published Monday, August 19th, 2013

Johnson is not voice of conservatives and other letter to the editors

Johnson is not voice of conservatives

For those readers who are angry about Drew Johnson’s firing, do you really want to defend someone who thinks pornography is a “miracle” that reduces teen pregnancy?

Do you really consider his a persuasive conservative voice? Really?

MARY LEE RICE


Hargis' article on Clark an inspiration

Kudos to Stephen Hargis for a well-written a nd inspirational article. Kudos to Austin Clark, the diminutive freshman lineman, with Down syndrome, playing for Hixson High School. He is our hometown “Rudy.”

It appears that with all of the chips stacked against him from birth, he soldiers on. He does not complain and finds joy in life just

through participating in a team sport. He should be a reminder to us all — who were lucky enough to be born without the challenges

he was — that whenever we start singing the “woe is me” song and worrying about the little things that we feel are obstacles in our life — there are people out there who overcome much more burdensome obstacles than we do, and with a smile on their face.

Excellent article.

TIM ENGEL


Cook's column about Ed Young is off base

David Cook’s column, “15 Years, seven shotgun shells,” is so full of holes it could have been shot with shotgun shells.

Ed Young is a criminal, a burglar and a thief. David Cook states that Young’s lawyer said, “Young broke into only unoccupied homes.”

Most burglars break into what they hope to be unoccupied homes. There is no certain way of telling if the home is unoccupied or if someone will come home unexpectedly. When a burglary is interrupted, violence often occurs.

The information is coming from his defense lawyer, who is paid to defend him against all charges, justified or not.

“Young turned his life around,” so he is no longer committing crimes? Why was he arrested?

“Ed Young is 43, disabled and a good dad.” An adult at 43 is not a good dad if he goes out burglarizing knowing that his family are victims if he gets caught.

He was able bodied enough to go out committing crimes. Remember he fell under the guidelines of the Armed Career Criminal Act for

having three prior convictions for violent felonies.

The real injustice, tried in county court, he would only have been sentenced to 10 to 16 months.

JOHNNY H. FRAZIER


Linking bankruptcy to Democratic leaders

It is wonderful that Tennessee Democrats can crow about the mayors of the largest cities in the state being run by Democrats just like the mayors of Detroit; Birmingham; and Stockdale, Calif.

Maybe Tennessee Democrats can make bankruptcy as stylish as it is in those fine cities.

But then, in reality, what major city on the verge of bankruptcy does not have a Democrat as mayor?

JEFF W. WELLS


Bible tells us what Jesus would do

The trio of crosses are a testimony to the world that is lost and going to hell.

If every person in Chattanooga would send $10 a month to the food bank, there would be plenty to feed the hungry.

Sometimes we don’t know what Jesus would do unless he tells us in his word. He wept over Jerusalem because they were lost and scattered abroad.

SYBIL PURSIFULL, Ashville, Ala.

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ORRMEANSLIGHT said...

Yes, the same folks who spew billions of tons of carbon monoxide into the air taking multiple jet airplane vacations bark loudest about ecology. They are overwhelmingly Democratic Liberal Tree Huggers.

These very same people who admonish us to feed the poor instead of erect crosses wouldn't give a dime to charity.

August 19, 2013 at 5:59 a.m.
lkeithlu said...

And just who are these people, Ken Orr? And where are you getting the "billions of tons of carbon monoxide"?

August 19, 2013 at 7:07 a.m.
aae1049 said...

Oh Mary Mary, you don't understand Libertarian. Yes indeed, Johnson was a conservative, more than any Republican Party fraud. Minimal government interference on the will of the people, and on moral issues, no government needed. Regulating social issues is a waste of time in the view of Libertarian.

Times Free Press is so defensive they are trying to ruin Johnson's solid reputation. The Republican Party is a joke, if that is who you consider conservative, oh please.

August 19, 2013 at 7:33 a.m.
moon4kat said...

