Chill out over global warming
After shoveling 3 inches of "global warming" off my driveway Saturday, I was heartened to read Dr. Gary Gill Bible's carefully reasoned, factually supported column ("Cooling the rhetoric," Jan. 31) challenging the prevailing global warming consensus.
I'm not a scientist, but Dr. Bible's data seem to confirm that weather and climate go through cycles; if we wait long enough, they will change again.
The unequivocal, herd-like mentality within much of the scientific and political communities would have us believe global warming claims are irrefutable. A few decades ago, "experts" in those same communities voiced fears of global cooling. Remember the subzero temperatures that refrigerated much of the nation in 1977 and 1978?
The Feb. 1 newspaper confirmed we just had the area's biggest snow since the famous '93 blizzard. Record subfreezing temperatures and snowfalls have hit many parts of the world. For global warmers, is this "an inconvenient cold"?
As stewards of this place called Earth, we should value the environment and do all we can to avoid polluting it -- because it's the right thing to do. At the same time, a ceasefire to unequivocal, politically correct assertions of global warming would be welcome. Chill out, people!
ROBERT J. TAMASY
Town's leaders do their jobs well
It is Sunday, Jan. 31. I was at home on Lookout Mountain. I was warm and life is good. The power was on and the streets were passable.
This actually happens every day because we are fortunate to have, in our small community, government that works. We elect fellow citizens and pay reasonable taxes that are used in a community that works.
It works because we have dedicated elected fellow citizens and wonderful city employees. We talk to each other and we respond to each other's needs. When we have disagreements, we discuss them in a fair and civil manner and respect each other's opinions. As a result, we live in a community that most of us believe can't be beaten.
I say thanks for great public servants who are doing wonderful things for others and not expecting anything in return. Our public servants only did what they did because they said they would.
My great hope is that I can do my part to make our state and country work as well so that our children, grandchildren and (not yet) great-grandchildren will be able to say, "Thanks for a job well done!"
Prepare students better for college
I have high admiration for Jack Murrah (current chairman of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission), who has made so many contributions to our community and our state. But his op-ed article in Tuesday's newspaper suggests that THEC may be part of the problem, not the solution.
Commenting on collaboration between Chattanooga State and UTC, he writes: "The time has come to lay aside differences about standards and work for the greater good of students."
I heard frequent complaints from faculty, when I formerly served as provost, that students who received A's in developmental math and English courses at community colleges could not pass college-level courses in those subjects at UTC. As a professor, I have seen it with my own eyes.
Mr. Murrah correctly identifies the goal as increasing degree production, not necessarily increasing graduation rates (they are not the same thing). We can do that by relaxing academic standards. But how would that work for the greater good of students? Surely we can find a better approach.
Perhaps we could start by asking why high school graduates are not prepared to do college-level work.
We don't need Obama's change
Does anyone remember the USSR?
USSR stood for Union of Soviet Socialist Republic.
In the late 1960s or early 1970s, news reports said "Russian workers worked through the end of May each year to pay their taxes." At that time, Americans were astounded at the news.
Are we there yet?
I hear reports that every man, woman and child in America owes $45,000. That is probably an average year's salary for many workers. Those who make more are fortunate.
It's time for President Obama and the far left "Progressives" to get a wake-up call.
It's time they all realize they are servants of the people. We don't need big government backroom deals, union deals and their health care and mandates, overriding states' rights. We don't need Obama's kind of change.
We are one nation under God, with liberty and justice for all. We love our freedom from oppression, and liberty to choose our way of life, and freedom to practice our religious beliefs without our choice being attacked or history changed to suit "Progressives."
Obama's freeze should include Air Force One sitting on the tarmac until absolute necessity requires its use, plus the yearly increases in Congress' salaries, and no perks.
Now Obama wants to control football
There have been many speeches by the president recently about the massive problems of health care, the economy and jobs, national security, immigration and the budget. He has said that the massive health care debate caused him to underestimate the job situation.
He has the problem that many people have finally come to understand that he wants to have government run everything. He has to manage the GM, Chrysler, the home credit market, all student loans, and cap and trade legislation.
There is also that crazy Supreme Court which decided to uphold free speech which he hated. But I have read of what is really holding back our supreme leader; it is the desire to control college football. Yes, our great government must tell football how it should manage its business.
Just think, Obama will decide if Tennessee is eligible for a bowl game. That will save the economy and help increase jobs. That is true hope and change.