published Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Republicans 'give to rich' — and more letters to the editors

Republicans 'give to rich'

Republicans in Nashville are pursing policies that endanger the environment, public health and give to the rich while taking from the poor.

They continue to block a ban on mountaintop removal mining when Tennessee has many more jobs from tourism than mining, and they’re trying to block implementation of a rapid transit system in Nashville that would relieve traffic and pollution.

Republicans have been trying to repeal the Hall Tax on investment income. Meanwhile, teachers and state workers are told there’s no money for their promised raises, and working families in Tennessee pay one of the highest sales tax rate in the nation for groceries.

Republicans refuse to accept federal dollars to expand Medicaid for the working poor who are too rich for traditional Medicaid but can’t afford Obamacare.

Not expanding Medicaid punishes people for working. A low-wage worker with a health condition is better off just getting on disability.

If you disagree with these policies, please vote. Not voting allows this to happen.

HELEN STAPLETON, Sewanee, Tenn.


Gospel will go on

Ever since Christianity began, it has been unpopular. There have always been those who want to make it illegal for Christians to teach the gospel.

There are several Bible passages which say to teach the gospel to all. The Bible is God’s word. True Christians try their best to obey God.

If a government tries to make it illegal for Christians to teach the gospel because it believes it has the power to do so, God just may show government how powerful it is and destroy this nation. Just as he destroyed other nations for disobeying him.

Many who have taught the gospel have been killed for teaching the gospel, and John was the only one of Jesus’s disciples who died a natural death.

Although Christians may have to go underground to do it, the gospel will be taught until judgment day.

JENNIFER BRADFORD


Bennett ‘tireless public servant’

When I think of a good person, J.B. Bennett comes to mind. His integrity sets the bar for others in the legal field to follow.

A tireless public servant, J.B. Bennett has served our community through various civic clubs and organizations. I’m proudest of his service with the Children’s Advocacy Center, assisting women and children who have been victims of abuse.

Of course, each time I take my family to the Chickamauga Battlefield for a day of running, playing and hiking, I can thank J.B. for his service with the Friends of the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park.

When it comes to qualifications there’s no question. J.B. Bennett has served as a trusted legal adviser to government officials, doctors and nurses, business leaders and private citizens. He knows the law.

I look forward to seeing J.B.’s continued public service. He will make all Hamilton Countians proud. J.B. Bennett will be a great Circuit Court judge.

GEORGE JACKSON, Hixson

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LibDem said...

JENNIFER BRADFORD, You should move to the US. We can't turn around without bumping into a Christian.

April 22, 2014 at 7:37 a.m.

"God just may show government how powerful it is and destroy this nation."

Nothing says greater love than destruction, murder, rape, slavery, and bigotry.

Thanks, God! Your pals Hitler and Stalin felt the same way. There's your perfect trinity.

April 22, 2014 at 7:56 a.m.
lkeithlu said...

The government is not trying to prevent people from teaching the gospel. Take off your tinfoil hat.

April 22, 2014 at 8:04 a.m.
moon4kat said...

Reading the ill-informed views of so many "Christians" makes me grateful that I've escaped their delusional mythology. Too many preachers tell them what to think, and how to vote, thus affecting us all.

April 22, 2014 at 8:25 a.m.
conservative said...

Same club of Atheists. There is sure to be some late arrivals. The membership does not seem to be growing and that is a good thing.

In fact I have noticed an absence of some of the old heathens.

April 22, 2014 at 9:24 a.m.
lkeithlu said...

So you think the government is preventing the teaching of the gospel, con? Got any evidence to back that up?

April 22, 2014 at 9:41 a.m.

Mr. Conservative believes in a literal Bible without evidence so the word "evidence" is not in his vocabulary.

Though he is a throwback in the evolution of humanity. With his penchant for throwing bible verses he reminds me of monkeys that throw feces.

April 22, 2014 at 10:39 a.m.
Rickaroo said...

Indeed, Ms. Bradford, it sure looks like Christianity is on the verge of being forced underground, doesn't it - what with the current herd of televangelists raking in hundreds of millions of TAX-FREE dollars and getting 24/7 gospel-preaching exposure on TV, radio, and the internet. And then, there are those hundreds of thousands of churches all across the nation where Christians are free to congregate as often as they like, without anybody so much as uttering of word of protest. You poor, pitiful, persecuted Christians! How on earth do you manage to hold up under such brutal oppression?

BTW...you mentioned the Christians who have been killed for teaching the gospel, but you somehow forgot to mention the millions upon millions of non-Christians who have been killed and tortured by Christians throughout the ages. But, I know, I know...I nitpick. That's such a minor detail. Afer all, those non-Christians only got what was coming to them, right? I mean, in the eyes of your loving God and all?

April 22, 2014 at 12:26 p.m.
lkeithlu said...

There are churches on almost every street in almost every town in the US, all of them tax exempt. The government does not interfere except in asking that those churches be safe for public gathering and be insured. Not a single one has been padlocked or told not to teach the gospel. Bibles are for sale in bookstores, and even in Walmart, but most churches will give them away to whoever wants one. Billboards that proclaim the gospel are seen on our nations highways, and there must be 30 religious channels on cable and satellite TV. People put nativity scenes in their yards, statues of Mary in their flower beds, Jesus fish on their cars and crucifixes on their walls. Hollywood makes Christian themed movies and bookstores are full of Christian novels and nonfiction books on spiritual matters. Where exactly is the persecution?

April 22, 2014 at 1:04 p.m.
Rickaroo said...

Ms. Stapleton, thank you for telling it like it is. Maybe one day the message will finally sink in, enough to rouse from their slumber those working/middle class people who are too deaf, dumb, and blind to realize that they are voting against their own best interests when they vote Republican. I'm not entirely convinced that voting Democrat is much better (too many corporate friendly DINOs amongst the lot) but at least the Dems are not coming up with insane, draconian legislation and policies like the Repubs seem to come up with on a daily basis.

April 22, 2014 at 1:36 p.m.
sangaree said...

Maybe one day the message will finally sink in, enough to rouse from their slumber those working/middle class people who are too deaf, dumb, and blind to realize that they are voting against their own best interests when they vote Republican.

Most are so blinded by their dislike of that black dude in the White House they'll never GET IT!

April 22, 2014 at 1:56 p.m.
conservative said...

Looks like some of the regular Atheists called in sick. Enough did show up to have a quorum.

April 23, 2014 at 7:58 a.m.
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