published Monday, May 28th, 2012

"GOP conspires to disrupt Obama" and other Letters to the Editors

GOP conspires to disrupt Obama

Let's face it, Republicans, you guys are your own worst enemies. On the very evening of Obama's inauguration, Republicans, headed by Eric Cantor along with Jimmy DeMint, Johnny Kyl and some of the other neo-con GOP Gestapo, held a meeting on the other side of town for the specific purpose of planning how to disrupt the Obama administration. Meanwhile, Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., the Senate minority leader, continues to openly declare that he has nothing to offer for the good of the country except to make Obama a one-term president.

According to the definition of the word treason in Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, technically all of these guys are guilty of just that.

You know, if somebody really wanted to push this, I'm fairly confident that the ACLU along with the Democrats would have a field day with it. One thing I must say in favor of Republicans: you give the media and other thinking people so much material to use against you.

ANN O'MALLEY, Ringgold, Ga.

Bishops could have avoided dispute

Plaudits to The Times for printing Maureen Dowd's column (May 24) "Father doesn't know best" in the same issue as "Suing for faith, freedom" (unsigned editorial).

Much of the present controversy on faith and freedom would have been avoided had the Roman Catholic bishops listened to the report of the Birth Control Commission, appointed by Pope John XXIII, in l967. That commission concluded that married couples ultimately must decide for themselves what is best in the way of using "contraceptives" (not abortion). Several bishops accepted this and allowed people the freedom to choose conscientiously what was best for them. Some bishops today, in other parts of the world, allow confessors to direct their penitents to "act in accord with their conscience" on this vital issue.

Unfortunately most American RC bishops have not subscribed to this report of the Papal Commission, even though thousands of practicing Roman Catholics have done so. Now they are overly critical of that aspect of Obama's care for the uninsured that would provide such help from private insurance companies used by "Catholic" institutions to insure their many employees. (One can only wonder if their pronouncements to their constituencies regarding public administrators are violations of their "tax exempt" status!) I would also point out that proper use of contraceptives would avoid the necessity of abortions that many seek successfully.

May God and the U.S. courts grant us all the "freedom of choice" and the wisdom to seek the truth in all that we do politically.


Segregated unit served nation well

As we honor our fallen heroes on this Memorial Day, I would like to pay a special tribute to the fallen African-American soldiers of the U.S. Army's 93rd Infantry Division.

During World War II, the 93rd was a colored, segregated unit of the United States Army. From 1944 to 1945, the unit served in the South Pacific on the islands of New Guinea, the Northern Solomons and the Philippines.

The 93rd played a prominent role in defeating the Japanese Army. I am proud to say that my dad was one of those soldiers. He served with the 368 Infantry Regiment. On Aug. 15, 1945, the war with Japan was over. The Japanese army surrendered to Maj. Gen. Harry H. Johnson, commander of the 93rd Infantry Division.

Once again, I am proud to walk with Old Glory in my hands with other veterans on this special day.

May God bless and shield all of us veterans in the hollow of his hands.

JAMES C. MAYFIELD, American Legion Historian/Life Member Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States

Bible condems same-sex marriage

I have a question for everyone. Have you asked God what His stand is on same-sex marriage?

Well, if and when you do, and you truly want His answer, go to the Bible, God's word, Genesis chapter 19, verse 24.

The answer, to me, is very clear. Do you need further proof that it is wrong and will be punished?

I don't.


Do a clean sweep of area leaders

To our corrupt officials and leaders of Chattanooga: Do you want to live or have your children and grandchildren live in the kind of world you are creating?

Am I the only one who remembers this city was once called "Little Chicago"?

"Be not like the thief who says, let's pull one more heist, then we'll go straight, join the local church, the PTA and change our vocation. You know God will forgive us, because we'll give him a big donation."

There needs to be a clean sweep through Chattanooga -- from the sheriff and his friends to Bill Knowles and his family.

Christians, vote and pray for guidance to change Chattanooga. Are we not the Bible Belt?


Don't lump all under one label

Last month, there was a letter in your paper from a man who said Republicans are "mean as snakes." Let me tell this man a story.

Five years ago, I was diagnosed with stage IV cancer and was facing amputation of my leg. (Thank God the doctors were able to save it.)

My husband stepped up and not only took care of me, but took over running our home. He did everything from cleaning and cooking to grocery shopping, and he did it with love, tenderness and kindness.

He held my hand when I was weak and washed my face with cool cloths when I was nauseated. He never left my side for a second through three surgeries. He was beside me for the entire journey. That is not a mean man, and he is a Republican.

Labeling people because of their political beliefs is not only wrong, but ignorant. Because of this one man, should I say all Democrats are ignoramuses? No, but because of him it's tempting. However, I refuse to allow one man who has no idea what he is talking about to cause me to paint all people with the same brush.

JOY STURTEVANT, Monteagle, Tenn.

