published Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Does VW have a death wish? — and more letters to the editors

Does VW have a death wish?

A few years ago a group of area citizens were either unemployed or had jobs with poor pay and no future. Things changed for them. Thanks to area taxpayers, Volkswagen entered the picture. Now those folks are employed in careers with pay and benefits more desirable than industry standards.

Surprisingly, some of those same people forgot their recent employment history, and voted to be represented by a union. Not just any union, but one which has proved to be an organization that has inflicted grievous harm to our economy.

Why did those folks vote for the UAW? An obvious reason was that VW actually allowed union officials to solicit membership on their premises. Here, we might compare VW to the late Rev. Coots. While he knew the consequences, he continued his association with snakes until it was too late. Surely VW knows Detroit’s tragic story; or better yet has it forgotten its own experience in East Huntingdon, Pa.?

Now that the vote has been challenged it would be wise for this company, which hopes to improve its market share, to remember that if you play with a snake you will get bitten — or do they have a corporate death wish?

GORDON FLEMING


What’s normal temperature?

They say the earth is 4 or 5 billion years old and has been through many different climate changes. If the earth is warming a few degrees, maybe it’s correcting itself to its normal warmer climate.

Evolution, it’s been happening since the big bang theory/beginning of time. The Earth changes in some way every day. How can the Democrats tell us what the normal climate of the earth should be?

Antarctica was once covered in palm trees. Maybe the warmer climate is part of earth’s evolution master plan; who are we to say different? I know one thing for sure, there is no way the Democrats are going to lower the earth’s temperature by spreading our tax money around the world.

The Democrats tell us if we don’t believe in global warming we are ignorant and stupid, which makes me skeptical. Let them tell us what the normal climate should be since they are the climate experts.

Can the Democrats guarantee us if we totally destroy our economy and our way of life the planet will cool down one degree?

WAYNE WEST, Ringgold, Ga.


What about crime victims?

The murderer is complaining about pain when he is executed, and there are money-hungry lawyers there to defend them.

What about the victim and the victim’s wife/husband/children? What about their pain? That is not mentioned.

What about the children left fatherless or motherless when a murderer takes their life in robbery or for drugs?

RAY MILLER, Rossville


In defense of UT’s Sex Week

State Rep. Richard Floyd condemns Sex Week at UTK by saying “you don’t have the right to drag the UTK brand through the mud.” I assume Rep. Floyd is OK with guns on campus, just not sex education. In my opinion, Rep. Floyd’s upcoming retirement is long overdue.

The mission of Sexual Empowerment and Awareness at Tennessee (SEAT), the group that puts on Sex Week at UTK, “strives to foster a comprehensive and academically informed conversation about sex, sexuality and relationships with the purpose of educating the University of Tennessee student body and the Knoxville community through innovative, collaborative, and entertaining programming and events.”

How is this dragging the UTK brand through the mud? A college education should explore all facets of life, sexual and otherwise. Rep. Gerald McCormick said “what kind of people are up there doing this stuff?” What stuff? On the SEAT schedule are talks about abstinence, preventing sexual assault, longtime intimacy and understanding sexual identity, to mention just a few.

The Tennessee legislators need to mind their own business. Their message is that guns are OK but sex is not.

PAT HAGAN, Fort Oglethorpe


The Bible and snakes

With all the fuss and terrible tragedy over the religion of snakes in the name of God almighty, know this; with the Aramaic version of the Holy Bible, the language Jesus Christ spoke here on earth of the handling of snakes in Mark 16:18 is an Aramaic idiom for enemies. It means to handle your foe in the name of the Lord’s protection, no matter what they try to do, even to the point of poison.

Mark 16 did not and does not condone literal snakes or poison. True Christians are supposed to pray for the Holy Spirit to help them understand scripture before they read. Also, you definitely do not tempt the Lord thy God.

ROBERT D. HENRY, Red Bank


Let’s have a Petty party

Now that seven-time NASCAR champion Richard Petty has said “yes” to Tony Stewart’s suggestion for a one-on-one race between the King and Danica Patrick, I have a better idea.

Tony should supply a third car for Richard’s son Kyle, who also demeans the young lady on national TV. That race should shut up both Pettys.

BILL MARKHAM

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Wayne, good points. Whether it's homosexuality or temperature of the earth, Democrats have no idea what's normal.

March 4, 2014 at 1:01 a.m.

Pat, you're an idiot. "sexual empowerment and awareness"? Gobbledy goo. It has no place in a school. There's enough sexual activity going on in the average college campus. I'm sure there's plenty of exploration and identity searching taking place. Hit the books and shut up. Nobody cares about your stupid sex week.

March 4, 2014 at 1:09 a.m.
LibDem said...

I'm glad you asked, Mr. WAYNE WEST. Normal climate is being able to breathe without gagging and to drink without barfing. Pretty simple.

March 4, 2014 at 7 a.m.
soakya said...

Gordon, why should taxpayers of lower economic status provide jobs for those who are earning more than them. does that really make sense to you? more good news this morning for VW.

on a different note, sorry about his blood pressure situation hope he can get it under control but I wonder if vw sales and particularly the passat are contributing to mr. harr's blood pressure. don't run off mr. harr you need to stick around and face the music.

March 4, 2014 at 10:13 a.m.
Plato said...

WAYNE WEST

Science is not a political party. The case for Global Warming is closed. The solutions, such as developing more efficient non-carbon energy sources will not "destroy the economy" in fact they will enhance and help the economy grow.

