published Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

'Government aid is hard to avoid' and more letters to the editor

Things a reader wishes kids to ask

This is in regard to Barry Courter’s article each Friday on things he wished his kids would ask him.

First of all, I like it. I read it religiously, if that word is politically correct anymore. Secondly, I find myself wishing for things I would hope they would ask. Like, what were things like back when, how did our family get to this area, and why?

Having worked on genealogy for a great number of years, I know I have said, and just about everyone else too, has said, “Why did this or that happen? I’ll bet Grandpa or Great-grandma would know.” But we wait too long to ask, and then the older generations pass on. If only the younger people would start asking things of the older ones now, we all would end up with a wealth of information that otherwise could be lost forever.

Well ,that’s my say, except that keep up the good work, Mr. Courter. I’m a fan.


Support Affordable Housing Ordinance

Chattanooga is in a public housing crisis.

1. Chattanooga possesses fewer than 3,000 public housing units, yet over 5,000 people currently wait for Section 8 housing vouchers.

2. 158 individuals who secured vouchers have been unable to find landlords who will accept them.

3. Chattanooga has the third highest rising rents in the nation.

4. Chattanooga Housing Authority recently stated, “The waiting list for public housing is equal to 81 percent of the current occupied units.”

Obviously, there is a need for affordable housing in our city.

Recently, Westside Community Association presented its Affordable Housing Ordinance to the Chattanooga City Council. The council largely ignored the proposal and put off voting on the issue. Councilwoman Sally Robinson referred to the ordinance as a process that would “ghettoize” Chattanooga. The councilwoman’s unsubstantiated comment is inexcusable. Fear-based leadership only serves to perpetuate ignorance.

As a member of this community, I am outraged by the lack of attention given to this dire situation. City officials must understand that if left unaddressed, the housing issue will intensify and will create further problems for the city. Chattanoogans must care for their own, which involves providing affordable housing to all residents. We must support the Affordable Housing Ordinance.


Campbell ‘write’ choice for Walker

Hats off to Ales Campbell (remember that spelling) in her run for Walker County sole commissioner Nov. 6.

Although a former Dr. Shaw supporter, I would have been hard pressed who to support had she run in the primary against him and the current administration. Both stand for roughly the same needs, needs not currently coming out of LaFayette: Transparency in governance, lower taxes, lower indebtedness, higher job growth, and honest debate on Walker County issues.

Being a “write-in” candidate (there are even hoops to jump through with the state for that designation) is a time-honored American political oddity, and used honorably. Candidates such as President Eisenhower won the day, at least in part, with a write-in vote in Massachusetts. Ales Campbell has stepped forward to offer a choice for Walker County, Ga., voters.

I challenge fellow Walker Countians to vet Ales at

She is a grandmother, co-owner of a successful business, civic leader, personable, well-informed, honest, and watches over 82 students on her Villanow school bus route.

When you vote: 1) touch “write-in” box for the Sole Commissioner’s race; 2) type A-L-E-S C-A-M-P-B-E-L-L on screen keyboard; 3) touch “record write-in.”

Ales Campbell is the “write” choice for Walker County.


Lookout Mountain, Ga.

Time to take care of our citizens

Many immigrants run to America. Upon their arrival, while waiting for unending freebies (unearned Social Security, welfare, free housing, free medial care, food stamps, etc.) they are going about trying to find someone or group to violate their rights.

Their country is at war so they run instead of supporting and working for a better country and a plan to move forward. Now my question is: Will they run again when America is in chaos or stay and fight?

When is America going to stop bowing down to their insatiable demands and take care of its own citizens?



‘Prohibiting’ key in prayer dispute

There are a few individuals who oppose praying in public places, or using the name of Jesus in such prayers. According to an amendment to the Constitution of the United Sates of America, dated March 4, 1789, and ratified by three-fourths of the legislatures, Article 1 of the same amendment reads as following:

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or the press; or the right of the people to peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

The word “prohibiting” is a key word for this amendment and the right to pray, and using Jesus’ name in such praying is within the law! Furthermore, it can be said that disallowing one to do so is a violation of the laws, governed by the Constitution of the United States of America.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is clearly in opposition to the laws that were handed down by our forefathers, and their threats to bring down institutions such as schools, city meetings, etc., should be investigated by any law enforcement office and prosecuted according to other lawbreakers.


Pastor, Grace Baptist Church

South Pittsburg, Tenn.

Government aid is hard to avoid

After hearing Gov. Romney’s remarks concerning citizens being responsible without government help, I decided to review my life to see where I stood with his guidelines.

I spent 12 years in county public schools, three years training and flying in a heavy bomber in the Southwest Pacific on federal military budget, four years on the GI Bill in a state university and 34 years with a government agency helping build eight fossil units at four plants and helping maintain two nuclear plants. I am now on a pension from that agency, on Medicare and Social Security.

I have concluded that I must be one of Romney’s 47 percent of leeches on government dole and should vote for President Obama. I think I will do just that!


Dayton, Tenn.

Many emission fees are unnecessary

How many 1-year-old cars fail Hamilton County emissions testing? 1 in 100? 1 in 500? 1 in 1,000? 1 in 5,000? On average, how many $10 tests are performed on 1-year-old cars simply to find one single failure? On 2-year-old cars? 3-year-old cars? 4- and 5-year-old cars?

Hamilton County now has several years of emissions test data: Post the test results on the county website, by model age, for everyone to see. Somehow I suspect our leadership is taking great efforts to hide the fact that Hamilton County residents are being forced to unnecessarily pay tens (possibly hundreds) of thousands of dollars to find a handful of 1-, 2-, and 3-year old failures; while residents of surrounding counties and states continue to be altogether exempt from this tax, and continue to have the same driving privileges in Chattanooga as Hamilton County residents.



