published Friday, June 22nd, 2012

"Kudos to Alexander for pollution stand" and other Letters to the Editors

Kudos to Alexander for pollution stand

From the Times Free Press: "Alexander resists GOP, backs pollution rules" (June 16).

What refreshing news! Accurate or not, it is the impression of people I talk to that most members of Congress vote as they are ordered to by party leaders, not according to their own analyses of issues. If this is true, why should we pay attention to campaign promises -- the candidate will probably do as he is told, regardless of what he thinks.

Sen. Alexander should be complimented for "breaking ranks" and ignoring a $400,000 TV attack by voting to support stricter pollution controls on coal-fired power plants. This is a vote in favor of our health and economic future. If only more Congress members had this much independence we might have a better government.

DAN AUDA


Sawyer made mark on the Food Bank

As the founding chairman of the Chattanooga Food Bank, I am proud and amazed of the achievements of retiring director Clare Sawyer. When we began the Food Bank some 30 years ago, none of us could imagine the great success it has become today. It is, in my opinion, one of the very best examples of a sustainable nonprofit business. If only our first director, Bill Johnson, were still alive to see what Clare and her enthusiastic team have made of our humble beginnings. We should all be proud of this great organization and the great work they do every day for our community. Congratulations, Clare, a job well done!

JIM KENNEDY III


Hoss would be Soddy-Daisy asset

I am writing to encourage my friends, neighbors and fellow residents of Soddy-Daisy to vote for Bryan Hoss for judge on Aug. 2. Bryan is a man of integrity and wisdom. His commitment to his legal practice, family, friends and greater community distinguishes him from his peers.

I have had the pleasure of working with Bryan on various volunteer and community organizations in the past, where his professionalism and fair-minded, honest opinion proved invaluable. Even with a busy professional schedule, Bryan always finds the time to play an active role in the strategic planning, coordinating and management of these volunteer organizations. These actions speak very highly about Bryan's character and his levels of commitment and discipline.

I believe Bryan would be a major asset to the Soddy-Daisy community. I look forward to raising my family in a community where Judge Hoss is residing. Vote Bryan Hoss on Aug. 2.

ANDREW CARROLL, Soddy-Daisy


Perilous structures hinder Walker

Walker County fails to attract many business ventures and residential development due in part to dilapidated structures. Direct costs drive so many budget decisions which, in my opinion, is short-sighted. What about other benefits?

Who looks out for Walker County children's safety when they go wandering into dangerous structures? How does the county weigh cost vs. benefit with that issue?

Which county government official really believes new businesses (and their high-paid employees) are attracted to a county that allows such a high percentage of dangerous structures to remain? Just because the county may have a lower median income than Hamilton is no reason to ignore a simple cleanup issue. We're not talking about cleaning up Chernobyl!

I would like to hear more LaFayette and Walker citizens with campaign signs proudly posted in their yards all over the county to speak their opinion, too.

WAYNE VanLANDINGHAM, Flintstone, Ga.


Deficit hawks missing earlier

Where were all these deficit hawks when Bush/Cheney sponsored two unfunded wars, unfunded gifts to pharmaceutical companies in the guise of Medicare Part D, tax cuts for the obscenely wealthy in the middle of these wars, and losing 700,000 jobs a month?

There are hateful letters daily in this paper parroting distorted nonsense of sordid neo-con misinformation. They support and vote for those who would take everything from the middle class and poor to give to their filthy rich, hateful, greedy donors -- how sick. It's not the wealth; it's the vile, hateful greed. "Wealth redistribution" -- what an idiotic, childish bumper-sticker lie.

The notion that President Obama is responsible for running higher deficits due to excessive spending is a complete myth perpetuated by the GOP and its highly paid propagandists. The increases to the deficit and the national debt are due to a reduction in revenue and high unemployment caused by the Bush/Cheney/GOP recession.

Every hate group in this country is in bed with the GOP and are aided and abetted by the usual "Faux news and Limbaugh hate machine." Those lying propaganda promoters are highly paid to brainwash Americans who do not seek the truth.

ANN BENTON Signal Mountain


Investigate sewer charges

If Chattanooga lets Tennessee-American Water raise our water rates again someone is not doing their job. I live in Hixson, and my last bill was $99.90. The water was just $21.33 but the sewer was $60.60, sewer cleanup was $16 and tax was $1.97. Anyone can see how the actual water fee is and how out of line the sewage fee is.

I have called Hixson Utility concerning this several times for an answer. It is Tennessee-American that tells them what to charge. When they get their new increase, can you imagine what my sewer charge will be? The water is not unreasonable, but the sewer charges need to be looked into. Let's not pass the buck again.

