published Thursday, May 31st, 2012

'Federal workers thank the military' and more Letters to the Editors

Federal workers thank the military

Memorial Day is about more than summer road trips and mattress sales.

For years, I served our country alongside my fellow federal workers. In addition to serving every American, one of the federal workforce's greatest responsibilities is to support and equip our nation's men and women in uniform. My civil-servant colleagues and I felt a great responsibility to provide for our troops, and we mourned each time we learned of a fallen soldier.

So to me, Memorial Day is sacred. On behalf of America's federal workers -- half of whom work directly with our nation's military -- we salute our fallen heroes and thank the men and women who are currently serving around the world to defend the United States.

LARRY MINNIEAR

2nd Vice President, Tennessee Federation, National Federation, Active and Retired Federal Employees


Offerings impress visitors to area

The weekend of May 19 quite a few out-of-town guests attended my granddaughter's and her groom's wedding. They were quite impressed with the city and all it and the surrounding area have to offer.

We hope some will actually fulfill their stated desire to move here!

CAROLYN DENISON


God's word settled in heaven

God is altogether holy and loving. For this reason God sent Jesus to die for sins. Gay marriage and abortion are probably the most divisive social issues of our time. Man thinks he's enlightened, but the Bible says God's word is forever settled in heaven.

Nations from the dawn of time will pay the price for their decisions. We have the right to choose the behavior but not the consequences that follow.

I have a precious cousin who is a special-needs teacher and is gay. She is separated from her partner with whom she shares a son. Last summer, at age 6, she took him to California for the large gay parade. He was exposed to seeing public displays of things hard for a child to process. Afterward, they went to a reunion of over 100 of his "half-brothers and sisters" who had been fathered by the same sperm donor.

Differing views of gay marriage will not be the end. The unintended consequences may be a price some present proponents will be unwilling to pay. By then it may be too late.

SANDRA HARRIS

Cloudland, Ga.


Buffett not a tax evader

The Free Press took Warren Buffett to task in the editorial "Buffett busted" May 16. They called his Buffett Rule (increasing tax rates on unearned income) inconsequential and ridiculous and further, he was a billion dollar tax evader! Buffett is probably the best investor of the past century. He's giving away his $45 billion fortune, and many would count him among the greatest living Americans. Buffett tax evasion? That would have to be the business story of this young century! It's more than mildly ironic that a man giving away billions and claiming his own tax rate's too low should be accused of income-tax evasion.

Why, then, would Buffett advocate raising his own taxes? Could it be that his own interests and those of the nation are aligned? Buffett's point was the severe difference in taxation rates between earned income (wages) and unearned income (dividends and capital gains) was intrinsically unfair and significant revenue could be gained from bringing them toward equity. The far right has been recently "so concerned" about our deficit, and rightly so. Many of these same folks push massive tax cuts for the wealthy including eliminating the capital-gains tax. The math is questionable, no?

BYRON CHAPIN


Honor those who died and lived

This quote seemed appropriate for Memorial Day:

"Memorial Day this year is especially important as we are reminded almost daily of the great sacrifices that the men and women of the Armed Services make to defend our way of life."

Deaths from wars in the last 11 years: Iraq, 4,486, Afghanistan, 1,979. No matter how we feel about these conflicts, 6,465 Americans will never come home again. In addition to the fallen, I would like to honor those who did return from their military service to continue their lives, but with a bit of each of them dead.

It is not "Happy Memorial Day" but "We honor you gratefully on this day."

ROBBIE MOORE

Hixson


Defying God's laws leads to trouble

The first law was given by God in Exodus Chapter 20, "Thou shall have no other gods before me." Then there are other laws he put into place. The law of sowing and reaping. The law of gravity, that law man has also tried to defy, but as long as we are on this earth this law will stand.

We fly in airplanes but if something goes wrong with the engine the airplane does not go up, it comes down. God put these laws into effect, so when we try to defy God's laws we get into serious trouble.

We cannot pray publicly but when the earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes or some terrorist attack occur then it is OK to pray; everyone wants to pray.

We have taken prayer out of our schools, and our children have no respect for the parents, teachers, law or government. We have just about lost a generation of disrespectful citizens. Because as a nation built on the service of God we have now removed him from our lives except when it suits our needs, in case of a disaster.

Then people will say, where was God when this or that happened? He was probably where you left him -- out of your life.

BETTY PALMER

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Easy123 said...

