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Posted: Wednesday, October 24, 2012 7:02 pm

Back candidates who support God

To The Editor:
What is it going to take for this great nation of ours to stand?
First, each Christian must distance him/herself from anything that opposes the teaching of the Bible (appears to be sin I Thessalonians 5:22).
Second, vote for the candidates that want to make laws more nearly in harmony with the Bible (righteousness exalteth any nation Proverbs 14:34).
Third, pray that our freedom may continue for God’s people to be able to worship Him according to the teaching of the Bible (in spirit and truth, James 4:24).
When this is done, the dollars and cents of government matters will be right — if we haven’t already gone too far from Him.
God has always and will continue to rule in the affairs of men.
Joe C. Turbeville
Dresden

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Leaders playing
game of stupidity

To The Editor:
I’m writing because I’m concerned about the condition of our local economy and about the future of Obion County. Unless something changes soon, I’m afraid the long-term outlook for our area is grim; and the sad thing is it doesn’t have to be. It’s time, indeed past time, for our elected officials to get their heads on straight, put their petty differences aside and start working together for the benefit of Obion County.
I’ve read a lot about our area being No. 2 in unemployment, but there’s one reason why that is. Those statistics don’t tell the whole story. Since the Goodyear-Union City plant closed down due to foreign trade, those of us who worked there qualified for job-retraining under the Federal Trade Adjustment Act. That means many of us, including myself, are taking classes at Dyersburg State, Tennessee Technology Center at Newbern, Tennessee Technology Center at McKenzie, Mid-Continent University and other places. We are eligible for unemployment until we complete our retraining and, hopefully, re-enter the workforce. When we complete our education and/or find jobs beforehand, we will be off unemployment and the county’s jobless rate will then drop dramatically.
Sadly, however, it appears that we will have to look outside of Obion County to find those jobs we’re being re-trained for; for while we in the local workforce are getting smarter and more skilled; our local politicians apparently aren’t. It seems to me that when it comes to attracting new business, new industry and new jobs to Obion County, our local leaders either aren’t up to the job, unwilling to do the job, or both.
Pray tell, what have our local politicians done lately to cover themselves with glory and inspire confidence in them? The Obion County Commission can’t even get a working rural fire protection plan in place without fouling it up. If our county leaders can’t handle something relatively simple like rural fire protection, then how can they possibly deal with something far more complex like economic development? Instead of doing things to get people to come and shop in Union City, the Union City Council instead chose to put up those stupid red light cameras and drive people away from shopping here. With local leaders like these, who needs enemies?
Instead of working to bring economic prosperity back to our county, it seems to me that the only thing the Obion County Commission and the Union City Council really care about doing is trying to out-stupid each other. It’s hard to tell which side is winning in this game of stupidity, but it’s plain to see that the rest of us, both in Union City and Obion County, are losing big time. We deserve better than this nonsense; a lot better. I sure wish our local elections were this year instead of two years from now so we could do something about this situation before it’s too late.
It’s time to start holding our elected officials at all levels accountable for what they do and fail to do. If our elected officials won’t do what’s best for our community and our county, then we need to elect new leaders that will; pure and simple. Both our county and our country have a long and hard row to hoe; and one thing we don’t need is politicians who only want to run their mouths and rest on their duffs and not do what they hired out to do, or even worse, work against us, then it’s time to let them go. Whether they be Republican, Democrat, Independent or whatever; we must not tolerate anymore excuses or slacking off. If they won’t do the job, then it’s time to can them and give somebody else a chance. There’s just too much at stake to do otherwise.
I was born and raised in Obion County and, except for the time I served in the Air Force, I’ve lived around here all my life. My family roots in this county go back six generations and in Tennessee, seven generations. Until last year when the plant closed, I was blessed to have worked here 30 years, straight; 17 of those years at Goodyear. I love this community and I still want to live and work here if at all possible; may the Good Lord make a way.
Thanks for taking the time to read my letter. May God bless and save us all.
Garry W. Roberts
District No. 7

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Property owners
will have to pay
To The Editor:
Property owners beware.
Does anyone read The Messenger? Explicitly: the classified ads dated, Oct. 19, 2012. Not only has the Union City Council raised your taxes again this year, they have obligated you, and only you, the property owner, to pay for $5,500,000; that’s five million, five hundred thousand dollars for expenditures on the Industrial Park and other sundry items at their discretion. No one else is obligated to pay for this.
Isn’t it enough they have already spent millions without anything positive to show for your tax dollars? When will you, the property owner, say enough is enough? Isn’t it time for us to take our heads out of the sand?
Call your councilman or city manager at City Hall to let them know your opinion on spend-and-tax without any visible benefit to the residents; especially property owners of Union City.
Ellis L. Cochran
Union City

