published Sunday, June 8th, 2014

Boys & Girls Club expresses thanks and other letters to the editors

Boys & Girls Club expresses thanks

The Boys & Girls Club of Chattanooga appreciates this community. The Times Free Press and Volkswagen Chattanooga were event sponsors for our annual fundraiser, the Stake ’N’ Burger Dinner. We thank them for their commitment and support. We also thank our other 65 sponsors (too numerous to mention by name). To the more than 400 people who came to hear UT football coach Butch Jones and support the inner city children of this great city, I say thank you. The additional funds will provide 17,000 lunches for children at the club this summer. This overwhelming support of the club and the children we serve shows the caring compassion of this community. We could not have provided the needed services for our children over the past 59 years without the financial backing and support of this community. We are grateful to be able to serve in such a great city as Chattanooga. To everyone who supported Stake ’N’ Burger this year through their sponsorship, ticket purchase, attendance, paddle auction, and our board and leadership, I say thank you.


Urging tolerance on sexuality

Kudos to David Cook for his column about Councilman Chris Anderson. I have had the privilege during my 20 years at UTC of teaching some of the best, brightest and most accomplished students, some of whom are gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, transgendered or questioning. And they come in all colors and from a variety of backgrounds and family situations. Human sexuality is on a continuum, and all of us need to practice tolerance.

Dr. Betsy Alderman, UTC professor and Communication Department head

Bennett fan lauds cartoons

I am a longtime fan of Clay Bennett. I thought no one could replace Bruce Plante, but I was wrong. Clay has the ability to identify hypocrisy, bigotry, ignorance and arrogance and has the courage to name names. Those who experience his ridicule are richly deserving of it. Chattanooga seems to have an overabundance of pompous, narrow-minded bloviators, and having a Clay Bennett to lampoon their idiocy is a great pleasure. I not only enjoy the cartoons, I enjoy the reaction to his cartoons just as much. I love all the squawking, whining and name-calling from the objects of his ridicule. The psychotic gibberish naming him the anti-Christ is hilarious. In the last two weeks, he has lampooned our congressman, fear-filled gun worshipers and climate change deniers. The latter was a classic. An ostrich with his head deeply buried in his posterior was labeled “climate change denial”. I suggest that the same cartoon be used with the following labels: “Tennessee legislature,” “phony Christian bigots,” “Tea Party sycophants” or “Clint Cooper.”


Pay inequality hurts middle class

In “The Morality of Capitalism,” Ron Hart asserts “our country is doomed” if Obama’s “income inequality” rhetoric continues. You need not hold a Nobel laureate in economics to appreciate concerns raised by one such prize winner, Joseph Stiglitz, in his “The Price of Inequality,” regarding an increasingly skewed pattern of American incomes since the 1970s favoring an ever smaller and more enriched minority. Since that book’s publication last year, the following has been widely reported: 1) CEO to average worker compensation has accelerated from 46-to-1 in 1983 to 331-to-1 in 2013; 2) from 1980 to 2010, the median annual income of American workers has trailed the pace of pay growth enjoyed by average workers in other advanced economies, and is now surpassed by Canadian workers; and 3) during that same period, wages of the upper 5 percent of American workers have markedly increased relative to their counterparts in other industrialized countries. In fact, the America economy as we have known it, fueled by middle class prosperity, is being threatened by changes in American income distribution over recent decades, in which the poor have been more adversely affected than any other group. That disturbing trend merits bipartisan attention.

PATRICK LAVIN, Signal Mountain

Do right by our veterans

We each have a family photo of an honored man or woman in military uniform. We honor those fallen in service to our country. We hold dear their sacrifices that ensured we may continue to live in the land of the free. This year, as America’s longest war ends, we have honored thousands of brave young Americans we lost and tens of thousands others wounded physically and spiritually, with deeds that will heal the divisiveness that sits upon our great nation. This Memorial Day we honored these good Americans by renewing our efforts to give their families the care they deserve. We can remake the Department of Veterans Affairs to meet the sacrifices our veterans have made for us. As we look on those photos of our family members in uniform, let us remember the sacrifice of every American in uniform, but most of all those who died for us. Let us resolve to make ourselves and our nation worthy of their sacrifice by putting our differences aside and coming together in deed and in the American spirit.

