published Sunday, July 8th, 2012

'Health plan a step in right direction' and other letters to the editor

Health plan a step in right direction

I have been in medical practice in Chattanooga since 1975 and have watched my patients deal with the devastating consequences of chronic disabling diseases that come out of the blue to strike individuals from 1 year old to 90 years old. No one deserves this suffering, nor can we predict when and whom it will strike.

One of the most devastating consequences of chronic disease is that its sufferers are often dropped from medical insurance coverage and find it impossible to get needed care.

President Obama's health-care plan (Americare, not ObamaCare) is a compassionate remedy of this great injustice. It is not the whole answer to our health-care problems -- we must better control costs by decreasing so many unnecessary MRIs, CTs and bone-density studies -- but President Obama's initiative is a giant step to having the richest country in the world take care of its sick and suffering citizens.

DR. BUZZ SIENKNECHT, past president Chattanooga and Hamilton County Medical Society

Thanks, Obama, for enlightening me

I want to thank Barack Obama for making me a better American.

Before him I slumbered along obediently voting Republican because my relatives did.

Obama forced me to think: to think about what I believed in, who I believed in and why I believed in them.

First of all, he taught me about progressivism, and as I researched it I began to see how inherently evil it is.

Second, he taught me about manifest destiny. I just knew what was taught in school, and I never bothered to look into it before Obama.

And third, he forced me to think philosophically. For the first time in my life, I came to a complete understanding about my role in America's future. I realized I was neither a Republican nor could I ever be a Democrat. I was a libertarian.

Yes, that small-minded, small-thinking person acting as our president forced me to be a better American. He forced me to become informed. I'll march to the polls with a purpose in November.

RON WHEELER, Cleveland, Tenn.

Mayfield's refusal to debate troubling

All effective leaders possess one common trait -- the ability to debate -- to clearly articulate their vision, beliefs and aspirations; to demonstrate a deep understanding of both sides of an issue; to differentiate between opposing views; and to build a consensus base of support. Otherwise, their ability to lead with strength is lost in shallow rhetoric. This applies to statesmen, politicians and business leaders.

Mayfield says he will not debate because he is a businessman and not a politician; therefore, he is not a good debater. The problem is that the electorate deserves to not only know for what a candidate stands, but also whether the candidate can effectively deliver his or her message. Debates are the forum at which candidates can demonstrate their aptitude and skills to effectively lead. The refusal to debate should send a crystal clear message to the electorate regarding a candidate's qualifications to represent them in Congress.

JOE KING, Signal Mountain

Smith's sacrifice shows priorities

Anyone who knows Andy Smith knows what a great guy he is. His dedication to the Westside Boxing Club is truly admirable. What a great honor to be invited to help the Olympic boxing team! His decision to stay in Chattanooga for his kids' local camp, "Boxing Not Bullets," demonstrates his love for the kids and the sport.

As a former student of another local coach, Skipper Fairbanks, I can appreciate the time and sacrifice it takes to make a difference.


Norton best choice to replace Moon

I would like to begin by thanking those in the community who have shown support for me and my family after the death of my husband, Judge Bob Moon. Your kind words, thoughts and prayers have been a tremendous comfort over the past months.

I'm also writing to ask the community to elect Judge David Norton to the Hamilton County General Sessions Court. Bob would have been honored to know that such a devoted public servant and wonderful family man took his position. Judge Norton was the Soddy-Daisy city judge for 27 years and an assistant county attorney with Hamilton County since 1984.

I know personally that it takes a special person to be a General Sessions Court judge. That person must be knowledgeable about both criminal and civil law, be able to handle a large number of cases quickly, and have the judicial temperament to interact with people in often very challenging situations. Judge Norton is that person. I would ask that you support him and vote to keep him as General Sessions judge on Aug. 2.


Hoss' impartiality puts him at top

Bryan Hoss is running for judge of Soddy-Daisy. He will definitely get my vote. I have known Bryan since he worked in the Hamilton County district attorney's office before he obtained his law degree. I have firsthand knowledge of his legal career and work ethic from working at his law firm for several years. He treats both his clients and peers with the utmost respect.

I've lived in Soddy-Daisy for 53 years. I've had two sons graduate Soddy-Daisy High School. I believe Soddy-Daisy needs a judge who does not live in Soddy-Daisy. In fact, Soddy-Daisy for the last 40 years has never had a judge who's lived in the city. The reason for this is obvious to most: Soddy-Daisy needs someone who is impartial. Judges must be impartial to be fair to our citizens.

Vote for Bryan Hoss on Aug. 2.


