published Sunday, August 26th, 2012

'Nowlin ran a positive race' and other letters to the editor

Nowlin ran a positive race

I want to thank Mike Nowlin for running a very clean, positive race for the District 1 seat for Georgia. Although he did not receive enough votes to get in office, he won big time. He showed us how to conduct ourselves as a Christian running for a political office. He was able to witness while visiting homes and businesses for many months on a daily basis.

When God closes one door He opens another. I'm anxious to see what He has in store for Mike in the coming months. Again, Mike, thank you for being a great example to all of us including your five granddaughters. Looking forward to see those red and white signs back out on the roadside and in yards again soon.

DOROTHY BROWN, LaFayette, Ga.


Weapon stirs uneasiness

My wife and I were eating at Ryan's in Hixson on Aug. 17 and in walked this man (about 75 years old) who sat across from us. He had a western six-shooter strapped to his right hip. He must have thought he was Gene Autry or Roy Rogers. It didn't faze him that people were watching him.

I know that hundreds of thousands of Tennesseans have permits to carry weapons, but few of them go around with them strapped to their leg. If a policeman had seen him, would he have asked for his permit? Many people feel uneasy when they see someone carrying a weapon like that.

JIM L. WILSON


Democrats wrong about Medicare

I am a senior citizen and receive Medicare. I am angry about the misinformation, kindly put, spread by Democrats.

Medicare is going broke. The neutral Congressional Budget Office projects the hospital part of Medicare will be bankrupt by 2024. That would mean no Medicare.

Republicans don't want to eliminate Medicare.

No one will be forced off Medicare by the Romney-Ryan ticket. Changes do not apply to persons age 55 (born in 1957) and earlier. Vouchers will not replace Medicare. They will be offered to those under 55 when they become eligible. They may take the voucher or choose conventional Medicare.

The original Ryan plan became legislation co-sponsored by Democrat Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon. This bipartisan legislation passed in the House, but failed in the Senate; no surprise there.

The Romney-Ryan plan will return the $716 billion taken by Obamacare and make some needed changes to preserve this much-needed program. Senior citizens, don't take my word, or that of Democrats. Do your own research. Make up your mind, based on fact, and vote for Romney-Ryan in November.

HORTON HERRIN, Dalton, Ga.


Romney has paid taxes that are due

I am sick and tired of people questioning how much Romney paid in taxes. It's none of our business what he paid, and it has nothing to do with his ability to lead.

Romney has earned money and has legally paid the taxes due. The taxes are based on the requirements of the Federal Tax Code (FTC), and the same rules apply to you and me. If he didn't follow the requirements of the code he would be dogged to pay back taxes, and that would be big news. If we don't like the FTC, we should push our lawmakers to advocate change.

In my opinion, this country needs a businessman to run it and a businessman to get us out of this mess, not a community organizer. Romney would bring a fresh new economic perspective to the mix.

This tax issue is an Obama/Democrat ploy to draw our attention away from the miserable record amassed over the last four years. They have nowhere else to turn. Obama has been dishonest, deceitful, nonpartisan -- and unlike what candidate Obama promised about transparency, his administration has been just the opposite. Don't be distracted. We have work to do in November.

PAUL PEPI


Focus on violence, not prostitutes

Periodically as I peruse the goings-on of the Chattanooga Police Department, most often I am proud and feel for the stress and strain that the job requires.

What I can never understand is the steady and obligatory big "busts" features of area escorts and prostitutes. While I see prostitution can be a public nuisance on the streets, it bothers me to hear of undercover sting operations behind closed doors.

We have a rapidly growing reputation for gang activity, drugs and violent activity in the city of Chattanooga, yet these select officers are excitedly taking turns booking appointments in private hotel rooms to meet, talk and sometimes sexually engage in a single girl's effort to make a living in a private room to do something that is legal in half the world.

