published Monday, July 11th, 2011

President not like Fleischmann

LETTERS TO THE EDITORS

President not like Fleischmann

Reference letter to the editor July 1, “Description fits the president.”

  1. “The rookie has kept a low profile.” No. The president has worked like a dog to keep a high profile.

  2. “He has shown little initiative.” (Ha). No one has shown more initiative than President Obama.

  3. President Obama goes out on a limb trying a different road. He’s on the right road.

  4. President Obama does act decisively and quickly.

  5. President Obama does not rubber stamp either Democrats or GOP.

  6. President Obama has been very flexible.

  7. President Obama ran on and is running on the people’s needs.

  8. President Obama has an eye on the next election (yes, he does).

The eight points the writer listed shows she’s right in the list of facts about Chuck Fleischmann. So how in the world is he (by the writer’s own assessment) like our president?

JOHN R. BLOXSON SR.

Dayton, Tenn.

Don’t let handful of people prevail

The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution forbids Congress from interfering with a citizen’s freedom of religion, speech, assembly and petition.

A handful of people have threatened Congress with a lawsuit if it doesn’t stop prayer in our schools, assemblies and sporting events. They said it was “unconstitutional” to post the Ten Commandments in our government buildings. When we pledge our allegiance to the American flag, they don’t want us to say “under God” for which it stands.

An article in the newspaper tells me this same handful of people is, again, threatening to sue the state over a law that will make it a crime to post an image online that causes “emotional distress” to any individual. They said “this law violates the First Amendment.”

Is that not what they have done with all their threats?

Another question is, do the Ten Commandments, and the words “under God,” and prayer cause this handful of people “emotional distress”?

This isn’t “emotional distress,” it’s conviction. And one day they will have to stand in judgment before God and answer to all the trouble they’ve caused Congress and the Christians of America.

And, by the way, I will personally pray for these people. God loves everyone.

DENA SMITH

Dunlap, Tenn.

Thurman’s attitude calls for resignation

Racism has no place in Hamilton County’s school system.

School board member Rhonda Thurman’s remarks quoted in the Sunday newspaper (July 3) show a biased to racist attitude not denied by her. She should resign from the school board.

Just because she raised herself up by her bootstraps doesn’t mean everyone has the same family support where, quote, “they are still expected to learn.”

Her family may have been poor, but probably her home was not hurt by such impediments to learning as an absentee parent, erratic or no family income, violence in the neighborhood or even home. For many inner-city students she so dismisses, such impediments are a part of daily life.

I agree with the list of resources listed in the Friday Times editorial to help raise the learning level of disadvantaged students. The most important one is “outreach to parents to make them more effective first teachers.” Without such support on a daily basis, all the other resources probably won’t be enough.

I was lucky. I had that support and expectations from my parents. So did Rhonda Thurman. Not every student is so lucky.

Be dedicated to helping all students reach their potential, or don’t be on the Board of Education.

JOHN HUBBARD

Stand against officials’ bigotry

I commend the Times editorial page staff for its passionate and eloquent July 6 editorial about public education and racism in Hamilton County. Now is the time to stand up to the bigotry of some of our elected officials.

I am grateful for the support given to students in the inner city by private groups such as the Benwood Foundation.

That some of our schoolchildren are burdened by dysfunctional home situations such as single parents and other issues should not be looked upon by anyone as reasons for white racists to gloat or to chortle.

There must be an effort by the Hamilton County Commission and the county school board to find ways to see to it that parents who are indifferent to their children’s education be forced or encouraged to do something positive.

Finally, I urge the Hamilton County Commission to reinstate full funding for the Hamilton County Health Department, the Hamilton County Human Services Agency and the University Clinic. With all the property taxes it gouges from city residents it could be done, especially if the commission shifts funds from building more predominantly white schools in rural areas.

HARRY GELLER

Republicans need to compromise

Succumbing to tea party pressure, the Republicans refuse to compromise with the Democrats in the present budget crisis. The GOP’s intractable position on tax increases is unreasonable and infuriating.

On an issue of dire importance, the Republicans should consider the general political position of the American electorate. That position is clearly in the center as the country is roughly split between the two parties.

This means compromise! This means save your ideological battles for another time and represent the broader will of the American people rather than the narrower will of one contingent of your party.

If the Republicans continue to support the demands of one extreme group within their party, they soon will begin to suffer at the polls. A GOP co-opted by its extreme right wing will not be tolerated for long by a politically centrist nation. Maintaining their obstinate position and allowing a default will further frame the GOP as a philosophically extremist party and more importantly and much more damaging, a pragmatically extremist party.

The Democrats have defied their far left wing by agreeing to spending cuts. The Republicans should do the same concerning their far right wing and agree to some form of revenue increase.

KEN PAGE

Ray is a credit to community

Kudos on the article on Amanda Ray (July 5). What a great testimony to determination and just plain courage.

How I wish our young people would idealize someone like this rather than athletes and rock stars, some of whom have no moral compass at all.

