published Friday, March 28th, 2014

Confusing med costs and other letters to the editors

Confusing med costs

My wife and I are on a BlueCross BlueShield Advantage plan. We both take an exact same medication, same strength, same number of tablets per refill. I went to pick up the monthly refills for both of us, and hers was 36 percent higher than mine. When I called BCBS to inquire as to why, I was told it is because my wife takes hers at a faster rate than I! They deduced this from the fact that last month I got the pharmacy to refill hers a few days early because it was more convenient than returning in eight more days. So, if you follow that logic, the grocery store should charge different prices for loaves of bread based on how fast you are going to eat that loaf of bread, right? Folks, common sense has left us with idiocy. We are in big trouble!


International reporting hit

Why does your paper continue to support the United States government's fomenting of insurrection in sovereign states with false reporting? Just like in Egypt and Libya, the United States caused a coup in the Ukraine to implement its geopolitical strategy to control Eurasia. (Thanks, Zbignew Brezinski.) Now, the national media demonizes Russia with the "Russia is evil campaign" (i.e. Russia is homophobic, the Winter Olympics facilities are subpar, the Russians kill stray dogs, etc.), and you are part of it. Stop being gutless reporters and regain your independence. The United States and its allies are meddling in the affairs of other nations, which endangers our lives and treasure. How ironic that Itar-tass and Pravda (Russian news agencies) are better sources of news than any American newspaper. Toadies all!


Rebuttal to Koch letter

The letter to the editor, "Right to Work and the Kochs," in the March 12 edition was taken from rule No. 5 of Saul Alinsky's "Rules for Radicals." It holds that ridicule is man's most potent weapon. The writer goes on a rant about the Koch brothers' political contributions. He does not mention contributions by George Soros, nor groups he has funded; the UAW; and labor unions for public employees. All are legal, but a fact check would show their political donations are much greater than the Kochs'. Further, he indirectly compares right-to-work laws with slavery. Right to work, as the name implies, gives workers the right to join, or not, a union. VW workers exercised that right, which they have in Tennessee and Georgia. Slavery, to which he alluded, is an abomination in which one human owns another. His beloved Democrat Party constituted the majority of the slave-owning class and its members were perpetrators of the infamous Jim Crow laws which followed.


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"Slavery, to which he alluded, is an abomination..."

The above quote is so very correct! The Holy Bible in I Timothy 1:9 makes it totally clear: Menstealers (Slave Masters) are in the same category of evil as liars and murderers...

I Timothy 1:9...the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, 10 for whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for MENSTEALERS, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine..."

March 28, 2014 at 12:44 a.m.
wallyworld said...

According to this paper, this morning, thanks to keeping unions out of the south, Tennessee now leads the nation in minimum wage jobs. We're Number 1, in something, at least.

March 28, 2014 at 7 a.m.
wallyworld said...

Here's the article in case you missed it.

Tennessee leads nation in minimum-wage jobs

A line of Chattanooga residents looking for work, unemployment benefits, job training or a mixture of all three backed up to the door at the Tennessee Career Center at Eastgate Town Center on Thursday.

March 28th, 2014

Look on the bright side, we can beat Alabama at something.

March 28, 2014 at 7:21 a.m.
wallyworld said...

For those of you who obviously don't know or ignore history, all the Democrats who opposed the reversal of JIM CROW, left the party and became members of today's republican party.

At the 1948 Democratic National Convention, a group led by Senator Hubert Humphrey of Minnesota proposed some controversial new civil rights planks of racial integration and the reversal of Jim Crow laws to be included in the party platform. Southern Democrats were dismayed. President Harry S. Truman was caught in the middle for his recent executive order to racially integrate the armed forces. As a compromise, he proposed the adoption of only those planks that had been in the 1944 platform. That was not enough for the liberals. Truman's own civil rights initiatives had made the civil rights debate unavoidable.

Today's Democratic Party still suffers from the actions of Lyndon Johnson and his ol' 'civil rights' and 'medicare'. Johnson himself said the Democrats would lose the south for years - boy was he right. We'll work for slave wages no matter what those ol' unions do.

The planks were adopted and 35 southern Democrats walked out in protest. They formed the States' Rights Democratic Party, which became popularly known as the Dixiecrats. Their campaign slogan was “Segregation Forever!” Their platform also included “states’ rights” to freedom from governmental interference in an individual's or organization's prerogative to do business with whomever they wanted

March 28, 2014 at 8:42 a.m.
Rickaroo said...

"His beloved Democrat Party constituted the majority of the slave-owning class and its members were perpetrators of the infamous Jim Crow laws which followed." - Horton Herrin

I cannot believe how conservatives like to show off their ignorance of history. So many of them keep making this argument but it doesn't hold water. It's bad enough that they cannot relate to facts and reality in the present, they also go back in time and try to revise history to suit their ideological agenda.

Anybody with even a smidgen of understanding of what was going on from the period after the Civil War to the civil rights ere knows that the SOUTHERN Democrats stood so fiercely for states' rights - and were, yes, admittedly racist - that they were, for all intents and purposes, a party unto themselves. What neo-cons always fail to mention, though, is that southern Republicans were every bit as racist. What created the schism among party members then had more to do with geography than with party affiliation. The fact of the matter is that in the northern states, more Democrats voted in favor of the Civil Rights Act than Republicans, and in the southern states, NOT ONE Republican voted for passage of the Act, but a handful of southern Democrats did. And today the Republicans who like to refer to themselves as the "Party of Lincoln" are so resistant to anything remotely progressive or liberal that they would not accept Lincoln into their ranks, nor would he even want to be affiliated with them in any way.

March 28, 2014 at 11:39 a.m.
Plato said...

Mr. Herrin - The objection to the Kochs isn't about how much money they funnel to elections vs. others like George Soros, rather it's the agenda that they are pursuing.

The Koch Brothers and their allies propose the iideals of their father Fred Koch who co-founded the John Birch Society, which once said that President Dwight Eisenhower was a "conscious, dedicated agent of the Communist conspiracy." . The Birch Society is an unholy marriage of radical libertarian economics in the Ayn Rand model and a regressive, unrelenting culture war.

Put it together and what you have is a dismantled safety net, a federal government 40% of its current size and a free-for-all, laissez faire economy where the rich pay no taxes, business has no regulation and the workers have no unions.

The government will be tiny, but what is left will control your personal life, your sexual preference, your fertility and your civil rights and your right to vote.

March 28, 2014 at 3:16 p.m.
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