published Friday, October 19th, 2012

Support of Biden is the last straw and other letters to the Editors

Support of Biden is the last straw

You finally did it — caused us to cancel our subscription to your newspaper. Many times we have read editorials that made us made at your far left viewpoint. But we have always managed to overlook it. However, we cannot overlook your sticking up for Biden's disgusting display — complete lack of respect and common decency when he laughed, interrupted, rolled his eyes, and displayed huge horse grins while Rep. Ryan was being polite and acting like an adult.

Gov. Romney has said many times he does not intend to raise taxes on the middle class. Do you have a hearing problem? No matter what Gov. Romney and Rep. Ryan say, the other side (your side) continues to spew erroneous information about them.

I think your editorial is chock full of erroneous statements. How has the middle class fared during the Obama-Biden reign? Not well. I think you might have many ideas in your editorial that are not true.

DALE ROSE, Cleveland, Tenn.

Engage resources for climate crisis

At last Glenn Scherer's commentary "Besting climate catastrophe" (Oct. 14) cuts through denial and distortion. The science is out and has been for a long time. Rather than listen to politicians, who are beholden to the fossil fuel industry, or religious views which speak in allegory and not facts, check out the science yourself.

However, Mr. Scherer advocates "surrender," which sounds very close to apathy. This is a war situation, the biggest humanity has ever faced, in which all our intelligence and resources should be engaged.

It is not the moment for surrender. The U.S.A. should be leading on this issue but it lags behind, painfully so. Germany is moving to 47 percent of its energy from renewable sources creating a huge employment industry in the process. We need to wake up fast.

If you want to check out the facts and join together to activate a more dynamic response than personal surrender, I recommend attending environmentalist Bill McKibben's "Do The Math" tour in Atlanta, Nov. 20, at 7 p.m. at the Variety Playhouse (book the tour at Hope to see you there!


Church is 'free' from government

I question the letter "GOP tries to destroy separation history," (Oct. 3). Madison didn't write "Freedom of Religion" in the First Amendment. His was in the Virginia Constitution (1776) and adopted by the Philadelphia convention (1780). In the Virginia Constitution, Madison substituted a clause allowing "free exercise of religion," and other freedoms that Madison authored. And he agreed with the Republican Party in opposition to government for overriding state's rights.

The principle of Freedom of Religion was still in the mind of our founders. They knew the insidiousness of government into church when government controls people by the church. This is the essence of "Freedom of Religion." Keep government out of religion.

In the first week of December 1800, Congress made the decision to make the Capitol a church building and appoint a chaplain for congressional members. However, Congress cannot set up federal religion under the First Amendment.

Again it's saying church can influence government but government can't interfere in church methodology. Church is important that it remains "free" from government. But Madison never wrote or indicated church/state separation in the First Amendment other than "free exercise of religion" in the Virginia plan.

That's historical fact — not Whig Party fairytales.

THOMAS GIBSON, Whitwell, Tenn.

Obama bringing country down

Please stop using your newspaper as a tool to get Obama re-elected. Obama as far as I'm concerned is done as far as being the president of the United States of America. He has hurt this country for four years. He is bringing the country down. Please think before you vote this election day. Vote Republican, please.

VIC ACCURSO, Soddy-Daisy/Sale Creek

GOP distortion of facts alarming

Facts always have to be proved. Yet, GOP election-year campaign propagandists favor special interests who pay millions for deceptive political advertising. Unconfirmed allegations don't stop after elections; illusions of superiority continue to blockade congressional lawmaking.

One obnoxious "fact" raised by Mr. Romney is that almost half of our nation's population feels entitled to government assistance. Some do, and practice reverse discrimination, having forgotten that white people encouraged government assistance for the most needy because churches and charities can't provide nearly enough.