Orange Grove clinic dedicated to care

Mariann Martin's (May 21) piece on the oral health disparities in Tennessee was another alarm for vulnerable populations. For individuals with "special needs," dental care is the No. 1 unmet health-care need.

The Dental Clinic at Orange Grove is dedicated to the oral health of all Tennesseans with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It's director, Dr. Kristin Compton, is one of only six fellowship trained dentists in developmental disabilities in the U.S. Every dental hygiene student from Chattanooga State rotates in the clinic, ensuring the spread of knowledge for this population.

Our commitment to patient desensitization allows us to practice with the lowest sedation rate in the country, thus avoiding the expense and risk of general anesthesia and operating rooms.

The clinic was initially funded by a grant from the Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities and is growing to meet expanding demands.

RICK RADER, M.D., Director, Project Open WIDE, Orange Grove Center

Include police in tobacco ban

I read with great interest the article in the Metro Weekly (May 23) about East Ridge wanting to snuff out tobacco use. I applaud them.

As a citizen of East Ridge, I hope they will make sure the police force is included. I personally have seen an officer with a lip full of tobacco talking to a citizen. This is disrespectful, first and foremost. No one wants to talk to an officer who has to spit while he is addressing someone. Please do not give them a pass just because they are the police force. There should be no exceptions.

I have seen this first-hand.


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ANN O'MALLEY, I'd say you should turn down the rhetoric, but it's not like Republicans have been reluctant to call President Obama a traitor. Among other things.

Guarantee somebody will be upset your words here, but conspicuously silent with other examples.

EDWARD E. CAHILL, contraceptives prevent abortions? You'll never get them to get past their declarations that women should just keep their legs closed.

CHARLES P. WILSON, The Biblical God has a lot of laws that this nation doesn't follow, and a marriage is actually very much a civil matter. As long as that's the case, and as long as we don't write laws based on the dictates of any particular religion, I'll pass on using the Bible as sole and inarguable reference.

JOY STURTEVANT, you may want to look for the Republicans who do that. I've never noticed you calling them out.

May 28, 2012 at 12:38 a.m.
Easy123 said...

Charles P. Wilson,

The Bible is not "God's word". It is a collect of books that are translations of copies of copies of copies of even more copies of oral tradition in Bronze-age Palestine. Men wrote it. But I bet you are referring to the "divinely inspired" claim the Bible makes. Using this logic, I guess you believe in the Book of Mormon, Koran, and every other holy book, correct? Most of those were said to be written by god or prophets of god. Why don't you believe them to be true and divinely inspired as well?

I, personally, do need proof of the claims you make. Oh wait, there is none. You're a bigot. And ignorant. Shame on you for condemning homosexuals from what you read from a 2,000 year old BOOK. You don't need any more proof because you are shallow minded and a slave to your religion. You need a book to tell you how to live your life. It's mind boggling. Did you really need the Bible to know that murder, stealing, and hurting others was wrong? Did you read the part that promotes slavery, genocide, rape, murder, and the oppression of women? It's hard to understand how people can base their ideas about other people on a book; a book filled with immoral and evil teachings and stories. It's not even a new book. It's a damn shame.

May 28, 2012 at 1:37 a.m.
shen said...

Thank you Mr. Mayfield. When the media cameras, both nationally and locally, scan the faces of veterans and their families, I do find myself looking for and wondering why so many African-American faces are missing when so many served? There was also a colored troop based on the side of Lookout Moutain in the late 1930s and early 1940s. Not far up the mountain from a poorer predominantely black section of the St. Elmo community. I can find no records of this regiment of colored soldiers. I've looked and looked, but always come up with nothing. So many served. So many died. They came in brown and black faces too. It's a disservice and a dishonor to the memory of ALL who serve, even the white faces America proudly show, when others are left out on these special, memorable occasions, such as Memorial Day. Which was meant to remember ALL who served, and not just a select few.

May 28, 2012 at 8:50 a.m.
lkeithlu said...

Tinfoil hat adjustment on aisle 5.

May 28, 2012 at 11:03 a.m.
Ozzy87 said...

Gee, I thought it was Bush doing the Hitler-esque routine by invading a nation that had nothing to do with 9/11 (Iraq) and then lying about the reasons and doctoring evidence presented to Congress (see the Downing Street memos), authorizing torture (war crimes), the huge profiteering from Darth Chaney's Haliburton (conflict of interest), and pushing through congress (with the b.s. fear of the big Middle Eastern boogie-man) the unPatriot Act.

May 28, 2012 at 11:10 a.m.
Rickaroo said...

Ann O'Malley, unlike HWNB I think your "rhetoric" is spot on. I seriously doubt that charges of treason could be made to stick but I do believe that their actions and their own malicious rhetoric have been nothing short of treasonous. The Republicans have gone into every debate and vote on pending legislation as if it were a grudge match between them and Obama, with their only intent to make him look bad at all costs and the welfare of the nation be damned.

