published Monday, August 30th, 2010

Letters to the Editor

College using students for gain

Once upon a time, an institute was created to offer a better life for many through a higher level of education. This institute is called college.

Over time, our colleges began to really take advantage of the willing students, creating any means they could to make money.

Parking, books and tuition at UTC have soared, but worse than this, the system has been taking it a step further now: Record keepers at UTC lose documents like transfers.

They add one extra course to your required curriculum just to acquire that extra semester of tuition from students, ruining graduation for many.

Petitions and appeals are rarely heard, lost or red tape is added, making it a nightmare for students to actually get out of college. It has become obvious and should be an embarrassment.

Instead of trying to occasionally make any effort to show that the college really does care for students, it’s become common knowledge that college is really using students. No matter how many billions of dollars made, it’s never enough. Sad but true. I like many others am not blinded by one bit of it.

CHRISTINE DIWAN

Pay for care, get burn unit back

Erlanger hospital and T.C. Thompson Children’s Hospital have given free care for a long time to just about everybody who comes in. It is time Georgia and Alabama started giving back.

I worked there for 22 years, and I would put it up against any hospital in the country as far as having the best doctors and nurses. I am sorry they closed the burn unit because it was top notch.

If people started giving back to Erlanger they might be able to reopen the burn unit. Erlanger has a very good trauma unit so why do they not have a burn unit for a city this size? It comes down to money. So let’s all chip in and get Erlanger to open the burn unit by helping pay some of the bills.

H. BUDDY ROGERS

Red Bank

Lodge ‘residents’ bring problems

Regarding recent letter about punishment to all for wrongs of few (Aug. 25).

As a homeowner and citizen of East Ridge, I speak for the majority of my neighborhood in saying many times we have experienced persons trafficking through our neighborhood causing concern and fear among our good community. I have an elderly relative living just across from Superior Creek Lodge which we’ve confined to stay inside and not walk the public sidewalk to shopping because of fear by some of those “residents” from this establishment.

Superior Creek Lodge is not an apartment complex but licensed as a hotel/motel establishment. However, the entire establishment consists of families living there as permanent residents. Other hotels in the area have 100-plus rooms and don’t carry this problem on a weekly basis.

We, the neighboring communities, shouldn’t be subject to problems Superior Creek Lodge brings to our neighborhoods by some of its “residents.”

I agree it’s a shame a few must suffer due to the actions of those who disregard the law and rules. However, that happens every day in our society. The letter stated there were four persons living in one hotel room for six months and yet this is classified as a hotel?

EDWARD HARDING

Lansdell Park

Candidates provide good role models

I’d like to offer a word of optimism in the midst of ad hominem election sniping and bad behavior.

The school board meeting held at Hixson United Methodist Church was a wonderful example of an informative meeting. The timer and moderator performed their jobs efficiently and fairly. The candidates — Everett Fairchild, Marty Rhodes and Ken Smith — presented their views without besmirching each other in any manner.

The audience went home with facts, figures and ideas to think through.

Congratulations to Everett Fairchild for winning the race, and congratulations to all three men for giving us a good role model for discussion.

ALICE JEAN

SEDGWICK

Hixson

Pain medication a blessing for many

We are aware that people will abuse anything. But what is lost in all the uproar over pain meds is the huge good these drugs do for those who actually need them.

I have had over 43 surgeries and suffer from several chronic, debilitating diseases. My husband broke his back at work and suffered a spinal cord injury. We both take pain medication. It allows us to what limited mobility we have and allows us a measure or relief from constant (and at times, excruciating) pain.

We have a pain specialist who closely monitors our meds, the dosages, gives us random (like all his patients) drug tests.

Though we feel bad for those who choose to abuse drugs, their weakness and poor judgment doesn’t outweigh the contributions of these drugs or the pain physicians who prescribe them.

What the abusers’ actions do is limit availability to those who need them. Those who abuse these medications and those who prescribe them illegally should be punished severely. Do not assume all who take these meds are junkies. Some of us follow the law and our doctors’ orders.

MR. & MRS. J.R. OSBORNE

Dalton, Ga.

Tea Partier should read Obama books

I have several suggestions for Stella Fletcher, co-founder of the Catoosa Tea Party, who wants to know who President Obama is and where he comes from.

She could start by reading two books by our chief executive titled “The Audacity of Hope” and “Dreams From My Father.”

Next, she could read the well-reviewed studies by David Remnick and Jonathan Alter.

Lastly, am I to assume that, if Barack Obama is a Muslim, that he was some kind of “plant” or “spy” in Rev. Wright’s Chicago-based church, which we heard so much about during the last presidential election?

