published Sunday, September 15th, 2013

Philantropy Camp enjoyed by children and other letters to the editors

Philantropy Camp enjoyed by children

To say that our sons loved every minute of Philanthropy Camp would be an understatement. Talk about a memorable, life-affirming week. No wonder this “word of mouth” camp sells out so fast. To learn at a young age that we can make a positive difference in our community one choice at a time is truly inspirational. And that a true love of service and others can bridge differences and last a lifetime. Hats off to Camp Director Deborah Tepper and the fine folks at the Jewish Federation of Chattanooga and First Church of the Nazarene. What a special group of people. This unique, ecumenical partnership is clearly working and engaging a culture that genuinely promotes faith, family and community. Our sincere appreciation to all who made this camp possible.

— EDDIE & ROBIN GRANT


Area is full of great people

This is a thank-you note to the people of Chattanooga, St. Elmo, and the Chattanooga police force. Earlier this week a 19-year-old girl from our church family was missing for over 24 hours. She was found thanks to the caring actions of numerous police officers. Bravo to Chattanooga’s Finest! This thank you is also addressed to the merchants in the Broad Street/St. Elmo area who let us put up flyers. Several businesses refused because it’s against corporate policy, although the individual managers sincerely regretted having to refuse. But the ones who stick in my mind are those whose concern for a stranger showed in their faces, words and actions. I want to thank the small business owners and company managers who cared enough to get involved: Purple Daisy, Mr. T’s Pizza, St. Elmo Deli, Mojo Burrito, BiLo, Walgreens, Rite Aid and Ovalle’s Restaurant. At every single St. Elmo restaurant, they were concerned and glad to post flyers. When I took the flyers down after our friend was found, business owners and employees and customers all expressed their joy and ongoing concern for our friend. We are blessed to live in a wonderful city full of great people!

SUSAN LEA, Chickamauga, Ga.


Haslam attitude bad for state

Saturday, Sept. 7 TFP headline: Haslam: UAW win would hurt state: Gov. Bill Haslam is quoted as saying, “A lot of suppliers are saying, ‘If the UAW comes into the plant (Volkswagen), I don’t know if we’ll be as close as we would to choosing Tennessee.’” We should challenge the governor to publicly name those suppliers. Volkswagen might be interested in knowing who the suppliers are in case those suppliers might not want to do business with every other VW plant in the world with union labor councils. Volkswagen seems to be quite successful with its formula of using worker input to improve its product line. I think the clearer message from our governor is, “We, in Tennessee, know how to run your business better than you do, VW!” An attitude like that is more detrimental to Tennessee job gains and recruiting industry than having a union in the Chattanooga plant. Gov. Haslam mentioned, “…. several folks say if UAW comes it will dampen our enthusiasm …,” and “… we’re looking at Tennessee because it is a right-to-work state.” Does the governor understand that there are currently unions in Tennessee? The right-to-work law, simply stated, says you cannot be forced to join a union in order to work at a job. It must be noted that if I have the right not to join, I must also have the inalienable right to join a union. JIM LEWIS Kimball, Tenn. Policies keep squeezing vets Re: Many vets’ caregivers cut out from federal benefit, Sept 4. Thank you for the real stories of veterans and their families that are affected by policies that are getting squeezed more and more in a misdirected attempt to reduce the deficit. Although sequestration has bypassed the Veterans Administration this year, it’s already cut services for veterans in other federal departments, like a program to help veterans train for new jobs or get homeless veterans off the streets. Now President Obama warns that the VA might not be exempt from sequestration next year, if Congress fails to replace it with smarter cuts. That could worsen the already long claims backlog at the VA, for starters. No one in Congress thinks sequestration is a wise way to cut spending. It cuts good programs that deserve protection along with the bad that should be canceled: special interest loopholes and giveaways, government pork, and lavish trips for bureaucrats. The Department of Defense isn’t immune either. Critics say its new Joint Strike Fighter could be outmaneuvered by today’s fighters, yet we’re spending $1.5 trillion on this lemon aircraft. Every federal department should be scouring its budget to get rid of waste. Doing so would certainly make room in the budget for essential services for veterans.

