published Saturday, January 7th, 2012

Letters to the Editors

Congress takes funds, gives IOUs

Re: a letter, "Obama derelict in his duty" (Dec. 29):

The story was about the fact Social Security taxes are going to pay for IOUs put into Social Security benefit safe to replace Social Security cash excesses that President Franklin D. Roosevelt said was not to be used but for retired seniors, and Congress is constantly stealing the money replacing with IOUs.

This should not be repaid by Social Security funds, but Congress has taken the money from Social Security funds to use for entitlements that they think are justified in their greedy little minds.

Never mind what the law says ( i.e., Roosevelt) on the use of the funds.

Congressman Scott DesJarlais (Republican, of Tennessee's 4th Congressional District) sends form letters in answers to letters about matters as this. I realize that Congress has a very tough job to do.

TERRILL NEWTON

Jasper, Tenn.



Travel to get ID causes problems

A spokesperson for our county Election Commission told me, a resident of Dayton, that I must go to Rockwood in Roane County, the nearest THP service center, to obtain my voter ID. For me that is a journey of 40 miles, 80 miles round trip, mind you.

I am elderly, infirm and no longer drive. That is hardly the "slight inconvenience" you termed it in your recent editorial comment (Dec. 31). This is not even to mention the interminably long waiting line if I get there.

The only option I have is to vote absentee ballot, which imposes restrictions of its own not required of other voters. And, if I can vote "absentee" without photo ID, why is it necessary for voting in person?

Federal courts have already overturned photo ID in South Carolina on constitutional grounds. Similar action needs to be taken in Tennessee.

CHARLES H.

ROBINSON

Dayton, Tenn.



Donate to alleviate shortage of blood

On its 11 p.m. news telecast last week, WRCB-TV reported that Blood Assurance issued an appeal for donors of all blood types. It appears to me that a severe shortage of donated blood product has existed in the Chattanooga area.

So I urge individuals and groups of concerned readers to donate as soon as possible.

Sometime in January, I will learn if I will be allowed to donate again after being denied since May 31. If so, I will be able to build upon my lifetime amount of 48 gallons.

I also suggest being an upstairs volunteer at Blood Assurance. That work will help convince others to share life.

HARRY GELLER



Corey devoted life to care of children

I am certain that many people read, with sadness, the recent passing of Dr. Hicks Corey. He and his partners cared for so many of our community's children.

In 1992, I moved to Chattanooga to be the administrator of Children's Hospital. Dr. Corey was a leader of our medical staff, and he took the time to educate me about the wonderful history of Children's Hospital from its Glenwood beginning to moving to the current location on the Erlanger campus.

Not only did he talk to me about Children's rich history but he spent countless hours talking about Chattanooga and his love for this city. Needless to say, he was as passionate about our community as he was compassionate toward his patients.

I will always relish the time I was honored to spend with Dr. Corey. He was a very humble man with a huge heart. He reminded me a lot of another hero of mine, my father, who also was a physician of the "greatest generation."

My deepest sympathies are with the Corey family for the loss of this great man. He devoted his life to caring for many, many children and, of course, their concerned parents. We are all the richer for having known him.

CHIP BAKER



Obama fulfills list of accomplishments

In my opinion, Obama came into office with a large list of items he wished to accomplish, and I think he is on track.

Raise our dependence on Middle East oil, not decrease it. (Say no to Canadian oil.)

Alienate our strongest Middle East ally, Israel (demand they negotiate).

Antagonize our worst Middle East enemy, Iran.

Force us closer to the brink of financial ruin ($15 trillion debt and climbing).

Promote class warfare (OWS-Occupy Wall Street.)

Promote racial warfare (Eric Holder's refusal to prosecute voting rights offenders-Black Panthers).

Set himself above Congress so he can rule.

Raise electrical prices and shutter producing plants in Missouri and TVA (new EPA rules to force many plants off-line).

Destroy the integrity of the Supreme Court (appoint less than qualified justices -- one of whom has "dared Congress to impeach her.")

I am sure the list can be expanded but it's enough to pray for no more years.

WILLIAM GODSEY

Crossville, Tenn.



Put focus on things that truly matter

On the front page of the Times Free Press (Jan. 1), the top story is "A look at the People, Issues, and Decisions that will shape Chattanooga in 2012."

Surprisingly, the photo directly under the headline is the coach from UTK football. There are many people and activities that will truly shape Chattanooga in the next year, but he certainly isn't one of them.

With the changes and challenges facing our city, it is almost laughable, that three of the 12 people listed are in sports.

