published Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

'U.S. needs to seek solutions, not drama' and more letters to the editors

U.S. needs to seek solutions, not drama

Enough already! Where misdeeds have been done and situations have been mismanaged, do something to address them, seek solutions. But we can do without all the drama, moral outrage and self-righteous blather, which only serves to distract from their obstructionist behavior and their “do-nothing” Congress.

Where were all these people when Condoleezza Rice ignored the warnings about 9/11? Oh, that’s right. They were fawning over George W. Bush and cheering him on to an ill-conceived war (then two). Don’t even get me started about the price we will pay for that misjudgment for decades to come or all the Johnny-come-lately concern about our deficit and the consequences of their “sequestration.”

KATE STULCE, Ooltewah


Benghazi scandal distracting Americans

Since my hip operation and time in recovery, I have tried to set aside things that are insignificant to me and to average Americans. Don’t get me wrong here. What these people are doing (Benghazi) is despicable, be they left or right wing, and they have been doing it (both sides) for a long time. But the dirty deeds themselves carry little weight as to what they mean to you or me. What’s happening now is this: the same people responsible for this behavior are using it to distract our attention to what’s happening here in our homeland.

How much have you read about Congress trying to take away the American worker’s right to be paid for mandatory overtime. Why have we turned our prisons over to corporations that use convicts as slave labor, replacing American jobs? Scandals such as Benghazi should neither go unnoticed nor unpunished, but neither should they be used as a distraction to what is being done to American citizens right here at home.

F. DOUG CRAIG


Bennett cartoon reaches new low

Bennett’s cartoon in the May 18 paper reached a new low accusing Republicans of being drunkards, stupid, intolerant and ignorant.

This cartoon is an insult to most of your readers. It also tells me something about his boss to allow such an arrogant display of hypocrisy to be printed.

CAREY CROUCH


God’s wants are over governments’

In a letter to the editor, a reverend wrote, “Chattanooga is blessed with the most intelligent brain trust in the world. Our mayor, and council members are well-educated and filled with knowledge.”

As a result, he concludes, it is time for the voters and powers that be, to approve gay marriage. And he adds that “They want it, deserve it and have earned it.”

I would suggest that the “reverend” is among the deceived. The book of James clearly points out that “not many of you should become teachers, for you know that you will be held to a higher standard.” And since this area, as the reverend suggests, is blessed with so many well-read citizens, read those famous words from I Corinthians 6:9.

What can you say about people who would do anything to protect their own egos but nothing to protect their own souls? You see, reverend, it really does not matter what the City Council wants, nor what the mayor wants, nor what the voters want. It only matters what God wants.

THOMAS LILE


Alexander never sought probe of NAACP

A Times editorial from May 18 claims Sen. Lamar Alexander “sought” through “an email” an IRS investigation of the NAACP in 2003.

Sen. Alexander received letters at the time from constituents who expressed concern that the NAACP was being overtly political against the George W. Bush administration.

The senator forwarded those letters to the appropriate agency without comment, as he regularly does with hundreds of letters each year to dozens of federal agencies. He wrote no letter himself on the matter.

DAVID CLEARY, Legislative director, U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

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anniebelle said...

F. Doug Craig, Just because the GOP and their propaganda outlets, Faux News and Blimpbaugh say it’s a ‘scandal’ doesn’t make it so. If a cat has her kittens in the oven, they don’t call them biscuits. The right-wing hate machine diverts their constituents, who have a somewhat limited attention span at best, by getting them to look ‘over there’ instead of what’s going on under their very noses. Subversive techniques and downright treason is what the GOP advocates these days. Most American citizens are concerned with their jobs, their healthcare, their children’s education and the devastation of our environment. This repuke congress just held their 37th vote to repeal Health Care (which is now the law of the land) instead of dealing with the problems Americans really face. These teapartiers don’t even know or care how many millions of tax dollars are wasted in these childish endeavors.

May 22, 2013 at 6:48 a.m.
daytonsdarwin said...

"You see, reverend, it really does not matter what the City Council wants, nor what the mayor wants, nor what the voters want. It only matters what God wants."

THOMAS LILE

Or maybe what the Easter Bunny wants; or Elmer Fudd, or Bugs Bunny.

You see Thomas, imaginary characters don't want anything. They can't. You project onto a fictional character what you want.

But Jehovah, the Easter Bunny, and Elmer Fudd aren't real. People made them up. People have been making up gods and devils for thousands of years. Your god is just one of thousands of non-divine deities created by people for various reasons, but they're not real.

