published Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

Letters to the Editor

America needs what Palin can provide

Sarah Palin is an American patriot dedicated to serving Christ the Lord and the America our founders envisioned.

Her vision for America is the same as the majority of Americans. If you need proof, refer to last November’s elections.

Regardless of the role she prayerfully follows, her impact on America’s bright future will be great and effective. If she chooses, Sarah Palin would be a great leader who could pull America out of the downward spiral the current administration in Washington has created.

We need real, private-sector jobs, less government spending, energy independence using our God-given natural resources, and a return to pride in America. We need proven, common-sense solutions, not failed idealistic socialist dreams. America remains the greatest hope for mankind.

The extreme liberal minority will continue to disparage Sarah and what she stands for. This is what they attempted to do to the great president Ronald Reagan. Their mantra on Reagan was “he is not bright like our elites.”

Don’t allow this minority to influence your love for the sacrifice of our founders and millions of military patriots. Continue to cling to your conservative values, your liberty, your faith, your guns and the Constitution of the United States of America.

MACK COCHRAN

Rising Fawn, Ga.



Relationships come through creation

It would have been good if in his inauguration day remarks Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley had first quoted Isaiah 64:8: “But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; we are all the work of thy hand.”

Then, being in a Christian church, he would have been free to acknowledge brotherhood among a born again people. A spiritual birth is what makes Christians, in a unique way, brothers and sisters.

Quoting Rev. C.I. Scofield, D.D., “the reference [in Isaiah] is to relationship through creation, rather than through faith.” As Christians through the blood of Jesus Christ we can come to God and receive from Him eternal life because we have been born into God’s family.

RACHEL DECOSIMO

Signal Mountain



McClure is there when you need him

When I heard Mitch McClure had entered the race for the District 3 seat, I felt it was my obligation to the people of District 3 to let them know how lucky they are to have a man of Mitch’s morals and integrity living within their district and willing to be their commissioner.

I was born and raised in Hamilton County in an era when if you looked someone in the eye and gave them your word on something, they could take it to the bank. A handshake was as good as any legal binding contract. When someone said, “Hey, if you need anything give me a call,” and when you called, guess what, they were there. Mitch has all these attributes and more.

Not only have I been a witness to the many positive community efforts Mitch has supported and been part of; my immediate family has been personally helped by Mitch in a time of need. Support Mitch McClure.

DON ABERNATHY

Sale Creek



Cohen attacks ‘the big lie’

Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., isn’t backing down from comments he made on the floor of the House comparing Republicans’ lies about health care to the lies of Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels.

“I meant what I said, that lies are wrong,” Cohen told TPM in a phone interview Wednesday.

Cohen said he wasn’t comparing Republicans to members of the Third Reich.

He did, however, see a parallel between the rhetorical strategies of GOPers in their march to repeal health care reform and those used on the people of Germany under the leadership of Adolf Hitler.

“It was a lie and that if you repeat a lie over and over again it doesn’t make it the truth, and that’s what Goebbels did,” Cohen said. “Goebbels is known for political propaganda, probably one of the most successful political propagandists whose philosophy was to lie, and if you repeat it over and over again then people will believe it. I did mention Goebbels because I thought about it and I’ve had people tell me ‘it’s just like Goebbels, it’s the ‘big lie’ you repeat it over and over and over again,” Cohen said.

WALTER M. BENTON

Signal Mountain



Take-home ban reduces security

Re: Police take-home cars:

This always seemed a good perk that benefited both the officers and the community. They need a perk because they are underpaid — very many have second jobs to support their families.

It is good of the mayor to offer to pay for his car. If these men and women made $100,000 per year, they probably would not complain either. This seems short-sighted.

Should Chattanooga have an emergency of great size and portent, I am sure the officers would respond as soon as they could drive across town and get their cars and then go to the scene. It seems penny-wise and pound foolish. What price security, the security of the city?

PAT PANTER



Red Bank will survive, move up

The finger-pointing in Red Bank has to stop. Several citizens are trying to better the city, and we will survive and be the best small city in Tennessee within the near future.

Commissioners like Ruth Jeno and City Manager Chris Dorsey attend all events in the area and work hard to promote the city. But there are others who do not have a clue how to run Red Bank, which is obvious.

Within the next few months, Red Bank Neighborhood Pride Association is working on a “vision,” and it is bad when the rest of the commission does not have a clue what is happening, while Dorsey and Jeno and new Commissioner Roberts actually seek to take Red Bank to a new level.

The officers of RBNPA will bring us back, and flourish we will, as Ruth Jeno runs circles around the rest of the commission. But a few just can’t wake up and actually attend meetings as they should.

