published Saturday, December 7th, 2013

Thanks to petition signers and other letters to the editors

Thanks to petition signers

This is for the believers in our Lord Jesus Christ: Knoxville; Shreveport, La.; and Chattanooga were first as “Bible-minded” and Christ-centered cities, according to Barna Research, a group that studies the intersection of faith and culture. It was proved when the petition drive was started to fairly put to the people a vote on domestic partner benefits for Chattanooga city employees. Thank you to all who worked so diligently to inform citizens of this important topic. Thank you, my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, who stood up and signed the petition revealing your conviction. Regardless of the outcome next August, I charge you, Church, to the purpose of sound doctrine : “Love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from a sincere faith,” 1 Timothy 1:5 .

NORMA WALLACE, Ooltewah


Bellefonte plan has its flaws

Much has been written lately about Franklin Haney’s proposal to finish TVA’s Bellefonte Nuclear plant, presently a $6 billion nonpaying stalled investment. As I understand it, TVA would virtually give up ownership of its investment in return for some $10 billion of private money to finish the plant. TVA would operate, maintain and lease back the plant at a rate that would recoup the private investment plus a hefty profit for Mr. Haney, perhaps over a 20-30 year period. Who fills the gap if the venture costs $15 billion? May sound plausible but here’s the kicker: Mr. Haney justifies the deal by virtue of a $2.2 billion in federal tax credit available only to private investors, not TVA, for the advancement of nuclear power generation, even though the plant is of a 40-year-old design. I believe that every engineering project should stand on its own, dollar for dollar, regardless of the source of those dollars. If a sacrifice of $2.2 billion by the federal treasury is necessary to justify his proposal, then it seems that Mr. Haney is not getting through all the trees to see the forest.

GLEN MOULTRIE


Voters will weigh in

The people on the City Council who voted for the same sex benefits for city workers will need to find some way to fill their spare time after the next election.

CHARLIE BENSON

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ORRMEANSLIGHT said...

TENNESSEE STATUTE (LAW) RE: LEGAL MARRIAGE:

"(b) The legal union in matrimony of only one (1) man and one (1) woman shall be the only recognized marriage in this state. (c) Any policy, law or judicial interpretation that purports to define marriage as anything other than the historical institution and legal contract between one (1) man and one (1) woman is contrary to the public policy of Tennessee"; Tenn. Code Ann. ' 36 3 113

Too many Liberal Democrats are Scofflaws and utilize sleazy deception and other evil tactics to push their immoral lifestyles onto society. It may be we now see Chattanooga City Government following this example of the Obama administration.

Ken ORR

December 7, 2013 at 8:29 p.m.
Hunter_Bluff said...

"I like your Christ. I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.", Mahatma Gandhi.

Take your hate out on the street Ken.

December 8, 2013 at 8:39 a.m.
nocomment said...

AMENDMENT XIV

Passed by Congress June 13, 1866. Ratified July 9, 1868.

Section 1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

December 8, 2013 at 11:15 a.m.
ORRMEANSLIGHT said...

nocomment ...Please study up on non sequitur noun noun: non sequitur; plural noun: non sequiturs; noun: nonsequitur; plural noun: nonsequiturs 1. a conclusion or statement that does not logically follow from the previous argument or statement.

Your amendment sounds good...but...there exists no analytically nor semantically correct 'ergo'!

Ken ORR

December 8, 2013 at 3:29 p.m.
GaussianInteger said...

Says who Charlie? There are plenty of residents that don't have a problem with the ordinance.

December 8, 2013 at 3:42 p.m.
nocomment said...

Mr. Orr ...Please review the opinion from the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California at:

https://ecf.cand.uscourts.gov/cand/09cv2292/files/09cv2292-ORDER.pdf

It contains a very robust analysis of how the subject of your comment leads to the subject of mine.

December 8, 2013 at 9:18 p.m.
JustSoUKnow said...

“Bible-Minded”, “Christ –Centered” Cities …intersection of faith & culture.

“Bible-Minded” Cities & government brought us slavery a stain that took blood to cleanse. A change in morality brought forward a change to that practice that once upon a time was legal as legal can be. Formerly Legal by God & Legal by Man-not anymore-.

Let’s see how about local laws from the historically point of view, take a gander: The segregated schools & transportation facilities of the South were explicitly decreed by state legislatures. Virginia courts maintained, for example, that "the preservation of racial integrity is the unquestioned policy of this State, and that it is sound and wholesome, cannot be gainsaid."

It took Dr. King and a lot of suffering vs. Police hoses, Dogs you get the picture… But thanks to DR. King & his team for reminding us how skewed is the road from justice to action, and morality shifted once more.

But it keeps on giving, “laws” to protect “racial integrity”- whatever that may be-, are those which make miscegenation (intermarriage of races) a crime. Typical of anti-miscegenation legislation is the Constitution of Tennessee, Article 11, Section 13, "The inter-marriage of white persons with negroes [sic], mulattoes or persons of mixed blood, descended from a negro [sic] to the third generation inclusive or their living together as man and wife in this state is prohibited." This offense entails a prison sentence of one to five years. For the same crime a sentence of two to seven years can be given in Alabama and up to ten years in Florida, Indiana, or North Carolina. Many states also penalize the minister or official who performs the marriage ceremony and the clerk who issues the license. In Wyoming the guilty minister will receive a fine, or one to five years in prison, or both.

Or for example, in 1869, the Georgia Supreme Court ruled that:

"...moral or social equality between the different races...does not in fact exist, and never can. The God of nature made it otherwise, and no human law can produce it, and no human tribunal can enforce it. There are gradations and classes throughout the universe. From the tallest archangel in Heaven, down to the meanest reptile on earth, moral and social inequalities exist, and must continue to exist throughout all eternity."

"Eternity" came to a crashing halt 98 years later, in 1967.

All backed up by good “Bible-Minded” folks in “Christ-Centered” Cities from sea to shining sea.

Same Sex Marriage vs. “Bible-Minded” folks: The stage is set: inequality has a propensity (as shown on account) to implode, it crumbles under its own weight and not even the “Good Book” can quarrel victoriously against awareness, education & common sense forever. I predict if History serves me right that this too shall pass, sooner or later. And finally in the words of President Franklin Roosevelt on March 22, 1933: "I think this would be a good time for a beer."

Just my opinion

December 9, 2013 at 1:14 p.m.
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