published Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

'CARTA leaves lot to be desired' and other letters to the editor

CARTA leaves lot to be desired

I have ridden public transportation all over the southern United States and the West. Of all the bus systems I have been on, CARTA is the worst. For one thing it is very expensive, and there are many rude drivers. It's like they are doing you a favor letting you get on the bus, when the truth is you are doing them a favor by getting on the bus. What if one day not one person got on a bus? How would that be?

I've ridden buses in Los Angeles. While there is usually standing room only, they are within minutes of their scheduled time picking you up and dropping you off.

The only thing good about a CARTA schedule is it tells you when the bus is not going to be there. I have stood at a bus stop and watched up to four buses pass by on the other side of the street before the one I was waiting on showed up. I've stood up to an hour at a stop where they were scheduled to run every 20 minutes.


Vote for Wilson over Coppinger

I support Dr. Rick Wilson for Hamilton County mayor because of Jim Coppinger's mistreatment of county employees in the last two budgets.

Coppinger did not need to lay off (or fire) 36 county employees last year. That firing effort appeared to be a political ploy to cover county government's reneging on county government's earlier promise not to object to Chattanooga city government's long-awaited cancellation of the unfair 1966 city-county sales tax agreement.

While this cancellation resulted in a shortfall to county government, that shortage was long anticipated and county government had the money in its contingency fund and did not need to fire anyone.

County government stressed they were "laying off" employees because of money and indicated they would bring the fired employees back when they found the money.

This year they found money for the county mayor/county commissioners raise, but did not rehire most of the 36 fired employees. The pay raise for regular county employees is OK, but this shows that the county had the money to rehire all 36 fired employees.

The county mayor/commission also voted themselves a raise while defunding important non-profit agencies. See YouTube at Wilson4Mayorhc for further details. Vote for Dr. Rick Wilson Aug. 2.

MARTA IZNAGA, Collegedale

You can't question Lasley's integrity

I have known Marty Lasley over 40 years. As a matter of fact, I coached Marty in football and basketball in the 1970s. I watched him grow into a fine young man, go to college and to law school. He was taught by a godly mother and father to always do the right thing. (Now, I am not saying Marty is perfect because he rolled my yard when he was in high school.)

Marty Lasley has a homespun sense of humor which is essential for a hometown judgeship. This position requires good common sense, and he has that quality also. His honesty and integrity cannot be questioned. He is the only candidate raised in Soddy-Daisy and who went to all our local schools. He knows our area and our people. I believe that is a very positive attribute.

Marty is now my Sunday school teacher, fellow worker in our church, and my friend. I cannot think of a fairer, level-headed man to be a judge for our great city. One last thing, and I think Marty would agree: Go Trojans.


Powers has skills for Sessions judge

I have known Ron Powers for more than 15 years and practiced law with him for much of that time. I highly recommend him as our next Sessions Court judge.

Sessions Court handles many different kinds of cases, both civil and criminal. Whoever is in that position needs familiarity in many different areas of the law. Ron meets that requirement. When I practiced with Ron, I was impressed by the knowledge he had in multiple areas of practice. He represented plaintiffs and defendants, individuals and corporations. Ron's broad practice gives him the experience he will need to be an excellent Sessions Court judge.

Ron also has a great work ethic. He would put in long days at work and not waste time. Ron was there to work. However, no matter how busy he was with his own practice he would always take time for any of his colleagues who sought his advice or thoughts. Ron will bring that same work ethic to the Sessions Court bench.

Ron is a caring and compassionate person who has devoted a lot of time to his community. Let's let him continue to serve his community as a Sessions Court judge. I encourage you to support him.


Health plan penalty comes as a tax

For those who can afford not to enroll in Obamacare come 2014, the IRS will impose a penalty in the form of a tax.

This affects only those folks who choose not to participate in their employer-sponsored health-care plan or individuals who elect not to carry health-insurance coverage.

WILLIAM P. GALLOWAY, Signal Mountain

View Jefferson for what he was

One of your July 4th ads remembered Thomas Jefferson as a three-year Secretary of State, four-year vice president and eight-year president. It failed to mention he also was a lifelong slave master.

True, he wrote of the equality of all men (not women) and their creator-endowed rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, but throughout his life, he owned hundreds of his fellow citizens, lock, stock, and barrel, including six of his own children. Apologists excuse this egregious hypocrisy as merely part of the climate of the times. Perhaps so, but well before the revolution, thousands of Americans already strongly opposed human bondage.

