published Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

Be journalists for the people — and more letters to the editors

Be journalists for the people

The hyperbole of a “turnover free-for-all” in a Times page editorial recently is exactly why Democratic and Republican voters are turning to the tea party. Ignored was the fact that the (people) overturned by constitutional right what is considered an immoral and fiscally irresponsible ordinance in a very short period of time I might add.

Using the cost of my insurance under the (un)Affordable Care Act, the estimate of $163,000 a year only covers 309 people, and let’s not overlook the fact that there will absolutely be cost overruns.

When the editorial scolded Mr. Wysong and Mr. West for the very limited role they have played in Mr. Anderson’s recall, conveniently omitted was any mention of the assistance he has received from out-of-town homosexual groups.

The voters in Chattanooga can read, and what they see are half truths from elected leaders who are spending taxpayer dollars to assuage their own guilt of stingy charitable donations. Our news personnel need to step up to the plate and become journalists again for the people.

RON RAY


Do-nothing Congress takes a break

Recently as I read the morning newspaper with my coffee, I was graced with the best belly-laugh that I have had in quite some time. And, more interestingly, I had not yet made it to the comic section.

I was reading the first section, page A7 to be exact. What tickled my funny-bone was the headline over an article written by an AP writer, “Congress may do little before November elections.” Congress has not done anything in 5-plus years except extort a salary from the American people, but now they are going to achieve “nothing.”

I have not yet determined how they can do less than nothing, but, frighteningly enough, given the incompetence of this group, they might be able to achieve doing less than nothing.

DENNIS WESTMEIER, Red Bank


TDOT problems vex drivers

The Tennessee Department of Transportation’s new exit for Signal Mountain is a total disaster. There is nothing that can be done to fix this massive mistake. The stop light does nothing other than create backup traffic on Interstate 27 for over a mile.

I came home late Friday at 7:30 p.m. and the backup was still unbearable. I ended up going on to the next exit and came home on back roads. There is nothing that TDOT can do to fix this problem. What we need is to go back to the previous “temporary” exit that they created which provided for a free flow of traffic back to Signal Mountain.

PLEASE, TDOT, tear down your bridge and give us back the previous exit.

PETE GAMMON, Signal Mountain


In praise of black Americans

In pre-Civil War times, most Americans, North and South, agreed blacks were intellectually inferior to whites. But Sen. Charles Sumner of Massachusetts, an early abolitionist leader, observed while in Paris in 1838 that black university students from Africa performed as capably as white students when given the opportunity.

While speaking before the Senate in opposition to slavery in 1856, Sumner was savagely beaten with a cane by Sen. Preston Brooks of South Carolina. This cruel, cowardly attack was commemorated for decades by certain Southern senators with a “Golden Cane Award.”

This belief in black inferiority still persists among certain elements in the white community. During the civil rights struggles, this group defended racial segregation with basically the same arguments their forefathers used to defend slavery. But today the evidence to the contrary is overwhelming.

In world history, what other ethnic group has advanced so far, so fast as African-Americans? In 149 short years, they have risen from slavery to a conspicuous presence in sports, entertainment and the professions, a military chief of staff, six CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, a U.N. delegate, two secretaries of state and the presidency of their country. Comparable historical precedents? There are none.

GEORGE B. REED JR., Rossville


What would Jesus do about guns?

I enjoyed reading David Cook’s column titled “The Bad News About the Good News.” I must say I agree with him on several points. But I want to emphasize one point in particular: That is, “lay down your swords.”

Today guns are the weapons of choice. Since most of us are not likely to own a sword, I feel it is safe to say that if Jesus were alive today he would say, “Put down your guns.”

How many responsible gun owners are also Christians? Do you follow Jesus and the Bible’s teachings to the letter?

Given that Chattanooga was just declared the most Bible-minded city in America by the American Bible Society, I imagine there are several folks here who will declare that they lead Christian lives. Of those Christians, those of you who own guns have a bit of a conundrum. Can you choose between owning a gun and laying down your gun as Jesus asked?

