published Monday, July 8th, 2013

Speak up, same-sex marriage opponents and other letters to the editors

Speak up, same-sex marriage opponents

The president of The United States of America said in his Father's Day address that the one thing he missed the most in his childhood was a father. Then, when the same-sex marriage decision came from the Supreme Court, he was thrilled with it!

Huh?

Every child, if he/she has one needs the example, influence, authority, dignity and support of a male figure and a female figure in his/her life. Time will show us the folly of this latest example of veering from the natural order provided by the power of life. It will be too late to do anything about it then.

Supreme Court decisions go into effect 25 days after they have been rendered. This gives anyone who wants to challenge the decision time to make their objection for a rehearing of the case.

Same-sex couples raced to the alter after the judgment was made. I am waiting for an outcry from those of us who care to follow the laws we live by, not by personal and carnal desires.

PEARL RANDAZZO, Pikeville, Tenn.


Deen's punishment not suited to crime

So Paula Deen used a racial slur years ago, but who among us hasn't? Whites aren't the only ones who use racial slurs; members of the black community call members of the white community derogatory names.

This country is becoming a country of hypocrites! I'm ashamed of us! Was there any kind of uproar over the filming of the video Li'l Wayne made while stomping our precious American flag? A few comments and it was soon forgotten. Nothing like what has happened to Paula Deen.

I realize our flag and our beliefs are looked down upon more today than ever before. If everyone in business who has ever used a racial slur stood up and admitted it, and were forced out of business like Deen has been, there would be few businesses.

I'm not condoning using racial slurs. That wasn't allowed when I was raising my three boys. I once acted in "To Kill a Mockingbird" at the Theatre Center -- and every time this language was used during performances I would cringe. It hurt me then, and it hurts now.

We need to think long and hard before "we cast the first stone," as quoted by a man who was looked down upon as well.

PAT NOLL


Airport authority has its own agenda

The controversy between the Chattanooga Airport Authority and private AAA business (TAC Air) at the Chattanooga airport needs to be addressed.

Why are they using our tax money to compete with a private enterprise when they should be using the time and money to entice more airlines to service the Chattanooga airport? Getting Southwest Airlines to fly into Chattanooga would be a major accomplishment.

In order to fly direct to anywhere, passengers have to drive to Nashville or Atlanta. We lost the headquarters of Krystal because of poor air service, and that should have been a wake up call. The airport authority seems to have its own agenda instead of the best interest of Chattanooga. Maybe our new mayor will take notice.

VINCE PATTERSON, Signal Mountain

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ERichards said...

Look back to the beginning of this fiasco. Every issue that the Airport Authority throws out is proven false by facts. There has been no growth that they spoke of and there will be none like they spoke of in the future and they knew this. Don't rely on the Airport Authority's claims and research national aviation publications for comments about TAC Air's customer service. Also use the internet to compare TAC's fuel prices to local and national averages. Knoxville Airport released a "Request for Bid" in an attempt to get other FBO companies to invest and build there. They received 0 bids from any other companies. Knoxville has at least 3 times the air traffic that Chattanooga does. This means that it wasn't profitable for any company to build there including "Wilson". The airport authority’s responsibilities are to the general traveling public. The business of servicing private jets and planes is the responsibility of the private sector. No matter how much they stand up and continue to claim that no local tax dollars were used to build this disaster, the facts will not change. The Airport Authority (CMAA) has the highest flowage fees of any airport in the state. Included in this fee is a state tax assessed for each gallon of fuel sold. These funds were used to construct this disaster for the purpose of competing against a private business. The parking fees and landing fees are being used to subsidize the huge monthly losses incurred by the FBO. All of these "Taxes" are charged and collected locally which means they are local taxes. Not to mention that the Airport Authority forced the other FBO to collect a $10.00 landing fee against their customers while this was being planned and constructed. The fee mysteriously went away as soon as Wilson opened. If the CMAA was so concerned with costs at the airport, then first back yard they should work to clean up is their own. They increase their prices to bring in more revenue which is the same thing they criticize TAC Air for. In the business world this is called profit and sustainability both of which the airports FBO will never achieve.

July 9, 2013 at 1 p.m.
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