DR. MARY HEADRICK, Maynardville, Tenn.

Vote for Patsy Hazlewood

I am writing to express my support for Patsy Hazlewood for State Representative for District 27. As a resident of Signal Mountain, but a native of Soddy-Daisy, I know what is important to a broad spectrum of the residents of the district. Like me, they want a small, efficient state government that encourages business, respects and protects the rights of individuals, and interferes in our lives as little as possible. Patsy believes in these things, and her unique experience for many years at the highest tiers of the business world and more recently as regional director of the “jobs base camp” program created by the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development gives her the means to put them into effect. She is a person of high character and strong values who will listen to and work for the people of our district.

SAM D. ELLIOTT, Signal Mountain

Gun owners and safety

Kudos to David Cook for a well written commentary about his meeting with concealed weapon permit holders. It gave a balanced view on the topic and did not portray permit holders as macho “Dirty Harry wannabees.” I am a professional person with a graduate degree. Although I am a competitive shooter, I never carried a gun until I took about 20 overnight ride-a-longs with a police officer friend many years ago. There is a whole other side of Chattanooga about which most people are blissfully ignorant. If anything, I am far more cautious than I was before I carried a gun. I avoid confrontations, and my family and I are seldom out and about late at night. I have taken every training class available to me, and I am always up for more training. I do not ever want to have to use my gun to protect myself or others, but neither do I want to be a helpless victim. The police officers I know are dedicated professionals who want to keep citizens safe. Regretfully, many times their role is more about documenting crime after it has occurred than stopping it.


Vote Vince Dean for court clerk

I have personally known Vince Dean for over 10 years. Hamilton County needs a leader like Vince Dean. Vince has served in the 104th, 105th, 106th, 107th and 108th Tennessee House of Representatives general assemblies. Vince has served as chairman of the House Transportation Committee and has proven to be an effective elected official in Nashville. Vince supports his constituents as he was instrumental in getting motorcycles added to the lemon law statutes. Hamilton County needs someone like Vince Dean for the Criminal Courts office, and I think he is just the man for the job. Vote Vince Dean for Criminal Court clerk!


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Urging tolerance on sexuality???!!!???

Please, please tell me You are kidding. The CDC reports an estimated 41,113 new cases of @FULL BLOWN AIDS@ in the year 2000. Much greater Number now. Sixty-One PERCENT OF THESE ARE FROM HOMOSEXUALS. THOUSANDS OF THESE HOMOSEXUALS GO 'BUG CHASING' (Educators, please go look it up!). 1,300,000 people (actually more now) in the U.S. are living with [AND WILL DIE WITH] AIDS!

Over 288,000 WOMEN are HIV INFECTED ! They are having unprotected sex to get the men to like them. 60% of some age groups don't even know they are infected by HIV. This makes the numbers skyrocket! 15.8% unaware in all combined categories.

Homosexual Men account now for 78%@ of NEW HIV INFECTIONS!!! And this number continues to INCREASE, NOT DECREASE.


EUUCATORS! GO EDUCATE YOURSELF! Go focus on the REAL problems of society. Especially Liberal Democrats.

Malleus Deum

June 8, 2014 at 10:12 a.m.

I don't at all want to be mean-hearted. I am not. I am just so extremely angry about otherwise very good people choosing such a loathsome lifestyle. The homosexual community is stealing vital daily nutrition/food from the children of this United States!


Every Child in this United States of America could have a full stomach at every minute of every day if the Homosexuals would just receive Our Lord Jesus Christ and refuse that lifestyle He declares to be an abomination! Just look what it is doing to those who languish in Hospice Centers around the nation.

Malleus Deum

June 8, 2014 at 11:12 a.m.

$23,300,000,000 could provide nutrition to the tiny, belly-swollen children who on a daily basis look for a piece of even rotten meat on garbage piles throughout the world. This just so they can have breakfast, which they are so thankful.

