published Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

'Conservatives often don’t tell the full story' and more letters to the editor

RTC on the ball with storm information

I want to thank the Ringgold Telephone Co. for the proactive job they are doing with the storm information they are publishing on Facebook.

They started Thursday morning with information regarding needs and supplies for those hit, where to take them, photographs, videos and all sorts of other information and public announcements.

I’m not sure how they obtained all of their information but am glad they did! They continue daily with information as to what is going on with the recovery, and how to find and interact with governmental, commercial and other entities. Thanks RTC!


Ringgold, Ga.

Youths’ deeds show hope for the future

Reading the paper every day and watching the news, it is easy to despair and think there’s little hope for the future. But events of the last few days, while they’ve been tragic, have brought out the best in people and have shown us beyond any shadow of a doubt that there’s hope for the future.

The class in South Pittsburg who donated their hard-earned money for burial expenses to the family who had lost their son is a shining example we all can learn from.

Equally touching is the way others have stepped up to, in-turn, help them have their trip to Tybee, which they so selflessly sacrificed out of compassion for their fellow man.

An example closer to home for me is the fact the staff and student body at Rhea County High School, where I have proudly taught for the past 37 years, raised in a single day more than $1,600 to help tornado victims of Rhea and Bledsoe counties.

There’s hope for tomorrow because there are young people who bear the light of love and compassion in their hearts and actions. Love them, encourage them, pray for them and lift them up, for they will do great things.


Dayton, Tenn.

Share miracle of insurance

I have heard people comment on how they have suffered, how they are trying to cope with the loss of property … the loss of life. I have a profound sense of sympathy. However, I am always perplexed about how some suddenly have so much expectation for their insurance company to step in and take care of everything.

Having done the responsible thing … managing our personal risk, I am aware that many of those suffering are the ones who would not return calls when an insurance agent tried to call them or made jokes about and belittled insurance professionals. When I have been asked by agents to refer them to my friends, I have done so. I never wanted my acquaintances to suffer the insecurity that goes along with the loss of income or personal property.

Insurance is the only way some homes, automobiles, etc., will be replaced. Life insurance makes the emotional loss of life more palatable. With enough capital on hand, some semblance of normality can be maintained while the survivors cope.

If your agent wants to meet your friends, take the opportunity to share the miracle of insurance … the spreading of the risk of loss amongst a multitude of policyholders.


Signal Mountain

Panel members too shortsighted

It is obvious that all the county commissioners who voted against the Family Planning Program at the Health Department are men.

They are too shortsighted to see that taking away prevention measures for women who will no doubt continue to be prodded, coerced or cajoled into having sex with the men in their lives will produce more children without stable families.

Most of these children will come into homes that do not have the material resources to care for them, and they and their mothers will wind up requiring assistance from programs like WIC and Families First.

In the long run, the costs for their care will be infinitely higher than the cost of condoms and birth control pills. Further, if the children result from casual encounters and not committed relationships, the children will suffer the loss of a nurturing relationship with a significant male as they grow up.

If, after the Health Department makes its presentation to the commissioners, they still vote to cut funding for this program, these men illustrate once again the old adage “Penny wise and pound foolish!”


Conservatives often don’t tell full story

I often criticize conservative writers for neglecting to tell the whole story. That neglect screamed across this paper’s opinion page the day after Osama bin Laden was killed.

On the Free Press side, where information tends to be printed in smaller bytes, and cartoons are captioned so we do not miss their conservative message, we read about Bin Laden’s personal evil. It was all true. However, the conservative writer neglected to mention the president who occupied the oval office during the time when our national enemy was exterminated.

There are many other examples of neglect. A recent letter told us that evolution never happened because the Bible told him it did not. He neglected to mention how millions of Christians do not see a conflict between evolution and the Bible. Millions of Christians know that the conflict arises when an impossible, literalist interpretation is imagined to be absolute.

Furthermore, when I read what conservatives write about unions, my mind races with awe. Not only is the information often distorted, but the verifiable good done for workers for decades is cynically ignored.

Conservatives say Reagan caused communism to fall. Will they acknowledge Obama for those missions accomplished during his administration?


Ringgold, Ga.

Scholarships a good showing

Hurray for the public schools and their teachers in Hamilton County.

I noticed that two high school students won the Leonore Annenberg College Scholarship, which is only two out of five won in the entire U.S.A.

It is so thrilling to hear a good word about our public schools, with so much bad press from the so-called liberal media and the lunatic fringe network.



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Rivieravol said...

Thank you Mr Heard for setting the record straight. I can't imagine your mind racing or even functioning for that matter.

