klifnotes - alcohol is not a "gateway" drug, an addictive personality is.
Drww says, "studies show that when an automobile is found out of compliance and is forced to receive repair or maintenance to reduce its emissions, those fixes are generally very temporary."
This is a classic way to present a misleading argument..."studies show..." What studies do you have? If you flunk the test the next year due to a faulty repair, it costs you more again and you deserve it if you went to a disreputable repair shop.
The reason for high emissions are straightforward, either you have a problem with a computer, sensor or catalytic converter or you are driving around in a car with a shot engine spewing oily smoke. The latter is particularly true for older cars.
The editorialist says, "No police force in Hamilton County makes more arrests for drinking under age than the Signal Mountain Police Department." Maybe if the Chattanooga police spent more time enforcing drinking violations and got to an arrest percentage as Signal mountain we might see some changes? - Or at least call out all the hypocrisy about law and order, I guess they think lynching is just a case of "boys will be boys."
How many of the editors' friends live on Signal and Lookout Mt? Do we forget the past blow-up when police busted a prominent (sic) citizen on the mountain (along with some under-aged Baylor, McCallie, GPS kids) for hosting and supplying alcohol at his home?
I note with interest the GPS headmaster's comment that though it was a bad choice by the students it isn't a school matter but a parent one. So much for their big billboard about training your girls to be good citizens (rule #1: in case of imminent arrest run - don't get caught). If you got busted for even a single beer in the prep school I attended not only did you not walk at graduation, you walked out the front door to a public school or another private school with looser standards.
I suggest the mountain boys do have a problem with alcohol. I also suggest with as much kindness that i can muster that the FP editors have an ethical problem. Why don't they push for a lower drinking age if it is such a minor issue? Or why not abolish the law about providing alcohol to minors if it is such a small problem?
Perhaps the best idea is to make it legal for parents on the mountain to give permission slips, allowing their trusting, sweet kids to drink but also accepting all liability (criminal and civil) from any adverse event consequent to the drinking. Maybe a better solution is for them to arrange their beer parties at their local church? I'm sure their fellow parishioners would approve.
The bottom line is, groups with "tea party" and "patriot" and the like ARE often vocally open about engaging in political activity that is proscribed for these 501c4 organizations, so it is not at all unreasonable that a group with such a name might get a little more scrutiny from the IRS. Tax-exempt non-profits effectively increase taxes on the rest of us to cover the tax shortfall. This is perfectly acceptable for humanitarian and charitable causes. They (these tea-party types) are perfectly welcome to politic according to the Supreme Court, but not on my dime.
To compare Obama to Nixon goes beyond the pale of decent behavior.
You guys should watch the movie "The Fog of War"
I can't wait for Ms. Clinton to win the next Presidential election just to see the apoplectic response nu Ms. Smith and the letters to this column.
Easy123 you prove the point that one is best measured against those who tends to be their enemy. If you could go back to school (Sunday School or middle school) and learn some of the rules of civil behavior and debate, you might actually engender a meaningful conversation. Your profanity, derogatory word play, name-calling and generally hostile attitude demean us as humans. The sad thing is most of us don't really care about aae1049 and her crusade against windmills, or your bloviating with her.
Once you indoctrinate a group and get into the second, third and fourth generation it is called generational poverty, in other words, "this is how life looks to me from my childhood to adulthood, these are the values and way of looking at the world that are real to me."
If you wish to remedy that with means other than exterminating an entire generation of people, you need to use some common sense and read up on successful strategies, try starting with Ruby Payne, "Understanding Poverty," or "how to help with out hurting by some profs at Covenant College; then come back with some concrete proposals on how to change the situation. Then come on down and join those folks working to change the world.
Think of the tax revenue!
If they are using poison gas what should we do, try to be the world's policeman again, or get rid of one despot so a religious despot can take his place?? That mindset worked really well in Viet Nam, Iraq and Afghanistan.
History has valuable lessons to teach the perceptive reader.