I realize you'll continue to think there's some invisible Sky Daddy out there; that the Bible is a true and literal word of an made-up divinity of an ancient tribe of sheep and goat herders. But it's not. It's just stories — like Aesop's Fables only not as good, moral, or instructive.

So imagine what your invisible friend wants. I know that Elmer wants wabbits, and wabbits want carrots, but I know that's just pretend — just like God.

May 22, 2013 at 7:10 a.m.
LibDem said...

When this god produces his photo ID to cast the only vote, I bet he looks a lot like THOMAS LILE.

May 22, 2013 at 9:47 a.m.
chet123 said...

DAVID CLEARLY,

WHAT ALEXANDER NEED TO DO IS KEEP HIS MARYVILLE TRAP SHUT.........ALEXANDER HELP HIS SILENCE WHEN THE NAACP WAS UNJUSTLY PROBE........AS I SAY ABOUT REPUBLICANS...THEY SEE NO EVIL SPEAK NO EVIL AND HEAR NO EVIL....WHEN IT CONDEM THEIR OWN PARTY

May 22, 2013 at 9:58 a.m.
Handleit said...

Our representatives in Washington DC need to be ashamed of themselves. They draw their paychecks saying they are working for the public. What liars! In reality they are working for their party, and corporate interests. I say vote the bums out.

May 22, 2013 at 10:06 a.m.
chet123 said...

CAREY CROUCH...WHINEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

SO YOU WANT TO CENSORE BENNETT CARTOON BY THREATENING THE BOSS JOB!!!!!!..SOUND LIKE 1950'S POLITICS....... IS THIS BECAUSE TEA-PARTY(ACTUALLY REPUBLICAN PARTY) CANT TRULY DEFEND THEIR BELEIF....IS IT BECAUSE THEY HAVE WEAK AGUMENTS OR NO AGUMENTS????Hmmmmmm???????Hmmmmmm???????

CAREY....I KNOW YOU ARE HURT.....LEARN TO TOUGHEN YOUR SKIN...... YOUR PARTY DOES A GOOD JOB THROWING STONE FROM GLASS HOUSES.......

HAVE YOU FORGOT HOW FUNNY IT WAS SAYING THE PRESIDENT WAS KENYA BORN HA HA HA .....OR HOW FUNNY IT WAS SAYING THE PRESIDENT WAS MUSLIM HA HA HA....YOUR PARTY HAD A BALL.....HA HA HA..SIR,IF YOU CAN DITCH IT...BE ABLE TO TAKE IT

HEY CAREY,MY ADVISE TO YOU IS.....TAKE IT LIKE A MAN...TAKE IT LIKE A MAN..HA HA HA HA

May 22, 2013 at 10:22 a.m.
chet123 said...

THE REPRESENTATIVE IN WASHINGTON WHO ARE ANTI-GOVERNMENT HAVE THEIR FAT PALMS OUT TAKING GOVERNMENT MONEY AND BENIFITS.....THEY RECEIVE FAT GOVERNMENT SALARIES....ALONG WITH GOVERNMENT PAYING FOR THEIR MEDICAL, DENTAL ,LIFE INSURENCE....OH YEAH.....THEY RECEIVE GOVERNMENT PENSION 100,000 YEARLY FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIFE....NOW WHO MILKING THE GOVERNMENT Hmmmmm?

THESE THE SAME FOOL WHO BANKRUPT EMPLOYEE PAY-IN OF SOC SECURTY....BY STUFFING THEIR OWN GREEDY POCKET...HA HA HA

OH YEAH...DOES THE NAME VANGUARD MEAN ANYTHING TO YOU OR MAYBE HALIBURTON Hmmmmmmm????

WHAT HYPOCRITES!!!!

May 22, 2013 at 10:32 a.m.
Livn4life said...

Wow Kate, I'm glad to see Condoleeza Rice is to blame for years of no on the ground intelligence. I'm glad your all-knowing position can present that as even comparible to the junk this administration has allowed. But...no drama. Where was the no drama calls when former President Bush was blamed for everything in the book including the storm drain clogs in East Brainerd?(well maybe not the storm drains) It's no drama, no challenges when leftists call the shots. It's always someone else's fault when their policies and approaches fail. Yeah right, like the drama just began when President Obama was inaugurated... I would laugh at all who think people are just "out to get him." Both his actions and inactions speak for themselves. They are accomplishing very little. Drama, what drama? The things being presented are real and reflect people who have no idea how to run the country. Okay, counter-point...Do conservies know how to do that? I have some reservations about them also. But then, that's what this administration has done, divided. A nation divided___. You fill in the blanks mam, you seem to think it's okay as long as the drama is held in check.

