published Thursday, October 11th, 2012

Don't give Obama a second term and other letters to the editors

Don't give Obama a second term

It is difficult for me to understand why anyone would vote for "The private sector is doing just fine" president for a second term. How do you like the sluggish economy? If cap and trade as proposed by Obama is enacted, our idling economic engine will be turned off. You don't want cap and trade? It didn't make much difference when it came to socialized health care.

Have you looked at your investments over the last four years? How much money have you lost? Are you still looking for work, or have you given up like many in the work force? Have you accepted the high cost of foreign oil, or would you prefer putting Americans to work developing our own resources? Do you think the illegal situation is being handled properly? How about our porous borders?

The economy is not Bush's fault, and it didn't happen by accident. Obama's experiment with socialism has failed here as socialism has failed all over the world.

Please don't vote Democrat this time just because you always vote Democrat. Take the time to look into the issues and you may change your mind. God save America.

PAUL PEPI


Here's hoping thief spent money wisely

Wednesday (Oct. 3) was our anniversary. We have been married 27 years. We've known each others for 40 years. It was a good day until my husband's money fell out of the pocket of my pants. When I realized what happened, I went back to where I was and all that was left was a torn-up money holder that you left behind.

My husband and I are Christians. We forgive you for taking the $315 that was in it. I just hope that you spent the money wisely and didn't use it for alcohol or drugs.

In order to be Christians we have to be Christ-like and forgive when others do you wrong. Everything comes out to the good to those who love the Lord and are in His keeping. I just had to write this and put it in the paper to let you know.

THOMAS AND NORA COOK


Appeasement still not working

John Fea (Perspective, Oct. 7) misses the historical significance of his obscure fact in his article about the U.S. and a Christian nation. So much so that whatever he had to say after the first two or three paragraphs never got a read. It was immaterial. The point he missed or overlooked was that appeasement of the bullies in Tripoli did not work in 1797 with the worthless treaty he cites. And it is not working 200 years later. What did work in 1805 was a detachment of Marines led by Lt. Pressley O'bannon.

Semper Fi.

HENRY F. STOCKMAN


Scornful remarks about Fox wrong

I would like to dispute the disparaging remarks in a Times Free Press letter to the editor (Oct. 7) with facts:

Fox New is the most trusted and watched cable news network. Fox News has many Democrats and Democrat strategists on its programs. They invite many more who will not accept the invitation. Forty-four percent said they did not trust NBC, which was combined with its sister cable station, MSNBC.

According to the IRS, the top 1 percent of earners pays over 30 percent of the IRS revenue. Wall Street Journal says 41 percent.

The writer, however, inaccurately stated, "The middle class redistributes to the 1 percent."

Reagan and G.W. Bush both cut taxes and raised revenue. Bush gained more revenue month for month than Clinton.

Romney is a Christian and contributed $4 million to charity in 2011, which is more than President Obama has contributed in his lifetime.

We all know that a good education in the right field can make us more money. I would suggest this might be a focus.

Unfortunately, the Democrats do not understand that increasing taxes on the rich loses jobs. Jobs are what increase the tax revenue, not putting more burdens on the wealthy.

IRMA STEWART, Signal Mountain


Pastors show their courage

According to the front page of last Sunday's newspaper (Oct. 7), many local pastors support Mitt Romney even though they believe he is not a Christian. I am impressed with their courage to speak publicly on this issue. They are proud of being Christian and proud of being Republican, just not in that order. Please, everybody, think before you vote, and remember Whom is really in charge.

MICHAEL PUGH, Hixson


Headline misses gist of the story

A headline in the Oct. 9 paper, on page A4, is somewhat deceptive. It states "State Department extended security team in Libya," but as you read the article the gist of it is that the security team based in Tripoli, not even in Benghazi, was withdrawn at the end of August.

The fact remains that U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, who had requested additional security in Benghazi, was left without even minimal security in a highly volatile situation. On Sept. 11, Ambassador Stevens and three other Americans were viciously murdered and dragged through the streets of Bengahzi -- a city that the United States helped "liberate" from Moammar Gadhafi less than a year earlier.

GLENN L. SWYGART, Sewanee, Tenn.


East Ridge needs Lowrey on council

I've known Mimi Lowrey for nearly 10 years. I'm pleased she's decided to run for East Ridge City Council.

The citizens of East Ridge need Mrs. Lowrey's common sense and independence to represent them on a board that recently has shown little concern for how they spend taxpayers' dollars.

