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It distresses me that the descriptive name "Reflection Riding" has been replaced by the generic name "Chattanooga Arboretum."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.
GERALD WHITELY, Ringgold, Ga.
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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?
TOM BAKER, Hixson
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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.
JANET A. REEVE
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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