published Saturday, April 19th, 2014

Remember the fallen — and more letters to the editors

Remember the fallen

First we have billboards on the interstate proclaiming Chattanooga the home of Sgt. Charles Coolidge and telling the story of Company K. We have other billboards remembering other Chattanooga natives who fought in WWII.

We should have large banners hanging from buildings around the courthouse, each one with the story of a WWII vet whose final resting place is the Chattanooga National Cemetery, to drive home the fact they are on hallowed ground.

And, finally, if you have a personal story from your family history, put that soldier, WAVE or WAC on a T-shirt and wear it in remembrance.


Manuel 'clear choice'

Joe Manuel is the clear choice for chancellor. As past chairman of the Hamilton County Republican Party, I came to know Joe Manuel well because he served as the party's legal counsel.

I know him to be a loyal Republican, and his roots run deep in our local party. Joe's advice and calm demeanor were invaluable to me. He guided our County Executive Committee through a significant revision of our local party bylaws, working closely with Bobby Wood, Valerie Copeland Rutledge and Jack McGill.

The better I came to know Joe, the more impressed I was with him as a person and as a skilled lawyer. Joe's career accomplishments are impressive and clearly make him the most qualified candidate to become our next chancellor.

I am voting for Joe Manuel, and I urge you to join me in voting for Joe.


Sword not surrendered

In an April 12 op-ed piece, Roger Smith asks, "What did Lee surrender?"

Well, certainly not his sword as stated twice by Mr Smith. It is an enduring myth Lee surrendered his sword to Grant at Appomattox, but Grant refused to accept it.

In fact, Lee never offered his sword and Grant never asked for it, according to Patrick Schroeder, the historian at Appomattox Court House National Park.

Once again, Mr Smith confuses myth with fact in both his opening and closing statements. How can we take him seriously and give any credence to his tortured thesis when he consistently has his facts wrong?

In a previous piece, he misquoted and misidentified Santayana. This is becoming a trend.


Does Harry Reid have dementia?

Does Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid have dementia? While Alzheimer's dementia comes first to many people's minds, dementia-like symptoms can be due to many causes.

In his younger years, Harry played football when protective head gear was minimal and was a boxer. Early-life head trauma can potentiate senile dementia.

Mr. Reid is 74 years old. As we grow older, our minds slow a bit; however, that does not qualify for dementia, but to forget what one has said a month earlier and say the opposite, to blow small facts out of proportion, to say something that insults those people who helped you get to where you are today (such as the Koch brothers), or to espouse a "fact" when there is no supporting evidence (such as comments about Mitt Romney) is either unethical or brain disease.

If Harry Reid is given the benefit of the doubt, that he is not purposefully being unethical, then a reasonable conclusion is he has developed some form of dementia.

For the good of our country, Mr. Reid should be medically evaluated for the possibility of having dementia, and if he does not, then sanctioned for being unethical and abusing his political power.


Bennett a Constitutionist

Before this election is over, J.B. Bennett will have shaken every hand in Hamilton County. A good judge listens to all sides of a matter and reviews the facts and has a strong grasp of past judicial rulings.

I want a judge who views the Constitution and laws of the land as parameters with which to decide, not outdated documents to discard. I want a judge of known integrity. J. B. Bennett has these qualifications. He is not looking for a job. He has one and is very successful at it.

He's running to be a fair and balanced judge, a task he is fully capable of accomplishing. He has served in many of the area's civic clubs and organizations. J.B. Bennett has looked for ways to give back to our community, not ways to take from it. That's the kind of judge we need and want.

Like many of you, I know his father, Bill Bennett. The family has a tradition of public service to be proud of. J. B. Bennett is my friend, and I look forward to voting for him to be Circuit Court judge.


'Believe in Jesus'

Benjamin Franklin said "nothing [is] certain, except death and taxes." As many recently finalized their tax returns, they also could have taken time to consider death.

Is this body all there is, or is there another dimension of our being that enters an afterlife? Is there a heaven? Who obtains entry into heaven? Who is denied entry into heaven?

Many would answer with, "Well, I believe ... ." But what is that belief based on? Is it based on your own thinking, or is it based on an authoritative source? Are you ready, quite literally, to base your afterlife destiny on whatever is the basis for your beliefs?

