published Sunday, June 9th, 2013

Bullying has no place, in our schools or cars and other letters to the editors

Bullying has no place, in our schools or cars

Having read and watched numerous reports of the bullying in the schools, I wonder if there is an aggressive attempt by many to put an end to this.

There are now several websites focusing on "bullying drivers."

If all parents and all adults review these websites of bullying drivers, they should notice that children are great imitators of what their parents and other adults do.

Bullying in our schools has to stop. Bullying on our roads also has got to stop.

ROGER GROTT, Cleveland, Tenn.

Smith's transfer is a promotion

When I first heard of Dr. Paul Smith, the former principal of Howard, being transferred to a middle school, it reminded me of my own experience. I found a similar transfer to be extremely rewarding. Middle-school students are often described as very challenging, with many disciplinary issues. Yet this is an important developmental time in their lives. Our staff and community were very invested, creative and collaborative in our efforts, planning and strategies. We truly accepted the fact that it does take a "village," and the youths' participation in the planning of activities also is important.

High-school preparation and dropout prevention are major goals at this age. Creative motivation, the recognition and the rewarding of improvements without being discriminatory was also key. In this spirit, our school designed a very successful project called "The Blue Ribbon Society." And as a result, "peer pressure" became a very positive role model. The educators and students required open, strong, supportive and skilled leadership. Therefore, it is my opinion that Dr. Smith's transfer should viewed as a promotion.


Bus driver's stance deserved better play

Your article in reference to the Alabama bus driver who, when faced with an armed gunman, stood fast and protected his student riders, to his death, should have been placed on the front page, not the back page of the Metro & Region section.

I am sure that the pig with the wheels for legs wouldn't have minded. I know that the story may be old, but the recent release of the facts regarding this incident demand greater attention.


Proper seating is a no-brainer

"Don't spend a dime of taxpayer money to get the comfy chair." This was the quote from Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke, in explaining that his staffers would not be allowed to have lavish office accommodations.

His intentions are good, but I fear "His Honor" is being penny-wise and pound -foolish in his attempt to convince voters they elected the right fiscal conservative.

Mismatched, scarred and war-torn desks do not create a problem. Workers sitting in chairs that are worn out, or are not a good fit for their particular body styles, is a big problem. One that can pay future negative dividends for the occupants of those chairs and the city, in terms of productivity, lost work hours and insurance claims.

I don't have a dog in this hunt, but even from the south side of the Georgia-Tennessee state line, we know that all posteriors are not created equal. Make them use two boards laid across sawhorses for a desk, but make sure they have proper seating. It's a no-brainer.

JOHN SHIVERS, Calhoun, Ga.

Crud is collecting on 'Melting Pot'

They call America the Great Melting Pot. I am so glad to live in a country where someone who wants to speak out against a person's religion or skin color is free to do so. There is plenty of that in Tennessee today with all the anti-Muslim American hate groups located here.

It's sad to watch good people do nothing to stop the spread of this hate and fear to innocent people. Maybe if more good people were to speak out more it would help to keep this crud from collecting on the bottom of our wonderful "Melting Pot."

DAVID CLARK, Tullahoma, Tenn.

Welfare system bad for families

David Cook's column, "Educational apartheid in Chattanooga," is fatally flawed because of his premise that "schools, ideally, are the most important place in our society." I believe that home is the most important place. When politicians started the welfare system to provide public housing, food and money to the low income, they systematically began to dismantle the families of the recipients. The federal government relieved the parents of the responsibility to provide and care for their family. The politicians that support the welfare system knew that welfare recipients would be dependent on them and support them with their votes. Integration of the public schools was supposed to provide everyone with an equal education. It has not, because the problem is not a lack of money or a lack of quality education.

The students from dysfunctional families are not receptive to education. You generally cannot educate someone from a background that does not build a foundation for learning and puts no value on education. We did not get here overnight, and we cannot fix this overnight, but the first step is to repudiate the politicians who promote the welfare system that is so detrimental to a sound family structure.


Government there when no one else is

Regarding Dalton Roberts' TVA column: Amen! Most forget (or never knew) that, without TVA, Tennesseans would still be using kerosene lanterns and fanning themselves. Ditto Nevada, which would be populated mostly by rattlesnakes, Gila monsters and tarantulas sans Hoover Dam. No NASA? No space. Panama Canal anyone?

Private investors simply won't take on such mammoth projects, but will gladly step in and suck off profits after the fact, if allowed. Roberts' comment that, "... everything can be improved including Corker," should read "especially Corker." He's right on Alexander, too. I don't like his (or any reporter's) claiming "inside" or unnamed sources. We have no way of knowing if his source is someone close to the president or merely a local redneck bubba bad-mouthing Obama, as they are wont to do.


Some information can be damaging

I shuddered when I learned that the Internal Revenue Service is going to administer health care for 300 million Americans. My advice to anyone entering a hospital: if you belong to the tea party or supported Herman Cain, keep it to yourself.

JOHN COLE, East Ridge

Don't be persuaded by false predictions

Isn't it time to start talking impeachment?

Consider all the broken promises, especially the one about transparency. Pay attention to the trillions in debt. What about his socialistic views that have been foisted on the public. My personal favorite is the way he has led his sheep down the garden path, those who still will not recognize the truth but continues back his play and defend him to the death. Yes, the death of a once great country. You liberals know of whom I speak.

Read the items in this column, daily, to see the misguided majority opinions who refuse to believe that he is anything but the savior he pretends to be. I wonder how many of those voters can conscientiously apply reason in lieu of blind faith.

