published Friday, July 23rd, 2010

Letters to the Editor - 1

Cartoon depiction one of intolerance

As a subscriber of the Times Free Press, I would like to voice my displeasure at Sunday’s cartoon depiction of a fish symbol turned into a shark and the notation “Intolerance” on the crayon. I do not appreciate Christians being portrayed as intolerant. True Christians are to love all and, at the same time, stand up for truth. Christians are entitled to their beliefs, just like anyone else. It seems that this cartoon depiction is intolerant of Christianity!

DENISE YOUNG



Dual funding best for Chambers

I read, with interest, Sunday’s Times Free Press article “Chamber chided for taking tax dollars.”

I retired from the Sequatchie County-Dunlap Chamber last August after serving as director for 10 years. Roughly 40 percent of our modest budget came from the city and county government. Businesses have to make a profit to survive. Employees and taxpayers also have to live. Chambers financed by both private and public sources should be fair-minded enough to work for the good of all.

HOWARD W. HATTER

Dunlap, Tenn.



‘Witch’ cartoon a negative allusion

In response to a recent letter accusing Clay Bennett of anti–Christian sentiments, I remind everyone that Christians don’t have the market cornered for false piety. Hypocrisy abounds in all faiths. But Christians do seem to holler the loudest about it, especially at election time. It’s a rare person who looks in the mirror and doesn’t flinch.

In the Clay Bennett cartoons I have seen, I note that he doesn’t suffer fools gladly and he doesn’t pull his punches. In my opinion, he only blew it once, and that was the July 20 cartoon, which shows a witch riding a broom to write a message in the sky. It reads, “Surrender, Fleischmann.”

It occurs to me that the reference to the Wicked Witch of the West in the Wizard of Oz will be lost on many people. But what concerns me, and I assume, many women, is that the idea for this cartoon would not have occurred to Bennett if Fleischmann were running against Robert Smith.

I am no supporter of Robin Smith, nor her regressive positions, and I hope she doesn’t prevail. She’s a forceful woman, to be sure, but Bennett’s cartoon reinforces a negative allusion to a strong woman’s personality. We’re better than that.

JEFF BRIERE



Fairchild loyal and committed

I have had the pleasure of knowing Mr. Everett Fair-child for many years, and I have the utmost respect for him.

He is a man of honor, integrity and strong morals. In addition, he is fiercely loyal and committed to the Hixson community, especially to the students. I have observed him wearing many hats (principal, community leader, school board member) throughout the years, and his ability to lead with a servant’s heart never ceases to amaze me. He also stands up for what he believes in, even if that means standing alone.

I have also noticed that Mr. Fairchild attends as many school functions as possible, even those outside of his district when invited. His love for this city, his desire to see our schools constantly improving combined with his commitment of time, energy and passion is to be commended.

Thank you, Mr. Fairchild, for all of your hard work. You have been an outstanding school board member, and I hope you continue to serve for many more years!

TAMMY ZUMBRUN



Swafford has shown he can run office

Ronald Swafford has the proven experience, leadership and management skills to effectively lead the Juvenile Court clerk’s office for the past several years.

Mr. Swafford understands and performs the actual duties required by this office. He has the qualifications, knowledge and positive track record to continue to hold the position of Juvenile Court clerk. Mr. Swafford proficiently administers the Juvenile Court clerk’s office by maintaining accurate records, supporting the judicial process and effectively managing budetary and personnel resources.

Also, Mr. Swafford has received various accolades confirming his good work as Juvenile Court clerk.

It is unfortunate that today’s political climate allows for one’s office to be challenged based on rhetoric rather than facts. The proof is in the pudding, folks. Please don’t allow yourself to get on the emotional band wagon of voting against someone because their political affiliation may be different than yours. Think for yourselves and vote for the person who has proven that he can diligently run the Juvenile Court clerk’s office. Ronald Swafford has what it takes to continue to do the job!

ROBIN BARNES



GOP weaves webs of deceit

Greed, racism and religiosity used to weave Republican webs of deceit.

Greed: Bush’s $700 billion 2008 Wall Street bail-out. His near killing the regulation of banks, Wall Street, and Big Oil. Biggest U.S. debt increase. And every Tennessee Republican voted in support of all this.