The entire city of Chattanooga should be proud of a citizen like this. She is a credit to our community and a shining star who deserves to be honored for her wonderful achievements.

SUE S. JORDAN

Hixson

Smith needed competition

When I moved here in 2003, I soon became aware of a feud between Dr. Jesse Register, some school board members and a few county commissioners.

When Dr. Scales was hired, I knew he was in for a rough time when Rhonda Thurman voted against hiring him.

Now, it appears we have had to lower the criteria for a new superintendent so the bullies on the board can hire Rick Smith with no competition (removed doctoral degree requirement).

I have never lived in a community where someone with aspirations to be the school superintendent did not take the time to get a doctoral degree.

The board’s decision not to conduct a national search tells me that the “good ole boy” network is alive and well within the school board.

This goes against everything this community should stand for in a world economy with foreign companies relocating here and spending billions. Competition breeds excellence and Mr. Smith should have had some competition for the position.

If I had school-age children, they would be in private school. Our politics in this city are looking more like Memphis every day.

GEORGE A. HUDSON

Hixson

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librul said...

That's not a blog spot, it's a blog stain.

July 11, 2011 at 10:03 a.m.
LibDem said...

So, Dena Smith, it's your position that the majority can ostentatiously display its religious icons in government buildings. How original.

You can insert anything you wish into the pledge, just don't try to force me to repeat. You can pray where you wish, just don't force me to listen. Please feel free to place your religious paraphernalia anywhere other than government facilities which my taxes support. It's just a matter of courtesy.

July 11, 2011 at 10:08 a.m.
chioK_V said...

Lib4 said: if slaves can learn to read, anyone can learn to read. ======================================================

If your and Rhonda's analysis hold true then all we white people should be rocket scientist and wealthy beyond the imagination. After all, we've had centuries of preferential treatment in education and jobs, yet there are illiterate and poor white people who can't read. But you two and the others hiding behind Rhonda's hairspray bottle will always be obsessing over black people. It must be some kind of a contagious mental sickness that, beginning with Rhonda, spreads from one Rhonda cheerleader to the next.

July 11, 2011 at 10:08 a.m.
chioK_V said...

Harry Geller wrote: *that parents who are indifferent to their children’s education be forced or encouraged to do something positive."


Your letter is a positive approach. I only disagree with the above sentence. It's not as cut and dry as parents who are indifferent to their children's learning. There are indifferent parents some of the better schools in Hamilton County and throughout the nation. Yet, the children continue to learn.

In my own previous observations I learned that somw schools and teachers are not receptive to parents being involved. In fact, some have been outright hostile to parents trying to get involved, although they will tell the public and media that parental involvement is the missing link in inner city schools.

I do believe in your suggedtion that encouraging involvement is a good thing. However, I do not beieve in forcing involvement. That kind of leads up to how the minds of the beholders will force the issue, which often leads to more problems rather than solving them.

In the inner-cities, no different than the suburbs, there are parents who are working second and third shift jobs, only with lesser pay in the inner-cities. Some are working two and more jobs just to make ends meet. Unfortunately, our public school system hasn't caught up to that fact yet. Public schools are still locked in the 1950s when mom was at home all day and the school house was right down the street. The teacher or principal would actually make home visits, sometimes by foot, to personally see why junior or missy didn't show up for class that day. That closeness to the community and those option no longer exist, especially for poor students.

July 11, 2011 at 10:25 a.m.
Livn4life said...

LibDem, my taxes help support those government facilities also. I say pray, I say put up religious paraphenalia where ever free Americans decide to do so. But no.....you want to nix the freedom of religion for the many because of a-religion for you and for the few. You have a right to no-pray, no-look etc.Neither you, nor any other falsely called liberals(which means supporting freedom for all)have a right to arrogantly pretend your rights are more important than we poor little religious "righties" who don't know this from that. Just remember pal, we pay taxes just as you do. Now go get a judge to rule me out of order. That's the way socalled libs operate.

July 11, 2011 at 1:11 p.m.
LibDem said...

Livn4life: Maybe the problem is the lack of a generally accepted definition of 'religion'. If you consider secularism to be a religion, then advocating neutrality for government facilities is indeed promoting a religion. It's a Catch 22: There's not enough space to display the symbols of every conceivable religion and removing the symbols is a religion in itself. A conumdrum.

July 11, 2011 at 2:58 p.m.
LibDem said...

indian: I'm a US citizen, served in the US Army, pay my taxes and have given many hours volunteer service to government agencies. I don't plan to leave.

Now, rationally: The Commandments prohibit murder, lying and stealing which are matters addressed by our courts. These rules existed in ancient Greek and Roman cultures without benefit of the Commandments. These are natural rules of morality which benefit humans, not deities. The remaining Commandments relate to matters not addressed by our code of laws. These other rules have no place in courts. What is there purpose in courthouses?

July 11, 2011 at 5:24 p.m.
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July 13, 2011 at 12:52 p.m.
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