published Sunday, October 13th, 2013

Reaching across the generations for leadership and other letters to the editors

Reaching across the generations for leadership

I was excited to read two recent editorials by Weston Wamp. They reflected what I believe is the kind of thinking Republicans must have if there is going to be a Republican Party of the future. He lays out views of moderation and reasonableness that will bode well for him should he run for office again, and I hope he does. He certainly will have my support, even though I don't consider myself a Republican. Our country needs sound thinking and fresh ideas from our brightest young people to compete on the world stage of the future. We cannot expect to excel with the 20th century thinking and philosophy that represents our country in Congress now. I am an 82-year-old man who understands that our future is with our young people. Congratulations to your editor for publishing Mr. Wamp's fresh new approach to politics.

-- LEO MATHENY, Cleveland, Tenn.

GOP actions hateful insanity

In order to block millions of Americans from getting desperately needed health care, and even food for starving children, the tea-bagger controlled GOP pulls their latest stunt -- the government shutdown. The national and international repercussions of this spoiled-brat action could possibly spiral into worldwide depression! At best, it will lead to economic distrust for our country. This shutdown is something that should never have even been allowed to be. This actually is to not allow an incurred debt to be paid. Why this was even in question is totally absurd. One of the most idiotic lines from hateful right-wing nuts is: "We can't afford that." How stupid are Americans to swallow that nonsense? At latest count, there were 461 billionaires in the nation. Republicans would hand over all of our wealth to those hatefully greedy people such as the Koch brothers (they don't care what color their slaves are). Do you choose to be so ignorant, to not even seek and find out what is going on? Everyone of you will eventually suffer the consequences of the insanity of fools who support and vote for any of today's Republican politicians. It truly is hateful insanity!

WALTER M. BENTON, Signal Mountain

Tea party holds nation hostage

"You can be right --or you can be married." This pithy bit of wisdom illustrates the importance of compromise in relationship. Compromise is a necessity of life. It is also a value of our democratic process. Our founders built compromise into the system, making sure one ideology could not force its will onto the larger whole. Conservatism and liberalism, in balance, help serve the best interests of the entire country. But tea party terrorists have abandoned the democratic process. While the Affordable Care Act followed the democratic process and was legally voted into law, they are attempting to hold the entire nation hostage in order to overturn that law. Don't let them succeed. Terrorism has no place in our government. What's to stop them holding the country hostage every time they don't get their way? Demand they do their jobs -- vote them out next election cycle.


Make meth parts prescription only

Why can't the state legislature just pass one law for the whole state making these pseudoephedrine products prescription only? The first two states to consider this ordinance succeeded. Meth labs disappeared and crime rates dropped like a stone. The next 23 states to try to pass it failed. Why? Pharmaceutical companies weren't about to lose any of their billion dollars in annual sales just to stop a drug plague that kills people, terrorizes children and is a threat to public health. They launched an NRA-type PR campaign and threatened to reel in campaign donations to legislators just so they could keep supplying the drug lords. Fifteen Tennessee cities and four counties have passed this ordinance. A local law enforcement official told me that they can't arrest their way out of this. A local physician and criminal court official told me it is the only way to go. Therefore, it is up to Tennesseans to rid the state of these drug dealers one town at a time. We alone can protect our children and make our communities safe. Meth was born here. Now it desperately needs to die here.

DAVID CLARK, Tullahoma, Tenn.

Don't let media lead us astray

I believe a letter writer in Tuesday's [Oct. 8] paper is mistaken in his assessment of our government acting like children. First of all, it is not accurate to label the entire group of politicians as children. But unfortunately many of them, both Republican and Democrat, are power hungry, greedy elitists who got rich in politics and now believe that they are better than the taxpayers they are supposed to be working for. As for the tea party candidates, they are the only ones fighting for our constitutional rights. So if you want to label anyone as a spoiled, little, rich kid just take a look at our president, who will bend over backward to make nice with Iran's president while at the same time he refuses to try and settle issues with our own leaders. His administration spends money we supposedly don't have to intentionally shut down public and private venues, in an attempt to make the American people uncomfortable and angry, while he manages to keep his golf course open. This isn't about the people. This is a power struggle. And if we don't start using our own minds instead of feeding on what the liberal media is doling out we can kiss this great nation goodbye.