Perhaps if we focused more on things that truly matter to our community, we would not be in the shape we are in right now.

The educational system is what will change Chattanooga for the better or worse in the future. Yet it was not listed. Instead you offer three athletes and Lauren Alaina.

Ironically, the headline to the other story on the same page is "We would do anything to be relevant." Perhaps the Times Free Press needs to look at its relevancy.

DOROTHY VOLZ

Hixson



Liberal talk needs substantiation

I am frequently amused by liberal rhetoric, as it rarely contains substance.

They spew unsupported statements such as the following: "The GOP is hateful, mean, and cruel; let people freeze, starve and die."

They regurgitate statements like, "Fox News propaganda of made-up, fear, smears, hatred and lies."

It is said that if you repeat fabrications enough, you begin to believe the lies.

I am OK with other's political opinions, but, gee, support them with facts, not innuendoes or liberal hoof mouth garbage.

Give support where Republicans have let people starve, freeze or die. They actually give more to support the poor than do the Democrats.

Give facts where Fox makes up lies. You would think that person has confused Fox with MSNBC.

You have a president who is walking all over our Constitution, and you want to hang that tag on Republicans?

The voter fraud is real, just consider Ohio for confirmation.

Come on, liberals, let's have honest debate, not unsubstantiated grandiloquence.

Oh, don't guess you want that as you are sure to lose the argument.

DONALD STEWART

Signal Mountain



People wising up to the Democrats

The controversy over the photo ID law is almost laughable.

Opponents of the law state it is hard for minorities to cast a ballot. Don't minorities have checking and bank accounts, credit cards or cash a payroll check? The list goes on and on where you must show a photo ID.

What the opponents are really saying is, as Democrats we have a hard time getting elected, without fraud, stuffing the ballot box, using illegal aliens or, my favorite, the cemetery vote.

Let's face it, the "New Democratic Socialist Party of America" is tough enough in an open and honest election, without the above. People are finally wising up.

DICK DeMARS

Crossville, Tenn.

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AlmostAmanda said...

How funny (or hypocritical) that Donald Steward criticizes "unfounded liberal claims" against Republicans and Fox news with unsubstantiated claims against Liberals and MSNBC.

They actually give more to support the poor than do the Democrats.

Do you have any support for that statement, Mr. Stewart? Personally, I've seen the claims, but the data is really questionable. Concluding which political party is more charitable based on the giving habits of states that carried Bush rather than Kerry in 2004 is a little ridiculous.

Give facts where Fox makes up lies. You would think that person has confused Fox with MSNBC.

Can you give any examples of MSNBC's lies? Here's a few examples from Fox.

You have a president who is walking all over our Constitution, and you want to hang that tag on Republicans?

Could you provide concrete examples of the current president walking all over the Constitution, as you claim? Make sure none of those examples can be equally tied to Republican leaders.

Come on, Mr. Stewart, let's have honest debate, not unsubstantiated grandiloquence.

Oh, don't guess you want that as you are sure to lose the argument.

January 7, 2012 at 11:51 a.m.
librul said...

You can find the facts for yourself, Mr. Stewart. It is not a liberal's job to show them to you. As a rugged individualist out there on the right wing, you have equal access to the truth in all the examples you enumerate - just don't expect to be exposed to any if you never look away from those hypnotic, propagandist drones at Fox. Once you break through and see the truth, you will despise them too.

January 7, 2012 at 12:01 p.m.
librul said...

Really sorry there, AlmostAmanda, but if you haven't yet figured out that Barack Obama is no liberal and has left his muddy footprints all over the tattered remains of our Constitution handed down from Bush, you haven't done enough digging, either. Our choice in this next election is not a choice between a liberal and a conservative - it's a choice between a neocon and absolute fascism.

Text and video:

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article30168.htm

January 7, 2012 at 12:07 p.m.
AlmostAmanda said...

Yeah, thanks for that librul. That wasn't really the point of what I was saying.

January 7, 2012 at 12:23 p.m.
Rational1 said...

I challenge all of those who support the egregious Voter ID photo laws to please contact their representatives and demand that they introduce legislation that will create a National Identification Card. The card would be issued at the age of 12 and would be updated every five years until death. There would be no controversy surrounding perceived voter fraud if we all had a National ID Card. Everyone born in America would be required by law to have the National ID Card. Since they were born in America, they would be American citizens and would have "the right" to vote once they reach voting age. The National ID Card would be their Voter ID Card. To reduce cost, they could simply take advantage of existing infrastructure and simply put photos on Social Security cards. It is highly doubtful that conservative legislators would support such a plan since it would result in one man, one women, one vote. We can't have that, can we?

