published Sunday, July 22nd, 2012

'Make Olympic uniforms in U.S.' and other letters to the editor

Make Olympic uniforms in U.S.

Team America -- The U.S. Olympic team -- will be going to the London Games decked out in uniforms and accessories designed by Ralph Lauren, each one with a tag indicating "Made in China." The U.S. textile manufacturers need to throw Ralph Lauren under the bus. This is insulting, embarrassing and absolutely un-American.

What's worse, a spokesperson from the selection committee made no apologies or explanations, just that they are proud and dedicated of the clothing provided by Ralph Lauren. A single outfit cost thousands when it could have been made in the U.S.A. with better quality for a third of the price.

I'd think twice before sending in any more donations for Team America. You might get a thank-you letter, but it won't be because you helped anyone's training.


Vote for Vital, a job creator

After 42 consecutive months of unemployment above 8 percent, every candidate in America has a "plan" to create jobs and to "get our economy moving again." These plans invariably call for reducing taxes and regulations on small business and training a workforce for the jobs we have.

I don't know about you, but I think talk is cheap, particularly in an election year.

Greg Vital has a plan to create jobs, but he also has something most other candidates don't; a proven track record of job creation. Greg built a local company that has created 850 jobs and has been hiring people every day for the last 16 years.

As an employer in the health-care business, Greg didn't just realize yesterday that we have a skills gap in our economy and we need more people with technical skills and training that match the jobs available in our area.

That's why Greg partnered with Chattanooga State years ago to help train students for careers in the health-care industry, one of the few industries that has continued to add jobs throughout the recession.

On Aug. 2, don't vote for a jobs plan, vote for a job creator.

Vote Greg Vital, Republican for State Senate District 10.


Cemetery footage in ad appreciated

I was a little disappointed reading the article (July 14), "Wamp faulted for footage of cemetery."

I am a WWII veteran serving with the 11th Airborne Division in occupation of Japan. I had a brother who, after being wounded three times in action, was killed in action fighting in Gen. Patton's infantry in Germany. I also had two first cousins in the Air Force shot down over Germany. One was killed and the other is still unaccounted for. There were five of us brothers serving in the U.S. Army between 1943 and 1951.

With these thoughts in mind, I say "thank you" Weston Wamp for having the courage and thoughtfulness to show the Chattanooga National Cemetery in your campaign ads. These are the brave men and women who fought and some who gave their lives so that we have the right to vote. So I say without reservation "Vote for Weston Wamp for Congress."


You know who to vote for if ...

Wake up, America, what has your party done for you except take your money? Do you want four more years of losing jobs because some bureaucrat decides on penalizing regulations to corporations and taxing you for your health care? The present administration has no background in running any business, much less in taking care of the direction our government needs to evolve in order to become stable again.

Both major parties need put the country ahead of their political greed. The Democrats in the Senate are stalling on job-creating bills, while some Republicans (close to home) want to destroy some of our energy sources.

I am fed up with both parties trying to tell me who to vote for. I have become an independent and vote for whom I think will do the best job for the country that I fought for. If you want a welfare state, where you can sit on your duff and watch the country slide into oblivion, then you know who to vote for. If you want you and your children to be able to grow up in a free society with jobs available and where Americans still consider themselves a Christian nation, then you know who to vote for.


Pray in silence to stop protests

If those stubborn county commissioners would just agree to pray in silence, all of these protests and lawsuits would go away. It seems they want to make the point that they have the power, and they aren't giving in to anyone regardless whether it is the right thing or not. Ending a prayer "in the name of Jesus" in a government meeting is wrong and excludes many of us who don't believe that Christianity is the only religion. Stop it! The commissioners are wasting taxpayers' time and money, and they are completely wrong. Pray in silence!


Bring on term limits for council

Limiting Chattanooga City Council members to two four-year terms sounds like a swell idea. When I think back over the dumb ideas approved by City Council, the same faces flood my memory. Which council members approved the city borrowing and building the luxury hotel called The Chattanoogan? Who was it that approved a gigantic civic center expansion years ago? Are either of these places decreasing taxes? Remember that new super-duper triple expensive City Council green roof? Come look at the roofs in Brainerd.

Which elected officials led the charge to grant a property-tax cut for the Doubletree Hotel on Chestnut? That hotel has been there for years. Other hotels were going up everywhere near there without tax breaks. They received tax breaks, promised high-paying hotel jobs. My girlfriend worked there and she didn't clear more than $18,000 a year. When the topic of tax restitution from the hotel was brought up, some council members sounded like they didn't care. Honestly, I cannot tell who those faces on council represent. Sure isn't me.

Forget property taxes. My house foreclosed. Bring on the term limits.


Gardenhire has sound judgment

I recommend that voters of the 10th District vote for Todd Gardenhire as their state senator.

I have known Todd since 1976, when I met him at the Republican National Convention. He was an early and strong supporter of Ronald Reagan, who was not nominated at that convention but was nominated four years later.

