published Friday, August 23rd, 2013

Chattanooga's homeless and hungry need our support and other letters to the editors

Chattanooga's homeless and hungry need our support

I think Chattanooga may have some aggressive panhandlers and drunks on its streets, but I believe a lot are genuinely hungry. I, homeless for about four months, came from Knoxville to here, and this city is the absolute worst place to be in need. The community kitchen's food is rarely edible. It is usually some expired noodles or goulash mixture. I lost 60 pounds in my first six months having to eat there. Instead of complaining about being asked for a dollar like it is so horrible to just say no or ignore them or maybe try to ask the city to come together to try and find a solution for the problem such as more shelters, job programs, or reform and support of current programs. Remember all of you are maybe 2-4 weeks away from this if you lose your job or something happens to your finances. Myself, I am an IT guy, made good money, lost my job and within three months was homeless. So this can happen to anyone. I am sure it will be a crying shame when this does happen to many of you, so pay forward what you can now.


Bennett's cartoons lack intelligence

I know that the editors of the left-hand editorial page love Clay Bennett, but his cartoon in your Aug. 20 edition is all too typical of his mediocre work. In it, he isn't the least bit clever. (Although he probably thinks he is). He's just insulting by suggesting that anyone who may be a tea party activist or sympathizer or a Republican is comparable to a knuckle-dragging ape. That tactic (insults and vilification) is typical of the modus operandi of Democrats and the left-wing nowadays, since they are apparently intellectually bankrupt and unable or afraid to debate tea partiers or Republicans on the facts, logic, or merits of most issues anymore.

I might add that I don't understand the marketing logic either. Bennett is insulting probably the majority (if not the vast majority) of your readers, who are people who believe in the things he routinely insults or distorts.

By the way, if you want to see cartoons that are really clever and amusing, look on the right-hand editorial page whenever they print a Ramirez cartoon.

JOHN G. GRUBB JR., McCaysville, Ga.

Our teachers deserve wage increases now

Truly enjoyed reading commentary by Warren Mackey Hamilton County commissioner (District 4) printed on the Chattanooga Times editorial page on Aug. 17, 2013 He supports a raise for teachers.

Shame, shame on powers that be that deny a raise of 4 to 5 percent to teachers, principles and support staff. They are on the front line for our future. Come on now, eight years is too long not to get a raise. We want eduction to move forward, not backward. Some previous governors made sure we had 4 or 5 percent on state portion every year. That encouraged one to get up, face tough issues that educators and support staff deal with every second of the school day and year.

Please spend our tax money wisely and put our money toward raises for these fine educators and support staff.

Don’t you want your child’s teacher, principal, and support staff happy rather than struggling to make ends meet?

Retired educators and support staff, please help me contact legislators, commissioners, school board members, community leaders and others to encourage them to pass a raise for these fine hard working people on the front line.

WENDELL SWEETON, Whitwell, Tenn.

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Help For The Homeless: Tennessee: Chattanooga:

~MUSTARD TREE MINISTRY Saint Matthew 13:31-32~~~ 401 Gateway Avenue Chattanooga, TN 37405


~The Union Gospel Mission - G.r.a.c.e. Discipleship (for Men) 16 East Main Street Chattanooga, TN 37401


~Chattanooga Room In The Inn (for Women And Children) 230 N. Highland Park Ave. Chattanooga, TN 37404


~Interfaith Hospitality Network Of Greater Chattanooga - Day Center and.Overnight Shelter. 711 East 11th Street Chattanooga, TN 37401


~Centralized Intake Families Chattanooga 711 East 11th Street Chattanooga, TN 37403

(423) 756-3891

If You want to consider across the line in Georgia:

The Family Crisis Center

The Cottage (Children & Adolescents 13-17) The Cottage P.O. Box 565 Rock Spring, GA 30739


~The Next Door Halfway House 100 Moccasin Bend Road Chattanooga, TN 37405


~Chattanooga Area Food Bank, Inc. Chattanooga 2009 Curtain Pole Road Chattanooga, TN 37406

423- 622-1800

~Chattanooga Community Kitchen Chattanooga 727 E 11th Street Chattanooga, TN 37403


The United Way of Greater Chattanooga 630 Market Street (Corner of 7th and Market Streets) P.O. Box 4027 Chattanooga, TN 37405


OR, JUST DIAL 211 for a United Way Community Center

I give out United Way cards instead of $$$ when approached by a person in need (Contact the United Way to obtain Your own cards to give out). I trust their screening abilities, along with the same abilities of the other above listed resources.


August 23, 2013 at 4:08 a.m.
lkeithlu said...

