published Saturday, January 26th, 2013

We must act now on climate change and other letters to the editors

We must act now on climate change

In the Free Press editorial on Jan. 23, Patrick Michaels was referenced as a climate expert. It's popular for climate change deniers to cite Michaels though very few in the scientific community share his views. Many climate scientists agree that global warming is occurring and is primarily caused by the burning of fossil fuels.

This consensus, however, has not carried over to public opinion. Only about half of the public believe climate change is caused by man, and most believe there is significant disagreement within the scientific community. The fossil fuel industry in the United States has spent a lot of money and has created a successful campaign modeled after the tobacco industry to create doubt about climate change. Michaels himself has admitted that about 40 percent of his funding has come from the petroleum industry.

Furthermore, the American media's desire to be balanced has given this vocal minority too large of a voice and has perpetuated confusion among its audience. The science is clear. We must act. A carbon tax is the first step.

DAN COOPER, Ringgold, Ga.


Alexander a real patriot

For those of you who may have missed it, Lamar Alexander's introductory address at the inauguration was well spoken and was a high point of the day's events.

It doesn't surprise me that the Hamilton County Republican Party organization didn't warm up to it, yet those same people couldn't praise him enough when he was governor in the '80s.

He is a true statesman and a real patriot, and both of these qualities are in short supply these days.

CHARLES M. HYDER, Dalton, Ga.


Tea party views are just cop-outs

Lately, I have been talking to my tea party friends. They rail against the evils of ObamaCare and big government. They preach to me about reducing the deficit. Most of them are Christian evangelical, and they are older, middle-income, retired and on Social Security. They only have compassion -- they say -- for the "deserving poor." They praise the Iraq war, which is unpaid for as a "just war." Both are cop-outs.

Selfishly, my friends say cut benefits for the poor, but don't cut my benefits! The Bible says "It is better to give than to receive."

MIKE C. BODINE


King lauded now, but not before

Today, Martin Luther King is regarded in an almost saintly aura by conservatives and liberals alike. But when he was alive he was vilified by practically every conservative as a card-carrying communist and a liberal rabble rouser.

Those on the right who speak of him with such deference would do well to ponder a little more deeply the extent of his progressivism. If he were alive today and as outspoken as he was then, those same conservatives would be cursing him, not praising him.

He was more than just a non-violent activist for civil rights; he was a fiery rebel who spoke out unabashedly for social justice -- two words that today's rabid right wingers don't even like to hear. Today, he would likely be railing against corporate greed and our crony capitalist system that favors only the rich, against our proliferation of guns and violence and our squandering of obscene amounts of money on our military-industrial complex, against our shameful neglect of our schools and social services; and he would be calling for strengthening our unions, not dismantling them.

Dr. King deserves respect, indeed -- but not the misplaced respect of those who have so grossly distorted and white-washed his message.

RICK ARMSTRONG, Monteagle, Tenn.


GOP actions work against job creation

The re-creation of production jobs in the U.S.A. is the key to recovery. Why do the Republicans only have plans for decreasing the workers' wages, thereby widening the workers' wage gap and are without plans for re-creating jobs here? The loss of U.S. workers' jobs has been caused from the effects of the global economy, with a trade deficit of more than $48 billion per month.

Now they are against helping the private sectors in re-creating the needed manufacturing/production jobs here? The Republicans' objectives/policies would continue to force more people into poverty and then their principles are against using our government for helping with these people's existence.

Forget about the workers having any representation on the job or there being any help for the people who cannot find a job when there is only one job available for every four people looking for work?

The Republicans have made it clear that they would not help and would leave these people in poverty to fend for themselves.

CARL BRACKIN, Georgetown, Tenn.


Armstrong's confession sincere

Over 28 million people recently tuned in to see Oprah interview Lance Armstrong, who admitted that he used banned drugs to further his cycling career. Contrary to recent criticism, I believe that this long-awaited confession was truly sincere. He never actually committed any physical harm to anyone other than himself, and there is no doubt that he has worked very hard to receive such an honorable level of success that very few have managed to surpass. Many of his teammates were using the same drugs. Almost every cyclist has been caught.

While forgiveness may be challenging after hearing him deny these claims for many years and lie straight to our faces, we ought to accept his gutsy apology for the sake of him and his family's future. I think that past sponsors should not sue but instead be grateful for the years of exposure that he has given toward their brand.

Armstrong should be able to make a comeback and compete in future cycling races, as long as he is consistently tested for drugs.

