published Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

'Local Komen funds stay in the area' and more Letters to the Editors

Local Komen funds stay in the area

The Chattanooga Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure is proud of our accomplishments and believes politics has absolutely no place in the fight to end breast cancer.

Through our affiliate's 12-year history with Komen, we have raised and distributed nearly $3.6 million to non-profit organizations, health care providers, hospitals, educational institutions and governmental agencies who manage breast health programs in our Southeast Tennessee-North Georgia 16-county service area. We also have contributed over $790,000 to groundbreaking breast cancer research.

Since 1982, all major advancements surrounding breast cancer have been touched by funding from Susan G. Komen. Komen-funded research programs and treatment initiatives have helped to transform most breast cancers from death sentences to treatable chronic illnesses.

Our sponsors, donors, runners, walkers and volunteers need to know that the money raised locally does not support salaries or administrative costs at Komen National. As it has always been, 75 percent of the monies we net through our local fundraising are devoted to breast cancer screenings, education and treatment in our 16-county coverage area with 25 percent going toward research.

We are asking our community for your continued support. Together, let's remain focused on our mission -- a world without breast cancer.

SARAH BOWEN

President

Board of Directors

Chattanooga Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure


How do people get unearned refunds?

I have noticed for some time people who don't work, those on state or federal assistance, getting hundreds if not thousands of dollars back on income tax.

How can you get money back for something you have not worked for? Women primarily, with two, three, four or more children getting free money. Children and adults walking around in $100 tennis shoes, getting hundreds of dollars in food stamps, while my 84-year-old mother and other seniors lose the amount of their stamps because of a $30 to $40 increase in their SSI.

Can someone from the state or federal government please explain this to me.

And for the record this is not President Obama's doing, since everything seems to be blamed on him.

It's a problem that our state and federal officials need to look into.

Something is wrong with this picture. Can someone help me understand?

JOEL TERRELL


Appoint Welch to Red Bank panel

Red Bank, like other cities, has experienced economic decline.

Numerous empty buildings that could be housing businesses that provide employment and generate city taxes are vacant.

New strategies to attract quality businesses and people must be implemented or the economic future of the city will remain bleak.

I was pleased to learn that my friend Ken Welch is seeking the appointment to the commission seat vacated by Greg Jones.

Ken is a lifelong resident of Red Bank, a U.S. Navy veteran with a diversity of work experience and has been an RN at Erlanger for 27 years.

Ken was instrumental in keeping the Red Bank pool open in 2005 when the city was considering closing the facility.

Ken's vision to revitalize the city in synergy with the growth of the Northshore offers promise of keeping Red Bank a desirable community for families and growth and development of business.

I urge citizens to call Mayor Millard and ask that Ken Welch be appointed to the vacancy.

RONALD E. LAVENDER


Greatest love story in the greatest book

It all started with a love story when the LORD God formed man from the dust of the earth and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life and then said, "It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him."

From the rib which he took from Adam the Lord God made a woman. Adam called the woman Eve and from the love of Adam and Eve our earth began to be populated.

Even though Adam and Eve rebelled against God and lost the dominion that had been given to man, God's plan for this earth was still in place. "For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."

Many love stories have been written but the greatest love story of all is found in the greatest book ever written.

RACHEL DECOSIMO

Signal Mountain


We all pay into Social Security

Congress calls Social Security and Medicare an "entitlement" even though most of us have been paying for it all our working lives.

An entitlement? I paid cash for my Social Security insurance and so did my employer. Just because Congress "borrowed" the money from the fund (which was promised never to happen) and never paid it back, doesn't make my benefits some kind of charity or handout.

Now when it's time to collect, the government is running out of money. We're broke and can't help our seniors, veterans, orphans, and those less fortunate.

Strangely, there is no shortage of cash when it comes to pumping billions of dollars into foreign countries or money for congressional benefits, like free health care, outrageous retirement packages, more paid holidays then everyone else, unlimited paid sick days, and paid vacations just to mention a few of the "bennies" off the top of my head.

And Congress has the audacity to call our Social Security an entitlement?

RICHARD A. SHANKEN

Rocky Face, Ga.

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librul said...

I sure wish there were and entity capable of breathing some intelligence and reasoning ability into the mind of Ms. Decosimo.