And Chattanoogans want to vote to funnel local dollars to encourage these possibly deadly, disease ridden (many of them) homosexual union partnerships. What kind of political figure would vote for such a thing?

Malleus Deum

June 8, 2014 at 11:13 a.m.

Perhaps one day they'll invent a condom to protect people from the idiotic rants from Fundy-Nutz like Orr.

In the meantime, feel free to laugh at his ignorance, intolerance, and homophobic brand of christian fundamentalism.

June 8, 2014 at 11:14 a.m.

Please, Please, Please allahsyoungerbrother, this is REALITY, NOT, STAND-UP COMEDY!

Even if You do not like me, help the Children, have compassion for the extremely inordinate per-capita number of homosexuals whose body nervous systems are turning inside-out. The pain is beyond what any drugs can sooth. Diarrhea has them frail skeletons of a being. They were once happy, healthy folks. Now they scream with dementia and languish in Hospice centers throughout the United States. Too many of the numbers above of otherwise wonderful Sons and Daughters of respectable families die depressed, alone, and tormented.

allahsyoungerbrother, this is not the time for comedy...THIS IS THE TIME TO PRAY! THIS IS THE TIME FOR COMPASSION, EVEN PITY, BUT SURELY LOVE UNFEIGNED.

Malleus Deum

June 8, 2014 at 7:03 p.m.


allahsyoungerbrother, this is not the time for comedy...THIS IS THE TIME TO PRAY! THIS IS THE TIME FOR COMPASSION, EVEN PITY, BUT SURELY LOVE UNFEIGNED."

Since when would you recognize reality? According to you, everything that happens is your god's will so blame your god for creating gay people. If your Jehovah is omnipotent, knows all, sees all, causes all, sounds like you should talking to your god about it.

If he could help them but doesn't, then he's to blame and the murderous god I've described (your Bible says he's a genocidal jealous maniac). If he can't help them, he's not omnipotent and again, useless as tits on a boar hog.

Pray? to what? Your god? There's nothing about your god that appeals to me in the least.

Your feigned "love" is duly noted, but no one believes it. Your past and present posts indicate an incredible lack of compassion for humanity. Your lack of scientific knowledge is astounding, but most fundamentalists don't understand science, fear it, and prefer ignorance to thought.

Blame your god for the troubles of the world if your believe he exists. He created it, and like a deranged, spoiled child demands his way or he'll kill everything. That's your Jehovah — a despot of Biblical proportions.

You're like the Joker in the Batman movies - depraved, mentally deranged,and cruel. Beneath that twisted smile is a religious dementia that will only be happy when the world is burning and humanity is roasting.

Vescere bracis meis

June 8, 2014 at 7:57 p.m.


I do, to a greater degree than a few months ago, understand Your position regarding Christianity. If I try to disregard Your sentiments, then I try to make myself greater than the Lord Jesus Christ in whom I believe. He (I believe)gives everyone a choice. Human to human, I still wish You peace. One of the worst physical fights I ever experienced was with my best friend, J.R.C. I actually broke his arm in that fight. We were teenagers. Even best friends fight sometimes. I have never gotten over the guilt of breaking his arm. Decades later we are still best friends. I will continue to 'duke it out' with others on this site...but, with all my heart, mind, spirit, and soul, I wish everyone good health, prosperity, and peace. Human-to-Human.


June 8, 2014 at 11:11 p.m.


The District of Columbia has the highest rate of HIV/AIDS in the nation, compared to other states, more than 9 times the national rate for HIV INFECTIONS!!!

President Obama signed a document with the weight of an executive order. This document/directive invited every Homosexual anywhere in the world to come to our United States of America for asylum. The only condition? If the Homosexual feels he/she is harassed.

Hey Lib-Dems!!! Are You making any connections with the above info? Are You adding 2 and 2 together?

What did the song say? "Some men you just can't reach. So you get what we ..., which is the way he wants it. Well, he gets it."

POETIC WHAT?.......Malleus Deum

June 9, 2014 at 9:13 p.m.

