published Thursday, September 27th, 2012

Obama destroying all of our values and other letters to the editors

Obama destroying all of our values

I agree with Wayne Wallace (letter, Sept. 19) referring to Obama knows what he is doing. He didn't define what he meant, but, oh yes, he knows exactly what he is doing and so does the rest of us who care about our country! He's destroying all our values.

He is so undignified, no respect for the White House or the historical furniture. All the other presidents in history have held their positions highly and never ever stuck their feet in our faces.

He has no respect for anything that represents the United States. If you love our country and want to keep it, think twice when you vote. United we stand.

DOT ARROWOOD, Soddy-Daisy


PTA can be path to better schools

The Chicago school strike and Diane Ravitch speaking in Chattanooga bring back into focus the many public school education problems. Clearly many students are not achieving the education needed for today's world.

I believe a poor and unstable home environment hurts student education. Learning and homework can't happen well in such an environment. Lack of high society support and expectations for good student learning also hurt students. It is all society that must expect and support students to learn, not just leave the job to the school system.

I believe one way society can support students and families and show high expectations for student learning is through our school PTAs. Look at the successes of Normal Park School. Through their highly effective PTA, parents, community, businesses, and other local organizations work with and support the school and its students and staff.

Let's get families, neighbors, businesses, churches and other community resource leaders and members back into all Hamilton County schools to help students, their parents and the teachers. Each school's PTA is a vehicle to do this. Real school board support and development of PTAs will help. Let's export Normal Park success to every school.

JOHN HUBBARD


Newspaper carrier always delivers

We are "Golden Agers" and love our paper in the mornings. Come heat or high water, our carrier, Peggy O'Neal, delivers! Often "beyond the call." We appreciate "our" paper's representative.

HAROLD BORCHERT HOUSEHOLD


President has had his chance

I have taken all that I can take of those who blindly support Obama.

It is more than obvious that they know nothing of his background, his mentors or his true ideology.

Obama has done nothing but make promises for change. In 2008, some of my friends said "give him a chance." Well, he has had that chance and has done nothing in four years. Now he claims he can do it if we give him another four years. Wake up, America!

Research his past, ask who is Bill Ayers, Roberto Mangabeira Unger, Frank Marshall Davis and of course, Jeremiah Wright.

And when and if you do it and you still support him and he becomes re-elected, then goodbye America as we know it.

DENNIS TROSKY, Hayesville, N.C.


Madison, Jefferson talked 'separation'

The words "separation of church and state" are not in the Constitution or the Bill of Rights, but the concept is. James Madison (the Father of the Constitution) and Thomas Jefferson (Madison's mentor) said so.

Madison called the First Amendment "... the total separation of the church and state."

In his letter to the Danbury Baptists, Jefferson described the First Amendment as "... that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should "make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof," thus building a wall of separation between church and state."

The Danbury Baptists and Jefferson's letter to them are mentioned in four paragraphs of Robin Smith's column of Sept. 17. The column is titled "The wall of separation," but it never mentions the passage above, because to do so would refute Smith's claim that separation of church and state are not in the Constitution.

JAMES WALLACE THOMTE, Ringgold, Ga.


State fracking rules lacking

The Tennessee Oil and Gas Board recently developed rules on hydrofracking, the controversial horizontal drilling technique for natural gas.

These rules don't meet the minimum standards of the American Petroleum Industry (API), and don't require pre-drilling, or baseline water testing. Without this, it will be impossible to prove that well water degradation has occurred should the fracking process contaminate an aquifer, as has happened in Pennsylvania where water wells have been proven to be contaminated with methane.

Under the proposed rules, the public will be notified of a fracking operation in the area only when the well requires 200,000 gallons (or more) of water. To date, wells in Tennessee don't contain half that amount of water. In effect, public notification of fracking isn't required.

The state asked the public about the proposed rules, and many of us sent comments expressing a strong interest in preserving Tennessee's water quality. These comments were disregarded; the rules fall far short of requiring common sense, let alone industry-approved precautions for fracking.

