published Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

Letters to the Editor

GOP like gangs on obedience

With the delicacy of neighborhood street gangs, the Republican Party has rejected the re-election of Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.). He works with Democrats to develop passable legislation, and that so offends GOP delinquents they're supporting someone who won't. Both they and street gangs have the same message: "Join up and obey orders -- or else."

The Republican National Committee began cynical abandonment of statesmanlike responsibility long ago. Now underlying their heavy-handedness is fear that they won't fulfill the marching orders of big corporation bullies, thereby experiencing "or else." (Democrats reluctantly tremble). Following every election, we lose.

English playwright Tom Stoppard once said, "It's not the voting that's democracy, it's the counting." Pay attention. America has a vote-counting gang problem. Some proven ballot-count fraud occurred in 2000, and likely in 2004. Diebold computers, protected by patents, can't be examined for vote switching, even where pre-election polls indicate 50-50 splits.

2012's political boorishness is scripted to produce Republican wins that appear to ride on popular will. We need national dialogue about counts -- and why it is that both parties decide who does or doesn't run. But, if your gang demands silence, you'll stay quiet.

RACHEL WHEELER

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Don't make same mistake twice

A young man recently wrote a letter asking to be convinced why he should not vote to re-elect President Obama.

Our president has numerous negatives, but remember just one thing: $15 trillion national debt.

The results of Obama's wealth redistribution policies, based on hope and change, have been so dreadful and costly that his only available campaign strategy is to attack, blame and divide.

Consider two particular citizen groups -- black conservatives and legal immigrants from communist countries like Cuba -- then ask yourself why they are strongly anti-Obama. These folks could have easily become Democrats but were smarter than that because they discovered the power of self-reliance, personal responsibility and earned riches -- they don't need any government "fairness."

So if you value your freedom and your wealth, no matter how cool you think he is, then Obama is not your friend.

Finally, if you voted for Obama the first time, why would you make the same mistake twice?

WARREN DANIEL

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Health law has anti-life mandate

When the Obama administration's health-care financing plan was signed into law, President Obama and Congress promised that funds under the new law would not cover abortions.

This has now proven to be empty rhetoric.

Why? Because the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has mandated that under the health- care law, private health insurance plans must cover the "full range of FDA approved contraception" -- in which category HHS explicitly included the abortion-inducing drug ella.

This mandate includes a so-called "religious employer exemption," yet the exemption is so narrowly defined that most religious schools, colleges, hospitals and charitable organizations serving the public do not qualify. Even an expanded definition of "religious employer" would fail to protect non-religiously affiliated organizations, individuals and even religiously affiliated health insurers whose pro-life consciences are nonetheless violated.

This is an unprecedented attack on the freedom of conscience of millions of Americans, eviscerating their freedom of choice to purchase private insurance that does not violate their ethical, moral or religious objections. I hope all readers will contact their elected representatives in Washington, D.C., and voice outrage over this anti-life mandate.

MARY NAGEL, Decatur, Tenn.

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Drag-queen culture is not glamorous

The Chattanooga Times Free Press has sunk to an all-time low: An article on the "world of drag queens" in the Chattanooga area. I was totally disgusted at the article and its glamorization of the gay "night life." I can say from first-hand experience that the gay lifestyle is anything but a positive and affirming life. I've known my share of men who dressed up as women (drag queen), and their lifestyle is anything but glamorous.

CHRIS DELANEY, Ringgold, Ga.

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Use a system to help the poor

The argument that Jesus expected individuals to take care of poor people comes from Ayn Rand's philosophy, not the teachings of Jesus. This argument has been made by Cal Thomas and local letter writers.

Jesus proclaimed the coming kingdom of God in harmony with the Hebrew prophetic tradition. That tradition criticized unjust economic systems that allowed poor people to suffer while rich people looked away. Jesus lived when Rome occupied Judea. Stories about him and his teachings show poverty was as debilitating and devastating then as it is now. Would Jews and Christians back then believe our welfare system violates the mammon inspired liberty of selfish interest, or would they believe it was a sign that God blessed our nation?

In reality, individuals alone or in church groups cannot help as many poor people as well as a system that collects money nationally, and then invests that money in food and health services. Providing health care is necessary too. Often it is the case that a single parent gets a job. She gets off welfare. Her child gets sick. She is forced by circumstances to return to welfare.

We Christians of all people should pray our welfare system is improved not dismantled.

SUSAN HEARD, Ringgold, Ga.

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War depends on name change

Will President Obama enter a new war to stay in the White House? Only if he changes his last name to "Bush" or "Cheney."

NELSON SULLIVAN, Hixson

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Many reasons to oppose Obama

A letter writer wants to know why he should vote Republican. I don't know because I'm a solid independent. However, I will tell him and others why they should not vote for Mr. Obama:

1. Our economy is terrible, and the so-called "recovery" is extremely weak.

2. The unemployed/underemployed numbers are atrocious.

3. His promises of hope and change have come to nothing. Americans feel more hopeless about the future than they did when he took office.

4. His presidency has only worsened the intense division of Americans that began under the Bush presidency.

5. He has not been a great champion/cheerleader for America. We don't need to be bullies, but we shouldn't be doormats either.

6. His inability to take responsibility is shocking. Anytime something goes wrong he either blames Republicans, Bush or something else.

7. Finally, each opportunity he has had to reconcile problems between races has gone awry, and he has not seriously addressed the problems facing many in the black community including poverty, living conditions, education, crime, etc.