You cannot play chess with Jesus Christ and win!!@ When He said that Homosexuality is an ABOMINATION.......WELL, HE MEANT IT!***

Malleus Deum

June 9, 2014 at 9:22 p.m.

ORRMEANSLIGHT said... "You cannot play chess with Jesus Christ and win!!@ When He said that Homosexuality is an ABOMINATION.......WELL, HE MEANT IT!***"

What Book, chapter and verse did Jesus say that?

Again you've been proven a liar.

You can't play chess with invisible men or imaginary gods.

Your meds aren't working. You are seriously mentally ill.

Vescere bracis meis

June 9, 2014 at 10:38 p.m.


Truly, all men are ignorant, just in different subjects. One on Yours is the Holy Bible Scriptures. That is one reason You did not remain a Jesus Follower. You just did not/do not know. But, it indeed is not too late!

Having said that, now, 'read and learn'. Remember I know that I also am ignorant in some subjects, so, this is no slam on You. kwo

2 Timothy 3:16..."All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works."

2 Peter 1:21..."For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost."

It is just that YHWH utilized physical/material man to write His Words on paper. Jesus Christ IS YHWH. Jesus Christ actually wrote the Scriptures declaring homosexuals Abominations, only, through humans.

So, You see allahsyoungerbrother, the Holy Bible declares, at least three times, that YHWH is invisible, He is a Spirit ( pneúma – properly, spirit (Spirit), wind, or breath.D) (The Hebrew counterpart (rûach) has the same range of meaning as 4151 (pneúma)) Every single material item is made of that which is invisible!

Malleus Deum

June 10, 2014 at 10:05 a.m.
lkeithlu said...

Too much woo. Not enough evidence.

Curious that you admit you are ignorant of some subjects, and yet you post your ignorance here repeatedly. Is ignorance a virtue?

June 10, 2014 at 10:21 a.m.

allahsyoungerbrother said... ORRMEANSLIGHT said... "You cannot play chess with Jesus Christ and win!!@ When He said that Homosexuality is an ABOMINATION.......WELL, HE MEANT IT!***"

What Book, chapter and verse did Jesus say that?

Again you've been proven a liar.

Still can't come up with that reference Orr? It's really simple. Show me in the KJV where Jesus said what you say he said.

You can't because it's not there.

Do you not tire of telling lies? Didn't your Jehovah say something about liars like you? Revelation 21:8 Or is it OK to lie for your Jehovah? Maybe so, because Jehovah told lies so being a follower of his cult gives you permission to lie?

And if Jehovah is invisible, didn't Moses see his backside? Exodus 24:9-11.

Ready to see what hoops you jump through to explain more of your convoluted christianity.

You say, "Every single material item is made of that which is invisible!"

Did you attend the Bible Institute of Make-Believe and UnScientific Malarky? Were you first in your class?

It seems you're as ignorant of your Bible as you are science and history.

You're sick.

June 10, 2014 at 11:21 a.m.

I bless You in the precious Name of Our Lord, God, and Saviour Jesus Christ of Nazareth.

I am working at the missionary outreach right now. I was just told in no uncertain language that I am to work on missionary outreach tasks only when I am on their time. So, since I think he is right, I will get back to You later.

Malleus Deum

June 10, 2014 at 11:51 a.m.

ORRMEANSLIGHT said... "I bless You in the precious Name of Our Lord, God, and Saviour Jesus Christ of Nazareth.

I am working at the missionary outreach right now. I was just told in no uncertain language that I am to work on missionary outreach tasks only when I am on their time. So, since I think he is right, I will get back to You later."

I don't need your blessings. I want book, chapter, and verse where Jesus said according to you, "Homosexuality is an ABOMINATION."

You could have provided that information rather quickly rather than stall.

I pity the poor people whom you "mission" to. I hope they reject your version of christianity as the foul, demeaning, and despicable it is.

June 10, 2014 at 12:05 p.m.


