Crosses are to be praised, not judged - and more letters to the editors

Crosses are to be praised, not judged - and more letters to the editors

August 21st, 2013 in Opinion Letters

Crosses are to be praised, not judged

In this period of political correctness, too many people think they should be in control of others' personal, political and private worship areas. I think our Founding Fathers would be aghast at what our country has become.

The Crossings Church, its senior pastor, staff and the members have every right to install the three crosses on their property. It is a beautiful and encouraging thing for many people. Some people are acting as if the money they spent to do this is their own private bank account. How ridiculous! I pray that those who do not know Christ will be convicted of sin and righteousness and judgment and will cry out to Him for His forgiveness.

I praise God for the Rev. Terry Harris and his wonderful congregation and also for the reminder that Jesus Christ died for the whole world and was resurrected. He will come again to take His own to heaven and then He will judge those who have rejected Him, and they will be eternally separated in the lake of fire.

Please dear God, use these crosses to bring many to Jesus Christ.

RUBY M. ROBINSON, Ooltewah


Low interest rates detrimental to United States

Professor Zeig points out that the Federal Reserve's policy of driving down long term interest has been detrimental to senior citizen's retirement plans. Those low rates have also further ruined retirement plans by creating havoc with private and public pensions.

Pension administrators are typically restricted in their investment choices to safe and secure choices. Therefore most pension funds rely heavily on interest bearing investments. When interest rates go down, the amount of money required to fund the future obligations of the pension fund go up.

With the historically low low interest rates forced by the Federal Reserve, the funding obligation has more than tripled. Anyone who is currently drawing or expecting to retire with a defined benefit pension is in jeopardy. For further confirmation of this huge looming problem, consider the number of public entities that are considering bankruptcy ala Detroit, Stockton, Orange County et al. Thanks Mr. Bernanke!

ROGER HOFF, Winchester Tenn.


Term 'Obamacare' need to be eliminated

How can masses of young people continue having faith in a health care reform act that is described as being a train wreck?

Actuaries estimate that "the effect will be to increase premiums for those ages 18-24 b 45 percent and those ages 25-29 by 35 percent. (reported by Heritage research)

When transmitted through all forms of social media "Obamacare" with today's pop culture becomes Obama (the President) cares for us.

The Affordable Care Act which was signed into law on March 23, 2010 causes a college student's health care premium to skyrocket from $445 a year to more than $2,000 a year.

When the name "Obamacare" is substituted for "The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act" a personal attachment is made. Millions are convinced the President cares for them. "The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act" is a coming train wreck.

My suggestion is that we dispense with the name "Obamacare." We must continue highlighting the problem without being seen as attacking Mr. Obama, the president.

GEORGE C. CARLISLE, Dalton, Ga.