published Thursday, August 26th, 2010

Letters to the editor

Mayor leading us into quagmire

Mayor (Ron Littlefield), you have stepped into your second term and under “oath” to serve the people of Chattanooga.

Your first breath was to tell us of your plans for the “homeless,” “annexation of Hamilton County” and “metro government”!

You did not mention the extra tax burden that would be assigned to many households.

“A promise to serve the people has been broken!”

Withdraw from the “quagmire” you are leading us into!

Let’s get our people smiling again. “We have put enough fear in their lives to last a lifetime!”

JAMES THORNTON

Where should center be built?

The Free Press editorial on the right side of the paper states “everything’s wrong about this” regarding the building of an Islamic center two blocks from the site of the World Trade Center.

How many blocks away would be acceptable to the editor. Can you give us your number? Just wondering.

SALLY SCHOLZE

Headline creates a false impression

If the results of a national poll showed that 20 percent of respondents believe that the earth is flat, would your story have begun with the headline “Is the Earth flat?”

Somehow, I doubt it. That issue was settled a long time ago.

Yet, that’s essentially what you did in reporting on a poll that showed that a surprising number of people believe that President Obama is a Muslim, which, of course, he isn’t.

When your newspaper writes a headline, “Is Obama Muslim?” all it does is create the impression that the issue isn’t settled, that there might be some hard evidence that indeed President Obama might actually be a Muslim. And that feeds into the well-honed Republican strategy of trying to paint the president as something other than a “real” American.

The subhead — “Locals say move on to more pressing issues” — adds more fuel to the fire by suggesting that even if Obama is a Muslim, it’s really not worth talking about.

While the story was reasonably well balanced and straightforward, the headline was misleading and created a false impression.

BRIAN HAMILTON

There’s good news on comics front

There was good news and more good news in Executive Editor J. Todd Foster’s column this Sunday. The first good news was that the comic strip “Cathy” is being canceled by its writer. The second good news was that “Pickles” will be its replacement. “Pickles” is a good choice. I predict “Pickles” will soon be one of the Chattanooga Times Free Press readers’ favorite daily comic strips.

The editorials in the Times Free Press usually discuss peripheral issues like education, politics and environment. Only occasionally will an editorial stray into more vital topics. Sunday’s column was one of those important commentaries. After all, what captures the public’s attention more than the comics page?

We all want our local paper to achieve greatness. In that spirit, I’m nominating my choices for the “bottom four” comics — four inane and unfunny candidates that I hope the editors will not wait for their writers to cancel: “Pearls Before Swine,” “Pooch Cafe,” “Get Fuzzy” and “Mother Goose & Grimm.” I hope other readers will join me in commenting on this worthwhile effort.

EVERETT KIDDER

Volunteers’ aid a touching display

I worked with about 100-150 other volunteers helping the college freshman move into the dorms at UTC one day last week. Having plenty of time to think, as the job at hand was 99 percent physical labor, I decided that much of society is about self and about the stuff that self has or can accumulate.

But as I worked, I thought about the people who were there. Many I knew and many I did not know, but as everyone got engaged in the job at hand and as the day progressed, three of the workers stood out to me enough for me to write about.

The first one was David Barker, who took the day off from his established medical practice. Who knows how much money he did not make that day? His wife, Mary, was also involved in the task; therefore their three young children had to stay with their grandmother.

Also, young Megan Ayres handled a two-wheeler all day that was taller than she was, up and down the stairs. She hardly spoke at all, never complained.

All I can say is what hearts these young people have for their fellow man and how they touched this old man’s heart.

PETER GIBSON

Keep conservatism under golden dome

Voters in Georgia have two clear choices in the November gubernatorial election. One, Roy Barnes is a liberal Democrat, fired by the voters eight years ago, who would be at home with Obama and his cohorts. The other, Nathan Deal, is a conservative Republican, very highly rated by the American Conservative Union (ACU.)