Jefferson did at times hint that he knew slavery was wrong, but as a politically ambitious Virginian, he also knew opposing slavery would doom his chances at advancement.

Historian Gary Wills has pointed out how the Constitution allowed slave states to count "others" (i.e., Negro slaves) as three-fifths persons for census purposes while otherwise treating them as chattel; thus, these states gained 13 more electoral votes in the 1800 election than they'd otherwise have had. Jefferson "won" that election by only eight votes. We do tend to view our history through rose-tinted glasses of denial.


Vital clear choice in District 10

In the Republican District 10 state Senate race, voters have a clear choice on which candidate has job- creating experience. Greg Vital has almost 1,000 employees at his company. He has restored buildings and runs a large farm. He has worked on the greenway system, saving historic places around the state, served as a board member for the National Park Association, four years on the Collegedale City Commission, and numerous other endeavors.

Todd Gardenhire is a Wall Street stock broker. When I think of jobs for Tennesseans, I don't think of Wall Street. When I think of Wall Street, I think of China, Mexico, Indonesia, pollution, mountain-top removal, dirty water, mega-banks, foreclosures, Washington, and small-town farmers being run out of business -- not Tennesseans being put to work.

One candidate has a proven track record on private-sector job creation and life experience that he can take to Nashville to help create jobs for Tennesseans, and that candidate is Greg Vital. The voters have a clear choice; they can actually vote for someone who knows how to make good-paying jobs for Tennesseans.

DAVID BARTO, Collegedale

Tobacco is tobacco, and it can kill you

Roll-your-own cigarettes are indeed hazardous. Aside from the obvious benefits of quitting smoking rather than switching to roll-your-own cigarettes to save money, I'd like to address some erroneous comments contained in the July 6 article, namely that such cigarettes contained fewer "chemicals" than traditional cigarettes, thereby suggesting they might be less harmful. This simply is not true.

Numerous scientific studies from this country and others have looked at the chemical composition of the smoke generated from RYO cigarettes. These studies have consistently found the tar, nicotine and carbon monoxide yields of such cigarettes are not materially different from what one would expect from their standard Marlboro, Winston or other mass-produced cigarettes when adjusted for tobacco weight, puff frequency, puff volume or other smoke parameters known to influence smoke yield.

What makes smoking so extremely hazardous to one's health is more related to how the cigarette is smoked than how its made or by whom. The more tobacco burned, the higher the level of harmful smoke constituents produced, the more damage to the lungs, heart and other organs it causes when inhaled.

Put simply, tobacco is tobacco, and a cigarette is a cigarette; if you continue to smoke, chances are it will kill you.


Keep Fleischmann as representative

The 3rd Congressional District can be very proud of the faithfulness of Chuck Fleischmann. During his first term in Washington, he has worked tirelessly on many fronts, but none more consistently than the support of a strong military and the readiness of our troops. I personally chair Chuck's Military Advisory Committee and find him always ready and eager to listen to sound advice.

Chuck regularly visits the seriously injured troops who are brought to Walter Reed Hospital near Washington, responding to the needs of the families. He has been a leader in making certain the veterans hospitals provide the care our troops deserve. He understands the concept that "freedom is not Free," and this is foremost on his mind at all times.

He has also worked hard to rein in budget deficits and out-of-control spending. We must send Congressman Fleischmann and others like him back to Congress. These are critical times for our nation and the citizens of Tennessee. We owe it to our children and grandchildren to keep this great nation safe and prospering!

VANCE H. FRY, Rear Admiral Navy (Retired), Harrison

Bennett earns, deserves our vote

I highly recommend Bill Bennett to the taxpayers of Hamilton County to be their property assessor.

I have personally known Bill for almost 50 years, from Combustion Engineering to the political arena.

If you look up character in the dictionary, it would have Bill Bennett's picture. I believe this man to be above reproach.

I cannot imagine a better assessor of property than Bill Bennett. Neither could the state of Tennessee, as they named him "Assessor of the year."

Bill has earned our vote. He deserves our vote so let's all vote for him as Assessor of Property.


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JOHN STARGEL, if you want good public transportation, try Germany.

And they have better highways too.