I am sure new direction will be unveiled to the public soon. As the new Red Bank is born in 2011, you can follow Red Bank Neighborhood Pride Association on Facebook. Chime in if you have a good idea or are willing to join the revolution!

DAVID R. SMITH

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acerigger said...

Mr. Cochran, judging by your ignorance regarding the agenda of "The Quitter", and the incompetence of "The Gipper", I'd wager that you're among the 18-22% of Americans who still think that George W. Bush did a good job. I can only hope and pray that one day you can see beyond the propaganda and understand who these people really are.

January 25, 2011 at 7:06 a.m.
hambone said...

Mr. Cochran it is obvious you do not see what Half Governor Palin is all about.

Let me spell it for you.

M-O-N-E-Y!

January 25, 2011 at 7:56 a.m.
chattyjill said...

Preying Palin may wear her religion on her sleeve (like a hypocrite) but faith and piety do not equal economic intelligence or leadership. Maybe she could lead a congregation at a mega-church but that doesn't mean she is fit to lead America.

January 25, 2011 at 10:56 a.m.
Rivieravol said...

Nice try Walter. Once again you show your abject ignorance.

January 25, 2011 at 11:29 a.m.
acerigger said...

'Death Panels","government take-over", "job killing", NO lies there huh,ravioli?

January 25, 2011 at 1:20 p.m.
ibshame said...

If the election for President was held today and Sarah Palin was the Republican Candidate, she would definitely win the states of Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, and Louisiana. Now consider where those states rank when it comes to Education and you can see why she would win. Fortunately, she has about as much chance of winning the rest of the states as that poor moose she shot had of living. It's not going to happen.

January 25, 2011 at 2:49 p.m.
tnmoman said...

Sarah Palin might not be presidental material. However she has more patriotisum in her pinky finger than Obama and most of the Democratic party members. The majority of Americans still believe conservative leaders will be the only ones who can save us from the destruction of our economy. Here are some facts about your type of plan that will doom America. Professor Joseph Olson of Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul , Minnesota , points out some interesting facts concerning the last Presidential election:

•Number of States won by: Obama: 19 McCain: 29 •Square miles of land won by: Obama: 580,000 McCain: 2,427,000 •Population of counties won by: Obama: 127 million McCain: 143 million •Murder rate per 100,000 residents in counties won by: Obama: 13.2 McCain: 2.1
Professor Olson adds: "In aggregate, the map of the territory McCain won was mostly the land owned by the taxpaying citizens of the country.

Obama territory mostly encompassed those citizens living in low income tenements and living off various forms of government welfare..."

Olson believes the   United States  is now somewhere between the "complacency and apathy" phase of Professor Tyler's definition of democracy, with some forty percent of the nation's population already having reached the "governmental dependency" phase. 
If Congress grants amnesty and citizenship to twenty million criminal invaders called illegal's - and they vote - then we can say goodbye to the USA in fewer than five years.

When we are all waiting for a check to come in the mail, who will be making the deposits?

January 25, 2011 at 5:40 p.m.
sandyonsignal said...

TnMoman, It's too bad you can't recall the 2008 election. It was only a little over 2 years ago, because you have your facts wrong. First, there are 50 states plus Washington D.C. , not 48. Obama won: HI, CA, WA, OR, NV, CO,NM,MN, IA,WI,IL, IN, MI, OH, PA, NY, VA,NC, FL, VT, NH, MA, RI, CT, NJ, DE, MD, ME and DC. Looks like Obama had 29.

McCain won: AK, ID, MT, WY, UT, AZ, ND, SD, NE, KS, OK, TX, MO, AR, LA, MS, AL, GA, SC, TN, KY, WV McCain won 22.

Electoral count was Obama 365, McCain 173. Here's the link to it, you may want to send it to Prof. Olson since he doesn't seem to know his facts. http://elections.nytimes.com/2008/results/president/map.html

January 25, 2011 at 7:35 p.m.
Sailorman said...

"This chain e-mail is a hoax. The "statistics" are grossly incorrect, and Prof. Olson says he didn't write it."

In fact, very much the same one was used during the Bush-Gore campaign.

http://www.factcheck.org/askfactcheck/whats_the_deal_with_prof_joseph_olsons.html

BUT you're still nearly twice as likely to be murdered in Obama country. Interesting - or not.

"The murder rate for counties carried by Obama was 6.56 per 100,000 inhabitants, less than half the rate claimed in the message. The rate for counties carried by McCain was 3.60 per 100,000, much higher than claimed in the message."

January 25, 2011 at 8:22 p.m.
hambone said...

