'Choose life' for unborn baby
My Tennessee license plate reads "Choose Life." I pray that someone will see it and choose life instead of death for their unborn baby. That is the "choice" referred to by the license plate. Even when used correctly, no artificial birth control is 100 percent effective, so, when it fails, the choice of life or death must be made.
Since Roe v. Wade, more than 52 million unborn children have been aborted in America, due primarily to the less than 100 percent effectiveness of artificial contraceptives. Basic human rights of the unborn aren't supported by the law of the land, so we have the economic impact: 52 million fewer people to populate our schools, to work and pay taxes and to purchase goods and services.
People do have a responsibility when having relations that cause a pregnancy. Why not then promote abstinence? When used as directed, abstinence is 100 percent effective! Passing out contraceptives like candy promotes selfishness and lack of self-discipline among our young people.
Adoption is a choice that many have forgotten. The baby is given the right to be born and provides couples eagerly awaiting the opportunity a baby to adopt as their own. That's why I encourage people to "Choose Life."
JEANNE ANTHONY, Ooltewah
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Normal Park plan disenfranchising
(The School Board's adoption Thursday of a zoning phase-in plan for Hill City students at Normal Park Museum Magnet School) was rejected by the Hill City community months ago. Hill City was not notified of any meetings about the phase-in plan, nor were we informed of the vote Thursday. The original date for Hill City to turn in applications was Jan. 31. The board extended the date to Feb. 7, for all magnet school applications, saying it was the fair thing to do.
The board stated that the five kindergarten spots allotted per year to Hill City excludes any older siblings of those kindergartners from applying the next year under the sibling rule, yet that's a major deviation from the magnet siblings rules that gives no restriction to the birth order of the sibling.
This contradiction shows the board is trying to disenfranchise the students of Hill City. Also, the average class size for K-3 is 25 students per class, yet they keep saying 20-per class in an effort to minimize the 10 possible openings to five for Hill City. This plan should include at least K-2, adding a grade or two each year until an established completion date for the plan. Next step is a lawsuit.
C. ANN WILSON
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Many things require an ID
Let's see, some things you need an ID for:
Getting a job, going to a doctor, buying beer at Walmart, going to college, boarding a plane, renting or buying a place to live, opening a bank account or getting a credit card, getting married, dying.
So where are these unemployed, uneducated, healthy, tee-totaling, untraveled, single, homeless, yet flush with cash people who will be denied the right to vote? Perhaps they have already died and are still waiting to be identified.
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Why does VA clinic sell foreign goods?
I was totally ticked off when I witnessed on Jan. 23 the VA outpatient clinic in Chattanooga display and sell Chinese- and Nicaragua-made ball caps, T-shirts and other items.
These hats catered to Vietnam veterans with logos and script.
The absurd idea of these being sold in our veterans' facilities irks and galls me to no end. Can't we remember that Chinese weapons, AK-47s, rockets, grenades, etc., were used to kill American soldiers?
Today is the era of all Americans' trying to buy American and support our country and manufacturers, and keep and create jobs in the U.S.A.!
MICHAEL BOUTWELL SR., Ooltewah
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More space needed for handicapped
This is a plea to the owners of Eastgate Mall. Can you please double the number of handicapped parking places on the east side of Eastgate near the Senior Center?
My husband has Parkinson's and orthostatic hypertension, but he loves to go to Eastgate and play cards. The problem is I can never find a handicapped parking place near the Senior Center.
I can't drive up and let him out and then go park, as he often gets dizzy on getting out of the car and can easily fall. If I drive until I find a parking place, it is often so far away that he can hardly make it to the entrance, having to stop and lean against a car several times.
The Senior Center there is a great place and it is so great of you to provide it for us. However, more handicapped parking places are badly needed.
KATHERINE SCOTT, Rossville, Ga.
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Two opinion pages good to compare
My wife and I recently visited friends on Signal Mountain. I really enjoyed your paper each morning and appreciated having two opinion pages to read and compare. I must say that I liked the "right" side the best.
Thanks for adding to our stay in a very nice area.
LAWRENCE BURTON, Washington, Ga.
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Boyd shouldn't criticize Mayor
In a well-written story by Ansley Haman concerning County Mayor Jim Coppinger, I was surprised to read Commissioner Tim Boyd's reply, "My experience with Jim Coppinger has been arms length." I resent him on his narrow-minded statement. Then he added insult to injury when he said, "I don't see a clear direction for the county." I'm not sure he would recognize a clear direction.
Those of us who have worked in government realize the tremendous responsibility of running the county. Jim has handled himself in a very professional manner. One day he served as a commissioner, the next morning he faced a big job as county mayor! He's never indicted he was a "know it all."
A good story: A grandfather knew he couldn't stop his grandsons from hopping a slow-moving freight train as it rolled through a small town, so he taught them how to safely get on the train. He said, "run beside the train until you get to the same speed and jump on." I hope this old-fashioned example will not be above Mr. Boyd's understanding.
Mr. Boyd, instead of criticizing, why don't you join the team?
I say Jim Coppinger is doing a great job!
CURTIS D. ADAMS, Retired Hamilton County Commissioner