published Thursday, September 5th, 2013

The GOP and health care and other letters to the editors

The GOP and health care

Citizens of all political stripes are encouraged to listen, read, or watch President Obama’s speech commemorating Reverend Martin Luther King’s, “I have a dream” speech. This occurred on Wednesday, Aug. 28th. Obama offers the spirit of King’s speech, the marchers, an assessment of progress, where we are and more importantly, future aspirations. Republicans should study the speech and reflect deeply upon your impressions. Then you should listen to how it is described by Fox News, Rush, Beck, etc. Are they enriching themselves playing to your prejudices? And how does the idea of offering comprehensive health care at an affordable price (Obamacare) infringe upon your freedom? Hundreds of millions of dollars have been spent by the health care industries to influence the Republican Party.

JOHN F. EARY, Ringgold, Ga.


Bible says love your neighbor

The recent slate of letters maintaining that the Bible is clear in its condemnation of homosexuality are selecting arbitrary scriptural passages that, disregarding contemporary context, are sadly misleading and distinctly inconsistent.

Yes, Leviticus 18:22 states that homosexuality is an abomination. But Leviticus 11:10 also states that it is an abomination to eat shellfish. Elsewhere, Leviticus 25:44 says that you can possess slaves from other nations. Exodus 21:7 maintains that you can sell your daughter into slavery. Exodus 35:2 states that anyone working on the Sabbath should be put to death.

I ask you lobster lovers and Sunday shift workers, how can we as Christians pick and choose what is a sin based on scripture that reflects times far different from our own?

If we choose to make literal translations of the Bible, how about this one: Love thy neighbor as thyself.

JULIE VAN VALKENBURG, Signal Mountain


Reporter Smith taken to task

Reporter Ellis Smith writes with satisfaction, “Given a choice between facilitating payday loans or doing a favor for a powerful regulator, the banks chose to cut off access … that made it impossible for him (Cary Brown) to do business.” What a telling statement!

Mr. Brown was breaking no laws; he employed over 400 people, giving away millions of dollars to worthy causes, working his way up from selling used cars while in college to become a multi-millionaire.

For these activities, Mr. Smith’s story portrays Mr. Brown as a kingpin criminal detailing his “rise to power” as if he was Public Enemy No. 1. Mr. Brown’s use of “teams of lawyers” must surely be another sign of his sinister character, implies Mr. Smith.

The hero, Mr. Benjamin Lawsky, an unelected bureaucrat, uses threats and intimidation and an even bigger team of lawyers to bring down the evil Mr. Brown, in the process putting 400 people out of work. For his cunning bypass of legalities, Mr. Lawsky is held up as a defender of truth, justice and the American way.

Mr. Smith’s tale is very disquieting. Ingenuity, philanthropy and hard work, bad! Threats, intimidation and ignoring the law, good!

BRIAN D. JOYCE, Lookout Mountain, Ga.


Hunt for food, not for sport

Let me begin with the fact that I am a lifelong ethical hunter, therefore I am disturbed by a statement supposedly quoted from TWRA spokesperson Mr. Dan Hicks. If in fact Mr. Hicks made the statement of hunting Cranes “not being all for sport” I am led to believe that TWRA promotes “sport” hunting rather than ethical hunting. An ethical hunter eats what he harvests and does not take the life of an animal for sport. A person that will sport shoot an animal is the type that gives all hunter’s a bad name whether deserved or not.

JIMMY MABRY, Hixson


Collegedale did the right thing

I would like to commend city commissioners of Collegedale, Tenn., for putting aside their religious beliefs and voting to provide equal benefits to gay couples who were married in a state where gay marriage is legal and who work for the city. The female detective who sought the benefits chose to commit to her partner through marriage.

Unfortunately, there is a church that calls itself “the church of Christ.” The pastor and the congregation call themselves Christians. This is a misnomer. Christ preached love of our neighbors as ourselves, not of hatred of people who may be different.

Now comes the real sin: asking the mother of the detective to repent of her sin in order to remain in the church. It would have been a sin if she abandoned her daughter. I guess “unconditional love” is an unfamiliar term.

I suggest the congregation members take a long look at themselves. Stand up for what is wrong. The preacher is a terrible example for children. Should we tell them don’t do anything against the church’s beliefs because we as parents won’t love them? The preacher should be fired. He is playing God, and no one has that right.

MARCIA SCHULTZ, Blairsville, Ga.


Double standard on gun laws

In your Aug. 25 edition your critical cartoon of the day by Mike Luckovich portrays a “back to school sale” scenario in a gun store with a galaxy of hi-power assault weapons as the backdrop, in the wake of the recent Atlanta school drama. This follows your long running anti-gun political stance.

However, in the same day’s edition, in the classifieds, you advertise an AK-47 for sale and a gun show which you ritually castigate as the author of most gun-related misfortunes.

The fact is that the Times opinion page loudly demands the elimination of guns in the USA, but actually does the diametric opposite by, all the while, fomenting gun sales for money. If you really believed what you say you would accept the fiscal burden in order to demonstrate the truth of what you advocate.

I am not holding my breath.

BOB HUTCHISON, Rocky Face, Ga.

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conservative said...

"how can we as Christians pick and choose what is a sin based on scripture that reflects times far different from our own?"

Well JULIE VAN VALKENBURG homosexuality has always been a sin, Christians know this, it is not up for debate. Christians know they are not given authority to set aside the commandments of God and practice sin. You will not escape the judgment of God for practicing homosexuality:

9 Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, 10 nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. 1Corinthians 6:9-10

September 5, 2013 at 10:18 a.m.
conservative said...