The most unworthy of the wealthy class also comprise a small percentage who nourish entitlement attitudes, discriminating similarly but more flagrantly. When Ralph Nader refers to "corporate welfare" he's pointing to huge handouts that big corporations receive from Congress ... but don't need. Corporate bosses feel entitled to millions from government (having forgotten why it began) and oppose all regulation of their operations. Absurd, isn't it?

There's so much distortion of fact it brings carnival contortionists to mind. Just blame the president for economic problems that began prior to his presidency, caused by entrenched money-funneling into corrupt hands. Just forget the Republican agenda that violates corrective and protective legislation by restructuring it into privileged profiteering.


Vote for Allen, Lusk, Preston

I endorse Mayor Bill Lusk, Annette Allen and Frank Preston for Signal Mountain Town Council. Mayor Bill Lusk and Annette Allen have worked tirelessly for our town and accomplished many things: long-range water and sewer improvement plans, a new gym floor, repair and maintenance of Town Hall, replacement of our fire truck. They have been responsible for Highway 127 improvements. Walkers and joggers on James Boulevard's new sidewalk have these two members of the Town Council as well as the others to thank for it. Citizens of Signal Mountain are safer because of the new traffic light put in during their tenure.

Some of the goals that Mayor Lusk and Annette Allen would like to achieve in the future are: new public works/transfer facility, Highway 127 replacement, and securing new athletic fields for our children, retiring the school debt by 2016 and lower taxes related to it.

Frank Preston is a long-time Signal Mountain resident with a background in school administration. He already has served on the Personnel Committee and is presently serving on the Public Works/Transfer Facility.

I encourage everyone to vote for these three honorable citizens.

RACHEL MILLER, Signal Mountain

See 'independent' Wallace's record

Realtor Bill Wallace is campaigning for a second term on the Signal Mountain Council. His supporters describe him "as an independent voice." His voting record, available at, demonstrates that he agreed with the majority of the council in all votes except the following:

July 11, 2011: Mr. Wallace voted to transfer funds established by public referendum to pay off the town's $6.3 million school debt into the general fund to cover a deficit. The transfer would have extended the loan by 10 years, cost an additional $150,000 in interest, and reduced the anticipated property-tax reduction to citizens in 2016.

Sept. 12, 2011: He voted against a resolution authorizing the town manager to contract for professional water services with Arcadis U.S. Inc., at the public request of Julian Bell, of Bell Development.

Jan. 9, 2012: He voted to appoint Julian Bell, owner of Bell Development, to the Municipal Planning Commission.

June 25, 2012: Mr. Wallace voted against a salary increase for the town manager, whose "salary is considerably below market value," because she has a standard 60-day notice of termination in her contract.

His record speaks for itself.

FRAN MITCHELL, Signal Mountain

Personal pride can fight gangs

The front-page article on Tuesday (Oct. 16) focuses on literacy as a main component of gang development. Nobody can argue against that, but why doesn't the public also face up to or even mention another component endemic in the gang culture — personal pride in their own self worth. All we see on TV screens or newspaper criminal or gang stories are pictures of unkempt individuals, unshaven with beards and unattractive hair styles and ragged-looking clothing.

I submit if these people would clean themselves up in a presentable fashion they would be respected by the public and in turn would feel good about themselves and want to maintain their own self esteem.

ED DeBOER, Signal Mountain

Pension words stir resentment

I am blessed to have earned a pension. It was disconcerting to see recent articles disparaging how pensions are funded, as if they were "entitlements."

(1) Pensions are earned — part of a salary which is invested for an employee's future benefit.

(2) Pensions are funded, like any part of salary, by a portion of the receipts for goods and services produced by a company.

(3) TVA's primary "good" is electrical power.

It is sadly true that companies have withheld funding from, and even borrowed from, pension accounts considered "overfunded" (investment returns were good). TVA did not add to the pension account for several years. This flagrant disregard of past experience (the market will fall as well rise) is discouraging for all involved. At the same time, it should be noted that customers likely benefitted by lower cost of goods and services.

