published Monday, May 12th, 2014

Beware of speed traps and other letters to the editors

Beware of speed traps

It was no surprise when Democrat Mayor Andy Berke tapped an officer from liberal stronghold Austin, Texas, to be Chattanooga's next police chief. I was, however, taken back when I read in the TFP that he lists among his signature achievements increasing traffic citations by over 30 percent and setting up stings to catch law abiding drivers who get within three feet of the many bikers that fill our streets, many simply afraid of veering into the opposing lane of traffic and getting killed. Living on Signal Mountain, I know something about police lying in wait to catch people driving too fast on their way to work or church, and I don't think the good citizens of Chattanooga are ready for the nanny-state policing that the folks in Austin craved. I urge City Council to look long and hard at his candidate, and not to be taken by slick marketing and "flair." Chattanooga's main crime problems are not speeding and jaywalking, and those problems will take a lot more to solve than learning a few words of a foreign tongue.

STEVE PETARRA, Signal Mountain

Corker policies taken to task

Bob Corker has lost touch with the people of Tennessee. He has taken up with the radical Islamists in Saudi Arabia and Turkey, and he has even assisted in arming the radicals in Turkey, the same radical Islam terrorists who have captured 1,500 Christian churches. The Christians in Syria have had their wives and daughters raped, men have been killed because they worship God and not Mohammad, and families have been forced out of their homes. Our senator supports these people with arms. This month, Corker voted against a resolution that would have recognized the killing of 1.5 million Christian Greeks and Armenians in the 1915 genocide that happened due to Turkey's radical Islamic beliefs. He did this because he does not have a backbone to stand up to injustice. I asked for five minutes of his time and his staff told me he didn't have that kind of time, but he has plenty of time to travel to over 60 countries, all on taxpayer money, to meet with bloody Islamic radicals. It is time for the people of Tennessee to straighten this man out and remind him he is in office for us.


Koches serve their own interests

Kathleen Parker's article on the Koches was absolute nonsense. Go online and you will find that the Koches' industries have paid millions of dollars in fines for breaking environmental regulations. My impression of the Koches is they wouldn't care if you ate and drank sewage or breathed pure soot as long as they made a profit. Don't believe for a moment that they spend millions of dollars for political action and changing regulations for the public good. The breakers of regulations wanting to change the regulations isn't a novel idea either. Ask the people in the city of West, Texas, about regulations or the people in Tennessee and North Carolina about coal ash. Surely the public good was not at the head of the Koches' list when funding the fight against the unionization of VW. Demonizing the Koches, no. Telling the awful truth, yes. And how gullible do you have to be to believe the Heritage Foundation that Crossroads GPS is a 501(c)4. Phony IRS scandals -- Lois Lerner was right.

DAVID BEAN, Chatsworth, Ga.

What about the unborn?

Once again the tediously predictable Mr. Bennett misses the mark with his recent cartoon, presumably inspired by convicted murderer Clayton Lockett's recent error-filled execution. The correct translation of Exodus 20:13 is "You shall not murder," a commandment Mr. Lockett broke most heinously by beating, shooting twice and then burying alive his victim, Stephanie Neiman. I urge Mr. Bennett to use his considerable cartooning skills to lament instead the systematic and ongoing murder of some 53 million (and counting) unborn human beings since the Supreme Court's abominable Roe vs. Wade ruling.


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LibDem said...

Signal Mountaineers should be able to speed on their way to church. It's a right.

May 12, 2014 at 7:55 a.m.
LibDem said...

Mr. G. PATRICK BRYANT, If I thought right-to-life ghouls cared about fetuses, I might have a little sympathy.

May 12, 2014 at 8:08 a.m.

Mayor Berke sinned when he didn't hire Emmer or Cooley for the chief's job. Not enough police brutality in Chattanooga so Andy screwed up.

Perhaps the Police department can get the fired officer who killed a 93 year old woman in Hearne, Texas for chief. Certainly that officer showed the good judgement to put down that 93 year-old dangerous criminal mastermind.

So many good choices, yet Berke went for a Spanish-speaking cop? The outrage! Will the Tea Party please check his birth certificate to make sure he's an AMERICAN?

