published Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

Letters to the Editor

Paul the Champion of the Constitution

The "Presidential Guessing Game" article by Cal Thomas in the March 16 Free Press spoke of the Republican primaries. Mr. Thomas mentioned three of the four candidates. Who's name was left out? Ron Paul. Of course this does not surprise me. Columnists and mainstream media have ignored Dr. Paul for 30 years. While he is the most consistent politician of modern history, check his voting record. Ron Paul is truly the Champion of the Constitution.

MARK MILLER, Summerville, Ga.

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Diversity enriches Wolftever education

As a teacher at Wolftever Creek Elementary, I read with dismay the article in the paper (March 18) entitled, "Parents welcome role in rezoning."

It seems the writer is upset that his child could be rezoned from Westview Elementary's "good education" to Wolftever's "subpar" education.

The last time I checked, all teachers in Hamilton County use the same curriculum mandated by the state of Tennessee. So to what he referring when he calls the education at Wolftever "subpar"?

Our students may not wear the designer clothing that I am told graces the halls of some of the other Hamilton County schools, but I can only hope that the writer knows how much these children are loved and cherished by their parents and teachers.

They come from diverse backgrounds. Their roots are literally from all corners of the globe: from Vietnam and Korea, to the Ukraine, to Mexico, South America, and, yes, even from Africa. Our Wolftever family considers the educational experience at our school to be enriched, not made "subpar" by our diversity.

There are real, flesh and blood children on the receiving end of your vitriol.

BECKY STEPHENS

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Maher spreading the devil's word

When I read criticism of poor Bill Maher (see the letter entitled "Why Limbaugh but not Maher?" March 17). I think, "that's wrong ... we should be thankful for Billy." "Why?" you ask. Because Maher proves beyond a reasonable doubt that the devil is alive and well and has his army of miscreants out there are spreading his word, and Bill Maher is of one of his more visible. (Paul Krugman is another one.)

Providing I take some nausea medicine, I try to watch Maher's show from time to time. At the conclusion of each show, I always ask the same question: "Where was the lightning bolt?"

LOU WILCOX, Rossville, Ga.

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Fleischmann adds more PAC money

Our congressman, Chuck Fleischmann, has raised more than 40 percent of his money from special interest Washington PACs.

Now, he and three of his brethren have created the Majority Victory Fund leadership committee, which is going to collect more money from PACs.

And what will these members do with their money? They will give it to their own campaigns. So Congressman Fleischmann is soaking in special interest money at record paces and then spends his time creating another organization so that he can collect even more money from the very people who are largely responsible for the distrust the American people have in people like Mr. Fleischmann.

Well, at least if Mr. Fleischmann is the ultimate PAC Man, he doesn't have to continue to loan his campaign money.

TOMMY D. WINCHESTER JR.

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Obama succeeds as a role model

Free Press Columnist Cal Thomas wants "stories of people overcoming through hard work and personal integrity."

How about Mr. Obama's story?

Abandoned by his father, raised by his mother, graduated from Harvard, Mr. Obama was elected president of the United States of America. He is the greatest role model of our time as a family man and a Christian.

Were he a Republican named Barry Goldwater instead of Barack Obama, he would be hailed on Fox News and in the Free Press as the greatest president since Lincoln. There would be sporadic grumbling about the deficit. Some might grumble about the way GM and Chrysler were saved. Nonetheless, conservative punditry would line up to extol Mr. Goldwater's compassionate conservatism.

They would gush about how Mr. Goldwater gave the health care issue to Congress. The House and Senate worked out a bill for the president to sign. The states will work out the details. What truly compassionate conservatism!

Mr. Bush would stand next to Mr. Goldwater to receive applause after Bin Laden's assassination. The Free Press would give him credit. There would be no socialist piffle.

If Barack Obama was Barry Goldwater, he would win his second term in a landslide.

SUSAN HEARD, Ringgold, Ga.

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Your freedoms are still there

To the writer who says a vote for Obama is a vote for Marxism, socialism, and a further loss of freedoms: Exactly what freedoms have you lost? Freedom of speech (letter to the editor, criticism of the president), freedom of assembly (see tea party movement), freedom to bear arms (see murders: Chattanooga)? Nonsensical.

TOMMY HEWITT, Sewanee, Tenn.

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Don't worry Susan Heard, Obama can still win in a landslide, thanks to the Circus on the GOP side.

March 22, 2012 at 1:39 a.m.
Livn4life said...

And with Obama winning at all America loses, not because he has not made an impressive rise in his life but because he continues with policies proven to fail. As for being able to criticize him, what a laugher when you see how anyone who seems to question anything about him is leftly labeled with the R word and attacked ferosiously.

March 22, 2012 at 8:38 a.m.
bookworm said...

Gee Livn4life, I'm leftist and Rush and Glenn, why they never attack me. duh Q. Which pres. deregulated big business and caused ENRON, Behr Stearns, AIG, etc.? Give you a hint ___ His name starts with G and ends with H.

March 22, 2012 at 9:36 a.m.

Livn4life: When the people questioning him are the birther movement, refer to him as a "Kenyan Anti-colonialist" and make an issue of his race, they're going to get labeled that way. And no, disguising it as "food-stamp president" won't wash it away, it's still there. At least say you repudiate the birther movement. That'll give you some credit.

If you want to make honest, genuine criticism, try less hyperbole, and instead of just saying "he continues with policies proven to fail" say what proof you have, or better yet, what you would do instead.

But if Obama has failed, why are more private jobs being added? Why is the economy recovering? And you know what's especially troubling? When the GOP's front-runner actually said before Obama was elected, that he'd do what Obama did, but now he repudiates it since Obama did it.

You don't have to be racist to be completely asinine.

March 22, 2012 at 11:46 a.m.
Rickaroo said...

Great points, Susan Heard...all true. Of course the right wingers will deny it but they too know that what you are saying is true. However, regarding the deficit, I honestly don't think there would even be "sporadic grumblings" about it. I think that, if there was any mention of it at all, it would come from any number of Republicans echoing Cheney's infamous remark that "deficits don't matter." Of course, what was implied in that comment was that they don't matter...unless it's a Democrat who occupies the White House. Then that's practically ALL that matters. That and bestowing personhood on embryos and spermatozoa while stripping pregnant women of any rights whatsoever.

March 22, 2012 at 1:59 p.m.
CADMAN1 said...

Which pres. deregulated big business and caused ENRON, Behr Stearns, AIG, etc.?

DUH (scuse me wrong room, barf ahhic ahhic)

March 22, 2012 at 2:39 p.m.
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