published Thursday, October 18th, 2012

Obama promise not a logical one and other letters to the editors

Obama promise not a logical one

Regarding the article (Oct. 13) concerning the $1.1 trillion deficit and Obama's pledge to cut the deficit by $4 trillion in 10 years, it brings to mind a question.

Ten years from now will be 2022. By the year 2022, assuming Obama is re-elected, he will have been out of office six years, and if he is not re-elected, it is possible that we will have had two different presidents by then.

By the year 2022, the country will have gone through six congressional election cycles with the possibility that the Senate will have changed by over 21/2 times and that the House completely changed six times.

Now, how in the name of common sense can the man promise something that he will have absolutely no control over?


Marion funding is not 'wasted'

In a recent editorial, "Drew's Views" (Oct. 5), you made some assumptions and conclusions regarding the funding of nonprofit and charitable organizations in Marion County that I know to be incorrect. You refer to this use of taxpayer money as " wasted." I would submit to you that they are all worthy causes that benefit a large cross-section of the citizens of Marion County. The vast majority of them have been funded for decades by multiple county commissions and have been supported and approved by the citizens of our county. I have never received the first complaint about the funding of these organizations. The only discussion has been that they are underfunded. Your description of these nonprofits and charitable organizations as being "arts organizations, civic clubs, and festivals" is simply not correct when you look at each one individually.

Lastly, where you characterize and bluntly say "giving the money to organizations that are run by their buddies" has no hint of truth to it. I don't conduct the people's business based on who you are or whether I like you or not. I respect your right to disagree or agree with how any governmental entity conducts itself. As a matter of fact I encourage it, you have that right. The First Amendment of our Constitution requires and protects it.

JOHN P. GRAHAM, Mayor, Marion County, Tenn.

Idea of deregulating meth preposterous

As a pharmacist, I was mortified to read your "Drew's views" editorial (Oct. 12) on pseudoephedrine restrictive sales. Your statement, you'd "rather it be easier for a few criminals to make meth ... than to inconvenience innocent people and subject them to a government database," is preposterous. Fact is, Drew, sadly, it's not just a few criminals. Tennessee is ranked No. 2 in the nation in methamphetamine production, so even though we are ranked 17th in population and 36th in land mass, our "few" criminals here are doing an over-the-top job of keeping your neighbors and fellow Tennesseans readily supplied with the poor man's cocaine.

As we saw this summer, the collateral damage of the use of this substance can be found in the forgotten children left to die in their car seats in their parents' hot cars. Also, hospitals and burn units remain overpopulated with the aftermath of victims when the cooking process explodes. Your deregulation wish would only serve to boost us to a shameful No. 1 status.

If you truly wish to preserve your dignity and privacy, and block the government from tracking your purchases, you could ask your pharmacist about phenylephrine, a readily available non-regulated decongestant.


Biden is incorrect on Iran capabilities

Free Press editorial Oct. 13 gave Vice President Biden's "... compelling point during the debate ... Iran is simply not a legitimate nuclear threat now, or in the future." Editorial claimed, "... threat of nuclear Iran is convenient narrative, even if the narrative is rooted more in fantasy than reality." Reuters's Oct. 2 article says Iran could be one to four months from having a nuclear weapon.

VP Biden said that if Iran had enough highly enriched uranium (HEU), they wouldn't "have a weapon to put it in." HEU is the weapon; only needs to be imploded to critical mass to explode.

U.S. supplied Iran HEU from 1950s until the month the shah departed Iran, the month after I left in December 1978. The U.S. also provided bomb-grade plutonium and trained nuclear engineers and technicians.

Enriched uranium means concentrations of U-235 in uranium hexafluoride gas. When gas is heated, it forms metal and can be melted and molded into bombs. Iran has thousands of technically competent personnel. Iran also bought technology, including centrifuges, from Pakistan's Abdul Qadeer Khan. Russian high explosives expert Vyacheslav Danilenko helped. Iran now can produce nuclear weapons and deliver them by land, air or water — no need to place them on missiles.

