and paying for quit lines and buy cessation drugs from big pharma............This story is bigger than the global arming hype from the climategate emails...........follow the money and you will find the world health orginization is heavily financed by big pharma and lets not forget the world anti-tobacco treaty where countries were blackmaled to sign the treaty or lose world bank loans.............Even the tobacco companies had there hands tied by the MSA deal to stay shut up about anything tobacco control may say in the future..........leaving tobacco control prohibitionists the ability to make any claim they so desired and see it rubber stamped by government agencies staffed with people from the same non-profit groups...look at obamas hhs secretary or the cdc director all from tobacco control back grounds even the new surgeon general comes from tobacco control in mississippi................colusion you bet.

January 31, 2010 at 6:14 p.m.
harleyrider1978 said...

OSHA has stated outright that: "Field studies of environmental tobacco smoke indicate that under normal conditions, the components in tobacco smoke are diluted below existing Permissible Exposure Levels (PELS.) as referenced in the Air Contaminant Standard (29 CFR 1910.1000)...It would be very rare to find a workplace with so much smoking that any individual PEL would be exceeded." -Letter From Greg Watchman, Acting Sec'y, OSHA, To Leroy J Pletten, PHD, July 8, 1997

For Benzo[a]pyrene, 222,000 cigarettes would be required to reach the lowest published "danger" threshold.

"For Acetone, 118,000 cigarettes would be required.

"Toluene would require 50,000 packs of simultaneously smoldering cigarettes.

"At the lower end of the scale-- in the case of Acetaldehyde or Hydrazine, more than 14,000 smokers would need to light up simultaneously in our little room to reach the threshold at which they might begin to pose a danger.

"For Hydroquinone, "only" 1250 cigarettes are required. Perhaps we could post a notice limiting this 20-foot square room to 300 rather tightly-packed people smoking no more than 62 packs per hour?

January 31, 2010 at 6:16 p.m.
theamerican said...

I see why they don't like people that smoke, But not hiring people that eat meat. That is stupid. Next on their list will be a no hire list for people who have sex.

January 31, 2010 at 6:46 p.m.
KWVeteran said...

Don't you just love these liberals? They can come up with the most entertaining idiocy that can't be imagined. BO and the liberal administration have with open arms welcomed and blessed the crackpot fringe.

February 1, 2010 at 9:47 a.m.
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