published Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

'Good coaches can have a bad year' and more Letters to the Editors

Good coaches can have a bad year

I have never knowingly met UTC basketball coach, John Shulman, and do not think I would recognize him if we were to share a phone booth. But I am certain that I can make two statements about his condition.

At no time in the recent past did John Shulman take an overdose of stupid pills. Nor did he have his brain removed by aliens.

He did have his share of unfortunate experiences during the 2011-12 basketball season, but he doesn't deserve to be put into the lame duck status awarded to Coach Rodney Allison a couple of years ago for the performance, or lack thereof, of his football staff and players. Even Vince Lombardi and John Wooten had a bad year or two.

CARL K. HANSEN


Does political issue hit close to home?

In reading the Times Free Press for nine years, I have noticed that when a political issue embarrasses the conservatives, the Free Press editor is typically silent on the issue. He either lacks the fortitude to tell the truth as he sees it or the conviction of his beliefs.

He has been silent on mountaintop removal, which would bring jobs and economic prosperity to Tennessee, yet he is loud and clear about building a pipeline from Canada to Louisiana.

It seems to me the potential for environmental degradation is about the same in both instances. But mountaintop removal would degrade the environment very close to the editor's home, and the proposed pipeline, were it built, would be out of the editor's sight.

Could the editor be a closeted NIMBY?

JEFF BRIERE


It might be last presidential vote

If you have drunk the "Kool-aid" and simply must vote for Obama to have a second term, then vote. I must give you a caveat, however. If he is re-elected, this will probably be the last presidential election in the history of the United States of America.

He has bypassed the Congress and slowly but surely taken away almost all of our rights. His goal is to destroy the U.S.A. and turn us into a socialist/Marxist nation.

CHARLIE BENSON

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bookworm said...

Dear Benson: It seems that unfortunately for you that the majority of voters in 2008 diagreed with you. But cheer up. With the excellent cast of Republican presidential hopefuls you just can't miss, right?

March 20, 2012 at 4:31 a.m.
lkeithlu said...

Ouch. Tinfoil hat adjustment needed.

March 20, 2012 at 8:12 a.m.
Plato said...

I doubt anyone that would write such an ignorant letter can use a computer but just in case, I would ask Benson to list all the "rights" he has lost in the last 3 years. . . . .

March 20, 2012 at 10:50 a.m.
Livn4life said...

Tinfoil hat eh? Well which one is worse the one Mr. Benson and the like wears or the one worn by all who are so utterly convinced a 2nd term of President Obama is what the ailments of America ordered? One is just about as "tinny" as the other. Funny part is how when the nation decided change was needed from the former administration, that "majority" jumped on the Obamabandwagon flogging anyone who even resembled the former perspective taken. The change brought, however, has not yielded what was promised and thought. Yet many of that "majority" seem to want to continue when change is still needed. Tinfoil hats, many of us are wearing them today and don't even know it.

March 20, 2012 at 11:17 a.m.
LibDem said...

And yet, Mr. Benson, you still have the right to express your opinion. Amazing.

March 20, 2012 at 4:27 p.m.
Exusiai said...

And yet, whoever gets elected this year, the same thing will be said of them in 4 years.

March 21, 2012 at 10:55 a.m.

I can't believe that Benson forgot to mention how Obama was a Kenyan Muslim Anti-Colonialist.

March 21, 2012 at 11:13 p.m.
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