Bill Allows ACLU To File Frivolous Lawsuits - And Reply

Saturday, March 26, 2005

A relatively obscure bill from 1976 (42 USC Sect 1988) allows attorneys
in cases alleging civil rights abuses to collect their fees from the
government in cases in which they prevail. The laudible purpose of the
bill was to protect victims who could not otherwise afford to sue.

The unintended consequence was to allow the ACLU to file frivolous
lawsuits against government entities and, at the disgression of liberal
judges, to have their fees paid by the government. This means that in
the lawsuit to prohibit the State of Tennessee from allowing special
pro-life license plates, the ACLU could conceivably collect legal fees
from THE TAXPAYERS of Tennesse, even if their attorneys agreed to work on
a pro bono basis. Hamilton County was forced to pay $38,000.00 to the
ACLU in the case involving the Removal of the Ten Commandments from
County property.

Rep. John Hostettler, R-Ind, has introduced H.R. 3609 to amend the law
referenced above which the ACLU uses continually to attack revered
institutions of American life. I call on all loyal citizens to recognize and oppose the abuses of the ACLU by writing your congressional
representatives in support of H.R. 3609.

Arlen Morgan
Tennessee Avenue
Chattanooga
n4po@juno.com

* * *

Arlen Morgan would blame the ACLU for Hamilton County's legal thrashing in the Ten Commandments fiasco. Remember that we picked that fight by embarking on a legal kamikase crusade.

Several County Commisioners thought they could pick up easy political points using the approach tried by the activist Judge Roy Moore in Alabama. Our "courageous" commissioners assured us that the good Christians of the county would pick up the tab. When time came to pay the bills, the collection plate was less than full. Lord, save us from ourselves.

Gary Tester
East Ridge
cow257@bellsouth.net

* * *

To Gary Tester

I was gratified to receive a response to my most recent letter regarding
the ACLU (the previous two were sent only to the Chattanooga Times Free
Press).

It was obvious, however, that you focused like a laser beam on your own
"pet peeve" and missed the larger point of the opinion piece. In so
doing, you mischaracterized my comment about the case in Hamilton County, reading into my one sentence in that regard a meaning that simply wasn't there. It is not the fact that the county became embroiled in a suit it was destined to lose that I was blaming on the ACLU.

Your point about the Hamilton County Commissioners miscalulating the
political gains in fighting the ACLU in that case is well taken. You
nevertheless ignore the larger problem which Rep. Hostettler attempts to address with H.R. 3609. Please understand the facts I referenced and respond to my real intent.

Arlen Morgan
n4po@juno.com





Reorganizing Our Government

I would not turn President Trump loose to reorganize the pots and pans in my kitchen pantry.  Senator Perdue is too anxious to jump on the Trump train rather than work "across the isle" with Democrats to clean up the mess the Legislative Branch and the President have engineered to greet the taxpayers each year.  We know who is responsible for all the piling on for favorite ... (click for more)

The Truth About Kirkman

Vocational training is a must to improve the standard of living for people of the 28th District and for Chattanooga.  This is a reality that has been understood by the current Hamilton County delegation and championed by Senator Todd Gardenhire for some time now.  Growing-up, my father was a union electrician and his skilled trade provided well for my mother, me, and ... (click for more)

Strong Winds Wreak Havoc In Chattanooga; Thousands Lose Power

A storm with wind gusts up to 70 mph did considerable damage in downtown Chattanooga around 2 p.m. on Saturday. Fencing along Miller Park was twisted onto a nearby lane of traffic on Market Street. A sizable tree was split, causing it to fall across Cherry Street between Third and Fourth streets. In Hixson, a tree fell on a house. A number of traffic lights were knocked ... (click for more)

2 Shot In Separate Incidents Early Saturday Morning; 1 Victim Is A Juvenile Girl

Two people were shot early Saturday morning in separate incidents. The first incident was at  3:30 a.m. when the Chattanooga Police Department responded to a person shot on the 1000 block of North Willow Street.  Upon arrival, officers made contact with the victim who was suffering from a gunshot wound.    HCEMS transported the victim to a local hospital ... (click for more)

Chattanooga FC, Atlanta Silverbacks Move Wednesday Match From Dalton To Chattanooga Christian

Chattanooga FC and Atlanta Silverbacks agreed earlier today to move their match next Wednesday , initially scheduled to take place in Dalton, Ga.,, to Chattanooga. The match will take place  at   7:30 p.m.  at Chattanooga Christian School, and will still be considered a home match for Atlanta.  “It’s really a best case scenario for both teams,” ... (click for more)

UT Athletics Department To Host Tribute To John Ward On Wednesday

  The University of Tennessee Athletics Department and The Vol Network are hosting a Tribute to "The Voice" event honoring John Ward on Wednesday, June 27, starting at 6 p.m. ET at Thompson-Boling Arena. The legendary broadcasting and marketing icon passed away this week following a lengthy illness. He was 88. Wednesday's event will take on a celebratory ... (click for more)