Letters to the Editor 

The Mosque

The Muslims didn't bomb the World Trade Centers. A couple of guys giving Muslims a bad name did. See the difference? Let them build their mosque anywhere they like. If the terrorists were Christian, there would be no question about whether or not a Christian place of worship should be placed near ground zero. See the hypocrisy?

Tamar Love



Bruce VanWyngarden's editor's letter (September 16th issue) was a breath of fresh air. It's true, as the editor pointed out, that all religions — Christian, Muslims, or whatever — have their version of charlatan leaders, fundamentalist nuts, and "holier than thou" adherents who believe theirs is the only true religion. It's also true that nobody on this planet has any idea what happens after we die or what form God may take, or even if he exists at all. "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you" works for everybody.

Ronald Atkisson


Count All Votes

On September 17, 1787, 39 delegates from 12 states signed the United States Constitution. However, it did not become "the supreme law of the land" until the people had spoken. Representation was the cornerstone of the new American charter, but it wasn't perfect.

Before lending his signature, Benjamin Franklin confessed, "There are several parts of this Constitution which I do not of present approve." Many citizens agreed, and four years later, in 1791, 10 Amendments were added. In order to maintain the people's faith in the system, our Constitution has been corrected 27 times, four of those dealing specifically with voting rights.

From federal to local levels, voting has become a sacred right, which sustains a belief in the strength of our union. Unfortunately, in Shelby County those beliefs have been threatened on two fronts (Politics, September 16th issue). First, many people's faith in the system has been lost because of a flawed primary election. This crisis in faith has been further tested by an election chairman who appears to have come out publicly against our primary system. Having Bill Giannini as chairman is like having an atheist as a minister. We should not be shocked the election was broken.

We should fight for those who were denied their most sacred right and hold those in charge of the process accountable. Our individual freedoms rest in the liberty of our fellow Americans. Even if one citizen is wrongly denied their liberty, then each of us bears the burden of their loss.

Brandon Chase Goldsmith


No to Marsha

If I had a nickel for every time someone said to me, "I'm a Republican, but I've got to admit Marsha Blackburn is an embarrassment," I'd be filthy rich. So if she's such an embarrassment, how does she keep getting re-elected? Are people so interested in party labels that they vote against their own best interests? It certainly seems that way, as Marsha's behavior gets more daring as time goes by.

Earlier in the year she co-sponsored HR 4529 with Paul Ryan of Wisconsin to turn Social Security over to the whims of the stock market and make Medicare a voucher system. Her fans defended her, calling the recipients of social security and Medicare, "leeches and parasites on society." Then she voted against extending unemployment benefits to over 600,000 Tennesseans.

Just a few days ago, Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio) presented the Congressional Made in America Promise Act (H.R. 2039), amending the Buy American Act to extend the same requirements to the materials and supplies acquired for use by both houses of Congress. The act requires Congress to lead by example, to use American-made goods. For example, shouldn't the flag flying over the U.S. Capitol be made in America by American workers? According to Leonard Boswell, a Blue Dog from Iowa, "These bills would leverage the purchasing power of the federal government to invest in American companies, hire American workers, and in turn, fill and create American jobs." A no-brainer. The bill received bipartisan support and passed overwhelmingly with 371 votes. Marsha Blackburn was among the 35 who voted No. How un-American. She's counting on you not to notice. Let's ride that anti-incumbent wave and teach her a lesson.

Meryl Rice


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