Be more inclusive in prayer selections

Through its current expression of prayer, the Hamilton County Commission sends the wrong message to its constituents. Is there room "at the table" for non-Christians? Do those who adhere to other faith groups count in the commission's "blessings?" Is it not the mandate of the commission to represent and serve the interests of all who call Hamilton County their home?

Instituting a more universal and inclusive form of prayer and gratitude implies that the commission honors those of every religious group.


Keep city elections within boundaries

I have been surprised by the large number of my fellow Signal Mountain residents trying to get a lawyer from Signal Mountain elected judge in the city of Soddy-Daisy.

Local politics can be bitter and very divisive at times, and I am pretty sure that the citizens of both Signal Mountain and Soddy-Daisy would be better off if everyone just stayed out of each other's elections.


Lasley would treat everyone fairly

We add our support to Marty Lasley for Soddy-Daisy city judge. We have known Marty for about 3 1/2 years and have found him to be a good, upstanding person who is loyal to his profession as well as to his family and his Lord. We were in his Sunday school class for about two years and found him to be a person who looks at all situations from both sides before making a decision. We feel he would be a good judge who would treat everyone fairly.


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RogerOoltewah said...

Joe - What is the alternative? Chuck Fleischmann? Someone who doesn't even approve or see his attack ads against his opponent? Do you think Chuck comes up with what he is going to say in debates? Not a chance. The truth is, debates are fake, rhetorical, and it's a game. I'm voting for Mayfield because he has the best experience. I don't care whether someone is able to stand on a stage and recite from memory, campaign rhetoric their staff told them to say to appeal to media in the room. I'm smarter than that, and you should be, too. Mayfield is better than that.

July 8, 2012 at 12:42 a.m.

RON WHEELER, go ahead vote in your Ayn Rand paradise. If eight years of Bush II didn't teach you to think, nothing else would.

July 8, 2012 at 1:45 a.m.
Fuzzy said...

If OBAMACARE is such a great deal ... why would OBAMA personally exempt all of his personal friends & allies ???

He ... his family ... their staff ... most unions ... ALL MUSLIMS ... are totally and completely forever exempt. If I were President, and had an inside scoop on a great deal ... I certainly wouldn't take it away from my friends & supporters.

July 8, 2012 at 1:48 a.m.
John_Proctor said...

"I'm Chuck Fleischmann and I approved this ad even if I didn't watch it beforehand."

Yeah, just the sort of leadership this district needs in congress, a slip and fall lawyer who doesn't pay attention to his campaign ads and then votes as his party leaders instruct him. Where were all of those crocodile tears when Chuck refused to debate Robin Smith 2 years ago? Seems to me that Mr. Mayfield has taken a page from the Fleischmann playbook. If a debate appearance is necessary, it was just as necessary then when Fleischmann refused to participate.

July 8, 2012 at 1:54 a.m.
Easy123 said...
July 8, 2012 at 2:05 a.m.
anniebelle said...

Ron Wheeler - as I've said before on this board, you can lead a fool to facts, but you can't make him think. If you want to see this country go over the cliff, go vote for a repuke, they almost got us there in 2008, or is your memory really that bad?

July 8, 2012 at 6 a.m.
raygunz said...

Easy123,the"Obama Hate Machine" churns out these lies and half-truths on a daily basis,the GOP echo chamber disseminates them,and the low-info crowd swallows the crap because that's what they WANT to believe.

I'm all for calling out and debunking this junk,but boy-howdy,it'll keep you busier than a cat in a litterbox.LOL!

Mr.Wheeler thinks he's "informed" too,I suspect I know who (mis)"informed" him. But,like I said,he believes what he wants to believe.

July 8, 2012 at 7:45 a.m.
degage said...

anniebelle, you say in 2008 the republicans almost got us over the cliff. That was a democRAT house and senate. Dodd and Frank were the culprits. You and your liberal friends seem to forget that. Dec 2006 unemployment was 4.5%, Jan 2007 dems took over house and senate and by dec 2008 it was 7.5%.DemocRats took over the WH Jan 2009 and unemployment skyrocketed. All the democRats need to be voted out.

July 8, 2012 at 8 a.m.
anniebelle said...

silly me, I forgot to read my limbaugh talking points for the day.

July 8, 2012 at 9:33 a.m.
Yano said...

I like hearing informed opinions of every stripe, but why would someone willingly promulgate lies and delusions?

I suppose it would be difficult to express mainstream conservative opinion without lies and delusions.

Yes, the Great Muslim is imposing socialism on us (in the form of requiring minimum standards for private health insurance policies) and we are on the road to Hell because we've forgotten our Bible-thumping roots that never were.


