published Saturday, December 15th, 2012

Johnson lauded for fiscal stance and other letters to the editors

Johnson lauded for fiscal stance

Finally, the taxpayers of Chattanooga and surrounding environs have a voice representing their interests. It's a darn shame the voice doesn't belong to any of the politicians and government officials responsible for spending the taxpayers' dollars.

But at least the voice of the new editor of the Free Press editorial page is heard loud and clear. It is too bad wasting taxpayers' money isn't a criminal offense, then some of those politicians and bureaucrats Drew Johnson has singled out would be sweating even more. Keep up the good work, Mr. Johnson, and keep the feet of those profligate spenders on fire.


Agenda to tear down U.S. goes on

Do not blame Obama, blame the people of America who have so enthusiastically acclaimed and adored him, who have rejoiced in their loss of freedom and given him such adoration as the anointed one with such a triumphal re-election.

So that as a presidential emperor, the government of Obamaism, by Obamaism, and for Obamaism ensures that the Progressive Agenda for Tearing Down America is right on schedule. God help us!

GARY SMITH, Flintstone, Ga.

Where's 'good deal' in health overhaul?

On Tuesday, Nov. 27, there was an article titled "Report: Obama health care overhaul a good deal for states." I am puzzled where the "good deal" lies. I saw that states have to pay $76 billion as Medicaid expands -- an amount that more than triples the amount the state would save by giving less to "charity." Not only this, but it was pointed out that even if a state rejects the changes to the program, they will still see its effects in higher prices.

Trying to spin a positive situation out of this is not appreciated when hard-working citizens (including those without insurance) not only have to deal with the rise in taxes in order to pay for these changes, but will also have to deal with the end of the Bush tax cuts and the end of the payroll-tax holiday.

But I suppose if spending money when there is none to spend sounds like a good idea to everyone else, then that's just what we will do. God bless democracy.


Get with it, see what's going on

It's hard to believe that Thomas Sowell didn't already know before he read John Stossel's book that the source of energy that powers electric cars that plug into the grid might be from burning fossil fuels. The rest of us have known that for years.

Apparently neither Sowell nor Stossel realize the importance of developing the electric car of the future. Even though we will probably never have a badly needed prohibiting tax on fossil fuels, we will shortly become dependent on vehicles with batteries that can be recharged by voltaic solar panels.

As the vehicles, batteries and solar voltaic panels (or other intermittent sources of electric energy) develop, costs will drop and provide the most economic source of portable energy for such things as automobiles, lawnmowers, leaf blowers and powered hand tools.

This could come about even sooner if those in denial would withdraw their heads from the sand and observe what's going on.

JAMES O. B. WRIGHT, Sequatchie, Tenn.

Extra taxes hurt business creation

Over-taxing the wealthy has consequences. The rich pay taxes like everyone else. If they have a business, they also pay taxes on that as well.

To require them to pay extra could force some to be unable to start new businesses, and the businesses they already have could "go under."

DOREEN DAVIS, Fort Oglethorpe

Don't base recovery on deficit spending

We have gotten to the place as a nation where returning to the tax rates that actually gave us a balanced budget is now called going over the fiscal cliff. We are so deeply addicted to deficit spending that neither party is the least bit serious about ever going back to a balanced budget. Both parties are calling for cutting the deficit by less than a quarter, and the only real difference is who pays -- the wealthy or the middle class.

I say let the taxes go up for everyone, as this is something that will obviously have to happen if we are ever to return to fiscal sanity. I would rather prolong our recession now than go further down the rabbit hole of deficit spending indefinitely and have a crash, depression or whatever will happen to us if we don't.

Obviously, Medicare will have to cost more, and the Defense Department will have to make do with much less for us to get to a balanced budget. Let us have a real recovery that is not based on more deficit spending, even if it takes longer.


Come on up to visit the Christmas train

Re. Christmas train on Signal Mountain:

You good folks from Chatt Town come on up and see the Christmas train that was resurrected from the effects of time in the weather by some men on the mountain.

As I understand, Phil Johnson was a main contributor and Dick Gee and Louis Glendenning were also strong contributors.

