published Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

'Steve Bebb negligent, should be fired' and more Letters to the Editors

Bebb negligent, should be fired

Thank you, Judy Walton, for the excellent exposé on the 10th Judicial District. Articles like this make your newspaper relevant.

Mr. Steve Bebb, district attorney and boss for the 10th District, states Mr. Hall, director of the drug task force, resigned possibly from embarrassment due to improprieties. Bebb implies that any problems in the drug task force were due to misconduct on the part of Mr. Hall. A district attorney general should always be held responsible for his underlings and their actions. If he can't control them, fire him.

Bebb states that unless financial impropriety is pointed out to him, he pays no attention to it. Public funds must be strictly accounted for. It would appear the attitude was: "Steal as much as you like as long as it doesn't make waves."

Clearly Bebb is negligent, incompetent or culpable, possibly all of the aforementioned, and certainly not up to the task of supervising this organization. Bebb should be promptly fired and held accountable for his wrongdoings. When the law is broken in order to "uphold" it, we are all in jeopardy. This would be a comedy of errors except it's no comedy when the public trust is abused.

JIM HOWARD


Article drew wrong conclusions

Bob Smietana of the Tennessean wrote an article, published by this newspaper (Aug. 18), about a personal Facebook post of mine. He said I claimed there were "too many people on food stamps" and indicated my solution was to "stop feeding them." This is false.

When he asked what my post meant, my explanatory statement to him, in full, was this: "The obvious point of the post is that government can foster and create dependence on government. Human beings can become reliant on the government. Ironically the government even recognizes that beings can become reliant on others for their well-being, but doesn't seem to see that when it comes to human beings. Government creating human dependence on government demeans human dignity and is antithetical to human freedom government is intended to protect."

It is clear Mr. Smietana drew his own, wrong conclusions from that statement. It's not the first time, and it probably won't be the last.

DAVID FOWLER

Franklin, Tenn.


Vehicle operation different than bike

Bicyclists proclaim they have a "public right" to the streets, but I ask what is involved in securing that right?

In order to operate my vehicle on a public street, I have to take a state-mandated driving test, secure a state-issued driver's license, purchase state-mandated automobile insurance, carry proof of insurance in my vehicle at all times (mandated by the state), pass a county-mandated emission test in order to purchase a state-mandated tag for my vehicle, and then follow all state/county/city laws pertaining to vehicles on public highways/streets/roads.

The driving test, license, insurance, testing and tag all involve me spending hard-earned money in order to drive my vehicle. What is state/county/city-mandated to pedal a bicycle on public streets, and how much does it cost the bicyclist?

The three-feet rule -- most of the time when I leave that distance between me and the bicyclist, my vehicle is crossing over the center line on the road I am traveling. If a car is approaching in the opposite direction -- I have to come to a complete stop to allow the vehicle to pass before going around the bicyclist.

BETTI TEMPLETON


Wrong questions are being asked

Does Chattanooga need another hospice? This is an interesting question and not at all on point with the matter at hand. What you might want to ask is: Does Chattanooga need more jobs? Or, does Chattanooga deserve better health-care options? Or, does Chattanooga deserve more end-of-life care choices? Or, any other of several questions that would help our citizens and, your readers, get to the heart of the matter.

It's interesting that there is such a fuss being raised over the idea of providing more and better care choices to families facing end-of-life health-care decisions. This is an important matter, and the legal blather surrounding this matter is proof positive that the business of health care can, if left unchecked, dampen the quality of care that a community gets from the system serving it.

Chattanooga deserves all the health-care resources it can get. And the greater community of caregivers and health care providers should embrace with enthusiasm new resources to support the mission of caring for our community -- not try to stomp them out for business reasons that defy the logic of providing care to the community.

DAVID C. McDONALD


Can Romney get Solyndra funds?

The Democrats claim Romney bought companies, then bankrupted them and made millions of dollars. I don't think even Barack Obama could do that even with government coercion and the courts circumventing contract law (like they did with GM and Chrysler). However, if Romney is that smart, why don't they have him tell them how to get the $500 million back from the bankrupt Solyndra and other solar power companies to which the Energy Department gave taxpayer money and have now gone bankrupt.