July 8, 2012 at 9:49 a.m.
anniebelle said...

I don't post comments on here for the mentally challenged (so you can quit responding), I'm hoping there's still some out there with at least one working brain cell left.

July 8, 2012 at 10:09 a.m.

I have no problem with Scottie Mayfield not debating. The media has raised cain that Mayfield will not go to THEIR event. Debates are full of one-line zingers and talking points. They really provide the voters with nothing useful. Look at the three main candidates' track records. Scottie Mayfield is a successful businessman. Chuck has had two years in Congress -- look at what he has done. Weston Wamp has a college degree and needs a job.

July 8, 2012 at 10:24 a.m.
moon4kat said...

anniebelle, yes, thinking people are still out here. it's just that sometimes the comments posted are so toxic, irrational, vitriolic and distorted that it ruins one's day to get involved. But, thanks for continuing to carry the torch for honest facts and fair debate.

July 8, 2012 at 10:57 a.m.
degage said...

Yes anniebelle , silly you, those unemployment figures come from DOL not limbaugh. and it is a fact the democRATS were in charge of the House and senate. Also they were 100% with the WH senate and house starting injan 2009.

July 8, 2012 at 11:07 a.m.

We are over the cliff. You can lead a fool to facts, but you can't make her think. Only a fool or a Marxist would think we're heading in the right direction.

July 8, 2012 at 11:18 a.m.

Excellent point, Fuzzy. It's simply about one standard for we the lowly serfs, and another for those in the ruling class. It's a control thing. Things never change. Progressivism is just the latest label.

July 8, 2012 at 11:30 a.m.
Easy123 said...


You do realize that those unemployment figures and who was in charge of the House and the Senate have little to no correlation, right?

However, you can equate the loss of jobs to the bad economy. And we all know who we can attribute the bad economy to, you guessed it, Bush Jr.


You have no clue what a Marxist is. And your baseless rhetoric is boring.

July 8, 2012 at 11:31 a.m.
degage said...

Easy ,and you do know what a marxist is? Thats right you perscribe to it. I ask 4 college grads if they knew who Karl Marx was, they didn't. They do know who sal alinsky is because Profs are teaching it. Ew can attribute the bad economy to the democRAT house and senate.

July 8, 2012 at 11:42 a.m.
moon4kat said...

degage, from what college did those four graduate? What were they taught about Saul Alinksy? Are their language skills like yours?

July 8, 2012 at 12:06 p.m.
moon4kat said...

Dr. Sienkneckt, thank you for an insider's view of Americare.

July 8, 2012 at 12:09 p.m.
Easy123 said...


Perscribe? Honestly, why should anyone take you seriously? You have no clue what Marxism is. You just know it's bad and the people on Fox News say it so you think it's acceptable to label people Marxist, Socialist, etc. It makes you look very ignorant.

I don't believe your claim about the four college graduates.

July 8, 2012 at 12:39 p.m.

WHOA! I pick up on much hostility from the left of center on here. Really, now, does anyone have to go down the long list of failures of the various Marxist states since 1917 to prove what a vial scheme it is? Based on Barack Obama's mentors, friends, and beliefs throughout his life, it's fair to say he's been a Marxist.

July 8, 2012 at 1:22 p.m.
degage said...

Why don't you believe about 4 grads? 2 from u of m thats michigan. 1 from ga not sure where the other was from cause he didn't say and I didn't ask. Why do you keep saying, from fox news? Do you keep your TV on it? I don't! you sure don't like to be labeled a socialist or marxist. How come? Your buddy Obama is.

July 8, 2012 at 1:23 p.m.
Easy123 said...


You have no clue what Marxism is. You just know it's bad and the people on Fox News and Rush Limbaugh say it so you think it's acceptable to label people Marxist, Socialist, etc. It makes you look very ignorant. And Obama isn't a Marxist. Prove that he is. Support your baseless claim. I dare you.

Still don't believe you about the four graduates.


We all know that Marxism doesn't work.

Bush was an alcoholic. Didn't stop you from voting for him. And you will never prove that Obama has been a Marxist. Who cares if he was?

July 8, 2012 at 1:32 p.m.

LOL Bush was an alcoholic. That has a lot to do with the topic.

You want to play that game, Obama is a pothead. What did he call his group, choom ganga? Only a pothead would believe Marxism can work. LOL

July 8, 2012 at 2:02 p.m.
degage said...

Easy Obama admitted in his book he was a druggie and he went thru his last two years of high school in a daze. That didn't seem to bother you. What he was doing was illegal but you still give him a pass. You must think he was lying.If that is so then you will be admitting he is a liar. Can't do that can you.

