published Thursday, October 13th, 2011

Letters to the Editor

Citizens need relief from double taxes

This letter concerns injustice to some people in Chattanooga.

Some (perhaps most) of us bought property in Hamilton Count because we did not want to reside in the city of Chattanooga. The result? We were annexed into the city.

The further result? We were then given the dubious (and unfair) pleasure of paying property taxes to both the city and the county. With the continued dual taxation on property, federal income tax, and yes, that "lovely" sales tax on everything we buy here, it is a wonder that we have money left to buy food.

Please -- it is time we are given some relief from this injustice.

SIGNED: Caroline B. Gillette, Mrs. Robert Agorta, Faye Christian, Dan Christian, Frances Mullinex, Brittany Pritchard, Nora Rodgers, Tammy Mitchell, Synovia Mack, Ruthie Hays and Carol Jewell, Hixson

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Unwanted food just thrown away

I read your editorial entitled "Costly school lunches (Oct. 10). Your assertion concerning the new federal law is correct. I believe these costs could be offset by changing the USDA rules outlined on Page 10 section 210.2 of the school lunch regulations. (I believe this is the correct section.)

I know from personal experience that the students must take a certain number of servings from each food group, even if they don't want them.

For example, if at breakfast a student doesn't put a fruit on their tray, cafeteria personnel will put a carton of juice or a serving of fruit on the child's tray whether they want it or not! It is my understanding this is USDA law.

What happens to all the food children are forced to take that they don't want? It gets thrown away! Unopened cartons of milk, unopened packs of cereal, and whole fruits are thrown in the garbage!

Sometimes students are allowed to share uneaten food or to save them for snacks.

I wish you could stand in a school cafeteria and see what I have seen. I wish I had the power to change this law. An investigation by your newspaper would be a start.


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No one came to help dog

Recently a friend's neighbor was arrested, leaving a small dog locked in her house.

Her brother got the keys to her house but couldn't get any of the doors open.

Multiple messages left with McKamey Animal Center and the Humane Educational Society were unreturned. A call to the Soddy-Daisy police said they couldn't do anything.

My friend finally called HES and let the phone ring for one solid hour. Someone finally answered and told him they couldn't do anything, to call the police.

We already know what that response was. At this time the dog had been in the house seven days and they had stopped hearing it bark.

Everyone was afraid to break in because the person arrested was considered to be dangerous.

I called WDEF. I spoke with Bill in the newsroom. He said someone should be able to do something. He called McKamey; they told him they didn't go to Soddy-Daisy.

He called the Soddy police. In a couple of hours the police came, broke in the house, got the poor dog out, and one of her cousins took it.

It took seven days to get help for that dog. It's a shame no one would do anything until the TV news was involved.


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Don't bulldoze the city flat

I trust that the Scenic Land Co. and Tom DuPre (front page story, Oct. 6) will not be permitted to tear down a hill!

Perhaps a more imaginative use of the land? A quiet retreat woven into the hillside, with pools, tennis, walking trails, reflective viewing points, minutes from the hectic metropolis? Commercial development burrowed skillfully into the hillside?

We should treasure our incomparable scenic land, not abuse it. A hill removed here, a hill removed there, and someday Chattanooga may be renowned as the Scenic City that was bulldozed flat.

CLAIRE HALE, Signal Mountain

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GOP targets USPS because of unions

The U.S. Postal Service is in dire financial shape, planning to close 3,000 offices and lay off 100,000 employees.

Granted, many of us correspond with email now, but the problem's true cause is a bill passed in the lame-duck session of the Republican-led Congress in 2006. The Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act requires the USPS to pre-fund 75 years' worth of future retiree health benefits within 10 years. Republicans are undermining public institutions to slowly, but surely privatize our postal service, public schools, prisons, etc.

The USPS doesn't receive taxpayer money for its daily operating expenses, so shedding employees won't help our deficit. It is the nation's second largest employer and is a target of Republicans because its work force is unionized. I want my postal workers to be well-paid professionals, so that we can trust them with our mail.

Some would like to see our mail delivery taken over by a patchwork of private companies. The USPS delivers about 25 percent of Fed Ex's and UPS's mail already. They co-exist quite well.

The Postal Service could be solvent if Congress would pass HR1351. If you appreciate the convenience of your local post office, please ask your congressmen to pass this bill.


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Install flat tax, cut aid, subsidies

Enough of this class warfare.

Washington has been beating this dead horse since FDR, so let's end it once and for all. Let's simply confiscate all the assets of every so-called "rich person" in the U.S.; just take it all.

Turn everything into dollars and let Washington use all that windfall to operate the government. Great idea, don't you agree?

Oops, one small problem: We're going to be about 100-plus days short of funding for one year. What are we going to do then?

Perhaps a more simple and realistic plan would be for Washington to install a flat tax (around 15 percent) then cut all foreign aid by 50 percent, all domestic subsidies by 50 percent immediately.

Of course, we know that ain't going to happen. That would be too simple, and it would eliminate too many unnecessary government jobs.

So until we start seriously protesting to our elected representatives we will get more of the same.

So far, Washington has spent around $2 trillion on these pie-in-the-sky subsidies, and our economy is still in the toilet.


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Southern hospitality something to behold

On Oct. 20, 2010, my wife and I were enjoying a visit to Chattanooga from England.

We dined at the Big River restaurant and were pleased to get talking to a local couple on an adjoining table, who left before we did.

Imagine our surprise, upon paying our check, that these good people had already paid our check for us!

There is not a day goes by without me remembering that act of Southern generosity. And scarcely more days go by before I mention it to someone who greets the news with disbelief and an expressed interest in Chattanooga.

With the world downturn hitting us as well, we could not afford the United States again this year, but, believe me, we, and I hope many others, will be back to enjoy that authentic Southern hospitality. Thanks again.

P.S. I made a point of trying fried green tomatoes, grits and catfish!


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riverman said...

Another idiotic letter from the Liberal Fantasyland on Monteagle Mountain. Hey Helen, if you union loving Democrats like the USPS so much then why didn't you overturn the Accountability and Enhancement Act when you controlled the White House, the House and had 60 Dems in the Senate in 2009 and 2010?

With people like you voting I wonder why we no longer have Elevator Operators in Government Office Buildings.

October 13, 2011 at 10:07 a.m.
sandyonsignal said...

Mary, I hope your friend will consider bringing her dog to a kennel next time she leaves town. This is ridiculous to rely on the police or McKamey to aid in this. Your friend could have even mailed or Fed Exed the key to you in the time it took to get this dog help. Why didn't any of you or her brother break in and save the dog? Why is up to the media to get involved?

October 13, 2011 at 9:29 p.m.
FedUpWithBS said...

Sandy. I think you may want to read the letter a little more carefully. #1, it was not her friends dog. #2, the woman that did own the dog was arrested therefore had no access to her keys to send them to anyone to let the dog out. #3, she stated in the letter that the dogs owner was very intimidating and considered dangerous. So yes, Ms Crabtree is justified in her disgust in the unwillingness of HES and McKamey to help. I know I am disgusted with them.

October 13, 2011 at 10:07 p.m.
moon4kat said...

Sounds like riverman can't respond to the factual substance of Helen Stapleton's letter, so he resorts to ad hominem attacks, and far-fetched nonsense about old elevators.
The Postal Service is a valuable national institution that serves everyone. Do we really want to abandon that in favor of for-profit corporations that cherry-pick and serve only lucrative accounts, leaving most of us without any mail delivery? I don't think so.

October 14, 2011 at 8:55 a.m.
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