published Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

Letters to the Editor

GOP actions threaten funds

Republicans would like nothing better than for Social Security and Medicare to fail and try to scare us by warning that both soon will go belly up.

When George W. proposed to “save” Social Security by privatizing it, he conveniently ignored two separate studies by the Social Security Administration Trust Fund Board of Trustees and the Congressional Budget Office projecting the fund as then constituted would remain solvent until at least 2042. It wouldn’t “go busted,” as Bush was fond of saying, even then, but would begin paying out more than it would be taking in. Due to Republican malfeasance, today it might go negative a liitle sooner.

Private retirement accounts have actually been available since 1974 in the form of tax-deferred savings accounts. But like other private investments, these are subject to the risks and uncertainties of the securities markets. Where would we be today if our retirement money had been privately invested in 2008?

When Bush got his Medicare prescription drug bill passed, he failed to fund one penny of the costs, thereby assuring an eventual Medicare shortfall. But with a little sacrifice and political will both programs can be made viable for the foreseeable future.

GEORGE B. REED JR., Rossville

Skillern remark a sad commentary

I’m no baby boomer. I was born in Montgomery, Alabama’s old South. I know the racists of that era — George Wallace, governor; Mack Butler, sheriff; Bull Conner, police chief, Birmingham; Ross Barnett, Mississippi governor; Mississippi Sen. Theador Bilbo; South Carolina’s Strom Thurmond; Gov. Orval Faubus, Arkansas, and Lester Maddox, Georgia.

I witnessed inhumanity upon “Negroes.” Not only the “colored” and “white” fountains and restrooms but fare being paid at the front door, then required to enter the back door to sit.

As a young boy, I witnessed a Montgomery policeman hold a gun to the head of a horrified, subdued “Negro.” Later in life, I saw two Birmingham policemen unmercifully beat a “Negro” in the rear seat of a squad car. I became sick. I understand racist and racism, and it’s not funny, Fred!

As a witness to and an active participation in the civil rights struggle, I feel compelled to react to Fred Skillern’s racist remarks.

In explaining why he didn’t invite the black commission member to his home to discuss county business, he laughingly said he couldn’t “cook barbecue like them n------.”

With this comment, Fred mooned Hamilton County; and to think, he’s the racist boss of the Republicans on the commission and school board. Sad!

WELDON R. MARKHAM, Member, Tennessee Democratic Party Finance Council

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brokentoe said...

Can't say for sure if the Republican Party intended to be the party of racial hatred, intolerance and division, but there's some sickness about the party that has brought out all that good old southern racism and bigotry to a level where they and their supporters to a comfort level where openly say what they once would only say behind closed doors.

June 1, 2011 at 7:55 a.m.
librul said...

And you libertarians have no sense whatsoever.

June 1, 2011 at 9:55 a.m.
carlB said...

Reply: Libertarians4Freedom, what does it matter where "racism" occurs? Why are you trying to put an excuse on the reason for "racism" continuing here in the "south" while trying to change the subject?

WELDON R. MARKHAM, is correct in his "refreshing" our memories of what occurred in the south. It is unfortunate "some people" cannot accept, that after years of their depressing of the "blacks" and yes,also the depressing of the "white trash," to see these people "beat the odds" and proved themselves to be more than capable of advancing above their "stereo typed" labels. We have to continue to improve the situations/conditions instead of regressing back to the days of greater division between the people.

What will happen to our workers if we continue to increase with the "class warfare" under this "global economy" and the "race to the bottom"?

June 1, 2011 at 10:27 a.m.
Livn4life said...

Why can't we stop mudslinging and get with the 21st century? There is racism, in case you haven't noticed, in a fallen world. There will continue to be racism and perhaps one day a race war. It does not have to be that way. The media blows things so out of proportion it is not funny. And brokentoe, if you think the Republicans are the only ones who spew hate, deceit, racism, sexism, intolerance and division, pal, you just are not paying attention. It's all over our country. No one is exempt from all that is spewing out. The division itself puts us in one of the most dangerous positions we have ever faced. Go ahead, blame one group, put the other one in power and nothing really changes. We need something deeper than what is being offered by the leadership in Washington. Think about that!

