published Sunday, July 3rd, 2011

Conservative tenet is built on greed

Conservative tenet is built on greed

The Republicans are again wooing the so-called Religious Right. Religious? Possibly. Right? No way and certainly not Christian.

Jesus is the Great Physician, the Prince of Peace. He had great compassion for the poor, the sick, the downtrodden and the outcasts. He pronounced grave judgment upon the rich, the greedy, the self-centered and liars.

The conservative doctrine is built on greed. They lie about Social Security, Medicare, welfare, unions and any program that benefits the poor, the elderly or working people.

They say “We can’t afford those programs,” but they pour billions of dollars per month into senseless wars to destroy nations and kill thousands of people, then call themselves right-to-lifers.

The average person starts to work at age 18. He pays into Social Security about 47 years. If he lives to be 80 he pays into Medicare 62 years plus monthly premiums, deductibles and co-pays to cover 80 percent of the costs that Medicare approves. So why should these programs be broke?

Unless you die young, you will be old. Old age is cruel. It robs you of sight, hearing, mobility, often your mind and dignity. When you die you can’t take a penny with you.

EDNA TAYLOR

Canyon’s beauty must be saved

I appreciate Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar’s action to preserve the beauty of the Grand Canyon. This is one of the American landscapes which I have not seen yet and hope to before I pass on.

Thank you for your support to the values which we hold so dear.

IRENE W. DOWDELL

Post office erred by hiding mistake

On May 28, 2011, I sent off some checks to pay my bills.

On June 17, I found out that none of my checks were received.

When I called the post office, the only thing I was told was, “our machine must have eaten your mail, and there’s nothing we can do!” There were things the post office did. One: you ruined my credit. Two: you are not the one who has to pay all of the late fees (that wouldn’t have to be paid if your machine hadn’t eaten my mail).

Why didn’t the post office inform the public in some way that there had been a problem with the machines?

I won’t be using the post office to send any of my bills off again!

VERNA DONOHOE

Infection lawsuit penalizes us all

Every action or inaction we choose has potential risks attached to it.

Parents make decisions every day that put their child at risk. Driving them to the store or allowing them to ride a bike would be examples.

Engaging in contact sports or handling a shopping cart can expose you or your child to anything from the cold virus to MRSA.

The idea that negative events shouldn’t happen or must always be someone’s fault is not consistent with good sense or life in general.

It is unfortunate that a child has to be treated for the mycobacterium causing “fish-handler’s disease.” The bacteria causing it is widespread, but the disease is uncommon. It’s a good thing, too, or everyone with a fish tank would be treating a persistent skin infection.

No one should have to be told that there are bacteria in large tanks of water and on wild animals.

Just the act of suing the Tennessee Aquarium for an uncommon, unexpected infection that could have come from another source penalizes the aquarium, our community and other children who would love to touch a wild creature like a sting-ray.

SUZANNE CORRINGTON HAYS, M.D.

Not everyone has a computer

It will probably surprise you to learn not only do many of us not have a computer ... we don’t want one!

I find it so self-defeating to see ads in magazines and the newspapers that only provide “websites” (no 800 number or even mailing address). It’s silly for them to think everybody has a computer.

And who started charging “shipping and handling”? I wanted to order a T-shirt that cost $10 and they wanted to charge me $9 plus state tax, 9 cents on the dollar, to send it to me. I’ve stopped ordering anything that has S&H by the price. Pure greed. That’s all it is.

I love our public library. I love the smell of books. Especially on a rainy day.

My friend became so weary of driving to Cleveland to get his friend to come work on his computer that was always down, he moved the guy into his home, feeds him, gives him a free place to live, just to keep his computer up and going.

I read about the fears of a solar flare, predicted to fry every computer on Earth, and a study has shown that our young people can’t read or write in cursive. My country “tears” of thee.

ROBERT LEE BROWN

Missionary Ridge

Fleischmann fails to answer queries

On March 13, this paper carried an article quoting Rep. Chuck Fleischmann as telling the Pachyderm Club that “This country made the greatest mistake it ever made when it elected Barack Obama.”

I called Rep. Fleischmann’s office to question this remark and was told the best way to contact him and receive a reply was via email. I promptly sent an email to the congressman asking him if he indeed thought that electing President Obama was the “greatest mistake” that this country ever made.

I further asked if he thought it was a greater mistake than slavery, greater than denying women the right to vote for over a century, greater than mistakes that have needlessly cost the lives of brave servicemen and women?

In the four months since I wrote, I have called his office a number of times, but have received no response.

Rep. Fleischmann has had time to address numerous partisan political rallies, but has not found the time to answer a question from a constituent. I wondered when the congressman took office if we had elected a public servant or a politician. We obviously got a politician (and not a very good one)

AL EZZELL

Reneging on pact not a wise move

As the owner of a company in Tennessee, I am somewhat appalled at the unfair advantage given to Amazon being exempt from collecting sales tax.

However, Tennessee has had outstanding industrial growth during these hard economic times, and Amazon was assured of this deal before they started to build. Going back on that agreement at this point would reflect a great lack of integrity on the leadership of our state and very possibly deter other companies from locating here.

As far as the $128,000 the City of Chattanooga wants to spend for a website, have a look at McCallie.org, the website of McCallie School. It is a very well laid out and comprehensive website which is maintained by their students. Perhaps the city could work hand in hand with McCallie to create a class for credit for their students to handle the city’s website.

JOE KIRKPATRICK

Cleveland, Tenn.

