published Friday, August 20th, 2010

Letters to the editor

Ditto the letter about county GOP

Regarding Curtis Adams’ letter Aug. 16: The Hamilton County GOP appears to be evolving into an interesting organization that is attracting a young and diverse membership with progressive leadership. The independent and articulate GOP chairwoman, Delores Vinson, is a breath of fresh air and revival in a political organization previously viewed as stale and lacking in spirit. She is a spirited and interesting leader who is attracting young members.

APRIL EIDSON

Letter about Obama offensive

In Wednesday’s paper, you posted a letter from a resident who referred to our president as, “Barack the Magic Negro.” Can the paper really be that racially insensitive? It is sad that a newspaper would publish a letter like that. People who write stuff like that need to have their letters thrown away, not published for the whole area to see. I know the South is still stuck in the ’50s and can’t stand that we have a minority president, but it’s about time that the local paper stands up for basic decency and rejects that type of language.

CHRISTOPHER TORRES

Editor’s Note: We agree that the phrase, used in an offensive political parody to which the letter referred, is racially insensitive. The point of the letter, however, was to note that a consultant to Chuck Fleischmann’s campaign, Chip Saltsman, of Nashville, mailed CDs of the offensive parody to 168 Republican National Committee members in December 2008 in his campaign for the chairmanship of the RNC.

Keep the country in hands of people

In response to the letter (Aug. 16) from Trion, Ga., let me say that the only people who seem to think the public owes them anything are those currently in the White House and Congress.

As a combat veteran and a current member of a Special Forces unit, I can tell you that “we right-wingers” do not expect others to fight anything for us. I swore to defend the Constitution against enemies both foreign and domestic. That is exactly what I think most conservative constitutionalists are doing.

Our federal government is engaged in an attack on our liberty by battling to expand its power and reach. That is as dangerous an enemy of the people as any we can face. That is why I am doing something about it and running as independent candidate for U.S. Congress for the 3rd District of Tennessee in November. We must take this country back and keep it in the hands of the people.

SAVAS T. KYRIAKIDIS

16
Comments do not represent the opinions of the Chattanooga Times Free Press, nor does it review every comment. Profanities, slurs and libelous remarks are prohibited. For more information you can view our Terms & Conditions and/or Ethics policy.
Love4America said...

Savas, I know you are a Desert Storm Hero and a brave American. Thank you for your service. You are dead on about the politicians. We need more guys like you who know and believe what America truely stands for in Washington. You have my vote and I will campaign for you from now until November. The current administration and Congress and Senate are a disgrace to the American way of life. Good Luck and God Bless America and You.

August 20, 2010 at 9:38 a.m.
tnmoman said...

We have more to fear from our Own Government than we do from All of the Foreign Countries.

True words spoken by the framers The Constitution of the United States.

August 20, 2010 at 9:47 a.m.
Sailorman said...

Mr Torres

Boo hoo wah wah - racial insensitivity, offensive.

Your letter is a perfect example of why race as an issue will never go away. At least the writer of that parody didn't use the "other" n-word. You know, the one that will cause the universe to dissolve - unless it's used by one of that particular race (ask Dr laura about that).

"I know the South is still stuck in the ’50s and can’t stand that we have a minority president"

And there you give yourself away. Everybody is offended by something. Today, I'm offended by a dumba$$ letter from a racist (that would be you).

August 20, 2010 at 10:09 a.m.
nickie said...

What offends me most is that this President is the most arrogant and self-centered president we have ever had, and pursues his agenda despite the fact that the majority of Americans disagree with him. While campaigning for hope and change, he has produced little of either. He has damaged race relations, and may be the last black, African-American, bi-racial (take your pick) for many years to come. "Magic", not really, he just thinks he is.

August 20, 2010 at 10:28 a.m.
crtsports said...

Sailor -

How can a minority person be a racist? Wouldn't that be hating yourself?

August 20, 2010 at 2:30 p.m.
crtsports said...

Nickie

How can you say that the majority of Americans are against him? Last time I checked he smashed McCain in the election and easily has the majority.

And if you remember correctly, Al Gore won the popular vote but Bush was selected President. So in reality, we spent eight years against our will but we didn't complain like you all have the past two years.

August 20, 2010 at 2:36 p.m.
Sailorman said...

crtsports

"How can a minority person be a racist? Wouldn't that be hating yourself?"

