Odd that guns bad but abortions OK
The Monday (Jan. 2) editorial from the Florida Sun-Sentinel on the left side of the TFP editorial pages is another example of the left's obsession with guns and fake concern for children. However, the left continues to believe abortion is always and forever and at any point of the pregnancy a viable option. The left will not acknowledge the carnage of abortion and how many children's lives have been and continue to be snuffed out.
I don't fault those editors for expressing their concern over mass shootings and that children are frequently the victims. However, to gloss over the weekly mass shootings in cities like Chicago shows their agenda is not to find solutions for or raise the discussion level around mass shootings, but to denigrate our First Amendment right to bear arms and paint all gun owners as part of the problem.
A better way to end the Sun-Sentinel's editorial would be to say its next editorial would be a discussion of abortion and that over 60 million babies have been killed over the past 50 years. But, that would be too honest, and I don't expect the Sun-Sentinel or anyone on the left to admit that.
Rusty Lacy, Rossville, Ga.
Carlson, Fox aiding, abetting terrorists
Vladimir Putin is a terrorist. In Chechnya and in Syria, he used bombs and rockets to kill thousands of innocent civilians in their homes and injure thousands more. Now, he is doing the same thing in Ukraine. He is trying to freeze to death the ones he has not already killed. If this is not terrorism, I don't know what is. Putin makes Osama bin Laden look like a choir boy.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy came to the U.S. to say thanks to Congress for appropriating $45 billion to help Ukraine, mere pennies compared to the trillions of dollars that the U.S. spent on the War on Terror just a few years ago.
One would think that all Americans would be generous to the brave Ukrainians who are fighting for their freedom. Not Tucker Carlson! He was incensed that Zelenskyy had the temerity to ask us for help. He ranted at length about how bad it is for the U.S to help the Ukrainians.
Clearly, Tucker Carlson and Fox News are aiding and abetting a terrorist. Very un-American!
‘Affordable’ housing elusive to too many
The average McDonald's worker in Chattanooga earns $8 to $10 an hour, 35% below national average. Simple math shows these employees make between $320 to $400 a week, computing to $1,380 to $1,600 a month.
As a general rule, 30% of a person's income should go to housing. Therefore, between $384 and $480 needs to be allocated for rent. Owning a home on this salary is not feasible.
Yet, I dare say there are precious few properties in the Scenic City that are that low to rent. I suspect most rentals start at double that amount.
There has been some saber rattling about the city building affordable housing, which is initially commendable. However, it will take a large number of dwellings built to house the many who need a place to rest their heads. Can we help get these folks a place of their own, away from their parents, grands or being homeless on the streets?
My thoughts are not optimistic. Investors and Realtors are not known to be overly generous when opportunities still abound for more profitable homes costing $300k or more. It's depressing that in this age of opulence, many people are unable to thrive.
Tom Baker, Hixson
Abortion trigger-law trauma playing out
Last November, a thousand Tennessee physicians signed an open letter urging the state legislature to reconsider Tennessee's trigger ban, which makes any abortion a felony, from conception on.
"This [ban] impacts women experiencing miscarriages, tubal pregnancies, or even serious infections or cancers during pregnancy ...," the letter says. "Because it includes zero exceptions -- not for rape, incest, fetal anomaly or even to protect the mother's life -- it forces healthcare providers to balance appropriate medical care with the risk of criminal prosecution."
There have been plenty of news stories about the physical and emotional suffering women have experienced due to extreme abortion bans, but between privacy laws and the deeply personal nature of pregnancy, most stories won't make the news. Our state leaders have an obligation to listen to the front-line medical experts witnessing the fallout.
Yet many are in no hurry to mitigate the damage. Sen. Randy McNally, for example, says he'd "like to see how (the ban) plays out as written." It's been playing out, to devastating effect. A thousand Tennessee physicians have called the legislation "dangerous." What else do these lawmakers need to "see"? Is the law problematic only if it endangers someone they love?
Allison Reilly Gorman
One more 'worst' thing Biden did
I heartily agree with Marc Thiessen's appraisal of the "10 worst things Joe Biden did in 2022," except for perhaps No. 1 re: the war between Russia and Ukraine. My preference would be for the U.S. and others to stay out of internal affairs and let them solve it themselves. I would say the same thing for China/Taiwan if this becomes a serious issue.
I would add to this list: No. 11: Biden's support for the racist/fascist country of Israel. After Israel has taken over all of Palestine, will a way then be found to get rid of all the Palestinians? If not, will they be given equal rights or will they remain in limbo as stateless people?
Also, his naming legislation "Inflation Reduction Act" is contemptible since his lavish spending is actually causing so much inflation.
Doris Rausch, Tullahoma, Tenn.
Still looking for GOP Carbon Act sponsors
I was glad to read Wednesday's editorial "So the Blame Game Begins for Rolling Blackouts." The author was right to challenge the idea that TVA could have more easily mitigated the energy demand resulting from the recent Arctic blast with a heavier reliance on fossil fuels.
As climate scientists frequently point out, extreme weather of all kinds (including extreme cold) is more likely on a warming planet, so it is essential that we do all we can to reduce our carbon emissions.
To explain TVA's recent move away from energy conservation and efficiency, the author suggested money was the primary motivator. If that's the case, and I don't doubt that it is, then putting a price on carbon emissions would move our region's power generator toward better energy sources.
So far, the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act has nearly 100 co-sponsors in the House of Representatives, and none are Republicans. What a proud moment it would be for the Volunteer State to provide the country's first Republican co-sponsor. I hope Rep. Fleischmann will consider supporting this market-based response to climate change that would also put money into the pockets of the people of the Tennessee Valley.
Sohn holding TVA's feet to the fire
Congrats on this great initial story on TVA's Christmas debacle. Pam [Sohn, Chattanooga Times editorial page editor] included some great tech data and facts which will be very important as this story develops.
I know you will hold TVA's feet to the fire until this situation is clearly explained. I noticed TVA's initial responses were feel-good double-talk instead of facts. I see you are not going to let them get away with that.
Tim Kilboy, Jackson, Tenn.
Not inspired by Parker's prose
I read Star Parker's Sunday column regularly and find nothing in common with her dimly lit points of view. Now she wrongly concludes the Supreme Court's 1962 ruling upholding constitutional separation of church and state to be the beginning of America's fall from grace with our Creator. She says removing organized prayer from public schools is the root cause of the decline in traditional values and morality in today's society. I would ask her to explain why no prayer in school should carry more weight in failure than lack of prayer and moral instruction in the home and one's church? Handled there properly and biblically, prayer in school would be superfluous. Never in my schooling did traditional values provide correct answers to math questions, nor did learned morality identify foreign countries in geography.
It seems to me we've tasked our educators with many things we as parents have grown too lazy to do. Traditional family values and morality, along with sex education, are subjects a school teacher should never have to breach. We too happily relegate our responsibilities to others, underpay them, then blame them when someone fails or we don't agree with their curriculum or textbook.
Allan Baggett, Trion, Ga