May 10, 2011 at 9:23 a.m.
Livn4life said...

I am sure this same Mr. Heard, calling out for the whole story from Conservatives, just believes everything on the other side without question or consideration. How dare you or anyone else show derision toward the Conservative perspective when your liberals continue to blame Reagan, Bush and any other Conservatives or Republicans for acts of God and many things they had nothing to do with? How dare you or liberals question anyone when they fail to tell the whole story often leaving out valid information not pertinent to or which is contrary to their desires? How dare anyone to question others when they deliberately put out misleading information and never retract it even when it is proven wrong? Besides, I have not heard a lot of details on the way they discovered where bin Laden was or how to get him. The little I did hear pointed to the atrocious(in liberal eyes)means of getting information from enemies of the US imposed by.....the Bush Administration. Why Sir did we not hear all about that from the liberal press?

May 10, 2011 at 12:20 p.m.
CarolinaGal said...

Perhaps conservatives are a little slow praising Obama because Obama has been a little slow in praising Bush for putting the pieces in place,and perhaps because they are angry over liberals attempting to elevate Obama by trashing Bush. Perhaps we would have gotten Osama earlier, even on Bush's watch had the liberals not leaked and opposed all the tools in the toolbox that enabled us to get Osama.

Had we withdrawn from Afghanistan under Obama's timeline, we would not have been able to execute the raid. Had we not waterboarded two of the terrorists, we would not have learned the courier's name. Had we disbanded the team the liberals had attacked during Bush's presidency, who would have executed the strike?

Rather than praise Bush for his contribution, they make the false claim that Bush did not pursue OBL, did not care about getting him, and merely went to war for oil (where waterboarding fits into drilling for oil they never explain).

May 10, 2011 at 3:35 p.m.
librul said...

CarolinaGal, You must live so far up in the mountains, the air is so thin you're passed out half the time, OR where it isn't possible to get any reliable news from the reality-based universe. A place where assassination, i.e. extrajudicial killing, can be conflated with the concept of "justice".

Every one of your "points" can be so soundly refuted, even with quotes from the cowboy buffoon himself, that the mere effort would make doing so a laughable waste of time.

May 11, 2011 at 12:02 a.m.
chet123 said...

HOW DARE YOU,,,HOW DARE YOU,,HOW DARE YOU,,praising Obama...praising Bush......THIS IS HOW CONSERVATIVE TALK!...These Conservatives are use to saying what they want to without a challenge....When challenge they fall to Pieces..and get personal.this is because they are on the wrong side of history... they are really laughable..William Heard,you have hit a nerve and reading their response today validate your point!

May 11, 2011 at 7:37 a.m.
hambone said...

One Union Electrician from Poland had much more to do with the fall of communism than Reagan did !

May 11, 2011 at 7:45 a.m.
chet123 said...

You conservative may get angry but I cant let you continue to beleive in SANTA CLAUS and the EASTER BUNNY...learn to deal with the truth.

Reagon was an actor...everything reagan did was scripted like a movie...i remember the old 77 wrinkle old man standing in front of Berlin Wall and called out for Mikhail Gorbachev to "Tear Down This Wall" what on earth was this old man going to do if Gorbachev hadnt??? lol lol....Reagan handlers knew the soviet Union was already crumblimg from the cost of maintaining their Empire!(just as we are if Republican congress stay in charge)...the republican spinned was Reagan Called Gorbachev out.. Gorbachev and Soviet people looked at Reagan and was paralysed with fear(a myth)..Gorbachev was a mild man..his policy was Perestroika(reconstruction,Openness,Transparency) it would have been a different story with his predecessors ie Yuri Andropov, Leonid Brezhnez,Nikita Khrushchev,,the democrats let them have their moment we didnt rain on their parade eventhough we knew Reagan hadnt torn the wall down...we was happy for conservatives ..thought it was good for AMERICA...not like republican are with Obama(which was one of the most daring resecure this country have ever embarked on..pakastan is a country with nuclear weapons and will use them at a drop of a hat.. Obama whole presidency hung on the success of this mission) we was happy for Reagan(eventhough it was scripted)on the contrary Republican are begrudged and resentful on Obama directing the extermination of Bin Laden....

May 11, 2011 at 8:39 a.m.
chet123 said...

Sorry he did what the republican(GEORGE W.BUSH and DICK Chicken Hawk CHANEY)couldnt do in 7years...Oh i forgot Obama is the clean up man behind Bush and Chaney....sorry you are disappointed about OBL killing...maybe the families that lost 2000 love ones not disappointed...

May 12, 2011 at 8:35 p.m.
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