published Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

'View on water firm shows inconsistency' and more Letters to the Editors

View on water firm shows inconsistency

If the Times' editorial, "Yoked to costly monopoly," (June 6) makes economic sense, then I wonder why the editors should stop with the water company. If the city should take over Tennessee-American Water Co., then perhaps it needs to seize every firm in Chattanooga such as the Times Free Press, which is a monopoly and sends "needless profits" to Little Rock. For that matter, why not seize Unum, since it sends "needless profits" out of the country. Are there chain restaurants owned from out of town? Alstrom? Seize them.

In the more than 40 years that I have been reading Times editorials, I have found one constant theme: government ownership of products magically eliminates opportunity cost. If they really believe what they are writing, then they would have the city take over ownership of the paper so all the profits could stay at home and everyone would be financially better off. In other words, be consistent.

WILLIAM L. ANDERSON

Frostburg State University

Frostburg, Md.


Story's arguments are not valid

Let me address two of the false arguments in the article "Tempest in my soul" (Sunday, June 24).

First, the article says sometimes one is forced to choose between faith and family. Not so. Faith may sometimes identify that a family member has embraced sin, but faith never requires one to stop loving that family member nor should such a circumstance be cause to reject biblical truth.

It is regrettable that Christians fail to embrace hurting persons when they need it most. Maybe we are unsure how to balance upholding biblical truth and still showing biblical love. I now take it as my personal challenge to never neglect a family when one of their members turns their back on biblical teachings.

Second, 505 verses about God's love do not trump the relatively few verses of God's definition of what is sin. Yes, God does love and is love, but He also is holy and turned His back on Jesus when Jesus took my sin and yours on the cross.

Those who criticize Christianity continue to ask why we impose ourselves in their bedrooms. The homosexual agenda isn't about bedroom behavior -- it is an attempt to re-script the Bible.

DENNIS URBANIAK

Signal Mountain


Christian values guided couple

We were overwhelmed and moved by Joan Garrett's achingly beautiful article (June 24, front page) concerning Matt and Frances Nevel's spiritual journey during their support, caring for and ultimate loss of their son Stephen to HIV. It was a disquieting story to encounter on a Sunday morning when so many are gathering in supportive Christian communities -- to read of a man who gave 30 years of his life in service to his Christian faith and community, who prayed to his God for guidance, who embraced his son, loved him and accepted him, and provided solace and overwhelming support in Stephen's losing battle to AIDS.

When Matt and Frances Nevel most needed the support and constancy of their church community, that community's support was, for the most part, withheld from them.

Thank you, Joan Garrett, for your thought-provoking essay on these parents' journey to understand and care for their son -- in the only way they could -- with the Christian values ingrained in their hearts and lives.

SHERRI AND PETER THORNTON

Cleveland, Tenn.


Romney should focus on economy

Let's just be honest. Whatever Mitt Romney says between now and November is just plain politics. But also, whatever the president says between now and November is just plain politics.

By executive order, President Barack Obama overstepped the rule of law and used the rule of his pen stroke. He could have done that two years ago, but he chose to do it now. And by pulling the illegal-alien issue to the forefront, President Obama is hoping to deflect the light of truth from his languishing economy.

Mr. Romney would do well to focus on the facts (the poor economy) rather that arguing with the president on a no-win discussion like amnesty for illegal aliens. Mr. Obama may have captured a few percentage points with Latinos, but Mr. Romney should not let him run away from his record on the economy. And Mr. Obama's record on the economy is a fact.

GERALD WHITELY

Ringgold, Ga.


Hoss' passion puts him atop judge list

Bryan Hoss is the best choice for Soddy-Daisy judge. As a recent graduate from law school, I have not spent much time within the legal community of Chattanooga and Soddy-Daisy. However, last summer I had the pleasure of working with Bryan at the firm of Davis & Hoss, P.C. Bryan's overall demeanor and personality can be summed up in one word: passion. Passion amongst the legal profession is refreshing to see for a "new" lawyer.

