published Friday, January 11th, 2013

We have more selfishness now and other letters to the editors

We have more selfishness now

During WWII, our non-combat population was asked to recycle and purchase war bonds. Food rationing was mandatory. Almost everyone cooperated patriotically -- except draft dodgers, black marketers and businessmen working clandestinely with Axis powers.

Now political wars over taxation and spending create cynical exploitation. Congress barely escaped an economic worsening and right away corporations scurried to swap some investments for others that can't be taxed, using legislation specifically designed as fair relief to family farmers. Where's the patriotism in that? Have we limited its definition to only troop support?

There's a local woman whose father was a tax- deduction addict. He'd pay accountants as much as deductions were worth just to "defeat" the IRS. She looks at most tax-deduction junkies and sees undermining of government, but accepts as fact that those who struggle the most need some tax breaks; it's fair and necessary.

We dislike relentless political wars and can't understand why it continues. One big factor is that when leaders unwisely imagine national advantage overseas through warfare, it creates actual piracy at home. More selfishness, less patriotism; this is our predicament. We can't legislate integrity, only the hope of it.

RACHEL WHEELER


Rice and Powell comments alike

Republicans severely criticized Ambassador Susan Rice for questionable talking points on Benghazi provided by the CIA. This situation compares in some respects with the address made by Secretary of State Colin Powell to the United Nations for war with Iraq.

The difference was that Powell said afterward that the case he had made was "based on false information and some of it deliberately so." No Republicans blamed Powell for this. CIA director George Tenet informed him that it was verified by Vice President Cheney who was assured by Amid Chalabi, an Iraqi exile whose object was to get this country into war with Iraq so that he could later seize power.

Chalabi was a charlatan and a con who won the confidence of Cheney, who at one time had him on the federal payroll. The information Powell used came from Chalabi's henchman, code named Curveball (al-Janabi), whose phony model of an Iraq mobile biological weapons laboratory was displayed in a computer generated image to the U.N. by Powell.

Another consequence of the war was that Iran and Iraq, once principal enemy nations in the Mideast, now are friendly, with increased Shiite influence in Iraq, and the potential that Iraq may become a client state of Iran.

JOHN BRATTON, Sewanee, Tenn.


Assault definition eliminates AR-15

Basically, the AR-15 is being called an "assault rifle" by the anti-gun crowd because it looks military, and they will vilify any rifle that looks like it because their campaign to use emotionally charged terms requires it. The history of the term itself actually explains why the AR-15 is not an assault rifle at all.

To be a true assault rifle, a weapon must possess all of the following characteristics: It must be an individual weapon with provision to fire from the shoulder. It must be capable of selective fire (semi- or full auto). It must have an intermediate-power cartridge: more power than a pistol, but less than a standard rifle. Its ammunition must be supplied from a detachable magazine, and it should at least have a firing range of 300 meters. Unless a rifle possesses all of these attributes, it is not an "assault rifle" no matter what the government or Sen. Feinstein says about it.

RICHARD SHULTZ


More guns can't end the violence

It should come as no surprise that a red state with an even redder legislature would jump lock-step behind the NRA and propose arming teachers in schools when the majority of the country is against the idea.

Is that the best idea they can come up with? The answer to gun violence is more guns? Do our elected officials represent their constituents, or lobbyists with their money? Are they just merely cowardly or corrupted?

Ending gun mayhem in America calls for vision and leadership, not locked-and-loaded politicians. Do they really think an armed teacher could have stopped a killer in full body armor with an AR-15 that put 11 bullets in a 6-year-old in a mere second? How much is left of a 6-year-old's body with 11 high-powered bullets in him?

The knowledge that teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School were armed would not have come close to stopping the school's shooter. Arming teachers will not stop the proliferation of military-style munitions and high-powered, semiautomatic assault rifles and pistols that can fire a round every second. Our country's efforts would be better spent in working toward getting them banned. Period.

REBECCA ROCHAT


Simmons highly qualified for seat

I support Priscilla Simmons for Chattanooga City Council, District 2. I had the opportunity to work with Priscilla in a client-service role when she was the city's accounting manager for several years. I found Priscilla to be an honest and dedicated employee, professionally and personally. Priscilla was transparent in regard to any issues that arose during the course of an engagement, and displayed knowledge and leadership qualities that are desirable of a council member.

Priscilla acted with great integrity while managing her staff and under pressure to meet deadlines. It was evident in my discussions with Priscilla that she has a through understanding of local government, and with her financial background, she can be an immediate resource for the city.

Priscilla's knowledge and understanding of the city's government structure is an important component to function effectively and efficiently as a council member.

Please vote for Priscilla Simmons for Chattanooga City Council, District 2, on March 5, or during early voting Feb. 13-28.

JEFF POWERS, South Pittsburg, Tenn.


Make aspirants run on an equal basis

I believe the nation is "fed up" with today's brand of politics. Most politicians care not for their country anymore, but for personal greed.

What story can I tell my constituents so that I can be re-elected and have the "perks" and lifetime salary at the taxpayers' expense.

It takes millions of dollars to just run a campaign, and this is all they seem to worry about, while our nation slips into a third-world hole.

Since it is the duty of the Congress to make and pass the laws, why not make all of the politicians run on an equal basis? If Congress had the backbone to pass a law that each presidential candidate would only raise $2 million from each state, that would give anyone the chance to raise $100 million to run for the presidency. Even the ordinary person could again have a try at public office. At least it would be on an equal basis, and the politicians would not have to pay back the PACs and unions. We would again take back our nation!

VINCE PATTERSON, Signal Mountain


Return obituaries to the old format

Please return to publishing the obituaries with the format that you used to use: i.e. Chattanooga deaths first, followed by Tennessee state deaths and then Georgia state deaths.