Ms. MARCIA SCHULTZ, Blairsville, Ga you are wrong about what is hated here. It is not the Coopers who are hated, it is the sin, the evil of homosexuality that is hated. Your judgment is wrong. Christians are to HATE evil:

Ye that love the LORD, hate evil. Psalm 97:10

Ye that love the LORD, hate evil.

September 5, 2013 at 11:26 a.m.
jen1972 said...

And once again, CONSERVATIVE, you harp on homosexuality and yet you give no answer to the fact that Leviticus ALSO condemns eating shellfish, shaving, getting a haircut, eating pork, taking the Lord's name in vain, and adultery (those last two are capital offenses, folks) as abominations against God. Or that Leviticus sanctions slavery. (Although I'm guessing you like that one. wink) Until you explain why these abominations, clearly listed in your Holy book, are not also on your Holier-than-thou radar, please shut your hypocritical mouth. You fundies can't have it both ways.

September 5, 2013 at 1:30 p.m.
conservative said...

"The preacher is a terrible example for children."

No Ms. MARCIA SCHULTZ, Blairsville, Ga you are wrong.

One can NOT separate love from hate. One can NOT be indifferent or uncaring about what will harm someone if they truly love that someone. If you love your children you HATE what will harm them. Sin such as homosexuality is harmful now and for all eternity if someone does not repent and ask God for forgiveness.

Those who would not warn and HATE what would harm their children can NOT truly love their children.

Ye that love the LORD, hate evil. Psalm 97:10

September 5, 2013 at 3:08 p.m.
ORRMEANSLIGHT said...

Hi jen1972!

I do not think You could have read my previous posts regarding Biblical Historical Dispensations orchestrated by Jesus Christ. The shell fish thingy is getting really irritating and worn out. (No slam on You, I truly don't think You have read my posts on dispensations, if so You would have different comments).

Please read this carefully

One of the cardinal laws for logical/accurate/truthful interpretation of Biblical Scripture is: Whatever is stated in the Old Testament must be verified by a reiterating of that admonition, etc, in the New Testament. If there is no reiterating, then, the admonition belongs to another dispensation and is not applicable to the New Testament. Many innocent people attempt to prove that a New Testament admonition is not logical because we don't use the same punishments today when that admonition was first given and transgressed. That just does not work +(:>. That is akin to trying to punish an infant for disturbing the peace the same way an adult can go to jail for disturbing the peace. The Old Testament Law was a 'school master' for bringing in the New Testament.


September 6, 2013 at 9:46 p.m.
ORRMEANSLIGHT said...

"Unique among all books ever written, the Bible accurately foretells specific events-in detail-many years, sometimes centuries, before they occur. Approximately 2500 prophecies appear in the pages of the Bible, about 2000 of which already have been fulfilled to the letter—no errors." Credit: http://www.reasons.org/articles/articles/fulfilled-prophecy-evidence-for-the-reliability-of-the-bible

All of what Jesus Christ has planned to do is known by Him. He gives us 'some' of this information. TREPHINATION SURGERY and BLOOD LETTING was, innocently enough what people understood then. But now, 'No Way to trephination'!

Dispensations can be thought of within the same vein of thinking. When mankind experiences 'shifts' in our thinking, etc., then The Lord God of Hosts knows we are ready for the next phase of His plans for us.

Why does Jesus Christ do it that way, using dispensations? I will tell You...i don't know.

September 6, 2013 at 9:47 p.m.
ORRMEANSLIGHT said...

Many innocent folks do not know about dispensations within Jesus Christ's plans for humankind. This is no shame, and, certainly not a 'put down' to people who have not yet learned of dispensations. One of the cardinal laws for logical interpretation of Biblical Scripture is: Whatever is stated in the Old Testament must be verified by a reiterating of that admonition, etc, in the New Testament. If there is no reiterating, then, the admonition belongs to another dispensation and is not applicable to the New Testament. Many innocent people attempt to prove that a New Testament admonition is not logical because we don't use the same punishments today when that admonition is transgressed. That just does not work +(:>. That is akin to trying to punish an infant for disturbing the peace the same way an adult can go to jail for disturbing the peace. The Old Testament Law was a 'school master' for bringing in the New Testament.

Please do a study of the various dispensations within the plan of Jesus Christ for humanity. Having done this Your comments will be powerful and applicable...kwo

September 6, 2013 at 9:53 p.m.
ORRMEANSLIGHT said...

..."a state where gay marriage is legal...

Uh, Uh, ahhh, MARCIA SCHULTZ, Blairsville, Ga., well I have also been badly misinformed on some life issues, so I will presume this was only an innocent mis-statement by You. But for the good people of the State of Tennessee who may feel totally insulted by the quote above...I will offer a certain fact.

The Tennessee Marriage Protection Amendment, also known as 'TENNESSEE AMENDMENT 1 of 2006', is a STATE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT BANNING SAME SEX MARRIAGES. The referendum was approved by 81% of voters. It specifies that only a marriage between a man and a woman can be legally recognized in the state of Tennessee. This effectively prohibits same-sex marriages within the state, reinforcing previously existing statutes to the same effect.

No dishonor intended Ms Schultz...only The Holy Trinity is perfect. Jesus Christ said He Is The Truth.

Ken ORR

September 7, 2013 at 9:09 p.m.
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