published Thursday, February 7th, 2013

History center remains viable and other letters to the editors

History center remains viable

In a recent Free Press editorial, questions arose over whether the Chattanooga History Center (CHC) was going to happen.

I write to assure you that the CHC is happening. It is happening as I write this letter. Physically, actually, really. With the help of more than 350 contributors, in our well-organized, ongoing capital campaign, we have raised $8.25 million of our $10.5 million goal. Our construction crew is finishing the infrastructure for a 21st century interpretive experience.

In April, they will turn the galleries over to our specialists from Ralph Appelbaum Associates (their resume includes the U. S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Newseum) to fabricate and install our exhibits. By year's end we -- with the help of historians, film makers, educators, and community members -- will open one of the nation's most innovative history experiences.

But more than being a showcase of Chattanooga's fascinating history, the CHC is where we will learn our many pasts and how to engage more thoughtfully in making our future. It is where students will learn citizenship through programs tailored to meet Georgia and Tennessee curriculum standards. And it is where we can teach others from across the nation how to energize their own communities.

As the campaign to attract Volkswagen demonstrated, the intangibles provided by access to cultural resources contribute significantly to decisions businesses make in choosing where to locate. Moreover, the CHC will draw new cultural heritage visitors, many of whom would never consider venturing downtown, to the riverfront. These types of visitors stay 53 percent longer and spend 36 percent more money than other tourists.

You can follow our progress on Facebook and our website, chattanoogahistory.org. Join us in exploring who we are, where we have been and where we can go.

Dr. Daryl Black, Executive Director, Chattanooga History Center


Illegitimacy, gangs go hand-in-hand

Gangs are a product of illegitimacy. Any plan to curb activity that fails to address illegitimacy is a waste of resoures.

GEORGE MAYO, Ph.D


Boy Scouts ban column insightful

The "Boy Scouts must end its ban on gays" column was a delightful change from the drivel that usually appears on the Free Press editorial page. Very well said, and I hope that other enlightened columns will appear in that space in the future.

JOHN D. BECK, Ooltewah

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Livn4life said...

The word MUST along with end, in the column about Boy Scouts ban on gays is a little strong. In a free society, people and groups decide on what they are to do. I know all the public funding blah blah blah chatter. The Boy Scouts have done just fine with things as they are. Letting in a group which could threaten safety of boys, well that is a challenge. But then, the society and soon government, is dictating more and more what we in the so called free society can and cannot do. How far will it go? Must our society face complete collapse or will we continue on a downward slide pretending it is the right way? But then, we have been on that slide for quite some time already. The illusion that the alternate lifestyle is somehow normal or can be proven as genetic, does not change how nature put us together. But then, we think we just evolve beyond nature. Take a look at every culture which fully accepted the alternate lifestyle and see how it worked out. Oh yeah, I forgot, our arrogance dictates that because we are post-modern or progressive or Americans we can make thrive what all the other weaker less evolved nations cold not accomplish. It seems there are certain groups in our day granted privileges and rights based on this so called evolved status of the culture. How sad will be the outcome when one day we realize as a nation we crossed a bridge we should not have crossed. But then...it will be too late, too far we will have traveled into a forbidden land. I will be curious, if still around, to see who gets blamed for that occurrence.

February 7, 2013 at 10:37 a.m.
Easy123 said...

Livin4life,

"Letting in a group which could threaten safety of boys, well that is a challenge."

That isn't what lifting the ban is about. Gay scouts ARE the boys you speak of. No one is advocating allowing pedophiles in the Scouts, moron.

"But then, the society and soon government, is dictating more and more what we in the so called free society can and cannot do."

Government isn't doing anything. But I think society can dictate what society can do. You just happen to be on the intolerant, bigot side of society.

"How far will it go?"

Far enough to make put you bigots back in your place.

"Must our society face complete collapse or will we continue on a downward slide pretending it is the right way?"

Our society isn't collapsing. Yours is and you can't stand it. All of your misguided Biblical teachings are taking a backseat to reason and equality.

"The illusion that the alternate lifestyle is somehow normal or can be proven as genetic, does not change how nature put us together."

Homosexuality is normal. Nature obviously has a place for homosexuality. Otherwise, they would have died out long ago.

"But then, we think we just evolve beyond nature."

No one thinks that. Christian's don't even think we've evolved. Humans will always be a part of nature.

"Take a look at every culture which fully accepted the alternate lifestyle and see how it worked out."

Name one culture that fell because they accepted homosexuality. You can't because that never happened.

"Oh yeah, I forgot, our arrogance dictates that because we are post-modern or progressive or Americans we can make thrive what all the other weaker less evolved nations cold not accomplish."

Nearly every industrialized country accepts homosexuality/gay marriage and they are doing just fine. Weren't you the one saying our society is in a downward slide?

"It seems there are certain groups in our day granted privileges and rights based on this so called evolved status of the culture."

That group is white males.

"How sad will be the outcome when one day we realize as a nation we crossed a bridge we should not have crossed... I will be curious, if still around, to see who gets blamed for that occurrence."

