published Sunday, October 21st, 2012

'Rep. DesJarlais a howling hypocrite' and more Letters to the Editors

Rep. DesJarlais a howling hypocrite

U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais is arguing his innocence from a false position.

The commandment is "Do not commit adultery," not "Do get your mistress pregnant."

If he had behaved himself, he wouldn't have these problems. He is a howling hypocrite.

NANCY SMITH

Dayton, Tenn.


East Ridge needs Gravitt, Manning

I had the opportunity to attend the forum for the candidates for the two seats on the East Ridge City Council. First, let me say that Chris Carroll of the Chattanooga Times Free Press did an awesome job as moderator. He is well versed on the issues concerning East Ridge and performed his job very well.

After hearing what each candidate had to say, or not say, in one particular case, I feel the very best choices for these two seats are Marc Gravitt and Denny Manning. Marc Gravitt is an honest businessman with a proven track record for his concern for the city of East Ridge. Denny Manning has served on the council for the past eight years and has been one of the few who has the best interest of East Ridge at heart.

On Nov. 6, I urge you to cast your vote for Marc Gravitt and Denny Manning.

DARLENE KIDD

East Ridge


If registered, vote; if not, be silent

Georgia voters: Regardless of whom you support, just make sure you vote this week during the early voting period; or on Tuesday, Nov. 6. For those who are not a registered voter and therefore unable to cast your opinions/beliefs to the nation, please be silent, as your American duty has been abandoned.

JEFF COX

Dalton, Ga.

Reduce the military to 'lean and mean'

Romney attacks President Obama's efforts to cut military spending. How out of touch can he be?

The Soviet Union and Saddam Hussein are gone, Afghanistan is winding down and China poses no serious military threat, yet our military budget is higher today than the next 18 nations combined. How superior does our military potential need to be?

We spend over four times what China spends on defense. Wouldn't two or three times keep us safe enough? China shows no stomach for an arms race.

We maintain 737 military installations in 130 countries around the world. While 100 of these are Marine embassy detachments, that still leaves over 600 other bases. This could conceivably spread us so thin that we couldn't respond quickly enough to a major attack.

In his farewell address, President Eisenhower warned against the military-industrial complex.

This monster has mushroomed exponentially since 1961 into a powerful lobby of retired generals, admirals and congressmen committed to maintaining the highest possible level of military spending, irrespective of geopolitical realities.

Defending against terrorists is more of an intelligence and special-forces operation, not one of massive military response. We need to reconfigure our military, economize and cut back to "lean and mean."

GEORGE B. REED JR.

Rossville


Return Wallace to Signal council

We support our friend, Bill Wallace, for re-election to the Signal Mountain Town Council. We've known Bill since Paul served with him on the MACC Board when Bill was chairman. Bill and his wife, Cissy, are faithful and active members of our church, St. Timothy's Episcopal Church. Bill's professional background in communications and business as a television news director has prepared him well for the council.

For the past two years, Bill has served our town as an independent voice, listening to our citizens and voting his conscience. He supports what's best for all citizens of Signal Mountain. He opposed last year's unnecessary property-tax increase. He supports keeping Signal Mountain's parks in the hands of citizens of Signal Mountain. He's increased availability of financial information on the town's website so citizens can be better informed. He opposed a pay raise for the town manager that was out of proportion to other town employees' pay raises. His philosophy is politically and fiscally conservative, but he believes in good government and knows the citizens of our town support high quality, efficient services. His knowledge of our town is impressive. We urge your vote for Bill Wallace for re-election to the Town Council.

PAUL AND SNODA HENDRICKS


Pruett leads by example

Ann Pruett earned my vote for East Ridge City Council a long time ago.

Her support for East Ridge youth and community programs is something we can't forget.

Pruett's commitment and leadership to the East Ridge Library and East Ridge History Center have been a valuable asset to our community and providing a quality tool to area schools. And the effect Camp Jordan Park has had on the lives of our young people shows Ann's appreciation of sports programs for our children.

