There's no balance in Obama thinking
This election is the most important in the history of our country. If Mr. Obama is re-elected, the United States will never be the same.
President Obama's first term has been dedicated to acquiring power to enable him to fulfill his promise of transforming America. Laws have been passed which allow unlimited power to the president. His appointees will not only interpret vaguely written laws but will enforce thousands of regulations that Congress did not write. The secretary of Health and Human Services has the sole discretion regarding the health care of millions of Americans when Obamacare is in force. It will be impossible to reverse some of these laws.
President Obama is so adamant about the environment that he doesn't consider the economic ramifications to this country. There is no balance in his thinking.
We are not dealing with a person of character and integrity but a narcissist without values who seeks unlimited power.
Pre-k programs aren't playschools
Your editorial "Haslam wrong about pre-k" (Aug. 26) basically criticizes two governors for promoting education of the young child; sees no merit in educating children before the age of 5; and alleges that pre-k teachers are unionized babysitters.
Teachers organizations have played an important role in improving education for all children and mentoring teachers as they grow in their profession. Studies have shown that babies begin learning before they ever leave their mother's womb and teachers' children, especially, do better in their mental development. Maria Montesorri said, "To deny them (the children) the right to learn because we as adults think they shouldn't is illogical ..." "More is caught than ever is taught!"
It is ludicrous to hypothesize that pre-k programs were created to expand job opportunities for teachers. Today's pre-k programs are more than playschools or mother's day out conveniences. Currently Georgia is showing growth and benefits. Primary teachers will tell you the program is working. The Strategic Research Group may have failed at their job because they lack reliable instruments in drawing their conclusions. Columnist Walter Williams voices the need to educate the parents. Teachers are not the problem!
ESTHER BUTLER-TAJ, Ooltewah
Listen to God's spirit within
Dietrich Bonheoffer, before he was silenced by Hitler, coined a new phrase -- "Religiousless Christianity." I am sure he was aware that most wars and strife within countries and families had a thread of religion running through them. He understood that religion caused wars and tensions even among Christians themselves as in the Crusades, inquisitions and decades of bloodshed in Northern Ireland.
We know that most world religions are based on the Golden Rule -- "do unto others as you would have done unto you." I am glad that Christianity holds to this beautiful model.
When religion is added to Christianity it takes on judgments and dogma in its creeds, rites and liturgy. We are reminded to return in silence and prayer and listening to God speak. The Gnostics, who almost set the agenda for the future of the Church at Nicaea, believed that God was within and available to all. I sort of wish they had won out, as they saw no need for an ecclesiastical establishment but suggested we listen to God's spirit within.
Whatever happened to loving your neighbor, finding a closet for prayer, turning the other cheek, and going the second mile?
FRANCIS A. GREEN, Chickamauga, Ga.
Parents' behavior shows 'passion'
While attending a Hixson Middle School football game, it came to my attention just how "passionate" people are about sporting events.
The team arrived dressed out in school colors, united in school spirit, intent on winning.
As the game progressed, the other team scored again and again. That's when these "passionate" parents showed their true colors.
On this particular afternoon, it was not just the game these young men lost.
They went onto the field proud and hopeful; they came off defeated and worn.
As I said before, some parents were "passionate." They paced the sidelines, screamed at their sons, screamed insults at the coaches while other spectators sat and watched their behavior.
Soon, other children began mimicking the "passionate" parents.
At a time when the words God, Jesus and prayers are being banned from public venues I have to wonder where those opposing these God-given rights are.
Do they not oppose God and Jesus being used in vain on a ball field?
The coaches stayed focused on the team and kept their cool. I'm proud of them and our Wildcats. Go Hixson Wildcats!
TERESA GOINS, Hixson
Health accord needed to survive
"Unless physicians stand together to fight threats and injustices, our practices cannot remain viable in the future," Samuel Wilson, M.D. "United we stand; divided we fall," Aesop.
We are 50,000 physicians short already. Obamacare may cause 50,000 doctors to retire. Obama patients will require 50,000 doctors. With a shortage of 150,000 physicians, will rural, Medicare, TennCare patients be served?
Hospitals and doctors are aiding the insurance companies and the federal government to change the rules; almost 100 lobbying firms singing different songs.
Why does Memorial have a "profit line" and a retained earnings line?
How much money does Memorial have in reserves; send to corporate and the diocese; provide in charity?
How much does Erlanger have in reserves?
Charity care by Erlanger?
How much money does BlueCross have in reserves?
How much money has BC spent for the public good?
Doctors and hospitals do not trust each other; two open doors for payers.
Suggestion: Develop one plan whereby the hospitals and doctors can survive, i.e. one accord, have it delivered to Congress in hand with this verbal message, "Take it or leave it but if you leave it, on _ date we will not be providing for your patients."
ANTHONY B. BULL, Englewood, Tenn.
Where has free speech gone?
In Wednesday's coverage of the GOP convention in Tampa, there was a brief titled "Protesters Surrounded" in the convention "Notebook" section. As I read "protesters ... pelted by rain, blasted by sun ... cannot get within shouting distance ... streets are closed ... vastly outnumbered by the men and women paid to keep a watch on them," I thought for a moment that I was reading a Twitter posting from Syria and the editor had put it on the wrong page.
What happened to free speech? Is this Mitt Romney's "Plan for the Middle Class," taking place outside the bastions of power where the elite are in reality deciding their fate? Of course reasonable security measures must be taken in this crazy world, but this is surreal. Shame on the Republican National Committee, and I hope the Democrats don't make the same mistake!
As part-time residents here, we choose the Chattanooga Times Free Press over other papers because we are impressed with your fair-minded news and editorial coverage, neither overwhelmingly "liberal" nor "conservative."
KATHLEEN LOWERY, Blairsville, Ga.