published Friday, June 7th, 2013

Everyone has the right to free speech and other letters to the editors

Everyone has the right to free speech

I am so embarrassed for Coffee County. A group of so-called free-speech advocates refused to allow anyone else to have their say. These people don't represent me and, I hope, not most of my neighbors.

Yes, you have the right to say what you wish in this country, but you should also allow others the same privilege.

Shame on you for saying you support free speech when you clearly only mean for you and not for anyone who is not in agreement with you.

ROGER THOMPSON, Tullahoma, Tenn.

Nothing wrong with immigration rules

We hear so much today about immigration reform. For a hundred years or so, there have been millions and millions of people who have immigrated to the United States and become citizens by following our existing procedures and process established by our immigration policies and laws. It has worked for over a hundred years.

Now the Democrat politicians say we need immigration reform, but they don't explain what's wrong with the existing rules, processes or laws that have worked for so long. Is it because they want to grant citizenship to all the 11 million to 20 million illegal immigrants in the hope of them voting for Democrats to remain in power? After all, I believe I have read that polls show 75 percent of Hispanics vote Democrat.

GARY HAYES, Ooltewah

Free enterprise not meant to be limit-free

Unregulated private enterprise has always been an unmitigated disaster for society. Anyone with common sense, empathy and only a cursory knowledge of economic history (please study FDR and the Great Depression), would never choose greedy, profit-above-all uncontrolled corporations.

The fertilizer plant explosion in Texas and the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist fire (child labor), just as the building collapse in Bangladesh, are examples of unregulated safety violations. The GOP is striving to undermine labor unions and oversight regulations to hand over the U.S.A. to people such as the Koch brothers.

If socialism is choosing regulated free enterprise -- desiring clean, unpolluted air and water, caring that a poor old woman has at least one good meal a day (sequestration is cutting meals on wheels), or that children in the U.S.A. do not go to bed hungry as so many do today -- then I am definitely a socialist.

We live in a country that has so many obscenely rich people who would greedily take all our wealth. To call countries such as North Korea "socialist" is a blatant lie. They are examples of extreme right-wing dictatorships, by the very definition of the term right wing.

WALTER M. BENTON, Signal Mountain

Park should be treated as a historic area

I am saddened and disappointed that city officials are planning on placing a road through the former site of Lincoln Park. Lincoln Park was a rare source of enjoyment and entertainment for African-Americans, where families came together for relaxation and celebration.

The park was a preferred destination for African-Americans throughout the local region and residents from Alabama and Georgia, as well. There is no doubt that this is a historic area in Chattanooga and should be treated as such.


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Livn4life said...

To Mr. Gary Hayes...I think for the most part, the length it takes to become a US citizen the right way, is what people would like to see changed. But you have a point to ponder about why there seems to be a prevailing attitude to let everyone, even illegal persons just automatically become citizens. The debate will go on and be framed politically which will assure it will not be properly dealt with. Meanwhile, border states have to watch as illegal persons, many who are dangerous, pour onto their ground.

June 7, 2013 at 9:14 a.m.
anniebelle said...

The only politician who granted "amnesty for all" was Ronald Reagan. I have not heard anybody even mention unconditional citizenship, ever!

June 7, 2013 at 9:56 a.m.
riverman said...

Calm down Wally you senile old coot. I have never heard anyone call North Korea a Socialist Country. By definition N Korea is one of a handful of countries still governed by a Communist Govt. By the way Wally, Government regulation in the old Russia, which was probably the most regulated country in History, really worked at Chernobyl didn't it?

June 7, 2013 at 10:13 a.m.
riverman said...

I agree with Mr Rowe, I hope we can keep Lincoln Park as is. I remember growing up in the 50s and driving down 3rd street and looking down Central to the entrance to the Park and wondering what was inside. But of course being white we had to drive down the street to Warner Park, which at that time was an amusement park with rides. There was also a , "colored,"(word used at that time) golf course off of Third Street since they weren't allowed to play at Brainerd.

June 7, 2013 at 10:24 a.m.
anniebelle said...

Maybe you need to brush up on your history, drivel boy. Although North Korea is officially a socialist republic and elections are held, it has been described as a totalitarian and Stalinist dictatorship ...

June 7, 2013 at 10:40 a.m.
Rickaroo said...

Riverman, most wingnuts don't know the difference between liberalism, socialism, Communism, or Marxism. But because those ISMS go by any name other than CAPITALISM they just like to lump them all into one box and stamp it with the label of "evil." Nor do they know or even bother to listen to what we libs are actually saying when it comes to free enterprise and what we think our government's role should be. Like you, for example, riverman...what exactly is your point in saying that "Government regulation in the old Russia, which was probably the most regulated country in History, really worked at Chernobyl didn't it?" So what? Do you honestly think that the U.S.S.R. or old Russia had anything that we liberals find desirable or worthy of copying? The U.S.S.R. was a Communist DICTATORSHIP and we libs are opposed to dictatorships every bit as strongly as conservatives and libertarians are. We just happen to think that reasonable regulation and free enterprise should go hand in hand. We know it works because we pretty much had a successful blend of it for about 3 decades following WW2. But you nut-jobs keep whining about how bad regulation is and if we just leave the free market alone it will magically correct itself and always do the right thing. What's more, you keep spreading the false notion that we libs all want some kind of socialist/communist/Marxist utopia that has never really existed nor is likely to ever exist.

Of course it's possible to over-regulate and we need to be diligent about letting the free market have enough slack to flourish and do what it does best, but too little regulation is as dangerous as too much. It's not good to have government alone calling the shots - that's a dictatorship; nor is it good to have big business and the rich calling the shots - that's an oligarchy. And we actually have that now, with our politicians being the puppets of their rich masters who pull their strings and make them dance to their tune.

June 7, 2013 at 11:28 a.m.
klifnotes said...

If powerful nations would put a stop to going into these coutries, propping up and supporting brutal dictator, and lighting fires all over the globe, the people won't feel a need to flee for their own safety.

On Immigration:

Why There's Been A Rise In Illegal (as well as legal) Migration Over The Last 30 or So Years:

The woman, of Mayan Indian heritage, had crossed the U.S. border seven times while pregnant, only to be caught and shipped back across the border on six of those attempts. She braved many miles, enduring blisteringly hot days and freezing nights, with no water or shelter, amid roaming gunmen. The last time she crossed, seven months pregnant, she was rescued by immigration solidarity activists who helped her to find her way to Boston.

Most of the border crossers are from Central America. Many say they would rather be home, if the possibility of decent survival hadn’t been destroyed. Mayans such as this young mother are still fleeing from the wreckage of the genocidal assault on the indigenous population of the Guatemalan highlands 30 years ago.

The main perpetrator, Gen. Efrain Rios Montt, the former dictator who ruled Guatemala during two of the bloodiest years of the country’s decades-long civil war, was convicted in a Guatemalan court of genocide and crimes against humanity, on May 10.

Then, 10 days later, the case was overturned under suspicious circumstances. It is unclear whether the trial will continue.

Rios Montt’s forces killed tens of thousands of Guatemalans, mostly Mayans, in the year 1982 alone.

As that bloody year ended, President Reagan assured the nation that the killer was “a man of great personal integrity and commitment,” who was getting a “bum rap” from human-rights organizations and who “wants to improve the quality of life for all Guatemalans and to promote social justice.” Therefore, the president continued, “My administration will do all it can to support his progressive efforts.”

June 7, 2013 at 5:34 p.m.
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