published Friday, July 13th, 2012

Will some sue over God's command? and other Letters to the Editors

Will some sue over God's command?

Some people say that "In Jesus' name" should never be said in public prayers. Even after reading John 3:15-17, do you still believe Jesus' name should be omitted by everyone? Then perhaps you should then read Philippians 2: 8-11. God commands we say in Jesus' name. Are you going to sue Him too?


Mayfield's tools make him ready

We have a unique chance next month to select someone for the House who brings three key tools to the job that the others simply don't have.

Scottie Mayfield has run a real business (not the photo-op kind) that employs hundreds of people and enjoys a reputation across the Southeast for excellent products. He knows firsthand the damage that out-of-control government spending and over-regulation can do to large and small businesses and their ability to expand and create new jobs.

His sales and marketing experience makes him uniquely qualified to be a strong recruiter for new businesses in the Third District. As a businessman, he can better relate to those site selection decision makers. We really need this skill in Washington now.

Scottie's stand on term limits, unlike the others, gives him the freedom to make the tough call, to do what is right for our district and the country while not being guided by what some re-election poll is saying.

So, I'm supporting Scottie because he'll stand up against Washington's power grab, he will be an effective business recruiter and he will put doing the right thing ahead of politics. Please join me.


Little will better serve Soddy-Daisy

Mike Little, in my opinion, is the most qualified man for judge of Soddy-Daisy. I got to know Mike and his family when his son, Josh, played basketball with my son Travis at Soddy-Daisy High School. Mike is a first-class family man who treats others with respect and at the same time conducts himself in such a way that you like him and respect him.

He has class, integrity and great moral values. Mike Little has also had experience, as a highly recognized lawyer, on at least one high-profile case, as a defense attorney in Chattanooga.

Mike lives in Soddy-Daisy. He is one of us. I have lived in Soddy-Daisy for 55 years, and my children were raised here.

I can't think of another man who would serve Soddy-Daisy citizens better as a judge than Mike Little.


Schools will gain if Horn elected

My three children have each had Mrs. Donna Horn as their kindergarten teacher. I was just fortunate by luck of the draw for my firstborn daughter to get Mrs. Horn as her teacher. Since she had such a good year with Mrs. Horn, I requested that my middle child have her as well. And then it was time for my third child to enter kindergarten.

Way before then, I had realized that my children were extremely fortunate to have this teacher. Her integrity, work ethic, caring and genuine concern about quality education were and are foremost in her character. I realized that even though I am a man in my 30s, that I wanted to be like Mrs. Horn.

Through her inspiration and guidance, I am currently pursuing a kindergarten teaching degree while working full time as well. I am happy that Mrs. Horn's continued caring for education by pursuing the District 7 seat on the school board, but it was a sad day for the county when she retired. Please vote for her. She has incredible energy, drive and credibility. Hamilton County schools can only be improved by her presence on the board!


Answer 'yes' on Obama return

As the presidential election draws near, many Americans may be pondering whether to support President Barack Obama for a second term. The answer should be, yes! The issues such as equality/civil rights, peace and social justice, economic fairness/security, public infrastructure/transportation, affordable health care and education are good reasons to re-elect President Barack Obama.

As the president would say, "this is our moment, this is our time." I still believe that we have the right person to restore the American Dream and reaffirm that fundamental truth, "that out of many, we are one; that while we breathe, we hope, and where we are met with cynicism, and doubt, and those who tell us we can't." I want all of America to know, Yes, we can! Vote in November to re-elect President Barack Obama.

JAMES WALTON, Member National Grassroots Fundraising Committee Obama-Biden, Hixson

Hoss would make great addition

I encourage Soddy-Daisy residents to vote for Bryan Hoss for Soddy-Daisy judge.

I have known Bryan for well over a decade and have seen his dedication in many areas -- as a volunteer for the Ronald McDonald House, to serving as a special judge for General Sessions Court, to handling just about any type of law in his firm.

I lived in Soddy-Daisy almost 50 years. My family was raised there, and my husband started his law- enforcement career there. Though I no longer reside in Soddy-Daisy, I care deeply about the city because my parents, a lot of my relatives, my extended family, and a lot of my closest friends live there. It is a city that is moving forward in leaps and bounds. Bryan Hoss would be an exceptional addition to this city with his experience and would remain unbiased as judge handling cases that come before him.

I urge you to vote for Bryan Hoss for Soddy-Daisy judge on Aug. 2.