MICHAEL GOLDBLATT


Nothing honorable about Clinton

On Wednesday, Jan. 23, the sign in front of her read "Honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton." Not true; anything but honorable. Her husband -- and I use the term loosely -- lied to a federal grand jury and never served time in prison, as you and I would have.

Though he was impeached, he wasn't even removed from office, and is now earning millions with many speaking engagements. So Mrs. Bill Clinton has learned from Bubba and Barack that lying has little or no consequences, as long as you're a liberal Democrat.

That will be a monumental asset now that her 2016 election campaign was officially begun, with the open fawning by her Democrat friends on the Senate and House Foreign Relations committees during the congressional hearing sham. But kudos to Senators Paul, McCain, Johnson, and several House members for at least calling her out publicly. More will unravel soon. Count on it.

JOHN BERGEN, Ringgold, Ga.


We are entitled to protection

Kudos to Col. William W. Fraker, U.S. Army (Ret.), for his eloquent reminder on the spirit and intent of the Second Amendment. In the context of our rights guaranteed under the Constitution, we are entitled to protect ourselves against all enemies, foreign and domestic.

We can only exercise that right when we have equal access to the resources available to any military or terrorist group that threatens us. That some chose to use these weapons for less noble means is not sufficient cause to vacate this amendment, nor for the president or others in political office to circumvent this basic right. We are grief stricken and overwhelmed when there are senseless acts of terror and innocent lives are lost.

In the context of the newest gun control measures signed by the president, he should take great care with the office that has been entrusted to him. He has been elected to lead this great nation but has not been given the authority to run it. There is a great difference. Executive powers, skillfully manipulated from our current laws, are an affront to our Constitution.

CLIFTON J. ST. PIERRE, Birchwood, Tenn.

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ORRMEANSLIGHT said...

'Nothing honorable about Clinton'

Yes! Oh Yes! It is no secret that from the Hollywood 'Casting Couch' to Ms. Monica Lewinsky, many females attempt to grab power through agreeing to tarnish Women's desires to be 'Non-Objects'. Does one bad apple spoil the whole bunch? Please just take a look at some statistics about too many Women in the good ole' U.S.A.:

And Women! Listen Up! Lesbians-Be advised that in the state of Tennessee Women make up approximately 24% of AIDS Diagnosis. (23.7 actual percentage). Birth Control pills, Morning After pills, Slaughter House Abortions so You can party at Da' Club ain't no powerful liberal statement you're making. It's no great surprise or wonder. There are an estimated (low) 60,000 Women [U.S.A.] who act? in hard-core pornography videos. These numbers sky rocket when we only talk about lewd still photographs. Now, prostitution, tricky escort services, etc. Don't even try to estimate this astronomical number of Women who agree to be objects.

So, just take a read on some 'ancient modern day' application wisdom, and, absolute TRUTH:

7 "Be not deceived; GOD IS NOT MOCKED: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of THE FLESH REAP CORRUPTION; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting." Galatians 6:7-8

The Holy Word of Jesus Christ<<<

January 26, 2013 at 10:46 a.m.
conservative said...

Hey DAN COOPER, Ringgold, Ga., What are YOU doing to cause global warming?

January 26, 2013 at 11:28 a.m.
lkeithlu said...

Ken Orr, why are you back and spewing yet more venom and lies? Your obsession with other people's sex lives is unhealthy at best, offensive at worst. I would point out your errors but you will go on and make them again, repeatedly.

conservative, that shtick only serves to make you look like an idiot. Better see to that.

January 26, 2013 at 11:36 a.m.
Rickaroo said...

John Bergen, if you or anyone else can prove that Hillary Clinton was lying or acting in any way that was less than honorable before, during, or after the Benghazi incident, then you have the right to call her out on it. But so far she has been forthright and above-board in everything she has done or said. You lame Obama haters can keep on pursuing this incident 'til you're blue in the face, you can set up an investigative committee and spend billions of dollars doing it (and you probably will), but you will keep coming to the same conclusion that most sane people already know: this was an unfortunate terrorist incident and there was no conspiracy, lies, or cover-up involved. My god, you wing-nuts are effin' crazy. Our world is crashing all around us in very real ways and you're too busy fighting your imaginary left wing demons to see it.

January 26, 2013 at 1:04 p.m.
Rickaroo said...

Clifton St. Pierre....you say "kudos" to William Fraker, I say "nonsense" to William Fraker. I remember well his letter and I commented on it at the time. He has no better grasp of the intent of the second amendment than anybody else. I love how you gun lovers think that you have the only true, clear understanding of the mindset of the founding fathers, when in fact you are simply taking a rather broad, generalized, generic term ("well regulated militia") and twisting it to mean only what you want it to mean.