'Teabillies' turn to destruction

A pernicious strain of nihilism has invaded America. Significant numbers of the powerful are dedicated to tearing our country down rather than making it stronger. "Teabillies" in Congress have turned the War on Poverty into the war on the poor, sick and disabled, slashing food stamps while lavishing themselves and their financial backers with giant government subsidies, contracts and tax cuts. At the same time they are willing to sabotage our government to prevent millions of poor and sick Americans from getting essential health care. White fear seems to fuel this nihilism. White men have been on the top of the social structure since the beginning of our nation. Now that is changing. Whites will soon be in a minority in America. Blacks, Hispanics and women are increasingly moving into positions of power. Frequently, white men are not even the primary breadwinners in their own families. Even "teabillies" can read the writing on the wall, and they have turned their fear into obstructionism and destructiveness. The change will come. The only question is how much damage can these white nihilists inflict on our nation before they are dragged screaming from the stage. TERRY STULCE Ooltewah Tea party votes show stupidity Based on Mr. Price's definition of stupid, how stupid is the tea party? Last I read, they introduced and voted on the same legislation more than 40 times to kill the ACA.

LEONARD FELDHEIM, Cleveland, Tenn.

Letters an assault on Christians

I was born in Chattanooga 75 years ago. I became a Christian in my mid-teens. I have served God and humanity in the same church for 59 years. I did not realize I am a backwater, Bible-thumping, cross-flaunting hypocritical bigot, simple enough to believe there is a God and the Bible reveals Him to man. Three of CTFP letter writers [in their August wisdom] have informed me of my self-righteous status. Your letters are a hateful assault on Christians, full of sarcasm, superiority, condescension and pompous pride. You obviously consider yourselves more intelligent than I am. Don't categorize us in such a vitriolic manner. Not everyone responds to God's plan of salvation the same way nor do they view the Great Commission the same way. The Bible is God's word, written at God's direction. It is still relevant because God never changes [Malicali 3:6]. There are the same family and social problems that have always plagued people. People need the instruction guidance and salvation God offers. That is not my opinion, it is God's mandate [Romans 3:10]. We share God's word, and it is the individual's choice to accept it or not. Also, get used to the cross, it will endure God's choice.


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anniebelle said...

June Edmondson, your letter is an assault on sanity. You believe in all the god's you choose, you know there are several choices out there, so you think you're the superior, self-righteous one to KNOW which one is "real". If you were born in India, say, you would probably be Hindu, in Africa, probably Muslim. So who are you to say? Hypocritical bible-thumper is what you are. You need to get out of the fiction section at the book store and enhance your tunnel vision with some non-fiction.

October 13, 2013 at 5:15 a.m.
Rickaroo said...

" Three of CTFP letter writers [in their August wisdom] have informed me of my self-righteous status. Your letters are a hateful assault on Christians, full of sarcasm, superiority, condescension and pompous pride. You obviously consider yourselves more intelligent than I am." - June Edmondson

Let me make sure I have this right: it's perfectly okay for you to call us atheists/agnostics/non-believers amoral or immoral and not worthy of going to heaven because we base our beliefs, philosophy, and moral framework on something other than your Bible. But we are somehow "full of sarcasm, superiority, condescension and pompous pride" when we call you out for being self-righteous, which you obviously are. Yes, there is no other word for it when you claim that you are on the ONLY path to eternal paradise and that all others are going to hell. It is not your beliefs, per se, that we take exception to. Most non-believers are like me in that we don't begrudge you your right to believe whatever floats your boat when it comes to the supernatural. Just don't tell us we're going to hell unless we believe exactly like you believe and I assure you, much of that vitriol you complain about from us will disappear.

October 13, 2013 at 1:26 p.m.

Let's step it up a lot...a whole, whole lot!

Jesus Christ of Nazareth said,

John 14:6

Jesus saith unto him, "I Am The Way, The Truth, and The Life: no man cometh unto The Father, but by Me".

Now, let us step up even further. There 'is' a consequence for choosing not to believe.

John 3:17-19

Jesus said, "For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved. 18 He that believeth on Him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of The Only Begotten Son of God. 19 And this is the condemnation, that Light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than Light, because their deeds were evil".

More people on earth confess Jesus Christ as Lord, God, and Saviour than anyone from any of the other world's great religions.

Most people 'do not' want to be 'condemned already'.


