published Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

'Cleveland city nickname is in plain view' and more Letters to the Editors

City nickname is in plain view

I'll have to admit that I was more amused than anything to read the other day that good old Cleveland couldn't find itself a nickname. I realized this morning, however, that the answer was right in front of me when I read Randall Higgins' article (Jan. 26) on the congenial relationship between Bradley County and the city of Cleveland, and I just wanted to help. How's this: "Cleveland, Tennessee -- We Get Along!"

I only ask that the prize money be donated to a worthy charity.

MARK H. HOLDEN


GOP race turns away from Gospel

The Republican nominating process moved south and took a new turn, due to conservative, evangelical and pro-life factions. But, are their positions true to the Gospel of Jesus Christ?

I don't think they are. They put ideas causing racial, cultural and social divisions at the top of their values lists. This goes against Jesus' teaching that we are all brothers and sisters. We are to overcome divisions, because the church is one body.

They put capitalism and libertarianism (both based on greed) high, going against both Jesus' teachings about the evil of greed for money and the primacy of love for our fellow man. To them, preserving life focuses on one tiny part of what life is all about. The ability to earn enough to live on, health care and the treatment of criminals all are important to life as Jesus showed in his ministry.

In the 19th and most of the 20th centuries, evangelicals believed in caring for the sick, the widows, the homeless strangers in our midst. They focused on the need for humility, for living frugally, and for caring for your family and neighbors. Many preachers called the rich sinners. I haven't heard any of this in the Republican primary race.

ROGER A. MEYER


Aid for homeless from city invisible

Dear Mayor Littlefield: Thank you for your attendance at the Project Homeless Connect on Thursday. I trust it was a productive 10 minutes. While strolling among the many volunteers and hundreds of needy attendees I hope you noted the many agencies, organizations and faith-based groups who actually care, as compared with the no-show of any visible city support.

Fortunately, your lack of any coherent policy for the homeless has made this day necessary and gave those attending a chance to sit on the concrete bleachers for several hours waiting for help.

Did you get a chance to have some free dental care? Or get your blood pressure checked? Or maybe a haircut? How about a quick stop at the Goodwill store?

Well, I'm sure that terrific photo op you had more than made up for any lack of real communication. So once again, thank you for making this day necessary. Best regards, The Homeless.

PETER L. STEYN


Plug debt leaks now, not later

Why are the Republicans so adamant about not raising taxes when we need the revenue to balance the budget?

Could the Republican position simply be a response to spending increasing at a dangerous rate of over $1 trillion per year?

Benjamin Franklin said: "Beware of little expenses; a small leak will sink a great ship."

Our expenses are not little; they have grown to the point where they nearly defy understanding. I believe our great ship is sinking. I believe it is nearly impossible to achieve the revenue level we need to get back to a balanced budget and reduce our debt.

Increasing the debt ceiling is like increasing the allowable water level inside the ship. We have to plug the leaks, now, not after the election.

The best Benjamin Franklin quote has never been more true: "We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately."

President Obama: Please take the helm; start the damage control. I cannot imagine what this shipwreck would be like.

JOHN KUECK

Spring City, Tenn.


Floyd shows what real man looks like

Thank you, state Rep. Richard Floyd, for showing us what a real man looks like. My husband would also protect the women in his life (wife and daughters) from perversion. I would be greatly disappointed if he didn't.

PAULETTE LEDFORD

Whitwell, Tenn.


Prevent mining on scenic vistas

It does not look good to cut jobs; it does not look good to blow up mountains. Mountaintop removal and cross-ridge mining do not economically benefit the state in any form. The Scenic Vistas bill needs to be passed out of committee this session.

The Tennessee Scenic Vistas Protection Act, when passed, will prevent the destruction of ridges over 2,000 feet (most of our coal mining is below this mark). This bill stops a few people from destroying our birthright. If you were born in Daniel Boone's back yard, you might have trouble finding your birthplace amongst the rubble of what used to be the mountains of Eagan, Tenn.

Tennessee legislators, I pray you feel empowered to act. You hold our hopes in your hands: Rep. Richard Floyd, Chattanooga; Rep. John Tidwell, New Johnsonville; Rep. Shelia Butt, Columbia; Rep. Charles Curtiss, Sparta; Rep. Andy Holt, Dresden; Rep. Pat Marsh, Nashville; Rep. Frank Niceley, Strawberry Plains; Rep. Art Swann, Maryville; Rep. Ron Lollar, Bartlett; Rep. David Hawk, Greeneville; Sen. Mike Faulk, Church Hill; Sen. Kerry Roberts, Springfield; Sen. Mike Bell, Riceville, and Sen. Jim Summerville, Dickson.

Still think it's a jobs issue? There is no economic benefit to the state: (www.downstreamstrategies.com/documents/reports_publication/DownstreamStrategies-coalTN.pdf)

JEANNIE HACKER CERULEAN

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Livn4life said...

Well, well, well Roger A. Meyer, I suppose you equate the government with the Body of Christ which does have a mandate to care for the needy and lesser persons of society. It amazes me how people can "see" the division and negativity in the Republicans' approach but be totally oblivious when the same thing is happening from the Democrat side. Neither party truly operates from godly principles. Now there's a big surprise! But here is why, both belong to a phenomenon known as human sinfulness. Both continue to grasp for power. Neither are willing to relinquish power which is what would be required to really do the right thing for the nation. So what we have is a two party system of baby-name calling with most of the national media falling on the liberal side. The sad thing is we all drink our own version of the political Kool-aid while nothing of substance to turn the nation around is happening. But if any of us think the answer to the needy and poor will come from the government. We fool ourselves. Nowhere in scripture does it indicate that the government is to provide for the poor, the needy, the orphans and widows. But that is being put forth as a facade by one group to maintain power and give the impression of showing compassion. Drink up America and see what the upcoming outcome is. Don't forget to blame the other side when it all comes down. We have all but perfected that art in our time.

January 31, 2012 at 6:50 a.m.
Ozzy87 said...

I guess Paulette Ledford's husband and Richard Floyd are going to become co-captains of the pee-pee police patrol.

January 31, 2012 at 8:39 a.m.
rolando said...

Hopefully, real men everywhere might personally perform involuntary transgender operations upon the body of perverts attacking their families. Doing it in secret, of course, to further protect their families. Vigilantism? Of course...but in the old sense of the term...keeping order in the absence of justice.

February 1, 2012 at 7:57 a.m.
rolando said...

Mr Steyn -- Well said, sir. Perfect irony. The public at large will be well served by throwing this petty, self-serving tyrant from office.

February 1, 2012 at 8:03 a.m.
dabbscr said...

Roger Meyer, did you know the dems and liberals are upseting the religious persons especially Catholics? In Obamas healthcare he will be forcing the issue of birthcontrol pills and paying for day after pill. You should check out what some of the very catholics that voted for him are saying. Dont be blaming republicans for your ignorance in watching liberal media that does not tell u these things. John Kueck, I have to wonder why you want Obama to "take the helm". He has spent more in 3 years than Bush did in 8. Two companies, solyndra and ener1, got combined 618,000 billion dollars in stimulus and have both filed bankruptcy. His energy plans. Each tax payer owed 34,000 when Bush left office and proven in campaign speech by Obama that was "unpatriotic". Do you know in 3 years we are up to 48,000 per tax payer under his helm? Instead of raising taxes, if you feel so obligated, please send in all the extra money you want. Since your fearless leader want open up pipeline, i cant pay more taxes paying 3.50 gallon for gas. Dont get me wrong, I want greener sources, but not going to happen overnight.

February 2, 2012 at 4:47 a.m.
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