I Won't Be Celebrating The 4th - And Response

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Sure, there are "4th of July" and "July 4th" signs all over the place, but what's the big deal?  Just about every country in the world has a July 4. 

Now, "Independence Day" - that's another story.  As a proud American, I'll be celebrating what remaining freedoms we have.  

Sadly, so many kids these days have no idea of what the holiday is all about, besides a day to shoot off fireworks and have picnics. Changing the name of it only helps to destroy our heritage and takes us a step close to the One World Order and the abolition of sovereign nations; mention "Independence Day" to most young folks, and they think it's a movie about an alien attack.  

Let's teach them the truth, and start out by boldly proclaiming, "Happy Independence Day!" (And be sure you're ready to explain what the celebrations are about.)  

Arlene Michelle
East Ridge 

* * * 

As usually, my good friend Arlene is “right on” with her comments.  Our children are not learning American history or civics in schools anymore.  They don’t even know the three branches of government, which I studied in 7th grade.  They don’t know the hardships our founders endured to free our great nation from the tyranny of another (Britain). 

The kids don’t know how to spell, thanks to texting or how to write (long-hand) because they aren’t even teaching it anymore in some schools.  They are growing up and graduating ignorant of what makes America great. And once they get to college, forget it.  Professors with extreme radical ideology are allowed to preach their socialist leaning propaganda, thus churning out graduates who will vote with the same bent.    It’s called “the dumbing down” of America.   

When you are ignorant of history and facts, you will vote for whoever can brainwash you the easiest.  Look at the poor shape of our country now, because of ignorant voters.  It up to you, parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, and all Americans, to make sure our kids get a foundational glimpse of how our country was formed, and why the U.S. Constitution is so important as the law of the land and why it must be adhered to. 

Independence Day is certainly a day to cherish.  It is a day to get on your knees and thank God for your freedoms as they are being taken away, day by day.  Sparklers and fireworks are nice, but I will challenge you parents, grandparents and all Americans to make a concerted effort to learn about the history of this great country.  We are the shining beacon on the hill for so many. 

May God bless America and restore her greatness in 2014 and 2016.  It’s not hopeless as long as we Americans remember from where we came, and those who gave all, so that we may be free. 

Debbie Peck
Chattanooga


Ready For Change In The School System

Normal Park and Jill Levine are in the news a lot and they need to be. The students and the parents that support the school are doing what all schools need to do and that is show up, stick around and get results.  Like the radio program "Lake Woebegon" all the kids are above average. To teach in a school like Normal Park would be a teacher's dream.  Probably few behavior ... (click for more)

Marty Haynes Can Change The Outdated Practices Of The Past - And Response

I’m writing this letter in support of electing County Commissioner Marty Haynes as our next assessor of property in Hamilton County.  I have worked on committees with Marty and have been involved in community projects. I have found that when Marty takes on a project, he takes it seriously. He cares about the community and the people he serves.  He also takes on projects ... (click for more)

Charges Will Not Be Filed Against Officers In Javario Eagle Case

District Attorney General Neal Pinkston said Wednesday he will not file charges against the six Chattanooga Police Department officers involved in the Dec. 12, 2015, fatal shooting of Javario Eagle.  His office said, "An investigation conducted by the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office found use of deadly force by officers Lorin Johnston, Allen Griffith, Tim McFarland, Mitchell ... (click for more)

Medal Of Honor Museum Hopes To Finally Find Permanent Home At Coolidge Park

Officials of the National Medal of Honor Museum said Wednesday they hope to finally find a permanent home at Coolidge Park. Bill Raines said it is planned to build a two-story, 6,800-square-foot domed museum on two acres at the park. It will be dedicated to Medal of Honor recipient Charles H. Coolidge, who is now 94. There will be a sculpture of Mr. Coolidge - for whom the ... (click for more)

Bradley Early Favorite In Region 4-AAA Wrestling

CLEVELAND, Tenn. -- We're getting down to the fun part of the high school wrestling season. All of the dual meets have been held and the State Duals are complete as well. Now it's time to see how many individuals each team can qualify for next week's traditional state tournament and that's the purpose of this weekend's regional action. The Bradley Bears, who breezed to ... (click for more)

McMasters Celebrates Senior Night With 1,000th Point

Tuesday was a special day for Claire McMasters, one that she'll probably remember the rest of her life. She was one of three young ladies who were honored on Senior Night at Grace Baptist Academy -- the other two being Katie Stead and Ebony Ransby --  and she put an exclamation point on the evening by scoring her 1,000th point to end the first quarter. Unfortunately, ... (click for more)