published Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

'Sheriff's spending betrays trust' and more letters to the editors

Sheriff's spending betrays trust

The Sunday, Jan. 27, article about former Dade County Sheriff Patrick Cannon spending $3,644 of the county's money on "uniforms" for himself — despite the fact he had just lost his re-election bid and had only 11 weeks of "service" to complete — is a perfect example why a significant percentage of voters are so fed up with politicians/public "servants" who gain the public's trust then betray that trust for their personal gain.

Legality is sometimes a loophole for unethical behavior. Elected officials should know the difference and conduct the public's business to benefit the public.


Tuder won't be political puppet

Until five years ago, we lived in Chattanooga City Council District 2. After raising our family in the North Glen neighborhood in Hixson we moved into the county for reasons that included cost savings.

When Hixson was annexed into Chattanooga in the 1970s, there were grand promises of services. We received a tremendous tax burden with little to no services to match.

In staying in touch with our great friends in both of these neighborhoods, we want to offer a word to those who want their area represented on the City Council with integrity. Vote for Roger Tuder. We know Roger to be a friend of the community and not a rubber-stamp politician.

Now a word of caution. The last thing needed is a Crutchfield-backed puppet who talks about his career in city government and just picked up Mai Bell Hurley's endorsement. The Hixson area has done well for many years without the Crutchfield influence, and going backward is not the direction needed.

District 2 voters, you really have one choice that won't be a political puppet. Vote for Roger Tuder.


Tyranny of majority snuffing out liberty

Both Groundhog Day and the State of the Union address will occur in the next few weeks. This is an ironic juxtaposition of events. One involves a meaningless ritual in which we look to an insignificant creature of little intelligence for prognostication. The other involves a groundhog. Both, of equal importance.

However, 2013 will be significant in that: Obama's ultimate goal of replacing America's foundational economic and social tenets with a broad-based socialist one, headed by progressive Marxists like himself, is actually within reach, and his agenda is rolling full speed ahead.

Disgustingly one-third of eligible voters didn't even vote. This alone was enough to give Mr. Obama his overwhelming majority of 51 percent. Americans have become too apathetic to know or care when freedom and liberty are at stake.

America has capitulated to the nanny state voters, breaking faith with all past generations who gave her birth and defended her for over two centuries. The flame of liberty has been extinguished by the "tyranny of the majority," which the Founding Fathers feared.

GARY SMITH, Flintstone, Ga.

Tittle's behavior shows character

In response to the article in the Jan. 20 edition regarding retiring Hamilton County's chief of emergency management Bill Tittle, I would like to add a few remarks to support your observations.

Bill, sometimes with his friends and co-workers, sometimes with his lovely wife Dianne, patronized Piccadilly Cafeteria at Northgate Mall for all of the 12 years I worked there. He was always gracious, friendly and approachable. On my last day of work before the restaurant closed it's doors after 40 years, I could see the emotion on his face as he handed me an extraordinary tip and wished me well.

His concern for my well-being was reinforced roughly a week later when he called, asked how I was doing, and told me if there was anything he could do to help me in the future, be sure to let him know.

For a man with so many responsibilities to reach out like that speaks volumes about his character. The world would be so much better with more people like him.

So Bill, here's to you! I pray you enjoy your retirement and sincerely hope the rest of your life is as rich and rewarding as you have strived so diligently to make the lives of others.


Items in article are inaccurate

We would like to address some misrepresentations and inaccuracies that appeared in a Jan. 26 article.

First: Our board meeting was in executive session, and closing it to the press under those conditions violates none of the Hamilton County Democratic Party bylaws under which we operate. After consulting with legal experts and a member of the Democratic National Committee, we have been advised that, technically, while we should have formally adjourned the board meeting and resumed as an executive session, in effect that is what was done. Future meetings will be clearly announced as either open board meetings or executive strategy sessions, which will be closed to all press.

Second: Mr. Moses Freeman did not pay the HCDP for "advertising space." The HCDP is renting its headquarters premises month-to-month and does not have a lease. Mr. Freeman is subletting the space from the building's owner during his campaign for City Council and naturally has posted signs for his campaign. This does not constitute an endorsement by the Hamilton County Democratic Party. All Democratic candidates could and did post signs during the 2012 state and national campaigns.

To reinforce this impartiality, no official HCDP meetings will be held in this space until after the March 5 election.

Finally: As the Times Free Press's motto, which runs every day on the paper's masthead, reads "To Give The News Impartially, Without Fear Or Favor," we look forward to front-page coverage of the next Hamilton County Republican Party's executive board session, which we have every confidence is always open to both press and public.

PAUL SMITH, Hamilton County Democratic Party Chairman

STEPHEN HARPER, Hamilton County Democratic Party Treasurer

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Easy123 said...