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Misinformation
being circulated
To The Editor:
There’s a particularly vicious piece of rumor-mongering going around. Supposedly, in 2013, due to the high cost of Obamacare, Medicare coverage for a number of medical treatments and procedures, such as joint replacements and pacemakers, will be eliminated. Needless to say, when I heard this rumor, my truth detector started beeping on full alert.
Since I had read nothing about this impending eliminations of benefits in my AARP news bulletin or magazine, I was 99.9 percent sure the rumor was completely unfounded. But to be on the safe side, I pulled out my 2013 Medicare handbook. I could find no mention of any benefits being reduced or eliminated. Next I called the Medicare office. No one in the office knew anything about any planned reductions or elimination of benefits. Nor did anyone in the insurance office of my orthopedic surgeon.
Next I logged onto the Internet. What I found were a lot of predictions from various Republican blogs and journals about the Medicare benefits that would have to be cut in the future in order to pay for Obamacare. Unfortunately, these predictions are flying around the entire country disguised as truth. Even doctor are helping to spread this misinformation.
Thankfully, there are ways you can combat this deluge of misinformation. If you hear something about Medicare that sounds too bad to be true, it probably is too bad to be true. But if you’re not sure, check it out. Join the AARP and keep up with what’s going on. Call the Medicare office. The phone number is in the phone book. Or call the insurance office of your doctor. Unless of course, it’s your doctor who has told you that Medicare no longer covers a treatment or procedure you need.
And if you do find that your doctor has misinformed you about your Medicare benefits, then you need to turn him into the American Medical Association and to the Medicare office. Both can very quickly point him in the right direction.
Now for your greater piece of mind, I’m going to repeat myself: No Medicare benefits have been or are going to be reduced or eliminated because of Obamacare.
Lynda Hamblen
Union City

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Another unfunded program wrong
To The Editor:
In the Oct 10 edition of The Messenger, a letter writer penned a negative articile concerning our U.S. senators. I want to submit a more complete story.
Always interesting to see a group of folks who supports a party that doesn’t know the difference between Russian war ships and the American Navy to act like they are outraged. The bill didn’t pass for the following reason:
“This violates the Budget Control Act; there is no dispute about it,” Sessions said in a floor speech.“The bill will not even go through the House and it violates the Constitution because it says revenue bills must be started in the House …[and] this is a revenue bill.”
Now we realize the Constitution is simply a trite little document that seems to get in the way, particularly of Harry Reid, perhaps the most partisan hack ever seen as a Senate majority leader. I support vets getting jobs as much as anyone but I also support the Constitution as did John McCain. The fact that he voted against it should tell you that this was nothing but a political trick and that’s even more shameful that the left would use veterans as a toy for the little games they play.
A spokesman for Senator Corker said the measure would have violated the 2011 Budget Control Act. Communications director Laura Herzog added, “Senator Corker believes the best way to get veterans and all American in good jobs is to get the economy moving again through true fiscal reform, not expanding government…”
A statement from Senator Alexander’s office said, “Instead of spending another billion dollars, the best thing we can do for veterans is to make sure that the six programs we already have work for them.”
I am a veteran and know of many government programs that already help. Being fiscally responsible is a trait that the Democrats seems to have lost. Adding another government unfunded program to many others that are ineffective is not the answer.
James May
Union City

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Candidates wrong on abortion stance
To The Editor:
The Obama-Biden team supports the woman’s choice to terminate an unwanted pregnancy for any reason, whatsoever. I expect no less from the Obama-Biden team. 
I am, however, deeply saddened that Romney has come out with a statement of support for abortion in cases of rape, incest or when the mother’s life is in danger. The Romney position may be a popular chant of Christians but it is misplaced human compassion — and it is not biblical.
This position is consistent with the Mormon Church’s position on abortion, but it is not the position of the Catholic Church. Even under the most extreme circumstances, the laws of God do not change.
The Romney position is compassion gone wrong. A child conceived through rape or incest is no less human and no less in need of protection than any other child. Abortion is wrong because God has imbued the soul and made the decision to grant life.
What human is able to second guess the mind of God?
To sacrifice a viable fetus, even when a mother’s life cannot be spared, is not moral. As Father Vincent Serpa, O.P has stated, “This is not merely splitting hairs or an academic exercise. An innocent human being is deliberately being killed. The end never justifies the means-even if the mother will die. God can take innocent life. He has a right to. We don’t.”
“Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you.” Jeremiah 1:5
Nancy Miller Latimer
Union City

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Negative attacks
over-the-top
To The Editor:
John Stevens’ senseless, negative attacks on Brad Thompson are not only over-the-top, but outright lies. Day after day, we get them in the mail. It’s time someone set the record straight. I will not stand by and let John Stevens make Brad into someone he isn’t.
Brad is a good Christian leader in northwest Tennessee I’ve been privileged to know all of his life. Unlike Stevens, Brad has worked tirelessly in all of these counties for people to help seniors and veterans. Brad has always been involved in any number of civic and volunteer projects while working hard to improve the lives of people right here in our rural communities.
Brad is pro-life, pro-Second Amendment and he leads church services in the nursing home, something he’s done for two decades. He leads singing at his church and teaches Bible class. Simply put, Brad is a good man who is very close to his family and stays involved in his community. Nobody loves northwest Tennessee more.
Before you vote, consider comparing the record of Brad, a fourth generation West Tennessean who, along with his wonderful, Christian family has always found the time to serve the community, to a lawyer who isn’t from here, hasn’t been involved civically and hasn’t served in volunteer activities. Compare Brad, a man from a farming background we know we can trust, to Stevens, who tells outright lies about our neighbor.
I certainly know who I support, and I hope you will, too.
Jan Kizer
Union City

Published in The Messenger 10.24.12

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