published Saturday, August 10th, 2013

Healthier Tennessee a waste of money and other letters to the editors

Healthier Tennessee a waste of money

The road to a healthier Tennessee has a huge boulder in the middle of it called obesity. Gov. Bill Haslam plans to clear this obstruction with the Healthier Tennessee program.

A program? Really?

When the state Legislature wants an issue to go away and die, they send it back to committee for further study. Gov. Haslam launches a program. He is spending $6.2 million in state money to tell us to exercise more, eat less and stop smoking.

The state spends $6 billion every year treating people with behavior-based disease, and most of these people are obese.

Look out, boulder! The Governor has a Tonka and he knows how to use it!

DAVID CLARK, Tullahoma, Tenn.

A few points on horses, Johnson and Obama

A few thoughts worth mentioning: I would compare soring of the Tennessee Walkers to the athlete's PED. Abused small animals are rescued when detected, million-dollar sports figures are fined hundreds of thousands when found, so who is looking out for the horses that are abused?

I say three cheers for Drew Johnson for saying what needed to be said, but if he indeed broke company policy, he needed to be dismissed. By the way, how many times was he warned not to speak harshly of liberals? I might add, how about stop printing the vile letters which are so negative toward conservatives?

Thinking back six or seven years our so-called leader has been lying about almost everything he talked about. I ask where are the "phoney" scandals? That lie ranks right up there with the lies he and his partners in crime told about Mitt Romney. What's worse about those, is that his following believe them. Tell a lie often enough and loud enough and people will somehow accept it as gospel.

Finally, I ask what's wrong with the vice president moving up, got to be better than we have.

J.J. PERRI, Ooltewah

Trio of crosses is not what Jesus would do

It amazes me that a church would have the gall to erect the three new eyesores as a way of declaring Christ's love for everyone: Christ's love that cost $700,000 and only shows that He is rich and doesn't care about the poor.

Instead of wasting the money on that, the church could have donated to the Chattanooga Food Bank and bought close to 7 million pounds of food or 17,500,000 meals or $70 million worth of meals. This is all based solely on the food bank's donation website.

Which would Christ have wanted? A giant trio of crosses or to give every person in Chattanooga 103 meals?

"Jesus wept," indeed.


United States needs to reinstate the draft

We are losing America. Did you know that only one percent of our population served in the Armed Forces? Yes, that's correct; only one percent of the youth of America has a commitment to America. We can't continue to place the brave soldiers and sailors on multiple tours. This is just wrong.

Our commander in chief is not a vet. We have no leadership, just speeches on college campuses. We are no longer a superpower; the whole world sees us as weak. Believe me, we must reintroduce the draft, so that living in the U.S. demands a commitment to or country. In this world, we have to be feared. It's a fact; fear brings respect. I just can't see living in America and not being a vet. We are losing America.

BENJAMIN W. SUTTON, Hiawassee, Ga.

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LibDem said...

Mr. Sutton, We learned yesterday that young people can't get up before 9AM. How can they serve in the Armed Forces?

August 10, 2013 at 6:59 a.m.
jjmez said...

Mr. Sutton, reinstating the Draft wouldn't help solve the lack of abled bodied men and women entering the military. So many able bodied Americans now have criminal records due to America's high incarceration rate of its own citizens and, unlike in the past where the military recruited from America's prisons, the military now have such strict rules about allowing individuals with criminal records into the military, that most Americans of age to qualify for military service would not qualify anyway. America has the highest incarceration rate of its citizens in the world. At last count, about 2.5 million Americans were serving time in prisons and jails in America (more than China, Iran, and other dictatorial nations). That count doesn't include people out on parole, probation or house arrest. Many are for some minor offense.

With such high incarceration rates, there's bound to be major abuses in prisons to go along with it. A 2006 BBC article title: The World's Biggest Prison System stated, "About the same time that President Bush was condemning the abuse of prisoners in Iraq as un-American, a year-long inquiry began into the mistreatment of prisoners at home."

BBC 2006 excerpt:

Alexander Busansky, executive director of the CSAAP, told the BBC the US public was largely ignorant of the real state of America's prisons.

"We have to get away from the idea that what happens in prisons stays in prisons. Prisons are public institutions and they must be held accountable."

He said the CSAAP would be recommending expansion of the prison accreditation scheme, increased use of direct supervision in jails and tighter regulation over the use of weapons like pepper spray and stun guns in a bid to end abuses.

**"There has been a hardening of attitudes," Mr Busansky said.

"People believe there is nothing they can do about it, they don't pay any attention to the consequences the treatment of prisoners has when they come out, and they don't participate in the debate.**

In other words, those prisoners abused in prison by prison guards and often fellow prisoners, when released often return to society more hardened, angry and abusers themselves once released.

August 10, 2013 at 9:59 a.m.
mitchsnowman17 said...


August 10, 2013 at 12:27 p.m.
ToHoldNothing said...

Even if I wanted to enter the military, which I don't, last I checked on the military's list of conditions that would be grounds for one being considered unfit for service, my Asperger's syndrome is one of them, due to the fact that I'd be unable to function adequately off my medication, which as I understand, is the requirement to even consider me mentally fit

But even if that wasn't a factor, I'm not going to be more patriotic or motivated for my country by the possibility of being conscripted, especially if I also maintain a conscientious objector status, even without any religious backing of that, which has been supported even recently with a woman who was temporarily denied citizenship because someone thought that if you didn't have religious backing for your conscientious objection, you couldn't be officially accepted

August 10, 2013 at 2:50 p.m.
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