published Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

'Editorial page abuses influence' and more Letters to the Editors

Editorial page abuses influence

Reading the editorial page Sept. 8 left me appalled and disgusted at the blatant abuse of journalistic influence to back a political candidate. Just go ahead and change the name of the newspaper to "The Democratic Daily." Specifically, the articles, "Obama the better choice," "Cleaning up the economy," "Obama's hope and change 2," and, of course the consistently slanted cartoons, support the case.

Maybe I just caught you on "Democrat Saturday," but here's an idea. Try for an independent and balanced approach; you'll set a new standard for journalistic excellence.


Estill Springs, Tenn.

Race for the Cure touches thousands

Thankfully, no one I've known has been diagnosed with breast cancer. That doesn't mean that it doesn't impact my life though. When my mother asked me if I would walk with her in this year's annual Chattanooga Race for the Cure, I said "yes" without even having to think about it.

Did you know that every 29 seconds a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer, every 74 seconds a woman dies of breast cancer and 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime? In 2011 alone, there were more than 2.6 million breast cancer survivors in the United States. The Chattanooga Race for the Cure is one of the key reasons behind those survivors.

Hundreds of people and organizations will come together on Sept. 30 to walk for a cure. I've lived in Chattanooga for almost 15 years, and I never knew about this race until now. This walk is such a huge event and touches thousands of people throughout the world. The citizens of Chattanooga should know more about this to be involved and supportive. Each step draws us closer to the finish; we just need the help in getting there.



Who's in charge: What about Bush?

In reply to "Who's in charge ..." letter (Sept. 8). The same question should have been asked when George W. was "clearing brush" in Crawford for weeks on end.



Chief's solution is no solution

Chief Bobby Dodd's solution to Chattanooga's gang problem ("Gangs in Detail," Sept. 8) is to somehow force Alstom, Amazon and Volkswagen to hire the 100 gang members identified as hard-core leaders, thereby solving the problem by putting them to work? Hmm. Let's look at the skills these hard-core gang leaders would bring to the workplace: shooting people with no remorse, inspiring fear by intimidation, probably worse-than-average work habits like cooperation, showing up for work on time, but maybe good technical skills gained from activities like stripping stolen cars for their parts.

Sounds like Dodd's solution would solve his problem, doesn't it? But maybe not such a good idea for Alstom, et al. and the workers employed by those companies.

If this is representative of the ideas coming from the anti-gang task force, then I agree with Judge Walter Williams, who said "It's time to get the real people at the table." Especially after reading in the same article that "Law enforcement doesn't keep accurate statistics about gangs ..." One wonders, why not?



Abortions not about 'health'

In a recent letter a woman stated, "Why is it that men think they should have control over a woman's health decisions?" This statement referred, in large part, to abortions. I have one question: What part of deciding to kill a baby has anything to do with "health"? It certainly isn't healthy for the child. The decision to kill a baby just because a woman doesn't want the child has nothing to do with her health. It has, instead, everything to do with a woman not wanting to be pregnant.

As for whether Romney/Ryan want to "hang on to their uninformed, delusional base" -- I am a conservative woman and I am neither uninformed or delusional. I simply don't accept not wanting to be pregnant as a reasonable justification for killing a baby. I do believe there are certain circumstances under which an abortion is acceptable, but certainly not merely because a woman doesn't want a child.


Monteagle, Tenn.

Gig price needs an explanation

Two super-fast broadband networks with vastly different prices. Chattanoogans pay $350 for one gigabit broadband service while Kansas City residents pay just $70. Why the difference? Is a gig in Chattanooga superior to a gig in Kansas City?

Perhaps Google, a private company with expertise in this market, better knows how to price its service. Mr. Harold DePriest stated that EPB didn't know how to price a gig. Chattanooga's network -- publicly funded -- is expected to cost more than $500 million. With ratepayers providing your stream of cash, why price the system at a point that is beyond most residents?

DePriest possibly provided the answer in the Times Free Press. "We never thought of people needing a gig in their home. If anybody cranked up to a gig and used it, we'd lose tremendous amounts of money."

The service could go broke if too many people signed up for gig capability. Chattanooga built this network, but seems not to want residents to take full advantage of it.

The astronomical $350 price now makes sense. Is there is a simple explanation? It would be welcomed by those who provide funding to support our local capability.



