published Friday, September 21st, 2012

Silence shows respect of religion and other letters to the editors

Silence shows respect of religion

Bravo to the retiring chancellor of UTC. No one during moments of silence loses any religious rights. It is not a time of freedom from religion but rather respect of religion. If you do believe in Jesus you know he can hear you even when you don't open your mouth.

Changing course — who is better off today than four years ago? Lots of middle-class Americans may not be. But there are four we know who are: Romney, Paul, Fleischmann and Corker.

Three of them receive taxpayer money for their salaries, enjoy guaranteed retirement pay and have excellent health coverage. Being Republicans in this area, they also have job security. They all oppose being on the "public dole."

Is Alice still in wonderland?

GEORGE DUNCAN, Rossville, Ga.


Romney hasn't been honest

I think the 2012 presidential election has become crystal clear.

The American people always wanted its president to be honest with them. Mitt Romney does not bring the honesty quality to the table. He has failed to tell the truth on many occasions. He makes statements that are untrue, and when the statements are fact-checked and proven wrong, he continues with the lies.

This is not what America wants in its president. But this is who Mr. Romney is. If you want a president who will protect Social Security for older Americans today and strengthen it for future generations, one who will put Medicare on a stronger financial ground and protect beneficiaries today and in the future from the burden of rising health care costs, then the Obama-Biden team is the one we should go out and vote for on Nov. 6. Go vote!

JAMES WALTON, Hixson


Time to bring back the 'Big Stick'

Regarding the situation in Libya.

Didn't we almost have the same situation there when Theodore Roosevelt was president? We need to get the "Big Stick" again -- if this president could lift it.

KATHLEEN DOHERTY, Hixson


Erlanger provides professional care

Four weeks ago today (Sept. 1), I took my son to Erlanger's ER. Today, he is home with me and recovering from a major operation. He has a way to go, but we will get there.

He is alive and improving thanks to the quality and commitment of a wonderful group of doctors, nurses, PAs, aides, etc., at Erlanger.

In spite of all the bad press Erlanger has received due to management decisions, there was no question as to where to take him.

Erlanger has an amazing collection of loving and caring people. Not once did any of us have contact with a care provider who was less than professional, pleasant and, above all, totally responsive to his needs and our needs.

After surgery, he was in bed 8, Cardiac ICU. He had Kathy as his nurse, the same as me in 2004. I knew then that he was in caring hands and would get well! My care was superb; his exceeded mine. Over the past four weeks, others have shared similar Erlanger experiences with me. We are blessed in this community to have this facility and staff.

To paraphrase Tiny Tim, "God bless them every one!"

Thanks, Erlanger.

JIMMY CAMPBELL


Polo is a joy to watch at farm

Thanks to the people at Bendabout Farm for allowing the public to come to their beautiful field to see professional polo matches. Everyone from small children to older adults seemed to have a good time. This event has enabled locals to become more familiar with the sport and enjoy the athletes and horses.

Thanks, Bendabout.

PATRICIA SHADDEN, Ooltewah


Republicans aren't racists

For many decades now, voters have been targeted by the liberal left for one of the greatest myths on record, that conservative Republicans are racists. But the facts are the exact opposite: To which party did Abraham Lincoln belong? What about Teddy Roosevelt? Which party fought hardest against lynchings and beatings of blacks in the South? Which party has had more African-American upper-level government employees? Which party has the most African-American congressmen? Correct — the Republican Party!

Do you recognize the names Darius Rucker, Lee Elder, Charlie Pride, Clarence Thomas, Richard Steele, Herman Caine, Tiki Barber, Col. Alan West, Condoleeza Rice, J.C. Watts, Bill Russell, Charles Payne, Angela McGowan, Candace Parker, Gov. Douglas Wilder, Artur Davis, Tim Scott or Mia Love? Well, you should get to know them, for they are well respected and well known, and they are all conservative African-Americans who have spoken out many times against the socialist policies of Barack Obama.

Wake up, America — liberal Democrats are hoping you will stay uninformed and vote to keep them in power. Don't!

JOHN BERGEN


Does writing change beliefs?

The other day, after all the world's insanity got to me, I found myself slipping from confusion and anger to amusement as I read the "Letters to the Editors." I see newspaper editorial pages as the undeclared truth that we are guilty of inflicting overly self-important opinions onto others. Of course, the reader, like a bystander holding a brick next to a street riot, is asking for it. No one changes anybody's mind by "writing" our wrongs, but we try to get something off our chest and rub it onto someone else. Yuk! But we all believe what we believe, and we can't believe in something we don't believe in. If a belief does change, now you've got something brand spanking new not to believe in.

I believe I'm done. Happy writing.

JIM GOODIN, Decatur, Tenn.


Emissions testing wastes energy

Does anyone remember the toll-booth scene from the movie "Blazing Saddles"? If you compare this to Hamilton County's emissions testing, you'll find a hysterical resemblance -- they're both a joke.

If you think your annual $10 and trip to the testing facility is making the air cleaner, you should also be worried about the Internet thing catching on because there is no evidence of a positive environmental effect.

If this were a statewide or federal initiative, it might possibly make a difference. The island approach of solely our county's attempt is an exercise in futility. There are thousands of vehicles traveling through our county daily not from here. Additionally, if it were stat-wide you could at least have your vehicle tested anywhere in the state rather than polluting the air further and wasting energy to drive back to Hamilton County for this farce (such as a college student). If the county needs the revenue, it would be financially advantageous to simply charge $10 more for the tag, eliminate the charade, conserve wasted energy/time, and allow for renewing the license from anywhere within the state via the web app.