I have known Todd to be a man of good and sound judgment. He would make a remarkable and trustworthy representative in the Tennessee Legislature.

I urge a vote for Todd.


DeGaetano will be fair and effective

I am writing to tell you about my good friend and attorney, Joe DeGaetano, and why I think you should vote for him in the upcoming election for the Hamilton County General Sessions judge.

I believe Joe is an exemplary candidate because of his legal qualifications as well as his compassion and integrity. I have known Joe since first grade and have had the pleasure of working with him as a fellow attorney for several years now. I completely trust Joe's judgment as a friend and also as a lawyer to whom I can refer clients and know they will be satisfied. Knowing Joe for so many years, both personally and professionally, has allowed me to witness first-hand his compassion and empathy for his clients and fellow citizens on numerous occasions. I feel strongly that these are important characteristics for a fair and effective judge.

Joe's educational achievements and successful legal career speak for themselves. I feel that this, coupled with his integrity and strong character, will truly make him an excellent sessions judge and urge you to vote Joe in the upcoming election.

JOHN R. BUHRMAN, Signal Mountain

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DAVID D. FIHN, I'd pass on the whole business, it's a commercial show. They should just own up to it like NASCAR.

GUS RUDNIK, thoughtfulness to exploit it for political purposes? Maybe you like Weston Wamp's hot air campaign, but others see it for a sham.

VINCE PATTERSON, I'd rather vote for a free society that doesn't want to implement the latest breed of Christian theocracy and heap even more welfare on the corporate behemoths. BTW, the only net jobs lost since Ibamna took office have been in government, private jobs are up.

July 22, 2012 at 1:15 a.m.
anniebelle said...

Pat Hagan, because they want to flaunt their self-righteousness. That's why I find Xtian's (in particular) so distasteful. They want to shove their indoctrination down others throats. They are so pernicious, and so pious they are no longer rational human beings. They treat their bodies and this country like it is trash and then wave their fairy tale book in your face like you are the one that is wrong. I'm sick of their ignorance and arrogance. We out here that don't believe their particular brand of salvation, have had enough of their trampling on our rights and our beautiful country.

July 22, 2012 at 6:54 a.m.
Livn4life said...

I find it amazing that the "they" some people use in reference to Christians, must not have any right to express their beliefs in public. This does not sound like the country created by those who framed the Constitution. It seems like a few who are trying to stifle others. If everyone has rights, so do "they." It amazes me those who claim to be liberal who are much less than liberal when it comes to persons who hold a different perspective from theirs.

July 22, 2012 at 7:33 a.m.

LIVIN4LIFE All the faux outrage over this issue always seems to amaze me. You can pray before the meeting, after the meeting, from the floor before the meeting is called to order, you can pray on the sidewalk outside, you can pray in the hallway, or anywhere else you can think of except during official county business. Even then you can pray as long as it is inclusive. But you already know all this. And I'm sure by writing about "they" you feel you have stood up to some kind of oppression. I'm sure in your heart you cannot see it is you who are the agressor. It is my way or else? Majority rule? Your view is a totalitarian one wrapped in the bible.

July 22, 2012 at 8:04 a.m.

Livn4life, not while you're acting in the capacity of a servant of the people. Policeman, fireman, judge, garbageman, county commissioner, as long as you're on the job, keep your religious expressions circumscribed.

That means not holding prayers as part of a meeting paid for by the taxpayers.

Feel free to express yourself when you're off the public dime. But the county commission meetings? Well, since you would never get enough time to not give preferential treatment, it's better to just give everybody the same opportunity to pray in silence.

Especially since we can already tell it's going to be Christian-Christian-Christian all the time, regardless of any claimed openness. If that were to happen, all the "Christians" would rise up at the offensiveness of that.

But really, you should stop trying to play that "You can't tolerate our intolerance, you bigots" con game on liberals, it doesn't work. Everybody else recognizes your sophistry for the fraud it is.

July 22, 2012 at 1:15 p.m.
riverman said...

Hey Bulbs, how many fat people did you count coming out of church today?

July 22, 2012 at 2:02 p.m.

I believe you're confusing me with somebody else.

July 22, 2012 at 2:44 p.m.


it was annebelle who was countin the fatties as they leave church on a thread yesterday.

Of course i did laugh out loud when you brought it up again good stuff

July 22, 2012 at 3:07 p.m.
anniebelle said...

drivelboy, sorry I missed your comment yesterday. They piled out of there so fast, I lost count. They were stampeding to their feeding throughs, I realize that teenie tiny cracker and thimble full of grape juice is not enough to sustain them through a whole hour and then have to walk down to the alter to get it. They should provide golf courts, how l2th century!

July 23, 2012 at 7:17 a.m.
anniebelle said...

sorry, golf carts or maybe hover rounds.

July 23, 2012 at 7:48 a.m.
anniebelle said...

and by the way, you've both got it wrong, I NEVER said one word about counting anybody, I'd have to have my calculator with me.

July 23, 2012 at 9:27 a.m.
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