published Sunday, January 27th, 2013

'Hard lefts put Obama on track' and more letters to the editors

Hard lefts put Obama on track

I was surprised to see that during the inaugural address Monday that President Obama has shown his true colors to be a NASCAR fan! I know that is shocking to many, but it is true. Stay with me here. The president may even secretly harbor a desire to be a NASCAR driver -- based on those four hard left turns he made during the address, he'd be a shoe-in at Talladega. Here's how the race call might go.

Heading into turn one passing Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, a hard left on gun control. Accelerating into turn two, another left on gay marriage. Next he's passing LBJ and FDR going into turn three, for expanded social programs. Now the president is heading into the final left turn by blowing past all of Europe with new cap-and-trade proposals.

There is little doubt the blue states will love Obama's new left, oh sorry, "progressive" turns. The red states will loath them. I don't think anyone can doubt the facts that this is Obama 2.0 and it is not your father's Oldsmobile. Watch out, Jimmie Johnson, there may be a president passing you on your progressive side, I mean left side.

JEVIN JENSEN

Rocky Face, Ga.


Tea party needs to fire the RINOs

"For what I fear comes upon me," from the book of Job.

Many months ago, a tea party vote was taken on the question whether to endorse a political candidate. A majority voted not to endorse.

However, too many groups have become enamored with favorite sons, who courted the wave of support by becoming a frequent face at meetings. Now that the election cycle is over, tea parties are taking a rest before the next onslaught of candidates shows up. Political "wannabes" will play their part in wooing the tea party goers into thinking they are sincere patriots. Face it, folks, they're politicians!

If the Republicans, or Democrats, were worth their salt, the tea party could take a break and offer suggestions to their representatives steering our nation back to a constitutional republic in place of racing toward socialism. The main problem I see is the tea party has been usurped by a good ol' boys network of the Republican Party and held captive in order to keep them from interfering with how politics work. The tea party needs to take back the tea party and fire the RINOs.

LAWRENCE HEADRICK

Tunnel Hill, Ga.


We're likely to keep on killing

History establishes that we enjoy killing each other, perhaps second only to procreating. We've been doing both for a long, long time. We don't need an AK 47. We'll do it with whatever is immediately available.

I submit that neither our Congress by legislative act nor our courts by judicial mandate can alter our genetic drives. Like it or not, it seems reasonably predictable that we are going to keep on killing one another. It makes little sense to waste time attempting to legislatively restrict our choices as to how we choose to do it.

But Congress does have the power to do something about our looming national catastrophe. Figuratively speaking, we're like a hungover drunk who has sobered up to realize that he has current bills to pay, a family to feed, children to educate, elderly parents with minimal saving and whose own retirement is grossly underfunded.

Why do our representatives continue to waste time squabbling about who will pay what percent on dollars that, absent their action, may soon be worthless.

JAMES C. LEE


Some suggestions to help homeless

I was on the streets for 14 months, so I speak from experience.

Extreme cold and heat are miserable when homeless. Rain anytime is a disaster; keeping your belongings dry is very difficult. I did fairly well as somehow I acquired those big heavy-duty black bags.

This suggestion is primarily directed to churches and others that donate individually. Giving heavy-duty black bags in bulk to any organization most likely wouldn't work. When possible, giving one to each individual would help. Also, telling people to form a line is suggested. Homeless typically could care less about each other. Consequently, they hoard.

The next thing is don't give money to panhandlers. Locally the Community Kitchen and clinic there are available to help. They sure helped me. So did the Rescue Mission.

Finally, there is a myth that all homeless are drunks and druggies. Though many are, untreated mental illness is another huge issue. Schizophrenia is not uncommon. Domestic abuse of women is another.

Thanks to all the people who helped save my life.

PATTY COLLIER


Benson's expertise good for District 4

Jack Benson has been a blessing for all of the citizens of District 4. Since he took office in 2001, his knowledge and expertise have led District 4 into a brighter future.

Look at the growth in District 4. Not only has the district grown, it has grown within the boundaries of a land-use plan. This allows for smart growth, something that Jack Benson has been for since his first day in office. The use of such a land-use plan avoids the sprawl and value degradation that all homeowners and citizens wish to avoid.

Second, District 4 has the lowest crime rates out of all the districts in the city. This is due to Jack Benson's focus not only on crime suppression, but crime prevention through the education of our children and by providing recreational opportunities for the communities to become closer to one another.

