published Sunday, March 16th, 2014

Don't target the innocent and other letters to the editors

Don't target the innocent

Requiring Tennesseans to obtain a prescription from a doctor to gain access to cold medicine would unfairly burden patients with higher medical costs and limited choices while failing to address the underlying meth problem.

A better solution to the methamphetamine problem would be to pursue a solution that respects the rights of individuals and their freedom to access safe and effective cold and allergy medicine. Lawmakers should focus on ways to enhance Tennessee's NPLEx system so that more criminals are caught and more law enforcement officials are comfortable with the technology. A good place to start would be to fully enforce the meth offender block list in real time and implement reasonable pseudoephedrine purchasing limits and tougher penalties for those who buy those products illegally.

Tennesseans deserve anti-meth solutions that target meth criminals, not law-abiding consumers.

TORI VENABLE, Franklin, Tenn.


Political scare tactics

It is distressing to find socialism and communism so frequently and wrongfully used as scare and smear tactics to support political propaganda. No better example of this can be found than the demagogic claim of Marxism by Rush Limbaugh in taking exception to the plea of Pope Francis that society should seek to correct disparity in increasing wealth and poverty in a free market economy. That this is happening is a matter of fact. According to Marriner Eccles, a former chairman of the Federal Reserve and himself, at the time, a rich Republican banker, "trickle down economics helps mostly those providing the trickle." During the Depression, Eccles promoted a war on poverty and unemployment. This being the case, Limbaugh, if being consistent in his criticism of the pope, would label Eccles a Marxist! No connection can be found in what Pope Francis has expressed and Marxism. Without doubt, Limbaugh's absurd attack on the Holy Father in implying he is a Marxist will be recorded as one of the outrages of the last year. All followers of Jesus and others who share the pope's concerns should insist on remedies within our economic system to alleviate the plight of the poor.

JOHN BRATTON, Sewanee, Tenn.


Climate change and taxes

Once again the climate maniacs are out to pull the wool over the heads of the unsuspecting. Even Obama wants to give his environmentalists more to keep them firmly in his camp, this time a $1 billion pay-off. Of course the "enlightened" ones ignore facts such as "Antarctic Sea ice has grown for a second straight year, baffling scientists seeking to understand why this ice is expanding rather than shrinking in a warming world." The whole environmental wacko movement isn't based on the environment, but on controlling people. An exhaustive U.N. report that claimed with 95 percent certainty that humans are responsible for global warming left out data that for the last 15 years the planet has stopped warming, because it did not fit with the climate change agenda it wanted to advance. Their true agenda is to squeeze money from U.S. taxpayers.

WILLIAM GODSEY, Crossville, Tenn.


Please buy a vowel

When actors on TV make short commercials asking us to watch their shows, they invariably refer to this city as CHATT-NOOGA! I find this extremely irritating! They are undoubtedly reading from a script, and the word undoubtedly has an "a" in the middle. Why on earth, when you are trying to bring in viewers, would you risk annoying them by mispronouncing the name of the city they live in. Two of the worst offenders are Patricia Heaton, who appears on "The Middle," and good old Dr. Oz, who has advice and solutions for almost everything except how to pronounce CHATT-A-NOOGA! CAROLYN R. McCRARY, HIXSON


Clear the air at Riverbend

Good for CVS Caremark! They will stop selling the No. 1 preventable cause of death: cigarettes. It's a smart move. Smoking is in great decline. The risks of exposure to second-hand smoke (yes, even outdoors) is known. Every exposure causes some harm. But changing community norms is difficult. Isn't it time for corporate sponsors of Riverbend and health-concerned board members to speak up and make the festival healthier for nonsmoking attendees, 80 percent of the total? Officials have been saying "we're ahead" and "making progress" while little has changed. Limiting smoking to designated areas away from the public is not too much to ask of smokers. (This is already required at all kinds of events.) Area health organizations have worked for years, with organizers receiving promises of progress but minimal positive action. It took notice from the Tennessee Attorney General to stop tobacco product samples from being distributed at Riverbend several years ago. Tobacco smoke prevents some with disabilities from even attending. For them, breathing smoke can create a medical emergency. (There are over 4,000 chemicals and products of combustion in this mix.) Festivalgoers, let decision-makers know how you feel about clearing the air at Riverbend. It's just the right thing to do.

KEVIN LUSK, chairman, Tobacco-Free Chattanooga


Walk your way to good health

I read the article, "Childhood Obesity Worsens in Tennessee," in the Chattanooga Times Free Press on March 2, 2014. The data released by the CDC indicates that in Tennessee childhood obesity is not declining but rather is on the rise. While this is not the outcome advocates for child health would hope for, there is good news. Organizations like the one I represent, The Safe Routes to School National Partnership, spread the word about the many benefits of walking and bicycling. The mission of the organization is to advance safe walking and bicycling to and from schools, and in daily life, to improve the health and well-being of America's children and to foster the creation of livable, sustainable communities. The Safe Routes to School movement offers many ways to get involved and make a difference at the local, state and even national levels -- in policy work, as a partner, in our programs, by requesting technical assistance or just by spreading the word.

