published Saturday, December 14th, 2013

Protect our language and other letters to the editors

Protect our language

When I taught English as a second language a few years ago, I became aware of how difficult it is to learn correct grammar. We would see signs saying, "donuts" in lieu of "doughnuts." And people would say, "I know where it is at." No "at" necessary. Or, "I just seen her yesterday." Saw is correct. And, "He don't know nothing." Double negative. And "He went with her and myself." Should be with me. And greetings would be, "I'm fine, how about yourself?" Should be you. Lie and lay are the most misused. You lie down in the sun and you lay a book down. You do not lay in the sun. And, "He is older than me." Should be older than I am. Just some common misused everyday language. I always told my children that if they would use correct grammar and have nice manners, they would go a long way. A former teacher in English at UTC told me that many freshmen had to go into remedial classes before entering regular classes. The computer and texting have not helped, as words are combined, run together and abbreviated. Using proper grammar will help protect our wonderful American English!


Thanks to a helpful stranger

On the evening of Nov. 21, my husband and I were headed to Illinois driving our truck with a borrowed trailer attached on Interstate 24 in downtown Chattanooga. We had been on the road for about 12 hours when we went over a bump and the trailer detached. We were able to pull over right away, but where we pulled off was right at an entrance ramp to the highway and not a lot of room to maneuver. A young man named Joe (sorry, you gave your last name but in all the commotion it was lost) backed up as he was coming onto the highway to stop and help. I scuttled over to the driver's side to inch the truck forward and back as my husband and Joe tried to get the hitch back on the truck as semis passed and made our F150 shake. It was a very scary few moments as I realized they could both be pinned between the truck and trailer. Because of your assistance we were back on the road quickly. I hope you see this letter, Joe, and know that we thank you wholeheartedly and wish you the best in your life.

MARCY MITCHELL, Springfield, Ill.

The reason for the season

God's answer to a troubled world is Christmas. A precious baby born to die: His blood would be shed to cover mankind's sin. To all who receive God's forgiveness for their sins, Christ Jesus gives eternal life and the sure promise of Heaven. Enjoy Santa Claus, but believe in Jesus.

RACHEL DECOSIMO, Signal Mountain

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LibDem said...

"A precious baby born to die." Ms. DECOSIMO, you really know how to put the "Merry" in Merry Xmas.

December 14, 2013 at 10:34 a.m.
librul said...

The Pagans answer to the changing length of days in December and June are the Solstice celebrations. Times of peace and wonder at the workings of our natural world.

Ms. Decosimo, lost in delusion, under the control of a mental construct whose roots are more political than spiritual, proclaims that we should believe that her version of the Winter Solstice celebration should involve impending death and blood-letting, unsurprising as it was co-opted and corrupted by the brutal Roman Empire and embellished by centuries of political turmoil.

But now there are people like Rachel in positions of power who seek to proclaim their delusion to be the basis of our "government of the people" which has, sadly, begun to take on the appearance of an empire itself. They must be opposed and we must make clear that while they are free to be willfully deluded, that they cannot impose their delusion on all of us.

December 14, 2013 at 1:13 p.m.
Rickaroo said...

You really want to keep clinging to that silly fairy tale, Mrs. Decosimo? You really can't come up with a better reason than that for celebrating life and spreading love and goodness to other people? A baby being born whose sole reason for living was to shed his blood as a sacrifice for the "salvation" of a world that God made imperfect through his own shortcomings and could have chosen to "save" in countless other more sane and gentle ways? That doesn't smack just a little bit of something mythical and made-up by primitive people? Just maybe? Why do you insist on worshiping a God that is so brutal and sadistic as to demand blood sacrifice as the only means of salvation? And why do you Christians think that God is only a male father figure in the first place? What happened to a Mother-god in the creation of the universe and the earth? Why must God be just an old MAN in the sky, a confirmed bachelor? You Christians like to give God all kinds of other earthly attributes - why should he not need the companionship of a female God? Maybe if he was gettin' a little from time to time he would have had the presence of mind to create a more perfect world without all this nonsense about a "divine plan" of salvation!

And another thing to think about: How was Jesus' dying on the cross such a sacrifice anyway? I mean, sure, it had to hurt. But, hey, they both knew that he was only going to be dead for a very short time and then he would be whisked away to be with God, spending an eternity in Heaven at his side. A real sacrifice is giving something up for keeps. So where was the sacrifice if God concocted the scheme and knew all along how it was going to turn out, that he wasn't really giving him up for keeps but it was all for show? Just sayin'.

December 14, 2013 at 2:04 p.m.
schizka said...

'N while we're on the subject, just remember this holeeeday season: Both baby Jesus and Santa Claus are white as snow. Just b'cuz Megyn Kelly from faux news said so. And she should know, b'cuz she's a fake blonde. 'N fake blondes know these things. 'N since Santi Claus is make-believe we can conclude that baby jesus is make-believe too. Now!

'n a happy HAPPY holeedays to you all and too you all a g'night. ;) just b'cuz I says so. ;) :)

December 14, 2013 at 4:57 p.m.
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