published Friday, March 7th, 2014

Why not help all U.S. youth? and other letters to the editors

Why not help all U.S. youth?

As a concerned citizen, I must ask why our president chose just two segments of our youth to receive special privileges. Why were Asians and caucasians excluded from the disadvantaged youth program? These youths face the same circumstances as African-Americans and Hispanics.

JANE FINCH, Charleston, Tenn.


Religious liberty at stake

The onslaught of judicial "gay rights" rulings rendered by progressive federal judges supports a well-orchestrated plan to neuter the power of the church. Religious liberty -- the first freedom of Americans -- has always demanded that the state respect private and public expressions of religious faith. However, following Niccolo Machiavelli's direction during the Middle Ages, the state is purposefully extinguishing the church's cultural or moral power of influence, thereby rendering it as a harmless subordinate instrument of the political state. The state recognizes that principled people of faith present the only real threat to their complete dominance of an otherwise naive society, and Barack Obama is driving a relentless plan toward total control. If the state can force photographers to shoot intimate photos at an LGBT wedding against their deep religious beliefs, they will soon stop ministers, rabbis and priests from speaking against any "sin" that is counter to the state's secular PC guidelines. And if corporations can pressure governors to veto bills, or a single judge can reverse a peoples' referendum on matters of the soul, this spells the loss of our religious freedom, and positions the state to be our god.

PAUL SHEARER


Disagreeing with Connie Chung

Having spent my career in the male-dominated concrete industry, I feel qualified to disagree vehemently with some of Connie Chung's advice for succeeding in the business world. (1) Never tell a dirty joke or accept one as appropriate. That is not only a violation of sexual harassment law, it brands a woman as willing to accept a low level of unprofessionalism. (2) "Offend them before they offend you" only leads to downgrading. The whole idea is to improve the workplace, not bring women down to a lower level. When did "a potty mouth" become an asset? (3) "Act more like men?" There is a difference between aggressive and assertive. Aggressiveness in a woman leads to unpleasant name-calling; assertiveness has a chance of leading to better things. The Chattanooga Women's Leadership Institute is a fine organization, dedicated to helping women get ahead. I hope the young women in the audience will not be influenced by this ill-advised counsel.

JO COKE, Signal Mountain


Jesus and Obamacare

A recent letter about Congress' low approval rating is spot on. Indeed, for some of Obama's tea party detractors whom I run into, I say: "OK, you hate Obama, fine! I hate lima beans." This is typical about Obama haters who otherwise cannot think past their Fox News talking points. But why -- especially you evangelicals -- do you hate Obamacare? Shame on you people! Don't you know that God's work is providing health insurance for those who heretofore could not get it? I am sure Jesus would agree.

MIKE C. BODINE, East Ridge


Let's stop meth now

Re: "East Tennessee meth sweep nets 20 suspects." Where is the investigative work and reporting that would support changes in our laws to make pseudoephedrine drugs require a prescription? Our Sen. Bo Watson worked against this proven method of curtailing the meth epidemic and is opposing the governor's common-sense changes by citing a dubious "convenience" factor. Tennessee is No. 1 in meth, and three years of monitoring where the ephedrine sales are occurring has allowed us to pack our prisons with meth addicts and dealers. We now spend more money on prisons than on education, we have no burn unit in Chattanooga because of meth, and our brave law enforcement personnel are put at risk daily from the toxic materials and people making these drugs. The merchants of meth send their lobbyists to Nashville to purchase our legislators' complicity in this scam that benefits their corporations and the prison industry but leaves Tennesseans with a bill estimated by one source at $1.6 billion when the damage, the enforcement, prosecution, prison and probation cycle are calculated. Convenient, I suppose, for them. We are sleepwalking through hell. Please do some research and speak out.

CARTER PADEN, Signal Mountain


Please list U.S. content

I am always disappointed when I read your weekly auto reviews by Ken Chester and others that they don't include the percent of U.S. content in the reviews. This should be a very important piece of information to consider when buying a new vehicle. There are Hondas and Toyotas that have 80 percent U.S. content and Fords and Chevys that have 20 percent or less. As an example, the Ford Fusion is made in Mexico and is not providing American jobs. I think people in the U.S. are finally becoming more aware about how much damage imports of all kinds are doing to our economy, and killing jobs in the U.S. Of course there are auto companies like Mazda, Infiniti and Audi that don't produce anything in the U.S., which is a disaster for us. If every American just spent $1 more per day on "made in America" products instead of imports it would add $109 billion a year to the economy and provide 2.7 million jobs here. How much longer can we delay getting everyone on board to save America? Our paper can help by adding the U.S. content percent to all vehicle reviews.

ERIC FLAMING, Fort Oglethorpe

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ToHoldNothing said...

Government and Supreme Court have made it clear that religious freedom in the largest sense applies to beliefs, but actions are not privy to the same protection. Anti polygamy law comes to mind, but any action that violates reasonable laws or infringes upon the civil rights of another is not by necessity protected because it falls under "religious exercise" and the freedom thereof.

