published Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Vote Turner for commission — and more letters to the editors

Vote Turner for commission

I am a lifelong resident of District 7 and I am voting for Sabrena Turner as my next county commissioner, and I hope you will, too.

I served under Sabrena’s leadership two terms when she chaired HubFest at Heritage Park. It did not take me long to realize what a person of substance she is. She led by example. She earned the respect of every person under her care. She had answers to our questions. She returned our phone calls. She had regular meetings and, most importantly, she sent every person on the team individual personal, handwritten thank-you cards. Every one of us became and remain her close friend.

Sabrena takes interest in, and prepares herself for, every area of her life which involves the people of District 7, Hamilton County, the city of Chattanooga, and much more. Owning Sabrena Realty; being elected Realtor of the Year 2012 by her peers; serving on several important Chattanooga Association of Realtors boards and committees has given her such an advantage to know the needs our district is facing. I thank her for all the trips to Nashville and Washington she made on our behalf. I call this substance!

Please come to one of Sabrena’s speaking engagements or debates to experience firsthand that she is the candidate of substance. Vote Sabrena Turner.


What about veterans?

A recent letter printed in your paper regarding columnist Mark Kennedy’s political views absolutely astounded me. It amazes me that anyone who reads his articles could reach an opinion concerning Mr. Kennedy other than he is the proud father of two sons! The overwhelming vast majority of his column is nothing but a family travelogue.

I sent Mr. Kennedy some information along with a request that he write an article about the extreme amount of suicides among our troops. In a follow-up phone call to him I was promised he would get back to me before one week was out. That was months and many personal family articles ago.

While I am happy that Mr. Kennedy and his two sons are close and enjoy so many wonderful little adventures together, I am extremely sad for all the sons (and daughters) who won’t have a dad to take them on trips.

My son was in the first grade when his father committed suicide following being injured in Vietnam. We both still grieve and shed tears all these many years later. No one cared then and don’t appear to now.


Why a camera on Germantown?

I have paid my first ticket for speeding on Germantown Road where the newly installed traffic camera is. I don’t object to paying the consequences for breaking the law. I do object to what clearly appears to be intended as a speed trap in a 30 mph zone.

There are other areas I presume are much more dangerous than Germantown Road where speeding seems rather routinely ignored.

I am sorry for the folks penalized by this arbitrary camera placement, those for whom a ticket may mean doing without some necessity (or perhaps risking not paying the ticket because of more pressing needs).

Personally, I simply will no longer use Germantown Road.


Fix tax loopholes

The reason President Obama cannot get a bipartisan budget passed is because he wants to cut out tax loopholes the large companies deftly exploit.

The Republicans will not give in without cutting Medicare and Social Security programs, which he has offered to make adjustment to. But Republicans refuse to close any loopholes. For some reason, they call this raising taxes.

Recently some Tennessee legislators pointed out to Gov. Bill Haslam that the state of Tennessee has lost $212 million in taxes, and collections are way below estimates — companies in the past have proven deft at exploiting loopholes. When asked about this, Gov. Haslam said, “If this is the case, I think we’d have to correct that.” I wonder how soon we will hear from Pilot (Haslam) oil company.

Lamar Alexander says, “The federal tax code is unfair.” He did not say it is full of loopholes that big business uses to deny the government billions of tax dollars every year.

He did say it was because some states allow “people” who “pay taxes” to deduct their state taxes from their federal income taxes.

And people ask me why I am a Democrat.


Don’t lose pipeline

Congress asked President Obama over three years ago to make a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline, which would transfer oil from the Alberta, Canada, oil fields to oil refineries near the Gulf of Mexico. As of this date, there is still no decision.

Canada has grown tired of waiting on a decision from Obama. Now, another option has emerged. Reuters is reporting that there now is a “Plan B” to cut the U.S. out of the picture. This 2,858-mile pipeline project called “Energy East” would link the Alberta province to an Atlantic port in the Canadian province of New Brunswick.

The Keystone XL pipeline would move the U.S. much closer to a national energy independence and produce thousands of well-paying jobs.

Apparently, politics trumps the nation’s best interests. This administration has even gone in the other direction, making it more difficult to develop our own U.S. resources. It will be both a shame and disgrace if we lose the Keystone XL pipeline project.

JOHN K. ARNEY, Signal Mountain

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LibDem said...

KATE STULCE You can alter your life to avoid Germantown Road but not to obey the speed limit? Why don't you go to your room and think about that?

There are pros and cons with the pipeline, but "...national energy independence..." will certainly be closer with our new state, Alberta.

April 29, 2014 at 7:25 a.m.
conservative said...


You stated that you were a Demoncrat at closing, like there was ever any doubt.

The "loopholes" that you referred to are not loopholes because they are written into the tax code.

You get tax deductions, so does business, they are not loopholes, they are deductions written into the tax code.

Any tax increase on a business is passed onto YOU.

YOU, like most if not all Demoncrats just don't get it.

April 29, 2014 at 7:36 a.m.
Plato said...

JOHN K. ARNEY - why do you think the Keystone Pipeline is in this nation's best interest? This is a foreign company moving foreign owned oil through out heart land to then sell it on the open world market to the highest bidder. What do we get out of the deal other than a few thousand temporary construction jobs?

But the bigger questions are why do we risk contamination of a fresh water supply that serves 8 states, and why does "eminent domain" now apply to a foreign country? Lots of people will unwilling give up their land some that have held that land in their families for centuries.

