published Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

Letters to the Editor

Obama puts politics first

Hopefully, the damage emanating from this puzzle palace on the Potomac will cease with the coming election

Over 3 1/2 years ago. Canada offered the United States the Keystone project, providing massive oil reserves. Obama refused. The pipeline would produce 830,000 barrels of crude oil a day, 20,000 direct jobs and hundreds of thousands of indirect jobs.

Now Canada gave the opportunity to China. Obama alleges he didn't have enough time to consider, although he forced the so-called stimulus bill through in one month. Five-dollar gasoline is imminent, and China continues to fuel their war machine.

And the administration continues to hold up Alaskan oil!

Over the years, our Navy developed the Seals, secret, brave and skillful. But operating details haven't remained secret. After the Osama bin Laden raid, Obama continued bragging about top secret capabilities; multiple references in State of the Union, "Good Morning America," etc.

Then the Somalia operation became common knowledge to the world. Seals are dismayed and betrayed. High risk, high sensitivity of missions exposed. Disclosure of details, manner, timing of attack, names of participants increases risk, denies success, creates unnecessary casualties.

Placing political gain above safety and security must be stopped. Our country badly needs a "Great Awakening."

JOHN J. SPITTLER, Signal Mountain

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View of president is skewed badly

You must realize that President Obama has gotten a free pass from what some call the liberal media, and this is not debatable.

Let's look at two possible reasons for this. The media do not necessarily agree with Obama, but they know that anything they print with a negative slant might be labeled racist, an unenviable place for a newspaper; or, they truly side with the liberal left.

I must believe the former to be true. We as voters must be smart enough to see through this, and we owe it to ourselves to dig for the truth. Consider that some may be counting on our ignorance.

So whether we like it or not, our view of our illustrious president is skewed and skewed badly.

Remember, lies of omission are just that, lies. Fox is not concerned about its image and as such you can count on a fair representation of newsworthy events including negative Obama news when it is appropriate. Wake up, the election is not that far away. If the truth be known, nobody should get re-elected with the record he has amassed nor should they be. Quae nocent saepe docent: What hurts, often instructs.

PAUL PEPI

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Morris struggles with the facts

Where does this paper come up with its editorialists?

Anyone with an ounce of curiosity knows that Dick Morris has always struggled with the facts.

In the Feb. 17 edition of this paper he boldly discussed our current economic condition. He loves to quote Jim Fitzgibbon, who makes predictions that nearly always turn out to be wrong. Dick's most flagrant finding is the statement that GM is drowning in cars they can't sell.

In truth, GM just announced its highest profit ever, $7.6 billion.

Certainly they are still not totally out of the woods, but come, Dick, a little fact with your fiction would make your drivel more interesting.

Readers, just for fun Google "Dick Morris facts" to get the real lowdown on his pitiful record.

Of course, we also have Steve Barrett and Lee Anderson to round out the right-wing crowd. Come on, Free Press, your job is to present the news, not make it up.

WILLIAM H. McGRATH, Cleveland, Tenn.

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Follow Mooresville on education

Buried back on page A7 of the Feb. 19 Times Free Press is an article about the Mooresville, N.C., school system furnishing laptop computers to 4,400 fourth through 12th graders in 2008.

The results of the issue, after only three years, led to a graduation rate of 91 percent, up from 80 percent in 2008, 88 percent of students met proficiency standards in reading, math, and science, up from 73 percent in 2008.

Attendance is up and dropouts are down.

Mooresville ranks 100th out of 115 districts in North Carolina in terms of dollars spent per student at $7,415.89 per year, but it is now third in test scores and second in graduation rates.

I believe McCallie and Baylor are already doing this. This is a wake-up call on the future of successfully educating our youth.

With the city and county spouting technologies with the fiber optic and high-speed data systems, along with the Gig City promotion, it seems the school system should also be pursuing this avenue.

SAM THAL, Red Bank

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JOHN J. SPITTLER, you mean a period of religious revival that would lead to the establishment of a theocratic state based on evangelical principles?

I think I'll pass. BTW, if what Obama has done with the Seals is so bad, why are they in a movie? Do you think they'll reveal some secrets in Act of Valor? Which? Besides, what if the Seals are the public face that distracts people from looking at the REAL special operations forces?

Don't you think they can play a shell game to make you look at what they want?

PAUL PEPI, I cannot agree that Fox is not concerned about the image they present. They say they are fair and balanced. I don't believe this is true, they do have a lack of balance and fairness, as they serve their conservative/right-wing interests, but they do make that claim.

Besides, just because somebody tells you that they don't care if you judge them doesn't mean they are telling the truth. They could have read about Cassandra as easily as anybody else.

February 23, 2012 at 12:58 a.m.
librul said...
February 23, 2012 at 10:17 a.m.
Exusiai said...

PAUL PEPI " Fox is not concerned about its image and as such you can count on a fair representation of newsworthy events"

Give me a few minutes let me stop laughing at that completely false, and yet still hilarious statement.

Wait, almost done

Okay, now then. Paul, the Project on Excellence in Journalism report showed that 68 percent of Fox cable stories contained personal opinions, as compared to MSNBC at 27 percent and CNN at 4 percent. The "content analysis" portion of their report also concluded that "Fox was measurably more one-sided than the other networks, and Fox journalists were more opinionated on the air."

If 68% of your content is "Opinion" then you are no longer a news network, you are an opinion network. Fox is not News it's Political pundits voicing their own ideas and then spinning it as "news". You choose to believe it is news. Those of us with intelligence see it for what it is. Garbage. Now this is not to say any other news network is blameless, In my personal opinion all news media lie to us on a daily basis. It's something I've learned to live with. What you have to teach yourself to do is to pick through the lies and find the kernel of truth.

February 23, 2012 at 11:57 a.m.
Rickaroo said...

Librul, that is an awesome video. A very powerful, clear-eyed, and sobering view of America and what this country is really all about. Thanks for posting.

February 23, 2012 at 3:09 p.m.
moon4kat said...

Thanks, librul. very interesting video.

February 23, 2012 at 8:30 p.m.
brokentoe said...

JOHN J. SPITTLER, Signal Mountain aren't they still struggling to clean up that oil spill in Yellowstone National Park that took place around July of last year? An entire Tourist Town in Montana had to be evacuated. Rivers were polluted.

February 23, 2012 at 9:50 p.m.
Plato said...

I don't agree with the message articulated by the video above. It is true that the mega-corps have gained too much power over government and have carved out a self-serving agenda that often is at odds with the health & welfare of the public.

However it is also true that free enterprise, entrepreneurship and capitalism have provided the economic engine that has created the great wealth of our nation and without it we would be little more than a third world country.

What scares me most today is that the corporations through their media sources like Fox News, have convinced a large number of our citizens that everything that benefits corporations is for all of our ultimate good, and that government is a huge obstruction to all of this and serves no useful purpose. In sort a simply flawed logic - corporations good, government bad. That is a very troubling idea that is gaining a lot acceptance and will ultimately destroy our society.

What we need is the correct balance between government regulation and oversight as willed by the people, and the freedom for capitalism to thrive and flourish. We are out of balance right now in the direction of the mega-corps and the first step towards regaining the proper equilibrium is to get the money out of politics.

February 24, 2012 at 11:38 p.m.
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