published Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

Letters to the Editors

Paul would return powers to people

With the congressional approval rating hovering in the single digits and our leaders in Washington never missing a chance to point fingers across the aisle, I ask you to take a close look at Ron Paul for president.

Paul has moved into the lead in Iowa because the people there have taken the time to hear him speak of an out-of-control Congress and an executive branch granting itself unconstitutional powers. His message is a simple one: Return the powers not delegated to the federal government through the Constitution to the individual states.

Imagine for a minute your vote being 1 of 6.5 million Tennesseans as opposed to 1 of 310 million Americans. Imagine being able to seek regress in Nashville or at the 3rd District headquarters and not being told it is a federal issue . Wouldn't you rather have that kind of voice at the state level instead of the current choice of a recent college grad vs. trial lawyer at the federal level. This is what a Ron Paul's presidency is about, returning the powers to the people.

The Tennessee primary is March 6. I hope to see you there.

DAVID J. HAYNES



Religions create many problems

I would like to commend Gwynne Dyer for his thoughtful commentary in this newspaper on Dec. 25, titled "Religion's false equation."

It took courage for Mr. Dyer to share these thoughts in a newspaper that is loaded with religious chatter, especially in the editorial sections.

Religion has almost become a third party in our government now. Those humans who enjoy a free society should understand that it is the religions of the world that help create wars, encourage abuse of women and promote the end of freedom of choice in more ways than the one that is most focused on: abortion.

Our community is one of diversity now. I would like to see this newspaper reflect that more. I welcome more enlightened commentaries as Mr. Dyer's. We are all evolving as a species; it's called evolution. Religion slows that down. If a species cannot evolve with the changing times, it will perish.

LOU McKENZIE

Sale Creek, Tenn.



Erlanger problems bleed throughout

Why is Erlanger having problems?

I was sent for two tests a while back. Based on my medical background, I questioned the sequence of the testing and was assured it was OK. When I got to my second test I was blessed out by the tech for making her schedule late. I wrote Erlanger and heard absolutely nothing back. I went to Erlanger Thursday for simple blood work. I waited an hour and a half to have three small tubes of blood drawn.

The tech spent as much time talking to the person at the desk as drawing patient's blood! I was told to make an appointment next time. I am an ASCP registered medical technologist who hasn't practiced in many years and I could have cleared the entire waiting area in less than 15 minutes. That is just a fraction of what is wrong with Erlanger.

They have a severe management problem that bleeds down to the staff. Start by laying off managers who don't care and stop acting like a typical indigent hospital.

JAMIE BUTTS

Ooltewah

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moon4kat said...

Thank you, Mr. McKenzie, for your comments. I agree that the TFP is over-loaded with junk that panders to the gullible who believe the mythology spun by religious establishments, and who try to force everyone else to believe in their fairy tales. Give us a real newspaper; let the churches do their own sales jobs.

December 28, 2011 at 8:22 a.m.
Livn4life said...

You know, I get really tired of all the religion blamers in our society. It is instead the fallen human condition, not which god or leader or force or wind being followed. In response to human fallenness comes the desire for power, wealth, control and dominance. That is a religion itself and may be manifested in a variety of the so called world religions which have led to atrocities.. Here is the clincher regarding true Christianity; it is a lifestyle which seeks to emulate that of Jesus Christ. All you non-religionists who take the anti-christian approach just don't get it. There is no real malice toward you or anyone else from ones who are true disciples of Christ. But you use the misguided intentions of the judgmental and overbearing pretending professors to dismiss any who claim Jesus Christ. If you guys want to take away Christ then let's just all quit Christmas altogether and go on with life as if the Christ event/mythical fairytale to some of you good people, never occurred and does not matter. By the way, then Dec. 25th HAS TO BE ANOTHER WORK DAY!

December 28, 2011 at 10:11 a.m.
chattyjill said...

So in your reasoning, nonbelievers better start believing or else you will take away a vacation day. Goooooo Jesus!

December 28, 2011 at 11:05 a.m.

I'll trade a day working in December for another one in a better month, like June, or April. Which would be closer to the likely actual date anyway.

I know you're afraid people will celebrate Saturnalia, but so what if they do?

December 28, 2011 at 12:28 p.m.
HiDef said...

You know, I get really tired of all the religion blamers in our society

I get tired of all the religious injectors in our society.

In response to human fallenness comes the desire for power, wealth, control and dominance.

Their called politicians and most of them identify as Christians.

If you guys want to take away Christ then let's just all quit Christmas altogether and go on with life as if the Christ event/mythical fairytale to some of you good people, never occurred and does not matter. By the way, then Dec. 25th HAS TO BE ANOTHER WORK DAY!

