published Sunday, June 1st, 2014

Bikers: Consider traffic before making a climb and other letters to the editors

Bikers: Consider traffic before making a climb

In response to Pam Sohn’s suggestion for “city, county and state officials to close the W Road and other two-lane mountain roads to all bicycles,” I’d like to suggest an alternative.

As an avid cyclist, I’ve often wondered why any bicyclist would want to ride up the W Road during afternoon traffic. The W Road is my normal commute path, so I can relate to the volume of traffic that would pass a cyclist going up the mountain between 4–7 p.m. However, I’m also familiar with the amount of traffic going up the mountain during morning hours, especially on weekends. As a normal practice, I keep track of the number of cars that pass me going up various mountain climbs in the area. On a normal Saturday morning, I might be passed by seven or eight cars going up the W Road; on more rural climbs, it’s even less.

Maybe a more practical solution is to prohibit bike use during high traffic times on mountain roads that are major commuter routes. As for my cycling friends, use your heads and avoid those climbs during high traffic times.

JOHN WILSON, Signal Mountain


Respect choices women make

In today’s U.S. culture, women are given more opportunities now than ever to do whatever they want with their lives. They can be medical providers, CEOs, politicians, etc. After exploring these opportunities, and in many cases finding them less than rewarding, the majority of women I know simply want to do what they’ve been wired to do — take better care of their homes and family. They are the relationship experts! Because of feminism, women now have to work outside of the home whether they want to or not. They are still expected to carry the bulk of domestic duties while having the added stress of working a job — and it’s not that satisfying to be worn out all the time. If we want to “rescue the girl,” that would be a good place to start — support women who want to be women and give them some respect.

JOYCE HAGUE, Ooltewah


Let’s save the planet

Whether or not some people believe it, we need to decrease CO2 emissions to save our planet. The most significant man-caused source of CO2 gases is coal-fired electrical generation. Let’s move to other energy sources such as nuclear, solar and wind to address our needs. The time to act is now.

SANDY LUSK, Signal Mountain


You can support the battlefield

Thank you for your May 20 editorial praising the Ohio 5th graders who raised money to restore the Ohio Monument on the Missionary Ridge Battlefield of Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park. They and their teacher deserve local thanks, and it was inspiring to see them receive it in person when they visited Chattanooga for the rededication of the beautiful monument. You suggest that many individuals and groups might want to contribute to similar preservation efforts within the Park, which encompasses hundreds of monuments and buildings on 9,000 acres of our beautiful region. Actually, it’s easy! The Friends of the Park’s ongoing Jewell Memorial Restoration Fund gratefully accepts any and all donations and holds them in trust to rescue and rehabilitate landmarks within our “local” national park that have been damaged by weather or vandals. Donations to the Jewell Memorial Fund are tax deductible and a win-win situation: they benefit the park, Friends and donor. Contributions should be sent to Friends of the Park, P.O. Box 748, Chattanooga, Tenn., 37401, attention Jewell Memorial Fund. It’s a great cause for anyone in the tri-state area, where historic American Civil War battlefields are everywhere we live, work and play. KAY S. PARISH Looking back on Sept. 11, 2001 It was heart-wrenching to watch the commemoration of 9-11. So many died, so many have suffered. The commemoration was tasteful and beautiful in its own way. The actual 9-11 attack was “shock and awe,” the term the Bush administration used to describe the bombing of Baghdad and other cities. I call it “shock and awful.” There’s no research concluding that Iraqis aren’t any less caring for their families than Americans are. By his own definition of terrorism, Bush is a far worse terrorist than bin Laden. The bombing of Baghdad was broadcast like the New Year’s fireworks display. The people on the ground also deserve our sympathy and compassion just like the victims of 9-11. As a country, we deserve one emotion the Iraqis do not: guilt.