Vote "the bums out," start at the top. Think of someone besides yourself, think of the big picture. Think of the others while remembering "he who knows not and knows not that he knows not, his is simple, teach him."

Don't be persuaded with false predictions, and try to think of any promise he has kept.

J.J. PERRI, Ooltewah

Letter writer very informative

I'd like to thank the gentleman who wrote the letter in the (May 30) paper, explaining the differences between "Liberal" and "Conservative."

I've never understood which political 'suasion I might fit; now I see that being uneducated, un-Christian, dogmatic and heedless of others, I am obviously "conservative." Thank you, sir, for informing me.

A tremendous burden is lifted from my mind.

Now I can cancel my memberships in Christianity, society and humanity.

Do I get refunds?


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daytonsdarwin said...

BILL LAUDEMAN: "Now I can cancel my memberships in Christianity, society and humanity.

Do I get refunds?"

Bill, just cancel your membership in Christianity. The first step in the road to recovery is stop believing the religious fundamentalist BS of the Bible. See your priest, preacher, or Benny Hinn for a refund but don't hold your breath or pray for it. Maybe the churches can sell off their jumbo-trons, gymnasiums, electric guitars, and TV studios to raise cash to pay you back, but don't count on that either.

Leave all that superstitious gibberish behind you and maybe society and humanity won't scare you so much.

June 9, 2013 at 6:52 a.m.
Livn4life said...

I like your position Bill Laudeman. Obviously the Unfaith man who comes on here wants you to put faith in him and the Nothing. SUPERstitious, huh, yeah you got a complete right to believe that and anyone else, me included, has a right to disagree with you. Go on Unbelieving. I would be very curious to see what Superstitious gibberish you secretly embrace. But then You and Humanity, Science etc. have all the answers. And to even suggest that the average local church is comparible to the Benny Hinns etc. shows that your advance intellect is informed/misinformed by a sociey trying to wipe out certain religions. But keep it going. You have a right. I just wonder what will happen when your Unbelief time on earth is complete. But then you also have a right to say that's none of my business. But I still have a right to bring it up, at least I do have that right at this time.

June 9, 2013 at 8:57 a.m.
daytonsdarwin said...

When my time is up, I'll be dead. So will you. There's no heaven, no hell, just wishful thinking by those unable to see and enjoy the wonders of life here and now.

I have no superstitious beliefs, no invisible Sky Daddies to worship, no belief in transubstantiation, magic virgins, burning bushes, or walking on water.

I have no desire to worship an imaginary war-god, whose delusions of grandeur have served to cause the world pain and agony by carrying out its divine retribution on humanity.

As someone else said in summing up Christian beliefs:

God said, "I'm going to create man and woman with original sin. Then I'm going to impregnate a woman with myself as her child, so that I can be born. Once alive, I will kill myself as a sacrifice to myself. To save you from the sin I originally condemned you to. Ta dah!!!"

Christian fundamentalism in one paragraph. You can smoke that all day long, but I'll take my good life without that horse-hockey sold as a true morality.

Since it's Sunday morning, it's time to tune in the Christian Charlatans Faith-healing Comedy shows. I'm looking to see if God heals any amputees this week. So far, He hasn't. Does God hate amputees?

June 9, 2013 at 10:12 a.m.
klifnotes said...

JOHNNY H. FRAZIER, it isn't the welfare system that's bad for families, but the strict rules for those who dare apply for help that has destroyed the traditional family makeup. Rules that guaranteed those who applied would have no chance of pulling themselves up out of what should have been a temporary down on ones luck situation.

Students from dysfunctional families have just a great a chance of learning as students from those perfect families, that aren't really all that perfect after all on closer look.

When the learning environment is hostile towards both the students and their parents, education becomes almost impossible. When schools are operated more like jails, prisons and juvenile detention centers, students will turn to acting out like prisoners and inmates. That's basically what has transpired over the last 30 or 40 years, that's brought broth education and those they educate in primarily poor minority schools to this critical moment at this critical time in history.

Maybe other troubled schools should do what this principal did:

Principal fires security guards to hire art teachers — and transforms elementary school

June 9, 2013 at 3:46 p.m.
klifnotes said...

Mr. Johnny H. Frazier, The School To Prison Pipeline is real, and, although the trend has mostly been taking place in primarily minority brown and black schools for several decades now and the results were prophetic, it'll likely be coming to some suburban middle-classed and upper white school near you in the not so distant future if not already:

alternet org

"I Was Almost a Victim of the Student-to-Prison-Pipeline"

In light of this booming trend, I couldn’t help but be reminded of my own case of student criminalization two years ago during my senior year in high school. To my surprise, I was pulled out of my pre-calculus class and escorted to my vice principal’s office where I was greeted by a uniformed and armed police officer, otherwise known as my high school’s School Resource Officer (SRO). The SRO closed the door behind me, sat me down and said, “It’s come to my attention that you have written a story about graffiti. Would you like to help me do my job today?”

I was totally bewildered.

Before I could answer him he went on to explain that he was referring to an article I had written for my high school’s newspaper titled “Art or Vandalism?” where I discussed the illegal and creative qualities of graffiti in the city of Davis, CA. He began by insisting that I help him by disclosing the names of two graffiti artists quoted in my article.

At first I thought this was a joke, but the potential humor slowly dissolved as I was going nowhere fast.

“Tell me their names. If you don’t cooperate there will be serious consequences,” he said.

But I told him I wouldn’t help him.

June 9, 2013 at 4:13 p.m.
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