May 22, 2013 at 10:34 a.m.
chet123 said...

WHERE ARE THE TEA-PARTY REPUBLICAN Hmmmm???

DO I HEAR CRICKETS.....

May 22, 2013 at 10:35 a.m.
chet123 said...

PEOPLE ARE UOT TO GET HIM????......OH NO REPUBLICAN MITCH CONNELLY WAS JUST HAVING FUNNNNNNNNNN!

CHUCK,CHUCK,CHUCK,CHUCK!

May 22, 2013 at 10:38 a.m.
chet123 said...

BOY WHAT A LIAR.....

LIVN4LIFE......I KNOW I SHOULD BELEIVE YOUR LYING LIPS....AND NOT MY OWN EYES AND EARS HA HA HA

May 22, 2013 at 10:40 a.m.
chet123 said...

THIS IS THE KIND OF RESPONSE YOU GET FROM REPUBLICAN......FACTS DONT MATTER.......

WHAT A JOKE!

May 22, 2013 at 10:41 a.m.
chet123 said...

THIS IS WHY THEY(REPUBLICAN) RUN..........YOU ARE NOT ON FOX NEWS WHERE YOU CAN LIE AND NOT BE CALLED ON IT HA HA HA!!!

May 22, 2013 at 10:43 a.m.
Stewwie said...

Double D,

Your psychosis has been duly noted.

Chet123,

There's this button on the left side of the keyboard about halfway up called "Caps Lock". Do us a favor and make sure that button isn't lit up before you start typing. Thanks.

May 22, 2013 at 10:47 a.m.
chet123 said...

LIVN4LIFE....DID YOU SAY DIVIDE??????

LAST TIME THAT CLAIM WAS MADE IT WAS CIVIL WAR.......

EVERYBODY SUPPOSE TO BE HAPPY HA HA HA

CLASSIM IS WORSE THAN RACISM LIV4LIFE.....SWEET LOWW SWEET CHARIOT.......YOU GOT SHOE I GOT SHOES ALL GOD CHILDREN GOT SHOESSSSS...HA HA HA

May 22, 2013 at 10:47 a.m.
chet123 said...

STEWWIE......I BEEN WAITING FOR YOU REPUBLICAN TO GET PERSONAL.....I WOULD TOO IF I WERE YOU.....BECAUSE YOU HAVE NO ISSUES....NO ISSUESS....NONE ..NONE.....SO YOU GET PERSONAL...OR LOOK FOR SCANDAL....

YOUR MAIN OBJECTIVE IS TO PROTECT THE RICH AND GREEDY...

NOW PUT THAT IN YOUR PIPE AND SMOKE IT..HA HA HA!

May 22, 2013 at 10:50 a.m.
chet123 said...

STEWWIE....YOU SAID DO US A FAVOR.....HA HA HA DO US! DO US! DO US?????????

OH WHAT YOU REALLY MEAN IS DO US TEA-PARTY(WHO ARE REALLY REPUBLICAN THAT ASHAME TO ADMIT IT) HA HA HA OR DO US WHO WOULD TAKE A BULLET FOR THE RICH AND GREEDY AND SAY.....LOOK WHAT I DID BOSS!!! HA HA HA

May 22, 2013 at 10:55 a.m.
chet123 said...

I HEAR CRICKET AGAIN!!!

HA HA HA .................................................

THIS SAME JACKAL CANT BE SHOUT UP WHEN THEY IN A BUNCH....YEAH...LIKE 100 TO 1

May 22, 2013 at 10:58 a.m.
degage said...

Stewwie, Guess Chet doesn't understand how to take the Cap-lock off even after you told him how. You have to admit he is funny in a weird sort of way.

May 22, 2013 at 11:10 a.m.
Stewwie said...

Agreed, degage.

May 22, 2013 at 11:55 a.m.
Easy123 said...

Stewwie,

"Double D,"

"Your psychosis has been duly noted."

You're too ignorant to understand that you've just accused religion of being a form of psychosis. daytonsdarwin was being sarcastic. You aren't. You actually believe in a Sky Daddy. Thus, you've unwittingly "duly noted" the psychosis involved in being religious.

Congratulations.

May 24, 2013 at 1:26 a.m.
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