published Saturday, March 17th, 2012

Letters to the Editor

Why Limbaugh but not Maher?

It looks like Obama has rid himself of his number one nemesis.

No, I am not talking about the GOP candidates. I am talking about Rush Limbaugh.

Rush is a true patriot and a highly intelligent man, but he took the bait. In trying to defend the freedoms of religion and free speech ,he fell hook, line and sinker and let his mouth get ahead of his brain. Now he will be removed from the scene or rendered ineffective even though he apologized both publicly and privately.

Rush was attacked by Obama and the liberal left while Bill Maher said much worse things about Sarah Palin and received a free pass. Of course he would, since he gave Obama a million dollars. Vile statements are made by Maher and others about Palin and Bachmann on a regular basis.

Hannity had better watch his back because he will likely be next.

There is a group called Media Matters for America that has investigators checking the personal lives of Fox News and other Obama critics. They have direct access to the White House. In true tyrannical fashion, I predict they will then go after everyone who dares tell the truth.

JACK WILLIAMS

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Read the Bible and get surprised

Some believe the Bible is the best-selling book. Too bad it is not known as the most read or most followed book.

What is so great about the Bible? Why not read it for yourselves. It may surprise you!

JENNIFER BRADFORD

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Discretionary fund should be dropped

It must be election time again because Hamilton County commissioners' $1 million slush fund is making headlines once again. Every election, the talk of greater transparency comes up in this great commissioners giveaway.

This is exactly what the plan is, another opportunity for each to boast about what they have done to help their district while spending their $100,000 share of discretionary funds.

It appears that commissioners have put themselves up for sale. I'll give your group $1,000 if my name appears on a new wall plaque, or I give your group $2,000 of the $50,000 you're needing, if I can get my picture taken with your group for the newspaper.

Commissioners are giving away $50,000, $75,000, sometimes over $100,000 on their leaving office gifts.

Are the commissioners buying your vote with these actions?

Why doesn't this money get put into our schools' budget?

Discretionary funds and the way they are used are wrong and should be discontinued.

See our newspaper opinion Free Press editorial of May 17, 2011, "Ban the county's slush fund."

BOB ROCK

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'Transparency' perpetuates myth

Alison Gerber's column (Perspective, March 11) cited lofty reasons for publishing federal employees' names, salaries and compensations while ridiculing those who object to this public outing. Implied is that federal employees are pampered by generous compensations that private industry workers do not enjoy.

This rationale is not new. Workers have been under increasing pressure to cede their middle-class standard of living to the lowest bidder. Thus, "transparency" is a thinly disguised perpetuation of the bloated-worker myth. Further implied is that each of us would be better off if TVA, Postal Service, teachers, and other government sectors were privatized.

Private corporations are good at subtly framing opinion while reaping the benefits of maximized profit. This short-sighted grab, however, diminishes each of us, and our communities that find themselves strapped by lack of tax revenue once provided by a solid middle class.

If we are to believe Ms. Gerber and her assertions, let readers see Chattanooga Times Free Press revenues, salaries and compensation packages. Include street vendors and deliverers. When this occurs, the reader can then say the area's paper of record is "fair and balanced."

KAREN LEE, Dunlap, Tenn.

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Don't give all to private market

Regarding the story about Corrections Corporation of America trying to buy up prisons: If you think about it, you would see that it's no good for the states or the people they send to prisons.

That's because they want them 90 percent full at all times, which makes the courts give people more time in prison, or makes them send people to prison when there are better places for them.

Think about this: They run Silverdale now, and look at all the guards there who got caught bringing things in. It's because the pay for the job isn't worth what they do. I know a lot of people who work for them.

Corrections Corporation of America has control over so many prisons here in Tennessee because a lot of the people in Tennessee have stock in it.

The people need to open their eyes and take back the government, and not let our government hand over everything to people in the private market just so they can put more money in their own pocket.

When it goes private, it's to a company they or their family or friends own.

Think, people, and let's take back our government before it's too late.

RANDALL REED

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Clooney has done his homework

I am amazed how Free Press editor Lee Anderson can irresponsibly assume Actor George Clooney is "dabbling" in politics.

I Googled Mr. Clooney to see if I could find out how many times he has been in Sudan.

No count, except his visit three days before his Congress meeting, but he has been talking about Sudan since at least 2009 and maybe longer.

I visited Mr. Anderson's Sunday morning class at his church for one summer. He stated he had been to the Holy Land, although not how many times. He taught the class as someone with a wealth of knowledge of the Bible and Holy Land. I enjoyed his class, reminding us all to be Christ-like and take care of one another.