It is troublesome to read headlines proclaiming "Pension shortfall costs TVA ratepayers" (Oct. 8). Who promotes such vitriolic statements? The newspaper trying to increase sales? The "national pension expert" (who?) is out of line. My expectation is that John Thomas will stand behind TVA commitments. We should be dealing with transparent facts, not words meant to stir up resentment.


Thief will pay down the road

This is for the thief who stole my purse out of a shopping cart, Tuesday night, Oct. 9, at Fort Oglethorpe Kmart parking lot. The least you could have done was mailed me the contents; you have my name and phone number. Of course, all you wanted was the money.

You think it is funny now, but you will pay for it somewhere down the road and remember what you have done. I am sorry for you because the price you pay may be more than a few hundred dollars. There are other things in this world besides money.


Obama only clear moral choice

As a Christian, looking at the slate presented for our presidential election shows just one clear choice ... President Barack Obama.

When God created the Earth he put humans in charge of the planet and its resources and gave us dominion over the environment. Raping our national parks, polluting our air, running risky pipelines through our prairies and weakening our water regulations endorsed by the Republicans are unconscionable acts against God.

The Bible says to feed and clothe the poor. We do this by supporting the systems in place for assisting those less fortunate. Republicans wish to gut Social Security, repeal the Affordable Health Care Act and follow Mitt Romney's Medicare scam. He callously dismisses the 47 percent of us who need these social programs.

Romney wants to assist his rich cronies by enacting an unfair tax plan that will prove devastating to the middle class. What does the Bible say about a rich man entering heaven?

Look at all the issues, not just one, and see what God intended.

After falling to my knees in prayer and reading God's Word, I am led to the decision there is only one clear moral choice ... President Barack Obama.


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EaTn said...

Do the math. Romney's tax and deficit reduction plan will not work without cutting major spending or raising taxes. GW Bush swore that cutting taxes on the wealthy would raise more revenue--he added $5 trillion to the debt. Who do you think will be negatively effected by either of Mitt's scenarios, the middle-class or the upper class? He's already said the military would not be cut.

October 19, 2012 at 6:51 a.m.
librul said...

Hey Vic Accurso - educate yourself:

October 19, 2012 at 7:39 a.m.
moon4kat said...

Some people cannot stand to hear differing views, or facts that don't fit their narrow perspective. Yet, good citizens seek out competing opinions, and consider all the facts.
Those who fail to seek and consider all available information (rather than laze in the thrall of partisan pundits) are vulnerable to being led by demagogues. Maybe that's what they want.
I feel sorry for anyone so limited as to cancel a newspaper subscription because they disagree with one side of the editorial page.

October 19, 2012 at 9:30 a.m.
JustOneWoman said...

Dale Rose, I think you missed the point about Ryan. We love Biden. I don't think he rolled his eyes enough! Ryan is a proven liar. Dont you just hate liars? I know I do. The points Ryan was making were very laughable and showed that he is really ignorant of how smart most people really are. Kind of like catching someone stealing from the cookie jar, and all the while saying they are out of town. Would you not laugh at the little toddler thinking you would fall for that? Of course you would have to change your channel or get your facts from somewhere else to know that. This pair of GOP candidates seem to want to prey on the ignorant. They keep repeating lies that have long since been debunked. And the ignorant just eat it up.

I hate that you think the paper is being unfair to little Ryan. I think the paper is unfair to President Obama all the time. But unlike you, I believe in the Freedom of the Press. I hope they continue to do articles that we both hate sometimes. Your world view seems to be that we should all step in line the same and not allow any press to say things we dont like. But gosh darn that sounds like hitler. Hitler closed out the press as well. Surely you don't mean to sound so authoritarian. Why not do a little research yourself and find out who has been telling fibs to you?

October 19, 2012 at 9:54 a.m.
Rickaroo said...