Those "past generations who gave her birth and defended her for over two centuries" are actually included in the "nanny state voters". You know, the "47 %". You can't even get to that number without including retirees and the disabled. If you're old enough, you're probably included in that percentage as well. Does anyone else find it ironic that we are only a "nanny state" or a country of "takers" when the guy with brown skin is in office? When will WingNuts stop acting like President Obama created safety net programs or made people get on food stamps, welfare, etc? If the poor vote for the brown guy we're a "nanny state" but if they vote for the white guy we're "taking America back"...

It's truly comical to watch the WingNut's sulk and cry after a big loss. Apparently, it only took 4 years for us Americans to become "too apathetic to know or care when freedom and liberty are at stake". In other words, we elected a Democrat as President (AGAIN) and the WingNuts don't like it.

When your prognostications about "replacing America's foundational economic and social tenets with a broad-based socialist one" don't come true, I expect you'll to write a retraction letter-to-the-editor.

"The flame of liberty is burning brighter than ever. You're just mad that the majority is no longer white Protestants. Our Founding Father's created a document that said "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal", but our Founding Fathers didn't live up to that statement. We are on the path to fulfilling that statement so you better get off the tracks because the train of equality and justice is coming.

January 30, 2013 at 1:34 a.m.
LibDem said...

GARY SMITH, I's good that you can admit that " insignificant creature of little intelligence..." beat you. Maybe your candidate had something to do with the dismal turnout. Apparently those who cared enough to vote preferred Mr. Obama.

January 30, 2013 at 9:52 a.m.
shen said...

Ironically, prior to the Civil Rights Movement, people like Gary Smith were all for those socialist programs. They didn't have to share the bounty. Then the Civil Rights Movement made those programs more inclusive and suddenly, Dear Watson, we have a problem with social programs!. LMAO!!

January 30, 2013 at 11:21 a.m.
Handleit said...

Mr Tuder has the support of Ms. Robinson. That in itself is enough to make me look for another candidate the represent District 2. Everyone that follows the news has seen Ms. Robinson rubber stamp any and every spending project the mayor and his cronies brought before the council. I urge voters in District 2 and other districts to put new blood on the council at the next election. Out with the old and in with the new.

January 30, 2013 at 11:56 a.m.
carlB said...

Tyranny of majority snuffing out liberty GARY SMITH, Flintstone, Ga =============== Reply: Here is something that needs to be discussed and brought to out to the public.. I believe there is a common relevance to the voters' biased attitudes and religious ideologies as to WHY they are so violently against President Obama getting elected and reelected. This is not anything new. There are questions to be asked for understanding why the voters and our "leaders" are so far apart in their thinking about what are the best ways in solving our economic crisis conditions instead of making them worse. Did Religion have any connection in causing the 2007 deep recession and has the religion had any connection in the Republicans trying to obstruct and preventing our economic recovery from the 2007 recession? Do we need to understand why or how the voters are influenced to vote for a certain political party? Yes, we do need to understand the mystery of what is occurring to cause the voters to vote against themselves. Were the Republicans wrong in using and trying to influence the voters from the Senate Floor by publicly announcing "to do what it took to make President Obama a one term President"? We also need to understand why some Religious groups' "leaders" would choose the policies of and take sides with a particular political party? Especially when they knew that if the "political party" was ELECTED to control our government, it would not be on the helping side of the 47%/ 98% of the masses? Why would the "Church" take sides with a political party which apparently wants and works to help the Capitalist in pushing/keeping the 47%/ 98% on the "bottom rung of the ladder"? Does this indicate that when the "Church" knows there are people being forced to need help and the political party in control has the policies of not helping these people, would many of the people, young and old, living in poverty, turn to the "Church" for help? Is this the "Church's" method of "Bringing in the Sheep" after more of the 47%/ 98% of masses are forced into poverty and are subject to being; repressed, regressed, oppressed, depressed, digressed or suppressed with new morality laws being enforced on them? It appears also that there are always different religious groups / beliefs trying to infiltrate their influence onto all of our political parties and ignoring the rules for the "separation of church and state." Yet, these religious groups/ factions/leaders want to remain untaxed, even when they deliberately keep trying to influence how or for whom the voters choose to vote.

January 30, 2013 at 5:03 p.m.
Lr103 said...

CarlB, It's called starvin'em back to Jesus. Isn't that the way western and european religion is spread around the world? If you don't accept our religion we will starve you, we will make your lives miseral until you come to the Lord on bended knee. In rags, so starved that your bones will portrude from your flesh! Vultures circling, awaiting to dine on your carcass!!

January 31, 2013 at 5:31 p.m.
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