Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Posted: Wednesday, February 9, 2011 8:01 pm

To the Editor,

You didn’t get mad when the U.S. Supreme Court stopped a legal vote recount and appointed a president.

You didn’t get mad when Vice President Dick Cheney allowed energy company officials to dictate American energy policy and push us to invade Iraq.

You didn’t get mad when we illegally invaded a country that posed no threat to us.

You didn’t get mad when we spent more than $800 billion – and counting –  on that illegal war.

You didn’t get mad when President George W. Bush borrowed more money from foreign sources than the previous 42 presidents combined.

You didn’t get mad when you found out the United States was torturing people.

You didn’t get mad when Bush embraced trade and outsourcing policies that shipped 6 million American jobs out of the country.

You didn’t get mad when the government was illegally wiretapping Americans.

You didn’t get mad when we didn’t catch Osama Bin Laden.

You didn’t get mad when Bush rang up $10 trillion in combined budget and current account deficits.

You didn’t get mad when we let New Orleans drown.

You didn’t get mad with the worst eight years of job creation in several decades.

You didn’t get mad when over 200,000 U.S. citizens lost their lives because they had no health insurance.

You didn’t get mad when lack of oversight and regulations from the Bush administration caused Americans to lose $12 trillion in investments, retirement savings and home values.

You didn’t get mad when the Patriot Act got passed.

You didn’t get mad when a covert CIA operative was ousted.

You didn’t get mad when more than $10 billion in cash disappeared in Iraq.

You didn’t get mad when you saw the horrible conditions our veterans faced at Walter Reed Hospital.

No, you finally got mad about affordable health care for all Americans after a black man was elected president and decided we deserved the right to see a doctor if we’re sick.

Arland Holt



To the Editor,

I would like to make a couple of comments on Nicolle (Crist)’s column in last Tuesday’s (Feb. 1) paper.

First of all, she scared a lot of cancer survivors by making the incorrect statement “because cancer returns…”

Second, she said that Stephen Fincher voted to repeal health care “without anything at all to replace it.” Well, with all its problems, we already have the best health care in the world.

Yes we have had Republicans AND Democrats take money from special interests and there are many improvements to be made.

But don’t blame Fincher or any other Republican you can think of for all our problems. After all it is 60 to 70 percent of the people who don’t want socialized medical care, and 28 of the 50 states are opposing it. Also, two federal judges have found it unconstitutional. 

And England is trying to get rid of its national health plan. How’s that TENNCARE working for you?

In my opinion it would be much better for the country if we could get rid of billing fraud and special-interest lobbying from big insurance and drug companies and not try to change to a system that isn’t working very well anywhere else.

Stephen Fincher is a first-Generation Tea Party Conservative and deserves a fair chance to prove himself.

As long as all the other sides can come up with is, as Nancy Pelosi said, “We have to pass the bill, so we’ll know what’s in it,” there will be many more common sense candidates elected soon.

George Yeagley



To the Editor, 

Was Glenn Beck the only one who caught the connection of the State of the Union Address between President Obama’s five-step vision for America and the Five Pillars of Islam? I sure didn’t. 

The 91 percent of those who listened to the speech and applauded the president’s message evidently failed to notice the connection also. While listening to the speech, I didn’t hear any congressmen or senators yell out, “the Five Pillars of Islam,” so I guess they were in the dark as well.

But not only did Beck figure out the connection, in a stroke of genius, right in front of the television cameras, he dragged out a bunny rabbit and a chainsaw to emphasize his point. Is there no end to the brilliance of this man? What would we do without his constant vigilance? 

Too bad someone didn’t advise Obama to present a seven-step vision for America. Then Beck could have connected Obama’s plan to the seven days God took to create the universe.

And we could all sleep better at night knowing we were in good hands.

Lynda Hamblen

Union City


To the Editor, 

On Saturday Jan. 22, 2011 representatives from nine Tea Party groups within the 8th congressional district of Tennessee met for the second time in Jackson, resulting in the formation of the “Tennessee 8th District Tea Party Coalition.”

The voting membership consists of two representatives from each of the nine Tea Party Groups. All actions of the coalition going forward require unanimous consent of all voting member representatives. 

The nine Tea Party organizations making up the 8th District Coalition are Tennesseans for Liberty (Madison County), We the People (Tipton County), Humphreys County Tea Party, 9.12 Project/Tea Party Dickson County, Stewart County Tea Party, Gibson County Patriots, Volunteers for Freedom (Henry County), Benton County Tea Party, and Jackson Madison County Tea Party. 

The coalition can be contacted by e-mail at tn8tpc@gmail.com.

The combined resources of the member groups will allow us to offer information, support, and training to newly forming groups within Tennessee’s 8th Congressional District and beyond. It is one goal of the coalition to help generate a Tea Party group in every county within Tennessee’s 8th congressional district.

The 8th District Tea Party coalition is anxious to support a constitutional conservative in Tennessee’s senatorial race of 2012. Senator Corker’s voting record disqualifies him as a candidate deserving of our support. 

David Nance


Tennessee 8th District Tea Party Coalition 


To the Editor,

Well, it is not bad enough that Greenfield is known all over the state as a speed-trap city, now it can be known for disrespecting veterans.

You said you did not have the money to add to the city limit sign that says we honor our veterans.

Well, I bet there are enough veterans, children of veterans, parents and grandparents of veterans, that we could help raise the money you say you don’t have.

I know what disrespect is – I am a Vietnam veteran.  

Robert Green


wcp 2/08/11

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