published Thursday, October 25th, 2012

Wilderness Act deserves passage and other letters to the editors

Wilderness Act deserves passage

I moved to Chattanooga from Alabama in 2005 to take a job with the American Hiking Society (AHS). While with AHS, I attended a grand opening ceremony for the Benton MacKaye Trail at Mud Gap on the Cherohala Skyway nestled deep in the Cherokee National Forest. The ceremony officially opened the newly extended trail from 93 miles to nearly 300 miles in length. That weekend we camped in the Joyce Kilmer Slickrock Wilderness and hiked in a lush old growth forest. This felt like a step back into time.

I have since learned about Sen. Alexander and Sen. Corker's effort to expand wilderness protection in the Cherokee and read Pam Sohn's article ("Bill to add wilderness areas mired in politics") in your paper (Oct. 15).

The Tennessee Wilderness Act is deserving of passage, and it is my hope that Congress will pass this bill soon. The Benton MacKaye Trail connects many of the areas slated for protection by the bill -- much like a string of pearls. As an avid photographer, hiker and a hunter, I would like to see places like the Upper Bald River watershed protected for future generations. I hope Congressman Fleischmann will support this bill.


Obama among those deceived

A letter Oct. 19 begins with "As a Christian" and ends with "Falling to my knees in prayer, and reading God's word, I am led to the decision that there is only one clear moral choice ... President Barack Obama."...

Perhaps the writer is unaware that President Barack Obama and his Democratic Party inserted into their platform the murder of unborn children ... and, added to that "disgrace" the party's support for gay marriage. And, if that was not enough ... they voted to take God out of their platform all together! Now, the murder of the unborn, inside the mother, where one would expect the child to be in the safest of all places, is the work of Satan ... and all who subscribe to that policy will never see the kingdom of God. This is an evil beyond all evils. Obama himself, while in the Illinois state House, voted in favor of infanticide, which is the murder of children who "survived" abortion.

To the writer who fell to his knees and heard the words "President Barack Obama" ... I suggest to you that he is among the deceived.


Don't buck God and nature

True liberalism uplifts humanity. Ancient Jews wrote liberalism's first lesson, Adam and Eve's fall when they disobeyed God. Enlightenment liberal Francis Bacon wrote, "Nature to be commanded must be obeyed." Nineteenth century liberal Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, "Nature is a discipline."

So the opposite of liberalism is not conservatism; it is perversity, insisting on human will over the natural and godly.

And nothing illustrates perversity more clearly than author Ann Whitford Paul's story or her transgender daughter Sarah. Sarah masked her genetic femininity with breast removal and male hormones in acts as vain as changing her name to Finn.

"Finn" encourages "his" mother to believe "he" is fine: "I exercise regularly, cook, and push myself to learn. Does that sound like a troubled person?" But accepting this facade is like killing a human being and pretending not to have committed homicide because it happened in the womb. The elephant in the room goes ignored while one is asked to stare at wall paintings.

A true liberal would not, like Ms. Paul, see Sarah as "incredibly courageous" but incredibly perverse — a child bucking God and nature -- and she would raise her to accept who she is, a woman.

BRIAN HALE, Ph.D., Red Bank

Endorsement aids Obama campaign

I have subscribed to the paper for over 20 years and found it unique because of its double-sided editorial page. However, when the new managing editor took over I noticed a distinct slide to the left. The conservative side's idiotic endorsement of a third-party candidate for president (Oct. 24) is an ill-disguised attempt to help the Obama campaign. I doubt if anyone with common sense was fooled. It seems that you now are attempting to become just another left-leaning media outlet for the Obama administration — which is disappointing.

By the way, you might mention to David Cook that the jugular vein does not pulse and if he thinks those vendors at the farmers' market "grow their beautiful fruit without a drop of pesticide" he's living on another planet.

PEGGY FLYNN, Soddy-Daisy

To WTCI: Stay on conservative line

This letter is actually a message to WTCI television: I was enjoying a program on Sunday evening when, unexpectedly, two women began passionately kissing. When you know a program has a scene such as this, please show it in previews so that viewers like me don't waste time turning it on. No matter how interesting the rest of the program, it couldn't compensate for the disgust the kissing scene produced.

You really seem to have a difficult time staying on a proud, conservative, decent line of programming.


Vote for Romney hurts overburdened

Fantastic. We, the wealthy ones who live off of our investments won't have to pay any federal income taxes or Social Security payments. We will no longer need those loopholes that Mitt Romney promises to close.

If I heard correctly, Romney plans to do away with personal income taxes on our income that we derive from dividends, interest and captial gains. Those of us who have never had to work for a living, never had Social Security withholdings.

Vote for Romney and let the already overburdened support even more of our out-of-control government.

JAMES O.B. WRIGHT, Sequatchie, Tenn.

Make Johnson your choice

Vote Libertarian: vote effective change. We seem to be stuck in a rut with regards to political parties, and the rarity of bipartisanship tends to only occur when the confluence of interests is profit. If we want to break this cycle and change the landscape and climate of elections and how politics shapes societal behaviors, then Tennesseans need to start by standing out and voting the third-party candidate we can believe in.