Federal Election Commission (FEC) receipts show Barnes has donated $5,800 to Obama’s election campaigns since 2004. He has directly assisted the radical leftist to office. In addition, Barnes gave $4,800 to Friends for Harry Reid last year. Reid was one of the prime movers, as Senate majority leader, in passing ObamaCare.

Mr. Deal, during his 17 years service in Congress, attained a lifetime rating by ACU of 90 for his conservative votes. This included voting against ObamaCare; to extend elimination of the estate tax (death tax) through 2011; and against cap and trade, which would greatly increase electricity bills.

In addition, Deal has an A-plus lifetime rating by numbersusa.com for his work to reduce illegal immigration. He introduced legislation years ago to eliminate birthright citizenship for children born to illegal aliens.

Georgia voters should elect Nathan Deal to keep conservatism under the golden dome.

Remember in November.

HORTON HERRIN Dalton, Ga.

End Muslim immigration

Muslims ad Muslim hijackers are a greater threat to the U.S. than illegal immigration. Like Australia and New Zealand, who have recognized the threat to their countries, we too must end Muslim immigration. Why?

First, because Muslims hate Christians and Jews in the same murderous way Hitler hated the Jews. Further, Muslims do not integrate into societies other than their own. And hating democracy, they insist on Sharia law.

The Quran teaches that those who do not convert to Islam should be killed. Read the foreign press! Islam approves of lying to further its cause. Muslim men are permitted to beat their wives and children and to stone women caught in adultery, while men go free.

Islam has infiltrated every facet of American society, our Secret Service agencies included, with the purpose of subjugating us in the same manner they have cowed Europe into silence.

I urge all to write to Gov. Bredesen to end Muslim immigration into Tennessee, specifically to not allow mosques to be built, because they are not just places of prayer, but they teach hatred for America and are used to hide radical jihadists.

JOSEPH G. KING Signal Mountain

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crtsports said...

Horton,

So electing a person who resigned amid ethic charges is a good candidate for Governor?

Joseph,

You cant really be that ignorant can you? This country is built on religious freedom, not religious freedom if you are a correct religion. Muslims did not attack this country. Extremists did. A christian did not kill George Tiller. Scott Roeder, an extremist, killed Dr. Tiller. Please open your eyes because you have no idea what you are talking about!

August 26, 2010 at 8:24 a.m.
Love4America said...

It's not that most all Muslims are terrorist. It's just that most all terrorists are Muslims.

August 26, 2010 at 10:30 a.m.
anniebelle said...

hate4america, please tell me when Timothy McVeigh converted from catholicism to muslim? You remember -- our own homegrown, military hero, terrorist of Oklahoma City --Timothy McVeigh. You fail to remember there are some of us out here still tethered to reality and to history.

August 26, 2010 at 2:31 p.m.
zacklittlefield said...

James (or Jim)

Raising taxes for the first time in nine years is hardly breaking a promise. It is a difficult thing that all cities face. I might suggest moving into the woods, where taxes are far less of a burden.

I am not sure about the liberal use of quotation marks in your letter, but that is beside the point.

Your suggestion that the mayor should simply bow out of his job if 9,000 of the 155 thousand people that live there buy into your bamboozle is ambitious to say the least.

August 26, 2010 at 2:43 p.m.
zacklittlefield said...

And James, you are totally right. Your group has injected enough fear into the community to last a lifetime. Won't argue with you there.

August 26, 2010 at 2:47 p.m.
mitchsnowman17 said...

re:sally S do you think these muslims would try to build a mosque at a sight where they murdered thousands of people if we had a president with a different name & muslim heriatage? WAKE UP AMERICA !!!!!!

August 26, 2010 at 2:51 p.m.
eeeeeek said...

mitchs now a man after 17 - congrats.

August 26, 2010 at 3:01 p.m.
Love4America said...

Dearest anniebelle, I didn't say ALL, I said most. We are aware terrorists exist in different walks of life. I think you would try to defend Satan if he was a liberal. You must be a miserable person. You wouldn't know reality if it jumped up and bit your back side.

August 26, 2010 at 3:38 p.m.
lkeithlu said...