Racism: Republicans need an enemy to attack so they look busy. Now it’s “illegal immigration.” Who is hiring them, Democrats? No way; bosses are 99 percent Republicans.

Religiosity: “Term-Limits” Zach Wamp’s shared tax-free D.C. house because “prayers are said there.” Many prayers are said in taxed Tennessee homes. And the Tennessee homes don’t have Zach’s buddies — “family values” politicians.

All that matters is that GOP “big boys” stay in charge. No mind that they run the country into the ground time after time. No matter ’cause they don’t suffer; just us that they run into the ground with fewer and fewer jobs, less and less money, and more and more worry.

The “big boys” just laugh, yell, and point fingers at those that didn’t do it. We’ve all seen that on the job way too many times.

STEPHEN NEMECEK



Smith works to serve others

The election for the 3rd Congressional District is illustrating a well-known truth: There are a few good people in this world who work to serve others. Then there are certain people who try to move ahead by tearing down the work of others.

I am honored to know Robin Smith and have had the privilege of working with her for many years. She has and will always serve others. It’s obvious that Chuck Fleisch-mann and his campaign are desperate and they are not focusing on the issues that affect the people of the 3rd Congressional District. Join me in voting for Robin Smith.

BUBBA WILLIAMS



Give Hammond vote of appreciation

If the voters of our county have not exercised their privilege during the early voting process, I hope they will turn out on election day and give Sheriff Jim Hammond and his staff a tremendous vote of appreciation for a job well done.

JOE CANNON

Former Chief Deputy



Fleischmann seeks office with altruism

Though a novice in the political arena, Mr. Chuck Fleischmann is a man of faith and family who will enhance the integrity of our government as our 3rd District congressman. He possesses a true sense of altruism in his quest for public service and has an unparalleled empathy for senior citizens.

I urge you to vote for Chuck, who will render educated, thoughtful and considerate decisions in the role of a conservative congressman.

JULIE FREUDENBERG

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acerigger said...

. I do not appreciate Christians being portrayed as intolerant. True Christians are to love all and, at the same time, stand up for truth. Christians are entitled to their beliefs, just like anyone else. It seems that this cartoon depiction is intolerant of Christianity! Ms.Young,do you consider James Dobson,Pat Robertson,et al,to be Christians? they are certainly intolerant, thus not true Christians?they seem to have a very large following of people who CALL themselves Christians!

July 23, 2010 at 9:05 a.m.
lkeithlu said...

How about Fred Phelps? Christian or shark?

Ms. Young, you (as well as several other writers) do not understand what Mr. Bennett is trying to convey in this cartoon. It is not a jab at all Christians. Look at it again.

July 23, 2010 at 9:11 a.m.
gm1220 said...

Bubba doesn't know Mrs. Smith! She doesn't help others as much as she helps herself! Get real Bubba . . .vote anyone but Robin!

July 23, 2010 at 9:39 a.m.
acerigger said...

Iam astounded by the scope and reach of robin smith's campaign,it's almost like a national race. not only are her signs posted everywhere I look in Ham. County,her ads are all over the web! Someone is pouring serious money into her coffers.I guess it helps being the former head of the state GOP.by the way,have they figured out what happened in that organizations money shortage under robin's tenure?

July 23, 2010 at 12:43 p.m.

Briere and Nemecek need to check out their own Party and their own Dogs as well. Everything they mentioned and more is being done to ruin this country and the Left-Dems have been controlling both Houses since 2006/7. Typical one-sided claptrap Bias. Both these men live in a little bubble of a world, of their own making, like many here who post.

The atheist-hater above seems to love correcting ALL Christians who post contrary to her 'superior beliefs'. When she can censure and criticize the foul, paranoid mouths of her own kind and those who post on this site, then maybe some will find her rants believable.

In the meantime, we Christians and Jews are still waiting for bennett to draw an intolerant Islamic Terrorist, like Mohammed himself, or an intolerant Atheist, Pagan, Buddhist, Hindu, Wiccan, Rastafarian, Progressive-racist/eugenicist like Marg Sanger of Planned Parenthood or Woodrow Wilson, FDR, or a KKK racist Democrat like Byrd or Jeremiah Wright, the Racist-Pastor/Mentor of Barack Obama or a Violent Leftist or a Violent, "white cracker" hating New Black Panther Partier....