March 7, 2014 at 2:25 a.m.
ORRMEANSLIGHT said...

Someone said...

If God does not judge the United States of America He will have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah!

Get ready folks, You haven't seen anything yet regarding obvious punishment/judgment of the anti-Christ Rebels against the Word of our Thrice Holy God...Jesus Christ. Just as the Children of Israel had beautiful light in their dwellings when all of Pharaoh's population had darkness, we shall see the plagues upon the Goats (as distinct to the Sheep of Jesus Christ), and have pity upon them!

Ken ORR

March 7, 2014 at 5:35 a.m.
LibDem said...

You have my sympathy, Ms. JANE FINCH. I know it must be frustrating to search desperately for hours for a complaint against the President and this was the best you could do.

On another note, I will personally apologize to the little children of Sodom and Gomorrah slaughtered by a spiteful, power hungry god.

March 7, 2014 at 6:40 a.m.

"Power hungry God" ? Why would GOD, the ultimate Power, be power hungry? Who's he competing with?

That bogus initiative is just make BO feel like he's down with the struggle. He was raised by white commies/anti-americans in Hawaii. I guess he feels guilty for having grown up in Hawaii instead of the south side of Chicago. Guilt is what drives many libs, or control.

March 7, 2014 at 3:01 p.m.
soakya said...

Mr. Bodine,

When Nathan the prophet told King David of a story where a rich man fed a traveler visiting his town with the sheep of the poor man from that same town, god didn't think it was too good. The rich man in his abundance could have provided for the traveler with his own resources but he didn't, he TOOK from the poor man to meet the travelers need. That is you and the epitome of the progressive ideology. You and the roo's and the alprovas on here refuse to meet the needs you see around you but demand others meet it with the assistance of the government and the tax code. You ideology is nothing more than the promoting and robbing of the poor. You are even forcing the poor to provide jobs for those better off them.

March 7, 2014 at 3:28 p.m.
Rickaroo said...

Mr. Shearer, you are perfectly free to attend your church 7 days a week, 24 hours a day if you so choose. You may read your Bible in public, you many hand out religious tracts telling all non-believers that we are going to hell, you may even pray out loud on street corners if you want to. Nobody is trying to take that away from you. What you cannot do is push your insane religious agenda in our public schools or any branch of our government or carry your religion over into the public sector to such an extent that the rights of people whose beliefs are different from yours are violated.

But unfortunately you and your arrogant self-righteous ilk keep trying to infiltrate our government and influence our legislators to pass draconian laws that adversely affect women and minorities and give undue favoritism to your Neanderthal-ish thinking. Nobody is trying to take away your religious freedom, we are just trying to keep your meddlesome stinking hands out of places they don't belong.

March 7, 2014 at 6:29 p.m.
Rickaroo said...

Does anybody remember those commercials that aired back in the 80s, the ones that said, "This is your brain on drugs (picture of a raw egg in a skillet)...this is your brain after drugs (picture of an egg in the process of being scrambled)?” Well, Ken Orr is a perfect example of a brain cooked and fried on religion (his drug of choice). Ken Orr, do you honestly have no idea what a babbling lunatic you sound like? Get help, sir.

March 7, 2014 at 7:09 p.m.
Rickaroo said...

Soakya, you have beaten that horse to death, bubba - about me and other liberals refusing to meet the needs of the poor, blah blah blah. I do not make comments about your personal life and do you know why that is? Because I know that I DON'T KNOW how you conduct the personal affairs of your life, and furthermore I don't care. Nor do you know one iota about my personal life. So if you want to retain a shred of legitimacy shut up already with your asinine accusatory remarks about people you don't even know.

The fact of the matter is that I do indeed give quite generously, and on a regular basis, to three of my favorite charities, and I give personally, as the situation might arise and to what extent I am able, to whatever individual(s) might be in need. But individual charity can only go so far. I am not hurting financially but I am not rich either. I cannot and will not give to such an extent that I myself would become needy. That would be absurd.

It is a sign of how mentally challenged you are to think that individual charity is the way to combat hunger or poverty or lack of education or to help the uninsured get the health care they need. There are so many living with unfilled tangible needs throughout the nation that the amount it would take to take care of them would strain the budgets of even the richest among us. I give in what ways I am able but I can only give so much. In the meantime I am going to continue to speak out for an end to our fascist government that is rigged in favor of the rich and big business while it calls for more and more austerity and demeans and punishes those at the bottom.

March 7, 2014 at 7:45 p.m.
soakya said...

Alright one more time, let me see if I got this right. You say individuals can't meet the needs to combat hunger and poverty but the government can collect taxes from those same individuals and somehow now after adding a middleman they can meet the needs. And you think you're sane.

You're not speaking out against a fascist government, you speak out against individual freedoms. The very government that you support is the one that demeans and punishes those at the bottom. The government you support makes the guy making 10. per hour contribute his tax dollars to support the vw worker making 22. per hour. You, Mr.Bodine and your progressive friends are the rich guy in the story, you have the means to meet many needs yet you don't but that doesn't stop you from taking and demanding of others. Do what you can do then and only then can you PREACH to others about the poor.