VIRGINIA CARR, Hixson


Powers is strongest candidate for judge

I encourage Hamilton County voters to elect Ron Powers to the position of Session Court judge in the county election on Aug. 2. I have known Ron Powers for more than 18 years, and he is a man of integrity who is devoted to his family, church and community. Ron conducts himself in a professional manner in all walks of life. He is patient and analytical. He does not make hasty or uninformed decisions on important issues.

Today, many of those who appear in court are repeat offenders who often become habitual criminals. I know that with his broad legal experience, his commitment to doing what is right and his genuine concern for people, Ron Powers will make it his goal to encourage those who appear before him in court to seek restoration and recovery and to stop the cycle of criminal activity.

In civil litigation cases, he will be strong in his mediation and fair in his decisions. Ron Powers is the strongest and most promising candidate for Hamilton County Sessions Court judge in the Aug. 2 election.

DIANE PETTY


Put God back in daily lives

To the photo taken by Dan Henry of those protesting prayer by remaining in their seat, love it. This message is to the individuals who sued the commissioners for praying and the group who protested prayer during a meeting: I want to let you know that you do not speak for me. I am against what you are doing in a government building.

I am a Baptist, and as long as anyone prays in Jesus' name, let them pray. If you do not want to participate in prayer, then please step out of the room. Our society is in a sad state these days. Maybe it is time we put God back in the government, back in the schools and back in the family.

It is great we live in a country that gives every person the freedom of speech. The problem is that when you stand up to speak for something that isn't changing or helping our society improve, maybe it's time to move on to a new topic. I think improving our schools is a great topic. So please don't waste my tax dollars.

ANGELA LOVELADY

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Easy123 said...

ANGELA LOVEDAY,

If the Commissioners want to pray, then they should step out of the room. Our society is in a sad state because of people like you that wish to alienate everyone that doesn't think the way you do.

So free speech is great unless someone is speaking against your beliefs/ideas?

The Commission is wasting your tax dollars by not backing down and ceasing to mandate prayer at their meetings. The individuals that sued the Commission will likely win this lawsuit. And the Commission will finally have to conduct themselves according to the U.S. Constitution.

June 22, 2012 at 12:11 a.m.

ANN BENTON, check out the collection of Romney lies.

ANGELA LOVELADY, thanks for telling other people what to speak on. Shows why the theocracy some people want...is something that must be resisted in order to secure our society. Notice how you limited your "let them pray" to being in Jesus' name.

I am against what you are doing in a government building because you just made it clear what you want. Christian Dominionism. Your letter will be evidence that the judge uses to order this practice stopped. Thanks.

June 22, 2012 at 12:15 a.m.

DAN AUDA, I wish I thought it was because he had the courage of his convictions, but it's not his election year, and I suspect he just wanted cover.

June 22, 2012 at 12:34 a.m.
LibDem said...

Ms. Lovelady, You make the case very well. It's YOUR government and it's I who must step out of the room.

June 22, 2012 at 6:35 a.m.
moon4kat said...

Thomas Jefferson opposed religious tyranny. Inscribed inside his memorial is the following: "I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man." That says to me that he believed in a higher power while fighting to give everyone the freedom to form their own views, thus letting the human mind grow with advancements in knowledge and understanding. In contrast, there are those who would shackle us all with ludicrous, outdated folklore and myths to which we must (in their view) quietly submit. No thanks. That is tyranny over the mind of people who are theoretically "free."

June 22, 2012 at 9:11 a.m.
moon4kat said...

I also applaud Alexander for supporting pollution controls and exhibiting independence from the GOP bosses. We certainly need more of that.

June 22, 2012 at 9:14 a.m.
Exusiai said...

And again here I go.

For those who have an issue with prayer at a meeting. I have attended several school functions enough to know that I can "not hear" something if I do not want to.

Here is the thing. If they are not putting a gun to your head and forcing you to pray along with them, they are not violating your rights.

June 22, 2012 at 10:03 a.m.
Livn4life said...

Wow for all who are attacking the so called "lies" against the current president, you were fine with all the hate spewed against George W. Bush. You were fine even when much of it was shown to be misleading and filled with falsehood. Now, you refuse to hear anything but the left reports which are filled with half-truths, misleading information which when exposed, you ignore it. But anyone now who disagrees with this president is hate-filled and believing only lies etc. Keep up the notso-good work. At some point enough people will wake up but will it be soon enough?

June 22, 2012 at 10:12 a.m.
Fendrel said...

Angela,

If you want religion practiced in governmental affairs then may I suggest that you move to a country with an "official" religion...we don't, never did, and hopefully never will.

I appreciate that you value prayer, if only "in Jesus' name", pray all that you want, let government officials pray all that they want, no one is stopping you, but please don't make it a public part of governmental functions, even Jesus criticized those who did that and told them to go into their closets and pray in private.

If you won't take my advice, at least take His.

