published Sunday, June 10th, 2012

'Many teachers deserve awards' and other letters to the editor

Many teachers deserve awards

After teaching 36-plus years, I have an interesting observation about awards and honors teachers receive from various agencies and school organizations. Most of my high school teaching was in Georgia where Star Teacher awards are given by PAGE, a great teacher organization that recognizes outstanding teachers. I was fortunate to receive this award several times and am very thankful to the students who recommended me.

I am not ungrateful! I would like to observe, however, that many teachers who work day after day teaching classes for students who are not taking AP classes or some of the more popular classes never get recognized for their day-to-day, sticking-at-it attitudes and job skills required to work in required classes that have a different set of problems that some of the special classes do not engender.

Parents need to appreciate these (and all) teachers who conscientiously work to do what they do without much recognition. Their names never appear in the newspaper or anywhere else. Thank you, teachers, who do this. In fact, you work as hard or harder to do what only you can do! If I could give you an award every week, it would not be enough!

DR. PAT TAYLOR, Ringgold, Ga.

Bin Laden's death not Obama's victory

Who killed Bin Laden? A Marine answers: "America is not at war, Marines are; America is at the mall."

Obama did not kill Bin Laden. An American sailor, who Obama was debating whether to pay, did! In fact less than two years ago, his administration charged and attempted to court-martial three Navy Seals from Seal Team Six because a terrorist complained he was beaten. Obama's administration commented on how brutal they were. The left was calling them Nazis. Now the brave men vilified are heroes when they make his administration look good. Obama just happened to be president when the CIA found Bin Laden and sailors took him out. Obama only said, yes or no. This is not Obama's victory!

Obama's words: 2008: "Navy Seal Team Six is Cheney's private assassination team." 2011: "I put together Seal Team Six to take out Bin Laden." 2008: "Bin Laden is innocent till proven guilty; must be captured alive and given a fair trial." 2011: "I authorized Seal Team Six to kill Bin Laden." 2008: "Guantanamo is entirely unnecessary and detainees should not be interrogated." 2011: "Vital intelligence obtained from Guantanamo detainees located Bin Laden."

Truth or consequences?

JOHN J. SPITTLER, Signal Mountain

Going green a different way

Dear President Obama,

My wife and I decided on taking your advice on "going green." So last week we purchased a set of green bed sheets. The best part is they are energy efficient, since they are wrinkle free and need no ironing.

In 2013, we probably will replace our present vehicle. It also will be green; no, not electric but just green. I hope in some small way this helps promote your green agenda.

DICK DeMARS, Crossville, Tenn.

Defer death by adding tax

New York City Mayor Bloomberg's decision to ban supersized sugary sodas has resurrected the age-old debate over the role of the state in protecting the public health. In recent years, this debate involved bicycle helmets, car seat belts, tobacco, trans fats, saturated fats in meat and dairy products, and sugar (or more aptly, high-fructose corn syrup). Public subsidies for tobacco, meat and dairy, and corn production added fuel to the debate.

I would argue that society has a right to regulate activities that impose a heavy burden on the public treasury. National medical costs of dealing with our obesity epidemic, associated with consumption of meat, dairy and sugars, are estimated at $190 billion. Eliminating subsidies for these products, as well as judicious taxation to reduce their use and recoup public costs, should be supported by health advocates and fiscal conservatives alike.

Benjamin Franklin claimed that nothing is certain except death and taxes. Ironically, death can be deferred substantially by taxing products that make us sick.


Make a difference by electing Starnes

Gary Starnes is running for Sessions Court judge. I have known Gary for many years. He has been married to his high school sweetheart, Carol, for 30 years, has three children and one grandchild.

Gary established his own law firm and has been practicing law for 26 years. He has served as a special judge in Hamilton County General Sessions Court, the elected office he now seeks. He is committed to making a difference.

Why will Gary make a difference? Because he is passionate about this community and he understands the challenges that face Chattanooga. He has practiced law since 1986.

A graduate of the University of Tennessee Law School, he is licensed to practice law in Tennessee and Georgia. He is an advocate for children and youth, supporting the Children's Advocacy Center, Chambliss Children's Home and Shepherd's Arms Rescue Mission.

He understands the issue of gangs in Chattanooga and recognizes that this elected position will be one of the key pieces in curtailing these gangs.

Make a difference in Chattanooga. Join me in voting for Gary Starnes for Sessions Court judge on Aug. 2.


Keep newspaper coming every day

I am 75 years old, and in all of that time I have never lived in a home that did not have a daily paper. When most places had morning and evening papers, we always took both. At my grandparents' out in the country, the paper came in the mail, and mail time was rest time and time to read the paper.

We have moved around the country and always took the local paper. When traveling, we buy a local paper. My busy children know they can rely on me to let them know of anything that would pique their interest because I will clip it out and send it. We also take two small-town weeklies from places we lived as kids just to keep up with what is going on there.

