published Monday, November 26th, 2012

Obama's victory was astounding and other letters to the editors

Obama's victory was astounding

Fox News, Dick Morris and Karl Rove were wrong. They were, as always, telling their listeners what they want to hear. Obama polled 3.5 million more popular votes, won the electoral college by a 332-206 margin and took every swing state but one; he was the first candidate since FDR to win back-to-back elections with 50 percent majorities. This was nearly a landslide!

Considering Republicans used every immoral tactic imaginable -- shorter early voting days, fewer voting machines in predominantly Democratic precincts, voter purges, "phony" photo ID cards, telling Latinos election day was Nov. 8 and God only knows what else -- Obama's victory was astounding.

"Citizens United," a Republican Supreme Court decision, enabled the rich to spend tens of millions of dollars on negative ads, but "citizens who were united" would not be deterred. Some stood in line for eight hours to vote -- a tribute to those who gave their lives for this sacred right.

Cal Thomas is right, "Democrats are not following our Founding Fathers." The Founding Fathers were all white men who owned property. Never again will we be governed by a white gentry. Women and minorities are in Congress in great numbers now.

America will never be the same!


Statements show why GOP wrong

It's quite saddening, but not at all surprising, to see GOPers like Oscar Brock, Gov. Haslam and David Fowler fain distaste and disgust with Dr. DesJarlais after the election is over. These men obviously put party above character and integrity. During the election they could have put pressure on the doctor by speaking out about his outright hypocritical and lurid behavior for the good of Tennessee and more importantly Congress. A Congress with a 10 percent approval rating.

David Fowler sees the issue as "whether there is a contrite heart and a corresponding demonstrated change in behavior." How gracious of Fowler since he apparently has no use for any godless Democrat, even a good old boy like Eric Stewart. To ask forgiveness is fine between one's self and one's God, but the type of behavior practiced by DesJarlais with his patients alone is highly unethical and impeachable for a physician.

However, everything wrong with the GOP was crystallized by the quote from Mr. Rudd: "Get off DesJarlais and investigate President Obama's background, education and 'what makes him tick.'" That in a nutshell is why the doctor was re-elected and continues to serve.


Writer sounds like GOP hypocrite

In response to the letter on Nov. 19 and the writer who refuses to wear his American flag lapel pin because "our" president was re-elected. Attaboy, he sounds like a real red-blooded Republican hypocrite. Keep up the good work.

WALT VINEYARD SR., Charleston, Tenn.

Holiday cartoon ungracious, divisive

I was surprised that you chose to publish such an ungracious and divisive editorial cartoon on Thanksgiving day. One candidate asked for voters' support because they loved their country; the other candidate asked voters to support him for revenge. Now we see what revenge looks like: small-minded and cheap.

There were four empty chairs at Thanksgiving meals because the administration did not provide adequate protection to our countrymen in Libya. Perhaps your cartoonist can illustrate that Thanksgiving meal as well.

I am thankful that you have the freedom to publish such mean-spirited material on a holiday. I hope you obtain the wisdom to use this freedom more constructively.


Greed spreads to newspaper

The greed of the season has set in. Black Friday is now Gray Thursday as some of the stores are opening on Thanksgiving Day. But the greatest example of greed is when I went to buy a Times Free Press with 4.2 pounds of expensive advertising and was charged an extra $1.50. A weekday paper for $2, and I didn't even get colored funnies. I guess we should be glad they didn't charge us by the pound.

JIM SISK, Red Bank

College degrees benefit states

There recently was an article run that spoke of the rising tuition costs for college and university students. I cannot help but wonder if financial advisers have considered fully the benefits to getting students graduated instead of proposing they take fewer classes and graduate later allowing them to work in order to pay for school, room and board. I would imagine that if the taxes on the college graduate and the economic boost from their post-graduate income were to be considered, that tuition assistance would not seem like such a bad idea for the state, let alone the drop in crime, abortion and other illicit behavior that correlates directly with education. I would say it is in the states' best interest to get degrees in people's hands instead of making it ever more difficult to afford education, especially for independent students who must support themselves, let alone parents who are trying to get an education to get out from below the poverty line to get off public welfare and keep the future generations from riding the same system.


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shen said...