JOHN A. LYNCH JR., Captain, USNR (Ret.), Whitwell, Tenn.

Nation could be under judgment

For days now, all communication from the Middle East shows Muslims in an uproar. The U.S.A. could never surrender enough or pay enough to appease them. My rule book (the Holy Bible) has everything we need to know; look at Genesis 16:12. Please read the verse regarding Ishmael and it will reveal much of what is happening today.

I'm wondering when the American people will call Obama and his administration to task for his forsaking our ambassador and consulate in Benghazi, to leave them to be murdered. I t has been reported that the State Department refused further help in security. I would like to know the name of the official who made that decision. But ultimately, Obama is responsible, like the captain of a ship. And they call Romney a liar? Time will show who is the liar. Obama's apostasy is open for all to see.

Pray for our country but I fear all is lost. Just as the Roman empire collapsed, our country could be under judgment.


Libertarian vote makes statement

Because the corrupt and outdated election process already has counted the votes in Tennessee, I've decided to cast my vote for the Libertarian Party's candidate, Gary Johnson. This way, I will at least be helping to make a statement that neither Democrats nor Republicans are by the people, for the people anymore but are tools of the corporations that would enslave us. Hopefully by the next elections we will have a strong third party that can compete for the citizen again.


U.S. government is what unites us

Running for governor of Massachusetts in 2002, Romney refused to sign a pledge not to raise taxes. Then in 2012 he was the first Republican presidential candidate to sign Grover Norquist's "Taxpayer Protection Pledge" not to raise taxes. Norquist, a GOP lobbyist, explained his goal, "I'm not in favor of abolishing the government. I just want to shrink it down to size where we can drown it in the bathtub." Ninety-five per cent of Republicans in Congress have signed Norquist's petition. Their stand is the difference between Republicans and Democrats.

The federal government unites and governs 300 million citizens living in 50 states who make up this democracy. Should our intricate federal branches, departments and agencies be shrunk? Or are they fundamental to our safety, our way of life, and worth supporting?

The present outbreak of meningitis resulted from pain patients' being injected with a contaminated steroid produced by pharmacies that mix drug compounds without FDA oversight. The injections sickened at least 170 patients and killed 14 of them. Again we are shown how we the people -- the government -- must regulate corporations, so huge and aggressive that they require a big, strong, expensive government to protect us against them.

FAYE WALTER, Sewanee, Tenn.

Time to give news 'impartially'

You recently printed an article about the Mormon religion.

On your front page you state "To Give the News Impartially, Without Fear or Favor."

Since you printed the story about Romney's religion, when are you going to have a front-page article concerning Obama's relationship with Rev. Wright when he attended Wright's church?


U.S. debt will put China in charge

I have never written to a newspaper before, but now is the time. Obama says we should not look back but to the future. If we look back, we will see the over $5 trillion he put this country in debt in four years. If he is re-elected, China among others will own this country.

It looks like if they want to save money, cut the aid to the other countries. We don't have enough to pay our own bills, much less give it away. And park Air Force One a little. Use it only for the U.S.A.'s business.

GEORGE MORGAN, Pikeville, Tenn.

Romney can unlock U.S. free enterprise

I have followed with interest your recent coverage of the election. However, one key fact has been underemphasized in your reporting. Please remind your readers that our current president has had four years to dig us out of the economic slump and has not done so. In fact, President Obama's "spend now, pay later" policies have worsened the recession. Obama has brought us ever-increasing debt and sky-high unemployment.

Mitt Romney has spent his life in business. Romney understands that the road to recovery is to unleash the spirit of American free enterprise. Only by lowering taxes and removing unnecessary regulations can we recover the prosperity and opportunity that should be the birthright of every American.

Mitt Romney is the right choice for our nation.


What world does Romney live in?

