published Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

What can we learn from Germany? — and more letters to the editors

What can we learn from Germany?

Will somebody tell me how Germany, with slightly more than one-third our population, a highly unionized workforce and taxes almost double ours, can be ahead of us and second only to China in exports?

Are Germans better educated?

Almost half of Americans have at least some college, and 26 percent hold degrees. Only 12 percent of Germans are college graduates.

But Germany has superior vocational education, university admission there is on a merit basis, and tuition is virtually free for students who qualify.

Rather interestingly, Germany has few private schools. Maybe Germans work harder? Wrong again.

The U.S. leads the industrialized world in hours worked per worker. Germans have more vacation time, shorter work weeks and liberal maternity leave policies.

Contrary to our adversarial labor-management philosophy, by law German corporate supervisory boards must include a substantial percentage of workers. This promotes a climate of empathetic unity between labor and management, more “we” than “they.” Most workplace conflicts are resolved before they result in work stoppages.

I’m not so naïve to think another country’s economic/social systems can be transplanted here intact and be expected to work, but we can certainly learn something from them.

GEORGE B. REED JR., Rossville


City partner vote more complex

To say that God is gay proves that David Cook and a lot of other people do not understand what Christianity is all about.

They think that if Christians are against gays, they do not care about them. God loves everyone, including gays. In his column’s words — “You are precious in my eyes and honored and I love you.”

However, God hates sin, and the gay lifestyle is a sin. To say you are a gay Christian is impossible, according to the Bible [Leviticus 20:13; Romans 1:26-27.]

The world is changing, but the Bible and its teachings never change. Did you ever think that a lot of the votes against the benefits ordinance were because it also covered heterosexual couples living together?

Evidently a large majority of Chattanoogans who voted were against the ordinance. But the gay issue may not have been the only point of contention.

I get upset when I see a column like yours that wants us to accept the gay lifestyle.

However, God loves all people and hopes everyone would turn to him for the promise of eternal life in heaven.

JIMMY HYMA, Ooltewah

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moon4kat said...

Yes, Jimmy Hyma: "[T]he Bible and its teachings never change," even though human knowledge and society have advanced quite a lot over the last two millennia. Biblical folktales have not assimilated the rise of freedom and human rights, nor even the end of slavery. It can't teach what it doesn't know, which is quite a lot. Those who use it are often amiss in their interpretations, hypocritical while "instructing" others, and highly selective about which verses they choose to enforce.

August 27, 2014 at 6:57 a.m.

"However, God loves all people and hopes everyone would turn to him for the promise of eternal life in heaven."

JIMMY HYMA, Ooltewah

"God" is a generic term, Jimmy. There's been thousands of gods (none of them real of course) since the beginning of humanity. I'm sure you mean your Jehovah.

Your Jehovah murdered millions in His great love of torture, slavery, and genocide. Did you miss that part in the Bible?

That's OK Jimmy. Read the Bible sometime. It's far more obscene and pornographic than Miley Cyrus twerking.

Heaven is not a real place; neither is hell. I can not think of a worse place to be than your heaven where for eternity it's necessary to worship and praise such an old goat as your Jehovah. How utterly boring!

And to be surrounded by the likes of FundyNutZ would truly be hell. But it might be interesting for the first few years as every FundyNutZ would be out to kill the other FundyNutZ who aren't as good a FundyNutZ as they are.

Eventually only one FundyNutZ would remain as the one True FundyNutZ, whistling in the gloom of a heavenly hell.

Have a nice day, Jimmy, while you shiver in your boots in fear of a non-existent Jehovah.

August 27, 2014 at 9:05 a.m.
Rickaroo said...

No, Germany's and other European countries' economic/social systems could never work in Amurika because they are social democracies and anything that contains the hated "S" word (socialism) is avoided like the plague here. Better to be a dumb and backward Amurikan with inferior public schools, crumbling infrastructure, high unemployment, overpriced health insurance sold like a commodity, and low wages than to even think about dipping our toes into those evil socialistic waters. We might be dumb and backward but by Gawd we're proud to be Amurikan and capitalist to the core. Our way sucks for 99% of us but as long as we keep the one-percenters happy we'll keep doing it our way, thank you. Gawd bless Amurika!

August 27, 2014 at 9:06 a.m.
LibDem said...

"...the promise of eternal life in heaven."

Our friend, conservative, has found nothing nice to say about heaven. Why would you want to spend eternity in what may be a swamp?

August 27, 2014 at 3:22 p.m.
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