published Monday, March 12th, 2012

'Let's find a leader who can unite us' and more Letters to the Editors

Let's find a leader who can unite us

I am looking for a leader, one who can express clear visions for our great country. I want a leader who can explain so that we can understand how he/she believes we can achieve the visions.

I am looking for a leader who can unite our representatives in Congress across the aisles and who does not seek to divide us. We are one nation, even though the rhetoric in Washington and across our land would indicate that we are not, but rather enemies of persons who disagree with us, even our neighbors.

I am looking for citizens of this great country who can express their own visions about our national goals and how we can reach them together. I am eager to see citizens who can put their shoulders to the wheel to bring us together again to be one nation.

We are stronger when we do not all agree, but we cannot be strong if we do not listen to each other and find ways to compromise so that we can move forward together. No one of us has it all right.

T. MAXFIELD BAHNER


Wild animals need to be just that

Wild animals are not meant to be pets. They belong in their natural habitats where they can learn how to survive and adapt in nature. They also should be with their own kind.

One reason wild animals should be free is their true nature can take over any minute. All of those horrid accidents that occurred with chimpanzees and their owners are an example. One second a cute little fur ball, the next a beast, craving freedom and doing anything to get it. The act of violence is different for every animal, but most end with the same thing. They all end with injury.

Another reason wild animals shouldn't be a pet is that they have a certain environment; for instance, a bee and its hive, or a monkey and a jungle. I mean, a monkey wouldn't belong in a desert, just like wild animals don't belong in households.

Animals should be free in their environments and learn what needs to be learned, not locked up with humans, being on a leash or wearing clothes. It is unnatural and in my opinion wrong!

ADARA ABDELRAZZAQ

Crandall, Ga.


Don't use ribbons in distasteful way

I recently attended a Carmike Cinema movie presentation where puppets were used to advertise the Fandango service available for the public to order tickets in advance.

One of the Fandango puppets used the Vietnam Campaign Ribbon as facial makeup. As a Vietnam veteran, I strongly disagree and deplore the use of any service ribbon for other than what it is intended.

Improper use of ribbons demeans and degrades their very intent.

As a reminder, the Vietnam Campaign Ribbon is awarded to those who served and died in the Vietnam War.

Fandango puppet creators and Carmike Cinema management should be made aware of the sensitive nature affecting veterans and family members when the ribbons are displayed in such a distasteful manner.

Service ribbons received honor the recipient, the military service served and country. They should not be used in jest or for advertisement purposes.

LAVON SIMPSON

Ooltewah


Make your voice heard on rezoning

The current school rezoning issue may not affect you today but ...

One student, going from grades 6-12, would travel to Ooltewah rather than East Hamilton, a total of at least an additional 10,000 miles by car/bus. A burden to students and parents plus adversely affecting property values in neighborhoods once valued for zoned schools.

Hamilton County homeowners should contact all Hamilton County school board members and all Hamilton County commissioners/City Council representatives expressing concern that rezoning could be imposed on you at any time.

Urge the school board to vote this Thursday to create a task force, including residents, to study alternatives: how other cities cope with overcrowding, allocating pilot monies from Volkswagen, Amazon, etc., received in lieu of taxes, updating older buildings, portable buildings in the short term, etc., and to develop a master plan for future growth in Hamilton County.

Superintendent Rick Smith is on record saying: "I am not concerned about property value." Hopefully other elected officials, the school board that appointed him, as well as other area officials are.

By contacting all school board and county/city officials before Thursday, you can be heard loud and clear that these issues do matter when elections come around.

Today this issue affects East Hamilton County. tomorrow, your area?

JANET (PERFETTI) SIVILS


Open new drilling to aid economy

I am struggling with the comments from "supposed" intellects. Allow me to take it from these views.

Intellects are saying that increasing the production of oil will not bring down oil prices.

When President Bush asked the Saudis to increase production, the price of oil dropped.

Some said speculators are causing the price increase. They also are saying that less oil is now being consumed because of the price increase in gas.

If we open up new drilling, it will take five years before production. If we had done it 10 years ago, we would be extracting millions of barrels of oil today.

I say flood the market.

That will accomplish much to include providing thousands of jobs; making us oil independent; providing riches for many in our country; reducing the price of oil and gas; stimulate our economy and much more.

When I see these so-called intellects talking, I scratch my head wondering what I am missing.

Additionally, we must build new refineries as we have not built one in 30 years.

Wake up, America!

DONALD STEWART

Signal Mountain


What to think about Limbaugh

After Rush Limbaugh's recent debacle, I have struggled to find a suitable characterization for the man. I thought of none you might risk in print.

