published Friday, May 18th, 2012

"Mayfield just follows the leader" and other letters to the Editors

Mayfield just follows the leader

I was rather amazed when I read the Republican assessment of Scotty Mayfield's campaign. It is almost a carbon copy of Chuck Fleischmann's first campaign.

He repeatedly refused to let out any information about where he stood on any issue, "in the series of debates he held with Robin Smith and other opponents." I doubt anyone can remember anything of substance. He even ran from a reporter who pressed him for some kind of statement. Why should Scotty not follow the leader, when the leader was so successful?


Give lesbians, gays same rights

Kudos to David Cook for his "Give me that pro-gay, pro-family religion" piece in this newspaper on May 14.

It's important enough to quote him:

"Gay and lesbian folks are fine just the way they are.

"And they should not have to apologize.

"Or feel afraid. Or ashamed."

And they should have the same rights as other human beings, instead of second-class rights.

Their children should be able to say that their parents are married, if that's what's important to them.

It seems to me that the religious right, in their conviction that folks should believe as they do -- being convinced that's God's wish -- are largely responsible for hate, division and bigotry down through the ages. For instance: racial integration, denying women their reproductive choice, interracial marriage, and now gay rights.

In spite of that, as a country we are getting better, and kinder, and have resolved some of these issues -- not without a struggle -- but on the side of kindness. I believe a God of love would approve.


Don't shirk help for poor

A readers writes (May 3), "The argument that Jesus expected individuals to take care of poor people comes from Ayn Rand's philosophy, not the teachings of Jesus."

Nonsense. Jesus taught that responsibility for one's less-fortunate "neighbors" is personal.

In Jesus' parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37), a priest and Levite declined to help a stranger robbed and left to die along the road to Jericho. But a Samaritan went to his aid, cleaned and bandaged his wounds with supplies from his own kit, put him on his donkey, brought him to an inn where he personally fed and cared for him, paid for the stranger's room and board out of his own purse, and gave the innkeeper more money to pay for his care until he recovered. He also told the innkeeper that upon his return he would pay any additional expense incurred by the stranger. Jesus concluded: "Go and do likewise."

I commend this parable to statists who would shirk their personal responsibility for the poor, substituting the iron fist of the state -- and OPM (sounds like opium, is equally addicting, stands for other people's money).


City department to celebrate week

Public Works Week is an awareness campaign, educational opportunity and celebration of public works departments in communities nationwide.

Here in Chattanooga, we will observe the week from May 20-26 with a number of activities. A "Touch a Truck" event is geared toward kids of all ages who would like to see some of the impressive public works vehicles (vacuum truck, hook lift with mini excavator, paint truck, derrick digger, etc.) up close. That display will be at Coolidge Park on Sunday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

A Community Outreach Day consisting of public works vehicles and educational displays for all of the responsibilities that the Public Works Department holds: brush collection, road design and repair, street lights, traffic signals, code enforcement, drivers education, special event and construction street closures, parking lot design, sight obstruction, traffic signals, road signage, water quality, waste disposal, speed humps, etc. This is scheduled for the Waterhouse Pavilion in Miller Plaza on Wednesday from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Please plan to attend both of these events and learn how our Public Works Department touches every aspect of our daily lives.

CAROLINE JOHNSON, Traffic Engineering Division, Public Works Department, City of Chattanooga

Obama sells soul for campaign funds

Obama likes power so much he's willing to sell his soul for campaign money from the likes of Striesand, Oprah, Cher, Ellen and many others.

Matthew 16:26 says, "For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?"


GOP positions hurt the middle class

I can understand why rich Americans support the Republican Party, but am amazed middle-class Americans are gullible enough to do so. Republican positions on many issues that have real impact are so contrary to their interests.

Many overlook Paul Ryan's rhetoric. He wants us to think of Social Security and Medicare as "entitlements," instead of benefits they worked many years to earn and paid for. Ryan is a disciple of Ayn Rand, who thinks the poor are parasites on the wealthy.

The latest outrage is the drive to dismantle the Affordable Health Care act that the right calls "ObamaCare." Romney, forgetting the one decent thing he did as governor of Massachusetts, says the poor can go to the emergency room when they have a medical problem. Really? Will that work for diabetes patients who need daily insulin injections or MS victims who need expensive interferon injections? And God help those with cancer.

Don't look for help from our local representative or senators. They have all oppose "ObamaCare," while they propose no real alternatives. "Rep. Chuck" is a bad joke. He prefers that we not use his last name lest we think that he has Jewish, or worse yet, Jewish and perhaps even Democratic antecedents.

MIKE RUSSELL, Signal Mountain

Mayfield needs to present views

I feel it is imperative that we know the candidates and how they differ from the representation we presently have. If everyone remained mute and stated they don't have any differing opinions from our present representative in Congress, why even run?

Putting yourself out there to run for a specific office should mean that you have your own ideas of how something should be done.

It may mean that you are fed up with the status quo and aren't going to take it any more. It may mean that you would like to voice your opinion on specific issues that affect our district, so that the voters can decide who best represents their own values.

