published Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

'Why is city's waste billing in California?' and more letters to the editors

Why is city's waste billing in California?

I suppose I'm not current on local business decisions. For example, why does a city the size of Chattanooga have to farm out the Waste Resources Division billing process to someone in Hemet, Calif.? Is it just too complicated to be handled locally, or could it be someone in our city government who has an unemployed friend or relative in California who needs a job? At any rate, here's my latest experience with the Hemet billing experts.

On March 28, I received an invoice for the sewer charges for current month, dated 3/22/2013, also a charge for the previous month's services, which I had paid by check on Jan. 30, 2013, and which said check, had cleared my bank on Feb. 1, 2013, a total of 44 days, prior to their sending me the past due invoice!

In my 50-plus years of living in Chattanooga, I have never received a bill with this kind of California expertise. Of course, I'm also unfamiliar with the California city called Hemet! Could it possibly be that this city's name is misspelled, and should start with the latter "D"?

WAYNE ROACH


Desjarlais deserves forgiveness, respect

Various opinion pieces in your newspaper and many others — along with the national media — have publicized Congressman Desjarlais' transgressions, which occurred 10 or more years ago, to the detriment of Scott and his family. After the election, the publicity slowly subsided, but with the upcoming primary it's beginning to resume. I am neither Democrat nor Republican. I am an independent conservative Christian. Through redistricting, Scott is no longer my congressman, but he is my friend and Christian brother, and I feel led to comment.

One of the most influential Christians in my life was my lay-witness-team leader, who succumbed to temptations in his early adulthood and that behavior ended in a three-year prison term. He pointed out to our team that he, and all other Christians, are really Christians under construction. He taught me that the construction process depends upon applying Scripture to your life. I would like to mention a few that seem to be applicable to Scott's case — all quotes by Jesus:

"Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her."

"Forgive, and you will be forgiven."

"Do to others as you would have them do to you."

GLEN NORFLEET, Manchester, Tenn.


We should all take time to mend fences

How fitting that the cease-fire discussion with gang leaders took place around a dining room table. A setting where, traditionally, elders sit in positions of honor. The elders that night created the space for civil, courageous communion with the young men. What a challenge this is for each of us in our community. Do we have the courage to stop violence against others. Violence we commit with our words, our thoughts, our deeds, our isolation. Can we sit at a dining room table and call a truce with our family, and forget race and religious issues or must we continue to protect our turf?

Hopefully, the columnist who was present as witness to the truce will be able to report on follow up dining room table conversations. Evenings that tell of peaceful, empowering opportunities and actions.

SUZANNA ALEXANDER, Wildwood, Ga.

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Livn4life said...

While I agree with Mr. Glen Norfleet on media treatment of Congressman Desjarlais, I do take exception to the use or misuse of the woman caught in adultery in response and a "no one has a right to throw stones at others"perspective. That woman was about to be literally killed. Congressman Desjarlais was only suffering politically. There is a Huge difference. Mr. Norfleet is right in that the slanted media gladly excuse, expound and do all manner to dismiss past indiscretions of "their" candidates even when it is known as being recurring. The point is, if you go into politics, you can expect to be exposed. If you are not on the preferred side of media slant, you will be hammered over and over again. Yes, Congressman Desjarlais does deserve forgiveness and respect but it is a principle of life that what we do follows us even when we repent and make amends. That is a tough rule to live with.

April 3, 2013 at 10:46 a.m.
Lr103 said...

RightwingLet conservatives seem to have memory problems. They were the ones who built their potical platform on self-righteousnes and moral values. Then whined not fair when their own degenerate behaviors and sins were exposed. Until then, they projected themselves as the epitome of righteous behavior, and everyone else outside their circle as immoral, classless subhumans lacking any values and character whatsoever.

April 3, 2013 at 1:23 p.m.
Leaf said...

I'm always amazed at the endless capacity for forgiveness - or is it gullibility - that some people posess. I'm always juuuuust a little bit sceptical when people have that born-again moment right after they get caught.

"Yes, I have been having multiple affairs and taking drugs and prescribing recreational drugs to my patients/lovers for a long time now. But now that you have proof, I feel like all of a sudden I just got religion. Can I expect your vote in November?"

So are you his Christian brother, or his rube?

April 3, 2013 at 3:29 p.m.
Plato said...

Sen. David Vitter, former Gov Mark Sanford, Desjarlais the list goes on of Republicans embroiled in scandal that use religion to weasel their way back into good standing with the gullible fools that keep voting for them. If they were Democrats they would be unconditionally condemned to hell.

April 3, 2013 at 3:48 p.m.
acerigger said...

Funny how that works ain't it Plato??

April 3, 2013 at 6:19 p.m.
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