Our family income would be considered middle class. Mitt Romney's tax plan (this week, anyway) would eliminate taxes on interest, dividends and capital gains for those earning less than $250,000. How exciting! Whereas we had no capital gains last year, we did have $18 in interest and dividend income. We expect about the same this year. How can one not vote for Romney with plans like this? Exactly what world does he live in? Not ours!

TOMMY HEWITT, Sewanee, Tenn.

Short sentences fuel gang problem

It seems gang violence in Chattanooga is so out of hand that there's no short-term solution to this problem. Most of the articles on each shooting could be written beforehand, then the only thing to do would be fill in the names of the victims and the shooters.

It seems the police are doing their jobs in apprehending most of the suspects, but when you read, as in the latest shooting report, that the shooter has faced a total of 60 charges ranging from driving violations to convictions of robbery and aggravated assault, there's something bad wrong with the local justice system. What would be interesting to know is how these criminals get out of serving long jail terms and released back on the streets to continue their crime sprees. Are these recommendations from our judges for short sentences or state and federal laws that put these criminals back on the street. Seems the solution for many gang problems is long sentences for those convicted of these crimes.

This has to be hurting the local businesses of Chattanooga, if not from the out-of-town tourist, for sure from the people of the surrounding areas who no longer feel safe to come downtown for shopping and entertainment.

MIKE DANIEL, Ringgold, Ga.

Support river and its beauty

I am writing to show my support for the Tennessee River during the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act. We all call Chattanooga home for the beauty it represents. In my opinion the Tennessee River is one of the main reasons we are able to call our home the Scenic City.

I hope as elections near, that regardless of the political party we belong to, that we continue our support for our local river and all that it represents to our city.

JAY SNIDER, Sale Creek, Tenn.

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ToHoldNothing said...

F. DOUG CRAIG- I too will be voting Libertarian, not only because apparently our electoral system has made its choice based on a new standard I wasn't aware of, but because this state is already so strong Romney, a vote for Obama wouldn't make a dent.

GAIL BLAYLOCK HUDSON- If you want to inspire people to change, don't use fear tactics based in superstition and the example of a culture fairly different and less diverse than our own in both religion and socioeconomics

October 18, 2012 at 1:49 a.m.
shen said...

Mr. Butler, President Obama's plan is logical. Just because he won't still be in office by 2022, doesn't imply his policies won't remain in effect. dah!

Here are samples of things Romney and Ryan don't want the American public to know: according to NS, NYP, ALTN and other sources:

  1. Economists Warn Romney-Ryan Plan Means Huge Job Losses Like Mitt Romney, Rep. Ryan will claim that the GOP ticket will produce 12 million new jobs over the next four years. What Ryan won't mention is how they'll do that, or that forecasts this year from Moody's Analytics, Macroeconomic Advisers and the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office already projected that based on recent trends the U.S. economy will generate roughly 12 million jobs by 2016 anyway. But a Romney-Ryan ticket isn't planning to do nothing in office, but instead intends to implement draconian spending cuts that studies suggest could cost up to 600,000 jobs in 2013 and another 1.3 million in 2014.

  2. "Romney and Ryan Both Supported Social Security Privatization Paul Ryan didn't merely call Social Security a "Ponzi scheme." In 2005, he authored legislation to privatize Social Security that was so extreme even the Bush administration labeled it "irresponsible."

  3. 98 Percent of Congressional Republicans Voted for Ryan's Plan to Ration Medicare In the spring of 2011, 235 House Republicans and 40 GOP Senators voted for the Ryan budget's proposal to transform Medicare into an under-funded voucher program dramatically shifting the cost of health care onto America's seniors. Confronted with the inescapable conclusion that his proposal would inevitably lead to de fact rationing, Ryan protested:

  4. Ryan Budget Takes $716 Billion from Medicare to Give Tax Cuts to the Rich Nevertheless, as he did at the RNC, Congressman Ryan will doubtless charge that $716 billion has been "funneled out of Medicare by President Obama." Ryan's baseless claim, deemed "flat-out wrong" by BusinessWeek and "repeatedly debunked" by the New York Times, tries to ignore that the Affordable Care Act extended the life of the Medicare Trust Fund by 8 years and expanded seniors' prescription drug benefits and preventative care by slowing the growth of payments to private insurers and providers.

