published Thursday, December 1st, 2011

Letters to the Editor

Still searching for my country

Re: "Recycle Congress and president"? (letter, Nov. 27).

Who on God's green earth would be interested in the end product under any circumstance!

We have laws and regulations governing manufacture, sale, use, and disposal of materials hazardous to the public. The potential "raw materials" proposed for recycling right now are responsible for enforcing those laws and regulations. Please don't turn them loose on the public again!

Require proof of birth and immigration status before they are allowed "out" and refuse to issue a green card since they have little or no meaningful work experience. All they seem to want or need are our money, vote, property, and rights.

Although I understand and appreciate arguments of the writer, let me have my fun since my Maker allows that. It keeps me from crying. The exercise in patience and futility in recent years, and especially during election campaigns, keeps me searching for my country and what it used to be.



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Return arboretum to original name

With Thanksgiving Day passed and the Christmas season approaching, how blessed I feel for the wonderful times I have experienced because someone in the past cared enough to perpetuate places and things for me and my child to enjoy.

I live in Cartersville, Ga., and work as a garden designer in Atlanta. My sister lives in Chattanooga and when we visit, our plans always include an adventure with our children to Reflection Riding. A delightful walk at Reflection Riding ends with playing in the canebrake.

As a landscape artist, I truly appreciate the thought and planning by Mr. and Mrs. John Chambliss, who created such a natural, educational and historical 300-acre arboretum.

It distresses me that the descriptive name "Reflection Riding" has been replaced by the generic name "Chattanooga Arboretum."

The wonderful handmade wooden signs, so fitting, are supplanted with large white signs in trendy design and color.

"Rock City Gardens" makes a statement and has for years. It describes the imaginative garden of rocks. The name " Reflection Riding" describes the scenic drive-through. Chattanooga Arboretum isn't descriptive in any way.

Please change it back to "Reflection Riding."

AMY RABB, Cartersville, Ga.

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Don't be afraid to thank God

I was disappointed with our president's Thanksgiving address. He did not mention God once.

But he did say how "lucky" we were in America. I must disagree. The founding of America, the difficult odyssey of the pilgrims from England to Holland and on to the New World, was not luck.

It was tenacious perseverance with Divine Providence, for which the Pilgrims were grateful on that first Thanksgiving Day.

Americans did not somehow just win a lucky draw; America has been purposeful and blessed beyond measure -- for which we should be grateful.

That is the Thanksgiving message we should hear. We should not be afraid to thank God for our blessings.


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Schools must act strongly on bullies

No matter how diligently officials try to keep the public in the dark about bullying at our schools, it should be clear that the problem will continue until the perpetrators receive proper consequences.

Schools shouldn't be afraid to report infractions or punishments for cowards who hide behind student privacy customs. Principals and central office administrators who cover up such actions aren't serving the public's best interest.

A few weeks ago, I read of a deaf student who was beaten on a bus, yet when his mother tried to intervene, she was arrested. No other reports were made, leaving us uncertain what results came down.

In Sunday's Times Free Press, a similar case of bullying is reported -- four boys are beaten by several others who use belts on the victims. The principal at the school hid behind the privacy law -- (custom?) -- to withhold from the public any punishment administered.

Many would think such action -- assault -- deserves and requires an arrest leading to time in jail.

Is it any wonder bullies thrive in a school atmosphere, when consequences for their actions are either probation, a few days suspension or counseling -- all slaps on the wrist, at best -- sending a clear message that adults in charge are, in fact, not?


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Proclamation leaves out God

In tandem with my aversion to the political ideology espoused by our current president is my concern for the subjugation of our country's Judeo-Christian foundation to apparent parenthetical status.

This was confirmed as I read, with no surprise, the editorial page for Thanksgiving Day wherein were printed Washington's 1789 and Obama's 2011 Thanksgiving proclamations.

The telling comparisons between the two lay in the number of times Washington acknowledged Almighty God for His blessings (in noun or pronoun form) no less than 14 times.

In marked contrast to Washington's recognition of the One, primarily, to Whom thanks is due, is Obama's lack of it as he alludes to those past presidents' convictions by mentioned that Washington "praised a generous and knowing God ..." and that Lincoln "looked to the divine ...".

President Obama's only reference to the Almighty was somewhat incidental with "... we give thanks to each other and to God...".

I surmise that "God" was stuck in there, secondarily after the conjunction, to humor Americans like myself.

Of course, in both addresses the date at the end was preceded with the words, "In the year of our Lord ...". I just wonder when that phrase will be phrased out. Psalm 33:12.


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Use 'invade' instead of 'occupy'

I would like to suggest a substitute for the word "occupy" that has become so popular.

I believe "invade" would be more accurate.


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EPB should stick to affordable rates

I think Chattanooga needs to take a closer look at the Electric Power Board.

This taxpayer-supported utility has gotten away with too much.

First, there was a rate increase after the April tornados (which they said would only be temporary), yet here we are again having to stomach another rate increase.

The super gig project was a complete failure (that taxpayers paid for). EPB continues to spend astronomical amounts on ads. What are these ads getting customers?

Maybe EPB should worry about providing affordable power rates rather than getting into providing a service that is already available elsewhere.

DEB ROBERTS, Signal Mountain

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sandyonsignal said...

More Faux created outrage on a non-issue. Where was the outrage when Dubya didn't mention God?

December 1, 2011 at 7:19 a.m.
Livn4life said...

