published Monday, April 29th, 2013

Bennett needs to get the facts straight and other letters to the editors

Bennett needs to get the facts straight

I understand that a part of Mr. Bennett's job description must be to take an editorial cartoon position as far to the left as possible. This is an editorial page, so I understand that each side has opposing views.

However, would it be too much to ask that Mr. Bennett base his position somewhat on facts? Like most radicals, he seems to disregard facts in the quest to sell his own opinion.

To propose that the United States is under a constant threat from Muslim extremists who hate us because of drones is absurd. They hated us long before we had any type of drone.

The first known Arab attack on the U.S. was on Sept. 8, 1974, when a suicide bomber boarded TWA Flight 841, exploded a bomb and killed 88 passengers. This was followed by the Hanafi Siege in Washington, D.C., in 1977. Then in 1979, Iranians attacked the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and took 52 Americans, holding them for over a year. Eight American servicemen died in a failed rescue attempt.

In 1986, Libyan terrorists exploded a bomb in a Berlin disco frequented by U.S. servicemen, killing three and injuring 230. In 1993 a group led by radical Ramzi Yousef planted bombs in the World Trade Center, killing six and injuring over 1,000 people. On Sept. 11, 2001, 19 militants associated with the Islamic extremist group al-Qaeda attacked the World Trade Center, killing over 3,000 innocent Americans. There also were several attempts that were thwarted, including the Millennium Bombings.

No, Mr. Bennett, I think they hated us long before drones, so please try and stick to the facts.

ROGER BOWMAN, Ringgold, Ga.


Seemingly safe castor bean produces ricin

While watching CNN, they were talking about the ricin in letters to the White House. What a surprise when I saw the plant it came from is the castor bean.

We planted them up North to hide our pools and give shade. It's a pretty leafy plant that grows fast and gets a thick stalk like the sunflower.

We bought seeds at our garden centers. Also, it could be bought in seed catalogs. The only thing it said was to keep pets away from them. The Christmas poinsettia is the same thing -- keep pets away. How safe are the flowers we plant, anyway?

I don't think any of us knew the plant was poison to us. I guess we have to just keep reading labels.

SHIRLEY NEWHARD, Harrison


Background checks needed to keep us safe

A recent letter to the editor said you can go to a gun show at the local convention center and come away with a fully automatic assault rifle.

I do feel that guns should be kept out of the hands of mentally ill people and background checks are necessary.

JIM SISK, Red Bank


Dine Out for Life was a missed opportunity

Thursday was the national Dine Out for Life fundraiser for AIDS organizations.

Many local restaurants always donate a percentage of their sales for this night to Chattanooga CARES. It has always been a fun night and impossible to get into the better restaurants around town.

Something happened this year, and Chattanooga did not participate. It looks like a lot of funds were lost by not being a part of this great event.

I know that Chattanooga CARES has a new home and director but how could they let one of the biggest fundraisers of the year go by without getting on board?

Free funds lost.

MIKE LAYNE

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anniebelle said...

Roger Bowman, have you ever heard "the straw that broke the camel's back"? Yes, we have been unjustifiably killing humans in the Middle East for years and years. Did you think they were just go to let it go without a fight? You're beyond help, you're totally brainwashed.

April 29, 2013 at 7:18 a.m.
anniebelle said...

The only thing we got out of H.W.'s first Gulf War were Timothy McVeigh and Osama Bin Laden.

April 29, 2013 at 7:56 a.m.
riverman said...

Roger, never try to confuse liberals like Crayon Boy and anniebell with the facts. Guess they don't teach history at Sand Mountain University and anniebell is obviously an eighth grade drop-out and raghead terrorist sympathizer.

April 29, 2013 at 10:19 a.m.
anniebelle said...

drivelboy, you are a complete dolt. It's you, not me, that needs to study history , and I'm not talking about at Liberty U or Regents. Are you denying facts? Of course you are because you have your head in limbaugh's other piehole 24/7. I feel sorry for idiots like you living in a country that has so much information to offer its citizens, if they'll just search for it as much as they seek out the hate and rhetoric of faux news and hate radio. You are pathetic!

April 29, 2013 at 11:10 a.m.
degage said...

Sorry Anniebelle, Oklahoma bombing was Clintons fiasco because of Waco not the gulf war. You need a history lesson.

April 29, 2013 at 11:18 a.m.
Easy123 said...

degage,

"Sorry Anniebelle, Oklahoma bombing was Clintons fiasco because of Waco not the gulf war. You need a history lesson."

The Waco siege was just the tipping point for McVeigh. You might want to do a little more research before you speak. YOU need a history lesson.

April 29, 2013 at 11:26 a.m.
anniebelle said...

degage, did you go to the same hick school as drivelboy? Read up on McVeigh and see what he had to say about H.W.'s big war.

April 29, 2013 at 11:42 a.m.
anniebelle said...

I know you don't have the cajones to find the 'truth' about McVeigh so here's part of his interview on t.v. You don't look anywhere but in limbaugh's rearend and those idiots on faux news.

Even a person as fallen as McVeigh could see that brutality, and perhaps we can learn something about our own collective inhumanity from him. A year ago in a "60 Minutes" interview, McVeigh, who was a gunner on a Bradley fighting vehicle, said he went to Iraq "hyped up," believing "not only is Saddam evil, all Iraqis are evil."

"What I experienced, though, was an entirely different ballgame," he said, "and being face-to-face, close with these people in personal contact, you realize they're just people like you."

April 29, 2013 at 11:48 a.m.
degage said...

McVieghs letter he wrote about why he bombed the federal building said the reason was mainly Waco. He mentioned only a brief sentence about other reasons. He was upset they used tanks against citizens of the US. He mentioned Janet Reno in this letter along with the Judge. He had considered going after them.

April 29, 2013 at 12:32 p.m.
anniebelle said...

You can re-write history all you want to, it doesn't change the facts. So live in your made up fantasy world, see where that gets you. Listen to the entire 60 minutes interview and you will see it was a building effect in McVeigh's warped twisted "fantasy" world, just like you and your ilk.

April 29, 2013 at 2:27 p.m.
degage said...

Try your search as ' why I bombed the federal building in Oklahoma.' It gives you many to chose from and his main reasons in all are Waco. I agree he lived in a warped twisted fantasy world, but you assuming I am the same kind of person is in fact a warped twisted fantasy on your part. You need some civility lessons. Your buddy Obama says we all should more civil. Ha!!!!

April 29, 2013 at 2:38 p.m.
magenta said...

anniebelle said... Roger Bowman, have you ever heard "the straw that broke the camel's back"? Yes, we have been unjustifiably killing humans in the Middle East for years and years.

As far back as the 1950s, '60s or '70s? A backdraft was inevitable. The only surprise is it didn't happen sooner.

April 29, 2013 at 4:46 p.m.
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