published Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

'Memorial Auditorium in the right hands' and more letters to the editors

Memorial Auditorium in the right hands

"Drew's View" on May 31 argues that Knoxville does not own the Tennessee Theatre and Davidson County the Ryman Auditorium. He fails to mention that Chattanooga's Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Auditorium is not just a performance venue but a true and properly dedicated memorial to our service veterans, built soon after World War I.

It is true Memorial Auditorium needs much work. But in recent years, it has been the recipient of the Chattanooga Music Club's efforts to raise over a million dollars to restore the magnificent Austin pipe organ. Additionally, following restoration of the third-floor Community Theater, the Chattanooga Music Club gave the city a 9-foot concert grand Baldwin piano.

The citizens of Chattanooga enjoy free concerts put on by the Chattanooga Music Club, including a patriotic concert around the Forth of July and a holiday concert in early winter. These could go the way of the wind should a private enterprise procure this facility. What a pity that would be.

JEANNETTE MARTIN


The only opinion that matters is God's

Front-page headline "800 years later theological debate still simmers." There is only one answer that matters to Protestants and Catholics: Did you accept Jesus Christ of Nazareth as your lord and savior?

When we do meet Jesus, we can learn who was correct on theological difference. We were told by Jesus to go and make disciples, ones who accept him and help them mature. Further, to be one as he and the Father is One. Let's do that, and let the differences not divide us.

ELIZABETH ANDERSON


Junk barge needs to be removed

For many years, a large number of people in Chattanooga, including myself as a member of the Hamilton County legislative delegation, have worked to promote and beautify our city -- not only for ourselves but also for people visiting Chattanooga. We now are very proud of what has been done.

Now we hear or read frequent complaints concerning the Allen Casey junk barge, which takes away from the beauty of the Tennessee River at a major tourist area. It's past time for someone in authority to step up and tell Mr. Casey to get this eyesore off the river. Give him a set number of days to move it, or make him reach in his pocket and begin paying a stiff fine for every day the junk remains.

In 1995, the legislative weekend in Chattanooga, celebrating the opening of the aquarium, was a proud moment for our city. Let's not let one trash dump take away from all of the good.

BILL McAFEE, Ret. State Rep. 27th District


Riverbend performers need to be on time

My husband and I attended Riverbend on Saturday night to enjoy the music but especially to see Cee Lo Green.

We needed to leave by 10:15 p.m. to be home by 11 p.m., as did our friends. (Pets to be let out, teenagers with curfews to meet, church the next morning, etc.) We had hoped to see at least half of his show but saw none due to his late start.

Headliners for the 9:30 p.m. show need to be more professional and realize their fans are not all young and without responsibilities.

Lastly, the Coke stage is beautiful. People go to see the river, the bridges, the mountains and the sights and sounds of the people. To show 30-plus minutes of nonstop television commercials ruined the reason many attend Riverbend, and I hope it is never repeated.

COLBY MARROW, Signal Mountain

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daytonsdarwin said...

ELIZABETH ANDERSON wrote: There is only one answer that matters to Protestants and Catholics: Did you accept Jesus Christ of Nazareth as your lord and savior?"

No. Neither did I accept Tweety Bird as my personal canary or Bugs Bunny as my personal wabbit.

Just in case though, I keep carrots on the counter in case of the wapture.

June 11, 2013 at 7:05 a.m.
Facts said...

I am sincerely praying for you, daytonsdarwin. The God of love, mercy and grace sees you rejecting His Son. That will ultimately earn His anger and judgement. Here's a suggestion for you: Instead of attacking individuals, you're actions are fighting against Your Creator and Savior, so take it up with Him. The Lord loves you and will save you, if you accept His gift.

John 15:18-19 If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. 19 If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.

Romans 14:11 For it is written: As I live, says the Lord, Every knee shall bow to Me, and every tongue shall confess to God.

Matthew 10:33 But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven.