Hi, see if this helps. Anyone who writes anything that The Holy Ghost tells him/her to write is, in fact, only being an instrument of He who is the true author. It is actually being written (created) by Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Let me put it this way; When an attorney dictates to his/her secretary, the secretary is doing the physical work, but, it is actually the attorney creating and making the statements. I hope this helps. I hope this helps You to not only understand this particular site's example, but, also I hope it helps You in the future as You read, study, and are blessed by understanding Holy Bible Scripture. Please, don't give up. You've changed Your mind before...You may change Your mind again and miss the eternal torment of hell, fire, and brimstone. kwo

Malleus Deum

June 10, 2014 at 5:31 p.m.

It doesn't help. You didn't answer the question. You can't provide the evidence. You've lied again.

There are no blessings in the Bible; only fiction. No Holy Ghost, no Jehovah, no Jesus. No heaven, no hell, no torment.

Just ancient and non-original stories for which there is no evidence of supernatural beings or events.

So you can't back up what you said you could, again.

June 10, 2014 at 6 p.m.

I've done my best for You on this one. I don't think I possess the skills to get my point over. But, I know, I have given it my best.

Peace...Bro-ken for Christ Jesus

June 10, 2014 at 8:47 p.m.

You haven't explained "Every single material item is made of that which is invisible!" huh? More of your Bible science? Quit listening to Ken Ham and the creationists and learn real science. COSMOS explains science, real science so simple even a fundy could understand it if he opened his eyes and removed his fingers from his ears.

You said Jehovah is invisible, but Exodus 24: 9-11 says otherwise. You say the Bible is literal, so there's no room for doubt. So who's lying? You or the Bible?

You haven't cited the Book, chapter and verse where you said, "When He [Jesus] said that Homosexuality is an ABOMINATION." That's an inference of a direct quote like the Sermon on the Mount. Your wishy-washy excuse doesn't cut it.

Jesus did not say that. Another lie.

Every report I've read states correctly that atheists and agnostics outscore fundamentalist christians in knowledge of the Bible. Your own ignorance of your supposed Holy Book proves that point.

Your best is not good enough. You do not possess the skills to get your made-up science and history, even your false Bible quotes over on someone who demands evidence. I'm not one of your flock of dodos. You can not present evidence as there is none to present.

That's the reason you throw Bible verses out. You're unable to provide any rational argument for your case.

William Jennings Bryan you're not. Even he admitted that the Bible was not to be taken literally.

I've not found a fundy yet that has evidence outside their claim of the Bible's 100% accuracy. That's because there is none.

June 10, 2014 at 9:15 p.m.

Please look up hadrons: down quarks, leptons, tau neutrinos etc. Even these are made of 'something like elementary particles, possibly' we cannot see...invisible. What is? 'everything on earth', that is material, made up of?@What's gluon? Can You see it/them Science person?

Malleus Deum

June 11, 2014 at 3:09 p.m.

You said, "Every single material item is made of that which is invisible!" Now you're changing that statement as if that proves the existence of Jehovah.

But you didn't answer my question that if god is is invisible how did Moses see god? Is Jehovah made of neutrons? Or was Jehovah just pulling a joke on Moses?

Now researchers have evidence that a small planet collided with Earth to form the moon over 4 billion years ago. What day in the BIble did that happen? So did Jehovah create the moon (as fundies have always said) or did Jehovah send another planet into Earth to create the moon? Why doesn't it say that in the Bible?

It's always hilariously funny when an anti-science fundy attempts to use science to promote the Bible as literal truth. It always fails.

Still waiting on the book, chapter and verse for Jesus saying homosexuality is an abomination. And you still can't produce it.

June 11, 2014 at 3:53 p.m.
lkeithlu said...

We can't see those particles because they are too small, not because they are 'invisible', Ken. Please lie down before you hurt yourself.

June 12, 2014 at 7:17 a.m.

lkeithlu said... We can't see those particles because they are too small, not because they are 'invisible', Ken. Please lie down before you hurt yourself.

Absolutely correct.Science and history aren't big in fundamentalist circles. Fear, superstition, and repression seem to be their watchwords for life.

June 12, 2014 at 11:56 a.m.
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