published Saturday, July 7th, 2012

Register and vote to fight Obama and other Letters to the Editors

Register and vote to fight Obama

This country has been around for 236 years, a dynamic culture and standard of living the world has never known. Then along comes Barack Obama. This dedicated Marxist came in not as our leader but as our ruler. Remember the phrase "we will be ready to rule from day one.'' And since that very day he has carried on a frontal attack against our Constitution, our liberties, our freedoms, our very way of life.

Now if you think there is nothing we can do about what he is trying to do, please think again. We can register and vote in November. It is the right thing to do.

JOANN WHITLOW, Harrison


More reasons to oppose Obama

July's reasons why you should not vote for Obama.

The Obama administration claims Romney would and did ship jobs overseas. Why then are we now giving tax incentives to First Solar, which is building its solar panels in Germany?

In Columbia on April 12, Obama told Hispanics that he would address immigration in his first year of his second term. While campaigning in 2008 he told them he would do this in his first year in office.

Obama called President Bush unpatriotic and said he should be voted out of office for raising the debt limit. Obama has now tripled it. I guess then by his own admission, we should vote him out of office.

Under the Obama administration, the United States has, for the first time in history, been downgraded from a AAA rating.

Why are we building a $12 billion dam for Pakistan when they hid Bin Laden and gave our stealth secrets to China? Our own roads and bridges need repair.

If Obamacare is so great, why is he giving waivers to the unions, his contributors and his friends? Make sure to vote in November.

TOM FRICKE, Spring City, Tenn.


Elect S-D's own Lasley to bench

I remind my Soddy-Daisy friends, family and neighbors to vote for our own Marty Lasley for Soddy-Daisy judge.

As judge and Soddy-Daisy resident, Marty's decisions will not only impact us, they will also impact him, his family and his neighbors.

I am disturbed that residents from Signal Mountain, East Brainerd, East Ridge and Chattanooga and other cities have tried to convince us to vote for men who live on Signal Mountain and in Chattanooga and other cities. In fact, the majority of judicial candidates in this race do not live in Soddy-Daisy.

The son of the Rev. Don and Ilene Lasley, Marty graduated from Soddy-Daisy High School, Carson-Newman College and Vanderbilt School of Law. He chose to return to Soddy-Daisy. Today, just like us, he spends his hard-earned dollars in Soddy-Daisy and pays taxes to support our town.

With 25 years of courtroom experience, Marty is highly qualified to be our judge. We are blessed that he knows us and has a heart for Soddy-Daisy.

We know our community, we know Marty Lasley, and we trust him to care for us as our Soddy-Daisy judge.

JAMES CARDEN, Soddy-Daisy


Apply own logic to self sometimes

In response to the writer (June 3) who, if he lived in Hamilton County, would seek an injunction against the "prayer plaintiffs," I make three points:

He assumes that the plaintiffs are atheists when that is not the basis for their objections. Instead they are asking for a moment of silence that would be inclusive of anyone of any persuasion. He puts them in a minority of unbelievers in which they may not belong.

Even if they do belong in that minority, they are appealing for protection against "the tyranny of the majority." The framers of the Constitution were concerned about more than the tyranny of rulers. That's why we have a Bill of Rights -- 10 amendments, the first of which he would deny the plaintiffs.

All of us have some trait, action or belief that puts us in a minority. For example, there have been dozens of letters to the editor in opposition to the plaintiffs' request, but his is the only one that calls for the revocation of the citizenship of those who disagree with him. That means he is in a very small minority. He should consider applying his own logic to see if he should be excluded from a pluralistic society.

EMILY BRAWLEY


Steelman right to stand firm

This letter is in regard to the story about the Nevels family (they lost their son to AIDS) who stayed away from their church for a number of years because the minister refused to compromise his beliefs regarding what the Bible says about homosexuality. The article, which was published June 24, seems to demonize Dr. Fred Steelman for his beliefs. He was completely "right" for standing up for his beliefs and what the bible plainly says. The Bible says it is an abomination in at least five passages. No amount of trying to "explain it away" is going to change what God says about this subject.

It is unfortunate that the Nevelses lost their son to AIDS, but the Bible is very clear on this. Dr. Steelman should be commended for standing up for God's word and for his beliefs. It seems that many people will keep trying to justify this behavior no matter how plainly the Bible says it is wrong.

JEAN RICKARD, Hixson


Story carried hidden motive

Many years ago the story of the Nevels family took place, but why is it written now after 17 years? Yes, it is a sad, heart-throbbing story. The community responded sympathetically to both the Nevelses and the homosexuality. However, the family suffered the most because of their son's lifestyle, illness and premature death.

I wonder, under what circumstances, and why at this time the story is written. Every day we hear the tragic stories. We live under tension of good and bad, right and wrong.

Why has this particular story been sensationalized and stirred up the emotions of the community?

I believe there is a hidden motive to make a point that homosexuality is OK. Often, we romanticize to justify our actions, especially when they're bad. The writer succeeded in doing so.

Yes, we must accept all people just as they are, but there are consequences to reap when we cultivate bad acts. We all do bad things, but we must never condone that which is bad.