For me, it’s a no-brainer. I choose to do what Jesus would do and not own a gun. For me, it’s the only Christian thing to do.

MARY C. CALIANDRO, Ooltewah

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ORRMEANSLIGHT said...

No, No, No, No, No! Jesus told a bunch of His Disciples to 'BUY SWORDS'

Within the Holy Bible God said, "My people perish for lack of knowledge."

Please understand...i know (knowledge) that there is more that i do not know than there is that i do know. So, especially among the Christian Family of Faith, let us love in word, thought, and deed.

Jesus Christ said there is 'indeed' a time to take up the sword (gun...uh, weapon).

It is a no-brainer...when we read in the Authorized King James Version of the Holy Bible where Our Saviour said, {St. Luke 22:36-38}..."Then said He unto them, But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one.

37 For I say unto you, that this that is written must yet be accomplished in Me, And He was reckoned among the transgressors: for the things concerning Me have an end.

38 And they said, Lord, behold, here are two swords. And He said unto them, It is enough.

Ken ORR...(Card Carrying NRA Member in Good Standing), but, First of all...A Born Again Jesus Christ Follower!

February 18, 2014 at 12:59 a.m.
ORRMEANSLIGHT said...

Now, having said that, just take a little bit closer of a look at this. Even after the Apostle Simon Peter cut off the ear of the servant, well, Jesus didn't say, "You bad Apostle, You know You should throw that sword in the garbage can!" No, Jesus didn't say that! Jesus said, {St. John 18:10-11}... Then Simon Peter having a sword drew it, and smote the high priest's servant, and cut off his right ear. The servant's name was Malchus.

11 Then said Jesus unto Peter, "Put up thy sword into the sheath: the cup which my Father hath given me, shall I not drink it?"

kwo

February 18, 2014 at 1:09 a.m.
ORRMEANSLIGHT said...

But, but, but...You say, but The Bible says, "He who lives by the sword, dies by the sword." Well, when carrying my 38 Special, I assure You, I certainly am not 'living by it'. I am simply carrying it. The wild beasts of the jungle are now-a-days humans on Hollywood Blvd.......get it? They certainly do not want to try to do bodily harm to me, nor, the ones who I love!

Do You have a steak knife in Your kitchen? Would You use it to protect a female child being attacked by a rapist? Oh, i see. You say You would use it if it would prevent the female child from being raped. Remember, if You live by the kitchen knife, You die by the kitchen knife. What's that You say? You say You do not live by Your kitchen knife? Well then, that changes everything! We have no quarrel +(:>

Ken ORR

February 18, 2014 at 1:17 a.m.
LibDem said...

We probably don't want to know all the weird stuff that goes on in the Orr household in wee hours.

February 18, 2014 at 6:52 a.m.
lkeithlu said...

What a loony toon. At least he isn't talking about the details of gay sex today.

February 18, 2014 at 7:24 a.m.
soakya said...

progressives push taxes instead of charity. progressives push government instead of religion.

February 18, 2014 at 8:34 a.m.
wallyworld said...

Orr and his ilk are so hatefully insane, they only have the tunnel vision of whack-a-moles!

February 18, 2014 at 8:41 a.m.
LibDem said...

Gosh, I wish I were a Progressive but I'm just an old Liberal.

February 18, 2014 at 10:15 a.m.
librul said...

Tear down the bridge? Pete - don't be stupid. It's quite clear that the TDOT plans to rebuild the merging lane for Signal Mountain traffic and the stoplight will be for those who want to turn left off the exit to go to Dayton Boulevard. Where TDOT screwed up was not building the merging lane FIRST. The volume of traffic exiting at Signal Mountain Road makes it a blatant case of idiocy to believe that it should be impeded by a stoplight. Restoration of the dedicated merging lane for Signal Mountain Road traffic should be a priority and I would be amazed if it is not.