February 14, 2012 at 1:13 a.m.
Exusiai said...

librul: Why, because she has a belief? She has Faith? How is that a sign of a lack of intelligence or a ability to reason? Because she has a devotion to a power higher than herself, that guides her life she needs you making wishes for her.

Oh Wait, "Wishing" implies that you think there is some higher power that can grant your wish. Thank you for playing, you are the hypocrite of the day.

February 14, 2012 at 10:22 a.m.
Livn4life said...

librul, I hope that you don't mean that name as liberal. The reason is liberal means generous, ample/abundant, not literal or strict, tolerant/broad-minded, favoring reform or progress. Oh I get it, you skip all the primary meanings to jump to the reform deal and anyone who disagrees with you on that you call unintelligent, unable to reason. Wow, that's about as unliberal an approach imaginable. Maybe your name should be superiorable. Ms Decosimo, at least for awhile longer, has just as much right in this country to believe and share her faith as you have not to do so. In your disrespect of who she is, in your assumption of her lack of being informed, lack of intelligence, you reveal your true nature. But then, you have the freedom to assume all you desire. It is just unbecoming of one to do that whose named sounds like liberal. Have a good Valentine's Day.

February 14, 2012 at 10:37 a.m.
Rickaroo said...

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, Ms. Decosimo. While you see the greatest "love story" ever told, I see the silliest fairy tale ever told.

I find it interesting that christians cling to this cockeyed notion that God showed the world the greatest love of all by "sacrificing" his only son (which was in essence himself). But if God is omniscient and he knew exactly how his divine plan was going to unfold and that he was going to be getting his son (himself) back after all is said and done, then where was the sacrifice? I mean, he KNEW he wasn't really going anywhere.

And why is it that christians think that evolution is such a far-fetched and implausible notion, yet they easily believe that an invisible man in the sky instantaneously fashioned man out of dirt dirt, breathed life into him and.... voila... a human being in perfect form? Yeah, that's cetainly a reasonable explanation for how we got here.

But what do I know? I'm just one of those lost souls, I guess, asking impertinent questions and thinking that reason is more important than blind faith. And we all know God doesn't want his little chillun' asking uppity questions and daring to doubt. He has a special place reserved in hell for his impertinent, non-believing little chillun'. But he loves us!

Yes'm, that's some love story, Ms. Decosimo.

February 14, 2012 at 11:35 a.m.
Exusiai said...

Rickaroo

Faith (And we will use webster's definition) is belief that is not based on proof:

Now here you go, We as Christians have faith in our religion, just as you have Faith in your science. Let's Compare

Religion/Christianity: Over the course of several hundred years, several individuals wrote a series of papers or "books" we will call them, eventually these books were all gathered into one larger volume and published and formed the basis of our belief system. No one who has read this book in the past 17 Centuries since it was published were there to witness the events, so they have to accept on Faith, they happened.

Science Over the course of several hundred years, several individuals performed experiments or made obsservations about the world around them. They wrote these observations as a series of papers. From time to time these papers are gathered and published in journals and they form the basis for the belief in the scientific theories they present. The majority of people who read these theories were not not present when these observations were made, so they have to accept on Faith, they happened.

Now to me, Science is just an alternate form of religion, with a different dogma, and a different set of "rules".

Don't get me wrong I believe in Gravity, I believe in most scientific principles, but I find it hard to believe that all of these things work together without some higher power enforcing the rules. Think about that, if the Laws of Physics are in fact LAWS, who monitors and enforces those laws?

Interesting question don't you think?

February 14, 2012 at 3:30 p.m.
lkeithlu said...

Exusiai, you have a lot to learn about science, most importantly that it does not conflict with religion (unless your religious believe is silly enough to contradict what is seen and measured in the physical world around us; most do not.)

February 14, 2012 at 3:48 p.m.
Plato said...

Exusiai said "I believe in most scientific principles, but I find it hard to believe that all of these things work together without some higher power enforcing the rules. "

In between believing in a higher power and believing the absurd dogma and fair tales presented by some organized religions, lies a void bigger than the Grand Canyon.

February 14, 2012 at 11:18 p.m.
acerigger said...

As Adam said to Eve when they were contemplating the newly discovered penis,"stand back!,

I don't know how big this thing gets!"

