published Friday, August 16th, 2013

A few questions for Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and other letters to the editors

A few questions for Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency

I offer the following questions in response to David Cook’s columns on the arrest of four Mexicans for fishing without a license.

1. Why does the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency arrest and jail people like these four fishermen, causing them humiliation, bond fees, plus fines and court costs of $242 each for not having a $28 fishing license? (A TWRA officer is quoted as saying these arrests happen at least monthly in Hamilton County.)

2. Does TWRA really need to arrest all foreigners caught fishing without a license and who only have their home country ID, from VW visitors to Sister Cities delegates, foreign tourists to new immigrants?

3. Why doesn’t TWRA recognize passports and other official foreign ID’s as do many other agencies? (Cook cites the TWRA arrest report referring to the fishermen having Mexican ID’s).

4. How would we Chattanoogans feel if, while visiting Acapulco, Mexico, we went fishing and were arrested, jailed, and fined hundreds of dollars because we didn’t have a fishing license or a Mexican ID?

5. Does this TWRA policy of arresting people for fishing reflect the positive image of Chattanooga we have worked so hard to create?


Media should hold Obama accountable

In regard to the article in the Sunday paper, Aug. 11, 2013, by Jason Taylor, president of the paper, why should Drew Johnson be terminated because of a word that has many different meanings. Where is the paper, ABC, CBS, NBC and CNN demanding that the president treat, we, the people, with respect and put in a full days work to get our country out of this mess he has created. The president puts his pants on one leg at a time like everyone else.


Treating others with respect is important

Two men were loading bulky furniture I had just bought onto my trailer. I was very troubled on how one of them, a white man, was abusing the help of his fellow employee, a large black man, who took the abuse silently:

The white man made a mad remark when the black man simply asked him how he should help him position a large table in my trailer. Then, after showing his displeasure continuously at the black man, his parting remark was “Don’t ask me to help you again.”

No one should have to work under his fellow employee giving him such undeserved disapproval. With jobs so scarce the black man dared not cause a disturbance.

I felt the white man should give the black man an apology, and be disciplined for his obvious prejudice. God guide us all.


Fonda: Once a traitor, always a traitor

I am a Vietnam veteran and I will never ever, ever forgive traitor Jane Fonda for her crimes against the military when she visited Vietnam during the war and called the American POWs baby killers. Some of these poor men had been beaten, tortured and abused for many years. Her posing on a B52 wreckage while making the comments was atrocious. Please boycott this movie, The Butler, in which Fonda plays the part of former First lady Nancy Reagan.


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lkeithlu said...

Mr. Martin, Fonda has only a bit part in a movie that has a tremendously important message.

August 16, 2013 at 8:44 a.m.
daytonsdarwin said...

BILLY MARTIN, Tsgt USAF retired wrote: "I am a Vietnam veteran and I will never ever, ever forgive traitor Jane Fonda for her crimes against the military when she visited Vietnam during the war and called the American POWs baby killers."

I wonder if the Vietnamese will ever forgive America for the crimes committed by its military. Vietnam did not invade America. America invaded Vietnam.

August 16, 2013 at 9:07 a.m.
Rickaroo said...

Billy Martin, what a sad little man you are. You don't even have the sense to know how to appropriately choose the demons that you want to expend so much energy hating. If you have studied even a little bit of the history of Jane Fonda you would know that no one truly cared for the plight of the soldiers in Vietnam more than she did. She was actively engaged in talking to service members and listening to them and her beef was not against you but against our government which had so egregiously lied to all Americans in order to justify that stupid, meaningless, ill-begotten war that you seem to be so proud of fighting in.

She has profusely and sincerely apologized for her momentary lack of judgment in allowing herself to be photographed in the way that she was, and every one of the POWs who was actually in her presence has debunked the vicious rumors that were spread about her. You obviously choose to believe the lies in order to justify your lingering hatred of her. As for myself, I think that she is a class act. She dared to speak the truth and she used her celebrity status to try to do something about ending that war and bringing the soldiers home.

I detest the way that people like you keep trying to rewrite history (and unfortunately you seem to have succeeded) in portraying everyone who served in Vietname as a hero and everyone who protested and refused to serve as draft-dodging cowards. But if you recall, the majority of Americans finally woke up and realized that we had been lied to and the war was a horrible waste of human life - not only the lives of our soldiers but the lives of countless hundreds of thousands (actually even many, many more than that) innocent Vietnamese. That war was genocide, pure and simple, at the hands of this country.

Bask in the light of your hero status in your own mind if you wish, but Jane Fonda is more of a hero in my eyes than you will ever be.

August 16, 2013 at 11:02 a.m.
daytonsdarwin said...

DR. TOM HERZOG wrote: I felt the white man should give the black man an apology, and be disciplined for his obvious prejudice. God guide us all."

So what did you do, Dr. Herzog? Did you speak up for the black man? Did you call their employer to protest? Did you tell the black man how sorry you were he was subject to that abuse? Did you tell the white man you wouldn't tolerate such behavior?

So what did your god tell you to do? What did you do?

August 16, 2013 at noon
klifnotes said...

I applaud Dr. Herzog for writing to the paper about what he witnessed. However, I was thinking the same thing daytonsdarwin said. That is, did Dr. Herzog voice his dissatisfaction to the individual committing the offense? Did he report it to the company he purchased the furniture from? Evil and wrongs exist, not because they are so powerful, but because otherwise good people often remain silent in the presence of both. Hitler didn't become so powerful alone, or because he had supporters, but also because of good people who could have spoken up but didn't. Never allow fear and intimidation to hold you back from doing the right thing.

August 17, 2013 at 9:58 a.m.
klifnotes said...

Bill Martin, USAF retired, you just gave the movie The Butler the best free advertisement and reason to go see it, it could have ever gotten. I really hadn't felt much one way or the other about the movie until now. I'll definitely go see the movie. A heartfelt THANKS!! ;)

btw- Why is it that some Americans actually believe they can go around the globe, creating chaos and wars in countries then claim the other side is so wrong because they fought back? Like Iraq and Afghanistan, there were atrocities committed in Vietnam against innocent Vietnamese women, men and children, that if committed by any other country other than the U.S. and its allies would have been up for war crime charges.

At the time, The NYT referred to Nixon's actions in Vietnam as a "War of Tantrum."* The Daily Mirror referred to his actions in Vietnam as "An act of insane ferocity, a crude exercise in the politics of terror."

August 17, 2013 at 10:12 a.m.
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