January 7, 2012 at 12:43 p.m.

Mr. Stewart's comments are especially amusing after seeing the fact checking over Mitt Romney's glib lines about the Boeing situation. Or just being under Mr. Godsey's rants of half-true accusations about the President.

January 7, 2012 at 12:59 p.m.
librul said...

Better yet, a transponder chip implanted at birth. If it works with animals, it'll work with people. "Wanna vote? Election worker sez "Raise your right hand so I can scan your chip." Want a job? HR sez "Raise your right hand so I can scan your chip." Stopped at a roadblock with a roach under your seat that isn't yours? Cop sez "Raise your right hand so I can tell the jail who to expect."

January 7, 2012 at 1:09 p.m.

Somebody complaining about drivel and double speak, who cites Fox News as a source for information and complains about Propaganda outlets.

Hello JonRoss, FoxNews is a rightwing shill.

Fortunately the ratings for the Daily Show are higher. Unless you count the viewers of Jon Stewart watching his show lambaste Fox News as viewers of Fox.

January 7, 2012 at 8:31 p.m.
dabbscr said...

Beg to differ, Fox news outranks all the other news channels, especially Bill Oreily, who has been in the top ranks for 11 years now. Just like a liberal, ALMOSTAMANDA, you always answer questions with questions, never answering. You only answered all the wrongs with Obama with nothing to back up your facts either, very funny. Obama is taking this country down the wrong path, I hope you enjoy food stamps and everything you get coming from the government because that is what you will have. No freedoms, no choices for your family or yourself, and just how long do you think they can keep spending everyone else's money? I am tired of big government and them being in my lives. If you value religion, freedom, and a pay check...you'd better WAKE UP!!

January 7, 2012 at 10:21 p.m.

So should you, since the Corporations only want you to worship them, serve them, and they could care less about paying you. If they could, they'd pay you in company scrip and make you a feudal serf in an instant.

But since when did ratings equal quality anyway? I'm pretty sure I've even seen a few Fox News stories deploring how the popular shows were a sad commentary on the viewers.

January 7, 2012 at 10:45 p.m.
AlmostAmanda said...

Actually, I responded with several statements (he didn't actually ask any questions) as well as a link that addressed one of Mr. Stewart's claims. I guess your reading skills are as lazy as your logic choice in news sources.

January 7, 2012 at 11:36 p.m.
Lr103 said...

JonRoss said... Looks like the CNN MSNBC NPR crowd are in full fussy mode today. Why does FOX earn 80 % of the cable opinion viewership ?

So are you inferring that 80% of individuals who watch faux news are right wingnuts who subscribe to cable tv? What about citizens who do not subsribe to cable but to some other source, like Dish Networks, Windstream and a few others out there.

Here's how polls work. This has been proven too by TFP polls: If 20 people respond to a particular poll and 18 vote nay and the remainder vote yeah, that's considered 80% nays and 20% yeahs. That doesn't represent 80%/20% of the entire American population, but only the 20 people that actually responded to a particular poll. dah!

January 8, 2012 at 1:14 p.m.
kinch7 said...

Actually, the idea that a news organization is perfect is itself a lie. Anyone can google "Fox lies" or go to YouTube and find that awesome show where Jon Stewart showed one lie told on Fox after another. I've seen a few and I've heard deceit in their language. There was the time Santorum declared on Fox that WMD had been found after some rods turned up in Iraq. There was the 4 million dollars our president's overseas trip taken some time ago supposedly cost. That was refuted yet reported as true on Fox for a week until they gradually retracted it and then dropped it altogether. That was an outright lie. Here's another one: continuing to report that our government's help to save the American automobile industry was socialism even after the companies began paying baleout money back. There are even more lies of omission and propaganda lies. During the runup to the Iraqi War Fox News and some Bushies on Fox news began saying publically that Osama Bin Laden's capture was not an important priority. That is well documented. After Mr. Obama ordered the Navy Seals to take Bin Laden out, I heard Fox newscasters say that it was not that big a deal. Our own newspaper never gave our president credit for being the decider on that one. What makes the latter a lie of omission is that Osam Bin Laden's capture under Bush's term would have been hailed as the greatest single victory of one leader over evil since Hezekiah prayed the Assyrians away. A letter like this one is silly. For one thing, it is proposed by a mindset that disregards evidence. That is well documented too. Just look at those birthers, holocaust deniers, and 911 (un)truth tellers.

January 8, 2012 at 7:37 p.m.
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