Louis would come by and keep the McDonald's group informed as to the progress of the project. I listened with interest, but was not prepared for the eye shocker which was the result.

The train is colorful, fanciful and well-constructed. It's just the thing for kids and adults to enjoy.

So if you want to enhance your Christmas experience, please bring your families and come on up.

DUN B. MONROE, Signal Mountain

Georgia Forest Watch aided trails

An article titled "Trail users unite to clear path," (Metro, Dec. 12) incorrectly named the organization as one of the originators of Co-Trails. Co-Trails was the original idea of U.S. Forest Supervisor George Bain and Wayne Jenkins, the executive director of Georgia Forest Watch at that time. Not "Forest Watch" as mentioned in the article.

In early 2010, they realized the time was ripe for a public collaborative process for addressing the growing recreation challenges in U.S. National Forests in Georgia.

They began to bring representatives of various recreation groups, concerned citizens, the Forest Service and trail professionals together to pursue creation of a world-class trails system in Georgia's National Forests. Small meetings with various trails organizations in late 2010 tested the idea that led to organizing Co-Trails.

Co-Trails volunteer groups have now analyzed over 240 miles of problematic trails.

Georgia Forest Watch secured a grant from the R. Howard Dobbs Jr. Foundation to help finance this precedent-setting work, and we are proud to assist in the leadership of this program. Georgia Forest Watch's ( mission is to promote management that leads to naturally self-sustaining forests and watersheds in 867,000 acres of national forest lands in Georgia.

ROBIN HITNER, Board Director, Georgia Forest Watch, Ellijay, Ga.

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LibDem said...

GARY SMITH, Brilliant! Rarely are conservative principles so rationally presented.

DOREEN DAVIS, I think I see a PhD in Economics.

December 15, 2012 at 8:34 a.m.

Clear within Holy Scripture is the fact that God allows Presidents of Nations to rule. Clear within Holy Scripture is the fact that God may use Presidents of Nations to be instruments of Punishment to those Nations. President Obama may be doing a very good job for The Lord God of Hosts in His Chastisement of the United States of America.


December 15, 2012 at 9:20 a.m.
daytonsdarwin said...

I guess god, baby jesus, and the holy spook were too busy yesterday planning a birthday bash to protect little children.

Thanks for nothing, god. Hope you have a nice party.

December 15, 2012 at 9:48 a.m.


Please understand that since Adam and Eve, the multiplicity of sin is beyond calculation. Our Sovereign Lord Jesus Christ demands perfection. {Attained through our asking forgiveness.}

Then, the multiplicity of of the consequences for these sins thunders toward an exponential curve. No Beast, nor, any other Super Computer could ever calculate the Chastisement for these sins.

It is dreadful what has happened, yet, these innocent children have automatic entrance to the portals of Glory.

It is us, it is us, who now suffer, not them.


December 15, 2012 at 10:31 a.m.

By far, greatly so, by far, the greatest number of these atrocities are in the locale of the majority of Homosexuals and lax drug laws. They scoff at Our Lord Jesus Christ and embrace what He decrees is an Abomination and a stench in His nostrils!

December 15, 2012 at 10:34 a.m.
Easy123 said...

Call Ken Orr at home with any complaints about his posts.

(423) 855-4374

Send any mail here:

4006 E Freedom Cir Ooltewah, TN 37363-8587

December 15, 2012 at 10:34 a.m.


You did get part of that right. I will, through The Holy Spirit, pray with anyone, and, everyone. In Love. kwo

December 15, 2012 at 10:37 a.m.
Easy123 said...

Ken Orr,

And I sincerely hope you get a call or a letter.

December 15, 2012 at 10:38 a.m.
daytonsdarwin said...

Just waiting for the religious douchebags to blame no prayer in school, saying Happy Holidays instead of Merry Christmas, and gay people for the deaths of innocent women and children.

No surprise that Orr is the first.

December 15, 2012 at 10:46 a.m.

NED NETTERVILLE, it is a criminal offense, when it's demonstrably criminal. Here's the thing, it's not always that clear, and sometimes the disagreement is just a matter of policy. If we start locking people up just because your priorities don't match up, then that's a sure route to tyranny.