June 22, 2012 at 10:46 a.m.
BigRidgeGOP said...

VIRGINIA CARR... you need to read your Hixson Utility bill closely before writing a Letter to the Editor with inaccurate information.

First, as a Hixson resident, our water bill is a bi-monthly bill so you need to consider this when comparing what you pay versus other areas.

Second, Tennessee American Water DOES NOT provide our sewer service. This service is actually provided by the city of Chattanooga so you should talk to Pam Ladd about your concerns regarding rising sewer costs. In fact, we are about to see significant increases in our sewer bill as the city starts addressing the serious issues that the EPA has identified in the city's sewer system.

Third, Tennessee American Water has nothing to do with the "sewer cleanup" fee as well. This monthly $8 fee is something the WWTA is charging all sewer customers in Hamilton County in order to fund the replacement of our sewer service line, which is a pipe that goes from the sewer connection on the street to our house. If you have an issue with this charge, you should contact Mitch McClure since he is our County Commissioner and has oversight of the WWTA.

Last, while we do not have Tennessee American Water as our water service provider, I do know the company is regulated by the state and cannot change their rates without going through a thorough, extensive review process that includes public hearings. We cannot say the same when it comes to the city of Chattanooga or the WWTA raising their rates.

We do agree on one thing... we should not pass the buck again on our addressing these issues. Passing the buck and not addressing the serious issues our community has with its sewer and stromwater systems is what got us into the situation we are facing now... a situation where the EPA is controlling the process and mandating improvements/changes to the system.

Unfortunately, we -- the taxpayers -- are the ones who will be paying the bill for making these needed sewer/stormwater improvements for years to come.

June 22, 2012 at 10:47 a.m.
moon4kat said...

I'm not "attacking" anyone who disagrees with the President. I am happy to discuss facts that form opinions.
In contrast, the so-called leaders of the opposition are exhibiting low-class and dishonorable conduct by failing to discourage the ugly distortions and racist "jokes" that seem to be all some people can muster in response to very serious issues that face our nation.

June 22, 2012 at 11:10 a.m.
Easy123 said...

Exusiai,

No one is arguing that they are violating anyones rights. They are violating the CONSTITUTION. I'm not sure how you could not know that but I guess you do now.

June 22, 2012 at 11:21 a.m.

Exusiai, want to bet that there are armed security officers at that meeting, and that they'd be called into action in the event of an objection?

You may try to justify that in some way by saying any other disruption would be treated the same way, but that's the point I'm making. It is government action, there is no difference. Being forced to sit through it or exclude myself is the same as making me pray. I do not ask you to leave the halls of government, you do not get to ask it of me.

Livn4life, I am quite willing to disavow any lies made up about George W. Bush that compare to the birther movement. Can you disavow the birthers? Can you even name any that compare?

In reality, any criticism of Bush or now Romney, no matter how genuine, was treated as mean-spirited lies, and no criticism was heard. Now...you say we cannot challenge yours, even when it is clearly a false and malicious lie, but must somehow answer for your vague and non-specific aspersions?

Your accusations are void with actual substance.

June 22, 2012 at 12:51 p.m.
Rickaroo said...

There are some Christians who focus on the aspects of love, compassion, and understanding, who strive to actually LIVE their religion rather than preach it or broadcast it to others. I truly respect those people. But then, there are those like Ms. Lovelady (way too many of this sort, unfortunately, especially here in the Bible belt) who are so full of self-righteousness and a sense of entitlement that they cannot grasp any greater truth outside their little box of dogma and blind faith.

Despite all the rational arguments about the importance of maintaining a separation of church and state, they will never be able to wrap their minds around that concept because they think their God demands that we be a Christian nation in the first place and that he will no longer "bless" us if we cease praying. They are so committed to "witnessing" for Christ - and public prayer is, for them, one form of witnessing - that to stop doing so would be considered a sign of weakness and a lack of faith. No amount of logical debate will ever change their minds. I honestly don't know how you counter such blindness and conceit.

It's unbelievable that we are living in an era, with so much knowledge and potential for advancing in the realms of science and humanitarian achievement, where we have to expend so much time and energy resisting the primitive forces among us that want to take us backward, not forward

June 22, 2012 at 1:47 p.m.

But you left out one other thing:

"..and that no preference shall ever be given, by law, to any religious establishment or mode of worship."

So they'll have to give fair opportunity to everybody. Good luck getting any government business done.

June 22, 2012 at 11:04 p.m.
Easy123 said...

Ken,

You do realize that you are presenting are scenarios that will never, ever happen.

June 23, 2012 at 12:26 p.m.

That's why I said fair opportunity, but still, they have to give it to everybody. So each Prayer, say 30 seconds, but how many denominations?

Time-consuming waste.

June 23, 2012 at 7:57 p.m.
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