Proverbs 3:5 says "... do not rely on your own understanding." Proverbs 14:12 says "there is a way that seems right to a man, but ..." I claim the Bible as the authoritative source for my beliefs because it is a reliable source of truth -- it is continually proved to be accurate historically, archaeologically and prophetically. It is consistent in its message, despite being written by 40-plus authors over 1,400-plus years on three continents.

Please don't buy the greatest false teaching of every generation -- "When you die, you go to heaven." Heaven is available to everyone, but God has established an entry requirement: Believe in Jesus.

DENNIS URBANIAK, Signal Mountain

'Come back under the tent'

Protestantism? Was it all a big misunderstanding? We are hearing gentle calls to come back under the tent.

Was sin redefined by Jesus' sacrifice? I think sin is just what it was back in Genesis 3 -- placing the human will above the will of God.

That's why it's so dangerous to follow the lead of anyone who claims to have authority to change God's commandments.

Let us be kind but also be clear about the rebel identity described in the prophecies of Daniel and Revelation as 'Babylon' (Revelation chapters 14, 17 and 18; Daniel chapters 7 and 8).

RICHARD BURNS, Cleveland, Tenn.

Stand against neo-Nazis

On April 25-26, the National Socialist Movement will be holding its 40th anniversary celebration in Chattanooga.

This neo-Nazi group will be gathering white supremacists from across the nation in our front yard. To add further insult, this celebration is being held on Yom HaShoah, the Jewish day of Holocaust remembrance.

We as Chattanoogans have to make a stand and show we have progressed from the era of Jim Crow laws, discrimination, oppression and hate. We need to bind together and protest this event and this type of racial discrimination.

The group will be having a private dinner on the Aug. 25, but on the Aug. 26 it will be having a public rally, open to all. We need to follow the news of this event, organize and take action showing that not all Southerners harbor this notion of racial purity of the white race and racial discrimination.

Actually, contrary to Nazi and white supremacist beliefs, many studies have found racial purity to be a myth. If one goes back far enough genetically, every race of every person is mixed with another. There is no pure race.


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"" I claim the Bible as the authoritative source for my beliefs because it is a reliable source of truth -- it is continually proved to be accurate historically, archaeologically and prophetically. It is consistent in its message, despite being written by 40-plus authors over 1,400-plus years on three continents."

You must have a different Bible than me. My Bible, the King James version, is full of contradictions, historical inaccuracies, wildly imaginative prophecies, complete lack of understanding of nature and science, and stories and myths that pre-date the Bible by thousands of years.

If you think the Bible is literal and reliable, that's fine. Keep it in your home, churches, and private schools.

But keep it out of public schools, government, science education, and private lives of those who do not wish to be burdened with your inability to lead a life without superstitions and mental gyrations.

In this part of Tennessee the Bible is good for one thing - beating anyone over the head who doesn't follow your beliefs.

April 19, 2014 at 8:35 a.m.
moon4kat said...

Ms. Rosin, thank you for writing. Hosting a neo-Nazi rally will bring nothing good to Chattanooga. It will besmirch the character of the city and deter rational visitors from coming here. I understand that it's difficult to deny permits for use of public space, and think the best we can hope for is that these paranoid, hate-filled extremists are quietly condemned, largely ignored, and ushered out of town as quickly as possible. I trust that 99.9% of Chattanoogans will say "good riddance to bad rubbish."

April 19, 2014 at 8:59 a.m.
TirnaNOG said...

Ms Rosin, Chattanooga would be doing itself a tremendous favor if it would admit too and address that Nazi mentality that already exist in Chattanooga long before the national NSM decided to come to town. The local one maybe a little bit more savvy and present an image of having a little bit more class than the national one, but their philosophy are eerily similar if not the exact same, with the local having put in the practice and openly expressing their hostility towards targeted minority groups specifically they wanted to ship back to their native or ancestral countries or use authority and changed ordinances to harass and force them from the communities they'd lived for decades.

April 19, 2014 at 9:20 a.m.
Rickaroo said...