The stupid! It burns!

Most Muslims I know are not terrorists. Most Christians I know are not ignorant.

August 26, 2010 at 4:10 p.m.
FM_33 said...

Mayor leading us into quagmire

Mayor (Ron Littlefield), you have stepped into your second term and under “oath” to serve the people of Chattanooga.

Your first breath was to tell us of your plans for the “homeless,” “annexation of Hamilton County” and “metro government”!

You did not mention the extra tax burden that would be assigned to many households.

“A promise to serve the people has been broken!”

Withdraw from the “quagmire” you are leading us into!

Let’s get our people smiling again. “We have put enough fear in their lives to last a lifetime!”

JAMES THORNTON


We will smile again sir after you leave Chattanooga TN with all that player hating that you carry in your heart against Ron Littlefield because he has more money then you.

August 26, 2010 at 5:15 p.m.
FM_33 said...

Money makes Ron Littlefield smile go around !

August 26, 2010 at 5:15 p.m.
acerigger said...

Mr.Herron,I would hope that hatred for President Obama does not translate into votes for a candidate of questionable(at best)ethics.

August 26, 2010 at 5:25 p.m.
FM_33 said...

Where should center be built?

The Free Press editorial on the right side of the paper states “everything’s wrong about this” regarding the building of an Islamic center two blocks from the site of the World Trade Center.

How many blocks away would be acceptable to the editor. Can you give us your number? Just wondering.

SALLY SCHOLZE


Be carful with that statement Sally because most people who don't like the religion of Islam at all would tell somebody that " It should be built in the Middle East and not in America at all" !

August 26, 2010 at 6:28 p.m.
FM_33 said...

SALLY SCHOLZE

The people of New York City is concerned about the security issue's that may arise with that center being in the heart of downtown NY.

Homeland Security also has some concerns that they went over with the FBI/CIA in NY and some of the response teams that are in place to react if something should go down.

The 100 million dollar cost and the re routing of street traffic are also some issue's to look over as well.

I am glad i don't have there job.

August 26, 2010 at 6:34 p.m.
FM_33 said...

SALLY SCHOLZE

Some people look at it this way as well even though the mainstream media will not cover this aspect from some people's point of view in the NY city area.

Huge Islamic Mosque In NY Near Ground Zero = Possible Terrorist Hub For Islamic Terror Cells To Conduct More 911 Operation's from The Inside !

  • Homeland Security Say's *
August 26, 2010 at 6:41 p.m.
lkeithlu said...

FM you need to go here to get your facts straightened out:

http://factcheck.org/2010/08/questions-about-the-ground-zero-mosque/

August 26, 2010 at 6:49 p.m.
ollie said...

Sally Scholze You make me feel so ashamed with your superior tolerance. Here I was thinking the mosque ought to be built no closer the Al-Farooq Mosque in Brooklyn where the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center was planned with the help of the blind sheik.How close is too close for you? We really haven't built anything right on ground zero yet so why not just build "twin mosques" where the WTC towers were. That would really show the world how tolerant we are and you could feel so good about yourself.

August 27, 2010 at 11:52 a.m.
CarolinaGal said...

"How many blocks away would be acceptable to the editor. Can you give us your number? Just wondering."

SALLY SCHOLZE

Answer: At least far enough away to not have been destroyed by debris from one of the airplanes that hit the WTC.

Now some questions for Sally et al

-Why do you think he named it the Cordoba Mosque? Was is the significance of Cordoba? Do you know of any besides the name or the sight of Muslim conquest of westerners?

-Since mosques are sometimes used to train and recruit terrorists and since the imam seeks money from two countries that export terrorist, is it not a fair question to ask?

-Is an imam who is insensitive to the feelings of 9.11 families the imam who can bring people of different religions together, as he seems to want us to believe?

August 27, 2010 at 9:11 p.m.
eeeeeek said...

Did CarolinaGirl just insinuate that there were no muslims killed in the attack other than the hyjackers?

August 28, 2010 at 7:18 a.m.
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