THOMAS BANDZUL, Legislative Counsel Veterans and Military Families for Progress


Nightclub fire deaths minimal

Most of us are aware of the terrible mass loss of lives in nightclub fires. However, in the big picture, that number is actually very small. In researching I find nightclub fires worldwide since 1940 have resulted in fewer than 3,000 deaths. In comparison, in 2010 alone, according to the CDC, someone died every 169 minutes in U.S. home fires, or about 2,555 for the year. Keep in mind, that is in the U.S. alone, not the whole world as in the nightclub statistic. By comparison, in 2011, 33,367 in the U.S. were killed in automobile accidents. I did find the number one cause of fatal fires in the U.S. is smoking related, so why not ban smoking in nightclubs? The cost of a few “No Smoking” signs coupled with strict enforcement and mandatory annual fire prevention inspections would be a more cost-efficient compromise.

JOE KIRKPATRICK, Cleveland, Tenn.


Fires begin in many ways

In response to Councilman Chris Anderson regarding the proposed sprinkler systems amendment: What makes you think that fires only start with pyrotechnics? History shows that fires start in unknown ways all the time, and there is no way to control locked doors and overcrowding before those thing happen. If it is a business decision, say so, but don’t try to convince others you are concerned with public safety.

DAVID SHARPE, East Ridge


Laws to stop gun violence needed

Does the desire to have regulations in place to prevent senseless gun violence mean that I do not support the Second Amendment? Of course not! An American citizen should be able to obtain a firearm for his/her own protection legally. When the Constitution was written, the Second Amendment was to allow those who felt the need to own a firearm to protect their property, hunt for food and protect their families the right to do so. However, the intention of the Second Amendment was not so one could use a firearm to infringe on other people’s rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Our legislators must come up with laws to prevent gun violence. Now is the time because after the shooting at Sandy Hook, our country has been awakened. I do not have the golden solution to our problem; however, it cannot be ignored. Legislators must work together or we will elect new ones.

La SHUN WILLIAMS


Reasons needed for condemnation

Every day it seems as if God-believing people are being condemned for speaking out against gay marriage or having a public prayer at school sporting events. Same groups every time. The freedom from religion group or any number of gay activist groups. Are these relatively new (compared to 2,000 years of Christianity) groups afraid their members may be offended? Or converted to a different way of thinking? Or maybe they are just tired of hearing about someone else’s version of God or marriage? Someone give me a reason, because any one of the above reasons can be used both ways. Maybe the religious groups are tired of hearing you speak out against their beliefs … like there being a God, against the sanctity of marriage between a man and a woman, or that their children will be negatively influenced by atheism or homosexual dogma? Come on, now, give me a valid reason why you would put a stop to a group of people praying to a God you say doesn’t exist or someone who speaks out against gay marriage. Shouldn’t affect you if you are as committed to your cause as they are, have been, and continue to be.

MIKE HENRY, Whitwell, Tenn.

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lkeithlu said...

Mr. Henry, one of the benefits of being American is freedom of religion. Not all religions have the same beliefs, including regarding marriage equality. Public prayer by public officials is imposing one's beliefs on others. You may pray all you want, even in public, even against gay marriage. That's your right as an individual. But you cannot impose your sectarian beliefs on others outside your own church and home.

PS Don't worry about the kids. No one can "make" them gay or atheist.

September 15, 2013 at 7:32 a.m.
daytonsdarwin said...

Mike Henry wrote: "Come on, now, give me a valid reason why you would put a stop to a group of people praying to a God you say doesn’t exist or someone who speaks out against gay marriage. Shouldn’t affect you if you are as committed to your cause as they are, have been, and continue to be."

As long as you keep your religion in church, in your home, in private affairs, or in lawful public places there's no problem.

But when you teach your religions as facts in public schools, want history and science corrupted by myths, use government to promote your religions, and use taxpayer funds to proslytize, then there's a problem.

Rather simple, but but as long as religious fundamentalists insist on slipping religion in where's it's not wanted or lawful, they're will be kickback.

Watch this. Here's the reason religion does not belong in public schools. These are the religious fundamentalists that want creationism, Christianity (their version), and Biblical history taught as fact.

While laughing at them remember these people are serious. Scary, dangerous, and ignorant. And you want these people teaching your kids?

September 15, 2013 at 9:41 a.m.
LibDem said...

Mr. Henry, I'm going out on a limb to bet when you see film of thousands of people on the ground at prayer call in Tehran or Kabul, you feel just a little bit annoyed. I feel the same when I see the County Commission in action.

