published Thursday, December 5th, 2013

Don't judge all of Marion County and other letters to the editors

Don't judge all of Marion County

Let me start off by saying that the actions of the Marion County High School coaches were in fact inexcusable and unworthy of men to whom parents trust their children. It is unfortunate and unfair that students from another rival school were targeted by members of the community. They deserve an apology. With that being said, I believe the whole community deserves an apology from Stephen Hargis for his incendiary and degrading comments made via tweet on 11/20/2013. They read "If this Marion football situation somehow took on human form it would look like the kid playin banjo on the porch of the movie Deliverance." His chosen profession is that of a reporter and as such he bears the responsibility of insightful and appropriate reporting. In any legitimate venue comments such as these would ultimately be a career ending mistake. His coverage of this tiny, however regrettable episode in the long and distinguished tradition of Marion County football has drawn out in an effort to be self-serving and career advancing. Regardless of the motivation these comments are reprehensible and certainly should invoke some form of remediation in the art of responsible journalism. Once again apologies should go out to the unintended victims.

CRAIG McCLAIN, Jasper, Tenn.

Where is their Christian love?

Pastor Patrick Hampton was quoted as saying that it's "very neat" to see multiple churches stepping forward to work to deny health care benefits to the loved ones of some of those who provide services to the residents of Chattanooga. Their effort doesn't seem very Christian to me. I wonder if they would turn away a gay firefighter who arrived on the scene to fight a fire at a burning church.

GREG GLOSS, Cleveland, Tenn.

Let our leaders run government

For 35 years I have been associated with local government. Currently that association is in a sales capacity. My customers are cities and counties, and the decision whether to contract for my company's services or to use another's lies with the elected officials of those jurisdictions. I believe the best decision the elected officials can make is to choose me over my competitor, but that is not always the case. When they choose my competitor, I thank them for their time, their contemplation, and their service because I know they have a difficult job. I never would consider demanding or even suggesting that the officials, duly elected by the people, should be second-guessed and have the issue put before the citizens for a vote. Citizens spoke when they elected these officials, their neighbors, to represent them. While I might disagree with a decision, having it made by representatives of the people is good enough for me. I oppose the petition effort to demand a referendum on the benefits policy recently adopted by the City Council. What's next -- we vote whether to buy Ford or Volkswagen police cars, Komatsu or Caterpillar equipment, give raises to firefighters but not police officers?

PETE YONCE, Chattanooga

Police reports waste space

Your recently added feature, Police Blotter, is a flagrant waste of space.


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Where is their Christian love?

Well, they can help put out a fire that is burning on this earth. That is good! I wouldn't care if a murderer put the fire out. The question is........'What will the practicing homosexual (and that murderer) do with the fire that the Holy Bible says will be burning them eternally?' Jesus Christ says that the smoke of their torment will rise upwards forever, and ever, and ever. No reprieve, no relief from the weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth. They will be in a place where they can pray for death, but, they will not even be able to die.

So, go ahead (whosoever) and help us with the Church fire...but, once You descend into hell, fire, and brimstone, eternal torment, we cannot help put You out. I am so sorry.

Please repent before it is forever, eternally TOO LATE!

I Corinthians 6:8-10

9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,

10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.


December 5, 2013 at 1:13 a.m.
Rickaroo said...

Craig McClain, methinks you're a tad too sensitive about it all. I'm not involved in the tweeting thing so this is the first I have heard of this reporter's "incendiary" tweet. But I don't in any way see it as an indictment against Marion County per se. He spoke of the "situation" itself, not all of Marion County or the people.

I do know how ridiculously intense that rivalry is, though, bordering on madness. Just a couple of weeks before the game between South Pittsburg and Marion County there was an article in the TFP about a husband and wife who had each graduated from the rival school of the other and they hated their respective rival school so much that they refused to even sit together during the game, each sitting separately and rooting for the team of their alma mater. They had a son who played for one of the schools and the father even went so far as to cheer for his own alma mater and not the school that his son played for. That is beyond petty and childish, that is downright madness. Are those the good folk of Marion County that you say deserve an apology? That is the sort of insane, over-the-top rivalry that drove those coaches to dishonor themselves and their schools and communities by going to any and all means to win.

December 5, 2013 at 10:31 a.m.
Rickaroo said...

Ken Orr, that's a mighty long list of sins that's gonna keep people out of heaven. I can't speak for whether or not you're a drunkard or fornicator or thief or whatever but you certainly don't hold back when it comes to reviling! All you do is revile, revile, revile. Oh, I know, you're not really reviling the homosexuals, you're just being a good Christian soldier and pointing out their sins, right? And man, you sure do a heck of a job of it! Day in and day out, all day, every day. But are you really sure that, come Judgment Day, your God is not going to look back at your obsessiveness and your caustic and accusatory manner and classify it as reviling? Don't you have anything else in life that you focus on besides homosexuals and their "sins?" Got a case of tunnel vision, eh? Out of all your Bible quoting I never have seen you quote anything about loving your neighbor or how he who is without sin should cast the first stone. But verses like that have a humbling effect, don't they, and lord only knows, they are not befitting a man of your righteous stature. Better to focus on only those verses that make you feel more righteous and more spiritually elevated than others, isn't it?

December 5, 2013 at 10:59 a.m.
LibDem said...

Thanks, CRAIG McCLAIN, for repeating the comments of Stephen Hargis. I miss a lot of good stuff by being tweet challenged. (I'm going to assume that you are promoting Mr. Hargis' work.)

Mr. ORR, you have the weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth nailed but you need to work on your stand up comedy.

December 5, 2013 at 11:49 a.m.
soakya said...

our representatives are elected to represent us not push their own agenda

December 5, 2013 at 1:36 p.m.
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