Leonard Pitts has a lot of history to learn about Indians. American Indians have been looked upon as heroic, brave, strong, noble. Given that fact, it seems the "Indian" names given to sport teams are not demeaning but actually flattering. What sounds better than "Braves?" As for the "Redskins," which name Mr. Pitts would not use, Indians were once thought to have "red" skins, at least by Europeans who had never seen an Indian. Why is Pitts so overly sensitive about American Indians? Maybe because he couldn't find any thing else to pick at?
According to recent Times Free Press reporting, the Hamilton County Schools administration is owed some $11-plus million from unpaid liquor-by-the-drink taxes dating back several years. Shame on the accounting group for the schools! How could you let this go on for more than a decade? As to the city accounting group: Shame on you for allowing this daily increasing debt to accumulate for so long and leaving the city liable for this considerable sum! Situations like this make the taxpayer wonder about other sloppy accounting in both our city and in our school system. Eleven million is not chump change, especially when every neighborhood and group is crying for a new or updated school building. What is the response from both governing bodies? Let's let it go to court so the lawyers can have a big bite of the $11 million apple. This he said/she said stuff is what drives the taxpayer crazy.
In a recent letter, the writer wishes to debunk a myth: the premise that Lee offered Grant his sword at Appomattox. Apparently (the writer) had confirmed it as fact. I was there and held Lee's horse (Traveller). I polished that sword, using most of a can of Brasso. I was upset until uncle Ulysses declined to take it. Well, not really! I am old, but I wasn't there. However, is the letter writer trying to perpetuate some horrible hoax on the public? Not here, I think. To quote a recent popular phrase, "What difference does it make?" If you want to consider a meaningful hoax, research how Sunday became a day of worship. Despite a plain commandment starting with the word "remember," most of the world has forgotten the Sabbath that God commanded (and never rescinded). The only "Lord's Day" given in Scripture is the seventh day mentioned in the fourth commandment, not Sunday, "the day of the sun," inherited from pagan sun worship. I fear, however, that those keeping all the commandments will not receive a gentle call to "come back under the tent" unless they, too, disregard the second and fourth commandments.
W.R. BARGER Monteagle, Tenn.
Pam Fleenor has demonstrated in both her legal experience and in her campaign that she's prepared to serve as Chancellor, Part 1, of Hamilton County. Pam began her legal practice here in her hometown in 1986. Her experience in real estate, commercial and contractual cases fit the Chancery Court. But her work as a court-appointed guardian for seniors with dementia and with victimized children makes her the best candidate whose actual experience prepares her to serve effectively. On the campaign trail, Pam has been very committed to uphold the strenuous judicial code that mandates a narrow use of politics-as-usual campaigning. Specifically, Tennessee's Judicial Code notes: "Public confidence in the independence and impartiality of the judiciary is eroded if judges or judicial candidates are perceived to be subject to political influence. Judges and judicial candidates must, to the greatest extent possible, be free and appear to be free from political influence and political pressure." Pam Fleenor is best prepared through her own legal experience and has demonstrated her ethics by strictly abiding to requirements to serve as judge, not just a politician. Join us in voting for our friend, Pam Fleenor for chancellor!
SCOTT & ROBIN SMITH, Hixson
There's an old expression that a person's advice is worth 50 cents or the price of a cup of coffee. That's about the value of Roy Barnes' recent legal advice that Erlanger can't sue Hutcheson Memorial in federal court due to the fact that such lawsuits are barred by the 11th Amendment. Roy Barnes was a mediocre governor (of Georgia) at best whose primary accomplishment was removing the state sales tax on groceries. He is the only incumbent to be unseated (in the bid for a second term) since Georgia amended its constitution in 1990 allowing governors to succeed themselves. The provision he's referring to (in the 11th Amendment) bars private entities and/or individuals from suing other private entities or individuals in federal court but doesn't address publicly funded organizations (and/or county-owned hospitals) because these entities didn't exist when the Constitution was written. Therefore their ability to sue or not sue in a particular court would be up to the judges in those courts to decide and not contingent upon any one attorney's opinion.
CHARLES M. HYDER, Dalton, Ga.
Commissioner Tim Boyd writes on his blog, "I believe in limited, constitutional government, low taxes, transparent spending and a return to intelligent monetary policies." That's the kind of Republican we want to make decisions on the County Commission. We need smarter spending, not more taxes! We want Tim to be re-elected because he is a conservative and an honest candidate having a great vision for our community. We appreciate his experience and the ideas he communicates on his blog, timboydshares.com We know he will stand on sound principles and do what he says. Re-elect Tim Boyd for District 8 County Commissioner.
BUDDY AND MELINDA HICKEY