published Saturday, July 19th, 2014

Haslam should expand Medicaid and other letters to the editors

Haslam should expand Medicaid

I am writing to urge support of Medicaid expansion in Tennessee. It is unclear why Gov. Haslam has denied this for our state. Medicaid expansion will be covered by the federal government at 100 percent through 2016 and will gradually lower to 90 percent after that. If a person makes below the poverty line in Tennessee, it is likely that they cannot get private coverage. Many people may make too much to be covered by existing Medicaid and not enough to qualify for subsidized plans through Obamacare. These people are left out in the cold. Adopting Medicaid expansion in our state will be a lifesaver for them. Please, Gov. Haslam and Tennessee legislature, reconsider! Reverse your denial for this life-saving expansion.


More VW jobs? More for the IRS

Oh, great glory! VW to add more jobs. This wonderful windfall will add to the multitude of corporations who take income from their employees before they get it and ship it to the IRS. I remember Dick Simcanin, who owned Arrow Plastics in Texas. He stated he would not be a tax collector for the IRS, and he so loved his employees, he made a way for them to pay their own taxes. He died in prison, indicted and convicted by a tyrannical IRS. Not only do I remember, but God remembers. It is fitting the IRS is being brought to task by the tea parties, a current manifestation of the arm of God. Why aren't the employees of these great benevolent corporations angry? Doesn't VW love their employees and want them to keep what they earn? JUNE GRIFFIN Dayton, Tenn. what's to complain about blankness? I don't understand why so many readers complain about the cartoons and comments on the left side of the editorial section. The left page of my editorial section is always completely blank.


Thanks for service of police officers

I would like to commend in the strongest possible terms Chattanooga Police officers Butler (badge 729) and Bender (badge 930) for their handling of a vehicle accident in which my wife was involved on Nov. 4, 2013. Her vehicle hit a bump and drifted off the pavement on Jenkins Road and sideswiped a tree. Those who drive that road in East Brainerd know there are no shoulders -- only 3-foot deep ditches at the edge of the pavement. Fortunately, there were no other vehicles involved and no injuries -- just a damaged and stranded vehicle. The officers promptly arrived, gained control of the traffic, and extended great care and compassion for my wife. Officer Bender called me at home and reported the accident, taking care to assure me it was minor with no injury. I arrived a few minutes later. The officers helped me get her out of the car -- now tilted at about a 30-degree angle -- and assisted us in removing the car's contents. They had already arranged for a wrecker, which arrived shortly thereafter. Throughout the process, both officers' conduct was of the highest order. To them and their department, we extend our deepest gratitude.


Re-elect Sell to judgeship

On Aug. 7, voters in Hamilton County have the opportunity to re-elect an outstanding judge in Christie Sell. Judge Sell is respected for her commitment to the community and the bench, and for her fairness and firmness. She has served diligently during her eight years in General Sessions Court and is recognized as one of the best judges in Hamilton County. She has received a statewide leadership award for her work for domestic violence awareness and numerous other awards, including recognition for her integrity and distinguished service as an elected Fellow by both the Chattanooga and Tennessee Bar Associations. A lifelong resident of Chattanooga, Judge Sell has always been very active in our community. Recently, she received recognition for her service as a Woman of Distinction by the American Lung Association. She is a member of several service clubs, including the Rotary Club of Chattanooga, and serves on numerous boards, including the Chattanooga Women's Leadership Institute and Chattanooga Bar Association. Hamilton County is fortunate to have someone of Judge Christie Sell's ability and experience in this position. Please join me in voting to re-elect Christie Sell.


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lkeithlu said... the tea parties, a current manifestation of the arm of God.

Finally someone admits it. This was never about smaller government.

July 19, 2014 at 6:15 a.m.
conservative said...


Move your tax exempt sex club to another state that will pay the cost of your members treatment for AIDS and other STDs acquired from sex outside of marriage.

There is a judgment now and in eternity for unrepentant Homosexuals/sodomites, adulterers and fornicators:

Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. 1 Corinthians 6:9-10

July 19, 2014 at 8:16 a.m.
lkeithlu said...

When you produce evidence for your god, con, I'll believe you. Until then, no.

July 19, 2014 at 8:50 a.m.
conservative said...

You have had plenty of evidence but you made the wrong choice.

Those who have AIDS and other STDs also made the wrong choice.

July 19, 2014 at 9:02 a.m.
lkeithlu said...

Nope. You have yet to produce one single piece of evidence. And no, the bible is a claim, not evidence.