Coupon sales cover variety of expenses

Thank you for the opportunity to respond to questions and concerns raised by Joanna Miles (letter, Sept. 11) regarding funds generated by the sale of the Kids First Coupon Book. The books are sold for $10, and the schools keep $7, representing a much higher return than offered by any other school fundraising program. The proceeds are allocated, at the sole discretion of each school, to pay for things like technology upgrades, library books, classroom supplies and instructional materials. Prior to the campaign, every school establishes a sales goal and a list of funding priorities. I believe all principals would be happy to share that information with parents.

The remaining 30 percent of coupon book revenue covers program expenses, such as production of the coupon book and prizes for students, in addition to funding other projects that benefit the schools. More information about the program is available at


Executive Director

Hamilton County Schools Fund for Excellence

Kelly showed who she is

Your coverage of Fox News' Megyn Kelly (Aug. 28) quoted her: "I want to be able to show who I am to viewers, ..." It was demonstrated Tuesday night (Aug. 28) during posting of the colors, performance of the national anthem and the pledge of allegiance to flag!

She and interviewee Brit Hume were inside the convention hall, but ignored what was going on around them as they chatted. They were breaking the law: Three sections of United States Code under chapter "Patriotic Customs," which require "all persons present except those in uniform should face the flag and stand at attention with the right hand over the heart. ...."

"During ... or when the flag is ... passing in review ... "

"During rendition of the national anthem when the flag is displayed, ..."

"The Pledge of Allegiance to the flag, ..." These sections are law. Common sense says that these should not be violated even by a "celebrity" newscaster. Fox coverage of the convention was spotty with too many interviews. I watched on C-Span! Other news outlets covered the anthem and pledge. Fox was derelict in its duty: focus was on Megyn.

Great that lawyer Megan can "offer two sides to a story." The side she presented was unpatriotic and ignorant of law.


Whitwell, Tenn.

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JIM JEFFRIES, somehow I think your idea of an independent slant is to be a parrot for the Republican party.

LIBBY WORKMAN, I suspect if you stopped associating circumstance with character you might see the results.

JOY STURTEVANT, you obviously know nothing of pregnancies. Have you been listening to Todd Akin? Talk to an obstetrician.

ROBERT HAYS, you obviously have not paid attention to Google's plan, or how its business model and finances differ from that of EPB. Heck, you apparently think that the gig option is the only one, and are unaware of how EPB offers several other service tiers.

Google, btw is subsidizing this experiment out of its massive cash reserves. You are the one paying for it with every web ad you see that is hosted by them. They aren't trying to make money off the fiber now, just set things up in the future. What price will it have?

Wait and find out in ten years.

JOHN A. LYNCH JR, there is a difference between protocol and law. People who insist on a lese-majeste approach rarely deserve it anyway.

September 12, 2012 at 12:29 a.m.
Livn4life said...

We are a nation at war with itself idealogically. We are a nation so widely divided one must ask how much longer can we stand? Where is the unity? Where is the leader who will set aside Liberal/Conservative Agenda long enough to get us on a proper track? I see no such person anywhere in politics today. If anyone believes either party or either person running for president is there, I am sorry, you must not be paying attention. How many more times must we vote for the candidate we believe will bring least damage to the nation? These are sad times in the history of human politics. The postings on here and what we see in the joke of national media just verify it over and over again.

September 12, 2012 at 6:34 a.m.
LibDem said...

JOY STURTEVANT, You're right. Pregnancy isn't a health issue, just cosmetic.

September 12, 2012 at 7:48 a.m.

"Abortions not about 'health'"

Jeremiah 1:5...

"Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee..."

Maybe a 'Mother' doesn't want her blood to be in her teenage child, well, the blood is/was a part of that Mom's body, do we go Pro-Choice and tell the 'Mom' to exercise her woman's rights and murder her teenage child?

How far do we carry this demonic logic? This perverted line of reasoning? Get real...Slaughter House Abortionists, So-Called Mothers...Abortion Kills Children!

You shall not murder sometimes translated as You shall not kill, KJV Thou shalt not kill (LXX οὐ φονεύσεις, translating Hebrew לֹא תִּרְצָח lo tirṣaḥ), is a moral imperative included as one of the Ten Commandments in the Torah,[1] specifically Exodus 20:13 and Deuteronomy 5:17. The imperative is against unlawful killing resulting in blood-guilt.

Cite: WikiPedia

September 12, 2012 at 7:27 p.m.
daytonsdarwin said...

