published Friday, May 30th, 2014

New thinking in District 1 and other letters to the editors

New thinking in District 1

Hamilton County has just experienced one of best political changes that it has undergone in years. The removal of Fred Skillern from his County Commission seat was long overdue. His abuse of power during his time in office was incredible. His tactics through intimidation and threats such as " his a_ _ is mine," as reported by the Time Free Press, is unforgivable and very unprofessional. Mr. Skillern's use of his $100,000 share of the county's discretionary funds each year was nothing short of being used for the wrong purpose. Any of his donations were followed up with a plaque on the wall with his name or picture in the newspaper, making out that he was a community hero, swinging your vote. What District 1 and the County Commission need are new thinking without the influence of intimidation, bullying and threats. What this county doesn't need is Rhonda Thurman in this commissioner position, when knowing all along Fred Skillern will be pulling her strings and doing things in District 1 as before. We've had enough of Fred Skillern. Congratulations, Randy Fairbanks, man of integrity, something we haven't had for a long time.


Climate change indisputable

It's difficult to believe we still have people who deny global warming! It reminds me of the O. J. Simpson jury acquitting him because they didn't believe in the DNA evidence. It doesn't take a great IQ to understand our peril. But it does take reading something other than the Free Press side of the paper, and keeping an open mind; "Global Warming and a Wedding" by Ron Hart was absurd. Benjamin Franklin said, "We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid." Al Gore made us aware of the problem 38 years ago. He held hearings on climate change, toxic waste and global warming as a freshman congressman in 1976. He received the Nobel Peace Prize on climate change, but the Democrat made little progress because of Republican opposition. Republicans are more concerned with corporate profits than saving the planet. We have few in Washington who are not thinking about anything past the next election. Posterity is a word they don't understand. Having 97 percent of the world's atmospheric scientists saying, "We have a problem" doesn't faze those with closed minds. Clay Bennett is maybe on to something with the (Republican) ostrich and where it put its head on climate change.


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librul said...

Quite right, Mr. Markham.

And on Sunday night's Cosmos episode, Dr. Tyson is going to make those closed minds explode.

Hazmat suits might be in order.

May 30, 2014 at 8:36 a.m.
timbo said...

Bob Rock...Your letter was ridiculous. New thinking...yea, raising taxes and the Republican establishment and democrats using underhanded shenanigans to win a primary from the most conservative Council member in history by 51 votes. What a mandate for Fairbanks.

The bottom line is careful who you attack and who you praise for "integrity." You might be embarrassed.

No one..tells Rhonda Thurman what to do. Read Roy Exum's column on the Chattanoogan if you want the truth.

One more thing, a write-in candidacy is just as valid as running in primary. That is why it is on the ballot.

If you continue to lie about Rhonda I see it as the same as bombing Pearl Harbor. We did nothing to deserve a sneak attack but they did it anyway. We responded by dropping the big on on their ass.

People living in glass housed should not throw stones.

May 30, 2014 at 9:02 a.m.

librul said...

"Quite right, Mr. Markham.

And on Sunday night's Cosmos episode, Dr. Tyson is going to make those closed minds explode.

Hazmat suits might be in order."

I see that Southern Baptists are losing membership. Other fundamentalist denominations are also shrinking. Is it any wonder?

Fundamentalism requires closed minds. The process of science requires evidence.

Creationism requires suspension of any doubt. The process of science promotes doubt as a stepping-stone of progress towards truth.

Fundamentalism requires fear, guilt, self-loathing. Science encourages wonder, solutions, and humanity.

Librul, the problem is that the very minds who need opening to such wonders and solutions will not watch COSMOS as to them science is a trick of the devil.

The good news is their tiny pasteboard box of fear is crumbling in the refreshing rain of life-affirming science and secularism.

May 30, 2014 at 10:35 a.m.

"If you continue to lie about Rhonda I see it as the same as bombing Pearl Harbor."

People will not die if Rhonda Thurman is not elected.

"We did nothing to deserve a sneak attack but they did it anyway."

Whether or not the US contributed to the war is debateable. Sneak attacks work. War is not fought by rules; neither are elections won by rules. Politicians only want others to play by rules.

"We responded by dropping the big one on their ass."

Had the Japanese military used kamikazes at the beginning of the war, the US military would have been dealt a blow that would have taken years to overcome.

Thurman has no bombs or big ones to drop or they would have been played. Skillern was defeated in his backyard. Continuing to tie Thurman to Skillern does not help Thurman. It's appearing more and more like sour grapes.

Personally, I'd like to see Thurman upset the republican applecart. But she's putting too much into this battle she will not win. She had poor advice to do this write-in.

Thurman made an issue of being called a "hairdresser" and that's to her detriment. And to have Tennessee's Oldest Waterboy, Roy Exum, bring up the point (you notice he's for Fairbanks) is a back-handed tactic to keep the issue alive. Roy carries water for the aristocracy and political establishment; that's what he does best. To point to Roy's column is damned faint praise for Rhonda.

