published Friday, May 10th, 2013

Officials need to focus on city’s best interests and other letters to the editors

Officials need to focus on city’s best interests

As Chattanooga begins to learn the strength, weakness, competence and commitment of the newly installed mayor and City Council, we must continue to remind these officials to represent the needs of all who enter our town.

They are the visitors, residents, students and commuters who live, work and shop here or cross our borders every day.

I entered the mayoral race because I wanted to continue my service to this community that started as a Boy Scout and followed me into the Navy during the Vietnam War and convinced me to protect Chattanooga’s people and property as a firefighter when I came back home.

Let me thank those who listened to my plans for a safe, healthy, economically robust city. Thanks to those who voted for me or debated the issues with me.

Now, the task at hand is to monitor the work being done by these incoming office holders. Keep them accountable for the decisions they make and the direction our town travels.

Peace and prosperity be yours. God bless the new mayor and his administration. That is my prayer.

CHESTER HEATHINGTON, Chattanooga mayoral candidate


Afghanistan won’t change its mind on U.S.

As stupid as it was for an American soldier to throw rocks at a picture of Karzai in a town square in Afghanistan, it is just a bit confusing to me.

These same Afghan citizens would be perfectly OK with the burning of any image of President Obama, or the burning of an American flag, but throwing a rock at a picture of their president is not OK.

This again points to the futility of any effort on our part to create a relationship with this country. Their culture, their beliefs, their understanding of the world outside their village are absolute. Nothing that ventures outside that box is acceptable, or in any way desired.

No matter how much money we pour into the pockets of their corrupt government, or how many American lives are lost, will we not see a change. If anything, as scary as it is, this country goes backward more than forward. When will we ever learn?

SCOTT C. WILSON, Ooltewah


Chickens belong on a farm, not in city

Have you ever lived next door to someone with chickens? Consider your vote; City Council, consider the long-term consequences. Once a law is passed, repealing it is next to impossible.

If you want to raise chickens, move to a country farm area. Do not create smells, noise, diseases and conflicts with your close neighbors. They have rights, also.

Love thy neighbor as thyself.

PAULA SKRIVAN

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moon4kat said...

Ms. Skrivan knows less about chickens than she thinks. Roosters are the noisy birds. Hens are not, and they don't need a rooster to lay eggs. While it makes sense to limit the number of birds one can keep in city neighborhoods, there is no reason to ban them. The eggs collected are better than those produced by commercial hatcheries, and the birds are likely to be healthier and more humanely treated.

May 10, 2013 at 9:29 a.m.
daytonsdarwin said...

Scott Wilson wrote: Afghanistan won’t change its mind on U.S."

The US Government War Machine won't change its mind either. Servicemen continue to be maimed and die for nothing but self-serving politicians and defense contractors who profit from death and destruction.

I could not in good conscience encourage anyone to join today's military. I could not ask anyone to risk their life for the US government's policies of mercenary war.

This government is not my country. McCain, Nelson, and the other war profiteers that support continued government warfare are not my fellow countrymen. They are criminals, sending Americans to kill and destroy in the name of democracy as Goebbels and Himmler sent Germans into Poland to kill for the Nazi government.

I would fight for my country. Syria, Afghanistan, Libya, and the myriad of other hotspots waiting to erupt are not my country, nor do they threaten to march down Broad Street into St. Elmo.

In 1917 French troops mutinied against the idiotic generals and French government sending them to their deaths for nothing. I'm not a Francophile by any means, but the continued useless slaughter of Americans and natives draws many comparisons.

Watch the 1957 Kirk Douglas movie, "Paths of Glory." It's easy to substitute the US War Machine for the French.

There is no glory in war. There is no glory in coffins draped in US flags to support war profiteers and the war-mongering politicians. There is no glory in collateral damage. There is no glory in the blind, amputees, disfigured, and shell-shocked fighting for the mercenary US War Machine.

Time to furl these flags of war and return to the American country, and not support the government that sends brave men and women to fight against people who are not our enemies, but to enrich criminals from the blood of others.

May 10, 2013 at 9:36 a.m.
shen said...

When I read Scott C. Wilson letter, Ooltewah, and specifically this excerpt: "Their culture, their beliefs, their understanding of the world outside their village are absolute. Nothing that ventures outside that box is acceptable, or in any way desired", for some reason I got this image of those innocent Muslim women and children being chased from a Wal-Mart right after 9/11. A case of Pot/ Kettle?

May 10, 2013 at 4:17 p.m.
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