July 23, 2010 at 1:22 p.m.

When you geniuses find a True Christian, not the phonies you hang out with or those a Left-Prog, white-washer of a Professor 'taught' you about, please let us know when and where this REAL practicing Christian, in this country or elsewhere, recently or in the past; beheaded someone, raped and tortured someone, yelled racist epitaphs at someone, attempted to force Sharia Law on them, falsely accused others of things they never did, persecuted, tortured and withheld jobs from them, killed hundreds of millions in the name of THEIR religion/ideology: namely Atheism/secularism/maoism/stalinism/nazism/castro-che-chavez-ism/Progressivism/jong-il-ism/idi amin-ism/Obama-ism.

The true, 'believers' mentioned above did some or all of those things, not only in the name of their 'religion' but as PRACTITIONERS of that belief or non-belief system. All kinds of nefarious devils throughout History have done evil in the name of 'God' or Christ, yet none have been True Christians or practiced pure Christianity, including some who founded this country. Some did evil and repented, many did not. Until you on the Left straighten out your revised, historical crapola, you will remain the deaf, dumb and blind.

There is more racism, anti-white, anti-middle class and anti-working, white, poor classism going on and surfacing in this country SINCE Obama was elected to office. I say Surfacing, because as those of us who know only too well, living as minorities in a majority ghetto, neighborhood, state; this ugly, hate-filled racism/classism has been going on for awhile. When it's your white-Leftist, Liberal kid's butts being discriminated against, then we'll see the whining and howling. In the meantime, the true Racists and haters of all that is decent in this country, the Prog-Left, continue to imply, suggest, accuse and rail on about "intolerant" Christians and Conservatives. All the while, it's THEIR Unions, President, Colleagues and Cohorts who are in reality, the most racist, hate-filled human beasts we've seen in our lifetimes, on or off the battlefield and now, in the Houses of Power and Greed.

July 23, 2010 at 1:27 p.m.
lkeithlu said...

So, canary, you are saying that you consider Fred Phelps an "ideal, representative" Christian?

July 23, 2010 at 1:27 p.m.
MuddyCreek said...

acerigger

Stay tuned . . .I think Chuck is about to deliver more on the Robin and the party's money. She never answered him as Chip Saltsman knew she wouldn't.

Vote Gobble!

July 23, 2010 at 3:20 p.m.
hotdiggity said...

Canary said, "All kinds of nefarious devils throughout History have done evil in the name of 'God' or Christ, yet none have been True Christians or practiced pure Christianity,"..

For once, I agree with you. -Deuteronomy 17:12 -Leviticus 20:13 -Leviticus 20:27 -Chronicles 15:12-13 -Exodus 12:29-30 -Isaiah 13:15-18

And on and on and on...

July 24, 2010 at 4:11 a.m.

When the unholy Left-Prog gets ahold of the Word of the Lord God of Israel, mayhem, havoc, ignorance and lies abound...all historical/eschatological context is lost upon the eyes and ears of the deaf. That's why HE said his Elect must have His Spirit to interpret correctly and truthfully. It's good to see you are at least posting scripture-wherever you copied it from. You on the Left seem to have your special sites where you find ALL of the 'answers', mmm? Now, all you need is His Spirit to open your spiritual eyes/mind and interpret for you.

Deut. 17:12 (let's go back a bit to Deut: 14:1-2 for context) "You are the people of Adonai your God. You are not to gash yourselves or shave the hair above the foreheads in mourning for the dead (as the Pagans did at that time), because you are a people set apart as holy for Adonai your God. He has chosen you to be his unique treasure out of all the peoples on the face of the earth.."

17:12-13 says "anyone presumptuous enough not to pay attention to the cohen (priest of the Cohanim priesthood) appointed there (read the preceding verses for context) to serve Adonai your God or to the judge-that person must die, thus you will exterminate such wickedness from Israel-all the people will hear about it and be afraid to continue acting presumptuously..." Context: thousands of years before the Word made Flesh walked the earth and ushered in the New Covenant with humankind, Adonai Elohim (the plurality in Hebrew, the "We made man in Our image", the Lord is God, the Lord is One) set apart His people and His land, Israel and His Tabernacle as a Holy people and a Holy place. When he returns in wrath to destroy all that is wicked, it's all over because no evil thing or rebellious devil such as Lucifer has been, can stand before the Holy One of Israel. Rebellion and wickedness had to be dealt with immediately or the tribes would be polluted. Which is exactly what happened, along with all their plagues, trials and exiles when the Hebrew nation rebelled against Him and worshipped other 'gods' later on down the road.