Ann Pruett leads by example and has shown my family that she will offer nothing but the best when she handles business on the East Ridge City Council. I believe Ann is caring, concerned and committed to keeping this city pumping.

JUDY GOBER

East Ridge


Beliefs taught in Mormonism

As a former 30-year Mormon, this is what I was taught and believed:

  1. God was once a man who elevated himself to become a god. 2. Jesus Christ and Satan were my spirit brothers. 3. God, the father, was from the star Kolob. 4. There were an endless number of gods in existence. 5. I was on a path to godhood by following the teachings of Mormonism. 6. God wanted me to make blood oath covenants with him in a Mormon temple to give everything (time, talent, money -- even my life if necessary) to build up the kingdom of God on earth (the Mormon church). 7. Every person on earth had been born in the spirit in "pre-existence" to god the father, and a heavenly mother. 8. Someday when the Constitution of the United States "hung by a thread," the Mormon Priesthood would rise up and save the country with their perfect form of government (using Mormon Priesthood authority). 9. There was a living prophet on earth who receives revelation for the whole world, and speaks for God. 10. Polygamy would be practiced in the next life (an eternal principle from Mormon Scripture -- Doctrine and Covenants 132).

SHAWNA K. LINDSEY

Birchwood, Tenn.


Record supports Millard re-election

Education. Experience. Lifelong commitment to civil service. This is Monty Millard. His decades serving Red Bank's interest shows: parks, lamp-lined sidewalks, community involvement and other improvements. Phase one of construction to level the roads is near completion. Phase two brings the final paving, and residents will be happy.

Millard's not afraid of tough issues like red-light cameras that some say drove business away from restaurants and shops. He voted to remove the cameras hoping to eradicate any negative perception of possible fines should anyone come to our town. Mayor Millard knows they can revisit the topic in the future to weigh any safety issues.

Millard's served 10 years as commissioner. Red Bank's operated a budget surplus for seven years. His 37 years in commercial and retail bank management benefit the citizens.

All politicians' visionary platforms stand on the economy, education, schools, taxes, safe communities, working with others, and desiring a vibrant and healthy community. Words are cheap.

Commissioners should be elected for what they bring to the table, their proven track record, and not a popularity contest. Vote for business acumen and a history of service necessary to serve complex issues of running a municipality. Vote to re-elect Monty Millard.

GERALD C. WILSON

Red Bank


Bivens a man of high integrity

Soddy-Daisy has an incredible opportunity to elect a good man to the City Commission. I have known Mark Bivens for quite some time, and he is a man of high integrity. Mark Bivens will be a great commissioner in Soddy-Daisy, and I encourage the community to cast a vote for an extremely qualified candidate.

HANK TILLER

Hixson


Obama doesn't deserve re-election

It is unfortunate that the nation will have to again select between two candidates who are marginal contenders. There is the incumbent who has failed to implement acceptable domestic or foreign policy and failed in his "promise." The other candidate makes ambitious claims and leaves doubt about how his policies would work. However, the incumbent has proven that his policies are ineffective, and he does not deserve another four years in office.

It also is disappointing that your editors are so politically biased. If you attack a candidate for their foreign business dealings, then be sure to criticize the policies of the current administration that pressured lenders into supplying subprime mortgages to individuals who could not afford them, thus greatly contributing to the housing meltdown and the current Great Recession. In addition, the current administration doesn't have a foreign policy and may not know what that is. The current administration is the worst in decades.

CHARLES CHARNAWSKAS


Obama clears many obstacles

President Obama, America's first African-American president, has faced unprecedented obstacles. He was called to clean up the George Bush disaster, while facing the malevolence of Republican race baiters. He has been subjected to the vilest racist hatred and has responded to it with calmness and poise.

No president has had to tolerate a congressman yelling "you lie" during a State of the Union or another calling him "boy." No president has faced an opposition that is willing to destroy America to defeat his initiatives. No president has faced such irrational hatred or withstood continuous racial slurs such as "food stamp president."