The same deity Orr quotes had no hesitation in killing men, women, babies, and the unborn in mass murders.

Seems Jehovah has a double standard. Then when you're an imaginary paranoid/schizophrenic anything is possible.

Christians talk about blood more than any other religious extremists. Their favorite snuff film is "Passion of the Christ." Nothing like the blood of infidels and saviors to get a Christian excited.

Who else sings about being "washed in the blood?" Rather creepy, but so are Christian bible-thumpers.

I know when I'm auditioning saviors for my personal one, I look for a free bleeder who eats his own body and drinks his own blood.

September 12, 2012 at 8:28 p.m.

daytonsdarwin, i would never want someone who has committed abortion to live under a spirit of condemnation. Instead i want them to ask Jesus Christ for forgiveness, and, then, through faith, to know they can live the rest of their earthly lives confident of His forgiveness!

1 John 1:9 (KJV)

9 "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."

Jesus said...

“And do not judge and you will not be judged (οὐ μὴ κριθῆτε – ou mē krithēte); and do not condemn, and you will not be condemned (οὐ μὴ καταδικασθῆτε – ou mē katadikasthēte); pardon, and you will be pardoned.”

"If we “judge” and “condemn” others in a self-righteous manner, it is literally like one pig calling another pig “a pig!” On the other hand, if we walk in Galatians 6:1-5 in our attitude toward others, then, as Jesus stated in Luke 6:37, “we will unequivocally not be judged or condemned” because we will first of all be judging ourselves as Paul exhorts us to in Galatians 6:1: “Brethren, even if a man is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; each one looking to yourself, lest you too be tempted.”

The word for “pardon” in the Greek is ἀπολύω (apoluō), which means “to release, pardon, let go, send away, and dismiss.” Thus, as we “release, let go of, send away, and dismiss” our anger, judgment, bitterness, or whatever other types of judgments we are tempted to inveigh against others, and as we in turn bless these people as Jesus tells us to in Matthew 5:44, giving them over to God’s “mercy,” as well as His “wrath and judgment,” then we will indeed begin to be set free from the tyranny of our own self-righteous blindness and experience the peace and freedom God has given us in Jesus. It is a wonderful thing." Cite: Justin Alfred............ kwo says, "Amen"!

September 12, 2012 at 9:06 p.m.
daytonsdarwin said...

Orr wrote: "and experience the peace and freedom God has given us in Jesus."

Unless you're one of the millions killed by that loving God and his boy Jesus. Like Father, Like Son.

September 12, 2012 at 9:22 p.m.

daytonsdarwin, I am not worthy of blaming You for being angry (i think? that You are angry?). It is just that I have surrendered because I cannot find a better way. If You are stronger than me in Your resolve to 'not surrender', then, I guess I cannot understand Your 'degree of power' of that strength. daytonsdarwin, i wish You no harm, ever. I do wish You goodness in this life. This is true, regardless of what You think, say, write, or, otherwise do. kwo

September 13, 2012 at 12:01 a.m.

That is...Surrender to The Lord God of Hosts! kwo

September 13, 2012 at 5:48 p.m.
daytonsdarwin said...

Host of what? Is God auditioning for "The Price is Right?" I prefer Drew Carey over God. He a lot funnier and a better dresser. That flowing robes and unruly hair thing is so yesterday for Jehovah.

Imagine God in a Hawaiian shirt, cargo shorts (needs plenty of pockets to store his wrath and pestilence), day-glo orange crocs, and a ponytail — kind of an old hipster God. I'm sure that flowing robe is hard to keep clean when murdering innocent people and throwing plagues around in His loving, compassionate way.

Plus He gets a 10% discount at J.C. Penny's if He brings in His church bulletin. I think I saw Him at Golden Corral a couple weeks ago scarfing up the pork loin and fried shrimp. Didn't leave a tip, just some Bible tracts. Cheapskate.

September 13, 2012 at 6:04 p.m.
daytonsdarwin said...


"That is...Surrender to The Lord God of Hosts!"

I would, but unfortunately Johnny Carson is dead.

September 14, 2012 at 8:57 a.m.

You could be utilizing that phenomenally uncanny gift of creating quality humor in better ways. I hope You will start by writing a book. I'll be Your best customer. But, please consider leaving Jesus out of it. I wish I could reach You with the Gospel. kwo

September 14, 2012 at 6:54 p.m.
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