That has to be a joke eh? Nobody could be that obtuse - but then you may be the exception.

August 20, 2010 at 4:44 p.m.
Musicman375 said...

Seriously, srtsports, just in case you really are that dense, racism occurs among all races:

Main Entry: rac·ism Pronunciation: ˈrā-ˌsi-zəm also -ˌshi- Function: noun Date: 1933 1 : a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race 2 : racial prejudice or discrimination

August 20, 2010 at 5:58 p.m.
carlB said...

What offends me most is that this President is the most arrogant and self-centered president we have ever had, and pursues his agenda despite the fact that the majority of Americans disagree with him. While campaigning for hope and change, he has produced little of either. He has damaged race relations, and may be the last black, African-American, bi-racial (take your pick) for many years to come. "Magic", not really, he just thinks he is. Username: nickie | On: August 20, 2010 at 10:28 a.m.


Reply:

Yes, you are probably correct. A person who got elected President of these United States should never act "uppity," self assured, while making confident decisions especially when the Nation was in a deep recession. I guess there are many anti Obama people who just can't agree to the leadership being shown and are not willing to accept what is happening? What did you expect the President to do, "cave in" at the first pressure from his oppisition?

August 20, 2010 at 8:30 p.m.
sendsavas said...

Love4America, Thank you for your support. Together we can keep focus on our target which is saving our constitution. We need to avoid getting pulled into arguments so far down the food chain they ignore and distract from the critical issue of Federal expansion and constitutional destruction. We can't argue about what speakers should go in the car while the engine is being chopped and stolen. It seems an exercise in futility at this point to engage in heated debates over nickel and dime policy points while out constitutional government is being systematically dismantled. Remember, it was our current president who said, "The constitution is an imperfect document with deep flaws..." Is there really any doubt as to his agenda? I am always happy to listen to differing opinions but defeding the constitution is the first priority to me.

August 22, 2010 at 11:41 p.m.
lkeithlu said...

That's not what he said-you've been following Glenn Beck. Here is the whole thing:

http://www.saidwhatblog.com/2009/09/17/barack-obama-calls-the-u-s-constitution-an-imperfect-document/

August 23, 2010 at 8:05 a.m.
eeeeeek said...

Every time I see a comment by a tea bagger and/or wing nutter talk about restoringthe constitution, I try to remember that they are only referring to the shredded version that their heroes tried to pass off during the control of the repubs and not the Pre shrub years, since they seem to have no recollection of what life was like prior.

August 23, 2010 at 8:28 a.m.
xsiveporsche said...

I am still trying to figure out when Obama became Black. His mother is white. Just because he has darker skin does not make him Black. He is a mixed race, yes but All Black, NO. I don't like the man but he is our president and I will tlerate him because of it. I almost used the word resect but I do not respect him because he uses race more than anyone I have ever known. He uses Black to get the Black vote but made it a point of his white mother and Grand Parents to get the white vote. If he would have come out and claimed he was white he would not have gotten much of the Black vote and McCain would have been elected. That also would have been a mistake. We really did not have much to choose from the last election.

August 23, 2010 at 8:51 a.m.
anniebelle said...

sebdsavis, I only guess that you did not see the "amendments" offered up by the wrong-wing party of this country. 47 this term to change the constitution. They want us to go back to a time when these uppity blacks knew heir place. Now, who is protecting the constituion?

August 23, 2010 at 9:24 a.m.
anniebelle said...

I really do have sympathy for the uniformed and uneducated in my home state, but as I reported just last week, Tennessee fell to 37th on the national scale in education. Just yesterday I read a new poll that now places us fourth from the bottom. Quick now, no calculators, where does that place us in the dumbest of America's crowd?

August 23, 2010 at 9:45 a.m.
acerigger said...

Some of you may have missed the arrogance of "The Decider"!??

August 23, 2010 at 10:15 a.m.
please login to post a comment

videos »         

photos »         

e-edition »

advertisement
advertisement

Find a Business

400 East 11th St., Chattanooga, TN 37403
General Information (423) 756-6900
Copyright, Permissions, Terms & Conditions, Privacy Policy, Ethics policy - Copyright ©2014, Chattanooga Publishing Company, Inc. All rights reserved.
This document may not be reprinted without the express written permission of Chattanooga Publishing Company, Inc.