published Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Return to high standards, morals and other letters to the editors

Return to high standards, morals

Today, there is a movement in the country to weaken the nation. We can blame a lot of this on the Environmental Protection Agency placing harsh restrictions on manufacturing, causing management to seek out cheaper labor in other nations to manufacture its products. Like it or not, this nation is dependent on oil and coal! Let's change this trend by bringing our military home from all over the globe and use them to seal our borders against illegals and terrorists. Restart our factories, bring our jobs back home, drill for oil and use our coal and natural gas while searching for an alternate energy source to become self-sufficient again. Let's start minding our own business, ridding ourselves of the ACLU and others who wish to change the real meaning of our proven laws and the Constitution. We must remember that we cannot buy friendship; it has never worked and never will. Our hope as a nation lies in a return to the high standards of yesteryear, morality, a good work ethic and a strong belief in God. Folks, we can do this!

GENE O. WAGNER SR., Rossville

Backs Tidwell for court clerk

The race between Hamilton County Criminal Court Clerk Gwen Tidwell and her opponent is one of action versus words. Gwen Tidwell offers her record of innovation and hard work, making the Criminal Court records accessible and operating for 15 years without spending a dime of taxpayer money for salaries. All Vince Dean offers is words. I ask you to join me in voting for Gwen Tidwell for Criminal Court clerk.

ANNIE HALL, Signal Mountain

Protect unborn; pass Amendment 1

Since 2002, Tennessee abortion facilities are not required to be licensed or inspected. Nail salons are. The Tennessee Legislature currently has zero enforceable power to regulate the abortion industry. Why? In 2000, a Tennessee Supreme Court decision by four justices (Planned Parenthood v Sundquist) struck down the reasonable abortion regulations enacted by the Democrat-controlled Tennessee Assembly. Two years later (in Tennessee Health Department v. Gary Boyle et al), Tennessee laws about licensing and inspection of abortion facilities were struck down due to Tennessee's constitutional "inherent right to abortion" found in the 2000 ruling. Tennessee only has a few remaining regulations on the abortion industry. One is parental consent, preventing under-age girls from getting an abortion without either one parent or a judge's approval. That law will certainly be challenged and lost as well if Amendment 1 fails. Tennessee is the third highest abortion destination state; one in four seeking abortions in Tennessee comes from out of state. Federal law prohibits the outright ban on abortion. No matter your take on abortion, every citizen should want Amendment 1 to pass; well, except those making millions of dollars off the abortion industry.

MIKE WARNER, Clarksville, Tenn.

Teachers handle responsibility well

Teachers are asked to wear many hats these days -- educator, counselor, cheerleader, nurse, among others. More than 99 percent of Tennessee's educators wear these hats professionally, appropriately and with great skill. Unfortunately, that doesn't make for an attention-seeking headline. Instead, a Chattanooga Times-Free Press story picked up statewide dramatically exclaimed, "Teachers' misconduct revealed: Hundreds have been disciplined in last decade, Tennessee records show." The Tennessee Education Association agrees the upward trend of misconduct cases is troubling. We want to see the number of cases at zero. The association has a number of programs in place to make that a reality. TEA hosts new teacher training annually to help those new to the profession navigate the complex role of being an educator. The association also hosts local, regional and statewide professional development opportunities specifically geared toward professionalism and appropriate interaction with students. Tennessee students deserve to have a safe and supportive learning environment led by a qualified, committed teacher. Fortunately for our students, more than 99 percent of teachers in our state meet that standard daily.

GERA SUMMERFORD, president Tennessee Education Association

Doughnut mural offers sweet taste

An artist labored for weeks over the imaginative and creative mural on the Koch's bakery property. Unique visual surprises like the doughnut mural are what give a city flavor. What is aesthetically offensive and should be removed or at least lowered and reduced is the unimaginative oversized Applebees sign at our city's front door on the corner of Broad and Fourth streets. This sign blaringly says to me, "Welcome to Chattanooga, we have sub-par, processed food just like where you came from."