MICHAEL VAUGHAN

WOODWARD

Hixson

Stop giving money to rest of world

This country isn’t broke as the politicians want you to believe it is, especially the Republicans. Isn’t it odd that we are always broke when Americans need something from the government? Meanwhile, “Uncle Sugar” remains the World Wide Welfare Agency for the rest of the planet.

The $9.1 billion of money that was just sent to Iraq to help them rebuild the country is suddenly unaccounted for. Nobody cares; it was a one-day news item buried in the middle of this paper. Iraq has oil; they don’t need a handout.

We have promised billions more to Pakistan for flood relief, and the list just goes on and on. While we are being so generous to the rest of the world, our politicians are afraid of Social Security and Medicare going broke. The solution is simple. Stop giving away the candy store; you don’t see any of the other super powers doing it.

RICHARD A. SHANKEN

Rocky Face, Ga.

Clarification

A passage in Emily Brawley’s letter to the editor Aug. 27 should have read, “The article cites a poll finding that 18 percent of Americans believe [President Obama] is indeed a Muslim. It then quotes a doctor who says it is the responsibility of traditional media to refute or prove a claim. However, with its headline [‘Is Obama Muslim?’] this newspaper abdicates that responsibility by implying that Obama’s faith is open to question. It simply isn’t, no matter how many people may believe otherwise.”

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anniebelle said...

Mr. Woodward, if only they would read or try to get facts, it would be such a different country we have right now. Being a voracious reader myself, since childhood, I find it insulting that people write pure lies and hateful rhetoric simply because they are igonorant of the facts, and furhtermore, don't want to disturb their 'reality' by facing those facts. Fox and all their overpaid pundits rely on this very fact when dealing with their audience. They know ignorance loves ignorance, i.e. Sarah Palin and George Bush.

August 30, 2010 at 6:42 a.m.
Livn4life said...

Why anniebelle, Oher media outlets have been proven over and over to use lie and hateful rhetoric when they oppose well, the former President of the US. When they are called on that the ones who caught them are accused. Please be balanced in your criticism and recognize we seldom ever get the whole story on either side of issues. Then we just pick and choose. Some hate FOX. Others hate MSNBC, CNN etc. I hate the fact that there honestly is no reliable source for the whole truth these days. Whether or not we admit it, we end up with egg on our faces when truth that has been hidden, denied, or ignored comes out then gets pushed aside and blamed by the responsible ones on someone else. Who really are the ignorant ones in this country?

August 30, 2010 at 7:04 a.m.
anniebelle said...

No, I totally agree. There are plenty of reliable news sources if you take the time as an American citizen to find these facts and act on them. I just used Fox because that's where the uninformed seem to gain their 'facts. I, personally, do not watch any of the 'talking heads', they're in it for the money and viewership, not the interest of what's best for this country.

August 30, 2010 at 7:16 a.m.
anniebelle said...

And by the way, ignorant is not a BAD word -- it just means you're not in possession of the necessary facts to make an informed decision.

August 30, 2010 at 7:21 a.m.
acerigger said...

The truth IS out there,but it's a shame that you have to "dig"for it!

August 30, 2010 at 7:54 a.m.
lkeithlu said...

And how, ace.

August 30, 2010 at 7:58 a.m.
nickie said...

Facts always seem to get in the way of the Obama administration's agenda. The facts are that this president refuses to protect our borders, refuses to prosecute thugs at our polling places, doen't have a clue on how to help our ecomony, has inflated the national debt by trillions, and all the while continues to blame the Bush administration for all our woes. Ignorance is ignoring facts right in front of you, and blaming those who bring them to your attention. When you can't defend your position just resort to name calling and blame the messenger.

August 30, 2010 at 10:20 a.m.
lkeithlu said...

It's nice, nickie, that the world and our country can be that simple in your eyes. In a world of absolutes, you can actually sound like you are correct.

August 30, 2010 at 10:32 a.m.

I think the two autobiographies by BHO are now being listed as fiction, right?

August 30, 2010 at 11:10 a.m.
acerigger said...

Some of us are old enough to remember "Bookie" ,and, not to speak ill of the dead,all would be better off were his ghost to "rest in peace"!

August 30, 2010 at 11:50 a.m.
acerigger said...

The "facts"are;the Obama administration has already deported more "illegals"than any previous administration,has increased law enforcement(including National Guard troops)on our southern border,the decision to not prosecute members of the "new black panther party"was made by Bush appointees in the Justice Dept,top economists and watchdogs credit Pres. Obama's policies with pulling us back from another Great Depression,and, by taking the wars off the Bush credit card,it put those trillions in front of our faces.Even after the mess is cleaned up,it will go down in history as "Bush's Mess"(except maybe in Texas' revised textbooks)

August 30, 2010 at 12:14 p.m.
nickie said...

