published Saturday, July 16th, 2011

Editors just make up facts

LETTERS TO THE EDITORS

Editors just make up facts

Well, here we go again. We don’t have to worry about the editors of the Times Free Press hacking our phones or bribing police like the editors in London; here they just make up facts.

“Censorship at military funerals,” (Free Press editorial, July 14), is a nice little missive except there was no funeral involved. The Rev. Rainey was invited to a Memorial Day ceremony at the Houston National Cemetery. A ceremony for all Americans, not just the members of Rev. Rainey’s church, not just Christians but all Americans.

The editor’s facts are about as good as it’s a waste of money to redo a 19-year-old road surface up Signal Mountain highway.

BEN WALKER

Rocky Face, Ga.

Many agree with Thurman’s stances

State Rep. JoAnne Favors and her followers can’t seem to just face the truth!

Truth:

(1) Inner-city schools get too much attention and money without much payoff.

(2) Poor people learn.

(3) Slaves learned to read.

(4) All students are expected to learn.

Why do black people use the old clique “racist” when a situation or problem arises that doesn’t fit their agenda?

Why can’t we face the truth?

People from all over the country agree with Ms. Rhonda Thurman. Why should Ms. Thurman apologize or resign for talking truth and for expressing an opinion?

Why should Jim Scales be paid $300,000 for a failed job? To get out of town?

Local people should be sought.

All kids can and should learn.

JOE SHADOWENS

Trenton, Ga.

Government should do as the people

In response to the letter (July 11) saying “GOP’s intractable position on tax increases is unreasonable and infuriating,” I ask, “Why?”

If senior citizens who worked all their lives and paid into Social Security now have to cut corners in order to make ends meet because they haven’t had a cost-of-living increase in over two years while the cost of everything else has risen, then it seems our government could continue to function on the same revenue it received last year.

As for spending cuts, why does Congress mention cutting Social Security or Medicare before they consider eliminating their salary increases or start cutting their retirement benefits? Almost every corporation has had to trim their benefit package during this recession, and some had salary or hiring freezes. Has Congress? Why?

Maybe I’m naive about the workings of government, but it seems if the average citizen has to cut spending because of increased prices and less income, then the government could and should be able to do the same without taxing its citizens!

It’s not the radical right that is asking these questions. I’m a grandmother who votes for the person, not the party, and doesn’t like to see the direction our government is moving.

CINDY SHIPP

Thurman serves as a bad example

Rhonda Thurman has humiliated herself again and Hamilton County taxpayers and is a poor example for a county school board member. The issue of racism has been raised.

These are important issues for our children. However, taxpayers, parents and students need to be as concerned with the board’s actions:

  1. Changed the rules for hiring a superintendent so they could rush appointing Rick Smith. He knew he was already hired as he appointed staff before the vote was taken to name him superintendent.

  2. During a financial crisis for Hamilton County, they bought Dr. Scales’ contract for $300,000. Now, Smith, is laying off a number of teachers and employees in addition to other cuts to a school system that is performing poorly. The $300,000 could have saved some jobs.

  3. Recommend cuts to urban (inner-city) schools so that there is less education available, thus more unemployment and crime for those without training. This is our community and children.

Remember this at the next school board election — we need better qualified and forward-thinking members without the goal to not let in any “outsiders.”

DAVID S. GERSTLE

‘Littles’ have spree thanks to Academy

Last Tuesday evening, Academy Sports & Outdoors kindly invited several “Littles” (Big Brothers & Sisters) for a shopping spree to fulfill upcoming school clothing and accessory needs.

My “Little Sister” was thrilled to have three brand new stylish khaki and navy slacks, three gorgeous polo shirts and a brand new pair of brand-name tennis shoes gratis! We were even told if it “went over” our $100 limit, “It was no problem”! We have never had a store do this for us in the 21⁄2 years that I’ve been involved with BBBS.

Being a relatively new store locally, I wasn’t that familiar with Academy. The manager and staff were so kind and helpful and never once made us feel like it was a “charitable” event. They assisted with sizes and styles graciously. My “Little” walked away with a huge smile on her face, confident that on her anxiety-filled first day of middle school, she would look her very best wearing brand-new, quality clothes that otherwise she may not have been able to afford.

Thank you, Academy! I am now a loyal lifetime customer, and you can be sure the word will spread! Welcome to Chattanooga and Hixson and a huge kudos for helping our many “Littles” at Big Brothers & Sisters.

