published Monday, July 25th, 2011

Should U.S. symbol be the dollar sign?

LETTERS TO THE EDITORS

Should U.S. symbol be the dollar sign?

When I reflect that "God's justice will not sleep forever" as Thomas Jefferson said, I am referring to what dominates the right-wing faction of the Republican Party today. The very ones who subscribe the most to our motto "In God we trust."

They are destroying the middle class and are trying to devastate benefits to the poor, disadvantaged, children, and the elderly; everything Franklin Roosevelt put into place.

Big money has taken over their party. Rush Limbaugh, Grover Norquist and the NRA call the shots. Where is a Bob Dole, Howard Baker, Everett Dirksen, Gerald Ford or any other responsible Republican who loves this country more than money? We need them now!

Bruce Bartlett, a Reagan aide, said Ronald Reagan couldn't be elected today. Reagan raised taxes 11 times while in the White House, and the Republicans raised the debt ceiling six times under George Bush. Norquist has Republicans signing pledges saying they won't raise any taxes. If they do, he is coming after them with millions of dollars from corporations. Most of them are so scared they might lose their seats they wouldn't vote to raise taxes for a White Horse for the second coming of Jesus.

Is it time to change our national symbol from a bald eagle to a dollar sign? Seems like it is!

WILBOURNE C. MARKHAM

Walden, Tenn.

Bring all students the best education

The problem with Rhonda Thurman is not the possible insinuations in her slavery statement. The problem goes much deeper.

How can one school board member have so much influence on a county's education system? How can she be too busy to meet with a superintendent? How can her credentials be given more deference than those of a Ph.D.? What does it bode for the future of Chattanooga when advanced degrees and talent can be so easily denigrated?

How can the idea that Hamilton County's public education should return to the days of a rural and urban split? Why can't our school system bring all of our students the best instruction possible?

If Mrs. Thurman and her John Bircher crowd get their way, will segregation be next?

In the 19th century, the city planners of Bismarck, N.D., built its Capitol on a hill away from the town. They envisioned a future when the Capitol would be surrounded by a spreading city.

Are there such visionaries in Chattanooga? Can anyone see a future that includes an all-encompassing education for the citizens of our town rather than a return to the days when those who in the not-too-distant past were systemically favored?

IAN CLAUDIUS SMITH

Signal Mountain

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Rivieravol said...

Wilby is an idiot who has never had a job in the private sector. He doesn't understand we don't have a revenue problem, we have a spending problem.

July 25, 2011 at 9:58 a.m.
SeaMonkey said...

hey, ian....pull your head out of where the sun doesn't shine.....ever heard of fredrick douglass? get off thurman's back.....

i'll take a hairdresser and college dropout who has common sense and sees things as they are, over many of the so called educaTORS any day. you libs need to stop the whoring yourselves out to those who have titles. stop worshiping at their feet.....scales has a phd, but i wouldn 't trust him to read a bedtime story.

people like bob dole, everett dirksen, howard baker and gerald ford are some of the politicians who helped us get into the mess we're in. just a bunch of get along politicians. it's been building for decades.

July 25, 2011 at 5:04 p.m.
librul said...

Seamonkey, when you take your place in hell (you do believe in hell, don't you?), I hope you are cursed to have to lie on a bed of brimstone while Alan West reads you the same bedtime story over and over and over and over again. Sweet dreams.

July 25, 2011 at 9:05 p.m.
kinch7 said...
 Seamonkey's allusion to Frederick Douglass means what?  Has he ever read Douglass' autobiograpy?  I have and I see no connection to Rhonda Thurman.  Also, despite the vulgar rhetoric, SeaMonkey's point is a hair dresser can make more sense than a PH.D.  Who can argue with that?  How about those who have met this particular hairdresser and that particular PH.D?  I have met both.  Ms. Thurman sounds like a John Bircher every time she speaks at board meetings.  Dr. Scales is quieter.  I trust him more after hearing what little he says and seeing what he attempts to do against what he had to face when he began.  Personally, I'd trust Thurman more if she knew more about what she speaks.  Some of her descriptions of what teachers are facing in the classroom are deadon.  Maybe Rhonda should take some classes in education theory, administration, and education budgets.  I'd suggest American History and World History classes as well.  
 It never hurts to know more.
July 26, 2011 at 10:17 a.m.
kinch7 said...

Seamonkey's allusion to Frederick Douglass means what? Has he ever read Douglass' autobiograpy? I have and I see no connection to Rhonda Thurman. Also, despite the vulgar rhetoric, SeaMonkey's point is a hair dresser can make more sense than a PH.D. Who can argue with that? How about those who have met this particular hairdresser and that particular PH.D? I have met both. Ms. Thurman sounds like a John Bircher every time she speaks at board meetings. Dr. Scales is quieter. I trust him more after hearing what little he says and seeing what he attempts to do against what he had to face when he began. Personally, I'd trust Thurman more if she knew more about what she speaks. Some of her descriptions of what teachers are facing in the classroom are deadon. Maybe Rhonda should take some classes in education theory, administration, and education budgets. I'd suggest American History and World History classes as well.
It never hurts to know more.

July 26, 2011 at 10:29 a.m.
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