I find it totally distressing that several Alabama papers are cutting back to three days a week and advising customers to read news online. I am computer literate and can read news online, but if the Times Free Press is cutting back, please tell us what we can do to help keep the paper coming. We want our paper every day!


Teachers do most important work

The teachers of Hamilton County are on summer break. Many have registered for various staff development opportunities. Some wrote grants to "go somewhere to learn something" to make them even better teachers.

Some are on this two-month "vacation" calling the Hamilton County Education Association office asking for "swap" days -- an opportunity to share teaching materials. Some are on family vacations gathering interesting pictures and memorabilia that just happen to support a story or unit plan.

Are these people obsessed with doing a quality job? Perhaps, but I would call them dedicated, quality educators helping our children's dreams come true by providing skills and knowledge of how to analyze, compute, synthesize and present information.

Please thank our teachers. They do the most important work in the world educating our future leaders.


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JOHN J. SPITTLER, there's something funny about your post. Oh wait, it's been copied and pasted several times all around, and is part of a chain-email.

Does the Times Free Press know they're being used by an Astroturf firm?

Does the Times Free Press know that it's been debunked?

Please Times Free Press, print a retraction of this falsehood.

DICK DeMARS, your maturity speaks volumes for the rightness of your cause, doesn't it?

CAROLYN R. McCRARY, perhaps you might require them to be more honest and reputable in their behavior?

June 10, 2012 at 12:17 a.m.
degage said...

Happy, John Spittler states in his first sentence that what he is posting is what a marine said. Chain e-mail or not it is so true.

DICK DeMars, Happy just can't stand any humor.

June 10, 2012 at 6:59 a.m.

Actually, no, Degage, that's the point. It's not true. It's FALSE. LIES.

There's a reason why I pointed what it is out, and not just because John Spittler's introduction was abbreviated and unclear(Note how it says "A Marine Answers" and does not give the name or source), but to show it for the deceitful and fraudulent piece of work it is.

Taking it as true discredits you. If you had a true sense of ethics, you would repudiate it.

Instead, you embrace it. What's funnier is you'd probably be up in arms if somebody else posted something that was even half as untrue.

June 10, 2012 at 11:36 a.m.
Plato said...

degage - What does saying "a Marine said" mean? That's like saying "a person said". It doesn't mean anything. Nothing against Marines but their opinions on political matters bare no more or less weight than the next person. Some people refer to members of the military as if they are voices of authority on everything. I spent 8 years on active duty and some of the wackiest knuckleheads I ever met were in uniform. Of course some of the smartest people I met were there too and a whole lot of average people, like everyone else.

June 10, 2012 at 1:22 p.m.
degage said...

Happy, It's false because you say so? Taking it as false discredits you since you did not give any proof this guy was incorrect. Obama did not kill bin laden the seals did , Obama just said it was ok to kill him instead of capturing him. Just the first on his kill list.

June 10, 2012 at 1:53 p.m.
Easy123 said...


When you make a claim, the onus is on you to prove it. Mr. Splitter gave no proof and neither have you.. Bulbs did with his link.

June 10, 2012 at 2:03 p.m.
Fendrel said...

Why do teachers deserve awards?

I work, summer and winter. I have pulled more than a few 24 hour workdays during my career and I suspect if a poll was taken that dedication, hard work and mediocre pay is not that uncommon in the workplace.

I don't deny that there are many good, dedicated teachers and maybe a few who don't quite fit that bill, but why should they be singled out for some kind of special's their job.

June 10, 2012 at 2:21 p.m.

Actually, degage, the people at Politifact did, with an extensive examination of the claims. Did I need to post it here in the entirety? You're saying some things but missing the false quotes in the post. If you make up quotes for somebody else, you are conducting a fraud and engaging in deceit.

Do you support that kind of conduct?

Plato, while such an appeal to authority is bad enough, especially when it is anonymous, it is even worse when it is based on outright fabrications of false quotes. That takes it from simply an appeal to authority to a fraud.

June 10, 2012 at 3:35 p.m.
yddem said...

One of you with the facts might want to write a letter to the editor demonstrating the depth of the deceit in John Spittler's letter. He is despicable and should be exposed. Most readers of the TFP do not visit this opinion section and accept his lies as truth.

June 10, 2012 at 6:21 p.m.

Your post is hardly coherent enough to understand, but ok, if you can produce actual evidence documenting the alleged quotes, then you could do so.

You won't, and you can't.

Mr. Spittler did nothing but try to pass off a list of lies as a truth, with a false claim to authority. Your shameless devotion to him is a sign of your own dishonesty.

Thanks, it's much appreciated.

Now let's see if the paper will admit they published a letter full of lies.

June 11, 2012 at 1:17 p.m.
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