Well, Ken, finally a clear, fact filled, sensible post. I'm proud of you.

August 23, 2013 at 6:44 a.m.
moon4kat said...

Ramirez's cartoon are clever?! You're joking, of course.

August 23, 2013 at 8:22 a.m.
jjmez said...

Ken, would any of those shelters you named include the one where food was being withheld, even from homeless children, until at lease one person came forward to be saved?

I went with a family member to donate some items to a local place that caters to the homeless. They were so hateful to the homeless people coming in to their store where the homeless presented some kind of ticket to get free items. Such as underwear, hygiene products and items of other clothing. It got me to thinking about considering opening my own place, where I know I would treat the homeless with kindness and respect.

August 23, 2013 at 9:28 a.m.
soakya said...

I bet that's all you do, think about it. If you ever open it up post the address on here.

August 23, 2013 at 11:45 a.m.


Thank You! WowI have arrived! Now I sincerely, without sin (in sincerely) feel like i just got a shot of endorphins, on steroids. I knew You had kindness within Your heart. i feel, so immortal! +(:>&@=;*** kwo

August 23, 2013 at 1:21 p.m.


Excellent! Please send me Your ideas and a plan. If we can agree, I can provide You free (Very nice) office space. I don't know how long this offer will be in effect, so, please send me Your information.

My business email: ORR_KEN@ATT.NET

August 23, 2013 at 1:39 p.m.
soakya said...

ken, don't hold your breathe. As I said above jjmez will only think about it, expect others to do it and then criticize them . No action will follow.

August 23, 2013 at 1:56 p.m.
jjmez said...

Ken and soakya, No thanks to either of you. You're offer is facetious and lacks sincerity. You're like the ones who volunteer at those places yet hold the homeless in much disdain. I already belong to a group that buy in bulk and use our purchases to take out to the homeless. We've even been able to find housing, jobs and other needs to help stabilize them. We have also helped those who need, to get transportation, pay off court fines, and pay at least 6 months for car insurance on the transportation we've purchased for them.

August 23, 2013 at 2:17 p.m.
daytonsdarwin said...



"Excellent! Please send me Your ideas and a plan. If we can agree, I can provide You free (Very nice) office space. I don't know how long this offer will be in effect, so, please send me Your information."

Wise choice, jjmez. NBC did a show about online predators. Orr sounds rather anxious, doesn't he?

August 23, 2013 at 2:59 p.m.
riverman said...

Always amazed that a white trash redneck who graduated from a directional school in Alabama with a degree in coloring can consider himself so academically superior to others.

August 23, 2013 at 4:10 p.m.
jjmez said...

Sounds like envy, riverman. LOL

August 23, 2013 at 5:10 p.m.
jjmez said...

Wise choice, jjmez. NBC did a show about online predators. Orr sounds rather anxious, doesn't he?

Just the thought is scary!! Imagine Orr peeping through my window!! LOL

August 23, 2013 at 5:23 p.m.
soakya said...

I'm not so sure about that jjmez ken sounds serious. you'd be foolish to turn down free assistance if you were truly doing what you say are doing.

August 23, 2013 at 7:28 p.m.
daytonsdarwin said...

soakya said...

"I'm not so sure about that jjmez ken sounds serious. you'd be foolish to turn down free assistance if you were truly doing what you say are doing."

So you mean that Orr would parade down Market Street as as Queen of the May in a Gay Pride March if I'd give $100.00 to the Salvation Army?

I didn't think so.

You did the right thing jjmez. Next thing you know, Orr will be asking you to help him look for his lost puppy and offering you candy.

Better call Chris Hanson.

August 23, 2013 at 9:55 p.m.

Even after working all night (3rd shift),daytonsdarwin, You bring out the high energy laughs that allow me a healthier, more positive outlook with which I may peacefully sleep.

You can be hilarious...I mean you command state-of-the-art, highest quality, hippest, that is valuable stuff!..kwo

August 24, 2013 at 9:18 a.m.
jjmez said...

soaky said: ken sounds serious. you'd be foolish to turn down free assistance.

Not foolish, soak. Just wise. Ken sounds more like a hypocrite, making snide remarks. My small, private group doesn't take donations of any kind. We use our own funds and means to do what we do, with no strings attached for the recipients. In fact, that's why we started our small, private group. Public charity has so many strings attached and so much of it seems self-serving, rather than genuine. My group meets twice monthly. We pool our resources and go from there. Unlike Ken, we have nothing to prove, and there are never any strings attached. In fact, if he's really sincere, he can form his own group and do what we do.

August 24, 2013 at 6:55 p.m.
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