September 15, 2013 at 11:34 a.m.
ORRMEANSLIGHT said...

............................HOMOSEXUAL GENE EXPRESSION*

Consider this: Say, for instance, 'if' there was a 'homosexual gene' that predisposed someone to homosexuality......somewhat like a gene that predisposes one to alcoholism, or, obesity. Well, those people, 'so affected' could choose a lifestyle that causes the expression of that gene, or, they could refuse said lifestyle.

Now, having said that, and, having been a therapeutic counselor for a major Chattanooga mental health center, I have listened to scores of individual heterosexual individuals. These individuals were 100% drawn to the opposite sex (musta' been the 'gene thingy'). Anyway a great number of these individuals would have liked a 'harem', but, chose to follow the way of Jesus Christ.

Some of the other individuals who had yearnings toward the same sex also chose to not enter what they considered an abominational lifestyle which would have caused their (so called) homosexual gene to express itself.

You know......, call it the 'SIN' gene, or, whatever You want to call it. But, please, I , for one will not buy your bag of goods that somebody has to eat feces because of some gene that causes some urge. Yeah, right! Please, go tell that to some poor simple, uninformed, naive, gullible soul!

Ken ORR

September 16, 2013 at 2:32 a.m.
ORRMEANSLIGHT said...

To further validate my above comment I should provide the following significance:

44% of homosexual men, 36% of lesbians have 'tossed the salad' (involves ingesting fecal matter) by their own admissions.

(above statistics from 2011 National Health Statistics). "From where do these people get these urges?"***

Can You name the number and types of infectious/contagious diseases that can be spread from this loathsome behavior?

September 16, 2013 at 2:54 a.m.
ORRMEANSLIGHT said...

For those who have not yet learned that I only utilize the most scientific citing/references, I offer this PUBMED~ NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF HEALTH ..REFERENCE: (This in regard to the homosexual infectious disease causing practice of fecal matter interactions behavior).

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/21573705/?i=3&from=/19543410/related

September 16, 2013 at 4:45 a.m.
daytonsdarwin said...

Come out of your closet Orr. Between you and Conservative it's a tossed-up salad as to who is the most sexually repressed freak.

I suggest a Gay-Off between you two as to who can can use the words gay, homosexual, feces, sin, sex, god, jesus, and love in one sentence without having an orgasm.

The winner would go on to the Ted Haggerd Closeted Circle Jerk with hands-on healing by pretend homophobes like yourself in your hopes to whack-your-gay-away.

Face it, Orr. You're gay.

September 16, 2013 at 9:37 a.m.
ORRMEANSLIGHT said...

Yes, I AM very HAPPY that I have been and continue to provide the TRUTH ABOUT HOMOSEXUALITY. Desecrating/hijacking language, also, is abhorrent. IE, Etymology 1

From Middle English gay, from Old French gai (“joyful, laughing, merry”), probably a borrowing of Old Provençal gai (“impetuous, lively”), from Gothic (gaheis, “impetuous”), merging with earlier Old French jai ("merry"; see jay).

I AM indeed so HAPPY/GAY knowing that I have and AM providing sufficient information for well-thinking individuals to use wisdom and choose a much less dangerous/damaging and damning lifestyle. I am SHINING the LIGHT on people like YOU and other deceived, and/or foolish, ANTI-CHRISTS!

Your Choice, daytonsdarwin & dao1980, is duly known and recorded in eternity by The Lord God of Hosts, The Lion of The Tribe of Judah. Jesus Christ has seen, He does see. God is not mocked!

Ken ORR

September 16, 2013 at 10:44 a.m.
daytonsdarwin said...

Orr wrote: "Your Choice, daytonsdarwin & dao1980, is duly known and recorded in eternity by The Lord God of Hosts"

I've changed my mind. Tell The Lord God of Hosts my choice is a number 4 — a fish sandwich, with extra hush-puppies, large order of fries, and sweet tea. Extra napkins and tartar sauce.

Can you hurry the Lord up? His service is pathetically slow, but I guess he's busy with his floods, famine, and killing today.

And I don't want Jesus handling my food until he washes his hands. Playing with lepers is not sanitary.

I did find an onion ring in the shape of the Virgin Mary last time, which is OK, but it did freak out the kids as it appears Mary has a hairy mustache so make sure your cooks wear hairnets.

September 16, 2013 at 12:51 p.m.
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