Third and finally, Jack Benson has worked every day he could for the city of Chattanooga. In my memory, Jack Benson has not missed a single City Council meeting. That shows a level of dedication that could only come from someone absolutely devoted to the city and its residents.

For me, a resident of District 4 for 49 years, I plan to back Jack. Jack Benson is the only real candidate for District 4. I will be voting for him this election, and I hope all of my neighbors will also.

JOHN CRAWFORD


Simmons' heart is with people

The controversy over Chattanooga Village development causes us to review the priorities of our City Council members. Are they aligned with developers' interests or committed to maintaining the integrity of neighborhoods? One reason we support Priscilla Simmons for District 2 City Council representative is that we know her heart is on the side of neighborhoods.

In her 38 years of work for the city, she demonstrated balanced judgment and leadership. Her family life reflects her commitment to the home she has lived in for 31 years and the neighbors she has loved.

We urge our neighbors in District 2 to elect Priscilla Simmons, a good mother, neighbor, church member and retired city accounting manager who understands how our city government works and deeply cares about the people affected by the decisions of its council.

TIM AND LUCY TAYLOR


'Accomplishments' from first term

Now that President Obama is beginning his second term, its time to reflect on several huge accomplishments of his first term.

Much higher federal debt. We've gone from $10 trillion to over $16 trillion. That's a 60 percent increase. The debt share for a family of four is over $220,000. And debt continues to grow over $1 trillion each year.

Many more entitlements include extending unemployment benefits (now two years and soon longer), disability claims skyrocketing as unemployment benefits run out; taxpayers' money to failed companies; Obamacare (13,000 pages so far); food stamps (increased from 30 million to 47 million people); cash for clunkers etc. Entitlements are the largest drain on our economy and are increasing daily.

Many new laws, regulations and executive orders. Just last year they pumped out over 77,000 of them. Each regulation means less freedom for Americans.

Politicians' solution for one dysfunctional government is compromise. They have been compromising for over 200 years, and look where we are.

Most politicians have four goals: power, massive overspending of taxpayers' money, greed and getting re-elected. Our country's rebirth is simple. Elect politicians who are truly public servants.

LEE GERALDSON

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Easy123 said...

"Entitlements are the largest drain on our economy and are increasing daily."

One of the most ignorant, uninformed statements I've ever read in print. When will WingNuts stop acting like President Obama invented safety net programs or created new ones? Why do WingNuts never mention the hundreds of billions of dollars spent on the military-industiral complex? ALL safety net programs (including workers comp., retirement and disability, SSI, and TARP) account for 11% of the budget for 2013 (not including SS, Medicare or Medicaid). Defense accounts for 24% (the largest percentage) of the budget for 2013. Which one seems like a bigger drain?

http://www.usgovernmentspending.com/federal_budget_detail_fy13bs12013n

"Each regulation means less freedom for Americans."

I retract my initial statement. That is the most ignorant, uninformed statement I've ever read.

It's getting more and more difficult to take Republicans seriously at all. If they aren't spewing lies and misinformation, they are trying to legitimize rape or wax indignant about abortion. Clay Bennett's new cartoon is spot on. Republicans are the party of stupid

January 27, 2013 at 2:59 a.m.
raygunz said...

Yeah Easy, Clay's cartoon is spot-on,wonder why there's no comments allowed?

January 27, 2013 at 3:42 a.m.
AndrewLohr said...

easy, your source gives "health care" 24%, the same as defense, and "pensions" 23%, both of which are "Entitlements." The devil is the father of lies.

regulation? Tennessee used to have, and may still have, a regulation that requires an aspiring barber to get a year's training and give someone a haircut before the barber board in Nashville in order to get a license. How does that help? Kill the regulation and fire the barber board. The Institute for Justice sues to kill bad regs, e.g. TN's that you had to be a mortician to sell coffins (details subject to correction.) To sell a box, you gotta know how to pickle a corpse? Woe to those who make the ephah small, and the shekel great.

Murder of little babies deserves no indignation? We feed them to vacuum cleaners, but not rapists?

January 27, 2013 at 6:24 a.m.
Easy123 said...

AndrewLohr,

"your source gives "health care" 24%, the same as defense, and "pensions" 23%, both of which are "Entitlements.""