Mrs. Lowrey has been a critic of our council for some years, with one of her primary criticisms being wasteful spending. If Mrs. Lowrey is elected to council, I'm confident she will give careful thought to how every dime is spent.

Another concern of Mrs. Lowrey's has been the way city business has been conducted. The perception of many in our city is that the council makes important decisions behind closed doors. I can say that isn't the way Mrs. Lowrey would behave as a member of council. If she were on the board and got wind of such "closed door" meetings, she would be the first to bring it to light.

Her desire to serve on the council is merely an extension of the work she has consistently done over the years in our city for civic organizations and as a volunteer.

I urge you to vote for Mrs. Lowrey in November's municipal election.

DICK COOK, East Ridge


Veterans' medical coverage a problem

Thank you, Mr. DeMars, for the letter (Sept. 30) about "Vote Obama if you want more of the same," but he didn't go far enough, and you got me going!

I'm talking about the "executive order signing pen" which I always thought was for emergencies when our executives weren't in session.

As a World War II, combat-wounded, retired veteran with 20 years of service, we were promised free medical care for life for ourselves. Since most of us are covered under Medicare, the powers that be decided we would be under Medicare as primary (which doesn't cover eyes, ear, teeth and some foot problems) and the government would "give" us a program called "Tricare for Life" as a secondary. Medicare and Tricare are different, which presents a problem as to who pays what and how much. So it makes me wonder when I must write a check for $463.20, called my copayment, for an $854 root canal. As for prescription drugs, that's another story altogether.

BURL D. FISHER

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ThomasAY said...

Very well said Mr Pepi. I hope some will heed your words.

October 11, 2012 at 5:57 a.m.
ThomasAY said...

Irma Stewart I agree with most of the points that you have made. A little more research regarding the contribution to charity comparison is merited.

I believe that Romney has a lot more wealth than Obama so a direct dollar comparison may not be valid. A more meaningful number would be a comparison of the percentage of the incomes that each donated to charity.

October 11, 2012 at 6:04 a.m.
ThomasAY said...

Thank you for the informative letter Mr Fisher. This is something we would probably never learn from the news media.

October 11, 2012 at 6:11 a.m.
librul said...

Irma Stewart - garbage in, garbage out!

And Mr Pepi, VIVA BOLIVAR! VIVA CHAVEZ!

October 11, 2012 at 6:49 a.m.
Fendrel said...

Michael,

Yes, it was so nice to see that the Christian evangelicals would vote for Mr. Romney even though he is a Mormon. Such nobility and fair mindedness, not to hold someone's faith against them. Although it does make me wonder why that same group, when asked in public polls if they would ever vote for an atheist answered with a resounding NO!

I guess belief in God (any God will do!), will get you into office more efficiently than will disbelief and a dose of common sense.

October 11, 2012 at 7:12 a.m.
librul said...

Mr. Swygart: an inescapable fact is that, despite repeated requests by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for additional funding for security at our diplomatic missions in danger zones such as Benghazi, the requests have been repeatedly smacked down by the phalanx of Tea Party Republican austerity wonks. It is THEY who bear responsibility for the carnage there, not the administration. I'd like to see THEM flensed and dragged through the streets of Washington.

October 11, 2012 at 8:18 a.m.
Rickaroo said...

"The economy is not Bush's fault, and it didn't happen by accident. Obama's experiment with socialism has failed here as socialism has failed all over the world." - P. Pepid

ThomasAY, those two sentences of Mr. Pepi demonstrate that he doesn't have a clue what he's talking about, and you also have no clue when you praise his nonsense. The economy is not Bush's fault?? Hmm...things just went to hell in a hand basket while he was out playing golf and sending troops off to senseless, unfunded wars, and he had nothing to do with it? Totally blameless, eh?

And as for Obama's "experiment with socialism," I suggest you and Mr. Pepi read a little Karl Marx, or maybe even "Socialism for Dummies." Maybe then you will have a better understanding of the basics of socialism and you will see that you are just throwing misunderstood terminology around that has nothing to do with anything that Obama has actually done. He is so moderate that he has lost favor with a lot of true Democrats and you righties have gone so far off the deep end that you have lost your grip on reality.

October 11, 2012 at 12:03 p.m.
gatekeeper said...

Hey Rickaroo, maybe you should read democracy for dummies.

October 12, 2012 at 2:38 p.m.
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