The church community never left the Nevelses; they left it. The father loved his son, but the acts of the son brought sorrow, pain and the premature death to himself.

AMOS TAJ, Ooltewah


Many individuals raise health costs

It's logical that drafters of the Affordable Care bill would want to have all purchase insurance or pay tax/penalty. It's claimed these non-insured individuals supposedly increase costs for other participants.

It's not logical that others who are known to increase health-care costs of all participants are excluded from paying additional tax/penalty. It's well documented that those with pre-existing conditions -- from smoking, certain groups such as premature babies (born to crack, cocaine or meth mothers), morbidly obese, those with lifestyles which incur STDs, alcoholics, drug abusers, daredevils, hypochondriacs, etc., etc. -- increase the cost of health care overall.

What should be done with those not wearing seat belts but injured in automobile accidents? Those injured while violating safety rules or traffic rules? The list is quite long!

Ambulance-chasing trial lawyers and juries awarding unreasonable damages also should be taxed out of existence in proportion to the amount that they increase costs.

But none expect Congress to act logically.

JOHN LYNCH, Whitwell, Tenn.

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anniebelle said...

Tom Fricke, here's some facts to chew on, I'll continue my rebuttal of your nonfacts and half truths later in the day. First Solar Located on 2,100 acres of former farmland, Antelope Valley Solar Ranch One is one of the largest construction projects under way in Los Angeles County. More than 385 workers are now being employed on the 2,100-acre site. When complete in 2013, the PV power plant will generate enough electricity for about 75,000 average California homes, while displacing 140,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually, the equivalent of taking 30,000 cars off the road each year. S&P's statement was blunt in its assessment. "We lowered our long-term rating on the U.S. because we believe that the prolonged controversy over raising the statutory debt ceiling and the related fiscal policy debate indicate that further near-term progress containing the growth in public spending, especially on entitlements, or on reaching an agreement on raising revenues is less likely than we previously assumed and will remain a contentious and fitful process," the ratings firm said. This was the work of the right wing ideologists. Dream Act 2010 – President Obama’s first attempt at immigration reform was shot down by the party of NO The DREAM Act is a bipartisan legislation ‒ pioneered by Sen. Orin Hatch [R-UT] and Sen. Richard Durbin [D-IL] ‒ that can solve this hemorrhaging injustice in our society. Under the rigorous provisions of the DREAM Act, qualifying undocumented youth would be eligible for a 6 year long conditional path to citizenship that requires completion of a college degree or two years of military service.

July 7, 2012 at 6:36 a.m.
raygunz said...

Anniebelle,good on you for taking the time and trouble to debunk the "Obama-Basher's" talking points.But I don't think it will change what they believe,or the hatred in their hearts.

July 7, 2012 at 8:07 a.m.
LibDem said...

JEAN RICKARD, I bet you would never shop at Walmart on the Sabbath.

July 7, 2012 at 10:13 a.m.

Obama has his boot on the throat of the middle class.

July 7, 2012 at 11:35 a.m.
raygunz said...

Here are the top five ways the Republicans have sabotaged the economic recovery; 1. Filibustering the American Jobs Act. Last October, Senate Republicans killed a jobs bill proposed by President Obama that would have pumped $447 billion into the economy. Multiple economic analysts predicted the bill would add around two million jobs and hailed it as defense against a double-dip recession. The Congressional Budget Office also scored it as a net deficit reducer over ten years, and the American public supported the bill.

  1. Stonewalling monetary stimulus. The Federal Reserve can do enormous good for a depressed economy through more aggressive monetary stimulus, and by tolerating a temporarily higher level of inflation. But with everything from Ron Paul’s anti-inflationary crusade to Rick Perry threatening to lynch Chairman Ben Bernanke, Republicans have browbeaten the Fed into not going down this path. Most damagingly, the GOP repeatedly held up President Obama’s nominations to the Federal Reserve Board during the critical months of the recession, leaving the board without the institutional clout it needed to help the economy.

  2. Threatening a debt default. Even though the country didn’t actually hit its debt ceiling last summer, the Republican threat to default on the United States’ outstanding obligations was sufficient to spook financial markets and do real damage to the economy.

cont.

July 7, 2012 at 11:39 a.m.
raygunz said...
  1. Cutting discretionary spending in the debt ceiling deal. The deal the GOP extracted as the price for avoiding default imposed around $900 billion in cuts over ten years. It included $30.5 billion in discretionary cuts in 2012 alone, costing the country 0.3 percent in economic growth and 323,000 jobs, according to estimates from the Economic Policy Institute. Starting in 2013, the deal will trigger another $1.2 trillion in cuts over ten years

  2. Cutting discretionary spending in the budget deal. While not as cataclysmic as the debt ceiling brinksmanship, Republicans also threatened a shutdown of the government in early 2011 if cuts were not made to that year’s budget. The deal they struck with the White House cut $38 billion from food stamps, health, education, law enforcement, and low-income programs among others, while sparing defense almost entirely.

There have also been a few near-misses, in which the GOP almost prevented help from coming to the economy. The Republicans in the House delayed a transportation bill that saved as many as 1.9 million jobs. House Committees run by the GOP have passed proposals aimed at cutting billions from food stamps, and the party has repeatedly threatened to kill extensions of unemployment insurance and cuts to the payroll tax.

