published Sunday, September 23rd, 2012

'See what foreign aid gets us?' and more Letters to the Editors

See what foreign aid gets us?

The riots in the Mideast clearly show the folly of this foolish thing called foreign aid.



UTC makes strides for going green

As I was making my cap-and-gown purchase for December graduation at UTC, I was ecstatic to learn that the items will be made of 100 percent post-consumer recycled plastic bottles.

In addition to these eco-friendly items, our campus practices numerous environmentally friendly services. Ecological Decisions for a Global Environment, a student-led organization that makes green decisions, uses a $10 green fee per semester to provide our campus with aluminum and plastic recyclable containers. They also have been instrumental in getting motion sensors installed in classrooms to conserve power when classrooms and offices aren't being used.

Most restrooms have automatic flushes to conserve water and stickers to remind students to use fewer paper towels.

The Crossroads Dining Facility no longer uses plastic silverware or plates, but instead utensils and plates that are washed for reuse.

Classes, such as Conservation of Biodiversity, now are offered to help students learn how to live a more environmentally responsible life, and the importance of species and ecosystem diversity.

I am thrilled to see the great strides UTC has made and continues to make in their efforts for reducing their footprint and providing students a greener college experience.


Trenton, Ga.

We still summon God when needed

As I sat and watched the ceremony honoring the deaths of our U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other patriots, I was struck by the contradiction of an American society that is removing God from our public education system and other governmental institutions, while at this solemn ceremony, a band played "Nearer My God to Thee," followed by a prayer to our "Gracious God" by a military chaplain.

In the sadness of the moment, I couldn't help but reflect on the heinous actions of a massive radical Muslim element, paying such diabolic homage to their spiritual leader, supposedly over a heretofore obscure YouTube video. I was then reminded of Jesus Christ, a loving Savior, who willingly gave his own life that even these "radicals-without-cause" might be saved.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ended her eulogy with, "and may God continue to bless the United States of America." President Obama then read from John 15:13 in the New Testament. Amazing! We evict God, but still summon Him in times of trouble.


We are a nation enslaved by debt

Our national debt recently surpassed $16 trillion (16,000 billion) and is growing at more than $4 billion (4,000 million) each day. And as a nation we are doing nothing but aimlessly dragging our own body weight around.

We are not engaged in a serious war that threatens our homeland or battling an epidemic or pandemic. There is no major space program initiative or infrastructure project such as super highway, railway, waterway or dam. The scale of accomplishment by our forefathers shames our generations.

We are artlessly erecting a slave society of addict vassals to a debt that none can understand or explain. Where has all that money gone? Where is all that money going? What would we actually do now; should we be required to dispense with a weighty challenge?

The time to engage in solemn consideration about who we elect to manage the affairs of our nation is past due. We must demand accountability for every penny of tax money paid by the citizens and spent by all levels of government. Start by writing or calling your elected representatives.


Layoff brings financial woes

Since my husband was laid off from Memorial Hospital, we have been through it. He has worked since he was 15 years old. From roofing to management, he has worked steady, supporting his family bringing home a paycheck to keep his family together, warm and fed.

Now, he can't find work. It has been six weeks, and we find ourselves out of money. Not a cent do we have in savings. We paid our daughter's college tuition. Maybe we should have kept that for food?

We have no debt except our house. We borrowed from our 401(k), so we are still alive. Do you know how much the government will tax and penalize us for that move come tax time? Up to 40 percent.

The one thing I noticed about the people who were laid off in my husband's department: They were all white, older males. Top of the pay scale. The girl who is now working where my husband used to is barely a year out from nursing school. What do you suppose the difference between her pay and my husband's was?


Apison, Tenn.

Shooting in parking lot was reckless

Look at what we have here. An all-out "shoot-out" at the "OK corral, Walmart parking lot" (Sept. 11) in broad open daylight! The best part about this entire ordeal is that it was a "one-way" shooting. The person (or persons) responsible for the vehicle theft apparently did not return fire. This situation could have easily resulted in fatalities.

Even the eyewitnesses were stunned beyond belief! No one ever really pays attention to the average citizen to see if they are "packing" (carrying a revolver). Law enforcement personnel have lawful permission to carry their revolvers. There are still specific rules, regulations and procedures that must be followed if, and when, their revolver is drawn. I am seriously serious! Any innocent bystander, small child, or elderly person could have easily been in the line of fire!

This level of reckless behavior in our community has got to stop! If this behavior is not dealt with to the full extent of the law, it will continue and only worsen.

Bottom line: We seem to be transitioning back to the "Ole Western Cowboy Days" when it was, "Have Gun, Will Travel." In this case it seems to be; "Have gun, will shoot," anytime and any place!


Questions about taxes, schools

I have some questions.

1. Why is my Hamilton County property tax for the upcoming year higher than my Chattanooga city property tax?

2. Is it true that the vast majority of tax revenue that fills the county coffers goes to the 30 percent of Hamilton County which is unincorporated?

3. Do the County Commission and the county school board deliberately underfund the schools within the city limits of Chattanooga?

4. And if they do so, is it because the significant percentage of the student body in these schools is African-American?


Get an education to get a job

I have read and read in these reports on gangs that all these young people want is a job. With no education and their pants under their behinds, who do they think is going to hire them?

I usually enjoy David Cook's columns, but how hard is he trying to find jobs for these young men?