VANCE H. FRY, really, Chuck Fleischmann visits Walter Reed? They closed it last year. Not that I want our Congressional representative employed as a candy-striper anyway. I'd rather he do something useful, instead of participate in another farce of a repeal vote. Well, actually, considering his policies and practices, we're probably better off with him as a candy-striper.

But let's at least make him go to a open hospital. Let's have him visit some other constituents, there's more than enough around.

July 11, 2012 at 1:30 a.m.
anniebelle said...

Thomas Rodgers, not only did Jefferson condone owning human beings, the church, in all their holiness, witnessed to their parishioners that god wanted them to have slaves (now, look it up before you call me a liar). These pious KKKhristians can find anything in their hate-filled manual to justify their hateful actions. I can only sympathize with The Reverend Wright when he said "goddamn America", if your family had lived through the horrors that these families endured for 100's of years, you might have a different outlook on what America is really all about and it's not pretty. Cindy McCain, born with a silver spoon crammed up her backside has the gall to say in response to our beautiful first lady, "I've always been proud of my country". She's obviously never read any history of this despicable country and how they've accumulated all this wealth. On the backs of the Indians, the slaves, the Chinese, all wrapped up in their flag and carrying their bible. And now, we're headed back to the dark days under the hands of this Greedy Old Party.

July 11, 2012 at 6:18 a.m.
daytonsdarwin said...

So Greg Vital had a Freudian slip about graduating from college?

He's been slipping for so many years I'm surprised he's able to walk with that broken backbone.

I just heard his radio commercial where he's described as a man of "Traditional Tennessee Values" and a "Man of Faith." It's comforting to know that with his dishonesty and lies he'll fit in well with the Tennessee Legislature.

Maybe his campaign banners and posters will include the child's toy and slogan, "It's Vital to Slip and Slide to Nashville.

July 11, 2012 at 8:13 a.m.

Anniebelle, you're welcome to leave this country you hate so much. Please do. Michelle Obama is a pompous ass. This sums up Michelle Obama: " I'll be damned if all this fabulosity is going to waste reading Dr. Seuss to snot-nosed kids all day." She's not beautiful, she's a horse's ass.

July 11, 2012 at 12:47 p.m.
Easy123 said...


I think we can all agree that the only horse's ass here is you. I can make that accusation because you actually believe Michelle Obama said that satirical quote. You are an idiot.

July 11, 2012 at 12:55 p.m.

Listen, cowbelle, all the people that enslaved blacks, swindled native Americans( indians to a moron like you) and did whatever else, are long, long, long dead. So stop lumping all "white people" in one big catagory. You're a crackpot.

July 11, 2012 at 12:57 p.m.
Easy123 said...


Anniebelle didn't mention "white people" at all. You have done that all by yourself. It would seem as if YOU are the crackpot.

July 11, 2012 at 1:04 p.m.

"we just can't leave it up to the parents" I suppose that was made up to, huh? She is what she is, a pushy b*&%h. Damn it must be hell living with her.

July 11, 2012 at 1:05 p.m.

The problem is looking back on those people with a blind fondness and worship that borders on the insane.

But seriously, telling people to leave? Don't you have anything better to offer? Or are you unaware of how it proves the criticism right?

July 11, 2012 at 1:07 p.m.
Easy123 said...


That quote wasn't fabricated. And you are what you are, a whiny bitch.

July 11, 2012 at 1:09 p.m.

Silly libs, so full of yourselves. Cowbelle has nothing positive to say about this country, at least from what I've read, so, please exercise your option to leave. This isn't North Korea, you leftists dream state, you're free to go if you find it so offensive.

Easy, who else was Cowbelle referring to but "white males". You're just look for something that isn't there.

Michelle Obama thinks she can tell other parents what to do. She's a bitch with a capital B.

July 11, 2012 at 1:15 p.m.
Easy123 said...


North Korea isn't a leftist dream state. And to say so is, at least, moderately psychotic.

LOL! YOU'RE looking for something that isn't there. Anniebelle never made any reference to white males or even the white race. YOU made that implication. YOU brought up race. YOU are the one incriminating "white males". Anniebelle didn't lump white people in one category. YOU have done that yourself.

That's not what the quote means. This is the full quote:

“We can’t just leave it up to the parents. I think that parents have a right to expect that their efforts at home won’t be undone each day in the school cafeteria or in the vending machine in the hallway. I think that our parents have a right to expect that their kids will be served fresh, healthy food that meets high nutritional standards.”