Conservative, liberal or anything in between, I almost guarantee you can find a strong point to this candidate. Fiscally, he has promised to solve our deficit problems and balance our budget by 2015 if elected. He has an excellent track record as a two-term governor of New Mexico, cutting taxes and never once raising them. Socially, he supports the legalization and regulation of marijuana, marriage equality and the right to choice regarding one's own body, especially regarding abortion.

You'll have to make some compromise, but that's true progress in itself. Whether you want the economy fixed or social issues righted, Gary Johnson is your candidate and will reflect well on Tennessee as a whole, standing out amongst other states in this election season.

JARED COWAN, Sewanee, Tenn.

Always calling police not good

I am tired of schools calling the police on kids for the slightest thing. They say it's for everyone's protection, but it has gotten to the point of being insane. A kid was writing a note, and the police were called. Another one said a curse word, and the police were called. Another time, simply saying the word knife during a conversation got the police called and a search of the kid's locker and belongings, and the kid was disabled.

One of my kid's friends smarted off to the teacher, and the police were called. Here's the thing: When I was a kid, whenever my older cousins and grandmother heard a police siren, they would say, "Pam, they're coming to get you. They've found out how bad you are and they're coming to get you." I lived my childhood terrorized.

If we were ever out and I saw a cop, I would cry and cling to the nearest adult. I was horrified by police. And now, look at what these schools are doing to our kids. They're perpetrating the same abuse with the same message: You're bad.


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ToHoldNothing said...

MARY ANNE COOK- If you really get that bent out of shape over two women kissing, you shouldn't watch TV at all. It's going to come up, move into the 21st century. They're not forcing it on you, it's your choice to watch television in the first place

TOMMY LILE- I don't want to go to the kingdom of God, assuming it even exists, which I've found wanting in terms of any evidence or reason to believe it is so. And someone's prayer with God is hardly your business. You can go on believing abortion is murder and somehow gay marriage is as horrible as that, not to mention this fixation on God in politics.

But your kind is dying out as people realize that people's rights to do things that are not harming anyone ultimately should not be infringed upon by the government. Abortion is not forced on people, it is suggested as an option. Gay marriage is not forced on churches, it is a civil matter.

BRIAN HALE (PhD not relevant)- Your argument is probably the most atrocious, which only proves my point that a fancy degree establishes nothing. I have my bachelors and feel like you've just made me not want to go into graduate school if people come out with this sort of stubborn conservative attitude.

Liberalism in American culture is admittedly closer to the "perversity" that you criticize, though I'd neve rstoop to calling mere libertarian ideas of self determination and lack of government intervention in regards to defining marriage much more liberal in the classic sense of the term than having the government take a stand on abortion or gay marriage to begin with.

And clearly you have no concept of the experience of, nor any real background, in the study of sexual identity, to say nothing of gender identity. Transexuals and transgenders are a small portion of our population, but they are not forcing anything on others that is explicitly harmful. If you wish to remain stuck in ridiculous gender and sexual binaries, then by all means stay in the 1920s, before women even remotely had a right to vote or even work jobs that men had traditionally done. But this is not an age where discrimination against people for essentially immutable traits should be acceptable, however tolerated they might be by people who have greater compassion than I do for the likes of willfully ignorant sanctimonious intellectuals like yourself. No one is forcing these ideas on you, they are exposing you to differences that are inevitable.

October 25, 2012 at 1:05 a.m.
Ozzy87 said...

ToHoldNothing, Brian Hale's letter reminded me of the teachers and parents that forced children to write with their right hand because being left hand dominant was "wrong" or "unnatural." Guess what happened? A lot of those children developed motor and dexterity problems or started having speaking difficulties (stuttering)that were permanent, even after switching back to left handed. Because being right dominant wasn't "natural" to them.

October 25, 2012 at 10:07 a.m.
Livn4life said...

Well I certainly know people who are "firing" the TFP over their endorsement of a third party candidate. Is that a joke or was the letter writer correct? Pamela Alexander--our brave new world requires the police to correct kids at schools. Parents and/or threatened lawsuits prevent teachers and administrators from correcting them. ToHoldNothing and guys know more than all the rest of us anyway. Can we write you two in as candidates for world's informants? The rest of us will just wrench around in our own poor ignorance and personal opinions juxtaposed to yours. My, how I love election years(NOT)!

October 25, 2012 at 1:26 p.m.
ToHoldNothing said...

Livn4life, your sarcasm isn't even remotely amusing. I did not claim to be an expert. I certainly wasn't the one who sent a letter with the notation that I was a PhD, so that's already a start. If someone wants to correct me, they only need bring forth evidence or a sound and valid argument against my position to make me remotely reconsider. It's not that difficult. We don't need to rely on rhetoric when logic is more consistent

October 25, 2012 at 2:31 p.m.
Ozzy87 said...

Livin4Life, if you have an inferiority complex, that's your baggage, not mine. BTW, are you a mind reader? Did you climb in my brain and chase down the synaptic responses in order to determine if my sexual orientation is biological or not? If not, who are YOU to tell ANYONE if their sexual or gender orientation is or is not natural? Just for your information : over 500 species have been observed showing homosexual tendencies including a pair of penquins that hatched and nurtured an abandoned egg. When you can present a rebuttal backed up with more than opionion or religious beliefs, let me know.

October 25, 2012 at 6:46 p.m.
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