Orr, from whence do you get your "information?" Once again, your comments are entirely false.
Many people who think it's hypocritical to plant tacky, expensive metal crosses (instead of feeding the poor) also give quite a lot to charitable organizations. In addition, they support having a government that works to end poverty and provide equal opportunity to all. Instead, it seems you want poor people to have no option other than to rely on meager church charity -- which may not be forthcoming, and certainly not without strings attached.

August 19, 2013 at 8:43 a.m.
soakya said...

What did one of Jesus's disciples say when I believe the sister of Lazurus poured perfume on his feet? I think he said it could have been sold and the money used for the poor. Now, who does Judas remind me of?

aae1049, I believe you and only a few others on here understand that the republican party is only a hair less liberal than the president and the democratic party.

August 19, 2013 at 10:48 a.m.
daytonsdarwin said...

soakya said...

What did one of Jesus's disciples say when I believe the sister of Lazurus poured perfume on his feet?

"It's about time. His Holy feet stunk to high heaven! Instead of walking on water He needs to get His feet under the water from time to time."

The Bible-always good for a laugh.

August 19, 2013 at 11:16 a.m.
Rickaroo said...

"The trio of crosses are a testimony to the world that is lost and going to hell." - Sybil Pursifill

The trio or crosses are a testimony to the crude and primitive beliefs of ancient people who, for lack of knowledge and understanding of the cosmos and the immediate world around them, concocted elaborate stories of the sort of deity that they thought existed. Because they were a warring, tribal people, they worshiped a war-like God who they thought would protect them. Because the people before them believed that their gods demanded and liked blood sacrifices, they perpetuated the notion that their God needed blood sacrifices as well. Hence, the ultimate blood sacrifice of his son (himself, actually) needing to shed his blood upon the cross to "save" us. The cross is just a hold-over of this extremely primitive, superstitious belief.

The notions of a literal hell and a literal Satan are also primitive myths that need to be relegated to the dustbins of ancient lore. Think for yourselves, fundamentalist Christians. Your God gave you a mind to think with. Open it wide. Use it. You will not go to hell for it. Really. Be free at last!

August 19, 2013 at 2:19 p.m.
conservative said...

Now, now Ken. I know that I am pretty hard on Liberals but not even a dime of giving to charity?

Why Bill Clinton once gave three pairs of his used underwear pre Monica and a suit with ripped pants to the Salvattion Army.

Claimed 6 dollar deduction for his used underwear and 75 dollar deduction for the suit.

But just think of the worth of those underwear to adoring Liberals if he had just waited a few years.

August 19, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
daytonsdarwin said...

Ever notice how Orr and Con-man are so concerned with homosexuals, public restrooms, and men's underwear?

Stop hiding! Come on out of the closet boys and have a gay old time! You two make a cute couple and can get married in a beautiful church wedding. You can adopt a child, march in parades, and take ballroom dancing classes. Then you could talk about men's underwear for hours on the front porch while holding hands and drinking Cosmos.

August 19, 2013 at 9:18 p.m.
TheCommander said...

Yes Rickaroo, Be Free! Be Free! Be free to be led around by the Rand Corporation and their consensus building techniques!!

Understand, it's not what you reject as the source of truth and guidance that bothers me, it's what you are replacing it with that is the real danger to all of us.

August 21, 2013 at 4:37 p.m.
daytonsdarwin said...

Religious fundamentalism has been responsible for mental slavery — slavery to far-fetched myths as reality, obscene indoctrination of children into nonsense, and fundamentalist authoritarians who profit from that slavery.

As science and reason replace fundamentalism and the scales fall from the eyes of slaves, you can look for continued dwindling membership in those churches, mosques, and synagogues that teach such literalist ideology to the detriment of individuals, families, communities, and humanity.

That day of jubilee can not come soon enough to remove the life-denying results of fundamentalism. There is no freedom, no liberty, no positives in fundamentalism - just slavery.

August 21, 2013 at 4:53 p.m.
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