According to the Congressional Budget Office, those policies — the payroll tax cut, food stamps, unemployment insurance, and discretionary spending for low-income Americans — have the highest multipliers, meaning more job boosting potential per dollar.

http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2012/07/06/511940/5-ways-republicans-sabotaged-job-growth/

July 7, 2012 at 11:41 a.m.

Yes, Raygunz, it's all the Republicans fault, chief among them is not kissing Obama's a$$. It's all play money to you Democrats, isn't it?

July 7, 2012 at 12:43 p.m.
Easy123 said...

Zab,

Disprove the claim if you don't believe it to be true. Put your play money where your mouth is.

July 7, 2012 at 1:05 p.m.
raygunz said...

zableedofisterix, yeah, what ez said. You got it partly right though,"it's all the Republicans fault"

July 7, 2012 at 2:47 p.m.

We aren't building a 12 billion dollar dam. We aren't even contribution significantly to funding it.

But if you want to convince Pakistan to be friendly, they are going to want something.

That said, I have no objections to infrastructure funding. The Tea Party does though.

JOHN LYNCH, taxing juries? Yeah, that's a good idea. But Tort Reform is part of the Act, I suspect you haven't found out what is in it. Must still be looking for death panels.

July 8, 2012 at 2:08 a.m.
daytonsdarwin said...

If Dr. Steelman is an example of Christian compassion, it's no wonder freethinking people reject the theology of Bible literalists as well they should.

Mother Teresa, another "celebrity" media darling, tells this story.

"One day I met a lady who was dying of cancer in a most terrible condition. And I told her, I say, ""You know, this terrible pain is only the kiss of Jesus — a sign that you have come so close to Jesus on the cross that he can kiss you." And she joined her hands together and said, "Mother Teresa, please tell Jesus to stop kissing me"".

So Dr. Steelman, stop your "Christian Compassion" as your disease is worse than AIDS.

Remember, read your Ingersoll, Hitchens, and Sagan and become a born-again freethinker.

July 8, 2012 at 1:29 p.m.
MalleusChristus said...

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

Old Testament: Leviticus 20:13

If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.

New Testament: Romans 1 24 thru

24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: 25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. 26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: 27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. 28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; 29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness...

July 8, 2012 at 6:18 p.m.
MalleusChristus said...

President Obama is quoted as saying, "we will be ready to rule from day one.''

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

We are mourning during this present administration, but, is President Obama's administration wicked?

Proverbs 29:2

When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.

July 8, 2012 at 6:28 p.m.
daytonsdarwin said...

Nothing like the members of the First Church of the Loony Toons quoting holy writ from fairy-tale gods to give me a chuckle.

Jumping Jehoshaphat's holy-moly ill-will be done as it is in Red Bank.

July 8, 2012 at 7:36 p.m.
raygunz said...

MalleusChristus said...

"President Obama is quoted as saying, "we will be ready to rule from day one.''

That "quote" is by Valerie Jarrett,NOT Barack Obama!

Get your facts straight.

July 8, 2012 at 8:07 p.m.
MalleusChristus said...

MalleusChristus's statement 'is' analytically correct! Read below:

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

John 8:32 "And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."

MalleusChristus declared: "President Obama is 'quoted' as saying..." MalleusChristus 'DID NOT' state, "President Obama said, "we will be ready to rule from day one."

raygunz, please begin reading more carefully. The Truth 'IS' there. Then, and ONLY then: John 8:32 "And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." Jesus Christ.

July 8, 2012 at 8:22 p.m.
daytonsdarwin said...

"The inspiration of the Bible depends upon the ignorance of the gentleman who reads it."

"Let us put theology out of religion. Theology has always sent the worst to heaven, the best to hell."

"If a man would follow, today, the teachings of the Old Testament, he would be a criminal. If he would follow strictly the teachings of the New, he would be insane."

Robert G. Ingersoll, freethinker

July 8, 2012 at 8:32 p.m.
MalleusChristus said...

daytonsdarwin,

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

Romans 1:22 "Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools..."

Matthew 12:31 "Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men."

Jesus Christ.

July 8, 2012 at 8:49 p.m.
daytonsdarwin said...

Tell the holy spook I ain't afraid of no ghosts!

Don't forget to check under your bed tonight for the succubus, the Tooth-fairy, leprechauns, the Bogyman, Brer Rabbit, the Green Lantern, and Flash Gordon. All imaginary characters like your invisible friends, but a lot more fun.

July 8, 2012 at 9 p.m.
MalleusChristus said...

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

St. Luke 13...25 "When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are: 26 Then shall ye begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets. 27 But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity. 28 There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out."

Jesus Christ

July 8, 2012 at 9:18 p.m.
daytonsdarwin said...

St. Testicles,verse 3 " Anyone dumb enough to believe all the mumbo-jumbo miracle stuff, Noah's Ark palaver, talking donkeys, burning bushes, and original sin malarkey deserves the dunce cap."

Jerry Christ

July 8, 2012 at 10:10 p.m.
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