Further consideration of these rules will be considered at the Oil and Gas Board meeting, Friday, at 10:30 Central Time in the 17th floor conference room of the L&C Building, Nashville, Tenn. Attendance is open to the public.

MEGAN SPOONER


UTC loses sight of nation's history

As an alum of UTC, I'm ashamed of the university's decision to replace pregame prayers with a "moment of silence." Instead of taking UTK's stance, which held that non-sectarian prayer is permissible, the leadership at UTC meekly caved to the legal threats of an out-of-state vocal minority that's determined to remove any reference to God and religion from public life.

Our Founding Fathers didn't form a country free from God and religion. On the contrary, they established a country where each individual could worship as he or she pleased according to their beliefs. Their desire was to have freedom of religion, not freedom from religion. Separation of church and state meant a prohibition on the establishment of a "state" church, like the Church of England or the Roman Catholic Church, not the elimination of God and religion from the public realm of life.

Regrettably, as this decision by UTC shows, the leadership at "Chattanooga's university" has lost sight of the fact this country was founded as a Christian nation, and while we should strive to tolerate the beliefs of non-Christian religions, agnostics and even atheists, we should never do so at the expense of the beliefs of the majority of citizens in the area.

ROBERT P. RAYBURN SR.


Obama destroying U.S. from within

The Obama administration is like an infection destroying us from within while it weakens our nation, making it vulnerable to a treacherous disease called tyranny.

I refuse to promote aborting children who could have some day developed a cure for cancer. I refuse to support the twisted mindsets that demand everyone must embrace their rainbow.

It's my opinion that America reserves the right to protect her borders just as China or Russia are allowed to with their lines of sovereignty.

I'm convinced public schools are government-funded hatcheries, introducing liberal ideas intended to re-invent government through student collaboration. I think these future citizens will be nothing more than bees or ants working in collective effort to expand government intrusion upon all or lives.

I fully believe in Israel's right to exist and that those screaming death to her and America should not extort one throat lozenge of foreign aid from us.

Yes, I refuse to commit treason against my own country and disavow God's mercy upon her by voting to endorse the globalized social agendas being teleprompted to the president.

CHARLIE WALL III, Chickamauga, Ga.

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librul said...

Just reading the local outlandish comments of the neo-nazi, libertarian-tea-party wackos parroting their Fox Noise propaganda is enough to transport one right back to 1938 Germany. THEN there's the latest Rmoney flap in Ohio that caused Joe Scarborough to bury his face in his hands and exclaim "sweet jesus" on national television. Meltdown alert - condition critical - defeat imminent!

September 27, 2012 at 6:53 a.m.
moon4kat said...

librul, I don't want to call people names, but tend to agree with you that three of today's letters seem churned out by angry parrots who have over-dosed on destructive propaganda ginned up for the ill-informed. Pretty sad that they'd rather support a cardboard cipher whose investments are off-shore than a hard-working President who is truly invested in America.

September 27, 2012 at 7:55 a.m.
LibDem said...

(Wow, it's the day of the angry conservative.)

Mr. Rayburn, You must be one of the 47% who need the government to provide everything including your prayer time at government facilities. Why not knuckle down, take responsibility for your life, and provide your own prayer time?

September 27, 2012 at 8:18 a.m.
LibDem said...

(Wow, it's the day of the angry conservatives.)

Mr. Rayburn, You must be one of the 47% who need the government to provide everything including your prayer time at government facilities. Why not knuckle down, take responsibility for your life, and provide your own prayer time?

September 27, 2012 at 8:19 a.m.
LibDem said...

I'm clearly not smart enough to deal with this.

September 27, 2012 at 8:22 a.m.
librul said...

