published Saturday, June 23rd, 2012

'Action merits impeachment' and other letters to the editor

Action merits impeachment

When Obama was running for president in 2008, I jokingly said I was going to start a business and sell "Impeach Obama" T-shirts. After more than three years of Obama, it may not be a bad idea.

I know you can't impeach a president for being totally incompetent or for appointing incompetent people, but it appears to me that his latest shenanigan is in violation of the Constitution. This is an impeachable offense. On June 15, he deliberately made an executive decision that was in defiance of Congress. He effectively enacted the Dream Act, which had been denied by Congress. The Dream Act may have merits, but Obama has no authority to act unilaterally.

This seems to be business as usual for the current administration. I watched C-Span as Eric Holder defied the Republican members of the Senate subcommittee in the gun-walking incident. Holder appointed his own people to investigate the Justice department and refused an independent investigator (duh!).

When will people learn? We have the Solyndra case, the Canadian pipeline, the failed stimulus, the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell," support of abortion, and non-support of Israel, to name a few.

Anybody want to buy a T-shirt?


Norton helps others find success

Generally speaking, I am not one who sends comments to the newspaper. However, having strong convictions and a knowledge that I feel needs to be shared, I choose to speak on behalf of an individual now in the position to be elected to the office vacated by the death of Judge Bob Moon.

Judge David Norton is a person of high moral standards and a strength and determination to follow his convictions. Judge David Norton, when called upon to participate or help someone, is willing to do his part to jump on board as long as it is morally right and within ethical parameters. He has a strong faith and a trust to help others find success in their own lives -- even if it is of no benefit to him other than the satisfaction of knowing they had reached a goal with his assistance.

I ask all of my friends to vote to support Judge David Norton as Hamilton County Sessions Court judge. He will continue to do an excellent job for the people of Hamilton County and will work to make our community a safe and comfortable environment to live our lives and raise our families.


Acuff can continue bench excellence

We have lived in Soddy-Daisy all our lives. For the last 21 years, we've been privileged to know Mike Acuff and his wife Susan. We know Mike as a man of integrity, devoted and dedicated to his family, his church, his community and his country.

Mike has years of experience as a defense attorney and twice spent significant periods as a military prosecutor.

Since incorporation in 1969, Soddy-Daisy's judges have set the bar of excellence at a high level. We believe that Mike has the experience, demeanor and temperament to continue this excellence. He will be an asset to Soddy-Daisy.

We will vote for Mike, and we ask the people of Soddy-Daisy to support him. You won't be disappointed.


Fleischmann stands above rest

Chuck Fleischmann has gained the admiration of the Republican leadership during his first term in Congress through his untiring work ethic, his ability to understand complex issues, and his rock-solid conservative stances -- anchored by his deep knowledge and abiding respect of the Constitution. Congressional leaders choose who will be on important committees based on a member's ability to contribute. It is like choosing your baseball team -- you want the best players. Chuck has been chosen to some of the most important committees.

How would those leaders view Weston Wamp? Would his self-proclaimed passion and fearlessness make up for his obvious lack of a work history and real-life experience?

Then we have Scottie Mayfield from Athens, Tenn., who although claiming to have 40 years of leadership, has managed to run a disastrous campaign, and he has yet to articulate a vision for taking Tennessee forward.

Chuck is a proven conservative leader -- let's make sure we return him to Congress.

RACHEL MILLER, Signal Mountain

Welch possesses high integrity

Please join us in voting for Dr. Jonathan Welch as District 2 school board representative. Having shared in Jonathan's life since he was a young boy, we know him to possess high integrity and sound judgment. He is steady and stable, has a great family and is a gentleman of faith with strong principles and work ethic, yet a listening servant's heart.

We would be very fortunate to have Jonathan Welch represent us on our school board.


Band together to heal nation

Fellow Christians, Matthew 6 is not our only example to pray. Paul said, "I will that men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting," 1 Timothy 2:8.

Thank you, Rheubin Taylor, for your courage to pray publicly in the name of Jesus.

One atheist stopped prayer. What could many believers do if we prayed together? Our nation needs healing.

Instead of seeking differences among ourselves, let us unite together and pray for our nation. We have his promise.