Bryan has shown a passion for the law. I have witnessed this passion whether it is in the courtroom, giving his clients a voice, or in the office, writing briefs.

Bryan's passion for the law causes him to be meticulous. He is meticulous in his arguments and in his writing. He is careful in his application of the law and examines every side of every argument. This is a characteristic you would want in a judge. A judge should be careful in his decisions. He should examine every side of every argument before making a decision.

Bryan's passion for the law makes him determined to seek justice. His determination in the courtroom will greatly serve the citizens of Soddy-Daisy.

JANIE PARKS


Story reveals unconditional love

Thank you Chattanooga Times Free Press, Alison Gerber, Joan Garrett and Matt and Frances Nevels for sharing with readers a story of unconditional love.

JOANNE PHILLIPS

Hixson


Judgmental actions can lessen religion

Re: "Tempest in my soul" (June 24). Thank you for this thought-provoking article. It put a face on the way any religion can be diminished when judgmental behavior is allowed to usurp loving behavior. "What would Jesus do?" If your answer isn't lovingly inclusive, chances are you've missed the mark.

PATRICIA SANDERS


Strut could have relieved anxiety

This year's Beside Smith strut was the least impressive of previous struts. The idea of charging admission disenfranchised most old and poor people. Those on fixed incomes were left without entertainment and a chance to see friends. The poor, who salvage aluminum cans from the garbage, missed out on opportunities to make money for bare essentials.

The police protection was more than enough. Instead of being threatened by the young people, I feel threatened by the police. The psychological and sociological reports made by City Hall assume that they know and understand the despair of poor and black frustration. They want to simply supply the prescriptions to its problems, refusing to recognize that the poor have listened to their empirical reports. The time has come for City Hall to be silent and listen to the poor and black people. It is difficult for men who have not known suffering to understand this experience. Poor people live on a subsistence-level budget and have little money left over for savings or luxuries. These conditions produce a great deal of emotional insecurity, anxiety and frustration. The Bessie Smith strut was one way to relieve this anxiety.

TYRONE ACKLIN


Isn't prayer free speech?

To all the people who wrote in in favor of the county commissioners not being allowed to have prayer, I have a question or two. When was it determined that prayer was not free speech? And no, we don't need an audience to pray, but Daniel prayed three times a day in front of a window for all to see, even after it had been declared illegal. Why do you think he did that?

Since we have decided it would benefit us as a society to remove prayer and all mention of God from schools and basically all public places, can any of you give me an example of how our society has improved? I can, if necessary, give you many examples of how it has declined.

To anyone who cares whether you are offending God and not man, when will you stop remaining silent and stand up and confess him before men? Matthew 10: 32-33.

GINA KELLY

East Ridge

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WILLIAM L. ANDERSON, and if you looked on the other side, you'd see the exact opposite, the blind worship of Corporatism and "Private Enterprise" to the exclusion of all others.

Here's the difference: Water is a natural monopoly, and a managed resource. We really can't have separate pipelines running all over the city.

Sorry about that.

GINA KELLY, you fail to recognize that the county commissioners are not acting as private individuals, but are serving as duly constituted authority of the local government.

That means they are not free to do a whole lot of things that you are able to do. It's the same with say serving military soldiers, police, and other representatives of the government. If they don't like the restrictions, then they can give up the authority.

You can probably expect they won't.

June 27, 2012 at 12:51 a.m.
anniebelle said...

