Mugshots stay in people's minds and other letters to the editors

Mugshots stay in people's minds and other letters to the editors

December 31st, 2012 in Opinion Letters

Mugshots stay in people's minds

We have a publication in town that shows mugshots and the attendant charges for people who have just been arrested. I know several folks who have had the charges dismissed. I see no retractions or an accompanying publication to show that the charges were unfounded. Whatever happened to innocent until proven guilty? The public in general will never follow up on these arrests, to see if they were unfounded. They will only remember the mugshot and assume the person to be guilty.

I am in the process of exploring the legal avenues to change/challenge the methods, or at least demand a retraction publication. This is just wrong. It's all about the money. Not justice. No follow-up.

Just for the record, I have no ax to grind. I have never been in this publication. Anyone who has been a victim or agrees with the facts here please respond to Artifax@comcast.net.

TIM ENGEL, Hixson


GOP won't help the middle class

People armed with facts know what GOP politicians do when they get in office. It is never anything that will help you, the middle class and lower-income people!

For example, the sorry excuse of a governor in Nashville supports the idiotic idea of arming school teachers. Please talk to sane folks to understand what a completely crazy idea that is! He would block affordable health care for Tennessee residents, but cut or eliminate taxes for the ultra-wealthy, such as estate taxes.

Sen. Bob Corker says he is "willing to increase taxes" on those same ultra-wealthy, only if he gets the GOP-sponsored "spending cuts." Everyone knows by now that means destroying Social Security and Medicare, the only hopes left for so many of our elderly and disabled. That is the same old line from all Republicans!

Spending cuts! Really! The GOP votes to hand more money to the Pentagon than was even requested so that our outstanding USA troops can kill and be killed while spreading more and more hatred of Americans throughout the world.

The good news is that more and more younger voters know how hatefully insane the GOP has become, and without drastic changes, will become irrelevant.

WALTER M. BENTON, Signal Mountain