Happy valentines Day ya'll

February 14, 2012 at 11:37 p.m.
epmilligan said...

Rachel, some of the comments above just prove God's Word is True! We are in the last days! Jesus is coming soon. Praise God! 2Timothy 3:1-7 1 But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: 2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! 6 For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts, 7 always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

February 15, 2012 at 7:24 a.m.
LibDem said...

As a liberal, I would like everyone to have the freedom to believe as he wishes. The problem for me is that I live in a majority Christian culture and Christians like to make the rules for everyone.

February 15, 2012 at 8:49 a.m.
Exusiai said...

lkeithlu: *you have a lot to learn about science, most importantly that it does not conflict with religion *

Except where it does conflict with religion. Creation vs Evolution, creation vs Big Bang (which can actually be resolved as God snapped his fingers). I'm fairly educated in science, particularly physics (an area that I study as a hobby). While I hold no degrees I am well read.

In between believing in a higher power and believing the absurd dogma and fair tales presented by some organized religions, lies a void bigger than the Grand Canyon.

And what may I ask is wrong with the basics of the Dogma? forget everything else, look at the basic "message", and let us take the "Fairy tale" as you call it out of it. here it is:

There was a man, who lived his life thinking of anyone but himself. He healed people, he gave people food, he taught them how to live a better life, and he gave them hope that there was something better, something "beyond" what there is on this world. And all you really need to do to reach this better place is live like this man lived, and to accept his doctrine. Do not Murder anyone, Don't Steal from anyone, Don't fornicate with your neighbors wife, don't lie, Honor your parents (Debatable there some Parents don't deserve it). Half of the Commandments are Laws in ever state in the country. Can't be too far off the mark if the entire country agrees that "hey, Murder is bad".

I do see your point, and I do agree that maybe the writers of the Bible took some creative licence with the events. Did the ten plagues really happen? Or did Moses just have a bunch of Egyptians assassinated in the middle of the night and afterward (As he Wrote the story)he was like "wait that won't work">?

Its possible, but in truth, what does it hurt, you, me or anyone to believe that there was a higher power who loved his people so much, we brought frogs and hail and fire and death down upon their captors?

It doesn't hurt you if I believe in a higher power. And in truth it doesn't hurt you to do so either. If I'm incorrect then I'll learn after I die, but while I'm alive I have hope, that after all of the B.S. I've been through in my life, and will go through that I'll finally have some form of peace.

But let us go back to your original statement "(unless your religious believe is silly enough to contradict what is seen and measured in the physical world around us; most do not.)"

Lets take the law of Gravity. Why does gravity work? Well because the Earth spins and the centrifugal force pulls things towards it. Well why does the Earth Spin? Why does Gravity NOT work without that? What set the world to spinning. There are several objects in space that travel around the Sun that do not rotate, the same face always faces the sun. So why Earth? Why does it all work? Again, the Laws of Physics... Who established those Laws?

February 15, 2012 at 10:32 a.m.
lkeithlu said...

Lets take the law of Gravity. Why does gravity work? Well because the Earth spins and the centrifugal force pulls things towards it. Well why does the Earth Spin? Why does Gravity NOT work without that? What set the world to spinning. There are several objects in space that travel around the Sun that do not rotate, the same face always faces the sun. So why Earth? Why does it all work? Again, the Laws of Physics... Who established those Laws?

Why does there have to be a "who"?

What I meant in my original comment referred to those that deny an ancient earth, common descent and evolution for religious reasons, even to the point of pushing creationism and young earth in schools.

February 15, 2012 at 10:49 a.m.
mtngrl said...

"I'm fairly educated in science, particularly physics (an area that I study as a hobby). While I hold no degrees I am well read." ..."Lets take the law of Gravity. Why does gravity work? Well because the Earth spins and the centrifugal force pulls things towards it. Well why does the Earth Spin? Why does Gravity NOT work without that? What set the world to spinning. There are several objects in space that travel around the Sun that do not rotate, the same face always faces the sun. So why Earth? Why does it all work? Again, the Laws of Physics... Who established those Laws?"

..

Exactly what have you been reading to consider yourself "well read"? Because what you describe is not how physics works at all. Gravity is based on the mass of the objects and not its spinning. Centriugal force would actually throw everything off of the face of the Earth.

February 15, 2012 at 11:47 a.m.
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