published Friday, April 25th, 2014

Where money is sacred and other letters to the editors

Where money is sacred

Walter Williams compares the Affordable Care Act to Nazi Germany and quotes Rudolph Rummel: "The more power a government has, the more it can act according to the whims and desires of the elite." Ergo, the government should not be allowed to control women's bodies. In China, the government forces women to end pregnancies so the elite of their government can control population size. But wait, you say! By outlawing abortion, we save the sacred lives of the unborn! But by that logic, the ACA should be supported, because it will save the lives of those who could otherwise not afford health care. You can't have it both ways. Conservatives call for smaller government, yet call for increased government presence in the doctor's office. The voices that decry ending the sacred lives of the unborn cut social services that help already-born children. The government can control my body when it controls a man's money. Let's pass a law that every man be DNA-tested, allowing every baby's father to be identified, and his money controlled by the government to ensure that it is used to support his children. Agreed? Didn't think so. In this country, what's sacred isn't children, it's money.

LISA SCOTT, Dayton, Tenn.


Thoughts on abortion laws

Responsible journalism requires telling the whole story, and "Cash key in abortion amendment battle" (Times Free Press, April 14) fails this basic test. Apart from miscasting this ballot measure as a contest between fundraisers, your reporter suggests by quoting only part of the proposed amendment to the state constitution that abortion rights in Tennessee are imperiled. The full text says that "the people retain the right through their elected [representatives] to enact, amend, or repeal statutes regarding abortion." This language does nothing to ban abortion but rather simply says the right to abortion in Tennessee is not established beyond the parameters set by the U.S. Supreme Court. To further avoid confusion, the amendment concludes by specifying that the legislature may provide for abortion in cases of rape, incest or life of the mother. Put simply, the amendment restores the will of the people of Tennessee within the context of Roe v. Wade's abortion license.

GARY LINDLEY, Lookout Mountain, Ga.


Supporting Fleenor

I am proud to support my friend, Pam Fleenor, for chancellor in the upcoming Republican primary. Pam has been a dear friend for over 40 years; I know her well. From what I understand to be the role of the chancellor, she is a perfect candidate. Not only does she possess qualities of being fair-minded and compassionate, along with common sense, she already has experience working in Chancery Court. Pam has been a leader all of her life, and she is the type of person to make decisions about right and wrong without being swayed by outside influences. I can also tell you Pam has a strong work ethic. A local girl who grew up in Chattanooga, graduated from Central High and UTC before receiving her law degree from the University of Cincinnati, she has always cared about and served her community. In essence, I know Pam Fleenor to be a conservative Christian woman of integrity and highly recommend her for chancellor. Thank you for considering her for your vote in the Republican primary.

ROBIN LEDBETTER


Russia in a death spiral

All Republican protestations to the contrary, President Obama is pursuing the wisest policy on Russia. He is watching, scrutinizing and warning, but stopping short of direct military intervention. Russia is a dysfunctional country that is slowly approaching disintegration. With the world's highest divorce rate (60 percent) and one of the highest rates of alcoholism, drug abuse, abortion and HIV, Russia's birth rate has plummeted alarmingly below replacement levels. Today one in five Russians seeks emigration. And now that they can choose where they want to live, Russians are fleeing Siberia in droves. This poses a tempting vacuum for overpopulated China to fill, one of Russia's greatest fears. Another looming concern is Russia's burgeoning Muslim population. Muslims don't drink, rarely divorce or abort, and have a high birth rate. They could conceivably comprise half of Russia's population by the mid-21st century. Vladimir Putin's managed democracy is organized around a personality cult rife with cronyism, graft and corruption. Latently fragile and lacking in essential institutions, his government could eventually implode as the Communist regime did before it. A word of caution: Nations, like individuals, can be particularly dangerous when they are facing extinction and have little to lose.