We know how our present representative stands from seeing the out-of-state money he accepts, the leadership he walks in lockstep with and the lack of concern for district needs such as the Chickamauga Dam lock. We know how a couple of the challengers would change things by visiting their websites, but we have no idea how Mr. Mayfield differs from the candidates, and this is a shame.

Give us voters the opportunity to decide if his ideas, values and vision is what we want.


Remember lessons of history

We are fast becoming a nation in denial of truth. Political correctness trumps all else. Have we forgotten the lessons of history? Do we not remember or have we not read about the millions in Europe who were tortured and murdered? The German people accepted political correctness and repeatedly over the years gave the Heil Hitler salute to perhaps the most evil man who ever lived. Has this taught us nothing?

There is no substitute for truth. It will stand when all else fails.


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BARBARA GOINS, you complain about Obama, but no mention of Mitt Romney? He's gotten around 80 million from large donors.

If you're going to complain about politicians taking donations, at least be open-handed about it.

Not that I'm aware of Oprah asking for anybody's soul, mind you, but if she were, I can imagine her uses would be more benign than Romney's friends at Bain.

May 18, 2012 at 12:20 a.m.
anniebelle said...

Ms. Goins, last I looked all these people you named are American citizens who have chosen to support a President who is trying to help the average American make a life for themselves and their children in this wonderful country we live in - not just the 1% who are Romney's base. Maybe you need to form your own opinions based on fact instead of lies upon lies fed to you by Faux news and Lush Limpballs (speaking of selling your soul, lol).

May 18, 2012 at 7:33 a.m.
moon4kat said...

Thanks, Anniebelle & Happy with . . ., for setting the record straight and putting the Presidential campaigns in perspective.

May 18, 2012 at 10:13 a.m.
Livn4life said...

Oh yeah, put the presidential comapaigns in perspective. I am utterly amazed at the Democrat approach to demonize the 1% yet go after their money when needed to get elected or forward that part of the 1%'s agenda. It's all a bunch of hypocritical hype. And for all who think our more "progressive" advancements in political correctness is good for the country, just hang around a little bit longer and see a continued staggered economy, decadence morally and soon who knows to what extent people will go in desperation when so much that has been precious is seized by the government. But go on now espouse how this president and Democrats who have ruled Congress for most of the last 65 years are out to help the average American make a good living. That average American is being redefined as rich. Since the amount defined as being "rich" in tax-loving Democrats' eyes rules, how can you still use the term 1%?

May 18, 2012 at 11:05 a.m.
Easy123 said...


How are they demonizing the rich? By making them pay their fair share in taxes? The economy is actually doing better. Maybe you have been watching Fox news too much. But the Dow came in at 12,417.02 today compared to 8,277.32 in 2009 (May 22). Obama's new proposed budget is putting more money into transportation, energy, education, commerce, veterans affairs and state and international programs. These are all departments that Romney wants to cut funding to.

May 18, 2012 at 1:52 p.m.
hlking89 said...

Mr. Tucker- If you visit Mr. Mayfield's website you will see that he has more positions on the issues than any other candidate. For someone who decided to run for Congress a couple of months ago, thats pretty impressive!

May 18, 2012 at 3:53 p.m.
Rickaroo said...

L4L, if you teabaggers would stop screaming your lungs out about how we libbers are "demonizing" the 1% and "envying" the wealthy, maybe you would then be able to put things in their proper perspective. We do not hate all wealthy people or business owners. I cannot speak for evereyone, but I and my liberal friends (some of whom are quite rich and business owners themselves) realize that people come in all stripes, regardless of how much money they make or don't make. There are many greedy, self-absorbed, useless rich people who contribute little or nothing to the betterment of society, and there are many who contribute a lot. And those who do contibute meaningfully realize that freedom is much more than the freedom to make as much un-taxed money as they can get away with. They realize that living in our society requires that we accept certain responsibilities of citizenship and do not look upon taxation as the government "stealing" from them.

For as long as there have been civilized societies taxation has existed in some form or other as a means of keeping that society functioning for the benefit of ALL of its citizens, not just the wealthy. As long as you insist on framing the debate in terms of taxation as something evil, and as long as you keep spreading the lie that we liberals hate and envy the rich and successful just by nature of their being rich and successful, then we will continue to get just where we have gotten with the debate thus far....nowhere.

May 18, 2012 at 4:15 p.m.

Me, I just say I trust Oprah more than the folks at Bain.

May 19, 2012 at 12:45 a.m.
rsprgn said...

It seems to me that Scottie Mayfield has more information on his positions than any of the other candidates. Proven leadership is what matters. Mayfield has both.

May 21, 2012 at 11:44 a.m.
kkemerait said...


well said.

May 21, 2012 at 12:16 p.m.
peterz said...

The public works department has a great idea to tour the children with different public works vehicles. this awareness campaign could help them familiarize themselves with the different types of truck they have and become aware of their environment... especially their future role in the society. I also had a tour when I was young together with my schoolmates and that's where I get interested to have my own. I visit for any stuff I would need.

September 14, 2012 at 5 p.m.
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