Norton has proven he is right person

City Council meetings can be eye-opening. Attorneys will sometimes attend to advocate for clients. In September 2009, Mr. Gary Starnes argued a position before the City Council. In my opinion, he failed to argue his position logically and made loose accusations and charges.

Apparently the City Council chair thought so too, because the chair ruled Starnes out of order. Mr. Starnes was persistent in his comments, so much so that the chair pointedly asked Mr. Starnes to "sit down." (City Council minutes, Sept. 22, 2009, type "Gary Starnes").

My good friend, Judge Bob Moon, always referred to Sessions as the "People's Court." Judges settle disputes between people. We expect judges to conduct themselves in a civil manner and expect the same of attorneys who run for judgeships. We need a judge with "judicial temperament" who is fair and civil. Let's vote for Judge David Norton. He has proven himself to be the right person to replace Bob Moon as Sessions judge.


Wamp has passion to alter status quo

When I was 23, I set out to fulfill a dream of starting my own business. I wasn't naive to the fact it would take a great deal of hard work to accomplish my goal. I was often told I was too young and starting a business in a tough economy was a bad idea. Passion drove me. A fire was lit that wouldn't be put out. No one was going to work harder than me. Ten years later, my decision resulted in nine successful companies in Chattanooga with more than 400 employees and a business incubator that produces more companies.

One of those companies was started by Weston Wamp. I've known Weston for more than two years. I've worked beside him and been blown away by his maturity and knowledge. I've seen him close big deals. I've seen him command a room full of business owners.

When he told our team he was running for Congress, we knew nothing could stop him. He has the burning desire to be successful. He has the passion, energy and political acumen to change the status quo in Washington. No one will work harder than him.

Maybe taking a chance on a 25-year-old isn't such a bad idea?

TED ALLING, Lookout Mountain

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JENNIFER BRADFORD, wrong, we are saying that public officials should not engage in sectarian prayers as a part of their public duty. They aren't paid to be religious ministers, they're paid to do other things. If their duties conflict, they don't get to make the rest of us bear the burden.

God's Commands, whatever you believe them to be, have no force of law. That's the point of much legislation. You seek to change that. I decline to accept your theocracy, and I am quite glad that the religious test suggested by your position is forbidden by law.

TED ALLING, except I've seen his campaign ads. They are such shameless emotional pandering, I won't take a chance on that gamble at all.

July 13, 2012 at 12:05 a.m.
aae1049 said...

Donnie Convey, Of course the City told Mr. Starnes to sit down, he was representing citizens fending off the City in an annexation case. I would be very interested to hear what hotly contested cases or issues your candidate has taken on. Answer. None.

If you never take a position, you never offend anyone, and color sheeple good temper.

July 13, 2012 at 12:25 a.m.
daytonsdarwin said...

We have the Hamilton County Commission, known for political expediency, nepotism, and backroom deals, trying to lay claim to Jesus as Hamilton County's Personal Savior with themselves as apostles. Forget the taxpayer's money that will be spent to defend their inability to separate religion from civil government. They know that Jesus would rather spend that money on grandstanding than the homeless, and needy. If the majority of voters liked Hitler the Holy Hamilton Commission would be swearing themselves in on copies of "Mein Kampf."

Jim Hammond, the High Christian Sheriff, while never missing an opportunity to praise Jesus, gives son Jimi a high paying job as webmaster (will Jimi get hazardous duty pay for fighting those Satanic porn sites?) while real deputies work long and dangerous hours for less pay. Nevermind that Sheriff Jim worked as second-in-command to HQ Evatt where gambling, liquor, and corruption ran rampant. But that's OK when you're a good Christian. God wants Sheriffs to do His will and pass the tax dollars on to his family.

June Griffin, Rhea County's own Fred Phelps, would return the country to Old Testament traditions such as stoning, flogging, and beating non-submissive wives with a stick. She makes the Taliban look like Sesame Street characters.

Greg Vital who touts himself as a "Man of Faith" has repeatedly lied about his education credentials for years, but lacks the guts to admit it. Only when he knew the story on his falsehoods was about to break he changed his story. It's laughable and his lies have made the news around the country. Want to buy a used car or development from "Slip and Slide" Vital? Don't worry though, he's a "Man of Faith."