Republican Sen. Lindsay Graham recently said that America was not producing enough "old, angry, white men" to keep his party in power, clearly acknowledging the racial hatred that fuels Republican demagoguery.

After eight years of George Bush, the most incompetent president in U.S. history, it has been refreshing to have a president who is intelligent, articulate, and cares about all Americans. GM is alive. Bin Laden is dead and our president has shown that he has the courage to make tough decisions in the face of blind hatred from the nattering nabobs of negativity.

TERRY STULCE


Why can't DesJarlais change his views?

Some years ago, I was very much pro-choice. After some time, research, and thought I changed my views and am now very much pro-life.

Why has Dr. Scott DesJarlais not been allowed to have reconsidered his views on the same topic and changed his mind? The so-called "transcript" of a private telephone conversation is over 10 years old. Ronald Reagan was once a Democrat; he changed his mind.

What is in his heart now? Has anyone in the media, in their rush to judgment, bothered to ask him that?

My husband and I have known the DesJarlais family personally for several years and find the doctor to be a straightforward and honest man. His Democrat opponent calls him hypocritical. As to hypocritical, Mr. Stewart does not mention that a pro-abortion plank is a vital part of the Democrat platform.

Dr. DesJarlais is the most open and available congressman I have ever seen. He has traveled around his district meeting with voters and asking them of their concerns and views. From Washington he has hosted numerous phone conferences with his constituents where they also are able to express their views and ask questions.

VICKI WATKINS

Sewanee, Tenn.


Stances prevent voting for anyone

And now the dilemma to vote?

I cannot vote for Mitt Romney for his stance on Medicare, Social Security and his love of hiding his money -- and trickle down doesn't work!

I cannot vote for Barack Obama because of his stance on same-sex marriage, which is a direct offense to God.

Oh, I will vote for other offices as I have voted in 16 presidential elections -- just not this time.

Sorry, you will have to come up with better candidates to run this country to deserve my vote for a leader.

MILDRED H. GUSSOW

Athens, Tenn.

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moon4kat said...

Vicki Watkins, yes, he can change his mind. But, it's pretty obvious why: for his own convenience. He supported abortion when it would affect his life. And, then he opposed it when a change would help him get elected. He's a cold, calculating hypocrite.

October 20, 2012 at 9:09 a.m.
ToHoldNothing said...

MILDRED H. GUSSOW- Gary Johnson is Christian himself, yet insists that marriage equality is a basic civil right. He's not arguing based on his religion, so that should be a point of support. He doesn't support Medicare as it is, but he doesn't want to make it a voucher program as Ryan and Romney want to. A block grant system is preferable to a voucher system, if that's what you're criticizing in terms of the Medicare position.

If you're not voting for Obama because of the gay marriage thing, people could easily point out other reasons not to besides that.

October 21, 2012 at 2:12 a.m.
ORRMEANSLIGHT said...

Joseph Smith must have been ashamed of the god, of...the god, that lived on Kolob. This god is never worshiped, praised, adored, nor even spoken of. Someone said the god on Kolob was a shoe maker, or, brick layer when he was a man. He just never would say anything about his, or her, god. The Christian God of Abraham, Isaac, and, Israel desires that we will become one with Him. We cannot become Him (He is the Un-created One, whereas we are created. We can become one in unity and agreement with Him, though. When I took the Mormon Teachings, I learned that Jesus Christ and the devil (satan) are Brothers. Now, satan is a 'created' Cherubim Angel...Jesus Christ is the Un-created One. Can it be both ways? Boy, this Kolob god surely doesn't like the concept of The Holy Trinity.......kwo

October 21, 2012 at 2:19 a.m.
ORRMEANSLIGHT said...

