published Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Letters to the Editor

Proposed postal changes on agenda

On Sept. 15, the Postal Service notified employees and other stakeholders that they were beginning an Area Mail Processing feasibility study at the Chattanooga Processing and Distribution Center regarding possible consolidation of operations into the North Metro (Duluth, Ga.)

There will be a public meeting tonight to explain the proposed changes and to further explain the AMP study results and what operational changes the Postal Service may propose.

The "Town Hall Meeting" to discuss the results of the AMP study will be held today (Nov. 30) from 7-9 p.m. at the Chattanooga School for the Arts and Science, 865 E. Third St., Chattanooga.

The public can submit written comments on the study up to 15 days after the public meeting. These comments should be mailed to: Manager of Consumer and Industry Contact, Tennessee District, 525 Royal Parkway, Nashville, TN 37229-9603.

Should this study include the closing of the Chattanooga Processing and Distribution Center, all mailers will see a negative impact on the service that you now currently enjoy. It is important to the local economy that we keep this facility open to service all citizens and businesses located in the 307, 373, 374 service area.

JOE L. SCRUGGS, Secretary, APWU Area Local 192

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Move Bennett cartoons inside

In a search for balanced opinion, I subscribe to liberal and conservative magazines. I listen to liberal and conservative commentators. I find the Fox hard news people to be as informative and balanced as those who read the news on any network.

I object to the place Clay Bennett occupies in the Sunday Perspective. His role should be on the left side of your opinion pages and not on page one on Sunday. In other page one discussions, Times Free Press presents both sides. While I find this commendable, I surmise that the Bennett comments, "Current Events for Dummies" and similar slander on days like today, (Nov. 27), insult at least half of your readers. Place him where he should be. In my view, that is on opinion page four along with other liberal commentators and editorial cartoonists.

DONALD AULTMAN, Cleveland, Tenn.

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Penn State editorial insightful

Your Nov. 25 editorial concerning Penn State's child abuse scandal was an insightful and thorough discussion of the problem and its correction.

The university must change its institutional culture to regain its honor.

WILLARD D. WATSON, Jasper, Tenn.

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sandyonsignal said...

Well, Donald, you are entitled to your opinion, but the facts are facts. Last week, a study came out showing Fox News viewers are less informed about the news than those who watch no news at all.

Think about that: less informed than those who watch no news at all. You are one of those people. Well, here is a bit of news for you: the world and Times Free Press doesn't revolve around you and your idiotic letter to the editor. Clay Bennet is a Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist. He has been nominated for the most coveted prize more than any one else. He has been awarded all kinds of accolades in journalism for his brilliant work. Just this year he won the Green Eye Shade Award, so we are fortunate to have him in this area.

In all fairness, Fox News deserves some credit. If it weren't for this b.s. spin operation, Clay would not have a wealth of material for his work. Thanks Faux and Teabaggers for keeping us cartoon fans entertained.

November 30, 2011 at 7:33 a.m.
Rickaroo said...

Mr. Aultman, if you are so concerned with proper balance and you are upset with liberal cartoonist Bennet's positioning in the Sunday TFP, why do you not also complain about conservative Steve Barrett's positioning every Sunday at the top of Page 2 of the Perspective section of the paper? He is definitely "out of place" and his so-called journalism cannot hold a candle to the prize-winning work that Clay Bennett does. He writes - or rather regurgitates - the same old extreme right wing talking points every Sunday and brings nothing new to the discussion, ever. Yet, there he is, his mug and his predicable right wing rantings, every Sunday, at the top of page 2. How did this teabagging neophyte journalist attain such a lofty positioning as that? And why do you not question his positioning as well as Bennett's if you are so concerned about maintaining proper balance for both the left and the right?

November 30, 2011 at 12:46 p.m.
Livn4life said...

Squawk on Liberals and let your inconsistency show who is least informed. You use different standards of grading what are supposedly "your issues." But with a lib label you get a pass. No one from any other perspective as an African/America or a woman would ever have to endure the junk you libs throw out unless that African/America or woman is Conservative. And you even insinuate you are fair, unbiased, and balanced....REALITY CHECK...you do not care that you are half-informed, misinformed and accept unsubstantiated claims. You are just so proud to be a Liberal. Keep going and have your way and see where the country ends up. I shudder at the thought. Meanwhile drawboy, keep drawing and offending even minorities since they are ones who are not the "right" kind of minorities. Now there is a prejudiced perspective.

November 30, 2011 at 1:17 p.m.
LeahGeraghty said...

LeahGeraghty said...

"Sandy on Signal" references a study she says was released last week that asserts Fox Viewers are grossly misinformed about "facts" when compared to consumers of other news outlets. If I'm not mistaken, the study (now a year old), sited by the Huffington Post and The New York Times in December 2010 was, a since debunked, product of the University of Maryland but because it has been repeated so often it has become a fact in many newsrooms and individual minds.

No less than the Atlantic Monthly (among others) took issue with the researchers analysis (although not until June of this year) and construction of the questions in the survey.

By way of an imaginary example, if you disagreed "that the world was going to end around or about next Tuesday due to man made global warming" you would be classified as misinformed.

If indeed a new study was released last week confirming, in some people's minds, that Fox News Viewers are idiots I've missed it and my apologies to "Sandy on Signal".

Leah Geraghty also on Signal

November 30, 2011 at 3:52 p.m. Strong

November 30, 2011 at 5:06 p.m.
sandyonsignal said...

Yes, you are mistaken Leah. This poll was conducted by Farleigh Dickinson in November of 2011. Please google it.

December 1, 2011 at 6:48 a.m.
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