June 1, 2011 at 10:41 a.m.
sandyonsignal said...

Libertarian asks: since when is saying you can't cook BBQ like "them n----" is the same as civil rights, segregation, lynchings, etc? "

First of all, Commissioner Skillern's meeting was illegal. It violated the Sunshine Laws when he invited only the white commissioner to his home and not the blacks. This in itself calls for an investigation.

Secondly, he said an epithet in front of the Times Free Press Editor and then Commissioner Claude Ramsey, who is now our Lt. Governor, where's the outrage? Where's the condemnation from Claude? Or is it okay if you are a republican? No it isn't. It is repugnant and illegal any way you look at it. Our leaders have a responsibility to uphold the law over party, each and every time.

June 1, 2011 at 11:40 a.m.
sandyonsignal said...

It is a crime for public officials to meet in secret and not include all. The law is called the Sunshine Law. It is designed for transparency and clean government. It has been abused many times by this county commission, so it is no surprise you did not know it was illegal.

June 1, 2011 at 11:58 a.m.
Rivieravol said...

What Weldy doesn't mention is that all the discrimination he witnessed growing up was when the Democrats completely controlled the south. George Wallace, Bull Connor, John Stennis, Richard Russell and Ross Barnett were all Democrats. And up to a few years ago when Sheets Byrd dies, the Dems were still the only party with a Former Grand Kleagle of the KKK in office.

And of course we all know there is no such thing as a Black Democrat racist like the, Uh, Reverend Jackson, the uh, Reverend Sharpton or the uh, Reverend Wright.

June 1, 2011 at 12:40 p.m.
CarolinaGal said...

Either Democrats in TN and SC think alike or the Dem Party is sending out talking points for Letters to the Editor writers. They said almost the exact same thing in a SC paper.

June 1, 2011 at 11:20 p.m.
Leaf said...

It's not about political party, it's about character. Is Skillern a racist good-ole-boy who gives political appointments to his pals? I don't know him personally, but it seems like that might be the case. If so, he needs to go. This isn't the Old South any more, no matter how much some people wish it were.

June 2, 2011 at 11:41 a.m.
chet123 said...

SEE LIBERTARIAN POST OF JUNE 1 11:40

LIBERTARIAN4FREEDOM...PLEASE TELL ME WHAT PUBLIC OFFICE JEREMIAL WRIGHT HOLD...WHEN YOU FIND OUT LET HE KNOW AND I WILL VOTE AGAINST HIM......

THE OUT-RAGE PROBABLY WAS WHERE YOURS WERE AT WHEN REV. PAT ROBERTSON CLAIM THE BLACK PEOPLE IN HAITI HAD MADE A PACT WITH SATAN...AND THEY UNDER A CURSE....OOOOPS!.. SORRY TO REMIND YOU LIBERTARIAN....BOY ITS LIKE SHOOTING FISH IN A BARREL WITH YOU...AND EVERYBODY SEES IT...HOPE YOU DONT CHANGE YOUR NAME AND GO UNDERGROUND lol lol lol

June 2, 2011 at 12:49 p.m.
hambone said...

rivieravol, It's no secret, if all the old dead Democrats you named were living today they would be Tea Bag Republicans

And you left out Lester Maddox.

June 2, 2011 at 8:51 p.m.
moon4kat said...

It is very sad to hear of blatant, ugly racism in my home town of Chattanooga. Skillern should immediately lose his job for at least two reasons: 1. excluding board colleagues because of their race, and 2. blithely using a racial epithet to describe them. Skillern's actions, comments and continued presence on the board is a disgrace to this region, and very damaging to its reputation for progress.

June 4, 2011 at 7:50 a.m.
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