published Monday, June 3rd, 2013

Speaking up needs applause and other letters to the editors

Speaking up needs applause

Complaints about Bennett’s cartoon relating President Bush to the Holocaust probably represent a great number of dedicated Chattanooga Times Free Press readers disturbed by Bennett’s satire, if not his editor’s poor judgment. As William Buckley wrote in “Why Don’t We Complain?” Americans think speaking up makes no difference to business and its moral insensitivity, and so most remain silent. Perhaps he was right. Nonetheless, I applaud those who have spoken up about Bennett’s spiteful satire.

As a rhetorical strategy, satire is not exempt from logical fallacies, such as begging the question, hasty generalization, ad hominem, and false analogy. Bennett apparently thinks these fallacies don’t matter.

BOB MILLER, Signal Mountain

Keystone pipeline is a job creator

America now has the opportunity to become energy independent; but President Obama has yet to make a decision on the Keystone XL Pipeline from Canada to our Gulf Coast.

This pipeline is a job creator. It is progress for our country. It stops our dependence on the Middle East oil cartel.

All have signed off on this project except President Obama. Why? What is his excuse? It has been over four years since the Keystone application was submitted to our State Department.

Canada is going to sell this oil to the U.S., or they will sell it overseas to China and others. The American people deserve an approval now!

JOHN ARNEY, Signal Mountain

Time to go back to Bible

Recently an editorial was published by a reverend concerning same-sex marriage. First of all I might mention, “reverend” is only mentioned one time in the Holy Bible. Here, it was applied only to God, never to man (Psalm 111:9).

Same-sex marriage is sinful and is condemned in God’s word. (Romans 1:26,27). A preacher should be familiar with the scriptures before going before the public condoning immoral actions. Marriages such as these are destroying the Christian home. Many people believe their preachers and do not dig into the word of God. We must get past the manmade religions! Go back to the Bible! It never changes!

Our country’s leaders are leaving God and His word out of important decisions being made for the people.

Yes, the time has come. The time is now! God’s son was nailed to the cross for us — can we do less than defend His word?

BRENDA SHIPLEY, Sale Creek, Tenn.

Satire on Democrats, Republicans hilarious

I want to thank the writer of the hilarious satire letter of May 30 on the extreme virtues of liberals and the equally exaggerated portrayal of hideously evil, knuckle-dragging conservatives.

Where else but in satire could it be pointed out that liberals view themselves as unbelievably intelligent, Mother Theresa-like kind, painfully generous, always in the right and almost Divine? Jonathan Swift would be so proud. Keep them coming — you have us rolling in the aisles.


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daytonsdarwin said...

Brenda Shipley wrote: "Go back to the Bible! It never changes!"

That is precisely what is wrong with any holy book that never changes. A conglomeration of myths and stories purporting to be some divinity's genocidal behavior speaks more to the times and environment in which it was written and assembled than historical facts and science today.

"Our country’s leaders are leaving God and His word out of important decisions being made for the people."

That's good news. Bush invoked his belief in God and Jesus with a divine "crusade" as an excuse to invade and occupy foreign countries. Who needs religious claptrap to justify bigotry, hate, war, slavery, and mass murder? The sooner humanity relegates holy books to the category of fiction and not factual divine ramblings of imaginary Sky Daddies, the better the world will be.

Bob Miller wrote: "Complaints about Bennett’s cartoon relating President Bush to the Holocaust probably represent a great number of dedicated Chattanooga Times Free Press readers disturbed by Bennett’s satire, if not his editor’s poor judgment."

Mr. Miller, if your home was bombed, your family maimed and killed, your livelihood destroyed, your country overrun with foreigners, your neighbors tortured and resettled in camps, all in the name of ____ (insert the Fatherland, the Motherland, Democracy, Christianity, Allah, or your choice of propaganda), you might consider it a holocaust. Your being disturb by Bennett's editorial cartoon does not rise to the same level.

June 3, 2013 at 7:24 a.m.
rumrunr said...

ms shipley... you have faith that you are correct in your beliefs. that only makes them right in your mind. i have faith in my beliefs {which are different than yours}, that makes them right in my mind. both of us have a 50/50 chance of being wrong. believe what you want, but the world moves forward without you.

June 3, 2013 at 8:24 a.m.
Livn4life said...

To all who have "their beliefs and I have mine" persons; one day it will be revealed there was an overarching/ultimate truth and because we were so busy looking for our own, many of us missed it. But by golly in the land of the free one is truly free to believe or disbelieve what he or she wants. The problem I have is when anyone is disprespectful and begins name calling and belittling of those(with the same rights as his or her)who have differing beliefs. A truly liberal person is strong enough within himself/herself to live respectfully juxtaposed to those who differ. I see little of such approach from the right or from the left.

June 3, 2013 at 3:19 p.m.
Rickaroo said...

L4L, I'm always amused by you libertarians, independents, and people who claim the middle ground. You seem to think that just by virtue of being in the middle you have a clearer perspective. But your perspective is just as one-sided as that of anybody on the right or the left. Libertarians and middle-of-the-roaders don't necessarily have a firmer grasp of the truth just because they reject the liberal or conservative label.

We all like to think that our opinions and our philosophy are truth based. Whether any "overarching/ultimate truth" will be revealed in the end remains to be seen. Like everyone else, I like to think that I am on the right side of truth but after all is said and done I'm aware that my opinions are formed and expressed through my own personal filter and my reasoning could be just as much off the mark as anyone's. Probably we come closer to "ultimate truth" when we shut the hell up and don't say anything at all. But in the meantime we can only play our part upon the stage and take a stand for what we think is right, and in the end the cards will fall where they will, what will be will be.

June 3, 2013 at 6:26 p.m.

Jesus Christ YHWH said we who are believers hear His voice...the others, well...they are the others.

June 4, 2013 at 11:47 p.m.
daytonsdarwin said...


"Jesus Christ YHWH said we who are believers hear His voice"

Schizophrenics for Jesus! Like the Son of Sam who heard dogs talking, Orr hears echos of imaginary Sky Daddies in his cranium. Son of Sam and Orr — brothers in delusion. At least Son of Sam is locked up. Orr remains out to entertain and provide comic relief.

June 5, 2013 at 9:18 a.m.
DoctorJ said...

Congratulations on the firing of editor Drew Johnson. You can claim all you want that it was due to violation of your paper's editorial processes, but your readers know better. It had everything to do with the content of the editorial. Your occasional token criticisms of President Obama and his policies belie your true sympathies, which are shown every day in your opinions page and political cartoons.

Let it be known everywhere that the Times Free Press is Free in name only...

August 2, 2013 at 7:15 a.m.
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