MAURICE SCHMOLL

Signal Mountain


Here are the facts on Krauthammer

A physician wrote criticizing "Mr." Charles Krauthammer's alleged ignorance of the cost and effort involved in completing a medical education (column, Aug. 13). She is obviously ignorant of some important facts herself.

The accident that left Krauthammer a paraplegic for life occurred during his first year at Harvard Medical School. Nevertheless, this remarkably intelligent, gifted and determined man combined a year of rehabilitation with his medical studies, graduated with his class, and went on to become a board-certified psychiatrist. He is now a Pulitzer Prize-winning political columnist.

So that's "Dr." Krauthammer to you, ma'am.

JOSEPH A. REHYANSKY

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DAVID FOWLER, actually if you were at all familiar with the government, you'd be aware that there are plenty of programs and procedures in place to help people get off welfare and back to work.

I know you want us to think you mean well, but the condescension in your words is evident. Especially since you'd never say anything about the negative perils of the Darwinian methods that you are endorsing.

MAURICE SCHMOLL, the bankruptcy court will be handling that matter, with Solyndra's existing assets. Unlike some people who have taken government money, they did build their factory, and it did produce a viable product. Just not in the face of China's subsidized production. But do keep thinking they failed or were corrupt and pocketed the money.

But if you don't understand how Romney's locust capitalism worked, I suggest you ask Newt Gingrich. It's pretty simple, though, he took companies, sold debt based on their assets, and paid himself, instead of running the business. Then when things went bad, he walked away, since he'd already paid himself. And thanks to the law, it was impossible to collect from him, so often enough, the creditors lost out on the deal.

How nice of him! Isn't it nice when you're doing things nice and legally?

JOSEPH A. REHYANSKY, in the 1970s, when the costs were rather different from today. Sorry, but they've gone up and up. For various reasons.

August 21, 2012 at 12:30 a.m.
donolmt said...

Betti Templeton, you are confusing rights with privileges.All roads with a few exceptions (interstates being an example) are for all people regardless of mode of transportation. Users do not have to pass any test to be able to use the roads. That is a right for everyone.

What you refer to as earning you the right to the road is actually granting you the privilege of driving a motorized vehicle. Because it is accepted that cars are very dangerous and destructive, operators have to show competence and the ability to cover costs of damages that often comes from operating a heavy, fast and dangerous machine. Because bicycles are so much lower on the dangerous and destructive scale, those safeguards are not deemed to be necessary. Even children are allowed to ride bicycles while, of course, we do not allow them to drive cars.

The procedure you described in passing a cyclist is called safe passing. As an operator of a dangerous vehicle, passing in a safe way that does not endanger other users of the road is exactly the type behavior that is expected for you to continue to enjoy the privilege of driving a car.

While people cannot be prevented from using a public roadway, the mode that they use it is regulated with the most restrictive regulations for the most dangerous.

Remember, car driving is a privilege, not a right. Drive safely and be careful of the other users of the road!

Colleen Carboni

August 21, 2012 at 6:40 p.m.
Ozzy87 said...

Hate to burst Colleen Carboni's bubble, but the interstate, state highways, and most city streets streets probably wouldn't EXIST in the same form today if not for the invention of and the mass production of cars and trucks today. Go ahead and ride on the W and Signal Mountain Road and when ya'll eat a bumper sandwich because ya'll insist on riding on roads that were never designed for bicyclists, you will keep earning the Darwin Award.

August 21, 2012 at 10:34 p.m.

Except roads existed before cars, for obvious eeasons, and those usages haven't been entirely deprecated. As for the W Road and Robert's Mill Gap Road...well, I can't say it was designed for cars either. If it was, whoever did it...scares me.

August 21, 2012 at 10:52 p.m.
PinkSalmon said...

I'm not at all sure what Bebb has and the 10TH District law enforcement has done that most all agencies haven't? I think the only reason this caught the attention and got exposure is because other cops complained. I don't think it would have gone anywhere if the average citizen had complained.

August 22, 2012 at 5:31 p.m.
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