Sandy as best I remember about W's days, there was outrage on anything he mentioned or didn't mention; outrage by a slanted media which is not neutral and has been a part of our scheming God out of the public arena. Even though we know what the results of that have been, the media just keeps on and on. They should be very satisfied they now have a president who will join right in with their assaults. But if anyone mentions that, here we go with more diatribes on W or Reagan. That is kind of sickening but is what it is. Oh the times we do now live in.

December 1, 2011 at 8:30 a.m.
LibDem said...

And so we begin the season in which the religious can complain that their big holiday is celebrated for only one month.

December 1, 2011 at 8:59 a.m.
LibDem said...

Our news media is indeed pitiful; however, it's silly to pretend that it's not a commercial enterprise. We get exactly that for which we are willing to pay.

(I don't know who are the Kardashians but I hope they will save our country.)

December 1, 2011 at 9:18 a.m.
amnestiUSAF84 said...

Mr. GERALD WHITELY of Ringgold, Ga is solid proof that a lie can travel half way around the world befor the truth can catch up with it. Must be another faux{fox} news diehard watcher.

And to Ms. JANET A. REEVE: You seem to conveniently forget when Washington was president, America was a brutally slave owning nation. Where was GOD in all that?

December 1, 2011 at 9:26 a.m.
LeahGeraghty said...

From yesterdays comments section SandyonSignal cited a new poll (Fairleigh Dickenson University) questioning the degree to which Fox News Viewers can accuratly answer the survey instruments questions. As I read it the poll was conducted in only one state, that being New Jersey.

December 1, 2011 at 9:32 a.m.
amnestiUSAF84 said...

I agree Sandy, and like Ms. janet A. Reeve had to go all the way back to George Washington to bash President Obama, it would be interesting to know how many other presidents between Washington and Obama never mentioned the word God in their Thanksgivin speeches.

December 1, 2011 at 9:34 a.m.
bookworm said...

Oh Shaw! Let's give thanks to the 'Butterball' Turkey Company.

December 1, 2011 at 10:15 a.m.
LeahGeraghty said...

Final Note on the survey regarding Fox News Viewers. The Fairleigh Dickenson survey was commissioned by WDFU-FM radio which is the University owned, non-commercial, station (operating from 1:15 to 3:45 weekdays). It all sounded very legitimate until I tried to speak with the contact person listed on the survey press release and all he would say was "everything I wanted to know was on the website" which certainly is not the case. I would liked to have asked a question but he then hung up. The listed links on the website were, not surprisingly, all in support of President Obama, Elizabeth Warren (Democrat from Massachusetts)etc.

This doesn't exactly build a case for rigid objectivity required for useful survey research but rather appears to be a somewhat goofy attempt at promoting an obsure product that no one seems to want to buy (perhaps the survey has been published by someone other that the authors but I can't find it).

(As a holiday present to those people who write in the comments section, it sure would be nice if the TFP added a spell-check application. For obvious reasons, I would be most grateful)

December 1, 2011 at 5 p.m.
Rickaroo said...

Mr. Whitely, as Christopher Columbus and his band of merry men were raping, indiscriminately killing, and dismembering the bodies of the native Americans who were actually found to be a peaceable and agreeable people, and as he enslaved those whom he happened to spare because they could be useful to his profiteering purposes, he is known to have thanked God for the ease with which he was able to carry out his decimation. Such was the "tenacious perseverance with Divine Providence" that you extol and the God that you claim we need to be thanking.

American "exceptionalism" is based not on God's favoring and blessing this land for the “chosen” white settlers but on a brutal slaughter and enslavement of its indigenous peoples who were for the most part willing to work hand in hand with the early settlers. But the early settlers viewed them as sub-human because they did not worship the same sort of God that they did and that you do - a dictatorial God whom you think is always on your side just because he has “blessed” us as Americans. If you want to offer up prayers to your God, you'd do better to pray, not for thanks, but for forgiveness for all the innocent blood that was shed just so you can eat your butterball turkey and watch football on Thanksgiving Day.

December 1, 2011 at 5:19 p.m.
Rickaroo said...

Regarding Janet Reeve's letter:

George Washington was known to invoke the name of God often but like so many of the founding fathers he was purported to be a deist, not a believer in the Christian tri-une God. He was a regular church-goer along with his wife but it is on record that he NEVER took communion. He would immediately leave the service and wait outside whenever the ritual of communion took place, leaving his wife to take it alone. Even on his deathbed Washington asked for no ritual and uttered no prayer to Christ. He was very private about his innermost spiritual beliefs and we can only specualte as to his true beliefs about God, but to assume that he was a Christian in the sense that today's self-righteous holy rollers are would be a far stretch.

Thomas Jefferson also believed in God but he wrote at great length about his beliefs as a DEIST. He in no way espoused the view of a male God who interceded in our personal lives. God to him was the original nameless formless force and he saw God in all things and in all of nature, not some omniscient father figure who answered prayers and guided the world in accordance with some divine plan. He did not believe in the divinity of Christ and did not see the need for a personal "savior," as he did not believe in original sin. He rewrote the New Testament, taking out everything that spoke of Christ's virgin birth, resurrectionl, and his godly aspects. Jefferson was villified as an atheist by almost every Christian preacher of his day. He was not an atheist but his beliefs were considered so far removed from the tenets of Christian theology that he might as well have been the anti-Christ in the minds of most Christians.

December 1, 2011 at 6:11 p.m.
acerigger said...

Thanx Rickaroo,for some clarity!

December 1, 2011 at 10:57 p.m.
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