All for what? A big headline? A big bust? It feels cowardly that they don't deliver the big gang busts that threaten our businesses and truly threaten our citizens, and it feels as if CPD is just trying to get some brownie points to bully and scare a defenseless girl possibly for their own enjoyment.

How about really protecting us and stop dating on the job.

TODD WEBBER


Drop incumbents to enact changes

Someone enlighten me on what I'm missing. The rhetoric is how much this president has wasted taxpayers' money since he took office. According to Article 1 of our Constitution, all bills and revenue will originate in Congress. Our so-called terrible entitlements originated in Congress.

Here is the kicker: we have had 36 years of Republican presidents and 24 of Democrats in the last 60, these years being when most of our entitlements and welfare laws got started. Presidents have the power to influence Congress with these laws, but Congress has the purse strings.

The closest we came to reforming some of the waste in our welfare system was with a Democrat president. You say it was a Republican Congress, and you're right. So fast forward to the present. After only two years of this president trying to clean up the mess he inherited, the voters got impatient and elected a Republican Congress of which we have now. So who spends the money, the president or the Congress? Has the Constitution been changed? Could it be both parties are at fault?

The change we need is to vote out all incumbents until we get the changes we can live with.

JACK PINE, Dunlap, Tenn.


Following tax code is acceptable

Since when is knowing your way around the U.S. tax code an argument against the integrity or honesty or political viability of anyone?

I am not a great fan of either presidential candidate, but Obama's latest ad that ends with a picture of Mitt Romney and the phrase, "chances are you pay a higher tax rate than him," is offensive on several levels, not the least of which is the obvious misuse of the pronoun. The wonks who chose to do so have assumed that an ad promoting class warfare should not use correct grammar. It is patently offensive to anyone who may be struggling to make ends meet but still believes in the American economic system and proper education.

The disparity in our tax code is a strong argument for a flat tax, but Mitt Romney did not write or endorse that code; he simply understands it and uses it to his own advantage. Which one of us would pay more taxes than we legally owe?

BECKY WOOLEY


Obama makes fool of whole country

This is to all those yellow dog Democrats who think so much of the president we have now. Why did we seniors and disabled persons not get a raise on our Social Security checks from the time he went into office until the next election year? But he gave the federal workers who make $75,000 and up per year a big raise.

You write letters to the editor wanting Romney to show all of his tax records for years past yet no one is pressing for Obama to show his legal birth certificate, his college records, etc. Obama doesn't want anyone to see anything of his past records and has spent millions protecting them because they would show he is not an American citizen by birth and that he has made a fool of this whole country.

All he does is stay on vacation and sign executive orders the minute Congress recesses because he can't come up with a good bill or a budget that the lawmakers will pass.

DOVER BEAVERS, Ellijay, Ga.

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HORTON HERRIN, that's one way to view it. Then you consider that Democrats are trying to fix Medicare, but not by applying empty offers of voucher programs, and with the recent lies from the Romney-Ryan camp about "Obama" stealing from Medicare with reasonable cuts to reduce waste, that they supported themselves, why should we believe them and their obvious lies? Why should we believe you?

PAUL PEPI, actually it is relevant to his ability to lead. A leader who won't reveal the information that would allow us to verify the story he tells us about his business performance isn't much of a leader. Yes, I know Romney would rather attack Obama than present his credentials, but you know what? He doesn't always get what he wants.

A businessman should know better. A honest one anyway.

JACK PINE, unfortunately we can't really expect to vote incumbents out with the way districts are set up and the lack of any kind of recall. Heck I doubt Fleischmann will even show up at a debate.

BECKY WOOLEY, since we realized that there were people who would follow the letter of the law to give themselves an advantage at the expense of other people. I would say this probably occurred during the time of Hammurabi.

Which one of us would seek loopholes in the law, and why should that person be elected to the Office of President? Wouldn't your standard by supporting the country, not finding ways to take advantage of it?

