published Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

Letter writer living in own fantasy world, and more letters to the editors

Letter writer living in own fantasy world

I am responding to the letter in the July 26 edition of the Times Free Press titled “Liberals live in a world of fantasy.” While the politics of an editorial cartoonist — conservative or liberal — are always up for debate, stating that Clay Bennett “has never had a real job in his life” is inaccurate, and, in my opinion, slanderous.

Working at any publication is difficult; however, meeting the creative requirements under the deadlines of a daily newspaper requires a work ethic and talent few outside the business can possibly imagine. Many times an important event — 9/11, stock market crash, natural catastrophe — occurs after a concept is completed, leading to a rapid response to meet deadlines.

Again, the politics can always be debated. Other factors cannot: the pay and hours at newspapers stink. The talent required is beyond most folks’ comprehension, and the ability to create an image readers understand originates from a place even most artists can’t fully explain.

MARK H. KELLY, Jasper, Tenn.

VW Union would hinder Chattanooga’s growth

I have read with increasing concern the articles on the possible unionization of the workforce at the Volkswagen plant. As a native Chattanoogan, I remember the time when our reputation as a union town kept us from getting businesses to locate here. Surely we don’t want to go back to that era.

I remember a speech by a banker with an advanced degree in economics who said unions exist when bad management deserves them or when the workers need them. This struck me as being true. Surely no one can seriously say that Volkswagen has bad management or that their workers are treated unfairly.

As a member of Leadership Chattanooga a number of years ago, my group project was to conduct an informal study of big businesses that had considered locating in Chattanooga but decided otherwise. I remember a recurring underlying concern with the lingering image of Chattanooga as a union town being expressed. Chattanooga has so much momentum going for it now, I would hate to see this setback.

Competition for new business is fierce, and we don’t want to give our competitors any advantage. I hope that, for the good of Chattanooga, Volkswagen remains union-free.

JOHN W. BEARD, Lookout Mountain

Donating to Goodwill a better option

I was distressed to see that the owner of the Rossville Golf and Music Shop was tossing perfectly good golf bags into a trash truck in a photo on page B4 of Saturday’s paper.

Did it occur to Charles Chambers to donate these bags to Goodwill? Folks could use these bags! People shop Goodwill for more than their own clothing; many people buy gifts there. When purchases are made, everyone wins! Instead, these lovely golf bags will just add to the critical landfill problems we have.

Come on, Mr. Chambers! Think next time that you could help your community by following the “reuse, recycle” motto we encourage here in Chattanooga.

GINNIE HARRIS, Signal Mountain

St. Elmo’s ‘come back’ not exactly friendly

As a lifelong resident of St. Elm0, I need to mention events that are ruining a normally fantastic neighborhood. I know all my neighbors on both sides of the block (throughout St. Elmo as well), and we all look out for one another and help each other like neighbors and friends should. As St. Elmo has “come back” (not sure where it ever went), a small but vocal group of busybodies have decided they control the whole neighborhood.

Examples include calling the cops regarding fireworks at 9 p.m. for a 16-6ear-old’s birthday party, vehicles parked on the sidewalk (regardless of how long it has been there) and stalking/reporting Millennium cabs as they drive through because they must be suspicious.

Congratulations! You are quickly ruining the charm of this neighborhood. St. Elmo is a very diverse neighborhood representing a little of everyone. The sidewalks not just for SUV strollers and people who feel they are entitled to rights more than others. Live and let live. The heart of St. Elmo is its residents and the real residents are not Johnny-come-lately to a neighborhood that has “come back.” We, along with St. Elmo, have always been here.


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Ki said...

Robyn Garn: Examples include calling the cops regarding fireworks at 9 p.m. for a 16-6ear-old’s birthday party, vehicles parked on the sidewalk (regardless of how long it has been there) and stalking/reporting Millennium cabs as they drive through because they must be suspicious.

