published Monday, June 4th, 2012

Letters to the Editors

Welfare recipients should get tests

A writer in Friday's paper was complaining about people on welfare taking a drug test. The hard-working taxpayers that are paying for their welfare are forced to take a drug test to be employed. What I really don't understand is where are these welfare recipients getting the money to purchase the drugs in the first place?

The sooner we pass laws to get able-bodied people off of welfare the sooner our country can get back to normal and the sooner these (who I consider) freeloaders can get some pride in themselves.

I do agree with one thing the writer said. The politicians who make these laws need to take drug tests also.

JACK PINE

Dunlap, Tenn.

Red Bank needs to clean up yards

Rossville is starting to ticket trashy-looking yards. Red Bank should start doing the same. There are too many yards where grass is not cut, junk cars and other junk in the yards and some people are using their yards as a garage to work on other people's cars. They need to be cleaned up.

JIM L. WILSON

Obama can't have it both ways

While President Obama is prevaricating about his record, we need fact checks.

He came in with his motto of change and hope for something better, and changed very little in the defense and intelligence areas. I knew he pontificated against enhanced interrogation and launched a faux investigation against career intelligence and Justice Department officials.

He did replace capture-and-interrogate with find-and-kill rocket attacks (which I don't have a problem with) ignoring collateral damage. Is this more humane and offend our moral values less? He gives President Bush no credit for establishing the basic strategy and tactics.

On the domestic front, however, he drastically changed the atmosphere with extensive regulation and costs, demonized most business sectors except his lawyer and union friends, created $5 trillion of debt in three and one half years, more than Bush did in eight, and we've seen little improvement, but he's still whining that it's Bush's fault.

Bush inherited many problems too. The 9/11 team was in place, the dot com bubble burst and the stock market had been hyped and scammed mostly under Clinton's watch. You can't have it both ways, Mr. President.

MAURICE T. SCHMOLL

Signal Mountain

Hoss good choice for Soddy-Daisy

I am writing in support of Bryan Hoss for Soddy-Daisy judge. I worked with Bryan for several years and am confident that his experience and work ethic make him well-qualified for this position. Bryan has been practicing law in the local community for over 10 years and regularly appears in court in Soddy-Daisy. Bryan also has judicial experience -- when a judge is unavailable in Hamilton County General Sessions Court he is often asked to sit as a special judge in their stead.

In addition to Bryan's experience, his work ethic and well-rounded approach to the law make him an ideal candidate. He is knowledgeable and works hard to investigate specific legal issues in his clients' cases. Also, because he represents both plaintiffs and defendants in his practice, Bryan has experience dealing with a variety of legal issues from both sides, making him well-rounded -- an important quality for a judge to possess.

Bryan Hoss would serve the local community well as Soddy-Daisy judge. I encourage residents of Soddy-Daisy to vote for him on Aug. 2.

JENNIFER W. TERRY

Officer should do the time

The East Ridge policeman who took out a mailbox, flower bed and a truck was treated differently than the every-day citizen.

The district attorney should have charged him with leaving the scene of an accident, plus charges.

Judge Christie Mahn Sell should not have given him judicial diversion for first-time offenders. He committed a crime.

You do the crime, you should do the time.

RONNIE PROCTOR

East Ridge

Norton practical in his approach

Having served on a County Commission board for several years with David Norton, while he was the assistant county attorney, I found that he had the temperament necessary for judicial effectiveness. He was analytical yet practical in his approach to legal matters. I have observed that he also was extremely open-minded and fair in all his dealings on this board.

So that's why we should vote to keep David Norton as Sessions Court judge. A vote for David Norton is a vote for the most experienced judge we would ever hope to find.

JUANITA W. GRAHAM

Ooltewah

Encourage foreign language learning

I find it very interesting that people in many "third world countries" speak their native language -- and English.

In some areas, it's a given, especially in India and other countries "colonized" by the Empire.

The chickens have come home to roost. These people can work in call centers. They can program computer code for $10 an hour, as opposed to $50 an hour for a domestic programmer. Why? Because they speak the King's English.

My point is, we should encourage foreign languages in our schools, Spanish is first and foremost.

Half of our hemisphere is populated by Spanish-speaking folks (Portuguese in Brazil). It just makes sense. Our country has cities that are 50 percent Spanish-speaking. If you think about it, they owned the land before "we" stole it.

Our kids need to learn more foreign languages. Languages are more important than ever now. They will yield both monetary gains and progress for those who take advantage of it.

TIM ENGEL

It's sad to see success attacked

"When attacking success, everyone loses."