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JACK WILLIAMS, you have your facts wrong. I would almost love for somebody in Congress to follow up on your claims, just to have the chance to refute it in public. Obama's actions are not the path to Citizenship that the DREAM Act provided for, but work visas, the terms of which the President is empowered by Congress to issue. It'd be almost funny to see it come up in the House, and then the Senate would let the public know the truth. But...I'd rather they actually do their jobs and not engage in theater. And fortunately, even John Boehner isn't dumb enough to proceed to do something he knows he would lose. He had to throw the fanatics in the Tea Party a bone in the Holder investigation, but he's not going to destroy his credibility that badly.

Also, no evidence of significant corruption was found in Solyndra, the Canadian Pipeline which you so deeply love is proceeding at the reasonable pace appropriate for any such endeavor, the Stimulus is believed by 80% of economists to have had a positive impact, the repeal of a law is entirely within the Constitution, there is no requirement to support Israel, so even if your accusation were true, the only thing it means is that you believe religious law should be enshrined in the Constitution.

JAN ROBERTS, if you want to heal the nation, stop playing games about unity while you try to divide us.

June 23, 2012 at 12:19 a.m.
Easy123 said...


Your ignorance is scary.


Let's alienating everyone that doesn't believe like us.

June 23, 2012 at 2:48 a.m.
anniebelle said...

jack williams is just another uninformed (ignorant), lying mouthpiece for this gang of moronic repukes. Pleeeeeeze get some facts before you sit on the commode and run your mouth off.

June 23, 2012 at 5:55 a.m.
degage said...

anniebelle it is you that has diarrhea of the mouth. you always have hate filled remarks to make about anyone that thinks different from you.

June 23, 2012 at 7:56 a.m.
shen said...

degage that would be the right wing tea-hater-everyone-who-doesn't-look-like-them-think-like-them-baggers with the potty diarrhea mouthS.

Jack Williams

On June 15, he deliberately made an executive decision that was in defiance of Congress. He effectively enacted the Dream Act, which had been denied by Congress. The Dream Act may have merits, but Obama has no authority to act unilaterally.

Then why wasn't Bush or Clinton impeached for exercising their executive powers over Congress on more than on occasion? Where were you and your haters when Bush evoked his executive privilege 6 times, and Clinton 14?

You're just regurgitating what you hear on faux news, and listen to on talk radio from the likes of baby-rushbaugh, cry-baby beckler, hen-hannity and cohorts.

June 23, 2012 at 9:28 a.m.
degage said...

Shen you must be talking about the fleabaggers.

June 23, 2012 at 9:37 a.m.
lkeithlu said...

Okay, Ken Orr. What if I want to contribute my prayer? It is not a a Christian prayer but according to you, I have the right to say it aloud to open a government assembly. Is it okay with you that I do so? Everyone must be quiet and listen, as I am required to listen to others' prayers.

Awaiting your answer....

June 23, 2012 at 11:09 a.m.
lkeithlu said...

Out loud, in a forum where everyone must listen or step out? Given the number of religious sects, that would take a few hours. Is that what you are suggesting should happen?

June 23, 2012 at 11:40 a.m.
anniebelle said...

Just to set the record straight, Bush used his Executive Order Priviledge, which President Obama used in defense of the Dream Act, 291 times. Executive Priviledge was used in the right's witch hunt to go after Attorney General Holder for doing his job. Listen up folks, I don't use any of the words that come to mind to address you un-American filthy traitors who would take this nation down the tubes to get that old n. . . .r out of office.

June 23, 2012 at 1:32 p.m.
anniebelle said...

You think you can get on here day in and day out with your outright lies and fake news and nobody's going to notice. Well, think again. You do not seek the truth on anything, just how much you can hate your fellow Americans for not being lunatics like yourself. Move to Iran if you want to do your 'prayers' in the public square, that's what that country's all about, NOT This One, YET!

June 23, 2012 at 1:52 p.m.
Rickaroo said...

