published Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

RiverRocks growing pains — and more letters to the editors

RiverRocks growing pains

Each year the RiverRocks Festival has grown, improved and benefited the community, until this year.

Unfortunately there appears to have been a change in its philosophy and direction. Its primary focus now seems to be directed toward competitive events, forsaking the individual and family opportunities of the past, such as introduction to Chattanooga’s amenities via hikes, educational, etc. events.

Attempting to find individual and family opportunities was frustrating, with confusion as to what websites to view, information disappearing from them, and no means to register to participate in these few events.

Hopefully those overseeing RiverRocks will get their act back together next year. RiverRocks’ original direction, encompassment and benefit to the community were wonderful.


Shutdown dishonored veterans

I am a veteran of two tours in Vietnam, 1968 and 1969. I’m not going to whine about how we were treated and how that altered the course of our lives forever. I took an oath to defend the president and this country just like all the military.

Over 600 World War II vets die each day, and during the government shutdown they were being denied probably their last chance to see their memorial. The fallen returning from today’s wars were denied benefits.

Obama has disrespected the military with exceptions for photo ops. He does not have our back, and everyone that serves or served knows that. I am known for my honesty and integrity. This is one oath I would be hard pressed to honor.

How can the American people not see that this is how America looks when we try to change Washington and the business-as-usual society.

FRED GREB, Madisonville, Tenn.

Airport solar work is questioned

Would you invest $7.3 million into a product that has an effective life span of 25 years and a payback period of over 35 years?

The Chattanooga Airport received $7 million in EPA grants to install solar panels. The projected annual savings is $205,000 based on current efficiency.

You can expect an efficiency drop of .5 percent — 1 percent per year. When solar panels drop below 80 percent efficiency, it becomes more economical to replace then. Most experts agree by years 25 through 30 it makes economic sense to replace the panels with more efficient panels.

I requested the projection report from the Chattanooga Airport but was informed no report exists. I was curious whether the decline in efficiency was taken into account with this projection. Since the savings is based on current savings, it is safe to assume future savings will be lower due to the decline in efficiency.

Officials say the airport had saved 2,719 tons of carbon dioxide from entering the environment. Neglected in most reports is the fact that the panels themselves had to be manufactured, which is an energy-intensified process. This process produces pollution, heavy metal emissions and greenhouse gases.

THOMAS LYNN, Cleveland, Tenn.

Tea party underappreciated

Much has been written about the tea party over the last few weeks and how it promotes racism and violence. I seriously doubt these writers ever attended a tea party rally. Those I have attended have been well organized and directed in a professional manner.

To make the tea party movement look even worse, there was a recent letter in the Free Press stating the reason conservatives disliked the president was because he was black. Now the government shutdown and current Washington malfunction is being blamed on the tea party.

I think we all agree race relations, bipartisanship and governance in general have deteriorated over the last four years but the left should look within before placing blame and making absurd statements.

Consider the following partial list of failures by this president: Benghazi, budget, national debt, the fast and furious debacle and out-of-control IRS, Obamacare and a corrupt attorney general.

Had it not been for the tea party, these issues would have been swept under the rug never to be seen again.

Let’s look at job performance rather than color of skin or party affiliation.


Immigration system should be fixed

We have so many immigrants in the United States who are undocumented.

For too long, our immigration system has been broken. Now, we have a historic chance to fix all of that.

We also need to crack down on employers who hire undocumented workers. If the employers hire these immigrants, they should be required to pay a fine.


Senators’ courage is questioned

The two U.S. Republican senators from Tennessee, Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker, recently bailed out in a game of negotiation hardball over the un-Affordable Care Act and the debt ceiling.

They had billed themselves as conservatives and promised the citizens of this state they’d do whatever it takes to defund an onerous, job-killing Obamacare. They didn’t do so.

And despite current federal tax revenues over $200 billion a month, they allowed the president, Democrat legislators and a liberal lap dog media to convince them this country couldn’t pay $20 billion a month in interest payments and forestall a default.

Now Alexander and Corker are distancing themselves from courageous men like Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Utah Sen. Mike Lee who stepped up to the plate. The two Tennessee senators even chose the dishonorable route and undermined Cruz, Lee, and House Republicans while those Republicans were challenging the destructive Democratic agenda.

Tennessee has two U.S. senators who capitulated and allowed both another trillion dollars in U.S. government deficits and absolutely no concessions with Obamacare. The citizens of Tennessee will remember how Lamar and Bob reneged on their promises and sold out on this country’s future.


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anniebelle said...

Fred Greb, you need to quit watching and listening to right-wing propaganda. The majority of people in this country know who caused the shut down which closed many, many Federal operations. No just going to look at the fallen, but those who are still alive and needed these vital services. On day three of the partial government shutdown, a new CBS News poll reveals that a large majority of Americans disapprove of the shutdown and more are blaming Republicans than President Obama and the Democrats for it.

Fully 72 percent of Americans disapprove of shutting down the federal government over differences on the Affordable Care Act; just 25 percent approve of this action. Republicans are divided: 48 percent approve, while 49 percent disapprove. Most tea party supporters approve of the government shutdown - 57 percent of them do. Disapproval of the shutdown is high among Democrats and independents. This CBS News poll was conducted after the partial government shutdown began on October 1.

