published Thursday, September 12th, 2013

Syria promises ring hollow and other letters to the editors

Syria promises ring hollow

Obama and his lackeys keep promising no boots on the ground! Reminds us of a quote from Roosevelt during his 1940 presidential campaign! Mr. Roosevelt said at Boston on Oct. 30: 1940: "I have said this before, but I shall say it again and again and again: Your boys are not going to be sent into any foreign wars."

GARY SMITH, Flintstone, Ga.


Protect our young players

There have been years of discussions and media coverage on the importance of proper training so that youthful football players will avoid head and neck injuries to their developing bodies. Add to that the fact that there has been the development and growing use of supplemental protective devices, such as the Guardian Cap, to specifically address the issue of head injuries in high school sports. I find it simply unbelievable that the Assistant Director of the regulatory body (TSSAA) responsible for the safety of our youth while participating in high school sports would say, "Not something we've ever discussed or that's ever been brought to our attention." As someone once asked of Shoeless Joe Jackson, "Tell me it ain't so Joe." Please say this quote from TSSAA official was a misquote or please direct an intense media spotlight on this issue and on the TSSAA for their apparent blind indifference to a critical safety issue.

RALPH THOMPSON, Hixson


Smokers have rights, too

Well, I see the anti-smoking crowd is at it again. They have this view that they are the only ones with rights. Kim White, president and CEO of River City Co. wants Chattanooga to emulate some of the more "progressive" cities and ban smoking outside. Let me remind you that the left wing of the Democratic Party call themselves "progressives" instead of liberals. I for one do not want Chattanooga to become a left-wing "progressive" city. These are the same people who, in time, will want to start telling us what and how much to eat. Paula Collier with the Hamilton County Health Department stated in the article that she wants to ban smoking "everywhere." I was born in 1939 and lived and worked during the greatest era of all, with the least government intrusion in your personal life and the most freedom, the '60s and early '70s. It's too bad that folks 40 and under can not relate and appreciate the true freedoms we had.

RICHARD BURNS

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Rickaroo said...

RICHARD BURNS... You say you don't want Chattanooga to become a "left wing 'progressive' city" but America was very left-leaning in that era which you so highly praise. The income tax rate on top earners was at 70%. People were turning out by the tens of thousands and swelling to hundreds of thousands as the 1970s approached, protesting the war in Vietnam. Then there were the massive protests for civil rights and women's rights going on, resulting in government legislation to ensure the rights of women and minorities. Add to that the initiative of congress in passing clean air legislation, empowering the EPA to force polluting industries to clean up their act so we could breathe better and all that and actually see the cities we were living in. The Beatles entered the scene in the early 60s and suddenly made long hair on guys cool, liberating us from the boring buzz-cuts and ugly flat-tops, and of course the hippies gave us the sexual revolution and the freedom to think outside the box of conventionality. Then there was Medicare, which passed in 1965.

Yes indeed, there were a whole lot of freedom loving people involved in a lot of freedom loving things back in those days. And conservatives were rigidly opposed to every single one of them. But you had the freedom to smoke on airplanes and movie theaters and in other public places, so that was what really made the 60s and 70 so special, so liberating, to you, huh? Whatever.

September 12, 2013 at 10:42 a.m.
LibDem said...

When a letter begins "...Obama and his lackeys..." you know it's a deeply intellectual debate.

September 12, 2013 at 7:44 p.m.
Plato said...

Not sure what the definition of a progressive city is but if you look at the "progress" the city has made over the last decade including Aquarium, the River Front, the 1 gig fiber optic network (only one in the US) and a lot of other upgrades, I think being progressive sounds pretty good. But I do agree with the writer regarding smoking outdoors. How much pollution does a cigarette or a cigar produce? my hunch is a heck-of-a-lot less than an automobile.

September 13, 2013 at 11:37 p.m.
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