Leviticus 20:13 "If a man goes to bed with a man as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination, they must be put to death, their blood (or today, their AIDS) is upon them.." Context: ditto as above in Deuteronomy, to keep Israel pure. For further context, read verses above 20:13 and below.

July 24, 2010 at 4:12 p.m.

Why not mention the brutal Islamic countries and cultures of today that brutalize, discriminate and put to death homosexuals, while we, in America do no such things? Or Hitler and his henchmen who called themselves "Progressives"? Ask what horrors they visited upon homosexuals. In the case of the Bible, you'd better take it up with the Author Himself (when you see Him at the Judgement Seat. Only He knows why he created man, woman, the woman's womb, man and woman and sex/love between them, with the perfect appendages and orifices for each and every purpose therein that is pretty obvious to even a child; which is which and what goes where and what goes in and what comes out...but I digress

Lev. 20:27 "A man or woman who is a spirit-medium or sorcerer must be put to death; they are to stone them to death, their blood will be on them.." Context: the whole Torah (first five Books and the Abrahamic/Mosaic Ancient Covenant between a Holy, Righteous Lord and His people. Harsh, compared to today? Yes. Necessary to preserve the integrity of the 12 Tribes and their separateness from extremely pagan, brutal nations that surrounded them and sacrified humans, drinking their blood; of which they not only sacrificed to dead, wooden and metal gods, but they did not acknowledge the Living Lord God who walked and talked with early humans and created them Himself. Sorcerers and mediums in their arrogance thought themselves 'god' and 'played' around with the dark powers, completely forbidden for good reason, of the Lord's people. When He calls the shots, we don't argue. When Jesus walked, He didn't play around with Evil, he cast it out, healed those with demons and depression, etc, etc.

Chronicles 15:12-13 (assuming you mean 2Chronicles not 1): "...and they (the tribes, in context read preceding verses) entered into a covenant to seek Adonai, the God of their ancestors with all their heart and with all their being..they also agreed that whoever refused to seek Adonai, the God of Israel should be put to death, whether small or great, man or woman.." Harsh? Yes. Necessary to cleanse Israel and her tribes of extreme sin and rebelliousness against the Lord and obey Him, not the nations around them? Yes, for their own good and to restore relationship and blessings. Do we continue the death penalty today for the most evil among us? Yes and when we don't and evil predators are let go by Left/Liberal Judges, they continue to prey on our most vulnerable in society. Evil reigns and we live in fear. Now, when we disobey Him, we fall, we lose blessings, we suffer the consequences. We repent: we live again and freely.

July 24, 2010 at 4:17 p.m.

Exodus 12:29-30 "At midnight Adonai killed all the firstborn in the Land of Egypt from the firstborn of Pharaoh sitting on his throne to the firstborn of the prisoner in the dungeon and the firstborn of the livestock. Pharaoh got up in the night, he, all his servants and all the Egyptians, and there was tremendous wailing in Egypt; for there wasn't a single house without someone dead in it.."

Context: A brutal regime/country that for hundreds of years tortured, used and abused foreigners like the Israelites as slaves and to build their vast pyramidic idols to their 'gods' (see my previous posting/essay on archaeological evidence brought to light that shows indeed the ancient Hebrew nation were slaves in exile to Egypt, worked and died on and within proximity of the pyramids/gravesites of the Kings).

Through Moses, one of the captives who led Israel out of Egypt, the Lord warned Pharaoh numerous times and gave numerous chances to let His people go. Pharaoh in all his evil arrogance paid a dear price for that, and so did his whole country unfortunately. Today, Egypt is a mere shadow of its former self, a desert place where owls nest and wolves howl. Ditto for the Brutal Babylon, Sodom, Gomorrah and their evil Dictators.