FRED H. WRIGHT PhD


Smart lights idea questioned

It seems a little odd that a company who moved a “factory” from China to Chattanooga in order to bring jobs to the area now suddenly has to lay off all its workers because the city of Chattanooga is not moving forward with Phase 2 of its purchase. Where are the customers from the China factory? Did they all stop buying because the product was faulty, inefficient, cost ineffective, etc. If Global Green Lighting “smart lights” really are the greatest thing since sliced bread, why does it seem the city is the only substantial customer after several years’ worth of glorified press? If those lights delivered the huge savings advertised and if the purchase was so cost effective, other cities and corporations would be jumping on the bandwagon so fast GGL would be having trouble hiring enough workers for all of the new business.

JOHN PIERCE


Thurman should respect vote

If Rhonda Thurman wanted to run for county commissioner in District 1, why didn’t she run in the primary? Does she not like who the people chose? It’s everyone’s right to run, but they should go about it the right way. This sounds like a struggle to keep the power, and that is exactly what the people voted against. The people in District 1 have made their choice on whom the want to serve them for the next four years. Sometimes that is hard to accept.

MARGARET CHASTAIN


Fleischmann supports veterans

Chuck Fleischmann, our 3rd District congressman for the past four years, has been steadfast in support of our military and veterans. He has continued to faithfully support the promised benefits, including pay, health and retirement, our veterans deserve. Chuck has consistently voted for congressional bills that keep our military services strong and ready to meet unforeseen crises. Chuck has been faithful in responding to the needs of local veterans and particular in dealing with the Department of Veterans Affairs. He most recently has worked to open V.A. Medical Clinics in McMinn, Roane and Campbell counties. He supports the current hearings on the failings of the V.A. Chuck frequently visits with wounded warriors from our district who may be recuperating at Bethesda or Walter Reed. Two I will mention are 3rd District veterans who lost both legs in combat — one Army and one Marine Corps. Chuck was here to assure the families the V.A. would do the right things in providing health care and rehabilitation. I encourage every patriotic citizen of the 3rd District to return Chuck Fleischmann to Congress to continue the superb job he has begun.

VANCE H. FRY, Harrison


Whole Foods thanked

Whole Foods Market is providing a service to music fans by sponsoring free bluegrass music on Thursday evenings. Food and drinks are available, and the music provides a festive atmosphere throughout the store. Thank you Whole Foods, and thank you music fans for supporting this weekly event.

TOM ROGERS, Hixson

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sandyonsignal said...

This was my original letter. I'm quite upset that you edited out that the science is clear and established. Congratulations on being such a good EDITor. You now have one less subscriber.

"The good thing about science is that it's true whether or not you believe in it." - Neil deGrasse Tyson.
The last 35 years, were the hottest in 400 years. The arctic is rapidly losing its ice shelf. The ice shelf serves as a reflector to the sun's ultra-violet rays. Without the ice reflecting the sun's warmth, our planet will absorb the sun's heat and temperatures will continue to rise.

Our ice shelves are melting due to what is known as the "greenhouse effect." The "Greenhouse Effect" is a warming that occurs from increases in certain gasses, such as carbon dioxide (CO2) in the Earth's atmosphere. This was first discovered by Joseph Fourier about 200 years ago, it was proven and verified over 100 years ago, by Svante Arrhenius. Arrhenius performed calculations to prove how much incoming radiation was absorbed by CO2 and water vapor to heat the atmosphere.

Whether or not some people believe it, we need to decrease CO2 emissions to save our planet. The most significant man-caused source of CO2 gases is coal-fired electrical generation. Let’s move to other energy sources, such as: nuclear, solar and wind to address our needs. The time to act is now.

Sandy Lusk,

TNDP, State Executive Committeewoman District 11

June 1, 2014 at 9:58 a.m.
LibDem said...

Ms. JOYCE HAGUE, The majority of women you know may have the luxury to stay home. Not all women have the flexibility to choose. "...support women who want to be women..." sounds like an attempt to make the working girl feel guilty.