Blamed for what? This imaginary homosexual dystopia you're trying to will the U.S. into? You and people that think like you are no longer the majority and you're numbers are dwindling as we speak. When intolerant bigots like yourself are rooted out of your deep South strongholds, this country will finally be on the right path. Get ready. You're about to get pushed across this bridge you speak of. Then that bridge will be burned.

February 7, 2013 at 4:44 p.m.
Ozzy87 said...

A standing ovation for Easy123! If it wasn't for allies like you and other people standing up for equality in this country we would still have only rich, white male property owners could vote, hold office, or even own property. Here's a great video demostrating Livin4Life's deranged and twisted views WATCH ALL OF IT FOR THE PLOT TWIST AT THE END http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A8JsRx...

February 7, 2013 at 6:43 p.m.
ORRMEANSLIGHT said...

Men Having Sex With Men accounts for approximately Three-Quaters of HIV/AIDS Diagnoses. The cases of HIV diagnoses among Men

Having Sex With Men is more than 44 times that of Heterosexual menaccording to a study published by the CDC in 2010.

THEREFORE: While CDC estimates that ONLY 4% of men in the United States are Men Having Sex With Men, the rate of new HIV diagnoses among Men Having Sex With Men in the United States is MORE THAN 44 (fourty-four) TIMES that of other men (range: 522 –989 per 100,000 MSM vs. 12 per 100,000 other men). CREDIT: CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL [CDC] (CDC.GOV URL)

Please be Aware That the General Public May be Put at Risk by the Homosexual Population From Something as Common as Movie Theater Seats. This is Due to the Loss of Anatomical Control Caused by the Kind of Behavior Homosexual Individuals Often Prefer. (Especially Homosexual Men With Men.) Wet body fluids do penetrate fabrics and reach to theater patron’s hemorrhoids, etc. (This is serious, not a joking matter).

Following: Portion of Boy Scouts of America Official Policy on Youth Protection: "The adult application requests background information that should be checked by the unit committee or the chartered organization before accepting an applicant for unit leadership. While no current screening techniques exist that can identify every potential child molester, we can reduce the risk of accepting a child molester by learning all we can about an applicant for a leadership position—his or her experience with children, why he or she wants to be a Scout leader, and what discipline techniques he or she would use."(Credit to Boy Scouts of America U.S.A.)

Ken ORR

February 7, 2013 at 10:46 p.m.
Easy123 said...

Orr,

You're a proven liar. You are a sick, deranged bigot. I pity those that have to interact with a fool like yourself on a daily basis.

February 8, 2013 at 2:32 a.m.
daytonsdarwin said...

Orr wrote: "Wet body fluids do penetrate fabrics and reach to theater patron’s hemorrhoids, etc."

Orr, again and again, offers the biggest laughs of the day through his writings. His lack of scientific knowledge, history, and sexuality is amazing, but not unusual for Christian fanatics.

Orr, if you'll stop removing your pants in the theater, your hemorrhoids will remain pure, sanctified, and treasured as a gift from God.

"Use not the 'Preparation of H' ointment upon thou anus; for Jehovah hast given you the Grapes of Wrath to punish you for your wicked and wanton lack of fiber." Metamucil 3:16

February 8, 2013 at 8:22 a.m.
ORRMEANSLIGHT said...

daytonsdarwin,

You would give Robin Williams and Jim Carey an awesome run for their money! I do consider You a genius of humor. This I state with great sincerity. You could become rich/independently wealthy. Television, books,CD's speaking engagements. What kind of lifestyle would You have then?

And, i know that once You became rich, many/most of Your problems would be solved. You could then see clearly the truth of Jesus Christ's sorrowful sufferings and cruel crucification for You. He shed great drops of blood for You because He loved You then, and, He loves You now.

daytonsdarwin, please consider Jesus. Not for me, but for Yourself. I do want You to come home to Jesus.

Ken

February 8, 2013 at 9:23 a.m.
Easy123 said...

Just come home to Jesus, daytonsdarwin! LMFAO!

February 8, 2013 at 9:39 a.m.
daytonsdarwin said...

I prefer to celebrate the birthday of Charles Darwin, February 12, and the progress of scientific inquiry.

Science puts religious dogma in open view where fresh air and bright light vanquishes superstitious beliefs and magical thinking to those willing to use reason and logic.

Orr, give up your voodoo beliefs and see the wonders of the universe without deities. Find meaning in your own life, not superstition, miracles, or the writings of power hungry warriors, pious fakirs, and corrupt politicians using religious dogma as clubs to beat their fellow man.

Life is too special, too great, too marvelous to spend condemning the world as sinful, morally bankrupt, and needful of hell by a mercurial deity whose crimes against humanity are without number.

I don't need a god to be content, satisfied, and tranquil, nor do I need a deity to give me his set of moral commands that he himself does not follow and are destructive to the joy of living.

It's not too late, Orr. Turn away from the darkness of imaginary deities and walk in the light of reason, science, and the wonders of life. No tithes, no magic, no supernatural beliefs required; just free-thought.

February 8, 2013 at 9:54 a.m.
jesse said...

They should hire Darwin to rewrite the Bible!

February 9, 2013 at 8:03 a.m.
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