You can understand my surprise to read his disdain for celebrities to speak about politics or humankind as if they have not done their homework.

So I ask you, Mr. Anderson, what are your guidelines to be able to speak on a subject whether it be the Bible, Holy Land, or Sudan? Don't judge or you will be judged.

I also wonder if you voted for Ronald Reagan once or twice.

HILLARY SAMPLEY

Editor's Note: Twice.

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Jack, that's ridiculous. I agree with you on Media Matters, but Limbaugh has lost nothing and he's not a spokesman for the Republican Party. He has time and time again blasted the Republican Party establishment. He is a conservative first. You're taking the bait from the liberal media and believing he's been taken out. That's garbage. He's been written off so many times it's ridiculous. There's a groundswell of disgust with Obama that is bigger than any talk show host. Limbaugh will gain new listeners from this because he hits a home run every time with his analysis of the liberal world.

March 17, 2012 at 2:58 a.m.
maggiepiano said...

The left is always selective in its outrage. Call Sandra Fluke to console her, but ignore what is said about Sarah Palins children, Laura Ingraham, MIchelle Malkin, Michelle Bachman, et al. Ok for Harry Reid to call George Bush stupid, but criticize Obama and you are a racist. It goes on and on and on. Preach tolerance, but only for those who agree with you.

March 17, 2012 at 7:53 a.m.
jjmez said...

Read the Bible and get surprised

Some believe the Bible is the best-selling book. Too bad it is not >known as the most read or most followed book.

What is so great about the Bible? Why not read it for yourselves. It may surprise you!

JENNIFER BRADFORD

betcha it didn't beat out Dr. Seuss & J.K. Rowlings?

March 17, 2012 at 5:06 p.m.
jjmez said...

maggiePEE, let go of all that anger and hatred. It's not good for your health.

chattanoogatnUSA, Rushie limpballs is the "gawd" of the Republican and Pee Party. Y'all live by and regurgitate his every word. He's also become the symbol of hatred and divisiveness.

March 17, 2012 at 5:09 p.m.
Rickaroo said...

Bill Maher is a potty-mouthed comedian with liberal leanings. Everybody knows what they're getting when they listen to him and they either hate him or love him. Sure, he maybe crosses the line sometimes but it's always with someone in the media who usually dishes out their own dirt as well. Even if you want to go so far as to say there is no excuse for his foul-mouthed criticisms of others, he is always knowledgeable and on point with what he says.

Limbaugh, on the other hand, in his harangue of Sandra Fluke, was not even close to being on point with what he said about her. She never talked about herself and her sexual habits. Her entire discussion had to do with women who needed contraceptives for medical reasons other than birth control and who had been denied by their school's insurance policies. If he had truly listened to her statement he would have known how idiotic he sounded and how misinformed he was in calling her a slut and a prostitute. His petty and malicious remarks about her had absolutely nothing to do with what she said in her public statement!

Regardless of the foul-mouthed tirades that flow from the mouth of Maher, at least he knows what he's talking about and his criticisms are usually on target. But Limbaugh is just an over-inflated bag of hot gas and a hypocrite who sounds smart enough....until you really listen to what he says. And then one can easily see how delusional he is and how, even when he's not name-calling, nothing but verbal crap spews out of his mouth.

March 17, 2012 at 5:57 p.m.
TinaN said...

Of all the things for Limbaugh to get slammed for, insulting someone seems kinda tame and overblown. Unfortunately, insults seem to be the order of the day for many pundits, and women being called sluts and whores for their contrary opinions is as old as time and pretty much comes with the territory. Not that it should be tolerated or accepted as is - because we shouldn't tolerate this behavior in any public figure as reasonable human beings - but the issues being discussed are more significant.

That being said, you're ridiculous, Jack Williams. There was no bait laid to be taken. As Rickaroo explained, Fluke's sexual activity was never under discussion, and Limbaugh had no basis from which to make such accusations about her. You either haven't listened to his show or have selective hearing if you haven't noticed that he throws insults around without provocation multiple times a show. It's pretty much par for the course with such pundits, and is a popular approach across the political spectrum. People seem to like to hear the opposition party being laden with every insult under the sun, even if it's baseless or unrelated to the issue at hand, and pundits like Limbaugh willingly choose to pander to that. If you like that, that's your choice, but don't try to make excuses for it.

March 20, 2012 at 9:24 p.m.
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