Jan Roberts, just what sort of "courage" did Rheubin Taylor have to muster to pray in public, here in the Bible belt, where his fundamentalist christian ilk are in abundance and as much at home as pigs on a pig farm? Yeah, he really stood his ground against those fire-breathing atheists, didn't he? Actually it was the few atheists in attendance who were the ones exhibiting courage. An atheist gets vilified for even admitting to being one, let alone for standing up to you arrogant, self-righteous thugs here on your own stomping grounds.

You and the rest of the christian taliban whine about your precious "rights" being violated but you have already insidiously infiltrated more aspects of our public life and government than you can shake a stick at. And you won't be happy until you have it ALL, with your Ten Commandments in every building and a crucifix added to the American flag.

I'm not a praying man but if I was I'd be praying for the nation to be spared from the likes of you christian neanderthals. And I'd be sure to pray it in jeebus' name because we all know that prayer is just wasted breath if we don't tack on those magic words, right? In jeebus' name, abracadabra... amen.

June 23, 2012 at 3:34 p.m.
Livn4life said...

Boy the experts are out in force, criticizing and demonizing one who is NOT like them then pretending the other side is the only one who does it. People called for impeachment of Bush, Clinton WAS impeached then acquitted by, what else, a Democrat led Senate. It is so amusing for ones who watch CNN NBC CBS etc. and would call someone else for not having facts straight. We are just a few months away from seeing who realizes what is going on with this administration. I'm hoping the real facts become clear. When that happens, you will then be free to attack and bash a president who comes from a different perspective.

June 23, 2012 at 4:12 p.m.
Easy123 said...


"criticizing and demonizing one who is NOT like them then pretending the other side is the only one who does it."

You are projecting.

June 23, 2012 at 4:30 p.m.

You have it backwards Livn4life, you blame the Democratic Senate, but in reality, the culpability is the Republican House who manufactured a hysterical reaction into a sham indictment purely for political purposes. Even a few Republicans in the Senate couldn't stomach that partisan gamesmanship.

It's amusing for ones who swear by Fox News and Rush Limbaugh and Mitt Romney to complain about others not having facts right. We are just a few months away from realizing once again, that Republicans aren't just coming from a different perspective but instead complicit in the destruction of this country.

I know some people like to mistakenly think of a False Equivalency, and try to blame both sides, but that's an indulgent attempt to be noble.

You're not being persecuted, you're not a victim, no matter how much you try to make yourself out to be a martyr, you won't be one just because you're kept from using your religious beliefs to oppress and suppress others. The number of people telling others to leave the room, as if that wasn't exactly the problem the prayers were causing shows that.

June 23, 2012 at 7:49 p.m.
Sean_Dickerson said...

I am just going to tell you right off the bat point blank:

I am VERY ashamed to be an American now. Absolutely. I am. I'm disgusted with this entire whole Republic.

You know, back in the time of the American Revolution, could you even imagine all these people on the farms everywhere, what they would have thought if they saw what we see happening now here today? Do you honestly think they would have just sat back and watch it all happen before their very eyes? Do you think they would have blatantly become participants with this system, as corrupt as it has turned out to be?

Let me tell you, they went to WAR, my friends. They did that because they had enough of the tyranny. And it's going to happen again -- REAL SOON! We are in the final hour -- RIGHT NOW! Just you wait and find out this summer -- maybe even later in the year -- when it all gets here! You people don't think it's something to take at all that seriously now, but you just wait and find out when it all hits the fan. Most Americans are going to wind up in the cross-hairs of these mercenaries. They will be caught in the crossfires. Why do you think they set up a spy grid everywhere? Think about it! They now have the opportunity to lock down the United States just as Hitler wished he could have done back then. They put up this whole GPS grid and spyware system, locators on everyone's homes in the United States of America. Okay? We now are identified by our neighbors. Our neighboring residents -- yes, that's right -- don't believe me? Then look at this:

It is much like a repeat of history:

Need any more proof? Somehow we are considered a threat, many of us, or that we are enemy combatants. We are told by Homeland Security that if we "see something, say something". So now there is a program for spying on our neighbors. We are all now considered "suspicious" thanks to Big Sis Napolitano, the Nazi of the year. Nosy neighbors (who have a personal vendetta or can't mind their own damned business) are now encouraged to spy on others they don't like.

June 28, 2012 at 2:54 p.m.
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