CHRISTY SMITH, Tennessee Advocacy Organizer


Take a stand for Bible truth

The Times Free Press March 2 article "Adam & Eve. Period." about Bryan College and follow-up questions show the need for at least the followers of Jesus to be united. This stand for literal Genesis is: Do you believe God or man? If you watched or heard Bill Nye the Science Guy and Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis debate recently, you saw the same controversy. It's about your world view. Do you believe man's word or God's word (the Bible)? Remember, only God knows the history of heaven and Earth (Genesis 2:4). Man interprets how he sees the Earth now. How old did man used to live? There are answers. Check out www.answersingenesis.org.

CARROL M. WADDLE, Fort Oglethorpe, Ga.

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ORRMEANSLIGHT said...

Wow! You are so right. Scientists less courteous than myself would call those 'Big Bang Faithers' Big Bang Nuts! It takes as much faith in the Big Bang 'Theory' as it does to 'believe' in the 'Theory' of Evil-lution. It's all about rejecting Jesus Christ as their Lord, God, and Saviour. Their faith in these 'Theories' is just as weak as the 'Theories' themselves! They want to live like the monkeys from which they purport to have ***Evol=evil...Evolved. Go figure!

Definition of 'Big Bang Faithers'= People who have 'Faith' in the Big Bang 'Theory'.

Ken ORR

March 16, 2014 at 12:29 a.m.
ORRMEANSLIGHT said...

And while I'm 'at it'...I'm so glad that the writer said 'Adam and Eve' (Eve who believed in Evil-lution), and not 'Adam and Steve'. I used to think that was so corny. Now, I finally get what they are saying...to whit..."If Jesus Christ did not want people to procreate, then, He would have created an 'Adam and Steve', or, an 'Eve and Evangeline'". Well, I celebrate and proclaim, 'Viva La Difference! Yeah, opposites do attract. They are built to attract.

Ken ORR

March 16, 2014 at 12:41 a.m.
ORRMEANSLIGHT said...

And while I'm 'at it'...again, Re: that Adam and Eve v/s Adam and Steve subject:

A genuine question about homosexual individuals for which I hope to have answered by someone.

Why does God The Father, God The Son, and, God The Holy Ghost label homosexual individuals as being 'dogs'? What is the analogy? Returning to their own vomit, or, their (some homosexual individuals) doing like dogs in their sexual behavior. Just what is it that would cause their (homosexual individual's) Creator (Jesus Christ) to call them (homosexual individuals) 'dogs'?

This is a very serious question for which I am not sure i have the correct answer (understanding).

{Thank You} Ken ORR

March 16, 2014 at 12:47 a.m.
ToHoldNothing said...

I'm afraid to ask if you even have a source for Jesus or anyone calling homosexuals dogs... Even if it was so, Christians aren't the only ones to refer to dogs in a derogatory manner: Islam has a certain beef with them, compared to cats, who aren't exactly any better in terms of intelligence, or at least when it comes to eating things they shouldn't

March 16, 2014 at 2:37 a.m.
LibDem said...

WILLIAM GODSEY says; "Their (climate maniacs) true agenda is to squeeze money from U.S. taxpayers." Would you care to 'splain this, Billy? I'm waiting for my check.

March 16, 2014 at 10:04 a.m.
LibDem said...

"Just what is it that would cause their (homosexual individual's) Creator (Jesus Christ) to call them (homosexual individuals) 'dogs'?"

Poor parenting? Public school education? Unsupervised street time? Too much TV? Kids just got no manners.

March 16, 2014 at 10:12 a.m.
Plato said...

JOHN BRATTON - I think Limbaugh's attack on the Pope is actually a good thing as it further exposes him as just being a shill for the mega-corporations.

March 16, 2014 at 11:58 a.m.
Rickaroo said...

Ken Orr, please...slither back underneath that rock from the 12th century that you slithered out from.

March 16, 2014 at 11:58 a.m.
Plato said...

Mr. Godsey - your facts are wrong.

The Artic's monthly February ice extent for 1979 to 2014 shows a decline of -3.0% per decade per relative to the 1981 to 2010 average. The decline doesn't move in a straight line it fluctuates so graphically it's more of a zig-zag but over time the trend line is distinctly downward.

https://nsidc.org/arcticseaicenews/

Similarly this graphic from NASA shows that while the warming trend has normalized for the last few years, that the trend line (also a zig-zagging line) is sharply up from the base year 1980:

http://data.giss.nasa.gov/gistemp/graphs_v3/Fig.A.gif

Global warming is real, and is rooted in man-man causes. That is a scientific fact endorsed by every scientific organization in the world of international standing, and every peer reviewed study. There are no dissenting organizations with international standing.

March 16, 2014 at 12:11 p.m.
Rickaroo said...