EDWARD LA GUARDIA

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Another change would be welcome

Re: letters of Saturday, April 28. How refreshing the reading of the gentleman who wrote "Page changes an improvement."

Bespeaks cultural class as he compliments your press; furthermore, he kindly makes a suggestion that has been a rant of mine for the longest time.

MARTHA HAGAN, East Ridge

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moon4kat said...

Mr. LaGuardia has his perspective skewed by misinformation. Point-by-point:

  1. The economy is steadily recovering from being pushed off a cliff by the unregulated gangster banksters.

  2. Employment numbers have steadily improved over where they were when Bush left office.

  3. Most Americans do not feel "hopeless." Of course, those who are subjected to a daily barrage of negativity by the rabid right-wing might be developing some irrational despair.

  4. Mr. LaGuardia cannot be serious in blaming Obama for the ugly flames of divisiveness fanned by the likes of Limbaugh and Fox. And, has LaGuardia forgotten that Obama faces a Republican party explicitly intent on making our elected President fail?

  5. President Obama has been a great champion for America, proving our nation's promise of equal opportunity for all. He also saved the American auto industry, despite Republican opposition. Plus, he (not Bush) got rid of Bin Ladin and Khadafi.

  6. Facts are facts.

  7. Yeah, you're right, he doesn't have a magic wand that fixes everything immediately.
    (I typed in the numbers, but for some reason, the TFP site isn't picking them up for the listing.)

May 2, 2012 at 10:24 a.m.
Plato said...

Warren Daniel Said: "Our president has numerous negatives, but remember just one thing: $15 trillion national debt.

The results of Obama's wealth redistribution policies, based on hope and change, have been so dreadful and costly that his only available campaign strategy is to attack, blame and divide."

The fact of the matter is spending increased under G W Bush from about $3.6 Trillion to $5.0 Trillion representing a 38% increase. When Obama took office spending from the Bush TARP and the stimulus moved annual spending to $5.3 Trillion. Since then spending has actually gone down slightly to just over $5.2 Trillion in 2010 and has flat lined since then.

The notion that Obama is responsible for running higher deficits due to excessive spending is a myth perpetuated by Republicans. In actuality spending under Obama, other then the much needed stimulus which included $350 Billion in tax cuts for average Americans, has gone down. The increases to the deficit and the national debt are due primarily to a reduction in revenue, which is a byproduct of the recession, slow growth and large number of unemployed.

Scare words like "wealth redistribution" are cute on bumper stickers but in reality they bare little to no resemblance to the facts.

May 2, 2012 at 2:55 p.m.
riverman said...

Rachel I have always liked Senator Lugar and respected him. However as with all liberals like yourself you have only told half the story. Senator Lugar apparently does not even live in Indiana anymore and worse, he was caught billing the Govt for his stays in hotels when he returned to his home state. He seems to have caught a severe case of Washingtonitis which tends to affect anyone serving over 12 years in Washington. And by the way, challenges to incumbents are not exclusive to the Republicans, ever heard of Joe Lieberman?

May 2, 2012 at 4:25 p.m.
elag said...

Unfortunately it is Mr. Moon4kat who is misinformed and who is unquestionably drinking the liberal koolaid. Every single response of his blames the other side for the problems of the country and never takes into consideration the phrase "the buck stops here". He gives Mr. Obama credit for everything positive and then gives credit to Republicans and Fox News (liberal scapegoat) for everything negative.

Bottom line: no one party is responsible for all the ills of the country. They both have their MANY faults (which is why I'm an independent)

And to rebut each point of mine he responded to:

  1. While there is a recovery and no one denies that...it is about as weak as it can be. If Mr. Obama thinks he deserves my vote for that kind of job he is seriously misguided.

  2. I never said that the job numbers were better or worse than they were under Bush...I just said they are still terrible...and they are no matter how you spin it. Could they be worse? Sure, but that kind of thinking is not good enough

  3. Every poll researched has shown that Americans as a whole feel more hopeless and pessimistic than they did four years ago. Now, that can be contributed to the amount of time our country has been downtrodden as opposed to four years ago when the problems just began, but the point remains that Americans as a whole feel pretty bad and he has been in charge four 3.5 years. So, it is not only his fault but he definitely hasn't made it better.

  4. Though it is true that there are many on the far right who divide us Mr. Obama and his fellow liberals have definitely contributed their fair share to the problem and he as the president has done little to nothing to try and halt that division. To try and blame the division SOLELY on conservatives demonstrates how radically out of touch with reality you must be.

  5. I reiterate, he has not been a champion for America...I guess that is just a matter of opinion but many of his speeches and many of our foreign policies have shown that he is content with America being a doormat to other nations and the world.

  6. You did not directly address this point. Maybe it's because there is no liberal talking point for it. It's simple: he blames and divides and he came into office saying he was going to be better than that and above petty politics...he has not done this at all.

  7. You didn't address this point either and once again it is because it is true. He has done little to nothing to help out impoverished black people unless you count making them more dependent on outside sources and more helpless and unable to move onward and upward. It's just shameful.

Bottom line: he has failed overall as a president, while I do not think he is a terrible person nor do I think that every thing he has done is a failure, he overall has not done a good job by us...thus, he doesn't deserve to run this country for another term...it's as simple as that.

May 2, 2012 at 10:53 p.m.

Please don't insult us by pretending to be an independent.

You're not.

Really, what is it with solid right-wingers pretending to be moderates or independents as if it wasn't a transparent ploy to appear non-partisan?

May 4, 2012 at 11:40 p.m.
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