Gerald Whitely: "And by pulling the illegal-alien issue to the forefront, President Obama is hoping to deflect the light of truth from his languishing economy." Never mind the fact that President Obama tried to pass this through our obstructionist congress and the GOP stood in lockstep with a resounding NO! And don't come back with the lie that he had an overwhelming majority because HE DID NOT! The Gop decided to pull their fillibuster stunt so you had to have 60 votes just to get it to the floor. So you can stop with that lie. He has maintained a 72% favorability among Hispanics his entire term so there goes that Faux News lie. Hispanics are not quite as naive (stupid) as GOP Americans who get all their thoughts from some garbage spouted by limbaugh or Faux News. He beat old MaGoo handily in the Hispanic community, which he lives in the heart of. I don't see how you subhumans get along in life with no facts, no science, just some voodoo written thousands of years ago by who knows who.

June 27, 2012 at 7:54 a.m.
moon4kat said...

William Anderson fails to acknowledge a critical difference between water -- an absolute necessity -- and other goods and services which are not essential to life. Allowing a monopoly to control a city's water supply leaves all those residents vulnerable to corporate greed.

June 27, 2012 at 8:03 a.m.
anniebelle said...

Speaking of obstructionism: The Senate may not be able to clear its entire near-term agenda before the Independence day recess because Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) won’t allow a measure extending the FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program for five years to move forward until he gets a vote on legislation declaring that human life begins at conception. I wonder how those poor people in Florida who have paid their flood insurance premiums all these years and are now told that some ideological crackpot holds their future in his hands.

June 27, 2012 at 8:15 a.m.
LibDem said...

Of course it's free speech, Ms. Kelly. It's a tax supported venue. That's free, right?

June 27, 2012 at 8:45 a.m.
anniebelle said...

The abject hypocrisy of Antonin Scalia ... For incontrovertible proof one need look no farther than his disparate conclusions regarding two landmark cases decided by the court this week. In a sputtering, frothing-at-the-mouth dissent from the decision striking down three fourths of Arizona's anti-immigrant statute, Scalia railed that Arizona must be given all the deference accorded to a sovereign nation in any attempt to protect its border. Contrast that with his opinion ISSUED ON THE SAME DAY, wherein he held that Montana's century-old law prohibiting corporate contributions to political campaigns could not be allowed to stand. So there you have it; if Fat Tony agrees with a state's position, then they must be viewed as a sovereign nation-state and accorded all the rights associated thereto. If, however, Scalia disagrees with a state's finding, then that state should be viewed as inconsequential, and will be afforded the back of his pudgy little hand. It is hard to put into words how much I truly despise that smug, smirking, faux-intellectual hypocrite.

June 27, 2012 at 10:32 a.m.
moon4kat said...

Thank you, anniebelle, for that assessment of Scalia's incomprehensible "logic." He's probably clinically insane.

June 27, 2012 at 10:54 a.m.

I suppose I should have added that people are concerned with massive corporate control of the media.

And have been for decades, see the FCC limitations on O&Is.

June 27, 2012 at 6:18 p.m.
ebenji87 said...

Gina, I'm sure you can give a lot of examples of how society has "declined". But how would you prove that taking prayer out of schools and government directly caused those declines? I hardly see how someone getting up in front of a crowd and babbling out some old prayer that everyone has heard a thousand times actually helps anything. It might make you feel a little warm and fuzzy, but that's as far as it goes. You act as though this Seperation of Church and State is a new concept. Well... it's NOT. Either you let everyone of all faiths up on the state to say their prayers, or you let no one. No one faith is above another, sorry to break it to you.

June 28, 2012 at 8:01 a.m.
dao1980 said...

Just disregard Ken, he's not been able to overcome a traumatic experience, and this is his only chosen method of coping.

He can't gain perspective on the intellectual opiate that is blinding him from legitimate healing through rational thinking, and therefore is only able to mislabel his hate as love.

He's no different from someone who began taking prozac in early adolescence, and is now fifteen or so years into a debilitating, full blown, mood altering drug addiction.

This type of thing is fairly common in our culture of emotional escapism.

June 28, 2012 at 1:38 p.m.

Mother, daughter...huh, I wonder what that means.

June 29, 2012 at 12:37 a.m.
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