To hear Bill Clinton come out and say Mitt Romney's business record is "sterling" and qualifies him to be president finally gave me some hope for this country's future. The attacks on Mitt Romney's record at Bain Capital first came in the Republican primaries from Newt Gingrich. I was very shocked to hear this come from such a brilliant man, but at that time I realized that this would play right into general-election politics.

As the president's campaign and Democratic super PACs continue to attack Mitt Romney's time at Bain Capital, I can't help but wonder: Is success really being put on trial? I consider America's history as a multitude of success stories, which is why it's sad to see success being attacked by the president in modern- day America.

PATRICK A. AMOS

Ringgold, Ga.

Be considerate of differences

Listen. People don't choose to be gay. After all, who would choose to be part of a minority group that is frequently misunderstood, judged and discriminated against?

That said, it seems that Mother Nature makes the call on sexual orientation just as she makes it on handedness. Six to 10 percent of the population is left-handed, the rest are right-handed, with a few people being truly ambidextrous.

Scientists tell us that 6 percent-10 percent of the population is gay, and not by choice. They agree that the factors governing sexual orientation are complex, including perhaps a genetic factor, hormonal factors (the mother's hormones affect the fetus during pregnancy), and psychological and social factors during the first few years of life.

Researchers and scholars continue to study sexual orientation but are totally agreed that it is not a choice.

Please show consideration to those whom you see as different from yourself.

JOY W. JONES

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moon4kat said...

Tim Engel is right that Americans would benefit from learning a language (or two) in addition to English. The advantages of being bi-lingual go far beyond career options. Children can easily pick up new languages if given the chance, and the benefits are life-long. Language skills expand mental capacity and help keep the brain active well into old age.

June 4, 2012 at 8:45 a.m.
Livn4life said...

Jack Pine, I agree with most of what you say. But we must be careful with the label freeloader. Here's why, there are many on welfare who truly need it. They should have the help. When the non-needers began to take over, it became harder for people to realize some do have the need. Sadly, politically empowered officials do not seem to care. They just emphasize how they are helping the needy, the poor. The truth is they are being made to look compassionate when, if we really knew what's occurring, their handout to anyone approach is economically oppressing many. If those now dependent on the government trough but could do better, had been made to do better sooner, we might not have the crisis we now have. But the political empowerment goes on and on and on. To be fair, both parties have sought to capitalize on that factor. Of course, one party bills itself more as the Poor People's party but we won't go there today.

June 4, 2012 at 10:42 a.m.

JACK PINE, where do they get the money? Some sell their bodies. Others commit crimes. You won't do anything but cost money chasing a phantom problem. The tests will be worthless, the expense of treating people with STDs and hiring more police will be worthless.

It'd cost less to give everybody the drugs that wants them than to fight it your way.

But you might be surprised at how few "able-bodied" people are on welfare. Or that they are required to look for work, and can only get it for so long. Most people have never heard of the Welfare Reform Act, let alone know its details.

MAURICE T. SCHMOLL, And yet you offer no substantive facts to justify your attacks. Can you not at least practice what you preach?

PATRICK A. AMOS, if you're talking in terms of wealth and fame, a mobster might be very successful. Or a Reality TV star or any other celebrity. Are they not to be questioned or challenged on their conduct? Success is a highly variable concept, what is one's success may be another's failure.

You can hardly consider this a new thing either, have you not heard this phrase: "For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?"

Do you think that isn't an important question to ask?

BTW, you're not accurately representing what Bill Clinton said, thanks for noticing.

Here's what Bill Clinton had to say about your taking of his words as an endorsement:

“I said, you know, Governor Romney had a good career in business and he was a governor, so he crosses the qualification threshold for him being president,” Clinton said. “But he shouldn’t be elected, because he is wrong on the economy and all these other issues. “So today, because I didn’t attack him personally and bash him, I wake up to read all these stories taking it out of context as if I had virtually endorsed him, which means the tea party has already won their first great victory: ‘We are supposed to hate each to disagree.’ That is wrong.”

Apparently you can't even be civil without somebody trying to exploit it.

June 4, 2012 at 10:49 a.m.
givemeabreak said...

Regarding the story about the School Board land swap, why does it surprise so many people that the School Board, Superintendent, and City would wait until the last minute to mentain the deal to the Commissioners. It's another example of these groups not wanting anyone, including city and county residents from knowing about their plans. Look at the way the School Board and Superintendent tried to ram the school rezoning down people's throats. Why did the three groups know all about the land swap yet the fourth group, the Commissioners, not know? It was either intentional or they are extremely poor communicators. From this point going forward, I don't think I'll ever trust what the School Board or Superintendent says. I have no confidence in what they say.

June 5, 2012 at 10:26 a.m.
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