Abortion 'lie' still repeated
This is getting old. In the May 16 Chattanooga Times commentary by Carl P. Leubsdorf, he twice claims that the impending Supreme Court decision will "ban all abortions," which is not only incorrect but a blatant lie.
The draft decision will not ban abortion but states that there is no constitutional right to abortion. It returns the abortion debate to where it properly belongs — to the people and their elected representatives. This claim is particularly appalling considering the repeated claim that the decision is undemocratic and legislating from the bench when it is the opposite, giving the choice to the democratic process rather than creating law by fiat.
There is no barrier to the individual states, or indeed the federal government, from passing laws allowing abortion with whatever limits or restrictions, if any, they choose.
It is disappointing that the Times would print such a commentary, assuming that the truth is known to the editor, unless the intent is to fool the people into believing an untruth for political ends.
Boy Scouts lend a hand for 'Clean Catoosa' event
I wanted to thank members of Boy Scout Troop 52, which meets at Fort Oglethorpe's First Presbyterian Church, for their tireless efforts supporting the Clean Catoosa event last month.
The Scouts, troop leaders and parents spent five hours cleaning up the 6th Cavalry Museum's Memorial Garden, World War II monument, bandstand and museum grounds by weed-eating, pruning shrubs, cleaning the parking lot and patio area. Scoutmaster Dr. David Bosshardt brought the work crew over to the museum after they had worked at the church.
Aren't our laws fixed forever?
I am not a legal scholar nor a Latin linguist, but I have questions relating to both law and language. "Stare decisis" is a term that means settled law. It's a concept well accepted and understood by most of us. Settled law is settled law, pure and relatively simple. Arbitrators rely on "stare decisis" when making a decision as do judges in courts of law.
Hold on, has the definition changed to "un-stare decisis" or whatever suits a current fancy? Even after 50 years of acceptance? Life is a challenge in normal times, and now our laws are considered a moving target. The practice of law is now in a position of grave doubt. The law becomes whatever judges create, and that keeps participants from addressing the law with some semblance of order. How will law schools adapt to the uncertainty? It's perplexing!
Burqas required next for females?
Nebraska's GOP governor, Pete Ricketts, has vowed that as soon as Roe v. Wade is overturned, his state will establish a total ban on abortion.
If a woman or girl is raped or impregnated through incest, she will be forced to carry the baby to term. Yessir, those Republicans are going to show women that their party's constant chant of "Freedom! Freedom!" is only for men. What next? Head to toe coverings like burqas for all women?
Natural gas shift too pricey of a move
In the May 13 Times Free Press, TVA announced a rate increase of about 10% because of increased natural gas prices. We all favor the use of cleaner fuel, yet the methane emissions from natural gas production are more hazardous to global warming than oil, much of it flaring from fracking in the American Southwest. According to this news article, TVA revenues are an estimated $11 billion annually. A little math calculation tells us this increase amounts to a $110 million tax increase on Tennessee Valley citizens and industry. While we all prefer solar and/or wind, they are not reliable power sources — witness Texas, California as recent examples. No electricity means no gasoline pumps — no fuel, no food.
As a former TVA employee, I recall the $1 billion-plus (1970s dollars) invested in TVA coal plants to reduce emissions. Although I'm not aware of emissions content, I observed barely visible emissions beyond evaporating steam. Carbon capture technology has developed considerably since I saw those many plants in the 1990s.
Our $110 million tax increase is the result of federal and state government leaders who choose being politically correct above competence.
John F. Eary
Low Hiwassee flows becoming damaging
I write on behalf of all the users of the Hiwassee River. The current flows are historically low and are, frankly, destroying the fishery. The water has never reached this high temperature this early in the season.
What is the cause of this? The current situation is unsustainable for any of the concerned parties. There is barely enough flow for the recreational kayakers and tubers. The flows may facilitate the wading fishermen now, but soon the fish will be gone because of the water temps and it won't help to be able to wade if there are no fish. And, of course, there is no generation occurring, so TVA is seeing no benefit. In fact, it is difficult to imagine who is to benefit from these damaging flows.
Please consider the effects of this. I have recently invested in vacation property on the river, and I am not alone. Please don't make us regret this. Polk County is experiencing excellent growth, but this will have an extremely dampening effect. This situation is dire and is already having significantly bad effects.
Contesting election a 'sore loser' move
To Sabrena Smedley and Matt Hullander: An open primary is an open primary. If it's open, it's open. It's my business how I vote.
Talk to the Tennessee General Assembly if you don't like it.
You're looking real bad as sore losers. If you love Hamilton County like you claim, support the winner.
Let's get serious about gun laws
The Founding Fathers created a Constitution adaptable to future times. They didn't make it easy to change, but amendments have changed it many times. Now it is time to address changes to the Second Amendment.
In 1787, firearms were a necessity for most Americans — 90% lived on the frontier and needed firearms for food and protection. Colonial and early state militias were mostly self-armed citizens.
In 1787, firearms were flintlock, muzzle-loading muskets, rifles and pistols capable of firing only one ball or bullet. It took a minute or more to reload.
Times have changed. Today, most Americans live in urban areas. Food is in grocery stores, and every community is protected by law enforcement officials. Some firearms are capable of firing hundreds of rounds a minute. High-capacity magazines eliminate prolonged reloading.
Despite what many Second Amendment defenders say, few want to do away with firearms for personal protection and hunting. But background checks, especially for the deadliest of weapons, must be more stringent. Disturbed people carrying assault rifles capable of killing large numbers of people have become too common.
We've had enough "thoughts and prayers" for victims. It is time to curb this epidemic of violence.
Grady S. Burgner