July 8, 2012 at 2:26 p.m.

You keep trying to spin his biography to your own ends. It's not believable when you claim he's a Kenyan either.

July 8, 2012 at 8:49 p.m.

Obama was a heavy pot user, and I'm sure that didn't stop when he got to college. Why would it.

July 8, 2012 at 10:55 p.m.
MalleusChristus said...

What has been said about doing the same thing over and over again, and, expecting different results? It's known as insanity. Here we send good folks to Congress and our country is devastated. Shall we continue with the same broken, ineffective system? I have only read about one Congressional Candidate who will bring reform to Washington D.C. Ron Bhalla will not do the same broken, ineffective thing over again. Ron is doing a new thing that will work for all of us. WWW.RONFORCONGRESS.NET

July 9, 2012 at 2:06 a.m.
JustOneWoman said...

MalleusChristus said... Ron is doing a new thing that will work for all of us. WWW.RONFORCONGRESS.NET

Thank you LFJ or Malleus, or Ken, etc, for the opportunity to expose what Bhalla and other "holier than thou" politicians want to do to this country! They are trying to create the Christian nation we never had. Read the Manhattan Declaration he signed.

"We, as Orthodox, Catholic, and Evangelical Christians, have gathered, beginning in New York on September 28, 2009, to make the following declaration, which we sign as individuals, not on behalf of our organizations, but speaking to and from our communities. We act together in obedience to the one true God, the triune God of holiness and love, who has laid total claim on our lives and by that claim calls us with believers in all ages and all nations to seek and defend the good of all who bear his image. We set forth this declaration in light of the truth that is grounded in Holy Scripture, in natural human reason (which is itself, in our view, the gift of a beneficent God), and in the very nature of the human person. We call upon all people of goodwill, believers and non-believers alike, to consider carefully and reflect critically on the issues we here address as we, with St. Paul, commend this appeal to everyone's conscience in the sight of God"

It would seem that Ron Bhalla doesn't respect our constitution. He signed the Manhattan Declaration that says we all belong to his god. He has made no bones about turning this freedom into a theocracy. Hey Ron, that freedom of religion goes to everyone, not just your religion. Ron is at odds with patriotism. Ron, you can play god with your own citizenship, but not mine. You will not get my vote EVER. You do not understand democracy and you sure don't understand freedom.

Read the words of Jesus. He doesn't need Liars for Jesus. Anyone that thinks they can lie for God or for Jesus and think they have a special place after death is delusional. Listen to them, they really believe they are more special and in the know. It is almost funny. Why would a God need you to lie?

History is written by the winners. Jesus died. And the history is written, to some degree, in the bible. Then, they tell you every word must be true. And that your salvation depends upon it. The bible can be a beautiful book, full of much information. But it was written by the winners with their version of history. All the names of the different gods changed to Lord Almighty so you would think you are just workshipping one god. We now know so much more.

I don't believe in the anti-christ. But if I did, it would be you "Liars for Jesus"!

July 9, 2012 at 3:13 p.m.
MalleusChristus said...


Somehow, I believe You really are a good person. Do You, though, really think readers will go to the link You posted?

July 9, 2012 at 10:42 p.m.
MalleusChristus said...

Jesus Christ>>>John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, "I am The Way, The Truth, and The Life..."


Ron Bhalla wholeheartedly supports Freedom of Religion!

One of the Three Major Foundational Statements of 'The Manhattan Declaration' is "Freedom of Religion": #3...In this declaration we affirm: 1) the profound, inherent, and equal dignity of every human being as a creature fashioned in the very image of God, possessing inherent rights of equal dignity and life; 2) marriage as a conjugal union of man and woman, ordained by God from the creation, and historically understood by believers and non-believers alike, to be the most basic institution in society and; 3) 'religious liberty, which is grounded in the character of God, the example of Christ, and the inherent freedom and dignity of human beings created in the divine image.'

July 10, 2012 at 7:44 a.m.
Easy123 said...



Every statement has the word God in it. That's not freedom of religion.

I wasn't created in God's image, marriage wasn't ordained by God, religious liberty isn't one of God's characteristics.

But please, keep spreading this crap. I bet you know Ken Orr. You might even be Ken or JahChild or whoever the heck that guy is.

July 10, 2012 at 10:17 a.m.
JustOneWoman said...

MalleusChristus said... Jesus Christ>>>John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, "I am The Way, The Truth, and The Life..."


Ron Bhalla wholeheartedly supports Freedom of Religion!

As long as it is his religion! Maybe you cannot read.

July 10, 2012 at 3:14 p.m.
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