Transport options can aid downtown
I am thrilled that creative entrepreneurs like Christian Thoreson are bringing fun, affordable and environmentally friendly attractions to the downtown area (article, Oct. 24).
Efforts to decrease vehicle traffic will make downtown a more pedestrian friendly place and bring more foot traffic to local businesses. Plus, there is a certain charm that emanates from downtown when novel modes of transportation such as pedicabs, bicycles and funny cars pepper the streets.
It slows down the hustle and bustle pace of downtown traffic and makes our city more appealing to visitors.
I admire the strength and stamina of Thoreson and his employees. Carting people around on a bicycle must be exhausting, but the health benefits seem equally rewarding.
The next time I am walking around on foot and see an empty pedicab, I'll be sure to flag it down and give it a try.
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Senators put U.S. needs aside
Here is a classic example of placing party politics above the needs of the American people. Sen. Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, recently spoke out strongly in favor of rebuilding the infrastructure in Libya. At the same time, this same senator voted against President Obama's proposed jobs bill, which provided for much-needed rebuilding of the infrastructure in the United States. Not only would this bill have provided the necessary rebuilding, but it would have created many jobs.
Sen. Graham was joined in his negative vote by Sens. Alexander and Corker of Tennessee.
REV. H. HUNTER HUCKABAY JR.
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Museum column right on the mark
Dalton Roberts' column (Oct. 25) hit the nail on the head.
It's a disgrace that the Medal of Honor Museum has been batted around by our so-called patriotic city. The originators of this idea was the work of a few wonderful people only. At no time has our so-called patriotic city been of any assistance except to offer the use of a dilapidated old building in St. Elmo which no one would have ever known where it was.
I stand in awe of the persons who wear the Medal of Honor. It was my pleasure to serve in the 77th Infantry Division with Desmond Doss.
Charles Coolidge I knew from school at Northside and high school.
It is shameful that the MOH Museum has been so disgracefully shunned as our mayors and council members advanced some other truly questionable ideas over the years.
Now if you want to know patriotism, visit Columbus and Fort Benning, Ga., which make these flights twice a year at no cost to the veterans.
So all of you movers and shakers, just go ahead and sit around, for surely the Medal of Honor Museum, with the storage of its hundreds of mementos, will move to another city.
BARNEY ROTH JR.
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Nothing achieved in Iraq, Afghanistan
It was, indeed, nearly nine years ago that Bush, Cheney, the CIA and Fox News convinced many Americans that Saddam Hussein possessed WMD, the means to deliver them, and aided Osama bin Laden and the Saudi fanatics who attacked the towers on 9/11. Missing was the fact that all the claims were total fabrications and there was ample information, including an exhaustive investigation by the U.N., to show Bush/Cheney fanatics were lying and knew it.
Almost seven years have passed since a cocky Bush strutted on an aircraft carrier beneath a banner proclaiming "Mission Accomplished." What's been accomplished? More Americans have been killed and countless more maimed than were killed by Osama's Saudi terrorists on 9/11. Afghanistan has been lost, Iraq is in chaos, and up to a trillion dollars has been squandered on Bush's phony war, much of that looted by corrupt Iraqi politicians and American contractors. Dick Cheney is still lying and has made tens of millions in "deferred" compensation from his former employers who were awarded hundreds of millions of dollars in no-bid contracts.
Calling your editorial (Oct. 25) "deceitful" gives it more credit than is deserved. It would be best described as a Weapon of Mass Disinformation.
SCOTT MOCK, Blairsville, Ga.
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Push for jobs bill nothing but a scam
My dad told me the other day that Joe Biden was making his rounds at some elementary schools pushing the administration's jobs bill. I'm sure other VPs have done similar things in the past.
What's funny is that this administration has done nothing but lose jobs, and yet they can go around and try to scam our young people that now they know how to get things moving!
My dad has told me more than once that he was born in a depression and looks like he'll pass on in one, too. History does repeat itself.
LEONARD AND CHRIS CARAWAY, Dayton, Tenn.
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Nation moving in wrong direction
Whoever would have thought that our nation would have descended to this level.
Sixty-nine percent of our citizens think that our country is in serious decline.
Over 75 percent have lost confidence in our government. Drugs, crime, greed and pornography are taken for granted.
Homosexuals are fully accepted, out-of-wedlock births are common, marriage is no longer man and woman.
More Christian principles are being neglected.
Partisanship in our government is worse than ever. Deception, power grabbing, wasteful spending, corruption, stifling new regulations are blindly accepted.
And also disturbing is that we have a president who seems oblivious to our country's fate.
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State legislators have full plate
A Rant appeared in Sunday's Perspective (Oct. 23) stating that Tennessee has the least amount of debt of any state. That would be true if there were 45 states, but there are 50.
In fact, while Tennessee is at the lower end in the debt bracket, we hardly have the least amount of debt.
That honor belongs to Nebraska. In 2009, our state debt was $4.8 billion. In addition with 9.8 percent unemployment in our state, I certainly would not say we were on easy street. It is understandable, though. Our legislators have a lot on their plates; what with making sure that citizens can carry their guns anywhere they want and making sure those gays don't have rights, they are very busy.
TIM WRIGHT, Georgetown, Tenn.