published Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

'Editorial about pending knife law was misinformed' and more letters to the editors

Editorial about pending knife law was misinformed

While gun advocates are accused of overreacting to new gun control measures, your editorial on the pending relaxation of 1950s knife laws makes Chicken Little look like the Rock of Gibraltar.

You state the pending legalization of switchblades and knives with blades over four inches will have "every crazed cowboy" carrying machetes and swords. Yeah, right! And all this hysteria about the pending repeal of an outmoded law passed way back in the late '50s to keep switchblades from street gangs! Gang members use illegally obtained firearms now, not switchblades.

Meanwhile, the 2009 federal law that keeps manual one-hand-opening knives from being classified as switchblades is in touch with reality. The implication of your statement that 80 percent of "non-kitchen pocketknives" sold in America are manual one-handers is clear. You are inferring one-handers are used in a majority of "knife crimes." Wrong again! The overwhelming majority of murders and other attacks with knives are committed with kitchen knives.

Bravo to the pending knife law. It would get Tennesseans out of the mid-20th century and into the 21st.

STEVE SHACKLEFORD, McDonald, Tenn.


Perception of black women's hair is wrong

Let's not be naive. Black women are struggling with of all things "hair issues?" The struggle, if any, is the perception that because of the texture of our hair, we somehow are seeking to deny what our Creator has divinely created and are seeking to be like other races.

In America, there has always been and will always be those who seek to demean and suppress others. Our hair is as much a symbol of our uniqueness as a race of people as the myriad shades of our skin, our full lips and large hips.

Yet no one is outraged at the money spent by those going to tanning salons and plastic surgeons to attain those physical attributes.

The article was an offensive and biased written account. There was the issue that our hair can't be touched, and we can't/don't exercise because of our hair. How do the statements of a handful of women define everyone? The title did not say "some" or "few" just "black women" which is all-inclusive. Our hair is not our identity or our struggle -- but the prejudice that still exists in America today.

ELIZABETH W. COOPER


Taxpayer money of better use for crime prevention

The $9 million of taxpayer money projected for a road to a private luxury development at the top of Aetna Mountain would be better used for Chattanooga citizens in a three-pronged approach to crime and loss of life issues.

Gang killings take not only the lives of young men who are potential contributing citizens to our society, but also the lives of anyone, adult or children in proximity. Indiscriminate shootings threaten our neighborhoods and especially our first-responders.

First, we need to increase job training programs for unemployed or underemployed young men and women with appropriate teachers and skilled social mentors. Then, we need to eliminate gang graffiti, close drug houses and deal strictly with persons who choose to stay in criminal activities rather than join strong job training programs which the city or private organizations can provide. Finally, we need to employ more officers for our communities at wages which show our respect for their training, skills and the challenges they face.

Used in these ways, $9 million of taxpayer money will go a long way toward increasing the quality of life for all residents of our city.

FRANKLIN McCALLIE

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tcrashfx said...

"Potential contributing citizens?"

When your latest booking photo is used to accompany a news article about your violent death, you may not have much 'potential' in the first place.

March 23, 2013 at 7:22 a.m.
shen said...

Frankln McCallie, it's a sad case and consequence of when plans to gentrify goes awry. Chattanoogans tend to dismiss or selectively forget the terms gentrification and gangs seemingly appeared here on the scene simutaneously. One had to be created in order that the other would seem justified.

March 23, 2013 at 8:49 a.m.
TirnaNOG said...

Ms. ELIZABETH W. COOPER, I too was disappointed when I read that article and the interviews given by obviously intelligent and beautiful black women. They send a terribly wrong message to those young girls they're hoping to inspire. They should be more concerned with and teaching the young girls they encounter to be more concerned with developing and empowering their minds rather tha with what grows on top of their head.

I never understood a people who've had to struggled with issues of racial profiling, racial stereotyping, discrimination, intolerance and other injustices on a regular basis, who would beg for laws over such senseless issues as saggy pants, dreadlocks and cornrolls, then basically denounce and appear embarass to others of what's natural for them. Their hair texture. They did a disservice to themselves and those girls they're hoping to inspire, by admitting they feel flawed and embarassed about the way they look. They willingly give others all the ammunition needed to use against them.

That article and the interview those women gave were both demeaning and an embarassment for those black women and black women in general.

March 23, 2013 at 6:41 p.m.
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