published Sunday, February 10th, 2013

'Bennett cartoon in poor taste' and more letters to the editors

Bennett cartoon in poor taste

Again Clay Bennett and the Times Free Press have poked a finger in the eye of good taste. Mr. Bennett on (Feb. 3) depicted Sen. John McCain as a gaunt, dilapidated, old horse with a caption implying the Maverick had become an Old Nag.

Sen. McCain has given his life in service of our country, first as a decorated Navy pilot in Vietnam then as a public servant from Arizona. While in Vietnam he was shot down and spent five years as a POW, tortured so badly that he was left badly disabled.

Ironically, Sunday (Feb. 3) you posted an open letter regarding the loss of the paper’s revenue partially due to a cancellation in subscriptions. Perhaps you should review these losses.

Is it any wonder that our country is so politically divided with such media hostility toward anyone they disagree with rather than honest debate about the issues?

KENT FOSHA, LaFayette, Ga.

Duty demands being armed

I do not plan to conduct a military assault. Accordingly, I have no need for a tank, howitzer, mortar, grenade, flame-thrower or automatic weapon. They really are "assault" weapons. An automatic weapon fires several rounds each time the trigger is squeezed, and only the first is well aimed.

I do have a duty to defend my family, self and home from criminals. I live in the edge of the county and outside any municipal police jurisdiction. Even with an excellent sheriff's department, police intervention would involve an unavoidable delay of a few minutes following a 911 call.

Criminal home invasions involving more than one criminal are sadly on the rise. Should four or five thugs invade my home, I will severely need a semiautomatic weapon with an adequate ammunition capacity. This will enable me to fire one round with each trigger squeeze without any time-consuming manual activity to recock or reload my defensive weapon.

Under such nerve-racking emergency circumstances, it would take several rounds, including misses and superficial wounds, to stop each of the invading criminals.

Any proposed law which precludes this poses a real danger to my family, which includes precious pre-school grandchildren.


Bring back old parking meters

I have waited to comment on the new parking pay stations in downtown Chattanooga. They could be the most annoying things I have ever seen in my life. There is nothing more annoying than having to walk a block to a machine and wait on it to print a ticket out, then walk all the way back to your car and put the ticket in your dash. Oh, and not to mention, it is pouring rain the whole time. What ever happened to people being in a hurry? With these things, you literally have to leave the house 20 minutes earlier. These things are bad for Chattanooga and even worse for our tourists.

I also don't understand why CARTA, a company that constantly reports millions of dollars in losses, would go out and spend $700,000 in money they don't have. People don't ride buses. Their busiest department is the electric shuttle, I am sure, and it is free. CARTA is the perfect local example of our national government. They don't have any money but spend it foolishly and constantly grow further and further in the red.

Please remove these things. I miss the old meters!


Paper should focus on city

The Chattanooga Times Free Press, if it wants to stay alive, would be better served by chiseling out a better product than going up on the price for readers.

A better product requires a better vision for the times. This is not the time for it to be wasting money and effort by trying to be a regional newspaper. Most all of the towns around here have their own newspapers.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press should tighten up and concentrate its efforts on Chattanooga and Hamilton County and not waste precious space on reporting what's going on in the surrounding cities that have their own newspapers.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press can be a paper of record without being boring. It could report a lot more news than it does, and it could cover it in more depth than it has done traditionally if it were willing to change its focus from a regional paper to a local paper where most of the readers live and the biggest advertisers are.

It would not be a bad idea to cull the better writers from the mediocre by paying them a little more. Great writing and great reporting make a great newspaper.


Ladd works to see the entire issue

Chattanooga is on the brink of another big step forward, and we need great leadership! For those who haven't already decided who to vote for in the District 3 City Council race, I think Pam Ladd deserves your vote.

I have seen her in action at City Council meetings (masterful leadership), in community forums, on economic development projects like Choose Chattanooga and one-on-one with specific issues. I was very impressed.

Pam seems to have a unique blend of wisdom, strength, energy and vision. She is doing a full-time job as City Council representative with no other distractions. She is willing to meet face-to-face no matter how controversial the topic. She is one tough lady, and she works hard to see the entire issue before casting her vote.

I wish I could vote for her. We are not in District 3. So the best we can do is pass the word.