It is another work day for: police officers, firefighters, nurses, doctors, air traffic controllers, pilots, hospitality workers and the list goes on. Both my wife and I worked on the 25th and it didn't bother me one bit. I've always thought it was strange that the gov't gave special consideration to celebrating christmas and making it a holiday. It does seem to be endorsing and favoring one religions holiday doesn't it?

December 28, 2011 at 12:32 p.m.
Rickaroo said...

I, too, was glad to see Mr. Dyer's letter in the paper, just as I'm glad to see this one from Mr. McKenzie. I like to read anything that sheds light on the truth about the big lie of religion and the Bible and Christianity in particular.

The Bible is so filled with blatant fallacies, contradictions, and preposterous cartoonish tales that any young person of thinking age can see how absurd it is. Yet, in the name of "faith," grown men and women are encouraged to keep believing the reality of it, all for the sake of "salvation." As thinking adults, we are expected to use our logic and cognitive skills in every aspect of our lives, but when it comes to religion, many people just throw their reason out the window and wrap themselves in a fairy tale, for the express purpose of having their deepest and most desperate wish granted - that of eternal life.

“Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blind-folded fear.” - Thomas Jefferson

December 28, 2011 at 12:47 p.m.
librul said...

It's a real eye-opener to read the personal narratives published on Pharyngula on how people came to their senses and dumped religion. Blogger-emeritus P.Z. Myers has been publishing them out of hundreds (or thousands) at random for a couple of months now and they are all quite cogent. Look back through the site archive and you will probably find one you yourself could have written.

http://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/

"When one person suffers from a delusion it is called insanity; when many people suffer from a delusion it is called religion." - Robert Pirsig (1948-)

December 28, 2011 at 1:32 p.m.
AndrewLohr said...

One of the great features of our somewhat Christian country is that atheists, though happily welcome here, are free to move to atheistic countries if they really believe atheism produces good government. North Korea, anyone? A candle at the icon of Stalin?

And C. S. Lewis and Viggo Olson, among others, were atheists who became Christians. The road to Hell can be a two-way street. "Christ died for our sins"--who can top that for love? "rose again the third day"--who can top that for power?

December 28, 2011 at 11:58 p.m.
lkeithlu said...

One of the great features of our somewhat Christian country is that atheists, though happily welcome here, are free to move to atheistic countries if they really believe atheism produces good government.

Two points, Mr, Lohr: Atheists are hated and distrusted in the US more than any other group, including Muslims. Most European countries are atheist in most ways. Religious countries such as Iran suffer far more, and North Korea IS religious: they worship their leader as a god.

Atheism doesn't produce good government, Andrew. Freedom does. Freedom to worship (or not) any way you wish. Freedom from the majority sect imposing their beliefs on everyone else. The particular faith of our leaders should not be an issue, unless they make it an issue by declaring their intentions to rule according to its particulars.

I would want my leaders to follow the US Constitution, not the Torah, Koran or Bible.

December 29, 2011 at 8:03 a.m.
ceeweed said...

Can't we all just worship Ron Paul?

December 29, 2011 at 8:17 a.m.
HiDef said...

And Andrew, if theocracies were such a successful way to run a government we'd have more left in the world than just, umm who's left, Iran maybe?

December 29, 2011 at 9:35 a.m.
Rickaroo said...

"One of the great features of our somewhat Christian country is that atheists, though happily welcome here, are free to move to atheistic countries." - ALohr

What baloney. Like lkeithlu said, atheists are more despised and distrusted here than practically any other group of people. What chance do you think an atheist would have if he/she were to run for president, or any public office, and openly declare their atheism? NONE. It is even in the Constitution that religion, or the lack thereof, shall not be a determinant for public office. Yet, today, there is an unwritten law that says that you must be religious, preferably a Christian, or else fuggitaboutit.

December 29, 2011 at 1:41 p.m.
chet123 said...

DID YOU SAY PAUL WOULD RETURN POWER TO THE PEOPLE?????

ISNT THAT CODE TALK????? WHICH MEAN THE MAJORITY WILL TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE MINORITY...THIS IS THE HISTORY OF AMERICA!!!!

IT SOUNDS GOOD AT FIRST...BUT WHEN YOU REMOVE THE ONION LAYERS YOU WILL SEE ALL ITS FLAWS....THIS HAVE ALREADY BEEN TRIED....IT DIDNT WORK FOR AMERICAN IN GENERAL....ONLY THE RULING PEOPLE

THANKS GOD FOR GOVERNMENT....

IT IS SAID THE ONLY THING WORSE THAN A BAD GOVERMENT IS NO GOVERNMENT!!!!!

ANOTHER RIGHT-WING REPUBLICAN MYTH SHOT DOWN!!!

December 30, 2011 at 12:15 p.m.
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