DOVER BEAVERS, in reality, those raises were scheduled under the Bush Administration and the Social Security benefits are adjusted according to a long-established law that sets their rates. But apparently you're arguing that President Obama hasn't tried to buy your vote?

And this is a problem?

Obama's birth certificate has been released, and verified by the state of Hawaii. Birthers reject it because they need to believe that Obama isn't an American. And that shows why your request isn't legitimate. As for why you want his college records, that's for the same reason. On the other hand, the people who want his tax records haven't demonstrated the delusional level of insanity you have. So you know what? We've actually got a good argument. You're just babbling. As usual.

But you're right, he won't come up with anything that the lawmakers will pass, because the Republicans (especially the Tea Party Stalwarts) would reject a good bill, much like the rejected their own ideas when he proposed them. They don't want him to succeed. They don't even want good ideas to be passed. Because it won't score them political points. That's why they poison their own bills.

August 26, 2012 at 12:28 a.m.
moon4kat said...

Paul Pepi and Becky Wooly naively believe whatever Romney says about paying taxes. I'm not so naive or careless about whom I vote for.
If there were no disgruntling issues hidden in Romney's tax returns, he would release them. But, he won't, although every other Presidential candidate in recent memory has done so. Romney is hiding too much about himself. As a responsible citizen, I want to know more about candidates for the Presidency of this nation.

August 26, 2012 at 9:25 a.m.
ORRMEANSLIGHT said...

CONCLUSION: Hey Todd,

All Vice Industries are just that...'Vice Industries'. Inherent within prostitution is many other vile defilements upon society. What fuels/promotes the dangerous, illicit drug industry? Prostitution. What entraps, and, empowers unethical governmental officials? Prostitution. What spreads most every known, and, even unidentified deadly disease? Prostitution. What praises, and, perpetuates the disdain, and, insult to womanhood? Prostitution. What brings innocent babies into the deranged, cruel world of 'no chance to suceed'? Prostitution. Jesus Christ of Nazareth, Our Saviour, and, Lord God of Hosts has declared, (Through His Saints)

2 Timothy 2:22

"Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart."

Holy Bible Scripture:... "If thou be wise, thou shalt be wise for thyself: but if thou scornest, thou alone shalt bear it. A foolish woman is clamorous: she is simple, and knoweth nothing. For she sitteth at the door of her house, on a seat in the high places of the city, To call passengers who go right on their ways: Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither: and as for him that wanteth understanding, she saith to him, 'Stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant'. But he knoweth not that the dead are there; and that her guests are in the depths of hell." ............................PROSTITUTION...........................

August 26, 2012 at 10:14 a.m.
michaelb said...

Jim,thats the guy i want to be next to when the nut comes near shooting people . That 6 shooter will save your life.

August 26, 2012 at 10:55 a.m.
moon4kat said...

michaelb, then please explain why trained NY Police accidentally shot nine (9) bystanders while taking down one shooter. If highly-trained cops end up shooting innocent people, the chances are that your strutting, gun-toting show-offs will kill far more people than they save.

August 26, 2012 at 11:16 a.m.
daytonsdarwin said...

The biggest prostitutes will be found today in mega church pulpits across America, dressed in expensive suits, appearing on TV, asking for money for salvation, infecting people with the disease of undeserved guilt called "sin," followed by a dose of self-righteousness and offering holy water and prayer cloths for cleansing the soul and cleaning out wallets.

Who's screwing more people — the preachers or the escort?

When you pay an escort they'll finally go away. Pay a preacher and he'll hound you to hell.

There's not a condom big enough to protect you from Hagee, Roberson, Osteen, Swaggert, and the rest of the Bible-thumpers spreading RTDs (Religious-Theocratic Disease). But you still get screwed.

August 26, 2012 at 12:24 p.m.
LibDem said...

I wouldn't consider the senior with a six-shooter a threat unless he gets angry when he sees me laughing at him.

I think moon4kat's point is valid. The NRA would have us believe that if all the passersby had whipped out guns and started firing, everyone would have been better off. Not so likely.