I'm a registered Republican, but, I could never vote for a man, who every day, bows down to a satanic Kolob god (Wow! that's frightening,I wonder what he looks like?). I could never vote for a Democratic abortionist who has made our country a nation of asylum for homosexuals from around the world (The Word of God, The Holy Bible, declares that homosexual behavior is an abomination). I will vote for a 'particular' write-in Presidential Candidate. Yep! Love those absentee ballots.......kwo

Building on pro-gay policies put in place by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, President Obama today ordered overseas federal agencies to fight local anti-gay violence and provide asylum to homosexuals seeking protection. His order was immediately praised by the Human Rights Campaign, the nation's top lobby for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgenders. "The Obama administration has made a tremendous difference in the lives of LGBT people in the United States and this new strategy helps to extend that presidential leadership across the globe," said HRC President Joe Solmonese. (2012 U.S.News & World Report LP)

October 21, 2012 at 2:30 a.m.
ToHoldNothing said...

So you wouldn't vote for someone who otherwise supports your political positions because he doesn't agree with you religiously?

And when you say it's bad for the U.S. to be a place of protection for homosexuals, are you suggesting that we should just let them be killed in countries that allow that? No one's forcing you to give moral acceptance to homosexuals, but tolerate their coexistence with you as Americans, as human beings!

October 21, 2012 at 4:25 a.m.
ORRMEANSLIGHT said...

Yes, ToHoldNothing, I do affirm that I now, and, always will, tolerate homosexual individual's coexistence with me, as they are Americans, and human beings!

Ken ORR

PS

They may also be my Brothers and Sisters in Christ Jesus...kwo

October 21, 2012 at 1:18 p.m.
Plato said...

Kudos to GEORGE B. REED JR. for an excellent letter regarding our out-of-control world police force being bankrolled by the American taxpayer on money borrowed from China, Japan and Saudi Arabia.

Maybe Mitt Romney should read this letter and rethink his position of adding $200 Billion per year more to the national debt to buy more out of date cold war weapons for wars we will never fight. But then that would take political courage, something Mitt the wimp doesn't seem to have.

October 21, 2012 at 4:15 p.m.
Rickaroo said...

THN, if you've seen enough of OML's posts you know that he "hates the sin but loves the sinner." Of course that's hogwash but he likes to think that he is righteous enough to determine that what two people do willingly behind closed doors is sin. He claims not to be judging them, but he is obviously self-righteous enough to call them sinners for what they do. As long as it's written somewhere in his Bible that it's a sin, then he's all over it. Of course, it calls for killing a child who disobeys a parent and killing anyone who works on the Sabbath, too, but he manages to overlook that part of his Bible. It also calls for adulterers to be stoned to death but he manages to overlook that part as well. Go figure. Somehow, in his twisted mind, he believes he's not judging homosexuals but giving them "tough love," I guess. He feels that it is his duty as a good kristian to go around calling others out for their "sins" and then it is up to his loving but vengeful God to punish them in the afterlife. But OML "loves" those sinners...all the way to hell.

October 21, 2012 at 4:18 p.m.
Plato said...

Regarding the letter from TERRY STULCE, I agree that it's a national disgrace the way some on the far Right have pursued nothing short of an agenda of character assassination since Obama took office.

He's not an American, he was born in Kenya, he's a Muslim, he's a socialist, he secretly hates America, he hates Israel, and the newest one - his father is not who is on his birth certificate but instead some other guy that's an avowed communist that he must have been indoctrinated by. Never mind that it's made-up fiction based on agenda driven whackos, it fits the bigoted perception that some have so it is repeated and believed as if it were fact.

I think it's great to have vigorous debates on the issues, and I enjoy hearing both sides of an issue including legitimate criticism about those that I support, but the ugliness and disrespect that I see targeted towards this president are disgusting.

October 21, 2012 at 4:27 p.m.
ORRMEANSLIGHT said...

Greetings Rickaroo,

Jesus Christ, The Lord God of Hosts, doesn't meet out the same punishment/judgment to elementary children as He does to mature adults. An honest study of 'dispensations' within Holy Scripture will explain why You are in grave error. Please note a minuscule introduction below of the study of dispensations. Please become more familiar with these so Your comments will sound more intelligent/substantiative.