Good comment, JustOneWoman. Most conservatives would prefer a "polite" liar over a truth-telling smirker - at least as long as the liar is Republican. If Ryan had been doing the smirking, even along with his lying, they would have praised him for it. The smirks Ryan got from Biden were well deserved.

Smirk away, Joe! I was glad to see you put that "polite" lying weasel in his place.

October 19, 2012 at 10:09 a.m.
JustOneWoman said...

Just for you Dale!

"Vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) is taking flack on the morning news shows for his keynote address at the Republican National Convention Wednesday night. His speech was riddled with false claims, so much so that even Fox News wrote, “To anyone paying the slightest bit of attention to facts, Ryan’s speech was an apparent attempt to set the world record for the greatest number of blatant lies and misrepresentations slipped into a single political speech.”"

Even Fox News!?

"Ryan continues to insist on repeating known falsehoods, to the extent that even Fox Cable News lamented his dishonesty."

"and suggests that Paul Ryan is not just an occasional fibber but rather a person for whom lying is routine activity. It’s pretty hard to imagine a situation in which that pattern of lying isn’t a relevant political issue."

Shall I go on? There are 105,000,000 hits on google, so there are plenty to pick from.

October 19, 2012 at 10:30 a.m.

If you want a "Clear Moral Choice", how could it be Obama? He supports same sex marriage, partial birth abortion, contraception, disregarding the rules of the Catholic and other Churches, only to name a few of his immoral beliefs. If you have read his books, you know he is a practicing muslim. He also lies more than he tells the truth. I doubt seriously that Jesus would approve of him. He has divided the country in order to promote his political agenda with social, racial, and morale warfare. He relys on suckers and uninformed people to vote for him.

October 19, 2012 at 11:16 a.m.
EaTn said...

IndependentThinker....get an independent opionion on Obama's stance on partial birth abortion--he supports the Supreme Court's decision for a woman to choose, and not let the govt tell her what she can or can't do with her body.

October 19, 2012 at 11:30 a.m.

As an IndependentThinker, I do not always agree with the politically driven Supreme Court. I do however always agree with the word of God.

October 19, 2012 at 11:52 a.m.
Livn4life said...

Wow when I read all the differing viewpoints on here, I see it's okay for some to be over-bearing and disrespectful to someone else in a public debate when the someone else is considered a liar by the other political side. I see that it is the Christian thing to do(just kneel down and pray about it)to re-elect a person whose on former "Christian" church and pastor can spew out hate and call God's name in vain against others(not too Christian). I see that as long as it fits in with a certain agenda, anything really goes. Finally, I see that condemnation is okay as long as it comes from the left and addresses the righty perspective. If the righy tries to point out even the truth, the righty is being prejudiced, judgmental and abusive, why even hate-filled. While all this is obviously from the left side, I have to admit it is not much better on the other side. Indeed, there is so much pointing out what the other side is NOT in this campaign that I wonder if people are even considering what each candidate and their side, and their agenda reall IS. What a world, and just who wants to be elected as the wee lesser of two poor choices? Come on Nov. 6th, you can't get here soon enough for me.

October 19, 2012 at 12:45 p.m.
EaTn said...

I too always agree with the Word of God, which is often misinterpreted like the decisions of the Supreme Court are often misinterpreted.

October 19, 2012 at 4:45 p.m.
JustOneWoman said...

IndependentThinker said... If you want a "Clear Moral Choice", how could it be Obama? He supports same sex marriage, partial birth abortion, contraception, disregarding the rules of the Catholic and other Churches, only to name a few of his immoral beliefs. If you have read his books, you know he is a practicing muslim. He also lies more than he tells the truth. I doubt seriously that Jesus would approve of him. He has divided the country in order to promote his political agenda with social, racial, and morale warfare. He relys on suckers and uninformed people to vote for him.