We all just work for the taxman

“If you drive a car, I’ll tax the street,/If you try to sit, I’ll tax your seat,/If you get too cold, I’ll tax the heat,/If you take a walk, I’ll tax your feet” — George Harrison.

Instead of taking the nation hostage, how about taking the people hostage to the taxman?

I pay: federal income tax, state tax, local tax, property tax, Hall tax, FICA tax, Medicare tax, sales tax, phone tax, cable tax, electric tax, natural gas tax, water tax, gasoline tax, cigarette tax, liquor tax, car registration tax, airfare tax, taxi tax, railroad tax, bus tax, medical care tax, death tax, estate tax, toll roads tax, emissions testing tax, national parks tax, entertainment tax, tuition tax, foreign tax. Have I forgotten anything? Oh, I forgot ...

“Now my advice for those who die,/Declare the pennies on your eyes,/’Cause I’m the taxman, yeah, I’m the taxman,/And you’re working for no one but me.”

JOHN T. JOHNSTON

Signal Mountain

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Livn4life said...

John T. Johnston--the governments have to have their money...uh I mean the governments have to have OUR money!

July 3, 2011 at 6:55 a.m.
xyzyra said...

I think Ms. Edna Taylor has summed everything up to a perfection. The Republican Party has become the party of intolerance. Who exploit religion, faith and anything else for selfish gain. Declaring "I'm a conservative" no longer has anything to do with faith, religion, values and principles. The term seems to have become a sly way of declaring, "I'm a racist and proud! I hate everyone and anyone who doesn't look like me and subscribe to my ideology!" There's nothing Christ like nor Christian about today's Republican Party. President Lincoln and his then party would disown today's party. The party of Lincoln and Lincoln himself would have nothing in common with today's Republican Party. They're an embarassment to the nation. to God, to their party and all forward thinking Americans.

July 3, 2011 at 1:24 p.m.
Rivieravol said...

Edna and xyzyra, the world is divided into producers and parasites. The greediest people in the country are the Professional parasites on food stamps and welfare who have lived in public housing all of their life.

The Republicans believe in being responsible for your own life. Maybe the Dems who created the Welfare Society might try it sometime.

July 3, 2011 at 5:20 p.m.
Rational1 said...

The overwhelming majority of those so called parasites on food stamps and welfare are white. That does not bode well for their continued support of the present Republican party's philosophy. So much for looking out for your own.

July 3, 2011 at 6:45 p.m.
ceeweed said...

The poor will always be with us. I would rather support the poor than to support the rich. As a member of the working class, I am supporting both. And as a Christian, I don't need Republicans or Democrats telling me about God's Grace. We all need love and mercy.

July 3, 2011 at 9:42 p.m.
brokentoe said...

Rivierol, if you're really concerned about where you're tax dollars are going, you'll likely choke on the fact that one private university in particular received over "$445 million in federal financial aid money, according to the U.S. Department of Education." In fact, "over the past few years,_blank private university has raked in so much taxpayer money from the federal government that it is now ranked among the top ten universities in the United States receiving federal dollars. It is also Virginia's top recipient of federal money."fill in the blank. And the founder of the "private" univesity was the most openly critical of federally funded programs. Yet, thought nothing of having his hands deep in the pockets of the federal government.

The biggest recipients of your tax dollars are not the welfare and food stamps recipients. They're those corporated heads with those private jets, along with several estates and mansions, who regularly vacation around the world in some of the most expensive hotels while the rest of us are slaving away just to make ends meet.

I'd rather my tax dollars go towards helping some family living in public housing and receiving food stamps and much needed medical care than some big greedy fatKAT who's laughing all the way to the bank on my and your tax dollars.

July 3, 2011 at 11:01 p.m.
hotdiggity said...

-James 2:14-17 -James 2:26 -James 5:1-4 -Psalm 82 -Isaiah 10 1-3 -Genesis 4:9 (Guess this is how Ayn Rand felt).

Overall, Jesus talks about mercy to those weaker and needier than oneself 24 times, tells people not to judge others 34 times, tells people to love and forgive even their enemies 53 times, tells people to love their neighbors as themselves and treat others like you would want to be treated 19 times, and tells people to help the poor and/or spurn riches and the wealthy 128 times.

Guess Jesus would be considered a liberal today, and spate upon by the far right and Tea Party. Tell them to put their "Christ" back in Christian.

July 4, 2011 at 3:09 p.m.
chet123 said...

WHOS STEALING YOUR MONEY LIBERTARIAN....MAYBE YOU NEED TO FAULT YOUR HERO RONALD REAGAN(WHO OWN CHILDREN DISAGREED WITH HIM)TRICKLE DOWN, SENT OUR JOBS OVERSEAS,AND KILL THE TAX BASE...SO THOSE WORKING HAVE TO PAY MORE TAXES....YOU SHOT YOUR OWN SELF IN THE FOOT, FOOL!

AND JESUS TEACHING WAS MORE OF A SOCIALIST MODEL...WHETHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT!!!! IT WAS FAR,FAR,FAR FROM CAPILTALISM...JUST THE OPPOSITE....SORRY TO RAIN ON YOUR PARADE!...BUT THERE IS NO SANTA CLAUS OR EASTER BUNNY...GROW-UP FOOL!!!

July 5, 2011 at 11:37 a.m.
chet123 said...

HOTDIGGITY.....LIBERTARIAN CANT DEAL WITH THE TRUTH....HE WILL ARGUE AGAINST THE BIBLE....HES LIVING IN A MAKE BELEIVE WORLD...THE MAN HAVE AN EMPTY SOUL!!!

July 5, 2011 at 11:41 a.m.
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