Dispensationalism is a theological system that teaches Biblical history is best understood in light of a number of successive administrations of God's dealings with mankind, which it calls "dispensations." It maintains fundamental distinctions between God's plans for national Israel and for the New Testament Church, and emphasizes prophecy of the end-times and a pre-tribulation rapture of the church prior to Christ's Second Coming.

The dispensations:

1... the dispensation of innocence (or freedom), (Gen. 2:8-17,25), prior to Adam's fall,

2... of conscience, (Gen. 3:10-18; Rom. 2:11-15), Adam to Noah,

3... of government, (Gen. 9:6; Rom. 13:1), Noah to Abraham,

4...of patriarchal rule (or promise), (Gen. 12:1-3; 22:17-18; Gal. 3:15-19), Abraham to Moses,

5... of the Mosaic Law, (Ex. 20:1-26; Gal. 3:19), Moses to Christ,

6... of grace, (Rom. 5:20-21; Eph. 3:1-9), the current church age, and

7... of a literal earthly 1,000 year Millennial Kingdom that has yet to come but soon will, (Is. 9:6-7; 11:1-9; Rev. 20:1-6).

Each one of these dispensations is said to represent a different way in which God deals with man, specifically a different testing for man. "These periods are marked off in Scripture by some change in God's method of dealing with mankind, in respect to two questions: of sin, and of man's responsibility," explained C. I. Scofield. "Each of the dispensations may be regarded as a new test of the natural man, and each ends in judgment - marking his utter failure in every dispensation."

Cite: THEOPEDIA_ENCYCLOPEDIA

October 21, 2012 at 6:36 p.m.
Rickaroo said...

OML, your comments would "sound more intelligent/substantive" if you would get your head out of the Bible and books pertaining to the Bible and come up for some fresh air now and then.

I know about dispensations. Like any other analytical study of the Bible conducted by so-called Bible scholars, they are just a convoluted way of trying to make sense of a book that makes no literal sense whatsover. The Bible is a book of FICTION. To anyone with an ounce of objectivty and common sense, that is obvious. You, sir, are blinded by your faith to such an extent that your desire for your Jesus and your God and your Bible to be real is greater than your desire to see/know the truth, even when it stares you in the face. When you are more concerned with wanting to be "saved" than with wanting to know the truth, you are simply in denial, living in a state of fear. I know. I used to be such a person. I was a Christian. But once you see and accept the Bible for what it is, it is impossible to ignore its glaring contradictions and absurdities.

Certainly there are a smattering of truths contained within it, but those truths could apply to any religion or even non-religion. If one wanted to use it for a moral guide, it could easily be condensed to a pocket-size book of one chapter or even just a few paragraphs.

Now, I've had my say. I'm not going to reply directly to you again. I have seen enough of your comments to know that you are hopelessly lost and blinded by your faith. Nothing that I or anyone else says is going to open your eyes and make you see things any differently. Just go on being the good christian you think you are so that you can get swept up in your rapture and live out all eternity in your la-la land of heaven or whatever, while sinners and non-believers like me will be punished for all eternity by your "loving" God.

Actually, we are all headed for the light. It is not "sin" that we live in, it is only misunderstanding and a state of un-knowing. When people do bad things, it's not because of evil or the devil or because they just want to willfully sin; they do bad things out of ignorance and fear, because they are not centered with their true selves. Hell does not exist, nor a God who punishes non-believers in that hell. It's really a shame that you have to look at people as being "saved" or lost in "sin." It's such a hollow and empty way to view life and people. And such a self-righteous way of living, to think that only those who think and believe like you are the only ones on the right track. May your eyes be opened one day.

October 22, 2012 at 12:49 p.m.
ORRMEANSLIGHT said...

Rickaroo,

Jesus Christ said, "Behold, your house is left unto you desolate."

"What does the term 'Ichabod' mean in the Bible?"

Romans 1:28

"And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient..."

Rickaroo, It is not too late, please reconsider.......

"For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the Truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,

But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.

He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses:

Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the Blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of Grace?"

October 24, 2012 at 9:25 p.m.
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