I doubt seriously that Jesus would approve of you judging others, but you do it anyway. The lies that the Republicans have told cannot be counted on 20 people's hands and toes. But I have yet to catch Obama in a lie, and I have been watching. A few mistakes maybe but after all, he is human. I have read Obama's book too, and no where does it even hint that he is a muslim. So are you telling a fib, or just being ignorant? I support same sex marriage as I feel it is not your or my business what someone else does. How does it threaten you? I support the law of the land. But I do not support or respect any religion, church, or paster, bishop, or man, etc. trying to tell me what I can or cannot do. Many of them are liars and have earned the name "Liars for Jesus" Jesus doesn't need lairs.

If you don't like same sex marriage, don't have one. If you don't like abortion, don't have one. And before you go crying about life, read that bible you keep thumping. It is spelled out in Gene-isis that life doesn't exist until God breathes air into it. And look into why these fools want to count a fetus as a human being. Just follow the money and read about the bonds. Oh and you thought it was about babies! If it had really been about the babies, these fools would care what happened to it after it was born. They don't.

The answer for you is fairly simple. BUTT OUT! This country was founded on individual freedoms, but you seem to want it to be a dictatorship of domionism. No thank you.

October 19, 2012 at 4:49 p.m.
Rickaroo said...

DALE ROSE, allow me to share a little secret with you and VIC ACCURSO: in the TFP there is a left side AND a right side in the editorial section. Yessiree. On the left side you'll find, appropriately enough, the left-leaning opinions, and on the right side you'll find, appropriately still, the right-leaning opinions. Pretty cool the way that works, huh? I know that's not apparent to the average reader, especially the conservative ones who tend to see only what they want to see anyway; but give it another look and try real hard and I bet you'll see just what I'm talking about. No need to deride the entire paper for being a "tool" for Obama, and certainly no need to cancel your subscription altogether. Just ignore the left side and read only the Obama-bashing liberal hating right side and you'll probably be happier than a pig in slop...or a sheep watching Faux News. Whichever.

BOBBIE BELL, I'm sorry for your misfortune but I seriously doubt that your message is going to reach the person who stole your purse. I don't know many thieves who read the newspaper, at least not the editorial section. Oh wait... the teabagging conservatives are doing their best to steal democracy out from under us and I know a lot of them read the paper, so I guess some thieves do read it afterall. Anyway, good luck getting your purse back and good luck to all of us getting our country back.

October 19, 2012 at 6:20 p.m.

JustOneWoman, I didn't say that I supported Republicans. Most politicians are a great disapointment to me. If you have never heard Obama tell a lie, you haven't heard him speak. He lies more than he tells the truth. Also, an unborn child has God given rights that you or no man or woman in black robes can give or take away. As far as same sex marriage goes, personally I don't care if you haul coal in your mouth. Nature has rules that are as natural as birds and bees. God didn't create Adam and Steve, it was Adam and Eve. Does he have to spell it out for you? Just what HE had in mind. He was gracious enough to let you think for yourself. If you want to marry a woman go ahead. Just because someone has a diferent opinion than you why should you judge to condemn them and say they want dictatorship? I take pride in my IndependentThinking and narrow minded people like you help me think I'm on the right track. Obama by the way was born Muslim and still practices the religion. It sounds like you haven't read his book Dreams of My Father. The only Clear and Moral Choice in the presidential election is one of Liberty or Tyranny. I will choose Liberty. You can have your Tyranny.

October 20, 2012 at 10:49 a.m.
Rickaroo said...

IndependentThinker, you're as much a joke as the name you've chosen for yourself. You may pride yourself on your "independent thinking" but there's nothing independent about you. You're as staunchly conservative as any Bible thumping teabagger and your thinking is as original as cold oatmeal. There is not one word of anything you have said that hasn't already been said a zillion times by the other wing nuts who think just like you. Basically everything you've said could be summed up this way: baaaaa... baaaaa... baaaaa.

Indepedent thinker. That's funny.

October 20, 2012 at 12:07 p.m.
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