Newspaper's price increase acceptable

I start every morning with a cup of coffee and the Chattanooga paper. I have seven-day home delivery and have had for several years. Your paper covers all of the news and sports.

While Internet is good, it is not the same as sitting at the table and reading the hard copy.

I read the article (Feb. 2) and understand the need to cover costs and produce a profit. I would certainly agree to a price increase.

Please continue the daily circulation and home delivery of the Free Press.

ROBERT GREG, Calhoun, Ga.

Gun madness part of our unhappiness

Americans are certainly riled up about public shootings and gun control. We must regulate gun ownership. Does that mean lawful citizens cannot have a pistol for protection or a rifle to hunt? No! But the love of guns has reached weird proportions in this nation.

I feel sad for struggling families whose head of household is so caught up in the current gun frenzy that money needed for shoes and food is instead spent on more guns. "Gotta get another gun, before they take them all away!"

This madness is part of a larger human issue: basic unhappiness. We are seldom gratified, at ease, or satisfied. We simply cannot find true joy, and that loss is driving our species to ruin (and putting the rest of creation into dire straights!). To most of us, nothing is deeply satisfying. We chase after bigger cars, lavish food, exotic pets, etc., but after a short period of satisfaction, the pleasure is gone. So, off we go seeking something else to try and fill our souls.

Chasing brief thrills eventually causes disappointment, jealousy and anger. Humans need to examine the root cause of our misery. We can tap into the joy of each moment, like other creatures do, and transform our lives and indeed the entire world.


It's really starting to stink in nation

The most disheartening statement I hear is: "Write and call your senators and congressmen."

Since I don't have the money for fruitless long distance phone calls and if they really want to hear from us citizens why not make all correspondence to any politician postage-free with "800" numbers?

We have learned our leaders have their own agendas, not the people's. Their only focus is scrounging money from their lobbyist so they can turn around and give it to the corporations in hopes of getting re-elected ... ("bag men").

The light at the end of my tunnel is looming closer each day, and I welcome it. The America I loved as a boy has dissolved into greed and insanity. I hear some say, "America, love it or leave it." Fat chance ... just try. A passport is $150. If they turn you down, they keep your money!

Remember how we feared capitalism more than communism in the hippy days? Now we know why: Off-shore banks have looted our treasury, Bush shredded our Constitution, tripled the size of government and destroyed our image worldwide.

As Sen. Shumer, D-NY, said to Trent Lott, "Something is beginning to stink around here!"



Sale Creek honors officer of the year

Travis Neely was recently named Sale Creek Volunteer Fire Department Officer of the Year. Travis has been a member of the Sale Creek Volunteer Fire Department since 2008 and is now a lieutenant. He is employed with Hamilton County Emergency Services as a paramedic and is currently attending Chattanooga State in the fire science program.

Travis serves his community without fear and all the while knows the risk he takes on a daily basis while staying true to his commitment as a volunteer firefighter and paramedic.

Remember the next time you see a volunteer firefighter to give them the respect that they are due because your property or life may depend on them one day.


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Easy123 said...


"Should four or five thugs invade my home, I will severely need a semiautomatic weapon with an adequate ammunition capacity."

Do you have a big "thug" problem up in Soddy Daisy, Hank? Your paranoia is comical.

"Any proposed law which precludes this poses a real danger to my family, which includes precious pre-school grandchildren."

Lucky for you, there won't be any laws that do such things.

February 10, 2013 at 2:52 a.m.
Livn4life said...

HILARIOUS Robert Lee Brown to blame all the "stink" on Bush and quote a man who is part of a party who helps the stink to grow and grow and grow away from the America you say you loved as a boy. But then, we have this wonder of a media showing us the way with a one-sided slant. Do not misunderstand, former President Bush had his part in the mess we now have but so did Congress, not just during his time as President, but for decades. To single President Bush out as the "stink"-meister is ridiculous. Both political parties, for the sake of their continued empowerment have caused the country to begin smelling poorly. But...depending on which side we fall on, we determine it has to be the other side. No way, both are guilty so pick your poison next time you vote and pretend, if your candidate is elected that he or she will make a difference. Like it will really happen(WINK)!

February 10, 2013 at 8:45 a.m.
LibDem said...