KAREN L. CHASTAIN

Hixson

Attitudes play role in approach

Rep. JoAnne Favors is a great and passionate leader.

She labors tirelessly for the advancement and improvements for our youth.

My understanding of her reaction to the statements made by Rhonda Thurman is understandable.

Before I offer mine, I submit that leaders of our children are more effective when they can and are willing to relate to them. Their attitudes play a major role in how they approach issues and situations. Without high expectation, faith and appropriate motivation, little progress is gained.

Rhonda Thurman seems unaware of even the part of her statements that refer to the poor people in her own family and how it provides so much information about herself. The part of a statement that includes, “... they are still expected to learn,” I’ll address, below:

When I read the word “they,” I see and hear separation and exclusion.

When I read the word “expected,” I also hear and see separation and exclusion. When I read the word “still,” I hear and see that ample investments in appropriate methods, resources and motivation utilized.

So, therefore as we make our decisions, let’s put those in charge who will accept their charge and that is for all of the children. And, then attitudes will improve, throughout.

EVA JO JOHNSON

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moon4kat said...

Ms. Shipp asks why government can't function without further taxing any of its citizens. Of course, taxation should be a sane and fair system that achieves sensible goals for the common good; there is work to be done on that front. And, we all must consider what we ask of government. If Ms. Shipp is hoping for a realignment of priorities, I agree. That is something we need to discuss as a nation of citizens. As far as taxes are concerned, asking the super rich to contribute seems reasonable to me. Some pay pitifully little in taxes, especially when you consider how disproportionately they benefit from the system we all created and support.

Most certainly, senior citizens should not have to suffer from the economic damage wreaked on this nation by Wall Street. I don't mind paying my share of taxes to have a country that protects its seniors, veterans, and children. I do, however, mind paying taxes to a system so corrupt that it lets the criminally rich ravage the rest of the nation without regulation or legal consequence. (And, on top of that, they don't want to pay taxes.)
Of course not all rich people are disreputable, mean-spirited Scrooges; nor are all politicians venal, smug narcissists. . . there just seems to be an awful lot of them.

July 16, 2011 at 3:43 p.m.
ukp77 said...

To Ms Shipp, Absolute refusal to consider any tax increases is a far right position just as a refusal by the Democrats to consider any spending cuts would be a far left position.

July 17, 2011 at 5:16 p.m.
chet123 said...

JOE SHADOWEN...THIS MAN HAVE SO MANY INACCURACIES...

INNER CITY SCHOOL NOT MUCH PAY OFF....HAVE HE HEARD CSAS...CSLA OR 21ACAMDEMY(RHONDA THURMAN CLOSED DOWN)....ALL HIGH RATE OF COLLEGE GRADUATE.....

BLACK PEOPLE USE RACIST WHEN SITUATION DONT FIT THEIR AGENDA..WHAT AGENDA?

WHY CANT WE FACE THE TRUTH?...Hmmmmm WHY CANT YOU? YOUR ABOVE STATEMENT ARE ALL LIES

SO PEOPLE FROM ALL OVER THE COUNTRY IS WATCHING CHATTANOOGA Hmmmmm MAYBE HE MEANT THE LOCAL COUNTRY STORE DOWN THE ROAD FROM HIM

LOCAL PEOPLE SHOULD BE SOUGHT Hmmmm HOW LOCAL Hmmmm HER BOY-FRIEND???? LOL LOL LOL

WHY SHOULD SCALES BE PAID 300,000 FOR A FAILED JOB...Hmmmmm WHO WAS THE DUMB BUTT THAT OFFERED IT TO HIM Hmmmmm I WANDER WHO???Hmmmmmm

POOR PEOPLE LEARN TO READ---SLAVES LEARN TO READ --- WHITE PEOPLE LEARN TO READ--- DOCTOR LEARN TO READ --LAWYERS LEARN TO READ--INDIAN CHEIF LEARN TO READ---....UGLY PEOPLE LEARN TO READ....SOUNDS RETARDED

JOE IS WRITING FROM TRENTON GA.....I THINK DADE COUNTY HAVE THEIR OWN PROBLEMS...DONT HEAR ANY YALES OR HARVARD CUM LAUDE NOR ROCKET SCIENTIST COMING OUT OF THERE JOE...TAKE CARE OF YOUR OWN PROBLEMS

July 18, 2011 at 3:31 p.m.
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