Please encourage your county officials to consider this.

TERRY RUTLEDGE, Hixson


No group can take away prayer

There have been several local news stories recently about public prayer. Seemingly, those few who oppose God have a strong voice in our land. I expect that eventually no public institution will be able to legally show any allegiance or association with the God of the Bible. That is unfortunate because, despite popular opinion, this country was founded and is sustained upon Godly principles. The moral problems we see in our world today -- either public or private -- will never be resolved without God.

While prayer may be erased from our public life, your individual right to pray to God will never be taken away. Prayer is one of the greatest benefits we have as Christians. Think about it -- you have a direct line of communication with the One who created this world and everything in it! It is only through Jesus Christ that God recognizes us as His children (John 14:6). Hebrews 7:24-26 tells us that Christ "always lives to make intercession for us." That says that Jesus is an active participant in our prayers and He goes to God on my behalf. No individual, group or government will ever be powerful enough to take that away.

CHARLES ABLES, Soddy-Daisy

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ToHoldNothing said...

Well, I suppose I shouldn't have expected much more than 1 good letter about how moments of silence and suppression of publicly sponsored prayer by government entities harm no one's right to pray as individuals. Prayer isn't erased from public life and secularists do not oppose God, they oppose theocracy, religious favoritism and other ills of religion and superstition that come into public policymaking and general civil society.

I'd love to see the supposedly Godly and uniquely Biblical principles our country was founded on. Freedom of religious exercise? Ha! God killed tens of thousands of non Jews because they were in their "Promised Land" and need I mention the Crusades inspired by religious fervor? The first 4 commandments in the Decalogue from the Old Testament have nothing to do with governance or ethics, but merely religious adherence and tenets of monotheism.

I honestly don't care if you pray as individuals or even as a private church related group before a football game or the like, but the people in public office have no reason to involve religion in terms of politics, especially in terms of beginning the process with what might as well be an official prayer, which explicitly goes against the establishment clause in the first amendment. It's so often referenced in this discussion of freedom of and from religion in terms of individual citizens and the government's voice respectively that we should distinguish the difference. People can have religion, the government doesn't need to have religious affiliations, however.

September 21, 2012 at 1:07 a.m.
ORRMEANSLIGHT said...

"I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all." One nation under God. Get it? This is a Christian nation. The only reason we are not under sharia law at this very moment is because of Holy Spirit filled Christians. If You unGodly liberal fanatics continue to try to pounce all over Your Creator, then You may soon find Yourselves being prosecuted under sharia laws. You don't want to have to die horrible deaths when convicted under islamic 'blasphemy' laws. You don't want You, and, Your spoiled brat children to be beheaded under the blasphemy laws-no questions asked! Now You don't want that, do You? Just keep it up, Jesus Christ, The Lion of The Tribe of Judah will give You what You want! And, that ain't good, in this case.

September 21, 2012 at 8:34 a.m.
ORRMEANSLIGHT said...

Saint Matthew 11-Jesus Christ said...

"But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for thee. At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight. Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light."

September 21, 2012 at 8:43 a.m.
PinkSalmon said...

JOHN BERGEN said: Republicans aren't racist

But their core beliefs are. Today's conservative Republicans aren't the party of Lincoln or Roosevelt. The term conservative seems to have become their code word for I'm a racist and proud of it. They give the impression of being a bunch of bitter old white men out for revenge, and who hate anyone and everyone but the white evangelical male. They'd eat both Lincoln And Roosevelt alive and spit out their bones. Neither does having blacks who are Republicans indictive of their core beliefs. Blacks aren't a monolithic group, who think, breathe and move in unison. They're as diverse a group as whites and any racial groups are. Their own words have been their undoing, and have given an insight into who they are and their true belief system.

September 21, 2012 at 9:14 a.m.

KATHLEEN DOHERTY, you know the thing about swinging a big stick is you don't know who you may hit. Perhaps something better than blind aggression might be in order.

JOHN BERGEN, the facts you use are a demonstration of how something true can be deceptive. Abraham Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt are dead. How do you know they would agree with the Republican Party of today? You don't, you just rely on historical association and presume you can hide under their banner. Just like you presume we can't recognize that the racist conservative southerners you rightly condemn are now Republicans because thge GOP decided to court them after the Democrats decided to stop kowtowing to their demands. How stupid do you think we are?

Besides you are lying whern you claim Republicans have the most African-Amberican Congressmen. There are around forty African-American members of Congress. Two are currently Republican. Icluding Allan West. And if you look up to him as a model of character, I have to say your standards are questionable.

September 21, 2012 at 2:46 p.m.

OrrMeansLight, the original pledge is as follows:

I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

Altering it to add a religious reference was a shameful pandering to false semsibilities. God does not want you to pledge oaths or swear allegiances. That is actually found in scripture.

Besides, you threaten us with sharia laws if we don't obey your commands? Is that the way of Jesus?

September 21, 2012 at 2:50 p.m.
ORRMEANSLIGHT said...

happywithnewbulbs, To little ole' me...what You've said here is rather profound. You would be genuine/valuable as a Journalist. i've met, talked with, and, appreciate the President of the Times Free Press. [Name Dropping...oh no!} [well, Title dropping...oh no!] Anyway, if he recruited You, would You consider a new career? kwo

September 21, 2012 at 5:29 p.m.
LaughingBoy said...

I played polo once; it was fun until all the horses drowned.

September 21, 2012 at 5:57 p.m.
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