DAN S. SAWYER, Signal Mountain

Free school meals socialist in scope

I recently read in this paper that all kids attending 47 Hamilton County schools can get free breakfast and lunch, no matter what their family income is. When I raised my kids years ago, we fed them breakfast at home and then packed their lunch or gave them lunch money. Now I have to help feed everyone else's kids, whose parents may be more well-off than I am. I wonder how long it will be before I have to help pay someone's mortgage and car loan? Socialism succeeds when the masses rely on government to provide their daily needs. It won't be too long before U.S.A. stands for United Socialists of America.

GARY HAYES, Ooltewah

Gun violence must stop

How many people killed does it take to make everyone understand that something needs to be done? I can assure you that the forefathers did not consider AK 47s and the rest to be considered in "protecting life and property." I'm sure they're rolling over in their graves. This is a tragic, unacceptable, disgraceful society we live in. What will it take to stop this violence and tolerance of guns, guns, guns? Shameful! It is embarrassing to the entire world what we've become!


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LibDem said...

Yes, Mr. GENE O. WAGNER SR., you're right. "Our hope as a nation lies in a return to the high standards of yesteryear, morality, a good work ethic and a strong belief in God." I just can't decide between the 1940's when we rescued the world and the 1840's when we enslaved millions. I bet Rush will know.

July 17, 2014 at 6:59 a.m.
LibDem said...

Yes, Mr. MIKE WARNER, "...those making millions of dollars off the abortion industry." Like the campaign contributions for the right-to-life ghouls.

July 17, 2014 at 7:03 a.m.
LibDem said...

Mr. GARY HAYES, We share a desire to teach babies through hunger to make better choices in parents. I was a smart baby and chose rich white parents. It worked out great.

July 17, 2014 at 7:06 a.m.

LibDem, stupid comment. Still bringing up slavery. Pathetic. The closest thing we have to slavery now is the Fed. Governments intrusion into our daily lives. D.C. is out of control and power hungry, more than it's ever been before. Elitists, wealthy politicos, overstuffed and pompous bureaucrats.

July 17, 2014 at 12:39 p.m.
Ki said...

re: * our hope as a nation lies in the return the standards of yesteryear.*

Yeah! Right! Gene, old boy. Those "high standards" of lynch mobs and posses burning down homes and chasing people from their communities the middle of the night with nothing but the clothes on their backs, and sometimes the victims, including children, of those high standards of yesteryear were chased from their homes buck naked.

July 17, 2014 at 1:45 p.m.
timbo said...

LibDem...most liberals have the same problem that Barry has, they can't tell the truth about anything.

Slavery...really. Do you know where most of the slaves before the civil war were located? Africa, India, and the Middle East. Do you know where the over 30 million slaves are located now? Africa, India, and the middle east.

Before you comment, you might just have a "smidgen" of historical fact behind you. Slaves before the civil war in Africa were sold by other black Africans to European and Arab slave traders. The black African slave holders retained many more slaves than were sold to the Europeans. These were their own race. Africa retains this culture to this day. Why don't you criticize that?

Slavery in the US was wrong, which you and other libs gleefully point out, but so was African slavery then and now. If seems you guys always let the sellers off the hook to criticize our culture which has done more to eradicate slavery than any other in the world.

Are you liberals that corrupt? You can't ever tell the whole truth because it doesn't fit your narrow agendas.

July 18, 2014 at 7:39 a.m.
Ki said...

timbo and whites sent fellow whites to the gas chambers in Europe. For someone who accuse another of not knowing their history--you failed to mentioned tribal and other differences that exist on all continents, europe included. So what's your point? And native american apache scouts hunted down fellow native american apache scouts for white settlers and dragged them back to be place on reservations. During the civil war whites fought and killed white people, some from their own families. Again, what's your point. Then there's Northern Ireland where white catholics and white protestants have been fighting and killing one another for decades, a century or so perhaps.

People of the same skin tone aren't of the same tribe, and even when they are of the same tribe there are other variables that come into play that often lead to conflict.

If all the south Americans and blacks were forced from north america and the continent became completely anglo saxon nation like someone once mentioned it was intended, America would become another northern Ireland fighting over sectarian issues, it emplode like Iraq is imploding presently. Its much easier and less bloody to control the masses over issues of race, class and social ones than religious issues.

July 18, 2014 at 9:14 a.m.
LibDem said...

My mistake, timbo. I though Mr.WAGNER was talkng about the US.

July 18, 2014 at 10:31 a.m.
timbo said...