Put on your big boy pants and grow up.

October 22, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
degage said...

annirebelle, 'put your big boy pants on and grow up'? Don't you remember most of those that were in vam were drafted and put their big boy pants and had to grow up a long time ago. That statement just shows how cruel you can be. Who gives a dam what you think when it comes to our military? Not I! Doesn't matter who is to blame, the administration is the one that made the decision as to who and what was shutdown and he did use the park services to make it painful for the American people, and our visitors. It cost more to shutdown all those facilities than to have some continue to work. Whatever happened to your common sense?

October 22, 2013 at 6:56 a.m.
anniebelle said...

That's a good one, degage. I know probably more than most what our military does for us. My father lost his life in WWII, yes his name is on a tombstone in Arlington. My brother died in Vietnam, his name is on that wall. My Grandson died in Afghanistan, I'm sure there's a wall coming soon. We know who shut down the government so quit with the Faux News Lies. I'm far more worried about how the 'living' are hurt by your party's bullying, anti-American tricks trying to overthrow our government -- is treasonous. And you're right in the thick of the hornet's nest.

October 22, 2013 at 7:24 a.m.
degage said...

Annie , Sorry for your loss, but what you said to Fred Greb was uncalled for and you know it. It was just plain old fashioned cruel and hateful. Much like you blame every conservative of being.

October 22, 2013 at 7:33 a.m.
anniebelle said...

degage, Yes, what I said to Fred Greb was called for. He wrote the letter, there is no need to spread false propaganda about the shutdown. It's disrespectful to our veterans and those of us who lost loved ones in battle. We know now who was responsible, and yes it was the republicans. I'm sorry you are one of those that continues on this defamation stampede. When I laid my dear mother to rest at the National Cemetery here in Chattanooga, she asked to be buried with my father's uniform. She never, ever recovered from his death. This glorifying of war in this country is beyond contemptible.

October 22, 2013 at 7:40 a.m.
degage said...

And so are you.

October 22, 2013 at 7:50 a.m.
anniebelle said...

degage, this will be my last response to any of your imbecilic retorts. I meet with a 95 year old WWII vet every two weeks. He happens to live in one of the more upscale assisted living facilities, so he needs none of my services except someone to talk to. We also go visit his son's grave and my mother's grave at National Cemetery. He was in tears last week about these phony so-called supporters of the troops. He was for many years a strong Republican, but has since realized the Republicans use the military as pawns in their struggle for supremacy and has nothing to do with our national security, especially those cowards Bush and Cheney. You have chosen your path of ignorance, so I hope you live with it and enjoy the damage you're inflicting on this country. I have nothing but pity for people like you.

October 22, 2013 at 9:27 a.m.
degage said...

Annie, I'm sure you don't care whether I believe your claim about the 95 year old WW2 vet, I don't. Anyone can make up stories like that.

October 22, 2013 at 9:36 a.m.
Rickaroo said...

Just because someone served in 'Nam, or any war for that matter, does not make them immune from criticism. Anybody who is halfway objective can see that the Republicans, and especially the teabilly faction of them, were responsible for shutting our government down. Most Americans are aware of this and that is reflected in numerous polls. If Mr. Greb wants to be fair about it, he would at least acknowledge that Republicans share at least as much of the blame as Obama and the Democrats. But instead he singles out Obama and lays the entire blame at his feet. Nothing that anniebelle said was "cruel." She was right on.

As an aside: Obama didn't serve in the military, or especially not Vietnam, but he at least he wasn't the lying, cowardly hypocrite that Bush was about it. Bush proclaimed to be FOR the war in Vietnam but if he was so much FOR it, why did he not join up? Instead he got his daddy to pull some strings to get him in the National Guard...leap-frogging over several others who didn't have such influential daddies to pull strings for them. There is respect to be had for anyone who followed their conscience and took a stand one way or the other - to refuse to go or to choose to fight. But people like Bush and Cheney were the worst hypocrites of all. They both claimed to be FOR the war but only as long as they themselves didn't have to fight in it. There is nothing more detestable, cowardly, and hypocritical than that.

October 22, 2013 at 12:30 p.m.
ERichards said...

Ref: Airport Solar Work Questioned. You shouldn't be surprised at anything that is occurring at the Chattanooga Airport, They have wasted millions of dollars on failed projects. They began by building the Wilson FBO that is actually ran by the airport and based the need for this PORK project on complaints of poor customer service at TAC AIR as well as high fuel prices. To date they cannot provide any documentation of these specific complaints and the airports own FBO is as much as .70 cents a gallon higher than TAC AIR's fuel prices (see All we can wonder is what insane wasteful project is next. If they are truly wanting to diversify competition of any kind at the airport then they should invite and welcome private companies to invest their own capital and risk rather than using local tax dollars which to date have been a loosing business just like they were told it would be prior to beginning all this mess. Instead they should be investing their time and energy in bringing quality air service to the area that benefits the community. With this kind of thing going on why would any major company want to invest in Chattanooga and then turn around the next day and find the local government has set up shop to compete against them???

October 23, 2013 at 4:07 p.m.
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