Cartoons' criticism

should be equitable

Clay Bennett's Saturday cartoon is another in his growing collection of partisan criticism. While I certainly believe in and support an individual's right to express his or her opinion, I have always been of the belief that the editorial cartoons were supposed to be at least somewhat equitable in their criticism.

Since he replaced Mr. Plante, Mr. Bennett has made it a point to attack Republican officials and policy. While it is convenient to blame the GOP for all of the country's problems, it is important to remember the Democrats have had the majority in Congress for the last several years. Mr. Bennett's cartoons do nothing but perpetuate the notion that Republicans are solely responsible for the current state of affairs in America when in fact, both parties are to blame.

Perhaps Mr. Bennett can find at least one or two things to mock the Democrats about in the coming days and weeks. And, maybe we as a people can stop playing the incessant blame game and find a way to work together, in spite of our differences, in order to rehabilitate our nation.


FairTax would

simplify system

While looking for a solution for our struggling economy the FairTax Act of 2009 (H.R. 25/S. 296) comes to mind.

The FairTax is a proposal that if passed would abolish all federal personal and corporate income taxes, gift, estate, capital gains, alternative minimum, Social Security, Medicare, and self-employment taxes and replace them with one simple, visible, federal retail sales tax that is administered primarily by existing state sales tax authorities.

The FairTax gives a refund for basic needs, allows the government to operate with normal levels of revenue even funding Social Security and Medicare, enables workers and retirees to keep their entire paychecks and pensions, allows American businesses to compete fairly in the global marketplace and brings them back to the U.S., closes loopholes and brings fairness to taxation including taxing illegal immigrants, illegal business activities and other tax evaders.

You will find more answers and can read the bill at FairTax. org.


Gun-control laws

do not work

We all abhor firearm violence, but the strict gun-control laws you advocate do not work. Statistics show that municipalities and states with restrictive gun laws have a higher rate of gun crime than states with fewer restrictions, especially states that have Must Issue CCW laws. Even Britain and Australia, which have banned private ownership of firearms, have experienced a drastic increase in gun crime since their bans have gone into effect.

Restrictive gun laws and bans don't reduce crime because a criminal who is intent on violence couldn't care less about laws that outlaw guns. All these laws do is disarm law-abiding citizens, making it easier for criminals to ply their trade with impunity.

Strict enforcement of laws that punish gun crime and felons who carry guns has been statistically proven to be very effective in lowering gun crime time and time again.

The media must take some of the blame for gun violence. Many Hollywood movies and TV shows graphically glorify violence. Video games also are filled with violence, and the lyrics to some popular music push the "gangster lifestyle." Even the news, with its "if it bleeds - it leads" policy on violent stories, is making things worse.


Mayor prefers

a 'mall' library

The mayor thinks he owns the public library, but doesn't like its proper function, preferring a community center. That means "mall," as we learned in last year's public "hearing" of his task force ... and heard mention of "customers."

Others, also paid with city funds, slanted fact in a recent report - easily shocking city councilors who know little about libraries. Among errors were:

(1) "Unused space."

(2) "Not enough room for patrons." Hilarious. All libraries hold space for storage of growing collections and additional patrons.

(3) "Reference material isn't being checked out." No library allows that. They keep it inhouse, continually available to all patrons.

(4) "Everything there needs to change." Who wants that? Only Littlefield benefits if he satisfies the GOP agenda to reduce public access to information.

(5) "Memphis and Nashville have better ones." Time will tell if mall libraries reduce literacy.

It is frustrating to observe Littlefield's ongoing betrayal of the city's library staff and disgusting to hear he'll be stiff-arming their board of directors.

The mayor reached his level of incompetence four years ago. Sadly, nobody told him, so our opposition to his destructive obsession must continue. A state examination of piracy might help.


Card check will result in voter intimidation

Time and space do not allow me to express how much I disagree with your editorial about the American Free Choice Act. The secret ballot has served democracy and this nation very well, for a person deserves the right to keep their vote a secret, known only to themselves and their Creator. We as a nation hold this principle dearly, and we have passed many laws to preserve this right. It has not served organized labor very well, since their membership is at historic lows, and sees this fundamental principle of democratic rule as a problem when trying to organize a union.

Nowhere in your editorial do you address the fears by people like me, that voting by card check will result in voter intimidation, particularly since several groups stand to gain a financial windfall from increased union membership: Organized labor; organized crime (historically); and one particular political party. If the Chattanooga Times does not see voter intimidation as a problem, then why not allow card check voting in our political theater. Let the party or the candidate with the most cards be declared the winner. It will be much cheaper and no more hanging chads nor Florida recount.


Is discrimination

part of greeter case?

Is the city of Chattanooga allowing a case of reverse discrimination go unchecked?

Of course, I'm referring to the case involving the Wal-Mart greeter and the Chattanooga Police Department. The greeter is a 71-year-old white male and the officer is a black male, approximately half that age. According to news reports, not only was the greeter knocked to the ground, but the officer stood over him yelling and screaming. It appears this was done in order to intimidate the older gentleman even more.

I have yet to hear any of our concerned civic leaders voice any outrage on this matter. I have not heard anyone condemn this action or call for any type of severe punishment. If the situation was reversed and the officer was white and the greeter black, I can only imagine the outcry of the same people who are saying and doing nothing.

There is no excuse for this behavior. If this is an example of a public servant, then we do not need such an individual on our police department. I believe most of our officers are above this type of behavior. A 28-day suspension is not enough. This officer should be fired from the Chattanooga Police Department.



Excuse for bonuses

at AIG is flimsy

AIG's CEO, Edward Liddy, said "his hands are tied" regarding the award of the unbelievably exorbitant bonuses to his executives at the nearly bankrupt financial behemoth.

Recently, the U.S. government loaned (perhaps more appropriately, gave) billions of taxpayer dollars to the self beleaguered financial giant. Now, the American taxpayer is rewarded with the news that many executives of AIG will be given bonuses that total in the neighborhood of $165 million.

Liddy's flimsy excuse for this award is ludicrous. What sort of management makes contracts with senior management officials that give them "bonuses" of this or any magnitude in return for bankrupting the organization? Only the U.S. government in all its grandeur could begin to equal such a fiasco. Perhaps that is where AIG got the idea.

It's absolutely no wonder the financial community is in such pathetic condition. Since the American taxpayer now owns a considerable stake in this joke of a company, one could scarcely call it an organization, why cannot we negate this agreement that "ties the hands" of CEO Liddy?

Could it be those who control the purse strings to AIG are unwilling or perhaps just unable to step up to the bar and make the tough decision?




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