This has now become a perceived pissing contest with the voters and Rhonda. Expending any political capital she may have at this point only hurts her future candidacy. Voters who supported Fairbanks will still support Fairbanks.

Is it possible Rhonda could win? Yes, but not with the tactics she's using and the bad advice she's receiving.

May 30, 2014 at 1:10 p.m.
una61 said...

I would rather Thurman be a commissioner for a district where I don't live than serve on a school board misguiding education. What is her position on biological evolution, TCAPs, and Common Core Exams?

May 30, 2014 at 5:25 p.m.
conservative said...


Have you got your row boat and emergency supplies yet as Ms. Pam Sohn advised?

If not, hurry, hurry, hurry, the end is near!

BTW, please shop Walmart.

May 30, 2014 at 6:19 p.m.

Al Gore made us aware that HE INVENTED THE INTERNET!!!

Everyone should believe in and follow Al Gore, the man who knows He INVENTED THE INTERNET.(or maybe it was some other Democrat). For all those who 'do not believe' the Lord Jesus Christ has been taking care of planet earth for many years, I say, believe instead in Al Gore...he invented the internet!

Global Warming will certainly wipe out this generation, or maybe the next one, I'm not sure. But, RUN FOR THE HILLS!Because Jesus Christ can no longer take care of this planet which some say He has kept turning for millions of years +(:>. Maybe He can still do His job?

May 31, 2014 at 2:11 a.m.
Easy123 said...

Your psychosis is showing, Ken Orr.

You are in the top 1% of the most deluded/functionally insane people that are currently living. That's my best estimation.

May 31, 2014 at 6:34 a.m.
Rickaroo said...

Ken Orr, your belief in the Bible as the inerrant word of God is silly and childish enough. Must you compound your inanity and insanity by trying to keep alive a silly right-wing lie that never had any basis in fact to begin with? All people of reasonable intelligence realized a long time ago what Al Gore meant when he said this:

"During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the Internet. I took the initiative in moving forward a whole range of initiatives that have proven to be important to our country's economic growth and environmental protection, improvements in our educational system."

Admittedly he chose a rather awkward way of phrasing what he said, but anyone who is even halfway objective about it knows that he did not mean to imply that he "invented" the internet. No one person invented the internet. He later clarified what he really meant, repudiating any implication that he "invented" it. All Mr. Gore was saying was that he was responsible for taking the initiative in calling for legislation and funding that fostered the development of the technology of what we now know as the internet. And he did in fact do that, more so than any other politician. So he had a right to be proud of it. In fact, in May 2005, the organizers of the Webby Awards for online achievements honored Al Gore with a lifetime achievement award for three decades of contributions to the Internet.

But keep hanging on to your lie if it makes you feel better. Obviously you're good at hanging on to lies and myths. The Bible is the biggest lie of all, yet you can't seem to muster the guts or the intelligence to read it objectively.

May 31, 2014 at 3:08 p.m.

Rickaroo and Easy123,

As ORRMEANSLIGHT, OR, Mallius Deium...allow me to Shine The Light on You Both...once again.

Go to this video:

Even the Holy Scriptures of Our Lord God of Hosts, Jesus Christ, makes a distinction between the word 'Made' and the word 'Create'.

AL GORE|||STATES HE "CREATED THE INTERNET". @@@@@@@NOW!.......READ AND LEARN!!! 'CREATE' and 'INVENT';They're the same! But create makes it sound more artistic and invent sounds more technical. 'CREATE' means to cause to come into existence; bring into being; make; originate.

So, if You choose, just keep on listening to the Al Gores of the World. Or, if You believe He may be wiser, and, vastly more intelligent.......Choose Jesus Christ of Nazareth. He who has the power to cast body and soul into hell fire, eternal torment, where no amount of begging will allow one to die.

Malius Deium

May 31, 2014 at 10:40 p.m.

Al Gore’s global-warming rhetoric is put on ice By Andrea Peyser February 17, 2014 | 12:09am

The “entire North Polar ice cap will be gone in five years,’’ Gore, now 65, told a German TV audience in 2008. Wrong.

Last month near the South Pole, a Russian ship carrying scientists and tourists traveled to the bottom of the Earth so passengers might document global warming and shrinking ice caps. But the ship got stuck on ice that was thicker than at any time since records started being kept in 1978. The warming fans were airlifted to safety by helicopter, leaving behind confused penguins!

Oh, ha, ha, ha! Someone help me hold my stomach. This belt of laughing is much too strong. Oh, wow, this is really rich. Oh, ha, ha, ha!

Yeah, choose Al Gore (and the like of his ilk) instead of Jesus Christ, who seems to know, for millions of years, how to control His planet earth.

Mallius Deium

May 31, 2014 at 11:16 p.m.
Easy123 said...

Let me assure you, your "Jesus Christ" is dead and you are terminally ignorant.

May 31, 2014 at 11:32 p.m.


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