Tnmoman,

"Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please" Mark Twain

January 25, 2011 at 9:19 p.m.
Livn4life said...

A whole lot of jibberish and jabbering is going around these days. NO ONE on a national level has given any inkling that he or she is willing to put aside the political mumbo-jumbo of constantly campaigning long enough to do what it would really take to make this country better economically and otherwise. It all depends on whose propaganda you listen to and absorb by your personal biases for you to "see" how the Democrats will fix it all or believe the new/old Republican guard will do something different. All the while both sides hurl the word-bombs and character attacks at one another. The nation goes rickety-rack on, no real changes only continuing things which have not worked here or abroad and acting as if the one doing it now, though doing the same as past failings will make it work. We live in tough and sad times.

January 25, 2011 at 10:05 p.m.
ibshame said...

tnmoman wrote: "Obama territory mostly encompassed those citizens living in low income tenements and living off various forms of government welfare..."

Besides the fact your statistics still don't change the outcome of the 2008 election, the 15th, 19th, 24th, and 26th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution removed restrictions on voting based on race(15th) gender(19th) the ability to pay poll taxes(24th) and allowed 18 yr old citizens the privilege of voting in this country(26th). Low income and being on welfare cannot be a litmus test to determine if a citizen can vote. Maybe you should go back and read the Constitution and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. As for the so-called "twenty million criminal invaders" if their children were born in the United States their children are U.S. citizens according to the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Those children are to be afforded the same rights as any other citizen of this country. As much as you would like to roll the clock back to the "good ole days" of Jim Crow, Restricted voting rights etc. It's not going to happen. Get used to the fact, Obama will probably not be the last Black or Brown citizen to occupy the White House. Welcome to the 21st Century!!

January 26, 2011 at 9:15 a.m.
Ozzy87 said...

For the first time Livin4life and I are in complete agreement. Very well stated!

January 26, 2011 at 1:33 p.m.
noapathy said...

Attn:David Smith, according to your FB site during your campaign, you were pointing fingers most of all. So this article is really funny. The childish remarks from you while Millard was being sworn in were hard to sit near. "Someone needs to give him a breathalizer" I'm not surprised you didn't get the votes you needed and no wonder Millard doesn't attend the meetings. RBNPA has put a bad taste in many a citizen's mouth, esp during the last elections. I'm sure this group is an amazing bunch when working together for common goals in our area, a few snide mouths have basically tainted your invite to the meetings. From my own personal exp, the RBNPA has not invited open dialogue on the issues commonly discussed by RB citizens. Instead they argue back as if other opinions are not welcome. The former RBNPA president, Darin Wright called all citizens who dis-liked the traffic cameras "anti-Red Bank". I hope the new officers don't take her approach! The RBNPA were the main ones campaigning for the former mayor and their hand-picked candidates(like you and Ed LeCompte). This is the same group that followed other candidates around taking pictures (childish & petty/waste of everyone's time) and YOU were vowing to not rest until you got Millard fired for stuffing mailboxes....all the while patting yourselves on the back for this behavior. It's really the most uninviting group for those that might have differing visions for the town. Just because you disagree doesn't mean you don't belong, or heaven forbid are considered "anti-RB". This is the main projection that I have seen from this group. Millard and commission are trying to bring the community together. Not keep the divide that Glasscock, Jeno and the "priders" have created. Jeno attending every meeting in the history of RB doesn't mean she's running circles around anyone, it means she's sticking with her followers. Red Bank spoke on how they felt and the majority won out, Mary Ellen Sneed continuously states on the Pride site that Red Bank could have been great but since her husband was fired, it's not worth much anymore! I've never seen so many disgruntled members of a community, group together under the pretense of pride and alienate anyone that doesn't follow along with their opinions and choices. Glasscock started the RBNPA and now that he's gone, it doesn't serve the same purpose to RB's leaders anymore. RBNPA made it known that they did not vote for the current commission. Now they continue to criticize and act like children every time they don't get attn. I'm glad more of the same did not win out, most people actually thought for themselves. I don't mind being unpopular, I'm active in our community but not at the cost of belonging to this group....there's room for all of us and no one needs to feel bad for standing up for what they believe in.

February 2, 2011 at 3:43 p.m.
noapathy said...

BTW, The commission doesn't have to come to meetings. RBNPA should try to regain a good relationship with the community and get more involvement going with the citizens they have criticized for their views. The commission comes to the commission and chamber of commerce meetings, they are not required to show up at any pride meeting and it doesn't mean they don't have pride....but that is the general idea RBNPA promotes (or should I say they used to).

February 2, 2011 at 3:52 p.m.
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