published Monday, January 28th, 2013

Editorial leaves hope for reason and other letters to the editors

Editorial leaves hope for reason

The Times editorial on the president's inauguration speech was one of the best written, thoughtful items of journalism I've seen. And yet, what do the Republicans offer as an alternative? Cuts in Medicare and Social Security?

Unfortunately, the right wing in this town is unlikely to read it, but editorials like this leave one some hope that reason and compassion will come from the enlightenment of your journalism. Many thanks from a faithful subscriber.

JOHN F. EARY, Ringgold, Ga.


Tudor will strive for improvement

I support Roger Tuder as candidate for Chattanooga City Council District 2. I have known Roger for 25 years and always have been impressed with the drive and commitment he has to help people and this community. It has never been about self-gain for Roger. He truly has that desire to help people. He's not a politician. He is a smart man with a lot of common sense. He grew up in Chattanooga and truly understands and cares about the needs and concerns the people of this community have.

Roger is a strong proponent of public safety. He's a tireless advocate for support of our public safety personnel. He will work to ensure they have all the tools and resources needed to effectively execute their duties and provide a safe and friendly community for the residents to live, work and raise their families.

My vote will be for Roger Tuder, who will strive to make our community a better and safer place for our family to live.

PAM MASSINGILL


Abortion involves mental gymnastics

Everyone seems ecstatic that Kate Middleton will be having a baby in July. Ah, the pitter-patter of tiny feet in Buckingham Palace.

But what if someone were to approach lovely Kate and declare, "That's not a baby you're carrying. It's only a fetus!"?

We'd be appalled. How dare someone say such a thing? But every day, that's what thousands of women are in fact saying. Mrs. Prince William is still early in her second trimester, a time when many pregnant women choose to abort their "fetuses."

Interesting mental gymnastics: If you are pregnant and want a child, it's a "baby." But if you're pregnant and don't want a child, it's only a "fetus," subject to disposal like useless trash.

Somehow I think the last line of the poem "Sacred Emily," written by Gertrude Stein, applies here: "A rose is a rose is a rose is a rose."

Similarly, a baby is a baby is a baby is a baby. To assert otherwise is simply to deny an inconvenient truth.

ROBERT J. TAMASY, Hixson

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Easy123 said...

ROBERT J. TAMASY,

Actually, a baby isn't a baby isn't a baby isn't a baby. The word "fetus", in humans, means "the unborn young from the end of the eighth week after conception to the moment of birth, as distinguished from the earlier embryo". If you would like to call that a baby, so be it. But after week 8, a developing human in-utero is called a fetus (it is called an embryo before week 8 of gestation). No mental gymnastics required. It's ignorance on your part to claim otherwise and for anyone "to assert otherwise" is not "denying an inconvenient truth", it is actually stating facts according to science and the dictionary.

It would be helpful for yourself and others to understand what words mean before you type a factually incorrect, misguided letter-to-the-editor.

January 28, 2013 at 12:33 a.m.
LibDem said...

As you say, ROBERT J. TAMASY, the Duchess doesn't have a baby, she "...will be having a baby in July." Interesting mental gymnastics.

January 28, 2013 at 8:47 a.m.
daytonsdarwin said...

Headline - Anti-Choice Supporter Refuses to Have Bowel Movement

"Chattanooga - The Reverend Fuller "Moe" Newer today stated that he's not had a bowel movement since 1984 when God appeared in a vision and told him to not defile the "work of God" in his body.

Reverend "Moe" Newer declared "God put it there for a reason and who am I to dispute God's command and expel simply because I want to. No sir, God has great plans for my bowels and I want to honor His love and great works in my body."

Reverend "Moe" Newer, who preaches against the evils of mineral oil, milk of magnesia, and Satan's own Ex-Lax, was surrounded by members of his church, The Westboro Fellowship of Constipated Christians, burned an outhouse as a sign of protest while singing, "There's No Toilet Paper in Heaven" and "Jesus, Save me from All Stink."

The church members will be protesting Port-a-Potties at RiverBend again this year. Last year, the group wore toilet seats around their heads, and cast out demons in bottles of Glade Air Freshener, and burned White Cloud toilet tissue at the Coca-Cola stage.

"No butt that's experimented with Charmin shall enter the Kingdom of God. What God has placed in our bodies, stays there. His will be done!"

Some of the church member's children were waving signs that read, "God Hates Diapers" and "Every time Someone Poops, Jesus Cries."

Sister Ima Foole, leader of the Women's Auxillary, "Swollen Colons for Christ" admonished young women against bathrooms. "Resist the urge that the Devil has placed in your body after last night's dinner of fried corn, turnip greens, and cabbage. Hold it in for the greater glory of God."

Membership in the group has been dwindling since the explosive death of two church members in a Subaru while on a mission to Mexico last year.

"Brother John and his wife had just had a lunch of tacos and burritos at a roadside stand in Juarez when the Subaru exploded. The Mexican authorities still haven't investigated but southern Juarez was evacuated. We know that they're in heaven now, moaning and groaning with the saints."

There is talk of the church members joining "Operation Rescue", but members say they're feeling out of sorts, sluggish, and fiber-free.

"If there's a Fleet enema anywhere in God's Kingdom, we'll be there to put a kink in the hose."

January 28, 2013 at 10:16 a.m.
Lr103 said...

Robery Tamasey of Hixson:

We'd be appalled. How dare someone say such a thing? But every day, that's what thousands of women are in fact saying. Mrs. Prince William is still early in her second trimester, a time when many pregnant women choose to abort their "fetuses."

Just ask that Catholic Hospital that's being sued by the father wife died along with her 7 month unborn twins, if a baby is a baby is a baby and a rose is a rose is a rose, when they're gettng sued. Suddenly a 7 month pregnancy isn't a baby anymore when the hospital may have to pay out money in a lawsuit.

January 28, 2013 at 8:42 p.m.
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