Actually, Plato, there is a dissenting group of "scientists" but this group has no international standing, except in the minds of the deniers. I'm sure I'm not telling you anything you don't already know...but a few years ago there was a petition in circulation seeking signatures from those who denied the human-induced causes of global warming. At first it was targeted towards people with science credentials but it soon devolved into a free-for-all wherein all manner of people with scarcely any claim to a scientific background of any kind were able to sign it. In the end there were approximately 30,000 signatures, with very few of the signees having any kind of scientific credentials to their name. Of all the signees who did have a science background there were fewer than 2% actual climatologists. The vast majority of signees had little or no experience or education in any science related field. When deniers make the claim that there is still an on-going debate about AGW, THAT is the source of their claim. Other than that and some random obvious corporate shills and sham scientists paid off by big oil and the related businesses who are hell-bent on fighting governmental carbon reducing measures, they have nothing but their own whims and biases to support their flimsy arguments.

Over 97% of climate scientists (those who have studied climate change the longest and who are the most experienced and knowledgeable as to what they are talking about) and virtually every scientific organization world-wide, like you said, overwhelmingly states unequivocally that AGW is real and is getting worse all the time, yet the deniers choose to completely disregard those scientists and scientific organizations and listen instead to obvious charlatans and blowhard pundits and know-nothings in order to hang on to their precious ideological bias.

March 16, 2014 at 12:54 p.m.
ORRMEANSLIGHT said...

ToHoldNothing, Did You ask for 'something'? Well, check this out:

Deuteronomy 23:18... "Thou shalt not bring the hire of a whore, or THE PRICE OF A DOG, into the house of the Lord thy God for any vow: for even both these are abomination unto the Lord thy God."

And Rickaroo, My love for You is overwhelming. I pray on a rather consistent basis for Your returning to Your first Love, Jesus Christ of Nazareth. It is not too late yet, not as long as You have not been given over to a "Reprobate Mind". I Love You, Rickaroo, with The Love of Jesus Christ, God The Father, God The Son, and God The Holy Spirit. Please come Home before it is indeed eternally TOO LATE!!! for You.

Ken ORR

March 16, 2014 at 9:57 p.m.
ORRMEANSLIGHT said...

Hey Plato:

Oh Yeah! Sure. The Lord God of Hosts does not have enough experience to keep humans and the earth going. He's not been able to do it so far, so, why should we think He can do it now? He's had a couple of years to prove He can administer the fixes needed, but, He just hasn't done what it takes to keep the earth [and humans] going.

By-the-way. What about this 'Global Cooling' weather we've been having? Hey, listen real well and You can hear the word 'correction'! Corrections are what Jesus Christ has used to keep this earth and humans viable. He uses everything from volcanoes to earthquakes to correct the homeostasis of our home planet. The operational 'buzz' word is.......CORRECTION. Yep, necessary and good for earth and people! [Stable equilibrium].

Ken ORR

March 16, 2014 at 10:06 p.m.
Plato said...

ORRMEANSLIGHT said...

By-the-way. What about this 'Global Cooling' weather we've been having?


You're conflating weather and climate which are two very different (but related) disciplines. Climate is the long term study of temperature, humidity and moisture over many years, while weather is what occurred yesterday, is occurring today and will probably occur tomorrow. Global temperatures aren't measured by what you are experience here in Chattanooga. While we may have had a below normal temperature span, Sochi Russia had record high temperatures, in fact on some days it was warmer at the WINTER Olympics in Sochi in March then it was during the summer Olympics in London in July. Unusual temperature swings both high and low are consistent with global climate change model.

I don't practice any faith, but to reflect on your argument if you are given a gift, such as a beautiful world, you should be responsible for taking care of it, not expecting the gift giver to clean up your messes for you, and I believe many denominations of your faith believe that your god commanded man to be good stewards of the earth.

March 16, 2014 at 10:30 p.m.
GaussianInteger said...

No Plato, they ignore parts that don't fit their agenda. Guys like Ken just think you should be able to treat the Earth like their yard; empty beer cans every where, a fire pit for old tires, and an old car that hasn't seen the road in ten years.

March 17, 2014 at 1:28 p.m.
conservative said...

Well, I see the false accuser is at it again. Where is your evidence Gaussianinteger?

March 17, 2014 at 5:33 p.m.
conservative said...

Did you ever notice that the gloom and doomers who have believed in global warming or those who have switched to climate change never will say what they are doing to cause either?

March 17, 2014 at 5:41 p.m.
ToHoldNothing said...

Ken, you do realize the term in Hebrew that's translated as abomination isn't a moral condemnation, but a ritual taboo, right? It's meant to separate the Jews from the Gentiles in the context of Leviticus. Idolatry is also considered an abomination, yet I don't see you condemning pagans and such on the same level as homosexuals. And people who work on the sabbath are, if I'm not mistaken, considered to be committing a toevah act.

March 17, 2014 at 6:16 p.m.
conservative said...

No ToHoldNothing, Homosexuality and all sexuality outside of marriage is immoral, sinful behavior.

You got that gross error from a Liberal/Atheist website or from someone who got that gross error from a Liberal/Atheist website and duped you.

March 17, 2014 at 6:36 p.m.
ToHoldNothing said...

Not everyone has a political aspect to it and not all dissenting opinions from orthodoxy are based in atheism in the slightest. This generalization just makes discussion that much more difficult, and your intransigent insistence on your point of view doesn't help either

March 18, 2014 at 4:40 p.m.
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