published Monday, May 13th, 2013

Story’s negativity mirror’s national mood and other letters to the editors

Story’s negativity mirror’s national mood

In your May 8 article about senators golfing with our president, the reporter describes Mark West, Chattanooga Tea Party’s president as “unfurling” his newspaper (as a patriot does his flag?) and “scowling” at a photo of Bob Corker “grinning” next to Obama. Atlanta ‘s Tea Party Patriots’ co-founder Debbie Dooley “rolled her eyes” over Saxby Chambliss’ ”presidential chumminess,” predicting he might get booed at the GOP state convention.

The editorializing of straight news over several decades means this story might’ve been more appropriately placed on this newspaper’s conservative editorial page. Or did the reporter actually see West scowl or personally witness Corker grinning for a camera? Was he present when Dooley rolled her eyes upon hearing about Chambliss’ chumminess with Obama?

These subtle descriptors reinforce negative opinions of individuals and groups toward folks who attempt to build bridges with citizens holding differing opinions. Why do we even act surprised at one more report of bullying among school-age and college students? Many of our nation’s well-known grown-ups scowl and roll their eyes; one called the president a liar during a State of the Union address.

Could we just enjoy a time-out from negativity, real or editorialized?

CARREN LOUISE BERSCH


Burney will be missed at police department

I work for the Chattanooga Police Department and had the pleasure as many others did of knowing a great man and Christian brother who went home to be with the Lord last Monday.

He kept our work area clean and did a job many would not want to do, but he was there greeting us every morning with a smile and laughter as he began his work day in several different parts of the city doing the same. He was only 51 years old and had great work ethics. When he found himself without a car, he rode the bus to fulfill his obligation to his employer and do his job.

I had only known him for a couple of year, but he definitely made a difference in my life as he was vocal about who he spoke of as the good Lord and how He has blessed us with another beautiful day. He didn’t strike me as a man caught up in things but seemed so happy everyday with what he was blessed with.

I will not soon forget Arthur Burney.

PHIL DYAR, Hixson


Feeding geese often leads to handicap

Migratory geese and ducks are attracted to places with lakes, and new housing additions are adding lakes to their properties where these birds will lay eggs and raise their young. When the babies hatch, the tendency for people is to feed birds foods, such as bread products, popcorn, sugar and high-protein items.

By eating the wrong food, some of these birds acquire what is called “drop wing” “angel wing,” a syndrome that affects aquatic birds and is appearing in waterfowl residing near humans and never in the wild. It is illegal to kill these birds as has been done recently in some developments.

To prevent this, we should encourage the public not to feed wild birds or only feed cracked corn, which can be purchased at most feed stores and hardware stores.

There is no cure, and these birds will never be able to fly. When the family of the handicapped bird begins to fly with its young, the handicapped bird will run around trying to fly while crying. It is heartbreaking.

By spreading the news before the new babies are hatched for this season, it might prevent this heartbreaking handicap from happening to these innocent birds.

CHERYL MERRYFIELD RICH, Ooltewah

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anniebelle said...

Carren Bersch, that's the plan of the right wing in this country -- ANYTHING, and I mean ANYTHING to see President Obama fail even if it means our most vulnerable citizens must suffer -- doesn't bother them one iota. They use fear, smear, inuendoes, outright lies, and hate groups so they can own this country lock, stock and barrell. Not one 'leader' (and I use that word jocularly) in the GOP dares ire the extreme wing of their party, and these days that's anybody that drags an 'R' around.

May 13, 2013 at 5:43 a.m.
gopvince said...

That's the talking point from the left... Say the GOP wants Obama to fail. It started when Rush Limbaugh said he wanted Obama to fail at instituting European style soft-socialism, and the leftists immediately removed the context and made it into the evil Republicans wanting the nation to fail under Obama's leadership. We want Obama to succeed at leading this nation and reestablishing our global gravitas, but we firmly believe that can't happen unless Obama becomes more Austrian in his economic policy and less Keynesian. The road we have gone down under Obama has been more government, more debt, more taxes, more meddling in the affairs of other nations, a lower credit rating, more unemployment/underemployment, and FAR more people simply giving up the job hunt and therefore skewing the unemployment numbers. Obama's policy can only fail, and if he fails to implement his agenda, we may begin to succeed as a nation. Obama's success and America's long term success are mutually exclusive.

May 13, 2013 at 12:49 p.m.
Livn4life said...

Wow, all the "boy those conservatives want to see Obama fail," voices sure did not mind all the negative spew from the left in the previous administration's term. That is the case even when it was known to be untruthful and totally political. Back then, it was alright to have an opposing opinion to the ones in office. Heck, it was mandated. But now, suddenly anyone who sees the world different from our president and the powers that be, is well just a negalomaniac and damaging to the unity of our nation. How can someone such as anniebelle use accusatory remarks such as; "They use fear, smear, inuendoes, outright lies..."etc; with a straight face and claim to be from the other side? Oh that's right, it's okay to do all that and be hypocritical and never be called on it... if you call yourself liberal. That might be fine if you did not rail against the other side when they do the same things your side does. But the band plays on and on and on.

May 13, 2013 at 12:54 p.m.
klifnotes said...

gopvince said... That's the talking point from the left... Say the GOP wants Obama to fail. It started when Rush Limbaugh said he wanted Obama

Those and other hate speech didn't just come from Rush. There was a collective effort from the right from the very beginning where they openly and proudly spoke of how they plan to sabotage Obama's presidency. Locally, rightwingers openly talked about how they planned on overthrowing Obama's government. They specifically used the term Obama's government and not the federal government, and it came from certain members of your local pee-party. Now they want to claim the victim, when they're the ones whose hate help to give rise to and inspire so many hate groups.

May 13, 2013 at 10:26 p.m.
klifnotes said...

When he found himself without a car, he rode the bus

If Mr. Burney was so special Phil, why didn't you guys pool your resources and help him get a car? false accolade noted.

May 13, 2013 at 10:29 p.m.
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