October 13, 2013 at 2:46 p.m.

I remember when I didn't want to give up the immoral lifestyle which I was living. Then, through answered prayer, Jesus Christ. revealed to me something awesome. He revealed to me that if I would focus on Him and on what He did at the Cross of Calvary, then I would be able to come out of deadly sin. I would be able to walk in perfect forgiveness for the rest of my life on earth.

Most people love their current lifestyles of debauchery too much to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord, God, and, Saviour.


October 13, 2013 at 3:01 p.m.


noun: debauchery;plural noun: debaucheries 1. excessive indulgence in sensual pleasures.synonyms: dissipation, degeneracy, corruption, vice, depravity; immodesty, indecency, perversion, iniquity, wickedness, sinfulness, impropriety, immorality; lasciviousness, salaciousness, lechery, lewdness, lust, promiscuity, wantonness, profligacy; decadence, intemperance, sybaritism; formal turpitude

"a life of self-absorption and debauchery" (Sound familiar???) kwo

October 13, 2013 at 3:04 p.m.
Rickaroo said...

Mr. Orr, you might think that you are "stepping it up" when you pull up quotes from that fictitious book you call the Bible and from the fictitious man/god you call Jesus, but in actuality you are stepping it down, way down.

I'm sorry if you were living such an immoral lifestyle before you "got saved" or whatever, but I on the other hand am living quite a moral lifestyle myself, thank you very much, and doing so without begging forgiveness from your sadistic obedience demanding deity. Oh, sorry, I mean your "loving" God. And I am living in perfect forgiveness because there is no original sin that I nor anyone needs to be "saved" from. None of us is perfect and that is perfectly okay. Too bad you can't come to that realization without all the nonsense of blood sacrifices and "divine plans."

October 13, 2013 at 4:43 p.m.

Human Cannibals and individuals who practice homosexuality also think they are morally upright and don't need forgiveness. Who's standard are You using? kwo

BTY...The number of 'pure' proclaimed atheists is a very small percentage. What is wrong with this picture?

October 14, 2013 at 1:43 a.m.
Rickaroo said...

Here's a little something from that book you're always quoting from: "Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few." - Matthew 7:13-14

Let me see now, the number of people who profess to be Christians is a huge number, so if that quote is true, then you cannot all be going to heaven, and in fact most of you probably are not. In all of history it has always been the few courageous non-conformists who have defied the sheeple and stood for what they know to be right and true. Truth has always stood on its own, not dependent on a majority status to validate itself. For all you know, Mr. Orr, it is we few atheists/agnostics who are the ones on that narrow path and entitled to enter those pearly gates (assuming they existed) as we stand in defiance of you conformist, brain-dead sheeple who bow down to your make-believe god sitting on his make-believe throne in his make-believe heaven that supposedly awaits you Christians.

It does not take courage to be a Christian today, especially here in the Bible belt, because you are just one of the herd. So good luck with getting into your heaven. All of you Christians think in your heart of hearts that you are "saved" and are assured of getting in, but for all you know, you are one of those on that road to destruction - especially given the fact that you yourself are one of the most judgmental of Christians I have ever come across.

BTW, have you sold all of your possessions and given them to the poor? I'm not going to bother referencing the exact quote but I'm sure you're familiar with it - something JC said about how you cannot/will not enter heaven unless you give up ALL THAT YOU OWN and follow him. You being the literalist that you are, sir, it's hard to interpret that verse any other way than to literally GIVE UP ALL THAT YOU OWN. Have you done that? If not, you might want to reflect some more on whether or not you are one of the few who are going to enter that narrow gate.

October 14, 2013 at 11:45 a.m.


I'm thinking that You did not mean to preach a Homiletical Hermeneutic sermon...but, to me You certainly did! And, a very powerful one at that. In this case, I must concede to the concepts You put forth.

I will check to determine if Jesus was uniquely referring to the particular individual 'Achilles heel' of the rich young ruler.

Please view this short (one minute & thirty nine seconds) YouTube video. It is a movie clip.


October 14, 2013 at 4:20 p.m.
daytonsdarwin said...

Orr, why don't you offer proof of your science and mental health therapist credentials? You said you have them and would produce them.

But you never have? Why?

Because you have none. You're a bumbling fraud and liar.

Shame on you Orr.

October 18, 2013 at 7:34 p.m.
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