Calling the cops on longtime young males neighbors of color, leading to stop/frisk and harassment, after falsely accusing them of planting drugs in a neighbors' doghouse. In reality, the young man was looking after the neighbors' dog who worked 2nd shift after he got out of school. He'd walk down to the neighbors' house (on the same street) to make sure the dog had enough food and fresh water. Having cops harass soldiers of color home on leave.

All the while, they like having their beer parties in their backyards, RAVE parties etc. and walking around openly drinking their cans of beer 'n smoking that wacky weed.

For there to be a church on most every block, there's sure a helluva lot of sinners 'n intolerance in them-dar-parts.

July 31, 2013 at 8:55 a.m.
jjmez said...

We, along with St. Elmo, have always been here

^5 Just like the Native People of that Northern Continent who were long already there before the Pilgrims crash-landed on that rock.

July 31, 2013 at 10:59 a.m.
Rickaroo said...

Mark Kelly, I too was dumbfounded by the arrogance and ignorance of that letter writer's insolence when he said that Clay Bennett "has never had a real job in his life." I'm not sure what he meant by a "real job." A hedge-fund manager, perhaps? Or a venture capitalist? Yes, we certainly need more of those! Good, conscientious, hard working Americans who contribute to the quality of life for all of us. What a crock.

I don't know how anyone can be as ignorant as that particular writer about the dead-lines and everyday stress involved with any and all aspects of the newspaper business. And whether one agrees with Clay Bennett's political opinions or not, no one can doubt his talent and creativity that allow him to consistently come up with timely and topical cartoons that generate lively discussions among the paper's readers. On a scale of one to ten of jobs that make a difference and that could be considered significant in our society I would rate political cartoonists as being pretty high on the list.

One might accuse Clay Bennett of many things, based on their ideological stance, but to say that he "has never had a real job in his life" is about as senseless and insolent as anyone can get.

July 31, 2013 at 1:23 p.m.
daytonsdarwin said...

Liberals were the Founding Fathers.

Liberals were the abolitionists.

Liberals fought Nazis and Imperial Japan.

Liberals fought the Catholic Church, Spanish Inquisition, forced segregation, police states, forced conscription, imperialism, slavery, imposed religion, fascism, death penalties, forced submission of women, drug wars, censorship, and puritanical religious fundamentalism.

Liberals fight for an open society free from autocratic rule from church, state, military and government protected corporations.

In that sense, I am a liberal.

July 31, 2013 at 2:11 p.m.
Rickaroo said...

I am not ashamed of the term liberal in any sense. I wear the label proudly. Those who call liberalism a "disease" or a "mental illness" only reveal themselves to be the mental midgets that they are, oblivious to the many accomplishments of liberalism all through the ages, not just in this country but all over the world. I'd rather indulge in my liberal "fantasies" of social and economic justice for all strata of society than to be stuck in the brain-dead stasis of conservatives who live for nothing more than to defend the status quo, no matter how oppressive and unjust that status quo might be. Conservatives are not known for their forward thinking but they belatedly join the parade years or decades after what was once "liberal" has become the norm. Yesterday's liberal rebel is today's conservative hero. Look at Dr. Martin Luther King, for example. Or Abraham Lincoln. Or Galileo. They were all reviled by the conservative thinkers of their day. Conservatives just don't have it within them to be able to see beyond their noses.

July 31, 2013 at 3:37 p.m.
jjmez said...

Ms. Garn, maybe you should turn the tables on those highfalutin johnny-come-late-ies. Start callin' the law on all those barking dogs that bark continuously day and night. If they can lie, exaggerate and get the law to work for them, get the police to harass innocent members of the community, those same laws should certainly work for anyone telling the truth. Hopefully with the mayors Highpoint-initiative, teaming police and these people up won't have the same results similar actions had in the past. Where they were calling the law on innocent residents who'd lived in the community much longer than they and who some residents were known to be following innocent longtime homeowners around they didn't recognize as their klan with their "concealed" weapons ready to do a Sanford Florida long before Sanford ever did their thang.

August 2, 2013 at 11:05 p.m.
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