HANK SUNDERLAND, Stop obsessing about this and get your family out of Soddy Daisy.

February 10, 2013 at 8:53 a.m.
Rickaroo said...

"Criminal home invasions involving more than one criminal are sadly on the rise. Should four or five thugs invade my home, I will severely need a semiautomatic weapon with an adequate ammunition capacity." - Hank Sunderland

I think that what you "severely need," Mr. Sunderland, are some chill pills. I would like to hear more about this trend of criminal home invasions involving more than one person. I'm willing to bet that there might have been a break-in by a couple of thugs recently and you interpret that as a rising trend of gangs of marauders running wild and wreaking havoc in Soddy Daisy. Whatever, I'm sure you will come up with some sound reason as to why you need your rapid-fire assault - er, beg pardon... I mean "sporting" - weapons and high capacity magazines. Afterall, it's your "duty" to be armed to the teeth, right? What kind of man would you be with a mere six-shooter or single-shot rifle? Why, you'd be laughed out of Soddy Daisy if the neighbors got wind of such a puny arsenal! I bet you have a machine gun smile a mile wide, eh, Mr. Sunderland?

February 10, 2013 at 7:02 p.m.
goatman said...

been a long time since i commented and i see why. the same three or four butt plugs still on here trying to pee everybody address is 561 rhea county hwy. why don't ya'll drop by so i can practice defending our home against moron zombie a-holes..if you make it out you can drop by and say hi to mr. sunderland..

February 10, 2013 at 10:45 p.m.
Easy123 said...


I'm sure you get plenty of practice defending against that hoard of thugs that terrorize that area.

February 10, 2013 at 10:52 p.m.
goatman said...

wow 7 minutes response time..thats pretty impressive..must have a reminder that goes off every time someone posts a comment

February 10, 2013 at 11:04 p.m.
goatman said...

and he knows how to make his post in bold letters .

February 10, 2013 at 11:07 p.m.
Easy123 said...

What does your 12 minute response time mean? LMFAO! Then the 3 minute response to your own post?

Keep going!

February 10, 2013 at 11:17 p.m.
goatman said...

i have to apologize was just poking fun at some of you on here. read some of the comments is more amusing than the op-eds that respect keep em coming..and no i wouldn't harm anyone unless they are trying to harm my family..but to easy and rickaroo and a few others i really hope you guys aren't serious in your comments..the world will never be the way we would like it to be..and thats why i'm armed

February 10, 2013 at 11:19 p.m.
Easy123 said...

No one is trying to disarm you.

February 10, 2013 at 11:21 p.m.
goatman said...

well their just not trying hard enough to suit some people..i don't think our local sheriffs would be so foolish but you need to look up the video from sen. feinstein from back in the nineties around the time of the assault weapons ban.. mr. and mrs. america turn em all in..i think she said..60 minutes interview i believe

February 10, 2013 at 11:26 p.m.
Easy123 said...

Senator Feinstein can't subvert the 2nd Amendment. Again, no one is trying to disarm you.

February 10, 2013 at 11:33 p.m.
goatman said...

really? there's all kinds of things the govt 'can't' do but they do it , don't they?? and it's only because we let them. and for the record, watch and see if they don't use a drone to take out that ex-cop in calif. thats on the run...gotta get the american people used to the idea of little armed robots buzzing about

February 10, 2013 at 11:39 p.m.
Easy123 said...

"really? there's all kinds of things the govt 'can't' do but they do it , don't they??"

Not really.

"and it's only because we let them."

We just elect government officials. That's the extent of our power on the government outside of rioting but those don't seem to do much these days.

"and for the record, watch and see if they don't use a drone to take out that ex-cop in calif. thats on the run"

They won't.

"gotta get the american people used to the idea of little armed robots buzzing about"

You're talking out of your ass now.

February 10, 2013 at 11:45 p.m.
goatman said...

one more thing before sleepy sister in laws husband in the air force has something to do with the drone program either working on them or flying them, not sure which.....we went back and forth texting about this very thing and he had said they had been used for years over the aftermath of katrina and various other disasters..i said thats fine and dandy until they go more texts from the flyboy and thats been a year ago..

February 10, 2013 at 11:49 p.m.
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