GEORGE B. REED JR., Rossville


Clarification about fees

ENCO Utility Services is pleased to serve the city of Chattanooga and its residents and would like to have an opportunity to set the record straight regarding the payment processing fees. The $3 fee charged to customers to make payments online or by phone is a service fee charged by the payment processor merchant bank. ENCO does not charge the fee. The city, not ENCO, opted to charge customers who use this service for the cost of providing the service. Local retailers charge a fee to customers to make walk-in payments. ENCO receives none of these fees. They are charged by the retailer to cover the cost of providing this service and are kept by the retailer. I sincerely request that this letter be published and that it helps to resolve any misunderstandings.

RUBY M. IRIGOYEN, Sr. Vice President ENCO Utility Services


Time to bring back the draft

Only 1 percent of our country's citizens are serving in our military, with multiple deployments up to six, seven and eight tours. Meanwhile, our headlines consist of politicians and television personalities bashing one party or the other. Something is definitely wrong. The people who are name-calling have no idea what our brave men and women are and have gone through. This behavior leads me to believe that there are many who have no spines. Why not hide behind a cloak of cowardice when, in reality, one can enjoy all the freedoms of the USA and not be held accountable? Simply said, we must reinstate the draft in order to reinstate accountability in these United States. We must truly care for our veterans. Remember, all gave some, and some gave all.

BENJAMIN W. SUTTON, Hiawassee, Ga.

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Plato said...

I agree with Benjamin. If we had had a draft in 2002 we would have never gone into Iraq becasue the public would have never supported it. As long as the public has no flesh in the game, politicians will continue to find it easy to move our troops in and out of various locations around the globe like pawns on a chessboard.

I understand the military's strong opposition to the draft as the all volunteer force has been so much better than one with draftees, however I think the time has come to take a second look at the draft.

Personally I would like to see a law passed that requires two years of public services to all able bodied men and women. For those that do not wish to serve in the military they can choose an alternative form of service like the Peace Corp or Americorps instead.

April 25, 2014 at 10:28 a.m.
ORRMEANSLIGHT said...

'Abortion Kills Children!'

"I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore CHOOSE LIFE, that both thou and thy seed may live..."

Deuteronomy 30:19__Holy Bible [Authorized King James Version]

Not! The 'Watered Down' Versions such as the New International Version. The NIV has been evaluated and it is reported that: "Hundreds of words, phrases, and even entire Bible verses were removed from the Word of God by the NIV butchers."

Ken ORR

April 26, 2014 at 6:33 p.m.

Since Jehovah killed actual babies throughout the Bible, why would he object to abortion?

Seems like it would save Jehovah from the trouble of slaughtering them later in one of his acts of love.

Who authorized the King James version? I never saw Jehovah's signature in it? For that matter, I've never seen Jehovah either.

It's amazing what religious delusion will do to people like Mr. Orr.

April 26, 2014 at 7:03 p.m.
ORRMEANSLIGHT said...

allahsyoungerbrother

Thank You for Your question. (:> In earlier posts I've disclosed how YHWH had to protect the blood-line from which Jesus Christ would come. sATAN, since Adam and Eve, tried to defile that sacred blood-line. he [sATAN]even tried to eliminate Jesus Christ's pure blood-line by having Christ's gene carriers murdered.

kwo

April 26, 2014 at 7:24 p.m.

Frankly, Mr. Orr, it's hard to take an adult seriously who is afraid to type the name Jehovah and Satan.

I've read your previous posts going back many months. I must admit I've never seen someone so homophobic and quite so intellectual challenged about science and the scientific method.

Add to that your complete nonsense about pre-Adam time and it's clear you have no understanding about your own Bible.

All are Christians as confused as you or are you just off kilter?

Between you and Mr. Conservative, my eight-year old niece knows more about science than both of you.

Do you not understand about metaphors, similes, and basic English? How does any rational,intellectually half-sane person accept the Bible as literal?

Please Mr. Orr. There are remedial science classes for those like you who haven't the faintest idea about science but cling to antiquated superstitions about the universe.

Watch "COSMOS" with Dr. Tyson and maybe you'll begin to get a grasp of science and the methods of science and put your literal Bible to rest.

April 26, 2014 at 7:55 p.m.
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