October 18, 2012 at 12:42 p.m.
moon4kat said...

Faye Walter, thank you for an excellent letter. Thank you for pointing out the Republican "agenda" -- it's nothing but anarchy. No government = no firemen, no police force, no courts to adjudicate disputes, no defense against invasions, no protection against fraud, no public schools (only the rich will be able to educate their children), no public roads (only the rich will be able to drive on private highways), no diplomats, etc. I wish those who oppose our government of, by and for the people would think about the horror the Republicans would impose in its place.

October 18, 2012 at 1:03 p.m.
shen said...

The Romney/Ryan Plan for America Continued:

source: ALTN NS NYP

5. Romney and Ryan Will Cut Benefits for Today's Seniors Both Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney take great pains to proclaim that "I don't want any change to Medicare for current seniors or for those that are nearing retirement." They are pained because the statement isn't true. Their call to repeal Obamacare would take away free preventative care now part of Medicare and reopen the "donut hole" in its prescription drug program. (That change alone saved 5.4 million seniors over $4.1 billion last year .) A. But the Republicans' attack on today's elderly doesn't end there. The Romney-Ryan ticket has proposed slashing Medicaid by a third over the next decade and turning over the reduced funds to the states in the form of block grants. Those steep reduction threaten the 6 million elderly recipients of Medicaid, a program will which pays for 33 percent of all nursing home care.

6. GOP Ticket Adds Trillions More Than Obama in New Debt Thursday night, Rep. Ryan will echo Mitt Romney's charge that President Obama has added $5 trillion to the national debt during his tenure. But Romney's running mate won't just omit mention that Ronald Reagan tripled the national debt and George W. Bush roughly doubled it again. Ryan will also fail to explain that the drivers of most of the debt under Obama--two wars, the Bush tax cuts of 2001 and 2003, and the Medicare prescription drug plan--are all bills he voted for. All told, the same Republicans leaders who held the debt ceiling hostage last summer voted to raise it seven times under President Bush. A.Will the Romney-Ryan administration end the $63 billion Earned Income Tax Credit for working families that Ronald Reagan called "the best anti-poverty, the best pro-family, the best job creation measure to come out of Congress?" How about the $89 billion a year home mortgage tax deduction? Many of those breaks help explain the 47 percent of Americans who pay no federal income taxes, otherwise known as Mitt Romney's "victims" and Paul Ryan's "takers."

October 18, 2012 at 7:38 p.m.
shen said...


9. Ryan Supports GOP Platform's Ban on All Abortions Despite his past support for it, Mitt Romney has declared his opposition to the Republican platform's so-called Human Life Amendment. But while Romney would allow for abortions in the cases of rape, incest or to protect the health of the mother, Paul Ryan would permit no exceptions --period.

Ryan co-sponsored a so-called "personhood" amendment defining a fertilized egg as a human being and sought to prohibit access to abortion for rape victims. And in a performance on the House floor reminiscent of John McCain's famous 2008 debate "air quotes" surrounding " the health of the mother ," Paul Ryan protested:

"The health exception is a loophole wide enough to drive a Mack truck through it."

10. Ryan Voted for the Defense Sequestration He Attacks Obama for In August 2011, Paul Ryan was among the House Republicans who voted for the debt ceiling compromise which would sequester $1.2 trillion in spending (half of it from the defense budget) if Congress did not otherwise trim the debt by that amount over the next decade. Of course, you'd never know that listening to him. In this exchange, Ryan's rewriting of recent history left Norah O'Donnell stunned:

O'DONNELL: Now you're criticizing the President for those same defense cuts you're voting for and called a voted for it!

RYAN: No, Norah. I voted for the Budget Control Act.

O'DONNELL: That included defense spending!

source: altn j. perr

October 18, 2012 at 7:46 p.m.
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