Ki...I didn't say anything of the sort about removing anyone. What I pointed out was the comments about slavery that were unwarranted. I pointed out that blacks in Africa were just as guilty as whites in the rest of the world. I also pointed out that although we have changed, African, India, and the Middle East have not.

You are still implying that war has moral equivalency to slavery. Wars are fought over politics or economics. Slavery has nothing to do with, "During the civil war whites fought and killed white people,.."

The reason you people use slavery as a "card" is to belittle people who do not agree with some of the liberal crap you are spouting. For example, the other day I saw another "guilty" white person saying that we should pay reparations for slavery. Even though I never owned one and it was 160 years ago. If you want reparations from me, just because I am white, why don't you go after reparations from ALL Africans and Arabs...even though most of them they didn't have anything to do with something that happened 160 years ago either.


If you do, include Africans and Arabs because historically they had as much to do with slavery as whites. They even have slaves today.

July 18, 2014 at 11:32 a.m.
Rickaroo said...

Timbo...LibDem's response to Gene Wagner's letter was spot on. You seem to enjoy spouting off your knowledge about the history of something that most people are already aware of. There was no need to mention the slavery of Africans, Indians, and Arabs amongst themselves. Mr. Wagner insinuated in his letter that the morals in America were higher in yesteryear than they are today. But they were not. LibDem astutely pointed that out. Slavery was only one of the ugly issues that besmirched the integrity of this nation, and whether other nations and peoples were guilty of the same heinous practice is irrelevant. The topic at hand was the matter of our morals and standards in America today compared to yesteryear. The fact that other nations also practiced slavery among their own race has nothing to do with the letter or with LibDem's response to it. You can't find anything better than that to smack down a liberal with today? Pretty lame.

July 18, 2014 at 11:57 a.m.
timbo said...

Rickaroo..why is it always the race card? Why did he use slavery as the example? Because you libs always pull the race card.

Have their been things the country shouldn't have done? Of course...but there has been many, many, more things, that Wagner was talking about, that were good in this country..and you know it.

There was as much "need" for me to mention African Slavery as it was for LibDem to mention US slavery. If he didn't want to discuss it, LibDem shouldn't have brought it up.

This fake "we don't know what you are talking about" stuff doesn't play.

July 18, 2014 at 1:26 p.m.
Rickaroo said...

Why use slavery as an example? Hmm, let me think... I dunno, maybe because slavery just happens to be one of the most horrific of America's transgressions?! Or in your mind, does the fact that other nations practiced slavery too make it perfectly alright?

BTW...all the things that America finally got right, such as the Emancipation Proclamation, Civil Rights, women's rights, workers' rights, to name but a few, are directly attributed to liberalism, not conservatism. And don't even think about arguing that it was a Republican (Lincoln) who emancipated the slaves, or Republicans who passed the Civil Rights Act. Republicans actually used to be accepting of some facets of liberalism. But the past couple of decades a deep resentment of all things liberal has been festering in the GOP, such that today you conservatives react in complete knee-jerk fashion to liberals, calling liberalism itself "evil" or a "disease." I acknowledge that there is a need for conservatism sometimes but you conservatives have gone off the deep end with your hysterical rants against anything and everything that has to do with liberalism.

July 18, 2014 at 3:31 p.m.
Rickaroo said...

Whatever used to be "good in this country" once upon a time was actually good only for the well-to-do WASPS but hell for every minority or subculture. Yes, we have many more complex problems today than we had, say, during the late 1940s and 1950s, and it's easy to reflect upon those times and think how much better it was in some ways. But what was good then was good only for the privileged majority of WASPs. The underbelly of it all was not pretty or good.

July 18, 2014 at 3:43 p.m.
Ki said...

timbo, don't cry. I never said you personally mentioned anything about removing engine, although many right wing/conservative posters have stated just that as being the solution to america's problems. One poster going on to say america was never meant to be a racially diverse nation, but an Anglo saxon one. That poster didn't elaborate on what was intended for the native people who were already here, or the Africans stolen from their native land and brought here in chains to build a nation because europes were too lazy to do the work.

Did I ever mention the first one is two European settlers most all starved to death and resorted to cannibalism, because they were too lazy to plant and harvest the land? So when food supplies ran out they had nothing to eat but one another?

July 18, 2014 at 7:18 p.m.
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