I never said that Bush was blameless in getting us into debt, but Obama takes the cake for tripling it. The Democrats were in control of the Senate and Congress for many of the Bush years. Bush and the Republicans paid for their free spending at the polls, and NOW it will be the Democrats turn to pay the price in Novemeber. Any wonder why they all all running away from Obama. I hope he campaigns for them all, as it worked out so well for him in VA, CT, and NY.

August 30, 2010 at 12:32 p.m.
FM_33 said...

Pay for care, get burn unit back

Erlanger hospital and T.C. Thompson Children’s Hospital have given free care for a long time to just about everybody who comes in. It is time Georgia and Alabama started giving back.

I worked there for 22 years, and I would put it up against any hospital in the country as far as having the best doctors and nurses. I am sorry they closed the burn unit because it was top notch.

If people started giving back to Erlanger they might be able to reopen the burn unit. Erlanger has a very good trauma unit so why do they not have a burn unit for a city this size? It comes down to money. So let’s all chip in and get Erlanger to open the burn unit by helping pay some of the bills.

H. BUDDY ROGERS

Red Bank


After that 40 million dollar federal case against Erlanger that hospital has never been the same ever since.

I know because i worked there at one time my self and my family works there as well.

May God help and bless the good decent workers of Erlanger.

August 30, 2010 at 1:03 p.m.
lkeithlu said...

"I never said that Bush was blameless in getting us into debt, but Obama takes the cake for tripling it."

actual numbers and sources would be nice

August 30, 2010 at 1:20 p.m.
rolando said...

Produce YOUR "actual numbers and sources" YOU feel support YOUR position, lk. Oh, that's right....you think you need not support your arguments.

August 30, 2010 at 2:05 p.m.
lkeithlu said...

Butt out rolando. This is not your conversation. However, if you agree with nickie that Obama has single-handedly tripled the debt (in his short stint in office) YOU can come up with the figures. You seem to agree with him, and the burden of proof is on him, since he made the claim.

August 30, 2010 at 2:26 p.m.
acerigger said...

TARP=Bush,,,,,,,,,,,,,, AUTO BAILOUT=Bush

August 30, 2010 at 2:43 p.m.
Francis said...

facts, numbers, history, logic, common sense...all the things that get in the way for liberals.

August 30, 2010 at 3:49 p.m.
lkeithlu said...

Francis, you have any evidence to support such a statement? If so, let's have it please.

August 30, 2010 at 4:17 p.m.
Francis said...

sure.....math according to obama: if you owe $2.00, then spend another $20.00 to reduce what you owe. where's the common sense, where's the logic, the numbers?

here's another one..."the bush tax cuts only help the rich"...well, i work for myself and i am not rich..but the bush tax cuts helped me to keep more money which i then pumped back into the economy and saved. so, there- fore it didnt' just help the rich......that's a fact.

and history....well...where to begin....i just dont' have the time. i'm a working american . how about this...feminists, who are almost exclusively liberal...... will die in order to preserve abortion...but ignore the brutal and heartbreak- ing abuse of women and girls by muslim men. which has been going on for about, what 1500 years?......that history seems to be lost on them.

i could write volumes on the evidence...but i need to work.

August 31, 2010 at 12:03 a.m.
lkeithlu said...

Francis, you need to learn what constitutes "evidence". You have provided nothing except what you "think". And working is an excuse? We all work.

August 31, 2010 at 3:55 a.m.
tnmoman said...

Aceriger, You drank the koolaid and have blinders on. Obama can do no wrong in your opinion. You must be one of the droans. Archie Bunker has nothing on you. The man has spent more of our great grand childrens money than all of the presidents combined. It will take 50 years to pay all of the bills he has made. His answer to everything is money. He doesn't have a clue how to create jobs, other than government jobs.

August 31, 2010 at 9:52 a.m.
acerigger said...

Nowhere have I said,or implied,that Pres.Obama can do no wrong.I care simply for the truth which I pointed out in the above post.You, however,seem to care only for your own opinions.

August 31, 2010 at 11:42 a.m.
Wilder said...

Acerigger says:

"The "facts"are;the Obama administration has already deported more "illegals"than any previous administration,has increased law enforcement(including National Guard troops)on our southern border...."

You may want to review your "facts" ace.

http://www.cis.org/articles/2010/259-259-vote-no-confidence.pdf

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/aug/9/agents-union-disavows-leaders-of-ice/

'Agents' union disavows leaders of ICE"

"The union that represents rank-and-file field agents at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has unanimously passed a "vote of no confidence" for the agency's leadership, saying ICE has "abandoned" its core mission of protecting the public to support a political agenda favoring amnesty."

August 31, 2010 at 9:44 p.m.
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