published Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

Neighborhoodie cartoon 'spot on,' and more letters to the editors

Neighborhoodie cartoon 'spot on'

Mr. Bennett's cartoon entitled Neighborhoodie Watch was "spot on" in my opinion — although my interpretation might not be what he intended.

Our society is so wrapped up in labeling people with one dimensional descriptions.

I have one of my own -- "immature young men trying to make a fashion statement by dressing like criminals." Hoodies are very popular among the young and of course they can dress anyway they like -- this is America. But bank robbers, drug dealers, and other unsavory criminals also wear hoodies to conceal their identities when engaging in illegal activity.

Therefore, many people (myself included) use common sense and take notice of people that conceal their faces with hoods, dark glasses, etc.in public, especially at night.

Another family has lost a son because of bad judgment on the part of a man and a teenage boy. We need to set examples and teach our children to make good choices and smart decisions. There may come a day when their lives depends on it.

NANCY BLAIR, Whitwell, Tenn.


Jesus, Martin died because of ego

There is no comparison to Jesus's trials and George Zimmerman's trial?

Jesus came to this earth to bring change and a new way to live and believe.

The establishment profiled Jesus as a troublemaker and after following him and thinking he was to no good brought him to trial.

He was innocent of all charges but was crucified to save people from their sins. He wasn't self-serving nor did he want to be a hero.

George Zimmerman wanted to be a hero. In his mind, this young unarmed black male was up to no good so he took it upon himself to follow Trayvon Martin and approach him in the dark bringing on this boy's unnecessary death.

Unlike Jesus' trial, the jury in Zimmerman's trial overlooked many inconsistencies in his statements and found him not guilty.

The death of Trayvon Martin reminds me of how Jesus, guiltless, died because of ego.

ERNESTINE MEADOWS


Times have changed from '30s to today

In the 1930s and 1940s Jews and others trying to escape the National Socialist death camps found it almost impossible to enter the United States.

Fast forward to the 21st century, a drug smuggler can walk across the border in the southwest and a Jihadist can land at JFK airport on a student visa.

Only an intellectual acrobat can understand this scenario.

JOHN COLE, East Ridge, Tenn.


My mother could run country better

I know my mother, who brought our family of five through the Depression, could run this country much better than the useless Congress running it now.

Guaranteed there would be no food stamp material being stuffed into barrels and shipped down to the Caribbean. And there would be no jet fighters and tanks going to Egypt, either.

WILLIAM BURTON, Cleveland, Tenn.


Corporate deeds lead to downfall

In 1886, a conservative Supreme Court breathed life into the Southern Pacific Railroad, and things have not been the same since. The corporations assumed the rights of personhood but none of the responsibilities. "We The people" -- the ones who work, cry, bleed, and live in this country -- understand those responsibilities and now are called to act to protect our rights from being exploited by corporations for monetary gains and political influence. Corporate exploitation has led to the downfall of our economy, all for profits. "We The People" have had enough and have begun to speak up against this injustice. Under the guise of personhood, corporations have diminished the power of the people for the sake of profits. The corporate hijacking of our political system should be met with a serious response from the people.

I leave you with a quote from Mitt Romney: "Everything the corporations earn goes to the people." -- Mitt Romney

If you understand that the people did not receive golden parachutes during the financial crisis and that free speech is a human right -- not a corporate right -- raise your voice and be heard.

PAT COMBS

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Ki said...

Nancy Blair, Whitwell, TN said... But bank robbers, drug dealers, and other unsavory criminals also wear hoodies to conceal their identities when engaging in illegal activity.

So how do you explain the abductor of Holly Bobo, missing since April 12, 2011 from her West TN home, described as sporting hunting/military style camouflage fatigues as a witness described seeing her being led off into the woods? Then there's always those thieves on Wall Street sporting three piece suits and ties. See, that's why victims are always off guard. They see some dark figure sporting a "hoodie" or other dark clothing as the criminal, and not the upstanding pillar of the community who might be a next door neighbor or relative.

July 24, 2013 at 8:21 a.m.
moon4kat said...

Thank you, Pat Combs. America is doomed if we continue to allow corporations to claim the same rights as living, breathing people. Corporations are legal constructs, and have only one goal: maximizing profits for themselves no matter who gets exploited, hurt or killed. Corporations have no conscience or soul, and they do not care about real people (except when making PR videos).
We must act quickly to reclaim our "government of the people, by the people, for the PEOPLE." Let's all support a constitutional amendment that makes it clear (for those confused about the concept) that corporations are not people.

July 24, 2013 at 9 a.m.
moon4kat said...

Unlike Nancy Blair, I'd be more apprehensive encountering someone wearing a loaded gun than someone wearing a cotton hoodie in the rain. My niece, visiting from England, frequently wears a hoodie. Nancy apparently thinks that's suspicious enough to justify shooting her. It seems to me that some people really stretch to find some "rationale" to excuse Zimmerman's actions.
P.S. - Trayvon Martin wasn't wearing dark glasses.

July 24, 2013 at 9:06 a.m.
jjmez said...

Ms. Blair are you aware that one of California's most sadistic, brutal and elusive serial rapist wore a police uniform? Yes, he was cop. Placed on the very task force to catch.....drum roll.....The serial rapist. That's why he was so elusive. He was able to keep avoiding the trap California police and even the FBI kept setting to catch him, because he was one of their own. Right there listening to and documenting every detail of their next move to catch him. To this day, they were never able to find out how many women he brutally beat and raped, or how many he may have even killed. The carried his craft and knowledge as a cop to elude into other states. And as a cop, when he was finally caught in another state and interviewed by FBI, he knew when to talk and when to shut up.

And don't forget, serial killer, Ted Bundy. He dressed well, spoke well and maneuvered his way around some of the most wealthy and polite in society. He rubbed arms with famous politicians and other famous people. He even worked on some of their election campaigns. He was well known in those elite circles. Another elusive figure, all dressed up in three piece suits and well spoken that turned out to be a brutal, murderer who tortured his victims before killing them.

July 24, 2013 at 2:50 p.m.
Ki said...

jj don't forget John Wayne Gacy, Jeffrey Dahmer, Ed Gein, Dennis Rader AKA Kansas serial killer. These are people neighbors allowed their children to visit and play in their homes. Some had sleepovers. In the case of John Wayne Gacy he entertained at children's parties dressed as a clown. Trusted neighbors and friends. None wore hoodies to lure their victims. They didn't even have to break a sweat. Many were so trusted and such pillars of the community, their victims were practically handed over to them without any concern.

July 24, 2013 at 8:12 p.m.
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