You're a DUMBASS. All caps.

July 11, 2012 at 1:22 p.m.

Ah, the arrogant are most concerned with the perceived arrogance of others. Funny that. The reason you can't stand Michelle Obama telling other parents what to do is because you are so consumed by your own pride that you are unable to accept any criticism or feedback since it threatens your fragile ego.

But no, North Korea isn't any leftist's dream state. It's a militarist authoritarian nation, we know it, you would know it, if you bothered paying attention to it.

That truth is inconvenient to you though, so you'd rather just pretend it has anything to do with anything liberal, socialist or even communist. They don't even pay lip service to communism any more.

It's now Military First.

Please stop with your ignorance.

July 11, 2012 at 1:23 p.m.

Wrong, Happy, authoritarian is what Obama is all about.

"We can't just leave it up to the parents" speaks for itself. She's the ultimate in parenting? As I posted, she's a Bitch.

Authoritarian, Communist state, Dictatorship, whatever. Any label that involves controlling people makes a leftist salivate. Details, details. It's love of control, the boot on the neck that gives you leftists a hardon.

So predictable.

July 11, 2012 at 1:47 p.m.
Easy123 said...


The quote doesn't speak for itself because you are taking it entirely out of context. As I posted, you're a whiny bitch.

LOL! You have no clue what you are talking about. Just try to name every type of "bad" government. Autocracy, despotism, Stalinism, totalitarianism, fascism, kleptocracy, blah, blah, blah. You get off to placing these labels on any group that opposes you. You're psychotic. You don't have the slightest clue what you're even saying.

And yes, you conservative jackaloons are predictable.

July 11, 2012 at 1:56 p.m.

zab, no, that's actually not what leftists are about. It is what you are about though, as you want to drive out people you do't like. You're quite controlling, even if you won't admit it.

But let me ask you this, why do you have to believe you are the ultimate in anything to act and advise people? Do you believe that only the perfect is acceptable? Now that seems like a combination of arrogance and false humility to me.

A truly honest person realizes that they can try to help, and if they aren't absolutely perfect, that's ok, whereas you seem to be suggesting that the only the people who think they know all speak up.

That isn't true.

But I have found that people who think of others that way are often the ones who are guilty of that fault. They won't take advice, they believe they should be given complete leeway to do what they want, because HOW DARE YOU PRESUME TO THINK YOU ARE BETTER THAN THEY!

It's a rather common trend.

July 11, 2012 at 2:43 p.m.
anniebelle said...

zab, Let me see if I can get this through that excrement you have stored in your brainpan. My father gave his life for this country when I was a young girl. My brother, who didn’t have a father (especially, not a rich father like that coward Bush) was killed in a remote jungle in Vietnam. Just this past year my grandson died from the wounds he suffered in the illegal war started by Bush/Cheney. I think my family has paid the ultimate price for me to speak my mind and even pathetic punks such as you to also have that right. With your philosophy, sounds like you need to move to some rightwing neocon country such as Iran, North Korea or even Cuba, yes, they are right-wing dictatorships by the definition of extreme right-wing. You are the epitome of the hateful neocons that will sell out their own country to the highest bidder because of their ignorance and intolerance. No, the people that want to totally control this country and all its resources for their own greedy selves are not long dead, they’re right here running in the GOP and they have you as their poor little ignorant slave hand-maiden.

July 12, 2012 at 2:01 p.m.
anniebelle said...

And on a lighter note, I know how the GOP loathes our fighting men and women, i.e. Max Clelland, who left 3 of his limbs in Vietnam fighting for the likes of you; John Kerry who also fought heroically, and now that piece of filth Joe Walsh, attacking Tammy Duckworth who lost both her legs flying a blackhawk helicopter in Iraq. I'll fight for democracy in this republic until I draw my last breath.

July 12, 2012 at 2:51 p.m.
MalleusChristus said...

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

'View Jefferson for what he was' [MenStealers] 1st Timothy 1:

"...the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of Fathers and murderers of Mothers, for manslayers, 10 For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for MenStealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine; 11 According to the glorious Gospel of the Blessed God, which was committed to my trust. 12 And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry; 13 Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief."

July 12, 2012 at 10:30 p.m.
lkeithlu said...

Malleus, there are those of us that don't follow the bible. We live in the US, where we have the freedom to believe as we wish.

July 13, 2012 at 6:58 a.m.
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