There were four empty chairs at Thanksgiving meals because the administration did not provide adequate protection to our countrymen in Libya. Perhaps your cartoonist can illustrate that Thanksgiving meal as well. DANIEL C. MCINTIRE, Ooltewah

My guess is it doesn't matter to Mr. McIntire that House Republicans, including Paul Ryan, cut over 128 million from embassy security around the world in 2011 and cut another 428 million this year alone, even as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned them not to and also warned them of the dangers of such cuts. But those facts doesn't matter when you have to keep your eye on the prize attempting to destroy the president.

November 26, 2012 at 9:45 a.m.
Livn4life said...

Astounding, Mr. Markham, that an encumbent candidate who is proven to be inept and unwilling to work with anyone who disagrees gets re-elected? Astounding is a person who can use all the distractive measures of a supporting media to avoid accountability for his failures and be totally negative and be re-elected. Or...most astounding are all who helped re-elect said candidate...sad are all who really believe things will get better. But then...astounding will be the lies which are put forth to make it seem things really are better. Nothing changed on Nov. 7th. America can look forward to four more years of what happened between 2008-2012. As I read this newspaper and others, many are delusionally good with that. My final question is will the Democrats be allowed to continually run against Bush in the next presidential election? If so, that may be the most astounding thing of all.

November 26, 2012 at 10:45 a.m.
Livn4life said...

Shen Shen Shen, we are trying to move beyond blaming the ones who did not directly do the deeds...oh well, I thought we were. But it just got a president re-elected. There was no Ryan, no House Republicans involved at all in an administration which was unwilling to act. The blood is on their hands. While neither the media nor you will put blame where it is due, people know the truth deep inside. But when does the truth matter to left-leaners?

November 26, 2012 at 10:48 a.m.
daytonsdarwin said...

JonRoss said... "People like Weldon have a shocking lack of moral and intelectual(sp) integrity."

Littlejohnnyrossy, is that like your shocking lack of morals and intellectual integrity by your bankruptcies and not paying the people and creditors you owe?

Is that what you mean?

November 26, 2012 at 2:43 p.m.
daytonsdarwin said...

It's not too late, littlejohnnyrossy, you can pay then back now, with interest. And pay the government back for the wasted tax dollars spent on your behalf in those bankruptcies.

Make sure you get photos too. No one is apt to take your word for it.

Then you can take your high moral ground again.

November 26, 2012 at 5:18 p.m.
technowiz said...

Here is one glaring difference between President Obama and Mitt Romney:

President Obama is willing to increase his income taxes by 4.6% (a return to the Clinton era tax rates for people earning in excess of $250,000).

Mitt Romney wanted to lower his tax rate by 7% and also wanted to completely eliminate the estate tax.

So while President Obama is willing to pay a little more to benefit the country, Mitt Romney was only thinking of himself and his kids. This says more to me about Mitt Romney's lack of character than all of the gaffes he made during the campaign.

Goodbye Mitt, and good riddance.

November 26, 2012 at 5:42 p.m.

DANIEL C. MCINTIRE, the small-minded pettiness is on your part. See Obama's reference to revenge was a rhetorical flourish, and the attempt by Romney and your self to paint it as a negative remark is demonstrating a fundamental lack of honesty.

Thanks for showing that you are mean-spirted instead.

November 26, 2012 at 8:48 p.m.
kkemerait said...

Did you know that a presidential candidate can win the election with as little as 22% of the popular vote. Now wouldn't that be an election to watch!

November 27, 2012 at 4:12 p.m.

Actually, Mitt Romney's charity benefitted him, he used it as a tax dodge.

And it was to his own church, where he holds a leadership position.

That's why we can't see this records. They tell that all too legal story.

November 28, 2012 at 12:44 p.m.
technowiz said...

JonRoss you need to read my post again. I'm referring to their proposals. Not what rate they paid.

And Romney's charitable gifts did little to lower his tax rate to 13%. He claimed very little of his earnings as income. The bulk of it was claimed as capital gains and carried interest, which is only taxed at 15%. So had he given zero to charity he would still have paid a lower percentage than President Obama, because the majority of Obama's earnings was taxed as income.

November 28, 2012 at 3:37 p.m.
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