May 12, 2014 at 11:13 a.m.
Rickaroo said...

Regarding G. Patrick Bryant's crocodile tears for the 53 million "murdered" unborn human beings since Roe v. Wade: I hear this sentiment so much from the pro-life crowd I'm surprised Hallmark hasn't come up with a sympathy card for them yet.

But let's consider for a moment those 53 million unborn human beings, shall we, Mr. Bryant? At present our population stands at upwards of 300 million and counting, with the economy in the toilet, resources becoming scarce, and not enough decent jobs to go around. Now, just imagine if you "pro-lifers" got your wish and abortion was banned completely and those 53 million precious souls were alive today. That would make our population not only 53 million more, but at least double and triple that, because the women of those 53 million would have had babies of their own - probably two or three babies each - and then their babies would have grown up to have babies, so we would be looking at exponential population growth, probably somewhere in the 500 million range.

And consider further that the vast majority of those 53 million unborn humans that you shed your tears for would have been born to young, poor, unmarried, emotionally distraught women who would have been incapable of raising their babies in healthy, nurturing, loving environments. And consider that, coincidentally enough, you "pro-lifers" are invariably opposed to government programs and policies that provide assistance to young, poor mothers or indeed anybody in need, so most of those babies would have been stuck in the vicious cycle of poverty, crime, and squalor in general, with little chance of climbing out of it. So they would not grow up to be productive citizens but in fact the "moochers-and-takers" that you and your conservative ilk whine about all the time.

So, next time you feel moved to shed those crocodile tears for the unborn, think instead about how much closer to a dystopia you and all of us would be, living in a world of enforced rationing and finite, diminishing resources, with tens of millions more people in dire poverty, if those "unborn human beings" were with us today.

May 12, 2014 at 2:01 p.m.

Of course the Pro-lifers are counting on all those fetuses to be Jesus babies, join the First Church of the Fundy, become Stepford Children, and then join the military for more Crusades to "spread the good news about Tri-Cornered Hat Jesus" to kill the infidels, scientists, and literates.

It's funny how if a poor person gets pregnant an abortion is murder, but if it's a pregnant unwed Southern Baptist girl it's an "emergency D&C".

May 12, 2014 at 2:31 p.m.
Plato said...

In 1972 the year before Roe V Wade was enacted there were 586,000 illegal abortions in the US. In 2012 according to Plan Parenthood there were 334,000 legal abortions, even though the population has nearly doubled over that period of time.

I agree with President Clinton who said abortion should be safe, legal and rare, and it's obvious from history that overturning Roe would have no effect on the numbers of abortions though it would likely lead to thousands of dead women as it did in the years prior to Roe.

The way to fight abortion is through counseling, social services, adoption and contraception, things that aren't exactly #1 on the Republcian Hit Parade.

May 12, 2014 at 9:27 p.m.

Ultra-religious right-winger Tony Perkins, the Family Research Council's longtime head, said this in his radio show last Thursday.

"Contraception is made available as if it were candy which sends a message, well it's there, it must be there for a reason, and then we're surprised when — this is not justification, it's wrong, we are all responsible for our actions — but we're surprised when people act on these outside factors that they are surrounded by," Perkins said. "It leads to tyranny."

Perkins told a caller that people are trying to "jettison the moral law and live by an arbitrary standard that is put in place by government."

Who, except these crazed Christian fundamentalists, knew that carrying a Trojan in your billfold today would lead to tyranny tomorrow? That birth-control pills in your purse leads to anarchy and the end of Western civilization?

This is the leadership of pro-lifers, creationists, and Bible-banging thumpers.

This is why these types are the laughing stock of America.

"Remember kids, no condoms or pills or the Communists win, Satan laughs, and Jesus kills a kitten."

May 12, 2014 at 9:45 p.m.


You who are all-wise, all-knowing......tell Jesus Christ when life begins. Certainly, You know for sure. What say You?


May 13, 2014 at 3:35 a.m.

"tell Jesus Christ when life begins"

About 3.9 billion years ago according to the best estimates of scientific inquiry at this time. That's subject to change as the scientific process evolves.

You mean that your Jesus doesn't know? Not much of a god, is he?

May 13, 2014 at 9:04 a.m.
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