Not a single scientific organization anywhere on earth agrees with you. Not in China, not in Japan, not in Russia, nowhere. Do you have any idea of how damning it is that you cannot find a single scientific organization on earth willing to take your side on a topic? Here's a hint, that is a damned good sign that you are wrong and that you have no idea of what you are talking about:

The National Science Academies of 34 countries have issued concurring statements to the reality of Anthropogenic Global Warming

Concurring statements issued by the following Scientific Institutions with National or International Standing:

European Academy of Sciences and Arts International Council of Academies of Engineering and Technological Sciences Network of African Science Academies Royal Society of New Zealand Polish Academy of Sciences National Research Council (US) American Association for the Advancement of Science American Meteorological Society American Association for the Advancement of Science American Institute of Physics Australian Institute of Physics European Physical Society Federation of Australian Scientific and Technological Societies American Geophysical Union European Federation of Geologists European Geosciences Union Geological Society of America Geological Society of London International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics National Association of Geoscience Teachers American Meteorological Society Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society Canadian Foundation for Climate and Atmospheric Sciences Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society World Meteorological Organization American Quaternary AssociationThe American Quaternary Association International Union for Quaternary Research American Association of Wildlife Veterinarians American Institute of Biological Sciences American Society for Microbiology Australian Coral Reef Society Institute of Biology (UK) Society of American Foresters The Wildlife Society (international) American Academy of Pediatrics American College of Preventive Medicine American Medical Association American Public Health Association World Federation of Public Health Associations World Health Organization American Astronomical Society American Statistical Association Engineers Australia (The Institution of Engineers Australia) International Association for Great Lakes Research Institute of Professional Engineers New Zealand

Dissenting Opinions from Scientific Institutions with National or International standing:

None.

So keep drinking the cool-aid from the fossil fuel industry but the facts are not on your side.

March 4, 2014 at 11:16 a.m.

Plato, you're an ass. I could probably come up with just as many organizations that don't agree with that. Leftist propaganda. Too bad the "polar vortex", or, as it used be known, the Canadian Air Mass, doesn't seem to agree with you. Man made global warming is about control. Keep your slimy, leftist fingers out of my live, Plato. Your namesake would laughing his ass off at you.

March 5, 2014 at 12:09 a.m.
ORRMEANSLIGHT said...

Oh Yeah! Sure. The Lord God of Hosts does not have enough experience to keep humans and the earth going. He's not been able to do it so far, so, why should we think He can do it now? He's had a couple of years to prove He can administer the fixes needed, but, He just hasn't done what it takes to keep the earth [and humans] going.

By-the-way. What about this 'Global Cooling' weather we've been having? Hey, listen real well and You can hear the word 'correction'! Corrections are what Jesus Christ has used to keep this earth and humans viable. Try to read and comprehend...not just read. The operational 'buzz' word is.......CORRECTION. Yep, necessary and good for earth and people!

Ken ORR

March 5, 2014 at 2:09 a.m.
librul said...

Discounting Orr's blather about his god, the bearded planetary weatherman, the events of this winter are really quite alarming to legitimate CLIMATE scientists. The polar jet stream circulates around the polar region. It has for thousands of years. Eruptions out of the normal pattern of flow have happened in the past on scattered occasions but recent repeated outbreaks of the polar jet stream are further indication of CLIMATE change which could, and likely will, have dramatic implications.

Only people blinded by ignorance and unable to understand cause and effect are trying to sway the debate about CLIMATE change and its cascading effects toward some smiley-faced concept called "correction". Fine, live on in your own little world, creeps, because you may find that your smug indifference to ongoing events may "correct" the harm humans are doing to the planet by simply making life on Earth as we have known it, impossible. Then, your prayers will be shown for the idiotic, ephemeral pleadings to the universal void that they are since they will have absolutely no effect on the reality of a CLIMATE regime inhospitable to human life.

You won't be going to Red Lobster because the heated and acidified oceans no longer yield the tons and tons of fish unsustainably taken from them today; you won't be able to raise grain in soils of the great plains that barely thaw in the shortened summers, you wont be able to raise cattle on those 50,000 acre farms in Australia which are scorched by fire every summer - or on the moon-dust soils of Brazil where the most fecund and biologically diverse forests on the planet were so carelessly cut down. And as those forests and the acidified oceans produce less and less oxygen for you to breathe and the melting permafrost releases its millions of tons of stored methane to complete the "correction" you will find that your epiphany to the truth of CLIMATE understanding comes far too late.

March 5, 2014 at 8:10 a.m.
lkeithlu said...

In spite of the polar vortex the global temps in Jan were a record high. Global warming is happening, even if what we see is "North American winter weather extremes"

March 5, 2014 at 8:20 a.m.
librul said...

Agreed, Lkeithlu. The disrupted flow of polar jets is occurring along with melting and breakup of polar ice masses so warming IS the operative word, but the "corrected" climate will have regional effects putting their "new normals" in ranges that have a lot of the effects I mentioned. Changes in major oceanic currents and the spectre of a planetary magnetic pole reversal are also lurking out there as threats.

March 5, 2014 at 8:47 a.m.
Plato said...

zableedofisterix

Name one scientific institution with National or International standing with a dissenting opinion. You can't becasue there aren't any.

You're a typical right wing ideologue. When the facts don't support your beliefs, you invent your own facts and flail insults.

March 5, 2014 at 1:37 p.m.
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