published Monday, February 25th, 2013

Political correctness not the Boy Scout way and other letters to the editors

Political correctness not the Boy Scout way

The greatest nation in the world is slowly, methodically and deliberately destroying itself from within, all under the guise of being politically correct! We have now legalized the murder of millions of babies and are legalizing same-sex marriage.

The nation has become so apathetic that the people stand by and watch the removal of Bibles and prayer from our schools, the weakening of our military and the slow destruction of one of our greatest organizations, the Boy Scouts of America.

As a Scout and later a Scout master, I was taught the Scout oath, it is an follows: "On my honor I will do my best, to do my duty to God and country and to obey the Scout law, to help other people at all times, to keep my self physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight." This Scout oath is an excellent guide for all of us to follow.

Let us stand up and support the Boy Scouts as they struggle to keep the organization morally straight. Allowing homosexuals to join the Scouts would be a complete departure from the founding principles of the Boy Scouts.

GENE O. WAGNER SR., Rossville

Liberals want to eliminate opposition

I see cartoonist Clay Bennett is showing his true liberal colors again. The showing of a cellphone with all the apps being conservative -- implying they should all be removed, to be more to the point -- nothing remotely conservative should exist.

This is typical left-wing, liberal thinking at its best -- eliminate or trash anything or anyone that disagrees with the liberal socialist agenda.

Liberals just can't seem to understand theirs is not the only opinion -- or agenda that is protected by our First Amendment.

As a conservative, I do not believe your liberal opinion should be silenced. I may not always agree with you, but you still have the constitutionally protected right to express yourself.

Just remember, if our Constitution is ever totally eradicated your right to free speech will disappear, also. Every day I feel our government is heading in that direction: More government means fewer personal freedoms. Wake up America, before it's too late.


Tuder's fresh ideas would be asset to city

I always have believed that principles should prevail over politics. For this reason, I believe that Roger Tuder is the only choice for District 2 City Council. Roger is a person of high standards and life decisions that are actions of principles over politics, not just political rhetoric.

I have sought Roger's advice many times especially when I was thinking of running for mayor. Roger's institutional knowledge of city government, and his pragmatic business approach are hard to find. The public certainly understands that common sense and a business approach greatly benefit the city, considering the current state of affairs.

Roger Tuder is a family man married for 40 years, served his country in the Army, and was entrusted with substantial financial decisions in the banking industry throughout his career.

When I was appointed to serve as Parks and Recreation director, I discovered numerous needs that were ignored, while wasteful pursuits were funded. The city needs an elected leadership with fresh ideas and a common-sense spending approach, given the current bond debt and desire of the public for tax dollars to be used effectively and efficiently.

Please vote for Roger Tuder, District 2 City Council on March 5.


McCullough is man of integrity, character

I recommend a vote for Tom McCullough for the Chattanooga City Council, District 1. He is a positive thinker, thorough when making decisions and dedicated to tasks undertaken. He will carry forward his proven philosophy and represent his district well.

Having taught at Hixson High School when he was principal, I know of his character, integrity and ability to work with all people. We are fortunate to have a person of his ability who wants to continue serving his community.

SUE SMARTT, Signal Mountain

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Easy123 said...

The WingNut crazies are well represented in this edition of 'Letters to the Editor'! Their collective psychosis and bigotry has been duly noted.

February 25, 2013 at 12:14 a.m.
anniebelle said...

“There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there always has been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life nurtured by the false notion that democracy means ‘your ignorance is just as good as my knowledge’”. ~~Isaac Asimov

February 25, 2013 at 6:39 a.m.
lkeithlu said...

Mr. Wilkerson, Bennett is a liberal cartoonist. That is why he is printed in the Times part of the paper. The Free Press often prints a conservative cartoon on the editorial page.

Maybe you can read Mallard Fillmore instead.

February 25, 2013 at 7:01 a.m.
conservative said...

I totally agree with you Mr Wagner.

The Scout oath should totally eliminate the possibility of any homosexual sexual pervert from being considered a member of the scouts.

The oath would be rendered meaningless otherwise.

February 25, 2013 at 11:07 a.m.
Easy123 said...

The Scouts aren't considering "homosexual perverts" as members, just homosexuals. There are already homosexual Scouts, they just aren't vocal about it. Eventually, bigotry and homophobia will be snuffed out and become a thing of the past.

February 25, 2013 at 11:24 a.m.
jesse said...

Why not have a "Gay Scouts of America"??

Or let gay boys join the "Girl Scouts!"

Eliminate all this angst about what's goin on out in the woods!!

February 26, 2013 at 11:17 a.m.
LibDem said...

I guess you're right, Mr. Wagner, as long as "morally straight" means excluding boys who don't meet your politically correct definition of boy.

February 26, 2013 at 3:34 p.m.
Easy123 said...


"Why not have a "Gay Scouts of America"??Or let gay boys join the "Girl Scouts!"

Or just accept gays into the Boy Scouts. That would be easier. But, it appears equality is a hard idea to grasp for some. Do you really think there are no gay Scouts? I highly doubt it.

"Eliminate all this angst about what's goin on out in the woods!!"

Gay/Homosexual does not mean pedophile.

February 26, 2013 at 5:09 p.m.
jesse said...

I was using sarcasm to show how stupid this whole thing is!

I guess it went right by you!

February 26, 2013 at 5:15 p.m.
Easy123 said...


"I guess it went right by you!"

Your comments weren't blatantly sarcastic when read. It's highly difficult to judge sarcasm when reading the written word especially when your statements are common positions for people to hold.

I guess that fact went right by you.

February 26, 2013 at 7:34 p.m.
jesse said...

Well easy,if you would quit stikin your beak into the middle of every post on here and stick to airing your own views then you wouldn't have to worry about picking up on the sarcasm!

February 26, 2013 at 7:58 p.m.
Easy123 said...


Don't get upset about it. Calm down!

I do air my own views. Can't you read?

Tell me which views you "air". Was your sarcasm your view?

Also, I'll stick my beak wherever I want, whiner.

Better get used to it. Wouldn't want you throwing any more tantrums.

February 26, 2013 at 8:05 p.m.
mosquito said...

The Great and Powerful Oz has spoken!

February 26, 2013 at 10:39 p.m.
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