published Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

Put people before politics — and more letters to the editors

Put people before politics

In a letter April 30, a letter writer advocated nonpartisan elections. I agree in theory, but without the education of the voters we would still end up with the same results.

The two-party system was meant as a representative body where all people, interests and groups could adjust differences through compromise for the good of the public. Political parties are no better or no worse than their leaders.

If the voters are either ignorant or unable to know who they are voting for, we end up where we are today -- political gridlock.

Until our leaders put the good of the people before political pressures, this cycle will continue.

JACK PINE Dunlap, Tenn.

Debt dangerous for the poor

In Mark, chapter 14, Jesus stated that you will have the poor with you always, and whatsoever you will you may do them good. Whether or not you believe Jesus was the son of God or just a great prophet, these are as true words as any ever spoken.

But politicians, liberal Democrats and, yes, some Republicans have strived to prove Jesus wrong without success. We have Social Security from the 1930s, the Great Society from the 1960s, Medicare and Medicaid and the most recent and worst of all, the Affordable Care Act.

But we still have the poor and now have a national debt and future commitments to such programs that may well bankrupt this country. This is more dangerous for the poor than relying on the individual to do them good.

Jesus was right.


In praise of small business

Every year since 1963, the president of the United States has issued a proclamation which recognizes the critical contributions of America's entrepreneurs and small business owners.

More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and they create about two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year.

Everyone needs to take this week and show that Chattanooga cares by going out and supporting our small businesses, the backbone of this great country.

If you are a small business, then you also need to know that SCORE is recognized as the "Counselors to America's Small Business," and we offer free business mentoring services to entrepreneurs in Chattanooga as well as throughout the entire United States.

We are there "for the life of your business."


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LibDem said...

Mr. GENE ROGERS, I'm sure you and Jesus are right. Government programs preclude private philanthropy. I bet the last time you bought a meal for a homeless veteran, you got ticketed.

May 14, 2014 at 7:02 a.m.
Rickaroo said...

"For ye have the poor with you always, and whensoever ye will ye may do them good: but me ye have not always." - Mark 14:7

Geez, you Christian/conservative defenders of greed have sure gotten a lot of traction out of that particular verse. Oddly enough I never hear you quote the one where your Jesus admonished you to sell all your riches and possessions and give the money to the poor, or the one where he states that it's harder for a rich man to enter heaven than for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle.

The fact of the matter is that we DON'T have to have the poor with us always. There are enough resources and wealth in this country to adequately feed, clothe, house, and educate every man, woman, and child. But we have chosen instead (or to be more accurate, a greed loving GOP keeps choosing for us) to prop up a rotten system that prioritizes obscenely large, out of control military spending and supports insanely low taxes and myriad loopholes and dodges for the rich so that they can keep getting richer and richer. And all the while you have managed to stigmatize the poor as moochers and takers.

It is not a fact of life that poverty is just a natural part of the human condition. It is a fact of life that the defenders of greed and power and runaway individual wealth keep trying to convince us that it is.

May 14, 2014 at 11:21 a.m.
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