I'll continue to beat it until you put your money where your mouth is.

March 7, 2014 at 9:38 p.m.
soakya said...

here's a prime example of someone who wants to provide for the needs of those in poverty with tax dollars but refuses to use his own money. this individual in 2010 gave a meager 1.4% or 5,350 dollars on 379,178 dollars of adjusted gross income. who was it? none other than joe biden. Now does anyone really believe he cares for those in need?

March 7, 2014 at 11:08 p.m.
conservative said...

Very good soakya!

But I believe I can top that, Bill Clinton once claimed a tax deduction for his used underwear that he donated to either Goodwill or the Salvation Army.

March 8, 2014 at 9:16 a.m.
soakya said...

i believe you did top that. I believe you would find this is the rule for the progressive not the exception.

on another note looks like the president likes my idea of expanding the earned income tax creit he just wants to fund it differently than I do. he's coming after you s-corp owners. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2014/03/03/obama-budget-earned-income-tax-credit/5991663/

March 8, 2014 at 10:51 a.m.
Rickaroo said...

Aww, isn't that cute - the two stooges high-fiving each other!

I don't respond directly to con-man because he long ago proved himself to be certifiably insane and I don't waste my time with maniacs. Soakya, you're only a few degrees removed from being certifiable yourself so I'm very near to just ignoring you entirely too. You don't make a bit of sense, buckaroo, and I'm not going to waste any more time with your childish idiocy. The only difference between you and the con-man is that you don't quote those god-awful Babble verses like he does ad nauseum. But other than that there's not a hair's breadth of difference between you two goons. No matter what I say you are going to disagree so why waste my time refuting your easily refutable arguments? I have had my say on this topic and I stand by it. Time to move on to other things.

March 8, 2014 at 11:33 a.m.
soakya said...

you have refuted nothing, you never do. I believe the commander has called you out numerous times on your sources and your blabbering and you never provide them. I have asked you numerous times to explain how individuals cannot meet the needs of those in poverty but you believe the government can by confiscating dollars from those same individuals to meet the needs and you can't do it. You are moronic and infantile in your thinking and a loud mouth arrogant atheist that worships himself as most progressives do.

March 8, 2014 at 12:44 p.m.
Rickaroo said...

I am going to say this and then I'm done with you. You are like a gnat. You don't really say anything of substance, you just buzz around annoyingly and make your disgusting presence known.

First off, I have had maybe 2 exchanges with Commander in the past and I don't know what the hell you are talking about when you say that I have been "called out" by him on my sources or lack thereof. I don't get into playing that silly "source" game because every source can easily be refuted by some other source favorable to whatever ideology one is defending. I don't care how unbiased a source might be, you conservatives call it a "liberal" source if it happens to dispute your argument. I have seen posters here butt heads over and over and over again, supplying sources to substantiate their arguments, and in the end it's all for naught, no one was swayed in the least by the other. Like I said earlier...no matter what I say, you are going to disagree with me anyway, so what difference does it make whether I provide a source for my comments or not? That's why I don't spend entire days on this forum like so many of you deadbeats because I have better things to do than to waste my time wrestling in the mud with you conservative pigs, knowing that in the end we are going to still disagree anyway. I have had more time on my hands today than I usually do and that is why I am still here but I am beginning to suffocate in this dank, fetid air with you lame-brained rabid righties regurgitating your nonsense. After I have my say here I am getting out of this cesspool that you RWNJs have infested with your ignorance and bile.

March 8, 2014 at 3:45 p.m.
Rickaroo said...

Continued...

As for explaining to you how individuals cannot meet the needs of those in poverty, I have pretty much done so. I can't help it if you are too stupid to see the basis for my argument. I am not saying or even implying that raising taxes alone would eradicate poverty or hunger or inadequate health care or lack of education, but higher taxes on the rich certainly needs to be one of the main avenues of revenue, especially considering that approximately 85 Americans have over 40% of all the wealth in this country. Hell yes, we need to tax them more! And raising the minimum wage to at least $10/hr. would instantly elevate tens of thousands of Americans out of poverty and get them off the government dole. Not to mention, it would be an invigorating shot in the arm for this sluggish economy.

The main problem with individual charity is that some few would take it upon themselves to give but many would not or could not. That is why taxation has always been a reliable source of revenue for greasing the wheels of government and society, because it assures a steady stream of revenue for the elemental things needed to make it work. You conservatives like to call it "stealing" but that is only because you lack the intelligence to see that taxation is simply what every government of every society in the history of humankind has utilized to keep it afloat and productive. Taxes are not "stealing," they are simply a necessary fact of life if you want to live in a civilized society.

Now...enough! I have wasted way too much time on the likes of a simpleton like you. Rickaroo is leaving the building.

March 8, 2014 at 3:47 p.m.
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