February 18, 2014 at 10:21 a.m.
Rickaroo said...

Ken Orr, the fact of the matter is that your Jeezus was nothing but a walking/talking contradiction, preaching a bunch of spiritual mumbo-jumbo. He was so confused he didn't know what to believe, so he just covered all the bases. He contradicted himself on almost every issue.

He said that he had come to bring peace but then he had NOT come to bring peace. He said that we should love our enemies and turn the other cheek but then he said that we should rebuke our enemies. He said that we should always honor and respect our parents but then he said that unless we hate them we cannot follow him and be his disciple. He said that he had come to abolish the Law of the Old Testament but then he said that he had NOT come to abolish it and unless we obeyed every fine point of the Law we would not enter the kingdom of heaven. He said that he had come expressly to die for our sins so that we might have eternal life, but then he prayed to be delivered from his mission and asked God why he had forsaken him and refused to deliver him from the cross.

Furthermore he told everyone, after his supposed "resurrection," that he was coming back in a rapture and that it would be sometime in their lifetime, before their generation had passed. Obviously, this all-knowing Son of God didn't know diddly-squat. Here we are over 2000 years later and you whackos are still waiting for this make-believe savior to come floating down from the sky.

If he existed at all, he was a nut, pure and simple...and you have to be a nut yourself to try to make sense of his nonsense.

February 18, 2014 at 12:53 p.m.
TheCommander said...

Maaary, Mary; why you buggin?

Christians with guns are the problem? All those fundamentalists who are involved in armed robbery, bank jobs and gang violence ought to just lay down their arms. They continually use their "weapon of choice" to perpetrate violence in our city. this war between the Baptists and the Methodists has to end! When will the killing end. Maybe we can spend some federal funds and have the government use the highpoint method in our churches?

Ken, good points: Don't you think that after three years with Jesus, Peter would have gotten the message: "Dude, loose the sword" if that was in fact the wish of Jesus himself?

February 18, 2014 at 9:43 p.m.
ORRMEANSLIGHT said...

Well written TheCommander. Astute. Powerful concepts, powerful imagery. Now, if the readership will only give an honest attempt to grasp the wisdom. Will they? kwo

February 19, 2014 at 12:27 a.m.
lkeithlu said...

I don't get my "wisdom" from internet newspaper forums, Ken Orr.

February 19, 2014 at 7:57 a.m.
TheCommander said...

Ron Ray said "elected leaders who are spending taxpayer dollars to assuage their own guilt of stingy charitable donations."

Right on Ron!! Well said. Milton Friedman addressed this head on. Listen at the 17:20 to 18:10 mark for a very excellent question and the answer Milton Friedman gives.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UlNxIc9gUMc

February 19, 2014 at 9:30 p.m.
ORRMEANSLIGHT said...

lkeithlu,

I'm trying to think of an expression of logology using the word 'wisdom' in an acrostic. Such as...

Whatever Is Spurious Defeats Obvious Manifestations

Explanation: If something is doubtful, especially due to possessing an occult nature, then it's ability to 'shine light'to make something known is incapacitated. This truth is inherent within the above acrostic.

This is my own. Original. I hope You will try this. It's fun, but, time consuming. It must point toward a feature of wisdom. It also tells You something about the inner recesses {secret places) of Your mind. kwo

February 20, 2014 at 1:09 a.m.
lkeithlu said...

If something is doubtful, especially due to possessing an occult nature, then it's ability to 'shine light'to make something known is incapacitated. This truth is inherent within the above acrostic.

Word salad. I'll stick to the physical world and all its wonders, thanks.

February 20, 2014 at 7:57 a.m.
ORRMEANSLIGHT said...

This is a game, lkeithlu! Why don't You want to play? Put a little fun into things...

February 24, 2014 at 5:36 a.m.
lkeithlu said...

I don't think paranoid delusions are a game, Ken Orr.

February 24, 2014 at 12:52 p.m.
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