published Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

'Bennett effective at antagonizing' and more letters to the editors

Bennett effective at antagonizing

Mr. Clay Bennett, the editorial cartoonist on your staff, is an extremely good artist, perhaps one of the best in the long history of American journalism. He and Michael Ramirez of IBD are probably the best political cartoonists now published by the world press. I see Mr. Bennett's work regularly in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

One question: Given the declining number of readers of U.S. newspapers, do you really want to antagonize nearly everyone in the center and right of the political scale? Mr. Bennett seems wholly committed to attacking anyone to the right of Leon Trotsky. At least he seems to display the courteous manner of a Tennessee gentleman, as in his subdued zinger about Margaret Thatcher.


Shameful senators cave to gun lobby

Power corrupts. The Senate gun vote last week made me feel sad; it was a blatant attack on our democracy. Congress is not a representative body. Not only was the gun bill supported by 90 percent of Americans, but a majority of gun owners.

It pitted the gun manufacturers against the people, and the former won. Sadly, our two Tennessee senators caved to the gun lobby. Their rejection of universal background checks is a tacit approval of criminals being able to purchase guns. Also, I have no other choice but to believe that our two senators, by their actions, approve crime.

But this is not the end. We can primary them like the tea party does, and if this does not work, we can vote them out of office.

The Senate has shamed itself. When voters and a majority vote can be defeated by a minority fringe, then democracy no longer exists.


Bin Laden was smarter than Bush

Parade magazine asked how will we remember George W. Bush. I will forever think of him as the simple-minded rube who was talked into invading Iraq for oil and ego. He was fortunate enough to have been born into money and influence, never had to grow up and always had somebody to clean up his messes.

His two tax cuts for the wealthy while fighting two wars on borrowed money has put us on the edge of bankruptcy. His arrogant lip cost no telling how many human lives. I don't think Osama bin Laden ever thought he and al-Qaida could defeat the U.S. in a military situation, but he knew Bush could be goaded into war and -- like the Soviet Union -- we would suffer the worst of it. Bin Laden was smarter than Bush.

David Brooks says the Republicans, through immigration reform, will try to show Hispanics that their party can be very friendly, unlike the majority of folks in red states who vote Republican and get sawed off at the knees. I don't believe Hispanics will buy that bull.

We need sensible gun control. Do we think these tragedies can never happen to us?


Title IX doesn't make sports equal

The current effects of Title IX concern me deeply. I am a student at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and it bothers me that people take men's sports more seriously than women's.

Title IX prohibits gender discrimination in schools that receive federal funds through grants, scholarships or other support for students. Yet it seems that women still aren't getting the attention they deserve from fans. There are more females in sports than ever before, and they work just as hard as men.

I am issuing a call to arms for change to support women participating in all sports. As a female track athlete, I have seen firsthand and know how it feels to not have any fairness between men and women.

Today, the battle for equality between men's and women's sports rages on. Solutions may be difficult to come up with right now, but everyone should be aware of this prevailing issue. One important focus is equal funding for both genders.

I believe everyone should act before it's too late.


Bullying unions put cities in a bind

What about "right to work" do you not understand? Companies have failed. So have some cities because of unsustainable benefits plus pensions for union workers.

Detroit is a rust belt despite our government's so-called bailout. Public service unions have put cities in a financial bind. In my opinion, the reason so many companies have outsourced is because their customer base can't afford the prices for union-made goods. We also don't need the threats and bullying from union organizers.

Not convinced yet? Then answer this question: If unions are so great, why are they being met with more and more opposition?


Bombings a setback for Obama backers

I imagine all the anti-gun drones are horrified at the Boston bombing, only because it didn't fit their (gun law) agenda.

The violence of the past has given Obama, Biden, Feinstein and other people a setback. Do you think that any of the above will risk their political heads to ban pressure cookers? Given time, Biden will put his foot solidly in his big, fat mouth.

WILLIAM GODSEY, Crossville, Tenn.

School staff members should not be armed

As of 1992, there have been more than 387 reports of school shootings nationwide. In light of recent events, including the tragedy that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School, there has been a lot of talk about how to turn schools into safer environments. Some would allow teachers and other school staff to carry guns on school property.

Obviously, teachers are not the ones who should be in charge of things like handling guns; this responsibility is for police and school resource officers. Teachers do not have the correct training. How can we be sure that all teachers could be trusted to carry guns? It is not uncommon to hear stories about teachers who have ended up fired, or in prison, for acts of sexual harassment and assault. Would you be comfortable sending your children to a school where teachers wield guns?

