Normandy, Michael Jordan, Bill Gates and Ronald Reagan. John Wayne and M.L.K. We played Sinatra on the moon. Babe Ruth and Clint Eastwood. A country guy from Tennessee. An old lady ironing and some African-American kids.
"I'm Zach Wamp's son, and I approve of these images in my commercial for Congress, even though they have nothing to do with my credentials. Don't you?"
Now that's a brave bet.
One night back in 1979, '80 or so, I was in a bar on Brainard Road. There were people there from the city government asking people for suggestions about what we could do to improve the city. I suggested a sidewalk along the river similar to the one they have in Frankfort, Germany.
So, now we have the Riverwalk, and a new section is in the planning. I like to think that, perhaps, I might have helped to plant the seed for a Riverwalk in the minds of our city fathers.
JOHN LEWIS, Jasper, Tenn.
I am writing in support of Bryan Hoss for Soddy-Daisy judge. I have known Bryan for over 10 years and have personally seen him work diligently for the clients he represents in municipal, General Sessions, state, and federal courts.
Bryan has the knowledge and common sense that are imperative to be a fair and effective judge. I am certain Bryan will hear and decide each case in front of him with the utmost integrity and care.
I have been a resident of the Soddy-Daisy area for over 25 years and encourage all Soddy-Daisy residents to cast their vote for Bryan Hoss on Aug. 2.
JAMIE BROWN, Soddy-Daisy
Why is it more OK not to pray out loud rather than pray out loud? What happened to my rights? If someone does not want to participate in open prayer, they should be given the opportunity to leave the room. Or they solidly stand for their right not to pray, or not to hear prayer, they should not be ashamed to get up in front of everyone and walk out. But when you do, just remember, we will add you to the prayer list.
I have known Mike Little for 28 years. In that time, I have seen him handle many difficult situations in both professional and personal realms. In every instance, I was impressed by the fairness of his actions.
I have known Mike as an employer, as a counselor, as a mentor and as a friend. I have witnessed his actions on many hard decisions he has had to make. He has always demonstrated equity with the highest integrity.
In a day when an honest attorney is considered an oxymoron, we need people like Mike Little to set the standard and to judge with honor.
People of Soddy-Daisy, please vote for Mike Little to ensure a fair and balanced judgeship. You won't find a more principled man.
TOM MARSH, Hixson
Two people filed a lawsuit to stop county commissioners from praying before meetings. The newspaper article (June 26) stated that prayer violates the First Amendment clause which says a government body cannot endorse any particular religion.
What does the Amendment say? It says: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, or abridging the freedom of speech; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."
It says nothing about governmental agencies praying. Originally many governmental agencies at the national level opened with prayer. Church services were held in D.C.'s governmental buildings. Many of our forefathers participated and even preached there.
Where does praying endorse a particular religion? Why were these people at the meeting? To complain? To get their names in the newspaper? To help stop this country from being a godly country? If they knew they were going to be offended, why not wait outside until after the prayer?
This country is not supposed to be ruled by the few, but by the many. That's one reason why this country was founded and not so that a few could control the many.
BENNIE S. MCFATHER
We do have freedom of religion in the U.S.A. and the world. Whether Christians in Muslim countries or other countries where Christians are persecuted, they can pray openly or silently and God hears their prayers! If commission meetings begin with prayer, then members are reminded to ask themselves WWJD about decisions they must make!
I have friends who are Muslims, Buddhists, atheists, etc. We respect each other's beliefs.
The mother and son who got prayer out of public schools because they were atheists were murdered by fellow believers. The oldest son became an evangelist!
Whether we say "Praise God," "Why me, Lord?" "There is no God," or even "God ----," I believe God hears us all. Americans should pray not just after 9/11 or when our soldiers go to war, but for each other. Christians are not perfect but forgiven. Whether we're "evangelicals" or "back-seat Baptists," "straight or homosexuals," believers or atheists," God is here and there.
I believe God's gift to us is life and what we do with it is our gift to God.
I believe a Christian can get no greater high than "Jesus and God." Regardless of your beliefs, "you must stand for something or you will fall for anything."
ERMA SUE CARR, Cleveland, Tenn.
I haven't seen many letters giving credit to President Obama for gasoline prices going below $3 a gallon. "Fox Fake News" breaking update: the president has no control over gasoline prices. Oh, so now they say -- how convenient!
"Condi" is now criticizing President Obama's foreign policy. That's coming from one of the three, Bush/Cheney/Rice, who ignored the direct warning "they're planning to attack the U.S.A. using airplanes," then began two unfunded wars.
In Mitt Romney, we may have the very worst candidate for president of any major political party in U.S.A. history, including Dubya. What a pathological liar! He never gives actual answers concerning his possible policies. However, he does favor Ryan's "budget plan." Talk about a complete economic disaster!
For you people who pretend that it will be so great to get Republicans in office: Should the entire country be so ignorant of history, you will suffer the dire consequences as well as the rest of us! At the end of 2008, we were very close to an economic breakdown, a treacherous depression. GOP policies will take us right over that cliff. We may not get another FDR to salvage us should there be a next time.
WALTER M. BENTON, Signal Mountain
Please join us in supporting and voting for Dr. Jonathan Welch for the Hamilton County District 2 school board seat. We have known Jonathan since he was a student, and our knowledge and appreciation of Jonathan has grown with each year we have known him. We are so impressed with his character, integrity and ethics as well as his volunteer involvement in education and youth sports.
Having had the experience of serving as principal of Signal Mountain Elementary School and Thrasher School for 32 years, and Carolyn was administrative assistant at Red Bank High School for 30 years, we both know how important the school board position is. We believe Dr. Jonathan Welch has the ability and dedication to best serve all the students, teachers, administrators and support personnel in all of District 2.
S. KIRK AND CAROLYN WHEELER, Signal Mountain