Isaiah 13:15-18 (in context: preceding verses: "I will punish the world for its evil and the wicked for their iniquity, I will end the arrogance of the proud and humble, the insolence of tyrants. I will make humans rarer than gold, scarcer than Ofir's pure gold. This is why I will make the heavens tremble and the earth will be shaken from its place at the wrath of Adonai Tzva'ot on the day of His fierce anger..everyone will head back to his own people, everyone will flee to his own land..."

(13-15) "Anyone found will be pierced through: anyone caught will fall by the sword, their babies dashed to pieces before their own eyes, their houses looted, their wives raped. I will stir up against them the Medes, who cannot be tempted by silver or bought off by gold. Their bows will tear young men to pieces, they will have no pity on the fruit of the womb, their eye will not spare children.."

July 24, 2010 at 4:27 p.m.

Did and does this happen (today) in the Sudan, Rwanda, Somalia, Indonesia, Mexico, Central/South America, Russia, Cuba and former Soviet terrorities, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Israel, Zimbabwe, Congo, Tanzania, Kenya, South Africa, Malaysia, North Korea, Sri Lanka, etc., and last but not least now, in the US? Whose faults/sins have brought us and this world to this? Is it not humans who reject Him, His ways, His commands and His Blessings? Humans chose self-rule, self-run kingdoms, their own ideologies and now the world spins in its own filth with the blood of innocents on its own hands. Look to yourselves and get right before the full extent of His wrath is unleashed. I fear no man or woman, but I am not stupid. The increasingly self-determined, human-caused evil on earth is escalating and if not turned around, will most definitely need a major cleansing and extermination, just as the ancient tribes sadly, had to discover for themselves.

Notice, all the pagan/non-believing nations around the Lord's people were free to do as they pleased. Pleasures and 'Culture' abounded. But, they all paid the ultimate price-down through History-annihilation of their civilizations. I choose not to question Him or disobey His commands, thus I live under His 'wings' and with His many blessings. I disobey, I fall.

Bottom line: It's His world, I just live here-for the time being.

July 24, 2010 at 4:32 p.m.
lkeithlu said...

For those of us who do not consider the bible as a source of authority, your quotes and claims are meaningless, canary.

You still haven't answered my question: do you consider Fred Phelps to be a True Christian (TM)? He seems to share many of your values and beliefs.

July 24, 2010 at 4:34 p.m.
hotdiggity said...

lkeithlu, check out the documentary on Mr. Phelps. Its very interesting. It is nine parts and is a hoot. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZas-jnY6DI

For some comedic relief, check out Phelps and George Carlin here..http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gg7O0G...

If quoting a book written by nomadic people who claim special insight gives Canary comfort and a feeling of superiority and insight, more power to him.

Amazing how much he sounds like Mr. Phelps.

July 25, 2010 at 12:37 p.m.
lkeithlu said...

I watched the first one: it's horrific. If more True Christians TM don't speak out about this extreme example of child abuse in the guise of religion, Christianity deserves to lose membership.

July 25, 2010 at 4:51 p.m.

If you ingrates believe true Christians do the things you stated above, you are truly sick yourselves. Now why don't you all stop sucking your thumbs and watch some real documentaries, like the ones the Atheistic, Progressive-Hitlerian, Islamic, Nazi, Communist, Maoist, Hindu, Sikh (et al), freaks have done to hundreds of millions of their people and ours, in the name of their religions/ideologies? Nah, too lazy, eh? Too entrenched in your childish indoctrinations? Good riddance.

July 27, 2010 at 1:26 p.m.
lkeithlu said...

Too chicken to come back to the other thread and answer my question, canary?

July 27, 2010 at 1:40 p.m.

Some obsessed flushing of a toilet is going on up there.

Sadly, NONE of my facts, evidence, data and REAL time experience has ever been answered correctly and truthfully by the Progressive Left here. Except with accusations, name calling and diversions. Childish, devilish beings? I rest my case.

July 27, 2010 at 2 p.m.
lkeithlu said...

Just as I thought. Chicken in a coal mine indeed.

If you can summon up the cojones, I posted a few more questions for you along the same line.

Or you can continue to commit drive-bys, kind of like a pigeon crapping on a freshly washed car and driving away.

July 27, 2010 at 2:08 p.m.
GMills said...

Hey canary, Remember that the bible says that women should be seen and not heard. You do not practice what you preach. Be quiet woman!

July 30, 2010 at 9:08 a.m.
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