Comment noted, Moon4kat. But (you knew that was coming, huh?) we are living in a country that proclaims individual liberty yet is becoming a surveillance state; a country that proclaims itself ruled by a constitution yet has, under presidents of BOTH major parties, violated it beyond belief with NO objection from the JUSTICE department; a country that has people who claim our various wars are "keeping us safe" while our own government officials and political offices are being shot at and gangs rule the night; a country that wants respect in the world and "fights terrorism" but installs and supports terrorist puppets around the world whose purpose is to subjugate their own people to assuage the needs of our greedy corporate state; a country that proclaims itself "peaceful" yet sells billions in destructive arms into the most dangerous and volatile regions of the world; a country that ostensibly stands for "human rights" but will not lift a finger when one of its own citizens is crushed under an American-made bulldozer while protesting Israeli destruction of homes as the genocide in Palestine proceeds apace; a country that whitewashes the most painful criminal act in its recent history on 9/11 and stonewalls independent investigations that might reveal its true cause and origins. Name-calling for one is truth-telling for another.

September 27, 2012 at 8:59 a.m.
raygunz said...

librul,outstanding post,all too true, but voters (especially in the "Red States" can't concern themselves with such things, not when there's "a Muslim Kenyan in the White House who wants to destroy America"!!!

September 27, 2012 at 6:12 p.m.
carlB said...

DOT ARROWOOD, Soddy-Daisy, thanks for agreeing that President Obama knows what he is doing. So what/how do you know about the "values", > that the President is supposed to be destroying? You need to tell us what values you are concerned with that he plans to destroy. My concern is with the actual "lying" to the voters by the Republicans about President Obama in convincing the voters to vote for them instead of Obama. I have always thought that honesty and trust were "values."
How many of the people on this site consider that President Obama has been any where near a failure? Even with all of the planned obstructions and LIES of his opponents to cause his failure, he has overcome their efforts to drive this Republic into another great depression. The actions by the Republican administration to allow the 2007 deep recession to occur and then the actions of the Republicans in the House and Senate to cause President Obama's failure, therefore preventing and obstructing the recovery of the 2007 recession should be called a traitorous act against this Republic and the people. After this arrogance shown by the "enemies" of this country, it causes me to be opposed to anybody who tries to "lie to the voters that President Obama has been a complete failure after having tried to cause him to be a failure. I will vote for the real Democratic candidates. "vote for the truth, not the lies

Americans for Prosperity (Tea Party) are funded by the Koch Bros.

September 27, 2012 at 8:47 p.m.
carlB said...

DENNIS TROSKY, Hayesville, N.C. "President has had his chance" "I have taken all that I can take of those who blindly support Obama."

Reply:

DENNIS TROSKY, Why do you believe that the people who are supporting President Obama are doing it blindly? Maybe it is you who show so much biased opinions against him are the "blind person"?
The actions by the Republican administration to allow the 2007 deep recession to occur and then the actions of the Republicans in the House and Senate to cause President Obama's failure, therefore preventing and obstructing the recovery of the 2007 recession should be called a traitorous act against this Republic and the people. After this arrogance shown by the "enemies" of this country, it causes me to be opposed to anybody who tries to "lie to the voters that President Obama has been a complete failure after having tried to cause him to be a failure. I will vote for the real Democratic candidates. "vote for the truth, not the lies

Americans for Prosperity (Tea Party) are funded by the Koch Bros.

September 27, 2012 at 9:19 p.m.
librul said...

REPUBLICANS 2012:

Keeping a million Americans out of work to run one man out of a job.

September 28, 2012 at 11:42 a.m.
carlB said...

librul said... REPUBLICANS 2012: Keeping a million Americans out of work to run one man out of a job. ====== Reply: It is a fact that this is what the Republicans' objectives have been and is why we need to vote the Democratic Candidates in to help back up President Obama during the next four years.

September 28, 2012 at 3:04 p.m.
jesse said...

WOW!!! I agree about Romney BUT Obama ain't doin too good a job so far!!

Obama just happins to be the best of a sorry lot!!

He just got lucky that the repubs. went bat shat crazy this time around!

BTW: the word "NAZI" is being used way too much and usually in a frivolous manner!"nazi " is a serious accusation to make just because you disagree w/their politics!

September 28, 2012 at 5 p.m.
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