August 26, 2012 at 12:24 p.m.
Livn4life said...

What a guy does with his own money is his thing. What a guy does with other people's money and believe me the President is involved in what is being done with the other people's money(yours and mine)even if "Congress has to approve it." It does not seem to matter who is in charge Demos. or Repubs. no progress is being made in getting federal spending under control. The President does have an opportunity to help that. Anyone who can look at the way President Obama has approached the economic situation and not see his policies are not helping the country must be named among all those who blame everyone else for their misdoings. Here's the deal, when do the chickens come home to roost and people wise? Will it be before the November election or will it be when we finally do hit bottom in a second Obama term? You folk who see what he's doing as trying to help fix the mess, keep drinking the leftist flavored Kool-Aid pretty soon it may be all you have to drink.

August 26, 2012 at 1:15 p.m.
LibDem said...

Livn4life, You seem to be blaming President Obama, but I think you acknowledge tacitly that budget deficits are a long standing tradition. Neither candidate is promising that deficits will end in the near term. You need a theory of economics and a process to implement that theory. The candidates are using optimistic projections and wild guesses and neither is right.

HORTON HERRIN's letter above describes a Medicare proposal which will save $716 billion, a rather precise number for a plan which apparently kicks in when those currently 55 or younger retire. That's 10 years from now if I understand what he's described. I would suggest that the proponents of this plan know they'll never have to take responsibility for this number.

August 26, 2012 at 2:15 p.m.
shen said...

Horton Herrin said...The Romney-Ryan plan will return the $716 billion taken by Obamacare

You're telling people don't be misled by the Democrats? But you're being completely fooled by the Republicans without even realizing it, and going on the regurgitate and pass that misinformation on to others.

August 26, 2012 at 4:46 p.m.
shen said...

Mr. Wilson, the people in that restaurant who oppose someone openly bringing in their weapon should have asked the establishment to very nicely of course, put his weapon away. If the establishment or this wild wild west gentleman refused, the the patrons should have simply gotten up and walked out enmass. Plus, demand a refund.

August 26, 2012 at 4:49 p.m.
shen said...

Mr. Todd Webber, I agree that these sting operations are just PR (public relations). However, I disagree with your suggestion that prostitution is a victimless crime. With sexually transmitted diseases on the rise, some have become resistant to treatment, these johns often take their sick wee wees back home to their wives, girlfriends or partner. Many prostitutes are abused, some killed, by their pimps and johns. Some are carrying other blood born diseases such a Hepatits B, C and other forms of Hepatitis that can spread from partner to partner. Many of these prostitutes were sexuall abused and turned into prostitutes while they were underage. Turned on to drugs to keep them in line. Prostitution and abuse became the norm and a way of life for them. They know no other life. There's a mutant form of syphillis, seemingly resistant to treatment, that's been spreading. Gonnorhea is another STD that has mutated and developed a form of the disease that's resistant to treatment. There are many victim here. Prostitution is just a different kind of bullet fired from a different type of weapon.

August 26, 2012 at 4:59 p.m.
gatekeeper said...

happywithnewbulbs, why doesn't Obama unseal his college records? What does that say about him? Nevermind, we all know what he's about.

August 26, 2012 at 5:47 p.m.

Gatekeeper, why do you want them? Do you have an established history of asking for that sort of thing? No, wait, it's just Obama, and we've seen your track record there. Sorry, but you have no credibility in the subject, whereas the tax record precedent ius far stronger, isn't it? Keep building up straw man arguments, they only make you look bad.

Livn4life, again somebody expressing the idea that people are less careful with other people's money. Why? I know I'm more careful with the money of others than my own.

Michaelb, well better to be next to him, slightly less chgfance of being shot than if you're off too the side. But I want to kniuw hold often you think you have to worry about that sort of thing. Not much for me.

August 26, 2012 at 7:03 p.m.
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