published Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

'Have Democrats joined the GOP?' and more Letters to the Editors

Have Democrats joined the GOP?

Some thoughts on a letter Sunday, Nov. 11, as to which political party has fostered racism.

The observations about Democratic governors George Wallace, Orval Faubus and Lester Maddox are correct. I wonder how many Democrats, who thought as these governors did, have now joined the Republican Party?

Maybe that is one of the reasons the South is now considered solidly Republican.

Just wondering?


Generous citizens help Goodwill

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to reflect on and celebrate our many blessings. One of Chattanooga Goodwill Industries' greatest blessings is this generous community.

For almost 90 years, you have been charitable citizens of the 23 counties served by Chattanooga Goodwill. You have given us gently-used clothing, furniture and household items and have allowed us to sell your donations in our stores. We turn the revenue into employment services and programs for people with disabilities and other challenges.

Thanks to you, in 2012 thousands of people in our area received medical equipment, work training, job placement, youth mentoring -- even assistance dogs -- all at no cost to the recipients. With every wheelchair, job or dog given, each of these people also received the gift of dignity and independence that comes with greater freedom, allowing them to pursue education, employment and more.

You helped us offer them that gift. Their success is your success.

We thank you for your continued support of Chattanooga Goodwill Industries. We are blessed indeed.



Goodwill Industries President and CEO

Give thanks for free enterprise

Feeling you are the bottom rung of the ladder and want to share in the wealthy's riches?

Wanting taxes raised on them to even the playing field is revenge?

Think again. Such a move will cause serious consequences to the consumer by raising prices on every facet of your lives: Walmart, manufacturers, oil companies, etc.

Get the message?

Oh, by the way; how often do you like to eat out?

Businesses could be so heavily taxed making it impossible for him or her to keep you or the doors open for business.

Stop your envy and jealousy.

America was built on ordinary people with creative ideas to become successful.

Was it a lazy person who won't work or an enterprising neighbor, friend or relative who created the cellphone?

We are a blessed nation because of God's blessings as well as the corporations who hire us, grow our food, make our clothes and build our cars.

Give thanks to God for America and free enterprise.

I don't want America to crash under a heavy tax burden.


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NARNEY T. RAULSTON, looking at today, instead of yesterday? How dare you!

ERNESTINE MEADOWS, how often when eating out do you use public roads to get there? How often when eating out do you feel comfortable with the food being safe because of health inspectors?

You seem to be one who thinks that the government is the enemy, that the government universally wants to tax people to death.

It doesn't. Why would it? The rightful purpose of government is not evil, and though it can be turned that way, so can anything and everything else.

Government provides numerous benefits and protections, not just to you, the citizen, but to those corporations. Who do you think enforces their contracts, grants them patents, copyrights and trademarks? Who do you think deploys aircraft carriers so they can extract oil from the Middle East? Who do you think deters piracy? Who do you think stops other criminals?

Is it revenge to ask somebody to pay for what benefits they receive? Is it punishment to ask somebody who has received profits from using the societal framework established by government action to contribute to the maintenance of that framework?

BTW, you know who actually grows food, makes clothes and build cars? People. Individuals. Why don't you want to give thanks to them instead of an abstract business entity? Why shouldn't the corporation thank them? Do you actually think a person is hired for a job out of some magnanimous gesture?

Maybe you should stop your resentment and despite instead of seeking to put your precious corporations on a pedestal.

Also, the Cell phone? Works because government regulators keep the electromagnetic spectrum clear for them. That's right, without government, how would that Cell phone actually work without everybody and his dog being able to generate interference?

How much would dealing with that cost?

November 20, 2012 at 10:20 a.m.
JustOneWoman said...

from the editorial......"Wanting taxes raised on them to even the playing field is revenge?

Think again. Such a move will cause serious consequences to the consumer by raising prices on every facet of your lives: Walmart, manufacturers, oil companies, etc."

What did you call it when the Bush Tax Breaks happened in the first place? Do you not see that you are reverse descriminating?

When this great country was in full economy swing, the tax rate for the rich was 95%. The tax rate on capital gains is now 15%, less than the working man's 27%. So exactly who do you think is getting the shaft here? If the rich do not want to pay their FAIR share, let em move. They use cheap labor abroad anyway. They are the welfare queens. Let em go.

November 20, 2012 at 12:35 p.m.
Plato said...

The letter from ERNESTINE MEADOWS is an example of people's ignorance of facts probably due to their information source(s)

The examples named - WalMart,oil companies etc. are not involved in the proposed tax hikes on the over 2% crowd. Corporate taxes will not be raised at all. In fact there is bipartisan agreement to lower corporate tax rates in the new congress. The only taxes raises even connected to businesses, are on the owners of businesses whose personal income exceeds $250,000.

Let me give you a little heads up - If a business owner is making $250,000 and the law changes so he or she will have to pay an extra 6% on everything they make over $250,000 that will not result in any price increases to anything and likely not result in any sort of loss of employment. These are myths propagated by members of congress who's campaigns are funded by these individuals to a large extent.

The tax increases only effect 3% of all small business owners and those can afford to pay a little more, along with actors, entertainers, high priced attorneys, professional athletes and land developers etc.

November 20, 2012 at 2:53 p.m.
Rickaroo said...

Good posts from everyone above. To add my two cents' worth:

Ms. Meadows, back in the 1950s, when Ike was in office and the wealthy were taxed at 90% or more, the country didn't seem to suffer too badly. The rich kept on getting richer, the places of business stayed open, new jobs were created, and goods and services were sold at a pretty reasonable rate. In fact the economy overall was pretty doggone good. And in the 1990s, when Clinton was in office and he raised the tax rates just a few percentage points, lo and behold, more revenue started coming in and he left office with an honest-to-god surplus. And the rich kept right on getting richer and the economy was not too shabby at all.

We have had 12 years of these tax cuts and if tax cuts actually helped to create jobs, Ms. Meadows, pray tell, where are all the jobs? Unemployment is still around 8%. If tax cuts enabled and encouraged the "job creators" to create jobs, then why, after 12 years, are they not creating jobs? The wealthy have had practically the lowest tax rates they have ever had. In addition, they have more loopholes and deductions than they have ever had. They have had it so good that, by all accounts, they should be showering us with more jobs than we know what to do with. So... WHERE ARE THE JOBS? How much longer 'til these tax cuts work their magic?

You use words like "envy" and "jealousy" and "revenge," as if we libs just hate the rich and want to raise taxes only out of spite. But you're merely tossing around all those trite, worn-out right-wing talking points that serve no purpose whatsoever. I have some words for you: like COMMON SENSE....and FAIRNESS. You no doubt are opposed to a redistribution of the wealth (socialism and all that) but you and all other conservatives seem to have no problem at all with distributing that wealth upward and keeping it there for the top one or two percent to hoard and multiply in ways that benefit nobody but themselves...and oh yes, to create all those jobs.

But maybe you're right, Ms. Meadows. let's dare not take a chance on crashing America with such a heavy tax burden of a few percentage points more on the wealthy. We must be ever mindful and thankful to God for blessing us with our benevolent and industrious "job creators."

November 20, 2012 at 4:40 p.m.
Facts said...

Catching up since I've been working long shifts this week. To Ms. Narney T. Raulston, I'm an independent, but I do disagree with Obama and the left. So, I must be a racist to you. Those of you on this glorious left have absolutely no right to demand civility or tolerance when it is you that really don't want public discussion. Glad to be in the blue-collar working class that doesn't want a government handout or a superior elite telling me what to think. Disgraceful.

November 22, 2012 at 11:39 a.m.
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