published Friday, May 31st, 2013

Bennett's cartoons on gripelist and other letters to the editors

Bennett's cartoons on gripelist

Of course nothing is perfect and I have just a couple of gripes, similar in nature, about the city. They are Clay Bennett's cartoons and wet chicken manure. Bennett's works cause my nose to twitch, my stomach to rumble and my eyes to water. Having once had neighbors who kept chickens, I must tell you that on a rainy day the chicken droppings had that same effect on me.

I am in my twilight years now and try to maintain good health. To that end, I avoid things that cause distress. Those things are Bennett cartoons and chicken manure.


Editorial prompts a few questions

In response to the editorial, "What's good for the goose," please answer some simple questions:

The editorial states that "conservative groups spent more than $263 million during the 2012 campaign." How much of that was for political purposes? Or did you lump all their spending in this figure? Did $133 million go for social welfare programs?

Also, the "liberal counterparts spent close to $35 million." Why did you not mention that the president asked his supporters not to set up 501c.(4)s until very late in the election cycle? Do you suppose this may have skewed the comparison of dollar amounts spent by these nonprofits?

And finally, the comment about the IRS actions not being a "scandal," lets just wait and see when all the facts come out to make that determination. Based on the testimony from the acting director who resigned, it may take a while. And he was not "fired" -- he was going to retire, and he will get his full benefits, less perhaps two weeks of service time. This may decrease his retirement salary by a few cents a month, if that.

JACK CALLAHAN, Cleveland, Tenn.

Notion that atheists pray is comical

In a recent article about the high court considering the subject of prayer, your writer states that atheists are allowed to offer their prayers publicly.

Perhaps the author, Louie Brogdon, could collect some prayers by atheists and your paper publish them.

Those who have regularly heard and offered up prayers would like to expand our understanding of this important topic. Can't wait.


ALS research needs federal funding

May is ALS Awareness Month, an opportunity to educate Tennesseans about this disease and our search for a cure.

ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, attacks a person's nerve cells. Patients become slowly paralyzed while their brains remain functional.

ALS killed my grandfather. I volunteer with the Tennessee ALS Association, and our goal is simple: We hope, one day, no one will experience this disease.

Currently, the cause of ALS is unknown. There is no treatment. And there is no cure -- yet.

That's why we must continue federal funding in 2014 for the ALS Research Program and the National ALS Registry.

I hope my fellow Tennesseans will take time to contact senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker. Please urge them to support continued funding for these programs.

More information is available at

Meagan Frazier, Principal, Smith Harris & Carr President, Tennessee ALS Association Board

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daytonsdarwin said...

Atheist Meditation

"Our brains, which art in our heads, treasured be thy names. Thy reasoning come. The best you can do be done on earth as it is. Give us this day new insight to resolve conflicts and ease pain. And lead us not into supernatural explanations, deliver us from denial of logic. For thine is the kingdom of reason, and even though thy powers are limited, and you’re not always glorious, you are the best evolutionary adaptation we have for helping this earth now and forever and ever. So be it."

That wasn't so difficult, was it? No need of Jesus, Jehovah, Baal, Ra, or other imaginary Super Sky Daddy. No need of Popes, Huckabees, Grahams, or Swaggerts. No need of Christian or Muslim fanatics. No need of witch-doctors, psychics, Satans, or TBN. No need of Bachmanns, Osteens, Mohammeds, or Mother Teresas. No need of Noahs, Abrahams, Elishas, or Davids.

No superstitions, divinations, raptures, heavens, hells, holy books, and holy wars.

How refreshing.

May 31, 2013 at 7:02 a.m.
Fendrel said...

As an atheist I'll gladly pray to any God you like on any topic for the small fee of $25/prayer. If God does exist I'm sure an atheist praying will be sure to get His attention and He's got some extra incentive for granting the request, i.e. the possibility of a new follower. Sounds like a good investment to me ... please forward your $$ and requests to the paper.

Thank you,

The Praying Atheist.

May 31, 2013 at 9:34 a.m.
daytonsdarwin said...

I'm still waiting for a praying faith-healer to heal an amputee and not some twitching mental-midget's supposed demon possession on one of these Sunday morning Christian-Circus shows.

However, the entertainment value is great and I wonder which one of these faith-healing fakers or delusional twitchers will be elected to public office.

May 31, 2013 at 10:07 a.m.
Rickaroo said...

Public prayer is nothing but a mockery and a hypocritical show of spirituality. As an agnostic even I believe in the power of prayer but true prayer is not something offered up to some invisible sky daddy with the hope that he will answer whatever our needs or requests might be at the time. True prayer is something wherein the person goes so deep within that he/she enters into the silence of a meditative state that seeks no answers or asks no help, just accepts being in that state of perfect stillness, communing with the timeless void, wherein "God," if he/she/it exists at all, dwells; i.e., within us, not somewhere up there or out there. True prayer is actually meditation, communing with the infinite void, not throwing out verbal requests into space in the vain hope that "He" will grant us our wishes, even if those wishes are for the nobler seeming, less selfish ones.

May 31, 2013 at 3:33 p.m.
jesse said...

ROO"S A STONER!!!Good for you.

Might be more to you than a smart mouth!!

May 31, 2013 at 5:25 p.m.
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