Also, how can we be sure a student would not be able to overthrow the teacher and take the gun for themselves? These are just a few things to think about when considering whether to allow school staff, other than resource officers, to be armed with guns.


TDOT should consider alternatives for road

TDOT needs to become innovative regarding Corridor K. It is simply ludicrous to contemplate building a new highway, approaching $1 billion in cost, when there are many other issues our governments should be putting such funding toward.

Further, it would be tragic to dig out huge sections of pristine mountainsides near the site of the 1996 Olympic whitewater event, essentially ruining them for all time, just to build a redundant highway. TDOT should instead rebuild the existing Highway 64 and make it world-class as well as state-of-the-art.

TDOT should build viaducts similar in construction to the Linville Viaduct along the Blue Ridge Highway, around the sharp curves of the Ocoee Gorge. Doing so will allow the road to be straighter as well as provide the clearance needed between the road and the hillside for any rockslides to pass underneath.

Also, as has been true along the Blue Ridge Parkway, viaducts will protect natural features by being built above them rather than through them. Ramps also can be built in rockslide prone areas to direct debris away from the roadway. Doing such things would be expensive but nowhere near the cost of a new road.


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magenta said...

Emily McEnery it's also not uncommon to hear about SROs sexually and physically abusing underage students. There have also been cases of teachers and school staff, such a principals, teaming up with an SRO in an effort to threaten and intimidate students into confessing to something they didn't commit. There have been several articles on the issue. One which appeared recently in the paper version of the local TFP.

April 24, 2013 at 8:27 a.m.
moon4kat said...

William Godsey, what you imagine about reactions to the Boston bombings is hateful and untrue. Yet, that doesn't stop you from planting your foot in your own mouth, or writing utter nonsense about what you "imagine" other people are thinking.

April 24, 2013 at 8:45 a.m.
Leaf said...

Godsey, sorry, but what you wrote just isn't reality.

I think in most situations guns in schools, whether on an SRO, teacher or administrator, are usually a bad idea. I've knows some truly stupid school administrators in my time that I wouldn't trust with a grapefruit spoon, much less a gun.

Don't trade the 1% chance to stop a Columbine shooting for a 100% chance of a couple of accidental or hothead shootings per year. The math just isn't on your side.

April 24, 2013 at 10:55 a.m.
Easy123 said...


You're a liar. Nothing you say is congruent with reality.

April 24, 2013 at 10:50 p.m.
Easy123 said...


"with Barack Obama opening up combat positions in the military to women it appears that he has made the decision that there are no differences between the physical abilities of men and women."

No, it doesn't appear that he has made the decision that there are no differences between the physical abilities of men and women. That is an illogical claim that you have conjured up. It's non-sensical and false.

"But combat is the ultimate "team sport"."

No, it absolutely is not.

"That may not sound equitable but it would be an affirmation of Obama's view of equity in military combat, the toughest "team sport" there is."

Military combat and team sports are entirely different. You don't need to be able to jump high or run fast to pull a trigger. Your entire claim about "equity in military combat" is false. To reiterate, military combat is not a "team sport" and no one ever made the claim, as I said before, that there are no differences in physical abilities of men and women. It's a strawman argument. It's completely made up.

"easy you are a bully."

You're an illogical dumbass that has never presented anything of merit. Everything you say is either fallacious or false.

Try again.

April 24, 2013 at 11:41 p.m.
acerigger said...

A female off-duty U.S. Navy sailor who was attacked by a bus driver in Dubai wrestled her would-be rapist into submission with a leg strangle hold, according to court testimony on Tuesday reported by The National.

The woman, whose identity was not disclosed, was on 24-hour shore leave on Jan. 19 and was attempting to hail a cab when a bus pulled up beside her. After boarding, the sailor became suspicious of the route the driver took.

“I noticed he did not take the main road and when I asked him he told me not to worry,” she said during court proceedings.

The driver pulled over 10 minuts later and tried to kiss her. When she refused her advances, he threatened her with a knife. The sailor then knocked the knife out of his hand and wrestled him to the ground using a leg stranglehold. She later reported the incident to her commander.

Police said the driver, identified only as 21-year-old KS from Pakistan, was drunk when he was arrested and claims not to remember what happened. He was charged with “attempted rape, threatening to kill, assault and consuming alcohol illegally,” but he has only pleaded guilty to the alcohol charge.

April 25, 2013 at 12:13 p.m.
Easy123 said...


"You are going to need that many to confirm Obama's opinion that males and females are equal physically."

That isn't President Obamas opinion and you know that. You're a liar and your argument/claim is fallacious and false.

April 25, 2013 at 1:26 p.m.
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