I also believe that anyone who signed Grover Norquist's preposterous tax pledge was basically committing an act of treason. The only pledge that any elected official should swear themselves to is the oath of office, wherein they pledge to uphold the Constitution. Taxes are constitutionally allowed in America. To sign a pledge that treats taxation as if it is always and forever a blight and a bane and to never again raise taxes for any reason whatsoever is in direct violation of the Constitution.

What's more, Bush and his entire neo-con gang of thugs should have been tried for treason as well - for allowing torture and for falsifying information for the express purpose of leading the country into a war that should never have been fought. There is/was PLENTY of evidence that implicates them and verifies their sins and transgressions. I think that it was a huge failing of Obama to just let it go and pretend that Bush and his administration did nothing more than make some errors in judgment. If those guys made "errors in judgment, then J.W. Booth just "accidentally" shot Abe Lincoln!

Maybe my rhetoric is overblown too. But how else to respond to despicable, self-serving behavior that is so egregious and reprehensible? I agree with most of your posts, HWNB, but I heartily disagree here. I think that no amount of rhetoric is too harsh in calling out these radical teabagging Republicans for the scum that they are.

May 28, 2012 at 2:14 p.m.
Rickaroo said...

Great points, Ozzy. You further highlight just how treasonous the Bush administration was. For JR to compare Obama to Hitler is downright laughable, except for the fact that he and all of the Obama haters really can't see the difference. Their hate is so intense they see demons where none exist and see angels in the very demons they worship.

May 28, 2012 at 2:52 p.m.
Lr103 said...

Rickaroo: Although widely known in other countries around the world, nothing of the below story was mentioned in any major U.S. news outlets:

"Former US President George W Bush, his Vice-President Dick Cheney and six other members of his administration have been found guilty of war crimes by a tribunal in Malaysia.

Bush, Cheney, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and five of their legal advisers were tried in their absence and convicted on Saturday.

Victims of torture told a panel of five judges in Kuala Lumpur of their suffering at the hands of US soldiers and contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Among the evidence, Briton Moazzam Begg, an ex-Guantanamo detainee, said he was beaten, put in a hood and left in solitary confinement. Iraqi woman Jameelah Abbas Hameedi said she was stripped and humiliated in the notorious Abu Ghraib prison.

Transcripts of the five-day trial will be sent to the chief prosecutor at the International Criminal Court, the United Nations and the Security Council.

A member of the prosecution team, Professor Francis Boyle of Illinois University’s College of Law, said he was hopeful that Bush and his colleagues could soon find themselves facing similar trials elsewhere in the world. (Hague)


May 28, 2012 at 5:36 p.m.

Rickaroo, as I said, it's not like Republicans have been reluctant to do so. So I can't bring myself to oppose it, even though I genuinely want to be charitable, I also recognize the futility of being so decent,

Just take JonRoss here, making Obama out to be like Hitler. This is nothing new, Nero was made out to be the AntiChrist, Henry the Eight was a devil, Abraham Lincoln was a despot.

It's not persuasive, but instead a guide to why such hyperbole is dangerous.

If we followed JonRoss's lies, we'd be more in trouble. The sad thing is so many people believe them. Much like they believed those of Hitler blaming the Jews.

That's right, JonRoss, your propaganda of using Hitler is Hitler's.

Welcome to the Twilight Zone.

May 28, 2012 at 6:27 p.m.
Rickaroo said...

Lr103, I was aware of some of these but the others I was not. Thanks for sharing. This only shows how apathetic America has become and how low we have sunk, to let something as heinous as these war crimes go not only unpunished but even uninvestigated or brought before a panel.

May 28, 2012 at 6:33 p.m.
Rickaroo said...

Good points, bulbs, and I agree that hyperbole in reasoned debate should never be a tool of anyone who's main intent is purveying the truth. And while I know that charges of treason could never made to stick against these Republicans who would just swear they were doing what was in the best interests of the country, with nary a thought of trying to DESTROY Obama (or so they would say), their actions really are tantamaount to treason, in my book. Because they even admitted that their #1 goal was to keep him from being re-elected, when the #1 goal of any elected official should always be to do whatever is best for the good of the country, especially at such a critical time as this. I don't think calling today's rad-right-wing Republicans treasonous is nearly as far fetched or ridicuolous as equating Obama with Hitler, or even Marx, like we hear all the time from the impassioned Obama haters. Anyway, I really do see the tax-pledge signers and the war criminals Bush, Cheney, et al as treasonous vermin. No hyperbole there.

May 28, 2012 at 7:13 p.m.

Can we just call them unfit to govern instead?

May 28, 2012 at 8:36 p.m.
acerigger said...

happywithnewbulbs said...

"Can we just call them unfit to govern instead?"

NO! They are "war criminals"!

(No hyperbole here neither.) They don't deserve your equivocations.

May 28, 2012 at 11:56 p.m.
conservative said...

ANN O'MALLEY, Ringgold, Ga.

Are you a Republican plant?

May 29, 2012 at 1:35 p.m.
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