June 11, 2013 at 8:49 a.m.
daytonsdarwin said...

Facts, you know that old saying, "try wishing in one hand and crapping in the other and then see which one fills up first?" That's the way I think about all those religious imaginary deities.

Pray till your knees buckle and Mother Theresa resurrects her worthless little soul from the ground, and Jerry Falwell rises up to continue the Baptist con job.

There's no gods, demons, devils, or saviors. There is good marketing to go along with torture, bigotry, and hate from fundamentalists in the names of imaginary bogymen.

I reject all that superstitious malarkey. No proof, no evidence, just religious wanking hypocrites.

I don't love god. Who wants to love an evil psychopathic dictator that makes Hitler, Stalin, and Pol Pot look like altar boys (not intending to turn on those pedophile priests).

What gifts from god? Mormon magic underwear, Catholic Inquisitions and pedophile priests, Pat Roberson and his lunacy, Jerry "Fatman" Falwell and his bigotry, TBN and their pink-haired money hoes and "Cash for Christ cheerleaders, Fred Phelps and his Merry Band of Mongrels, Benny Hinn and his comb-over from hell (you'd think God would heal his hair-line), Oral Roberts and his faked faith-healing?

All scams, all delusional, all the time. Save your breath.

P.T. Barnum said, "There's a sucker born every minute — most of them are born again."

June 11, 2013 at 9:13 a.m.
Rickaroo said...

"Neither did I accept Tweety Bird as my personal canary or Bugs Bunny as my personal wabbit. Just in case though, I keep carrots on the counter in case of the wapture." - dd

Now, that's a good one! Made me laugh out loud.

June 11, 2013 at 3:01 p.m.
Livn4life said...

Yeah all who reject any form of faith, Laugh out loud NOW...but one day...oh well, if you have nothing to believe in or look forward to but this life...You must really really have it good here.

June 12, 2013 at 4:13 p.m.
daytonsdarwin said...

"You must really really have it good here."

Yes, I do. I live my life based on reason, logic, and the scientific breakthroughs that reason, logic, and hard work have provided.

I don't waste my time on imaginary deities, giving money and time to faith-based organizations, listening to preachers, priests, and prophets who clamor for my cash and unquestioning obedience to murderous man-made creations, nor do I cower in fear that some spooky god or devil will get me for what I have or haven't done.

Eliminating faith in invisible and laughable gods is one of the greatest events of my life. I know that this life is it. When I'm dead I go back to the same nothingness that was before I arrived. It's not scary; it's the process of nature.

I don't need false beliefs in a hereafter to enjoy this trip; to enjoy the wonders of existence and to live in awe that I am in the here and now; to accept mysteries without the need to create bogymen as celestial crap-shooters.

I don't need to believe in heavens or hells, or Billy Grahams, or Swaggerts, or Osteens, or Warrens. All those evil Jehovahs, Allahs, and Popes don't mean squat.

I'll go out tonight and look at the stars, planets, and billions of past years' light and revel in the flux of chaos that came together for me to do so.

I having a dandy old time without that religious BS. No gods, no devils, no saviors — just birth, life, and death.

That's enough for me.

June 12, 2013 at 6:28 p.m.
daytonsdarwin said...

"Laugh out loud NOW . . ."

I do laugh out loud now — all the time. Can't laugh when you're dead. Who would want to spend eternity prostrate before some superdooper Joba-the-Hut wannabe praising him for being a genocidal creep and doing a piss-poor job of pretending to be a loving god? Who'd want to spend time with Orr, Conservative, Lohr, and the other religious nazis? I wouldn't be around them here on earth — why would I want to spend eternity with them? It's not like they'll get any better as long as they worship imaginary, wicked murderers.

I'm laughing now watching rabbits eat the clover, birds with babies, dogs sleeping on the porch, kids playing ball, and good food cooking on the stove.

That's good living and I'm laughing at my good fortune to know it.

June 12, 2013 at 6:44 p.m.
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