Yogurt And Russia - And Response

Thursday, February 06, 2014

When Russia gets itself in a bind they beg the U.S.A. for aid as they did in World War II. The U.S.A. supplied Russia with hundreds of navy war ships on the lend lease plan, millions of supplies, but Russia never paid the U.S.A. back.  

Now Russia is in a security bind and has begged President Obama to assist them. But, Russia has also denied a U.S. company, Chobani, to send its yogurt to our U.S.A. athletes because they say Chobani has not followed the regulations to export to Russia. Strange but these rules for food do not apply to Olympic participants according to Chobani CEO Hamdi Ulukaya and the U.S. Olympic Committee.  

Russia wants to change the rules after the game has started, sound familiar? 

Chuck Mehan 
East Ridge  


* * * 

Chuck Mehan conveniently leaves out a few facts in his letter about Russia and WW ll. Certainly FDR made the decision to send military supplies and equipment to Russia during the war under the Land Lease Legislation because he understood the strategic value of Russia engaging Hitler in a second or Eastern Front. Stalin used the equipment and supplies to bleed the Wehrmacht dry after they invaded Russia and consequently as the momentum shifted to the Soviets invade Germany. 

By June of 1944 when we invaded the Continent on D-Day Stalin had 5.5 million troops facing 2 million German troops on the Eastern Front. If there had been no Eastern front probably 1.9 million of those German troops would have been standing guard on the beaches of Normandy. General George Marshall was quoted as saying if not for the Eastern Front we would have had to double the number of our troops to invade France. It has been estimated that 80 percent of Germans killed in the war were killed on the Eastern front 

So it would appear to me that FDR (the greatest wartime President we ever had) made the correct decision to send equipment and supplies to Stalin in return for the Soviet sacrifices made on the Eastern Front.  

Comparing a mix-up on shipping yogurt to the Olympics to the millions of lives lost in WW ll seems somewhat of a stretch to me. Russia had been our greatest enemy since the late 40s but there is no way we can deny the contributions the Soviets made in defeating Hitler in WW ll. 

Douglas Jones
Ooltewah



I Know Kenny Smith

I’m writing in response to comments by City Councilman Larry Grohn about Kenny Smith. I don’t know Mr. Grohn, but I know Kenny Smith.  Kenny told me he met Grohn once but doesn’t know him.   If Grohn really knew Kenny Smith, he’d know Kenny pushed for expanded vocational education while on the School Board and is intent on pushing for it on the County Commission. ... (click for more)

Keep Judge Christie Sell On The Bench

Judge Christie Mahn Sell is a local Chattanoogan who has never been anything but a positive and influential leader in our community. I have known Christie most of my life, and I can attest to her integrity and character. Since Christie’s election as the first woman judge to General Sessions Court in 2006, she has focused on improving awareness and education of domestic violence ... (click for more)

EPB Says It Did Not Overbill The City; Says City Got $685,877 Break

EPB officials said Tuesday that an exhaustive audit of its street light contract with the city showed that it did not overbill the city. Instead, it said it found that the city was underbilled $685,877. EPB said it only goes back one year on errors so the amount owed by the city would be $178,314. Officials said that would be discussed with the city. Stan Sewell, the city's ... (click for more)

Citizens To Comment Next Tuesday On Sound Control Ordinance That Allows Higher Sound Around Downtown Clubs

Citizens will be allowed to comment next Tuesday on a new Sound Control Ordinance that allows higher sound from nightclubs in a downtown Controlled Sound Boundary. Track 29 behind the Chattanooga Choo Choo, that has drawn the wrath of some nearby Southside residents, is within the boundary, which goes along the river on the north and west, to around Erlanger Hospital on the ... (click for more)

Vols Open 2018 Season Against West Virginia In Charlotte

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.   – The Charlotte Sports Foundation announced Tuesday that the Tennessee Volunteers will open the 2018 season on September 1 against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina, home of the NFL's Carolina Panthers. All information related to kickoff date, time and tickets will be announced at ... (click for more)

Local Swimmers Excel At Georgia, Tennessee State Meets

Several Chattanooga-area swimmers had successful weekends in various meets this past weekend. The McCallie/GPS Aquatics team finished sixth out of 50 teams at the Southeastern Swimming Championship in Knoxville while swimmers from Fort Oglethorpe and Ringgold also had memorable performances at the Georgia State Meet, also held last weekend. The McCallie/GPS team recorded ... (click for more)