Now Mike Huckabee is coming to town. Mike could out-Jesus Jesus. This neocon/Baptist preacher can't wait to start a war in Iran. I'm sure Mike will tell us about his faith and Chucky's love of God. Chuck will profess his faith if someone pulls his strings.

The Tea Party hates big government but loves big religion (if the religion is Bible literalism, Creationism, anti-science, and only if Jesus looks like a Nordic Aryan. Certainly can't have Jesus looking like a Near East Jew).

The Jim Bakkers, Jimmy Swaggart, the Oral Roberts family, the TBN and PTL have nothing on the religious hypocrites of the Tennessee Vally. They could come to Southeast Tennessee and learn how it's done with "Traditional Tennessee Values."

So let's hear it for Jesus. And after the worship service we can meet for cocktails, poker, and strategies for pushing Christianity down everyone's throat. Maybe we can off an atheist or two to show God's great love and get some votes. Ain't life grand in this Holy Land?

July 13, 2012 at 1:30 a.m.
MalleusChristus said...

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

'Will some sue over God's command?'

1st Timothy 2:8- "I will therefore that men pray 'Every Where', lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting."

Saint Matthew 6:9- "After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy name. 10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen."

July 13, 2012 at 4:03 a.m.
anniebelle said...

Matthew 6:6
But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

July 13, 2012 at 5:39 a.m.
Fendrel said...


I've made that same suggestion many times but it seems to fall on deaf ears.

Best of Luck in your effort!

July 13, 2012 at 7:47 a.m.
librul said...

So now we have religionists invited to government meetings to pray, and those guided by reason and logic ejected. There, in a nutshell, is the essence of the poisonous, anti-democratic effect of theocracy.

July 13, 2012 at 9 a.m.
ebenji87 said...

Awesome post, Dayton and Happy! I'm amazed at the number of people around here and involved in this situation that simply cannot understand Separation of Church and State. No one is trying to say you can't pray in public, but a government official CANNOT get up in front of a government meeting and endorse any specific religion while "on the clock", per se. Got to love the Bible Belt.

July 14, 2012 at 8:20 a.m.
Fendrel said...

I wonder if the phrase "Bible Belt" came about because, much like a real belt, when applied with too much force it tends to cut off blood supply to the brain.

July 14, 2012 at 2:17 p.m.
daytonsdarwin said...

In 1988 a local man found his preacher at the rural gambling house/gin mill/bordello and threaten to tell the community about the preacher's predilection for sin.

While the preacher claimed he was there paying tithes for Holy Water and fulfilling his missionary position to satisfy the Great Commission (Love Thy Neighbor), the preacher promptly hit man with the King James 1611 version of Holy Writ to smite Satan's tongue from wagging to the congregation.

That is where the term "Bible Belt" originated.

Preacher then pulled a knife and killed the fellow in Jesus' name and God's infinite love.

It is not true that Jimmy Swaggart was involved in this episode, contrary to vicious rumors about that legendary Man of God. Jimmy was out-of-town in New Orleans that weekend receiving the Gift of Tongues from an angel in the sanctuary at the Travel Inn.

Source: "Toupees, Cadillacs, and Greenbacks—Preaching the Southern Comfort Gospel"

July 14, 2012 at 3:57 p.m.
MalleusChristus said...

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

Matthew 6-5 "And when thou prayest, 'thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are'..."

July 14, 2012 at 11:25 p.m.
MalleusChristus said...

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

Saint Luke 9- 28 "And it came to pass about an eight days after these sayings, He took Peter and John and James, and went up 'into a mountain to pray'. 29 And 'as He prayed', the fashion of His countenance was altered, and His raiment was white and glistering."

July 14, 2012 at 11:53 p.m.
MalleusChristus said...

Acts 1-13 "And 'when they' were come in, 'they went up' into an upper room, where abode both Peter, and James, and John, and Andrew, Philip, and Thomas, Bartholomew, and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon Zelotes, and Judas the brother of James. 14 These all continued with one accord 'in prayer' and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brethren."

Acts 8- 14 Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received The Word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John: 15 Who, when they were come down, 'prayed for them', that they might receive the Holy Ghost: 16 (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.) 17 Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost."

July 15, 2012 at 12:03 a.m.
lkeithlu said...

Just what do you hope to achieve with your posts, MC?

July 15, 2012 at 8:16 a.m.
daytonsdarwin said...

mc babbled: "Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost."

Isn't that what Sandusky did to his victims?

July 15, 2012 at 9:21 a.m.
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