I found the Cee Lo Green cursing scandal article in the June 11 paper offensive. The editor is telling me I am not an adult because I do not accept filth that comes out of others' mouths? No, I am an adult because I can express myself without using filth and offending others.
I am respectful to whom I am talking. I do not need to be told to grow up just because I do not enjoy hearing certain words and do not find it silly to be offended by the sounds that come out of someone else's mouth, as the editor suggested. I find this statement ludicrous. Were there children hearing this language? Movies have ratings, the festival does not, so we expect family entertainment. Cee Lo knew he was not to cuss, yet he chose to do so anyway. He is the one you should be ranting about not insulting adults who prefer clean entertainment.
Please write another article as to why you chose to point out the adults and call them silly, when it was Cee Lo who broke the rules.
JANET MINNIEAR, Hixson
Reading about the planned Bradley County vote on raising taxes for education funding inspired me to look over the county's financial reports for the fiscal year ending June 2012.
A graph that significantly visually distorts the difference between the Bradley County Schools' revenues and expenditures caught my attention first. With a little more research, I found that while the county essentially reports a deficit of $2 million for schools, the Tennessee Department of Education Annual Statistics Report claims the opposite in a surplus of roughly the same amount. Then there's the fact that the system claims to spend $7,889 per student, compared to the state average of $9,123.
Personally, I'm of the opinion that more money doesn't necessarily equal better education -- but, as Drew Johnson pointed out in a recent Free Press editorial, if Bradley County claims its funding problems are due to a lack of resources, I think their taxpayers need to demand an evaluation of where the money they're already paying is going. Clearly, if the people want it spent on their schools, we just have to hope they'll be heard at the meeting.
ALEXANDRIA GILBERT, Old Hickory, Tenn.
As a former Southern Californian, I know the joys of shopping at a Trader Joe's, so I agree with Anne Braly that having one here in Chattanooga would be wonderful.
Unfortunately, it will never happen until Tennessee changes it's ridiculous and archaic law and allows the sale of wine in grocery stores. Trader Joe's is known for having an interesting selection of wines.
A Trader Joe's without Two Buck Chuck is like a Burger King without The Whopper.
LAUREN PIENIASZEK, Ooltewah