July 19, 2014 at 9:14 a.m.
lkeithlu said...

And those like Ryan White who died of HIV? What wrong choice did he make?

July 19, 2014 at 9:15 a.m.
conservative said...

You are obviously very troubled this morning.

July 19, 2014 at 9:42 a.m.
lkeithlu said...

No, in fact I am having a very nice day. I often do. Nice dodge.

July 19, 2014 at 9:46 a.m.
LibDem said...

It's unfortunate, Ms. JUNE GRIFFIN, that your letter became conflated with that of Ms. MARY ANNE COOK. I always look forward to your rich sense of humor.

July 19, 2014 at 9:50 a.m.
Plato said...

So Volkswagen is bad for hiring people and not complying with our tax code. Thank you MARY ANNE COOK for that bit of wisdom. I knew if I came here I would learn something new today. :)

July 19, 2014 at 10:26 a.m.
Rickaroo said...

There is something really perverse and pathetic about someone who spends most of his time pointing out the "sins" of others. There is no literal eternal hell, but I honestly believe that there probably is a special hell for self-righteous pricks like you, connie. If you think you've got a place reserved in heaven you're a fool. In the meantime go crawl back under that rock you crawled out of.

July 19, 2014 at 12:56 p.m.
Landgrabbr said...


Leave these people alone and come back to our hole where those who enter understand the consequences. They are civilians!

I have read your posts and have observed your condemnation of our brothers. You transgress, my friend, and you are a hypocrite. Read your own post. Do you believe you thoughts, behavior and comments are “righteous?” Investigate the word “reviler” and objectively review your words.

You continue to slither in the bile of this earth while speciously believing that you are anywhere near Him. Remember, ”angels will not enter a room where there is a dog.”

July 19, 2014 at 11:04 p.m.
alprova said...

It is amazing how much Connie's post resemble the hate speech that Shirley Roper Phelps spews on TV when someone decides to shove a camera in her face.

I am convinced that Connie is a bonafide member of the Westboro Baptist Church.

And as such, there is absolutely no reasoning with any one of them.

They are all in my prayers...that a bullet in their sternum will send them all to meet the God they claim to know...and put them all out of their misery.

God forgive me for that, but enough is enough.

People like Connie are responsible for turning more people away from religion than can be counted.

Connie worships words in a book...not our creator whom they are written about.

I pay attention to what God and his Son are quoted as having said in the Bible. Neither personally hold out one sin to be any worse than another. All sin is equal and equally condemned.

Cherry-pickers seem never able to comprehend that.

July 20, 2014 at 1:15 a.m.
conservative said...

Mr. Anthony Provancher, alprova, an open anti Christ and blasphemer wrote:

"Just remember always Connie, you WILL meet the God, face to face, one day, who will cite each and every one of your transgressions, sins, and your false witnesses, and you will pay for each and every one of them."

"Jesus sinned"

"Jesus cannot be God"

"The very fact that Jesus was given birth, and came out as little helpless small baby is enough to refute the claim that Jesus is God."

"It is utter blasphemy to claim that God came out of a women like all people, it is utter blasphemy to claim God came out crying and screaming and being helpless and weak."

"Such nonsense is insulting to God; this itself is enough to prove Jesus is not God. How can you claim that God came out of a woman?"

"Are you mad? Are you insane? How can you insult God in such a manner? Some of you Christians should be ashamed of yourselves for ascribing such rubbish to God."

This open anti Christ and constant blasphemer wrote every word of those quotes above.

July 20, 2014 at 8:30 a.m.
inquiringmind said...

It is a real shame con-man is so impotent and so ignored that he tries to pick on women ministers. He is clearly off-balance and will have a hard time finding the narrow gate.

July 20, 2014 at 9:14 a.m.
inquiringmind said...

In fact someone says con-man is June Griffin...

July 20, 2014 at 1:51 p.m.
Rickaroo said...

Connie is the equivalent of the deranged street person you see walking along the sidewalk, arms flailing and yelling at invisible demons all around him. Best to just leave him alone and let him pass by. He obviously dwells in his own sad little bubble of existence, his mind stuck on those few condemnatory Bible verses of his liking that go around in his head like a merry-go-round and he can't help but spit them out robotically, over and over, like a parrot. A sad and pathetic little man with a totally frazzled and Bible-besotted brain. The Bible is his drug of choice and he's as hopelessly wasted as a meth-head.

July 20, 2014 at 2:21 p.m.
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