We subscribe to the Times Free Press because it covers our area (Sewanee). We do not have an interest in the death announcements from Georgia nor in most cases, the death announcements of Chattanooga but now they are all intermingled and it makes looking for notices that are of interest to our area a cumbersome and unnecessary task. Thank you for your consideration in this suggestion.

SHIRLEY DAVIS, Sewanee, Tenn.

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Sailorman said...

Ms Rochat

Our country's efforts would be better spent in working toward getting ignorance banned. Period.

Please try to have at least some notion of what you're talking about.

"Ending gun mayhem in America calls for vision and leadership, not locked-and-loaded politicians."

Agreed and that applies to ALL parties involved.

January 11, 2013 at 8:11 a.m.
ORRMEANSLIGHT said...

'Assault definition eliminates AR-15'... Bravo! Excellent, Insightful.

Please read on:

Please research and determine the number of democratic governments which turned tyrant against their own population. This is why the second amendment allows for gun ownership. This United States of America is flirting with a gateway form of government know as socialism. The gateway to communism/tyranny is socialism. Hey People! Wake Up! It can happen over night. The second amendment to our great Constitution is there for a reason. The right to bear arms is so we of a democratic government (In a Republic)can protect ourselves against a 'gone-wrong' government. kwo

January 11, 2013 at 11 a.m.
ORRMEANSLIGHT said...

Also, many NRA members do not even fire their weapons. That's right! I cherish the right to own most any gun as a collector. How many gun collectors are a danger to society? How un-American would that be; to take away a U.S. Citizen's right to have a gun as a collector's item? kwo

January 11, 2013 at 11:01 a.m.
Easy123 said...

Orr,

Jon Stewart said it best in regard to your argument:

"Their paranoid fear of a possible dystopic future prevents us from addressing our actual dystopic present. We can't even begin to address 30,000 gun deaths that are ACTUALLY, in reality, HAPPENING in this country every year because "a few of us" must remain vigilant against the rise of "Imaginary Hitler".

January 11, 2013 at 4:46 p.m.
Rickaroo said...

Because Ken Orr decides to collect guns as a hobby then our government has no right to place restrictions on weapons of mass destruction because they are merely "guns" afterall and therefore his rights would be restricted. Well, we can't have that, can we?! How un-American, indeed! If 26 little kids and their teachers get their guts spattered in a school shooting and countless people get their bodies riddled with bullets at a movie theater, well, such is the price of freedom for Ken Orr and others to be able to maintain their hobby of collecting guns. Freedom in America...ain't it great?

January 11, 2013 at 5:46 p.m.
ORRMEANSLIGHT said...

I've told you already; You would far rather have an AR-15 than the alternatives. When the evil, deranged, demented soul makes the decision to mass murder...then mass murder will be forthcoming. If they can't be a 'super-villain type', or, evil Rambo, then, they will instead use Molotov Cocktails in movie theaters, elementary school classrooms, etc. God forbid they commandeer a fuel tanker truck! Psychologist's research reveals they get more thrills from out-dressing RoboCop, and being seen that way, instead of a truck driver. You choose; You tell me. kwo

January 12, 2013 at 12:10 a.m.
Easy123 said...

Orr,

We've all already told you. Molotov cocktails are much easier to combat and survive from than a reign of gunfire. These people can commandeer a fuel tanker truck now. Yet they choose to use guns. Your slippery slope argument is fallacious and has been proven to be so yet you keep using it. You are losing the debate.

You are painfully ignorant and markedly so.

January 12, 2013 at 1:42 a.m.
LibDem said...

At least Mr. Orr only wants guns to fondle and show his friends (around the campfire?).

January 12, 2013 at 9:08 a.m.
RShultz210 said...

Ms. Rochat, there are a couple of things that you need to understand about gun owners that you apparently don't. We are not the bloodthirsty rednecks you seem to think we are. The vast majority of us are simply ordinary people who are tired of the interference in our right to self defense on the part of the anti-gun lobby and the government of this country. We do not advocate for more guns, but rather that more law-abiding people be able to carry them where they will actually do us some good in areas where, heretofore, they have not been allowed to. These "gun-free zones" as they have unfortunately come to be called, are a major temptation to individuals with mental problems to do what the Sandy Hook shooter did because they know that no one will be present who is able to stop them. And no matter what anti-gun lobbyists tell you, the only sure defense against someone with a gun is someone else with a gun. Any other weapon is utterly useless, and as much as collectivists don't wish to believe it, it is perfectly logical and perfectly true. And strengthening doors and windows will not stop an individual with a gun unless those doors and windows are made of extremely expensive bullet-resistant materials. Furthermore, your use of ridiculous hyperbole will not strengthen your argument in the least. Your statement: "Do they really think an armed teacher could have stopped a killer in full body armor with an AR-15 that put 11 bullets in a 6-year-old in a mere second?" is wrong on many levels, but for the sake of brevity I will mention only two. First, Adam Lanza was NOT wearing "full body armor" but only a military style vest, and the news reports did not say whether it was a ballistic vest or not. Secondly, Mr. Lanza did NOT "put 11 bullets in a 6 year old in a mere second" as this would have meant a rate of fire of 660 rounds per minute and the AR-15 he used is a semi-automatic weapon and is NOT CAPABLE of doing that. And it is physically impossible for any human being to pull a trigger that rapidly. If you are going to argue for banning these weapons, then at least have the courtesy to use factual information in your arguments and avoid wild, ungrounded statements such as the ones in your letter.

January 12, 2013 at 1:53 p.m.
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