June 1, 2014 at 10:06 a.m.
Rickaroo said...

"The bombing of Baghdad was broadcast like the New Year’s fireworks display. The people on the ground also deserve our sympathy and compassion just like the victims of 9-11. As a country, we deserve one emotion the Iraqis do not: guilt." Fred H. Wright PhD

Sir, are you daring to suggest that our troops were anything less than heroes? That America is not ordained by God to blow to kingdom come any nation it sees fit, and call it "protecting our freedom?" If so, I commend you for speaking the cold hard truth to those who want only to wrap themselves in the flag and pretend that our military (and that includes the troops who are its willing dupes) is above reproach.

I remember well the spectacle of the initial bombing of Baghdad as we Americans watched it on TV, as if it were the Super Bowl. The reporters were giving us a play-by-play description and American viewers were lapping it up. I imagined that many were yelling "Yeehaw!" with each building that crumbled and fell under the incessant blasts of the relentless bombing. I kept saying to myself, "What the hell did Iraq have to do with this? Why are we even there?"

Now here we are, years later, and there is no longer any question that lies were told to us and there was no justification whatsoever for going to Iraq (and no justification for the massive overkill in Afghanistan). Yet we have allowed the nefarious instigators of the carnage to slither off into the sunset and enjoy comfortable retirements. And young men and women are still willingly joining the continuing melee and mass destruction (at least in Afghanistan), becoming robotic killers of innocent people, and we are still calling them heroes and convincing ourselves that they are "protecting our freedom." Indeed we should have much to feel guilty about.

But we don't even have the decency to let ourselves experience such an emotion. Let any politician dare to suggest guilt or wrongdoing on our part and he/she is branded as "weak." And so the killing goes on and Americans wave their flags, proud of their patriotism for patriotism's sake, and thinking that God is on our side. This nation long ago sold its soul to a God who isn't even there.

June 1, 2014 at 12:07 p.m.
Plato said...

Sandy - I am also puzzled as to why your documentation on AGW was edited out of your letter, especially having read some of the bone-headed nonsense from the deniers that routinely gets published here. I put your letter in Word and found that it was exactly 200 words so you were within the allowable limit.

June 2, 2014 at 9:55 a.m.
ORRMEANSLIGHT said...

Science (so-called) experiences extremely humiliating and embarassing REVERSALS approximately every ten years. Thousands of humans are dead because of very bad science. Instead trust Jesus Christ. Hey, He even makes the fraud scientist (their desision to perpertrate lies/hoaxes,money making schemes,etc. though).

Al Gore’s global-warming rhetoric is put on ice By Andrea Peyser February 17, 2014 | 12:09am

The “entire North Polar ice cap will be gone in five years,’’ Gore, now 65, told a German TV audience in 2008. Wrong.

Last month near the South Pole, a Russian ship carrying scientists and tourists traveled to the bottom of the Earth so passengers might document global warming and shrinking ice caps. But the ship got stuck on ice that was thicker than at any time since records started being kept in 1978. The warming fans were airlifted to safety by helicopter, leaving behind confused penguins!

Oh, ha, ha, ha! Someone help me hold my stomach. This belt of laughing is much too strong. Oh, wow, this is really rich. Oh, ha, ha, ha!

Yeah, choose Al Gore (and the like of his ilk) instead of Jesus Christ, who seems to know, for millions of years, how to control His planet earth.

Mallius Deium

June 2, 2014 at 8:13 p.m.
sandyonsignal said...

Well, Orr, since the TFP took away the proof from physicist Fourier and Nobel Prize winner Arrhenuis, you will never know about the evidence used to verify this, nor will you know about the green house effect. This paper is like Fox News, they will keep you uninformed.

Thank you, Plato, for reading and questioning this. I guess this paper views science as an opinion. My husband and I are addicted newspaper readers, but yesterday we cancelled our subscription to the Times Free Press. I called them today and they really don't care.

June 2, 2014 at 9:28 p.m.
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