published Friday, December 27th, 2013

Thanks for the history series and other letters to the editors

Thanks for the history series

You've done a great job in running the Sunday history essays explaining how Lookout Mountain and Missionary Ridge fell to the Yankees. I never understood how easily it seemed to happen, but your historians explained it well. I was struck by how correct General Forrest was when he told General Bragg that if they followed the Yankees into Chattanooga, they could bag the whole Northern army. But Bragg decided on a siege tactic instead, and the victory at Chickamauga went for naught. While passing out praise, I would also applaud the columns of David Cook. We are quite fortunate to have a writer of his stature and insight. His columns are interesting, thought-provoking, and hit the nail on the head time after time. Keep up the good work, Mr. Cook.

RONALD CUMBIE, Chattanooga


Why is president off on vacation?

While our country is drowning in a deficit of trillions of dollars and the average family can barely afford a long weekend vacation to a local amusement park, President Obama and his family pack up and travel to Hawaii for a Christmas vacation. Of course this is paid totally by the toil and sweat of the American taxpayers. What is this man thinking? He seems to "thumb his nose" at his countrymen each day when he arrives at his office in the White House to begin whatever his duties are on that day in history. He disregards our country's Constitution and what it has stood for in our history. Of course, I do not hear my senators or congressman from Georgia standing up to him in any way. Both parties have no leadership or these things would not be happening. Our great country is in deep trouble.

ROBERT WESTMORELAND, Ellijay, Ga.


Debt limit not in Constitution

For all the legal sticklers out there, the Constitution gives Congress the power to borrow money, but says nothing of a debt limit. That is something a bygone Congress made up. That said, I would like to suggest a solution to our problem that the Catholic Church has used for centuries. When a pope dies, the College of Cardinals is convened and locked in a room until a new pope is chosen. I propose that the Capitol police round up a quorum of House members, thrust them into the House chamber and lock the doors (taking care to keep locked out the Republican, tea party, lunatic-fringe who have gleefully caused this crisis). Those members locked in would get no food, water, outside communication or bathroom breaks until they have done the job for which they were elected.

THOMAS RODGERS, Dayton, Tenn.

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wallyworld said...

Westmoreland, you need to turn off Fox and find some real news. President Bush spent 879 days at his ranch (bought and paid for by the taxpayer) in Crawford, Texas, since the Supreme Court, in all its great wisdom, elevated him to the presidency. Bush broke former President Reagan's record for taking vacations from the White House. It's interesting to recall, all these wild years later, that George W. Bush did not decide to buy the ranch near Crawford until after he decided to run for president. Apparently, after Ronald Reagan's example, it seemed presidential to cut brush on a ranch, and Bush was seeking a brush with history. Or something. No, really. You know, with the "busy schedule" – 9/11, two unfunded wars, Hurricane Katrina and little stuff like that, Bush still had room for 879 days down on the ranch - which, if you're into arithmetic, works out to around 30 percent of eight years. Now what is this rubbish about President Obama?

December 27, 2013 at 7:37 a.m.
Rickaroo said...

Wallyworld, the Obama haters, aka RWNJs, have two excuses for magnifying Obama's faults and ignoring completely the exact same faults in Bush that were in most cases much worse: they are SELECTIVE MEMORY, in which case they overlook Bush's faults completely and go so far as to ridicule anyone who brings those faults up (they like to claim that we are nit-picking or being obsessive and not being able to let go of the past). And the other is REVISIONIST HISTORY, in which case they take one of Bush's major screw-ups, like the fact that the Iraq war was a complete and utter failure and claim that we "won" the war and Iraq is a "free" country today; or the fact that Bush actually believed that Hussein had ties to al-quaeda when in fact he knew that there never was such a link. One of my all-time favorites is their use of selective memory, when they keep whining about how Obama needs to be impeached over the deaths of 4 Americans in Benghazi (that most likely could not have been prevented even with military intervention), but they never utter a word about the thousands of American soldiers who sacrificed their lives neelessly in a war that was based entirely on lies. Nothing that Obama has done yet matches the heinous deeds of Bush the Terrible.

December 27, 2013 at 12:50 p.m.
Plato said...

Mr. WESTMORELAND thanks for pointing out that Obama took a Christmas vacation, this is big news since no other president before has ever done that.

Congratulations your letter earns you the award of Moron Of The Month.

December 27, 2013 at 11:52 p.m.
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