published Friday, December 6th, 2013

Hard work pays off and other letters to the editors

Hard work pays off

Congratulations to Mark West and the other individuals who faced weather and ridicule to gather enough signatures to demand the right to refuse to finance sin and its consequences — after the Chattanooga City Council voted to approve domestic partner insurance benefits for city workers. Gathering petitions is laborious work and one which garners individuals with a real address and voting eligibility, plus a concern for where hard-earned tax dollars are spent. Add to this the driving truth that behind all moral issues, is final accountability to the God of our Fathers, as certified in Trinity vs. USA, 1892. Chattanooga is my home town, and I am personally grieved with the licentiousness which has made its way into the City Council. As a child, I walked the streets unafraid for it was a safe place, a city of churches. Restaurants didn't serve alcohol and things were closed on Sundays. Now alcohol is everywhere and children are hid. As they say, go figure.

JUNE GRIFFIN


No justice in children's deaths

A recent article in the Times Free Press reported that Tasha Bates was found guilty of the heat suffocation deaths of her two small boys and received two life prison sentences for her crime. Apparently at the time, she was high on meth, which she also manufactured in her home. Within recent memory is the newspaper account of a Chattanooga businessman who, tragically, forgot his infant son in his car. The child died of suffocation, but the unfortunate man received no jail time. In today's paper, (11-26-13), is the report of an American couple who beat and starved their 6-year-old son to death and received court sentences of 30-60 years in prison. Where is the justice? A young woman is guilty of pursuing her addiction to the point of allowing her children to die tragically. That is moral, criminal, turpitude and unintentional manslaughter. Guilty of this, yes, but of first-degree (intentional) murder, no. Both jury and judge are guilty of Taliban-style justice not usually found in American jurisprudence. Shame, shame.

WESLEY W. CHESNUT, Mentone, Ala.


Equal time for all ideas

Tell me how UTC gave the preacher more rights than the students. The students have the right to walk on by if they want. The main service of a college should be to offer an unbiased education. I have found over the last 50 years, not all but most teachers have gotten progressively far left. From kindergarten through college they pound their propaganda into them and they have to sit there and take it.

BILL COOPER, Jasper, Tenn.


City taken to task

This recent vote by our City Commission in support of same-sex benefits is nothing short of a travesty foisted upon the taxpayers by commissioners who bowed to the altar of political correctness. As a business owner and lifelong resident of Chattanooga, I stand loudly in opposition to this proposal. This is both a moral and political issue, and we will all stand before the infallible altar of God to answer for ourselves. Did we add to or take away from God's word?

RON RAY, Chattanooga

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moon4kat said...

Ron Ray, it's a simple matter of equal rights for all Americans. In the 1800s I'm sure slave owners argued that it was "moral" to own people because it happened in the Bible. I wonder what your God thinks of that.

December 6, 2013 at 9:58 a.m.
GaussianInteger said...

How ironic that June Griffin applauds Mark West and company for the petition drive on a moral grounds, yet I personally know of one petition volunteer that blatantly lied to gain my (and other's) signatures. Is lying moral behavior?

December 6, 2013 at 3:16 p.m.
gypsylady said...

Wonder if the Petition Posse checked with the state. We have new voter i.d. laws and I'm not sure how you can just mail 'em in. I would have thought that the signers would have had to go to the Election Commission and present i.d. I'm sure they've got that all covered.

December 6, 2013 at 4:31 p.m.
schizka said...

WESLEY W. CHESNUT, of Mentone, Ala. I have t agree with you. I was amazed but not surprised when the 2 year old grandson of a retired officer picked up the grandfather's gun and shot and killed himself in 2012. They claimed the family was suffering enough. Well, that's in any case after such a tragedy, but there are still usually charges. Reckless endangerment or something. Goes to show, America's laws are meant for some to behave and not others.

December 7, 2013 at 5:29 p.m.
ORRMEANSLIGHT said...

TENNESSEE STATUTE (LAW) RE: LEGAL MARRIAGE:

"(b) The legal union in matrimony of only one (1) man and one (1) woman shall be the only recognized marriage in this state. (c) Any policy, law or judicial interpretation that purports to define marriage as anything other than the historical institution and legal contract between one (1) man and one (1) woman is contrary to the public policy of Tennessee"; Tenn. Code Ann. ' 36 3 113

Too many Liberal Democrats are Scofflaws and utilize sleazy deception and other evil tactics to push their immoral lifestyles onto society. It may be we now see Chattanooga City Government following this example of the Obama administration.

Ken ORR

December 7, 2013 at 8:25 p.m.
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