Do you even realize that? There's a reason why treason is very specifically defined in the Constitution.

GARY SMITH, may whatever Deity you worship help you to realize the pernicious agenda which you are supporting, one that seeks to use the call of the Almighty for its own benefit.

AVERY MCKINNEY, probably because some of us realize that serving the people matters more than cutting spending in the name of saving money. Probably because we recognize how it actually has a net gain in terms of benefit.

JAMES O. B. WRIGHT, sorry, they're too busy looking in the sand for something.

DOREEN DAVIS, except the people you so laud won't start new businesses if they can't make money, and where is that going to come from if it's all in the hands of the wealthy? Or what if the society they need to engage in their business ideas doesn't exist?

See you seem to think that government spending just goes away to be burnt. But it's actually used, and that builds wealth for everybody, rather than concentrate it for a few.

DAVID NAZAR, goodness, cutting the sacred cow of Defense Spending? you must be a Commie.

December 15, 2012 at 11:11 a.m.

Jesus Christ>>>John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, "I am The Way, The Truth, and The Life..."

Learning lessons by and through example equals Wisdom. May I propose a 'To Wit':


North American Man Boy Love Association [N.A.M.B.L.A.]

'La, La, La, La, La-La-La...Elmo's Song! Sesame Street is prime real estate, and, game.

COACH 'Coach' Sandusky, Penn State Fame, probably knows Homosexual Acts did enormously more damage to innocent toddlers than even death could have done! I didn't say he is guilty. I'm only saying I think he knows.

The Non-Christian Catholic Priests, Boy Scouts Authority Figures, Homosexual behavior infinitum. But, hey! You people just keep on, go ahead, support them. Yes, go on ahead...Support Them. Become complicit, accessories, guilty by approval and Support!

December 15, 2012 at 1:47 p.m.
daytonsdarwin said...

I see why your wife restricts you online time, Orr. Probably difficult for your psych meds to kick in after a rabble-rousing time playing with god and jesus in the rubber room.

December 15, 2012 at 1:54 p.m.


Please attempt to make an association/connection about what is going on in this world. I will get to the 'Druggie' States later. kwo

Connecticut, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Vermont, and Washington—as well as the District of Columbia [California] Colorado recognizes Homosexual Unions.

STATES WITH VERY, VERY, LAX DRUG LAWS. The Holy Bible labels this Pharmakeia (sorcery). WAKE UP PEOPLE. Make some logical associations!

Connecticut, Maine, Oregon, Colorado, California, New York & Massachusetts

Connecticut makes the 'Cut' for Pharmakeia and Homosexuality!


December 15, 2012 at 2:19 p.m.
daytonsdarwin said...

Gods, witches, sorcery! I can logically infer you're ignorant, Orr. Your type of religion always attracts the ignorant.

The only demons are in your head. The only sorcery is your religious incantations calling upon non-existent gods, baby-boy wonders, and invisible flying ghosts.

The next time you recite one of your magic spells, ask your god and jesus how and why they show their love and joy by killing innocent children. Maybe they can come on TV to explain between the wrestling and Jimmy Swaggert shows (same audience).

December 15, 2012 at 2:52 p.m.

Be 'for certain', Your sins will find You out.

December 15, 2012 at 3:29 p.m.
daytonsdarwin said...

Your idiocy is out. Your belief and actions in behalf of your blood-thirsty murderous god is the greatest sin against humanity, decency, and progress.

December 15, 2012 at 3:36 p.m.

My heart is broken over this tragedy. My prayers and love and sympathy goes out to all of the families.

December 15, 2012 at 9:59 p.m.
Easy123 said...

Refer to daytonsdarwin's post at 3:36 p.m.

December 15, 2012 at 10:09 p.m.
lkeithlu said...

Ken Orr, are you ready to discuss that reading list you requested?

December 16, 2012 at 5:45 a.m.
lkeithlu said...

crickets chirping

That's what I thought. Get cracking Ken. Get your homework done before you play on the computer.

December 17, 2012 at 7:25 p.m.
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