published Thursday, March 15th, 2012

Letters to the Editor

Domestic violence needs coverage

I don't believe anyone should abuse their animals.

Front page news on (March 9) is on a man attacking his dog.

Women and children are being beaten, abused and mistreated by men every day in this city. Instead of showing these guys' pictures on the front page, so at least women will have some idea who not to date, we put the dog abuser on the front page.

I guess if Rin Tin Tin is looking for a date, he knows who to avoid.

We as a society have got to stop majoring on the minors and sticking our head in the sand when it comes to some major issues in our society.

Dog-fighting and animal abuse is wrong, but at the end of the day, I don't think this issue is causing the breakdown of fatherless homes and men not understanding how to be men.

There are some real issues in this city that need to be covered. I've been in law enforcement for over 22 years and every time I read a report or hear a story about domestic violence it still bothers me.

Let's try to work on some real issues and some real news to bring to the forefront.

TIMOTHY MOTT

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Here's how to tell date for Easter

Several times in past years you have printed articles I have submitted in the Free Press on when Easter comes. Some still do not know how to tell when it comes.

The earliest possible date at which Easter can come is March 22 and latest is April 25; for Easter comes on the Sunday following the first full moon after the 21st of March.

Easter this year will be April 8.

BARBARA S. COX

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Contraception not a health issue

Your critical thinking skills are deficient if you consider contraception medication the key to your health.

Birth control means are several and readily available. This is a sexual issue, not a health issue as in a need for hormone therapy for some female complainant, to correct a menstrual cycle, etc.

In allowing the "leader of the free world" to reduce your worth to reproductive rights, girl, you have been "had."

Should taxpayer money pay for contraception and allow for promiscuity? Will you expect funding for STDs, some of which are life-long and incurable, as in genital herpes?

GAIL BLAYLOCK HUDSON

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Publish salaries of many firms

The Chattanooga Times Free Press not only publishes the names and salaries of the highest-paid public employees in the area, it has also recently coerced TVA to provide the names and salaries of all its 13,000 employees, under the federal Freedom of Information Act.

While TVA is a federal government agency, it is entirely self-financing and receives no public money. None.

However, the same is not true of countless private businesses and individuals that together receive hundreds of billions every year in government funding, subsidies and bailouts.

So if you have the gall to publish TVA employees' private information, I trust you will do the same for local employees of the banks, oil companies, car companies, farmers, welfare recipients, and all the myriad of others who (unlike TVA and its employees) are recipients of government dole.

The public also has a "Right2Know" where their taxes are going.

MIKE HOY, Hixson

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ASA operation needs improvement

I, along with the passengers on the three canceled flights of last Friday March 9, sincerely wish Terry Hart (Chattanooga Airport CEO) would focus his attention on improving the service that ASA provides to the customers who fly Delta.

I fly quite frequently (nearly every week) and am now to the point that I will drive to either Atlanta, Nashville and/or Birmingham to ensure I get home and/or my destination on time and as expected versus putting my trust into the service that ASA provides and am certain others are doing exactly the same.

I understand weather-related complications and the ground halts that occur as a result due to our proximity to Atlanta; however, I can assure him this issue has much more to do with the operation of ASA than it does with the weather.

I'm certain that you will find the exact same sentiment exists with other Delta customers, provided you can still find them utilizing Chattanooga.

MARK SCOTT, Ooltewah

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Turn off radio to avoid Limbaugh

The left has cleverly manufactured "GOP's war on women" but conveniently ignores disgusting remarks made about women by a noted liberal mouthpiece, the classless Bill Maher. It also is a pathetic attempt to deflect from the real issues of the day which are killing all of us right in the wallet, which Democrats can't defend.

Now, again, libs are calling for Rush Limbaugh to be removed from the airwaves. They only support free speech as long as their own views are not challenged.

Frankly, I fully support and would defend Maher's right to exercise free speech. It's a free country. Just keep on talking, Bill.

However, it looks like Rush Limbaugh is going nowhere, so if you don't like what he says, exercise your freedom to turn off the radio.

WARREN DANIEL

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anniebelle said...

Ms. Hudson, you really need to get your facts straight before putting pen to paper. The taxpayer doesn't pay one cent toward anyone's contraception, this is money paid EVERY month to their private insurance carrier for their private coverage, (is anyone questioning Viagara coverage under someone's private insurance plan? or the STD's carried by these male sluts). If you would turn off Fox Lies and get out of LimpBalls toilet bowl, you might learn something.

March 15, 2012 at 7:23 a.m.
lkeithlu said...

If contraception is not a health issue, why is erectile disfunction? Isn't that "just" about sex too?

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

"Should taxpayer money pay for contraception and allow for promiscuity?" I'm not sure that it does, but obviously married people don't use contraception because they're just naturally gamblers.

March 15, 2012 at 9:31 a.m.
shen said...

Now, again, libs are calling for Rush Limbaugh to be removed from the airwaves. They only support free speech as long as their own views are not challenged. WARREN DANIEL

Mr. Warren a great majority howling for the silencing of Rushie LimpBRAINS are coming from those darn righties

March 15, 2012 at 10:36 a.m.
riverman said...

As a conservative I think Limbaugh has become irrelevant and has nowhere near the influence he once did. When he came onto the scene in 88 he was the only conservative voice in the wilderness. Now there are a lot more reasonable voices that have much more credibility than Rush. And besides I don't think a pill popping draft dodger who has been married 4 times is exactly a voice for conservative values.

March 15, 2012 at 11:10 a.m.
Plato said...

Mr. Daniel - The situation with Limbaugh is not about "free speech" or a conservative agenda. It is about an unprovoked, foul, vulgar, despicable attack on another citizen that most reasonable people find highly distasteful. Accordingly people have exercised their rights to complain to sponsors and broadcasters who support this type of thing. It's up to the sponsors, and Clear Channel as to whether or not Limbaugh stays on the air, not "liberals".

In the case of Maher, he was banished from network TV for a remark he made regarding 9-11 terrorists. Maher is now on a pay-for station (HBO), not the public airways. Paying to watch Bill Maher is no different than paying for X rated movies. It's private content. If you don't want to watch you don't pay for it.

March 15, 2012 at 11:17 a.m.
mitchsnowman17 said...

dear mr. hoy it is obvious you are a federal employee/obamacrat. when you are using my nickel to pay your salary,you better believe I have a right to know. If you think you are self fianancing then pay off the 25 billion dollar debt TVA has amassed since its beginning,and stop giving non merit bonuses every year. TVA should be privately owned to get rid of the dead weight

March 15, 2012 at 12:03 p.m.
jjmez said...

In that case mitch all private companies should have to list their employees and CEO salaries too. From their initial startup to present. There are basically no major, many minor, companies past or present that haven't received benefits in som form from the federal government. But be careful, your name might just appear on that list.

Major insurance companies, once listed themselves as non-Profit now turned for profit, come to mind. Firs they received federal help as a non-profit organization and then later as a for profit organization.

March 15, 2012 at 3:47 p.m.
riverman said...

JJmez you don't have the faintest idea what you are talking about. First of all no insurance company was ever a 'non-profit." Some were/are mutual companies who returned their profits to their policy holders. AIG is the only insurance company I know of who received federal assistance.

March 15, 2012 at 5:26 p.m.
jjmez said...

That's where you're wrong, riverman. In fact, I worked for one such major major insurance company myself over two decades ago. Listed as first non-profit later and recent times for-profit.

March 15, 2012 at 11:08 p.m.
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