We are not so crass as to wish him female and married to a pro-lifer.

JOHN BATY

Mentone, Ala.


Ensure students live in right zone

I support the parents who are challenging Rick Smith's rezoning of our schools.

Rick Smith, school administration and teachers should be responsible for making sure that students live in the areas zoned for schools in East Hamilton County.

Unfortunately, our appointed superintendent, Rick Smith, has all the power.

LINDSEY STEVENS


Only Gingrich can beat Obama

It is obvious what is happening in the presidential primary. The Democrats are voting for Ron Paul, Santorum and Mitt Romney, sabotaging Newt Gingrich.

Democrats are afraid of Mr. Gingrich. He would make mincemeat out of Obama.

By listening to the media, we are led to believe Romney is the Republican candidate, which is the Democratic hopeful.

Obama would be a shoe-in.

If it is not Newt, it is Obama ... period. Wake up, Republicans!

STEPHEN A. THOMPSON

Rock Spring, Ga.

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Exusiai said...

STEPHEN A. THOMPSON,

For the record, on Super Tuesday, as a Democrat, I was not given the option to vote on any republican ticket. So statements that Democrats are voting in this manner are either false or misleading.

March 13, 2012 at 10:08 a.m.

Actually, it was Rick Santorum's campaign (or SuperPAC) calling Michigan Democrats to vote for him.

March 13, 2012 at 12:33 p.m.
Plato said...

DONALD STEWART said: "I am struggling with the comments from "supposed" intellects. Allow me to take it from these views. Intellects are saying that increasing the production of oil will not bring down oil prices. When President Bush asked the Saudis to increase production, the price of oil dropped."

Let me help you out here. The US has about 21 Billion barrels of oil in reserve - about 3% of the world oil supply. All of the easy, and cheapest to pump oil is already gone. OTOH Saudi Arabia has around 300 Billion - about 35% and new pumping facilities at current costs are still feasible. The Saudis thus have the capacity to open up the throttle on their daily production which is an average of 10 million barrels a day to upwards of 15 million. Other OPEC countries like Libya and Venezuela can also chip in with a few million barrels a day. Putting that much more oil on the market will have a measurable downward pressure on price. OTOH the US is already pumping from most all of the known oil reserve locations. Adding more drilling at new locations would only add to the mix incrementally and not enough to really move the supply needle. Remember oil is a global commodity, the price of which is set by global futures and spot markets, not a domestic commodity. So the notion that producing more domestic oil somehow will help the US is a myth. Oil produced here goes on the world market place the same as oil produced from anywhere else.

The solutions to high gas prices will not be found in more domestic oil pumping. Rather, it will be found by shifting our energy demand to alternatives, most notably natural gas which we have an abidance of, along with other alternatives such as electric vehicles.

March 13, 2012 at 12:39 p.m.
acerigger said...

Dammit Plato, there you go spouting "facts" again!

Everybody knows the high price of gas is Obama's fault! (tongue firmly in cheek)

March 13, 2012 at 1:30 p.m.
hambone said...

And the tornados and bad weather too, Ace!

March 13, 2012 at 5:06 p.m.
Lr103 said...

Did they finish cleaning up that oil spill in Yellowstone National Park and repair that entire Montana town that had to be evacuated last year? And what about that major fault hit while drilling for oil off the coast of Haiti that so devastated the entire country of Haiti? Get back to us Mr. DONALD STEWART when you can answer those two questions.

March 13, 2012 at 7:09 p.m.
hambone said...

Mr Stewart, the reason we haven't built any new refineries in 30 year is if the oil companies had they would lose an excuse.

Actually, big oil companies have bought up the little independent refineries and shut them down to reduce competition!

March 13, 2012 at 7:43 p.m.
acerigger said...

"Refineries being shut down",,,,,GOOGLE IT!!

Then come back and tell me it's "Obama's fault".

March 13, 2012 at 10:50 p.m.
chet123 said...

HA HA HA HA HA

March 27, 2012 at 10:20 p.m.
chet123 said...

T. MAXFIELD BAHNER....HOW CAN YOU BE UNITED WHEN EVEN YOUR SOUTHERN BAPTIST CHURCH ARE PREACHING LIES AND CALLING THE PRESIDENT A COMMUNIST,MUSLIM,TERRORIST..Hmmmmm?

YOU TALK A GOOD TALK...BUT YOUR WALK IS CROOKED!!

March 27, 2012 at 10:23 p.m.
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