published Thursday, May 29th, 2014

Bring Americans home now and other letters to the editors

Bring Americans home now

I grieve every day for the lost lives, lost legs, lost eyes, lost arms and lifetime crippling injuries suffered by our service people in Afghanistan. A lifetime of wheelchairs! I grieve for the mothers and fathers, the sons and daughters and the relatives and friends who, with anguish and tears, also suffer from these terrible losses in the cream of our American populace. What a ridiculous price for our nation to pay! For many years, no nation, no group, no army has been able to stop this murderous carnage. When the ally you are trying to protect waylays you, ambushes you, bushwhacks you, assassinates you, and their rogue nation laughs about it, and cheers them on, you should know you are fighting an uphill, eternal, losing battle! The loss of even one American life by these criminal assassins should be sufficient evidence to bring our troops home -- now -- immediately! I beg, I plead, I pray, I implore you!

JACK PARNELL, Collegedale, Tenn.


The history of scandals

Typical for second-term presidents, Barack Obama is the target of Republican pent-up frustration and vitriol as they prep for a nasty 2016 campaign. Although they hint at scandals in the Obama administration, the GOP hasn't produced much evidence. Irrespective of the party in power, the Washington political scene is usually an ongoing soap opera of scandal, graft and corruption. But throughout our history, we have had only four really major crises that rocked the very foundations of our republic. The Credit Mobilier conspiracy in the 1870s involved House Speaker James G. Blaine, Vice President Schuyler Colfax and several leading congressmen. In the 1920s, the Teapot Dome affair resulted in the conviction of Secretary of the Interior Albert Fall for conspiracy and bribery. Watergate, the most serious constitutional crisis in American history, resulted in our only presidential resignation. And this came after Nixon's vice president, Spiro Agnew, had resigned in disgrace a year earlier. Then in 1986 there was the Iran-Contra business about which President Reagan at first denied any knowledge, then sheepishly fessed up. All four of these scandals occurred under Republican administrations, the self-proclaimed party of honesty, integrity and family values. Does this make any kind of a statement?

GEORGE B. REED JR., Rossville


Liberal bias against Thurman

I find it offensive that whenever Rhonda Thurman's name is mentioned in this paper you find it necessary to characterize her as "a hairdresser." I have never seen any other school board member or county commissioner defined by their occupation. I don't know Ms. Thurman, but I know a few hairdressers, and it seems to me that, as a group, they are motivated to work hard and manage their money carefully. If they don't work, they don't eat. This characterization showcases the liberal bias that you so vehemently deny. I was also offended by Clay Bennett's cartoon about Ms. Thurman but then, I'm almost always offended by his cartoons. They are neither thought-provoking nor particularly clever. They're just mean.

PEGGY FLYNN, Soddy-Daisy

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Easy123 said...

It's now "liberal bias" to tell what someone does for a living in an article about them. Who would have known?

"Characterizing" someone by mentioning their original occupation is now, somehow, a slight.

Can you possibly be serious? Do you read the bullsh!t you take the time to write down and send to the editor or is it just done in a blind fit of misplaced, irrational rage?

May 29, 2014 at 12:37 a.m.
Rickaroo said...

Ms. Flynn, I never knew that being a hairdresser was a bad thing to be. I've always thought pretty highly of them myself, and those who run their own successful business are especially to be commended. I haven't noticed all those articles where the TFP has mentioned the fact that she was a hairdresser, but have they included disparaging adjectives along with it, like a "lowly" hairdresser?...or a "mere" hairdresser? I seriously doubt it. It seems pretty obvious that you must not think too highly of hairdressers yourself if you automatically conclude that the very mention of it is a slap in the face for Rhonda Thurman.

May 29, 2014 at 3:12 a.m.
librul said...

Right on, Rick. And the fact that Ronald Reagan was a second-rate, B-movie ACTOR was actually an asset during his disastrous reign. It did wonders for the bottom line over at Brylcreem!

May 29, 2014 at 7:35 a.m.
LibDem said...

Unfortunately, Ms. PEGGY FLYNN, you can't complain about the paper's references to Ms. Thurman's occupation without mentioning her occupation. You're between a rock and a Soddy.

Mr. Bennett's cartoon referred to a "Shameless opportunist" write-in candidate. You're suggesting this is Ms. Thurman. Maybe you're a little biased.

May 29, 2014 at 8:38 a.m.
ORRMEANSLIGHT said...

Fast & Furious, Governor Chris Christie-liberal hypocrisy at its finest, Attorney General Eric Holder was held in contempt by the U.S. House, Benghazi, The IRS admitted that it had targeted the Tea Party, AP News Tracking,ObamaCare’s No-Bid Website, Weinergate,Spitzer Prostitution Scandal, Jon Edwards’ Infidelity (Wife with Cancer),Chris Dodd – Countrywide Scandal, Solyndra/ Green Energy scandal,convicted criminal and Obama bundler Tony Rezko, Fannie Mae (Billionaire bundler for Obama and former New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine),U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner failed to pay Social Security taxes. He only admitted to the tax evasion after he was caught by an IRS audit.,The Office of Congressional Ethics found “substantial reason to believe” that Jesse Jackson Jr. attempted to buy Obama’s Senate seat., Oregon Congressman David Wu resigned after the teenage daughter of a friend accused Wu of “aggressive and unwanted sexual behavior.”, According to the NY Daily News, former NY Governor David Paterson “personally directed two female staffers to pressure a domestic violence victim who was pointing the finger at his right-hand man,”, Former NY Representative Eric Massa resigns after sexual harassment allegations were made by a male staffer. Massa later confessed to the charges., National Security Advisor Tom Donilon, a man who before the Obama administration had no serious experience in national security, has been widely speculated to have leaked high level security secrets.,U.S. Senator for Colorado Mark Udall, Colorado Democratic Senator pressured the insurance division of Colorado to revise the numbers of cancellations due to Obamacare in order to make it appear less damaging. Chris Christie is responsible for everything his staffers do, while nothing in the White House is Obama’s fault.

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May 31, 2014 at 1:31 a.m.
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