Today we have a standing military, National Guard, and a police force in every community throughout the land. You cannot get any more well-regulated than that. There was no such thing 226 years ago. A well regulated militia meant something else entirely to our founding fathers. Yet you people who want guns in every facet of our society want to foist your own biased meaning of it on to the rest of us. You want to justify Bubba-with-a-gun as what the forefathers meant by a well regulated militia. But that's a stretch that doesn't even make sense, except in the deluded minds of you who think that putting more guns in the hands of more people is the only answer to our gun-violence plague.

January 26, 2013 at 1:26 p.m.
ORRMEANSLIGHT said...

Rickaroo,

Please consider researching the countries/governments which had embraced Democracy and then became Tyrants, turning on their own Constituent population. There are many, too many. Believe me please, unless You, like easy123 don't have the experience that only age can bring. In that case, i understand, and forgive You. It is not Your fault any more than it is easy's.

Jesus Christ says to us all: Proverbs 4:7 Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.<<<

Ken ORR

January 26, 2013 at 1:34 p.m.
Easy123 said...

Orr,

Name one country that did so. I bet you can't name one.

Age has nothing to do with intelligence or experience. You've proven that beyond a shadow of a doubt. Rickaroo is probably older than you are, dumbass.

January 26, 2013 at 1:46 p.m.
daytonsdarwin said...

Trusting Orr's intellect on matters about sex would be like trusting GW Bush on WMDs; nothing there.

January 26, 2013 at 1:47 p.m.
ORRMEANSLIGHT said...

Rickaroo,

Please consider researching the countries/governments which had embraced Democracy and then became Tyrants, turning on their own Constituent population. There are many, too many. Believe me please, unless You, like easy123 don't have the experience that only age can bring. In that case, i understand, and forgive You. It is not Your fault any more than it is easy's. There is a comment I read that; "1776 'can' be repeated if necessary"......Capiche?

Jesus Christ says to us all: Proverbs 4:7 "Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding".<<<

Ken ORR

January 26, 2013 at 1:47 p.m.
ORRMEANSLIGHT said...

I left something out in the post above. This is not a repeat. kwo

Ps

i've got to go get some repair parts. I must go for now.

January 26, 2013 at 1:57 p.m.
daytonsdarwin said...

"i've got to go get some repair parts. I must go for now."

See if you can get that god complex repaired and a new intellect while you're out.

January 26, 2013 at 2:01 p.m.
carlB said...

What ARE The True OBJECTIVES of the ANTI OBAMA AND ANTI GOVERNMENT "GROUPS"? We Need to Think About Why There are people so violently against President Obama getting elected and reelected? We know that "bias" and "religion" are two reasons the voters, are against the President and other Democratic candidates. But why would the voters continue to vote for the political party that was bent on the destruction of this Republic

There are other situations/conditions/events occurring which could possibly create the circumstances of having "Anarchy" to occur in the USA and even to occur world wide. From all of the indications, there are many people who would prefer to live in a world wide "Anarchy" than to live in a balanced "Republic" with laws and a government strong enough to keep the needed balanced conditions.

JOHN BERGEN, Ringgold, Ga. ORRMEANSLIGHT

Do you really think we will start hating the Clinton's and women? It is strange that you would pick out the Clinton's and be against them when we have been in the selected war in Iraq and are still in the Afghanistan War with all the people who have gotten killed and wounded?

January 26, 2013 at 2:31 p.m.
Rickaroo said...

Ken Orr...I am 62. I have mentioned my age before. Age or experience (or a lack thereof) has nothing to do with what you are talking about. Here is the crux of the matter: If any president or anyone who usurps the power of the presidency has it in their minds to overthrow our government and subjugate the people, the only way that would be possible is for him to have the full force of the military at his disposal. If he did not, the military would easily stop him in his tracks. If, however, the entire military has somehow fallen under the spell of this new "dictator" and becomes convinced that he is the new rightful heir to the throne, then there will be no stopping them, no matter how big your arsenal of AR15s or AK47s.

If you are one of those who thinks that we have every right to procure whatever weapons the military has, just so that we can feel better protected in the event of this apocalyptic future that you paranoid nuts worry so much about, then good luck getting your hands on even a small fraction of the sophisticated, hi-tech, massive weaponry of the armed forces. If you fall into the silly delusion of believing that the second amendment is all about protecting ourselves from our own government, then the only way to truly guarantee that protection is for us to have a citizens' militia equal to our standing military. And that, sir, AIN'T GONNA HAPPEN, no matter how much you might want it to.