Nobody wants to see underwear or lack of it walking all over the mall or on the street.

Please do not go bleeding-heart on us about there is no way for an education. It is free. Kids go to school every day. Why not them?

David Cook, go find some poor kid working and going to high school and do an article on him or her.

Have you noticed it is not young women wanting jobs, because they are busy taking care of a baby, getting welfare. It is not a badge of honor to have a child at age 14.


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ToHoldNothing said...

The government has no real reason to invoke or involve God in their affairs. The only reason they do it is to appease theocentric pundits like yourself who want to feel like they're being treated better than the other theists or the atheists. But I'd like to see them remove God from government affairs entirely, not because I hate something I disbelieve in the reality of, but because it's fundamentally a waste of time and unnecessary to the function of putting together policies and doing other work related to the law and its execution.

Does it hurt you ultimately if our money had E Pluribus Unum put on it instead of In God We Trust? I seriously doubt it. If they did a moment of silence instead of a prayer before congressional meetings and such, would you cry persecution? If you did, they'd laugh at the messiah complex you've developed

Christianity has historical influence, but that does not warrant special treatment or continuing in antiquated traditions.

September 23, 2012 at 3:03 a.m.

TERRELL FUGATE, yeah, because FOREIGN AID caused that unrest...wait, no it didn't. Unless you think that making nice with Libyans outraged people who didn't want us to be friendly to them who decided to exploit the actions of a party who decided to make something highly offensive.

But that's like saying you shouldn't be nice to somebody because another person might get jealous.

PAUL SHEARER, what's amazing is you think God is being evicted from people, as opposed to not using the power of the state to compel it upon others.

Do you really think any God worth worshiping wants you to force prayers on anybody?

September 23, 2012 at 12:28 p.m.

'We still summon God when needed'


When a person is blessed to be a genius, as well as a born again believer, well, You don't ever need a greater miracle. You have just 'said it all' in so few words. Thank You for this inspiration and encouragement given to many thousands of readers of The Chattanooga Times Free Press. Such as i am, i pray for abundant favor and blessings for You and all of Your loved ones.......kwo

September 23, 2012 at 12:32 p.m.

ToHoldNothing, happywithnewbulbs,

Please take a quick look at the following. This is not about what man in a Christian nation has told us to do, but, it is about what Jesus Christ has commanded us to do.

1 Timothy 2:8

"I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting." (Note: 'Everywhere').

1.Jesus Christ of Nazareth prayed often in public.

2.The Apostles of Jesus prayed often in public.

3.Moses and the other Prophets of The Lord God of Hosts prayed often in public.

The Admonition is 'to NOT pray in public AS THE HYPOCRITES pray'. They just want to be seen and heard for their ego boosts. We as Children of Light are INDEED supposed to pray in public, as shown us by Our Saviour, Jesus Christ. We are not to pray like the hypocrites pray, but, we are to pray in public when under the inspiration/guidance of the Holy Spirit.

September 23, 2012 at 12:48 p.m.
lkeithlu said...

When watching people pray in public, look for the shirts that have an H on them. Those are the hypocrites. The others are true christians.

September 23, 2012 at 1:10 p.m.
ToHoldNothing said...

No one's saying people can't pray as individuals or as groups, but the government has no need to be involved. That is fundamentally my argument.

And I fail to see why I'm supposed to care what a dead man commands me to do, especially if it has no observable or even practical benefit to me or anyone. Praying is essentially talking to yourself and imagining that you're convening with a deity. It's a security blanket and accomplishes nothing except assuaging your fear of the unknown by positing equally unknown and mysterious things.

September 23, 2012 at 4:22 p.m.
LibDem said...

PAUL SHEARER, It was a memorial service. If you don't see a difference between that and a classroom, I doubt I can explain.

CONNIE HEISLER, I was sympathetic until you said you'd pay up to 40% in penalties and tax on the 401(k) withdrawals. Then I realized you were joshing us.

September 23, 2012 at 6:07 p.m.

ToHoldNothing, A blind man said to his teacher, "That mountain you claim is less than 10 feet from us definitely is not there". You know what? He was correct. For him, the mountain was not there. He did not see a thing, he was not able to perceive what was actually there! Could it be proven to exist for the blind man if he had used his other senses to perceive it? Yes, but he refused to use them. His teacher implored the blind student to use his other senses, but, still he refused. The Word of God implores us to study to show ourselves approved unto God. Also, that faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God. If i refuse to study, and 'hear' the Word of God, then, i cannot 'perceive the mountain', so to speak. Whose fault is that? Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. I please God through my faith. Therefore, I know the first cause of existence. Like, non-believers, i do not know from where the first cause came. Nor, do i know how the first cause came about. The non-believer has faith that the first cause is not God. The believer sees God. The non-believer experiences perceived benefits by not believing, and, the believer, by believing. Believers have chosen to use their sense of faith to believe in Jesus Christ. We believe non-believers are like the blind man above who chose to not use one, or more, of his other senses to perceive the obvious.......kwo

Saint Thomas said, "... Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe."***And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you.

Then saith He to Thomas, "Reach hither thy finger, and behold My hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into My side: and be not faithless, but believing".

And Thomas answered and said unto Him, My Lord and my God.

29 Jesus saith unto him, "Thomas, because thou hast seen Me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed".

September 24, 2012 at 7:13 p.m.
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