Sandra Harris,

If God were loving and holy, why did he have to sacrifice a human being (Jesus/himself) for himself? God isn't loving. He ordered the murder of millions of people throughout the Bible. How is that loving?

What unintended consequences? Most of what you are saying is incoherent and vague. Gays should be able to have the same right as you. Get over it.

Betty Palmer,

Is the law of gravity in the Bible? No. When people fly they are not "defying" the law of gravity, they are overcoming it.

You can publicly pray ANYTIME. And no, everyone does not want to pray.

We haven't lost a generation. That is just want older citizens say about the younger citizens. Older folks said that about your generation when you were young too.

Our nation wasn't built on the service of God.

Where is God when anything bad happens? Good people with "God in their lives" die everyday. Where was your God then?

May 31, 2012 at 12:48 a.m.
Livn4life said...

Easy, EASY does it. You have all the questions which are only answered when you are open to embrace faith. God does not kill people, death does. Death came about due to human sin. Oh we brought that on ourselves. Jesus was sacrificed because of human sin. "Our nation wasn't built on the service of God." Okay then, but upon what was our nation built? What are our Constitutional mandates based on? Whose morality is legislated when laws are made? Oh, you believe morality cannot be legislated. Then how can there be any laws? But you, who have no faith, will constantly challenge people who do or correct them based on your partial and misunderstandings. Until you give it a try, please watch the bold statements of unfaith. While I will fight to see that you have the right to say them in this country, it is preferable that they be stated with a little more respect for the godliness which was honored and respected when this nation was being "built."

May 31, 2012 at 10:03 a.m.
Easy123 said...

I embraced the faith. I was a Christian my whole life until a few years ago. I was raised baptist.

God made death, correct? Why do we get punished for the sin of 2 people that lived thousands of years ago? I didn't bring sin upon myself. I thought we were made in God's image? So didn't he make us sinful? The idea of others suffering for sins that they didn't commit is immoral. So is human sacrifice. The sacrifice of Jesus is the epitome of scapegoating. It doesn't take away your responsibility.

Our nation was built upon the morality and beliefs of the founders. And they made certain to create a secular Constitution that does not mention God AT ALL.

Check this out: http://godlessgeeks.com/LINKS/TenCs.htm

Morality was around long before Christianity. Morality can't be derived from a book. You live morally out of fear of hell. I live morally because I believe that I have an obligation to other human beings and this earth.

I, who had faith (aka gullibility), can challenge and correct anyone because of my understanding of Christianity. I have read the Bible, taken classes on the Old and New Testament, researched the Bible, researched the arguments against Christianity, studied apologetics, etc. I know all of the religious dogma that is taught in the Bible. So don't come on here and tell me what I partially know.

Religion is not taboo. It deserves as much ridicule as anything else. Why does gullibility deserve respect? Why does doing good out of fear deserve respect?

May 31, 2012 at 10:23 a.m.
lkeithlu said...

Every law can be traced to a desire to protect the rights of all citizens to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The ethics that lie at the base of our laws were described by the ancient Greeks and precede Christianity. Other laws are based on safety (like traffic laws) or balancing the needs of business to make profit with the needs of government to provide infrastructure (tax laws). Nothing about our laws is grounded in the Bible, but grounded in the ethics from which the Bible is derived. One does not need belief in the supernatural to understand or accept the laws of the land, and no laws that serve no purpose other than to impose dogma should be in place.

May 31, 2012 at 5:42 p.m.
compspeed said...

Hey Easy123, enjoyed your work as the priest that gets struck by lightning on the 18th hole in "Caddyshack". Nice to know you've now got it alllllllll figured out.....

May 31, 2012 at 7:07 p.m.
Easy123 said...

Never claimed that. Religion claims that. The search for truth is never ending.

May 31, 2012 at 7:10 p.m.
Easy123 said...

Prove your claims.

May 31, 2012 at 7:25 p.m.
Easy123 said...

Name some of these prophecies and show how they have been fulfilled. Prove your claims.

May 31, 2012 at 7:48 p.m.
Easy123 said...

So your proof of the validity of the Bible and these prophecies, which came from the Bible, is the Bible the itself.

"Why is the Bible true?'

"Because the Bible says so."

That argument does not hold water.

May 31, 2012 at 8:49 p.m.
Easy123 said...

There is scant evidence for the existence of Jesus. And there are many historical inaccuracies in the Bible.

I haven't seen or read one corroborating account of anything in the Bible. And I highly doubt you have either.

May 31, 2012 at 9:17 p.m.
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