published Friday, September 27th, 2013

McDaniel serving schools well and other letters to the editors

McDaniel servings chools well

Johnny McDaniel, director of Bradley County Schools, was honored as the 2013 Tennessee Superintendent of the Year. He will receive an award from the National School Health Association next month. He also scored an average 4.47 points overall on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being exemplary when his board evaluation him in May.

Mr. McDaniel has been leading the Bradley County Schools since 2008 and has facilitated the building of Park View Elementary (under budget) and the Fine Arts building at Bradley Central. He completed renovations to Valley View Elementary. He implemented the virtual school. He handled the 2010 tornado damage to Michigan Avenue Elementary and the irreparable Blue Springs Elementary as well as handling the difficult budget and legal issues -- all while awarding raises to his staff on more than one occasion.

However, the board voted 4-3 not to extend his contract -- basically saying, "'Mr. Superintendent, don't let the knob hit you in three years."

As a parent of a child in the system, I am saddened to think that as my child heads to middle school in three years, my superintendent will be passing out resumes for no reason but an old grudge and some small town, narrow-minded politics.

MEG METZGER, Cleveland, Tenn.


Bible says avoid God's wrath

God is a God of love and a God of wrath. How do I know? The Bible tells me so. I John 4:16. And we have known and believe the love that God hath to us. God is love: and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.

God is a God of wrath: Romans 1:18. For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness.

Homosexuality is an abomination: Leviticus 18:22. Yes, incest, adultery, fornication and bestiality are condemned and abominable practices Leviticus 18: 1-30, and Leviticus 20: 10-16 demands the death penalty for those practices and for the practice of witchcraft Leviticus 20:27.

Paul in Romans 1:18-32, reviews the history of man's fall into depravity. In verse 18-25, he wrote of God the reason for God's wrath and declared "They are without excuse," and "God Gave them over" to uncleanness; in verses 26 and 27 "God gave them up," men and women, to their vile homosexual practices and its consequences. In verses 28-32, "God gave them over" to a reprobate (depraved corrupt) mindset.

DON GUINN, Rossville


Thanks, Mayor, for boat reversal

Dear Mayor: Thank you with all my heart for having the grace to back down when confronted with the overwhelming desire of the ordinary citizenry to keep the Delta Queen moored at Coolidge Park!

If you had given the owner of that disreputable barge downstream an ultimatum to leave, you would have heard an uproar of approval. Granted, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but how could you have picked the majestic historic paddle wheel boat as an eyesore over that ugly, ugly barge of Casey's? The one that someday might have a restaurant on it?

The Delta Queen, an added attraction to our river, is as much a drawing card to tourists as the Aquarium and the sleeping cars at the Choo Choo. This is a real treasure for our city as I hope you are learning. You may not realize it but David Cook may be an even greater treasure for Chattanooga because he is looking out for the best interests of every citizen in this community.

JANE YELLIOTT, Hixson


Russian people still oppressed

After reading the article titled "Putin may seek 4th term", I felt sad for the Russian people.

The population of Russia was oppressed for a long time, and it is ridiculous that even after the fall of communism this country is still being so blatantly oppressed. Putin has done a great job of masquerading Russia as a democratic nation, but the rest of the world is finally beginning to see his abuse of power, and I hope this means that a reelection in 2018 will be impossible. If Putin is reelected, then I do not see any hope of true freedom for the Russian society without a violent revolt by the people. Although there are those who are starting to protest the government, even during the elections last year, I believe it will take an outside force to remove Putin from power. Perhaps if the leaders of other democratic nations were to take a stand and send a strong message to Russia declaring their opposition of the government, then maybe the Russian people will feel like they have a chance of becoming a truly democratic nation.

DASHA KULAKOV

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ORRMEANSLIGHT said...

So, so, so...'Now let me see here...I was born with a heterosexual gene that I choose to express 'said gene' by my lifestyle. Hummm, some obese people were born with the obese gene which they choose to express through their lifestyle. Homosexual people have a homosexual gene which they choose to express through their lifestyle.

Now, wait a minute! What if I wanted to have a whole lot of adulterous (extremely sinful) relationships because I was drawn to women...since I do have my 'heterosexual gene'. Naah!,,,I choose to not express my natural attraction to multiple females by NOT living a chosen lifestyle that would express that 'sinful' gene.

You sad, blaming, not accepting responsibility, or, accountability individuals. 'The Devil made me do it'...'They made me do it'...'uh, oh, uh, 'It's his fault', 'It's her fault', 'I mean, uh, oh yeah, uh...'It's the gene, remember?' So what if I did choose to eat too much to cause the predisposition to be expressed? I just can't help it. Yeah right! Go tell it to an infant.

Ken ORR

September 27, 2013 at 12:58 a.m.
daytonsdarwin said...

Orr, did you choose to be a liar and fraud or is it genetic? Do those traits run in your family or did God make you a pathological liar?

You seem to be unable to stop your deceptions. Is that because you've been a failure in your life? That no one listens to your religious claptrap? Does your family support your lies? Or are they embarraressed at the humiliation you've caused them?

How many mental instituions have you been committed to as an in-patient? When was the last time you sought help for your mental issues?

Does your church know about your public prevarications? Do they know you're a practicing homophobe? How many churches have asked you to leave as a result of your behavior?

You need real help for your sickness and God isn't answering your prayers.

September 27, 2013 at 8:58 a.m.
daytonsdarwin said...

DON GUINN, Rossville

Let's not forget your god allowed Lot to have incestuous relations with his daughters, allowed His chosen people to rape, take slaves, kill innocent people, and allowed disease, sent famines, and committed war crimes.

If you must believe in an invisible god, can't you come up with someone who loves his creations?

If your god was real and living on earth, he'd be the biggest mass murderer in history.

Can you imagine that if some earthly father did such evil things to his children his excuse would be, "See, love my kids. I made them, so I'll kill them as I see fit." That father would be locked-away forever.

Yet, fundamentalists invent a insane deity who does that, and then say, "God loves me."

Who needs that kind of love? That's perversion, depravity, contemptible, and indefensible.

If that's Jehovah's great love, count me as opposed to such madness and His followers.

Fortunately, gods, saviors, demons, and devils are going away as reality and back to the realm of myths, legends, and campfire stories.

http://tinyurl.com/mx6b3yd

September 27, 2013 at 1:29 p.m.
ORRMEANSLIGHT said...

Please, please, please understand that even infants die and toddlers, sub-teens, teenagers, etc. Those of us who have reached ages well beyond middle age should be very careful. We will meet our Lord (whether accepted, or, not)...He Is our Lord God of Hosts. Jesus Christ of Nazareth!

Be Forewarned: Hebrews 9:26-28..King James Version (KJV) "And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for Him shall He appear the second time without sin unto salvation."

September 28, 2013 at 6:08 p.m.
daytonsdarwin said...

Orr wrote: Those of us who have reached ages well beyond middle age should be very careful."

Yes we should, about you and any wild-hare stories you tell.

You been proved a liar and fraud more times than Jimmy Swaggert's been busted for soliciting prostitution.

You have time now, Orr. Provide those scientific and mental health therapist credentials you have.

Or is it time for you to put on your Batman uniform and leap into action? Change the tin-foil in your hat? Meet Bigfoot for coffee?

You've always got some excuse for not providing those 'credentials' you promised.

Have you no shame?

http://images.topix.com/gallery/up-AQ9MCDUIHLQ0U16A.jpg

September 28, 2013 at 7:02 p.m.
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