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Easy123 said...

RONALD CASE, you are ignorant. That is all.

September 25, 2012 at 1:12 a.m.

REV. RONALD B. CASE, Superbly stated! Thank You. kwo

*** From The Congressional Record of our United States of America: Thursday April 26, 2012 112th Congress Second Session Vol.158 No. 61 "The PRESIDING OFFICER. Today's opening prayer will be offered by Rev. Joel Osteen, senior pastor...The guest Chaplain offered the following prayer: Let us pray. Father we receive Your blessings today with grateful hearts, and thank You for the favor that You show us. As we pray for those who lead our Nation, we ask that You bless this body and those who serve in it. We thank You that these lawmakers serve with honor and integrity, and that You will continue to bless our Nation...Give them wisdom that they will make good decisions, courage that they will hold fast to Your truth...that all should prosper from their laws...We receive Your presence here today, Father, and pray that these lawmakers will remain mindful of You and that they will honor You...In Jesus' Name we pray. Amen The Honorable Tom Udall led the Pledge of Allegiance, as follows: I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of nation under God... Individuals who disregard our Constitution's 1st Amendment need to find themselves a country. Find themselves a country somewhere where they can present accurate statements regarding 'their' particular constitution. Why do they think that they interpret this more lawfully that our United States Congress??? Remember, our Nation opens it's business of governing with Audible Prayer to The Lord God of Hosts, Jesus Christ of Nazareth! Case closed.

September 25, 2012 at 10:32 a.m.

REV. CHARLES McGOWAN, for a minister, you're sure not showing the Christian spirit. That, and all of the things you rail against tend not to actually exist to the extent you think. There are very few refugees in this Country, and most of them are actually quite glad to work.

Should they stay where they were born and fight for change? That's an interesting question, but using the decision of another to judge and condemn them? What makes you think you know better?

REV. RONALD B. CASE, thank you for showing that bearing false witness isn't a problem for you. The people you talk about? Aren't objecting to prayer in a public place, they are objecting to prayer conducted at the behest of the government.

There is a distinction. Doing so makes for an establishment of religion, as an arm of the state. Maybe you should read and understand first, instead of leaping to your misrepresentations.

You are free to pray in public. You are not free to use the force of government to make others respect your prayers.

Maybe you should be investigated for your desire to use the force of law to control others though. Exactly why do you want to use the police as an arm of your will, to endorse your ability to pray?

Easy123, he's not ignorant. He's duplicitous and dangerous, and exactly why the government must not endorse any religion. Because people like him will use it to force their way on the rest of us, for reasons that do not stand up to any kind of objective scrutiny.

September 25, 2012 at 10:33 a.m.

And there is a difference between compelling people to pray, and compelling the government not to make people espouse their message, which was the case in Wooley v. Maynard. Or the Pledge of Allegiance.

Ronald Case and others like him would never admit it, but they're all about using the power of the state to get their will be done.

September 25, 2012 at 11:03 a.m.

Prayer is not to be silenced. Every religion may have a representative to offer verbal prayer in government facilities and at government functions. Please take the example above(September 25, 2012 at 10:32 a.m.) of out United States Federal Congress.

September 25, 2012 at 11:13 a.m.


That'll take quite a long time, and be a waste of my tax-payer dollars.

Plus it'll still be endorsing religions.

Thanks, but no thanks. It's also banned by the state Constitution. Sorry.

September 25, 2012 at 11:37 a.m.
LibDem said...

Rev. Case, Thanks for typing out the 1st Amendment. We haven't seen this before. I'm sure as soon as there's a vacancy, you'll be nominated to the Supreme Court.

September 25, 2012 at 2:23 p.m.
carlB said...

'Government aid is hard to avoid' I have concluded that I must be one of Romney’s 47 percent of leeches on government dole and should vote for President Obama. I think I will do just that!

JIM DOTY Dayton, Tenn. Reply: it was a very nice surprise this morning to read your realistic letter to the Editor. It appears that people forget that the private enterprise systems do not invest or provide any services unless there is a profit involved and in their methods of making profits off of their consumers, without the proper controls by the "Government," greed and fraud seems to appear, which actually destroys the private systems, thereby destroying this Republic's entire economy.
Even now, after the 2007 deep recession, the Republicans still are trying to convince the voters that it should be their way only and do not get it or acknowledge the role of the Governments in preventing another great depression. Especially when the opponents of Obama admit that their number one objective is to cause the failure of President Obama by preventing him from having any success in his first term even with the effects of the 2007 deep recession.

September 25, 2012 at 3:35 p.m.
carlB said...

Think about the roles and the benefits that Governments have provided here in the Tennessee Valley since 1933 after FDR took office.
We continue to hear the Republicans talk about reducing/limiting the size/roles of all governments, from the local to the Federal Government. During the 1929 great depression, from the start for the four years before FDR, it was the opinion of the Republican administration that it was not the Governments' role to help the people survive the hardships caused by the private sectors, but then as it is now, they wanted the private sectors to be without the proper control and did not have any plans to end the 1929 great depression. FDR, in 1933 went to the expanding of the Governments' roles to helping the people survive while putting the people back to work. The Republicans have been trying to undo FDR's "New Deal" even before his policies were applied. Now they are trying to deliberately take this Republic backwards to the same mind set of the Governments' role as it was before FDR.

September 25, 2012 at 3:56 p.m.
moon4kat said...

Jim Doty, thanks for a fine letter. You also demonstrate that what Rick Santorum said is true: "The elite smart people will not vote for the GOP" . . . at least not this year.

September 26, 2012 at 9:31 a.m.
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