Mr. Urbaniak, I'm sorry your letter was limited to 200 words or less. I would love for you to have explained the ways exactly that the Bible is "is continually proved to be accurate historically, archaeologically and prophetically." Christian scholars, archaeologists, and Biblical historians have been digging, searching, and hoping for centuries to unearth some new finding that "proves" the authenticity of Jesus or any of the Old Testament tales and characters, and as yet there has been NOTHING that validates the Bible stories or the vast majority of its characters, from Abraham to Moses to Herod to Jesus himself. Certainly some few of its characters are known to be real but most of them are as fictitious as Peter Pan. For example, King Herod was known to exist but there is no evidence outside the Bible that he slaughtered male infants en masse. Likewise there is no evidence outside the Bible that an Israelite named Moses really lived or that there was even a mass exodus of Jews wandering the desert for years and years. As for Jesus, every artifact or holy relic that has been discovered and supposedly related to him in some way - whether the Shroud of Turin or the Spear of Longinus or the Holy Grail - has been debunked as an outright fake or of dubious authenticity at best.

Some other interesting tidbits of info regarding the Bible: Pontius Pilate was a real, historical character, but there was actually no Roman custom of allowing the public to decide upon the fate of prisoners, such as the large mob of Jews supposedly did between Barabbas and Jesus. Nor did the Romans allow burial for those they crucified. It was customary for them to leave them hanging on the crosses as a deterrent to others. There was no census at the time that Jesus was supposedly born, nor did the town of Nazareth even exist then. When there really was a census established, long after Jesus (supposedly) lived, it was not necessary for any citizens to travel to register for it.

These are just a smattering of glaring historical inaccuracies. The list could go on and on.

April 19, 2014 at 11:24 a.m.

'Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools.' Holy Bible.

'If the shoe fits...'

Do You even begin to think that Your particular brand of philosophy will/should/could ever be embraced by loving born-again, blood-bought, blood-washed, innocent, forgiven followers of Our Lord, God, and Saviour Jesus Christ? If so, slip on the shoe spoken of above! You are of all people the Fool spoken of in the book of Romans. "Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools". >Depart from me, Ye who work iniquity into everlasting damnation, into Hell, Fire, Brimstone, into everlasting darkness, into the Lake of Fire created for sATAN and his angels. Good-bye forever. You made the choice.< Jesus Christ did not send You there, You have sent Yourself to that place of torment. Have You heard the words, 'TOO LATE!!!'?


April 19, 2014 at 12:53 p.m.

Mr. Orr, you cannot refute the historical inaccuracies, the contradictions, and the complete lack of science as found in the Bible.

Like most extreme fundamentalists of all religions, when logic fails you, when history fails you, when science fails you, you resort to gibberish and utter nonsense.

As you requested I went back through your posts but found nothing of value. No science, just insane meanderings of someone ignorant of science and the methods of scientific inquiry.

Your knowledge of history is woefully lack and certainly not up to fifth-grade understanding.

I did, however, find you to be religiously demented, homophobic, contradictory, and without merit in your arguments. No evidence, just flatulent.

Like Mr. Ham of the Creation Museum of Ignorance, you fail in history and science, but are entertaining and representational of religious delusion.

April 19, 2014 at 1:16 p.m.
Rickaroo said...

Mr. Orr, once a person steps outside the little box of blind faith that you Christians confine yourselves to, we are in no way bound to your horrid demons and fairy tales of eternal suffering or the need to bow down blindly and obediently to a judging, sadistic God (whom you erroneously call a God of "love"). The threats of eternal damnation in your musty old book of primitive myths ring hollow. Your God is no more real than Zeus or the Wizard of Oz and your Satan is no more real than the imagined boogeyman in the closet of a child's imaginings.

We are free to curse your dastardly God because such a horrid deity as you worship does not exist. What manner of heavenly father would even conceive of such a place as hell with which to punish his children eternally for the mere "sin" of disbelief? If there be a real creator of the universe she/he/it is undoubtedly far, far greater and more magnanimous than you small minded Christians imagine (him) to be. She will not be so petty and jealous as to demand obedience and blind faith. It will encourage and respect our individuality and our choice to use our reasoning, thinking minds that it has bestowed upon us, to seek out truth and to lead our lives as autonomous beings, totally free, unbound by trivial creeds.

I feel sorry for you, sir. Let loose your mind. It is a great thing to be set free from the shackles of blind faith, superstition, and constricting, stale dogma. Truth is fluid and alive, all around you and within you, not static, not contained in any one book or preachings of some Biblical superstar, real or imagined, of 2000 years ago.

April 19, 2014 at 2:11 p.m.
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