I have no problems with building pipelines in general so long as they serve the public interest however the cost benefit of this project appears to be way out of balance to me.

April 29, 2014 at 9:47 a.m.
GaussianInteger said...

People that support the Keystone Pipeline believe that it will result in dollar a gallon gas, no more exports from the Middle East, and that millions of jobs will be created in the process. I am amazed at the naivety of many Americans.

April 29, 2014 at 9:51 a.m.
Plato said...

conservative said...

"Any tax increase on a business is passed onto YOU.

YOU, like most if not all Democrats just don't get it."

I've studied economics at both the undergraduate and graduate level and I can say you simply don't know what you are talking about. In a competitive marketplace especially in a global market, cost increases of any type, labor, materials, taxes cannot be arbitrarily passed on to consumers. Prices are determined primarily by market forces not arbitrarily by one entity. Only in oligopoly situations such as the integrated oil companies or monopolies can one entity or a small group of entities that control a market segment, arbitrarily set prices.

BTW economics is neither Democrat or Republcian

April 29, 2014 at 9:57 a.m.
conservative said...

Taxes are a cost to business.

To make a profit income has to exceed costs.

If all costs stay the same except that taxes go up then a decision has to be made if it is worthwhile to continue in business or to pass all or some of the tax increase onto the good or service the company provides.

Thus the consumer pays all or some of the tax which again is a cost to business.

April 29, 2014 at 10:16 a.m.
Rickaroo said...

"BTW economics is neither Democrat or Republcian." - Plato

Actually, it is. I know it shouldn't be, and in an absolute sense it isn't. But most economists tend to be swayed too much by their personal ideologies, coming down on the side of Keynes or Friedman. Even having a PhD in Economics is no guarantee that one is going to be any more correct in their assertions about the global, or even the national, economy than the average guy or gal on the street. Look at how many of our so-called greatest minds in the field have glaring disagreements among them.

"To make a profit income has to exceed costs." - conservative

Gee, that's what I love about this forum. Every day I learn something new from brilliant minds like con-man here. Thank you for that pearl of wisdom, con-man. Me and my liberal buds were totally unaware of that little factoid. Now that my eyes have been opened as to how necessary profits are I might even consider shifting my ideology. Tell me, where do I go to sign up to become a teabagger? Or do I just have to dangle some tea bags from my hat and show up at the next meeting with a holstered gun hanging from my belt?

April 29, 2014 at 10:57 a.m.
LibDem said...

It is a tenet of faith for conservatives that if McDonalds demands $35 for a bacon double cheeseburger, you have to fork it over. The option to skip the burger doesn't exist.

April 29, 2014 at 11:23 a.m.
Rickaroo said...

Mr. Arney, I would love for you or any supporters of the pipeline to explain to us how exactly it is going to make us energy independent. See Plato's post for a few FACTS regarding the pipeline. It is obvious where all you RWNJs supporting this pipeline are getting your information. When you keep your head stuck in Faux News and the blather coming from the TV/radio right-wing talking heads you tend to say dumbass things like you just said. Study the FACTS of it, Mr. Arney.

Also, since you are in such passionate support of it, why don't you move to one of the locales where that pipeline will be running and cheer the workers on as the monstrous pipeline runs through your backyard? And maybe sit down and have a nice chat with all those folks who are protesting this pipeline that is going to be running through THEIR backyards? Maybe you can convince them of what a great thing it is and how they should stop their whining about the minor inconvenience of a mere threat to their water supply, and the noise and pollution. After all, it's going to create all those jobs and make us energy independent and all that good stuff, right?

April 29, 2014 at 11:32 a.m.
GaussianInteger said...

"The option to skip the burger doesn't exist."

If it did, it would put a scathing hole into their argument.

April 29, 2014 at 11:55 a.m.
Plato said...

Rickaroo said... ". . . most economists tend to be swayed too much by their personal ideologies. . ."

Theoretical economist like Friedman and Galbraith, which are a tiny minority, have written volumes regarding their opinions of the effect of public policy, including central bank policy on an economy, but that should not be confused with the fundamental study of economics. Microeconomics and Macroeconomics are taught universally the same in every US college and university. The underlying principals such as how a competitive market determines price based on optimization of profit is no different than the principal that one molecule of water is made up of 2 parts hydrogen and one part oxygen.

Economics has been contorted by some on the Right to confuse the uneducated public into making them believe things that sound correct, but in actuality are incorrect (see above post by conman), similar to the way they contort the science around Global Climate Change.

April 30, 2014 at 9:39 a.m.
Rickaroo said...

Plato, I defer to your knowledge of economics, which undoubtedly is greater than mine. My knowledge consists only of the basic classes I took in college and what I have read on my own, which admittedly ain't that much. But I know this much: even the greatest, most knowledgeable minds in the field have extreme differences of opinion, at least regarding the national or global economy. Personal ideology seems to be influential in driving their conclusions and forming their opinions and as such it is disingenuous to call economics a science. I have no doubt that it could perhaps be deemed so as long as it is applied strictly to the world of business, but in branching out to the more expansive global economy, particularly as it relates to government, there is too much of personal ideology that gets in the way, not to mention the fact that there are so many wildly fluctuating variables that come into play.

Anyway, I know exactly what you meant when you said that "economics is neither Democrat or Republican." And I agree, at least in an absolute sense. I was just nitpicking. :)

April 30, 2014 at 11:49 a.m.
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