published Monday, March 24th, 2014

Hold GOP responsible and other letters to the editors

Hold GOP responsible

I've been thinking about the sharp, partisan divide in the Tennessee state and federal governments and the GOP domination of the process of governing. Instead of the GOP agenda, what if the conservatives and "obstructionists" had decided the ACA was indeed the law of the land, as the Supreme Court said it was, and they took the path that they would try to legally change what parts they didn't like and try to make it work for the citizens of our state? The GOP tried 50 times to repeal or defund it. Gov. Bill Haslam could have set up an exchange as Kentucky did that was successful in getting affordable insurance for their citizens. Eighteen other states also set up exchanges. These states had Democrat governors. What if they had tried to set up roadblocks to sabotage it? Maybe Sen. Mae Beavers wouldn't have proposed a loony bill banning enforcement of federal gun and health care laws and several others. Gov. Haslam, Ron Ramsey, Beth Harwell, Gerald McCormick and many others with the state GOP need to be held responsible at the ballot box for their actions.

JIM RICE


Red Bank Get rid of Harry Reid

Some letter writers continuously rail against Republicans but only with innuendos -- never facts. Here are some facts: The Koch Brothers' financing for Republicans cannot touch what the unions give to the Democrats -- the top six unions giving more than $200 million to the Democrats. And let's not forget the George Soros donations to the Democrats that they seem to forget to mention. The Democrats are in power, and here's what they have brought to the table in the last five years: Benghazi deaths, IRS scandal, NSA scandal, Fast and Furious scandal, Black Panthers at the voting booth, no budget for four years, and then there's the Obamacare disaster. These are some of the facts. The "wonderful" Sen. Bob Corker truly is wonderful as he was the front-runner in bringing VW to Chattanooga. To correct the USA's present course heading to disaster, all the Republicans need to do is win the Senate and, this gets rid of Harry Reid. Just the facts, please.

J.D. PEARSON, Signal Mountain


Sex week and pregnancy

Let me make sure I'm understanding current events correctly. Isn't the governor currently in the process of implementing an initiative to increase retention rates in our universities? I think it would be fair to assume that some (not all) of the retention issue could be attributed to teen/college-aged pregnancy -- a topic that could, and most likely would, have been discussed as part of that "radical agenda pushing" Sex Week and would help raise retention rates. Condemning it seems to make total sense to me!

ROBBIE NICHOLSON, Cleveland, Tenn.

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ORRMEANSLIGHT said...

The Holy Bible {Authorized King James Version) ('NOT! The Watered Down, Erroneous Versions'} tells us all to flee immorality. There are absolute consequences to individuals and nations to ignore what Jesus Christ has plainly told us. His speech is plain and His judgments are true. Don't think You can 'talk back' to The Lord God of Hosts and prevail in Your paltry 'logic'.

March 24, 2014 at 11:15 p.m.
ORRMEANSLIGHT said...

Regarding the above comment:

23 Turn you at My reproof: behold, I will pour out My Spirit unto you, I will make known My words unto you. 24 Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out My hand, and no man regarded; 25 But ye have set at nought all My counsel, and would none of My reproof: 26 I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh; 27 When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you. 28 Then shall they call upon Me, but I will not answer; they shall seek Me early, but they shall not find Me: 29 For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD: 30 They would none of My counsel: they despised all My reproof. 31 Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices. 32 For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them. 33 But whoso hearkeneth unto Me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil.

March 24, 2014 at 11:20 p.m.
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