published Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

Clay Bennett conveys severity of Iraq war, and more letters to the editors

Clay Bennett conveys severity of Iraq war

This article is in response to a letter to the editor, lambasting Clay Bennett's "vicious" attack on Bush's new library — Bennett comparing it with the Holocaust Museum.

I'm not as positive as the aforementioned writer that the comparison was not justified. Deliberate killing of over 6 million Jews, plus several million other political prisoners by the Germans was deplorable, but America's role in the killing of more than 100,000 Iraqis also is indefensible -- considering many were civilians.

There's not much difference in dropping bombs from five miles up and a crazy person with an automatic gun spraying a crowd. Many people will be victims along with their targets.

Is it poor taste to compare the Holocaust with our not-so-fast "mission accomplished" in Iraq? It really depends on what side of the bomb you're on, doesn't it? What would the families of the 100,000 Iraqis — if any still are alive — say? Perhaps it would be a different spin.

TOM BAKER, Hixson


Republic Parking's billing is relentless

Republic parking ... argh! I received a ticket for parking next to a Dumpster. I didn't see a number on pavement, and I didn't even know it was part of Republic's system.

I lost the ticket. Unfortunately, this allowed the company to raise the price from $9 to $39! Republic sent me a bill, I explained the situation and included a check for $10. I wrote "paid in full" on the memo section. Republic crossed out my memo, cashed my check and billed me the remainder.

Despite my attempts to reason with it, Republic is relentless. It is unbelievable to me that this company pretty much rules downtown parking. I guess I won't be going downtown anymore!

SUSAN PROCTOR


Good Samaritans help save dog from traffic

With all the bad things happening in Red Bank the last few weeks, I want to say there is goodness — true goodness — in these neighborhoods, as well. That goodness was shown to me in the most tangible way by a good Samaritan whose name is Linda Clayton.

While we were sitting for a good friend, their dog, a huge German shepherd named Mata escaped. Enter Linda and another wonderful woman, whose name we didn't get.

Linda rescued him from rush-hour traffic on Dayton Boulevard and took him to a vet, who happened to be Mata's vet. Now everything's OK.

Linda went above and beyond to help strangers. Not too many people would even think to stop and help a huge German shepherd, much less be late for work to make sure he was taken care of.

I thank Linda, but I give God the glory for his protection not only for Mata's safety but from protecting us all from much grief.

Red Bank is truly a great place to live.

JEANNA DAVIS


Ford took control of workers' wages

Did you know Henry Ford willingly raised his workers' wages from their usual two to three bucks a day to five?

You surely don't believe producers of goods and services to exclusive clients and/or customers — such as doctors, lawyers, Indian chiefs, butchers, bakers, candlestick makers and professionals, rather than our general public — have anything to do with slowing today's economy; now do you?

LES DEWALD


Americans should not be forced to join union

Americans should always have the right to join the labor union of their choice.

However, Americans must never be forced to join a union as a condition of holding their job.

JOHN M. DAVIES

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anniebelle said...

American workers should not be forced to work for slave wages or in a less than safe working enviornment either, such as fertilizer plants and coal mines. Thanks to the corporate fascists in this country they are forced to do both. Everybody went ballistic when 4 people were killed in Boston -- how about the 17 people killed in West, Texas (including 12 of those union thugs, a.k.a. firefighters) by a greedy, murdering capatilist? Or the 29 coal miners killed trying to put another dollar in Don Blankenship's fat, greedy hands? We had a brief period in this country where unions saw to it these practices were deemed unlawful, now the Koch's and the GOP's are trying to undermine that policy so we can have the same working enviorment as Bangladesh (without all those pesky regulations).

May 7, 2013 at 5:59 a.m.
librul said...

Right on, Mr. Baker. That monstrous "disasterpiece theater" as Jon Stewart termed it, is a hall of lies and deceptions, masking immorality and global criminality. It seeks to put a smiley face on the most destructive 8 years of our country's political history from which it may never recover. It is a monument to national shame and disgrace - a real "lie bury".

The mere thought that one penny of American tax money was spent on it is a source of rage. To see all the living president's lined up in front of it, smiling for the cameras, was beyond disgusting.

May 7, 2013 at 8:47 a.m.
Livn4life said...

Tom Baker, I see you are falling right in with the usual pundits. Anyone who does not see the differences is just looking the wrong way. But go on and keep it out there. The slant of the media keeps on slanting and slanting and slanting. I can only hope all your leftists will live long enough to see what that type of leaning does to this nation. As for killing innocents, it is atrocious. But then, we have to be understanding of those guys who flew airplanes into US buildings and all the innocent lives they took. They have no responsibility because the comparison of Hitler with the Bush library is justified in some people's eyes. If you had had a loved on live through the Hitler Hell you might be a little more sensitive when it is brought up in a political cartoon. But I am guessing you think Hitler was Reagan's and Bush's fault too.

May 7, 2013 at 2:06 p.m.
Easy123 said...

Livn4life,

"Anyone who does not see the differences is just looking the wrong way."

Anyone that doesn't see the similarities isn't looking at all.

"I can only hope all your leftists will live long enough to see what that type of leaning does to this nation."

I'll expect a retraction when your prophesy doesn't come true. Nothing you WingNutters say ever comes true.

"But then, we have to be understanding of those guys who flew airplanes into US buildings and all the innocent lives they took."

They were from Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt and Lebanon. None of the highjackers were from Iraq or Afghanistan. Also, everyone in the Middle East doesn't feel the same as those terrorist did about America.

"If you had had a loved on live through the Hitler Hell you might be a little more sensitive when it is brought up in a political cartoon."

And if you had a loved one kill in Iraq, you might not try to downplay those deaths.

"But I am guessing you think Hitler was Reagan's and Bush's fault too."

Weren't you just talking about "slant" and "leaning", hypocrite? Your claim is fallacious.

May 7, 2013 at 2:56 p.m.
Rickaroo said...

L4L, whether anyone is trying to "be understanding of those guys who flew airplanes into U.S. buildings" is irrelevant. The U.S. had no right whatsoever to wage war against a country that had nothing to do with those attacks and that had made no threats, either overtly or covertly, against us. And not one of those people had asked us to come over there to "liberate" them. Bush and the neo-con thugs in his administration led us to war based on lies, deceit, and cherry-picked intelligence, and hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqi citizens are dead, not to mention over 5000 of our own soldiers, thanks to him. Bush is no Hitler, but he's got enough blood on his hands to fill an ocean. He's guilty of his own carnage of holocaust proportions.

May 7, 2013 at 2:59 p.m.
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