I already mentioned the 11% number didn't include "SS, Medicare or Medicaid". However, those programs aren't entitlements despite the ridiculous claims people make to the contrary. You pay in to SS and Medicare. Notice the author of the letter I made reference to didn't mention those programs as "entitlements" anyway. Just to be clear, Obamacare isn't an entitlement either. Your misguided world view has caused you to put your foot firmly in your mouth. Would you like to try again?

"The devil is the father of lies."

I haven't told any lies. You are either being purposefully deceitful or you're illiterate. Which is it?

"Murder of little babies deserves no indignation? We feed them to vacuum cleaners, but not rapists?"

Evacuating a clump of cells that doesn't have a heart beat nor can it breathe air if taken out of the wound is hardly the "murder of little babies". How many little babies has your god murdered by "causing" miscarriages, childhood cancer, etc.? Your religious "sensibilities" (there is nothing sensible about them) make you illogical.

January 27, 2013 at 7:02 a.m.
daytonsdarwin said...

Lohr, we're still waiting to hear the details of those miracles you received. Or are those 'miracles' as phoney as your god?

January 27, 2013 at 8:47 a.m.
lkeithlu said...

Interesting case in Colorado-a family sued a Catholic hospital for the murder of two fetuses. Their defense? Fetuses are not people. Curious to know your take on this matter, AndrewLohr. Are fetuses people all the time? Or only when convenient? Seems the church is split on this too.

January 27, 2013 at 8:53 a.m.
daytonsdarwin said...

The same mental machinations involved in believing in the Bible as a literal book of history, science, and supernatural deities can easily claim that a fetus is or is not a baby depending on the circumstances.

Most of the time Christian fundamentalist churches believe that the Catholic Church is part of the Anti-Christ, until those same Christian fundamentalists join hands with the Catholic Church on the issue of abortion.

Fortunately, many Catholics and Christian fundamentalists only offer lip service to their respective denominations, but go on with their lives without living the crazy beliefs of both groups.

January 27, 2013 at 9:18 a.m.
Lr103 said...

lkeithlu said... Interesting case in Colorado-a family sued a Catholic hospital for the murder of two fetuses. Their defense? Fetuses are not people. Curious to know your take on this matter, AndrewLohr. Are fetuses people all the time? Or only when convenient? Seems the church is split on this too

I saw that story! The mother, who died too, was seven months pregnant. Which means the babies could have/would have likely survived. A birthing at 7 months is no longer even considered a premature brith in most cases. Unless other complications develop. See how money and the threat of a lawsuit, not the wrath God, are the real game changers after all?

January 27, 2013 at 9:52 a.m.
ORRMEANSLIGHT said...

Who gives any human the authority to terminate the process of a developing human life?

Shall we murder all mentally/physically handicapped individuals because they are not fully developed?

Slaughter House Abortionists Kill Children by Consent of their Mothers... ERGO!

Those of You who support or actually murder our innocent children, please be advised of this regarding Born Again Believers in Jesus Christ:

1 Corinthians 6:3

"Know ye not that we {born again Believers} shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?"

January 27, 2013 at 4:18 p.m.
daytonsdarwin said...

Orr, it's Sunday. Come down from your cross. And no, no one's going to kill you because you aren't fully mentally developed. You suffer from religious delusions based on your own inadequate life, homo-erotic tendencies, and fear of women and fear of sex.

But you're not alone. Many of your fellow-men Christian fanatics have the same condition — like Hitler, Falwell, and John Calvin.

January 27, 2013 at 4:32 p.m.
ORRMEANSLIGHT said...

JAMES C. LEE~What an awesome Editorial Letter! Thank You. Hopefully You will produce more like this one.

Wow! Check out the State of Georgia! How 'bout dem Freedom Fighters. Georgia's Governor and Capitol Hill weighed the advice of the Liberal Democrat Obama Administration and responded this way: They have legislated much greater authority to the gun owners of their great State of Georgia. Georgia seemingly has one of the most absolutely pure and informed understandings of the second amendment to the Constitution of any state. We can all learn from the great State of Georgia and The N.R.A. kwo

January 27, 2013 at 4:34 p.m.
lkeithlu said...

Ken, I asked you a question. Did you ignore it on purpose? Please tell me who Adam and Eve's sons married. Please give your source.

January 27, 2013 at 6:56 p.m.
daytonsdarwin said...

Orr can't post right now. He's changing the tinfoil on his Jesus hat before receiving another revelation from heaven.

January 27, 2013 at 7:19 p.m.
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