I find it interesting that you Bible thumpers are some of the ones who scream the loudest about our need to protect ourselves from a "tyrannical" government. If it comes to that, it's all going to be part of "God's plan" anyway, right? So if/when worse comes to worst, why don't you just bow your heads, quote the 23rd Psalm, and prepare to be taken up in the rapture? Why fight it? You would only be prolonging your miserable life here on earth and delaying your entry into those Pearly Gates. Or, is Jesus going to be coming back armed with assault rifles and Glocks? Maybe there's something in Revelation about that, hidden within its abstract and esoteric pages, that only you Bible thumpers know about?

January 26, 2013 at 2:40 p.m.
daytonsdarwin said...

Rickaroo, I've notice that most Bible-thumpers (Orr, Conservative, Joneses, Lohr, and many others) when confronted by a question about the Bible or Jehovah never respond to that question. They fall back into quoting the questioned Bible, and speak in tongues that never make sense; a glossolaia of ignorance.

Their support is always anecdotal, their 'proof' is blind faith, and their ability to comprehend science, history, and logic is suspect.

Ask for a straight answer, and you get ramblings of Bible-besotted men who babble about Jehovah as 5 year-old boys get excited about Spiderman. Neither are real characters, but the 5 year-old boys are playing pretend.

The grown men are not pretending — they've just remained immature, believers in a magical fairy-tale where their enemies in science, history, and reason can be vanquished like Jehovah's foes through plagues and Death Angels.

They use the bigotry and genocide of a monstrous deity to sooth their own inadequcies in life and make themselves important as tools of that hateful god. They don't seek goodness for its own sake, rather the wrath of imaginary spirits to enforce the code of tyranny of their twisted minds and demented gods.

It is they who are the embodiment of hell-on-earth and through their evil seek to erase freethought and freethinkers from the world.

January 26, 2013 at 4:17 p.m.
Easy123 said...

daytonsdarwin,

Their ability to comprehend science, history, and logic is far beyond suspect. The people you mentioned are utterly illiterate in all things scientific, historical, and logical. Ken Orr is the king of scientific illiteracy. I've never seen more ignorance from someone that claims to know so much about science than I have from Ken Orr.

It's mind boggling that people like him can even exist in the world, much less be viewed as sane among his peers. Ken Orr is actually allowed to come into contact with other human beings! It's unbelievable that an individual that espouses the insane, immoral, evil, ignorant beliefs Ken Orr does it actually allowed out in public.

January 26, 2013 at 4:44 p.m.
jjmez said...

Rickaroo said... John Bergen, if you or anyone else can prove that Hillary Clinton was lying or acting in any way that was less than honorable before, during, or after the Benghazi incident, then you have the right to call her out on it. But so far she has been forthright and above-board in everything she has done or said.

Which is more than anyone can say about her attackers. Perhaps they are attempting to detract attention away from the fact that SOS Clinton pleaded twice for more funding for embassy security, but Republicans turned her down.

See: Top Ten Republican Myths on Benghazi that Justify Hillary Clinton’s Anger by j. cole, altrnt org excerpt:

The Benghazi US mission was very clearly an operation of the Central Intelligence Agency, and that is the reason that the Obama administration officials have never been able to speak frankly and publicly about it. McCain and the others know this very well, and they know that their public carping cannot be “simply” answered because the answers would endanger sources and methods. The consulate was amazingly well-guarded by some 40 CIA operatives, many of them ex-special forces. These were viewed by consular officials as “the cavalry.” It is still not clear what Ambassador Chris Stevens and the CIA were doing in Benghazi, and unless we know that we can’t know why they were attacked.

January 26, 2013 at 6:34 p.m.
Rickaroo said...

You're exactly right, Darwin. They invariably fall back on "circular" logic, which isn't really logic at all. They know they don't have anything valid to support their argument, so they resort to quoting from the very thing that we are questioning in the first place - their Bible. It's almost always futile to try to argue with them because they are devoid of logic anyway. I usually try to just leave them alone and let them have their say, but they always come up with the most outrageous and idiotic things - it's hard to let them slide by without challenging them in some way. I consider people like Orr and Lohr to be unredeemable but perhaps there are others who are teetering on the edge who might still be swayed enough by reason to not cross over that dark line into insane religiosity.

January 27, 2013 at 3:27 p.m.
Rickaroo said...

I had not seen that article, jjmez. Interesting. Thanks for the excerpt.

January 27, 2013 at 3:39 p.m.
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