Letters to the Editor

Monday, June 14, 2010 at 10:45pm

District 17 Senate primary heats up

At the end of the legislative session, we watched a battle unfold between the House and Senate. Oddly, the two controlling sides were conservative Republicans actually trying to accomplish the same goals.

We all know there is no love lost between the two conservative candidates for Senate District 17 — Mae Beavers and Susan Lynn. Both candidates have worked hard over the years to achieve conservative goals in government and to do their best to represent the constituents. Lynn decided to run for the seat after Beavers announced she would seek the Wilson County Mayor's seat, but Beavers did an about face and decided to run for re-election of her current seat.

The main legislative battle became over protecting Tennesseans from Obamacare. An overwhelming majority of Americans have rejected the socialist takeover of our healthcare system and Beavers and Lynn have worked to protect Tennesseans from this unconstitutional overreach of federal government powers.

How do we decide the right candidate? Just look at how this legislation died and which candidate fought for our rights, and which candidate played politics.

The legislative session ran very late this year. Knowing this, Beavers decided to wait until the last few days to dump 31 different bills at the foot of the House and expected Lynn to just go along with every single one of them. Instead of taking responsibility for her inefficiency, Beavers decided to blame Lynn for not rubber-stamping her bills. Then Beavers played politics with the Health Freedom Act to make sure she can say she fought against Obamacare even though Diane Black was supposed to be the senator that pushed the bill through.

Lynn's bill, HR 2622 was set to easily pass in the House, which it did. However, Beavers couldn't seem to live with Lynn getting the credit for this.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vCysdVVSXa0b

As Beavers explains in this youTube video, the Senate recalled the bill "passed in February" to insert her language and name into the bill.

So, what was so important that the Senate needed to change language on a bill already passed? Beavers wanted to force Attorney General Bob Cooper to file a lawsuit against the federal government's Healthcare Bill. Unfortunately, in the state of Tennessee, the Attorney General is appointed by the state Supreme Court so that would be the same as the legislative branch telling the judicial branch what must do.

When you listen to the language of both candidates explaining what happened, Lynn took the high road and Beavers took the low road saying, "the House needs to act like adults." Well, I will act like an adult and recognize which candidate was working for us and which candidate was working for her self.

Mark Charest
Mt. Juliet 37122
 

227 Comments on this post:

By: Captain Nemo on 6/15/10 at 4:55

Good Morning- Key West
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By: Captain Nemo on 6/15/10 at 5:02

Good Morning- Key West
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By: idgaf on 6/15/10 at 5:20

Lynn should have backed off.,

We don't need conservatives taking each other out helping the tax and spend democraps.

By: Captain Nemo on 6/15/10 at 5:21

"You teach a child to read, and he or her will be able to pass a literacy test." -Townsend, Tenn., Feb. 21, 2001 -George Bush

By: dargent7 on 6/15/10 at 5:40

People constantly cite GW Bush's scholastic record...1,285 on the SAT's, Yale grad, MBA from Harvard. Yet, guy always talked like he maybe was a H.S. grad at most.
Compare Bush's "eloquence", ie., mangled English, to that of Obama, who sounds like he did graduated from Harvard and Law school.

By: Captain Nemo on 6/15/10 at 5:45

I have to log in every time, what is going on?

By: Captain Nemo on 6/15/10 at 5:47

It kicks me off and I have to start over every time.

By: Captain Nemo on 6/15/10 at 5:47

I will tru one more time to see if I am able to stay on.

By: Captain Nemo on 6/15/10 at 5:49

s/h/b try

By: Captain Nemo on 6/15/10 at 5:50

"You know, one of the hardest parts of my job is to connect Iraq to the war on terror." – George Bush

By: dargent7 on 6/15/10 at 5:54

Maybe TCP is trying to "ban" you again? Did you send in your urine sample for the drug test on time?

By: Captain Nemo on 6/15/10 at 5:56

Yes I did. Kidney stones and all.

By: Captain Nemo on 6/15/10 at 5:59

George Bush

"I am here to make an announcement that this Thursday, ticket counters and airplanes will fly out of Ronald Reagan Airport." --Washington, D.C., Oct. 3, 2001

By: dargent7 on 6/15/10 at 6:11

I thought you "older guys" specialized in gall stones? Or, is it the Rolling Stones?

By: Loner on 6/15/10 at 6:17

Good morning, Nashville!

I just love it when right-wingers attack each other and whine about it publicly. I had no idea that the citizens of the Volunteer state needed protection from "Obamacare". Perhaps it's time to secede from the union....again.

Get the flock out!

By: Loner on 6/15/10 at 6:20

No, it's just plain stoned, Darge.

By: Loner on 6/15/10 at 6:27

In 1861, radical Southern Democrats had had enough of Washington's meddling; in 2010, it's radical Republicans, mainly in the Old South and the wild West, who are flirting with secessionism.Let us hope that this time around, cooler heads will prevail; if not, let's hope that the quitters are allowed to go their own way, in peace.

By: Captain Nemo on 6/15/10 at 6:28

George W. Bush
"The same folks that are bombing innocent people in Iraq were the ones who attacked us in America on September the 11th." --Washington, D.C., July 12, 2007

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By: Captain Nemo on 6/15/10 at 6:33

That is the way it goes
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By: Captain Nemo on 6/15/10 at 6:37

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By: Loner on 6/15/10 at 6:46

Here's some info on our LTE author, gleaned from the web:

Mark Charest is a private company categorized under Educational Consultants and located in Mount Juliet, TN. Current estimates show this company has an annual revenue of 120,000 and employs a staff of approximately 3

Source:

http://www.manta.com/c/mml68sn/mark-charest

An educational consultant who believes that the people of TN need protection from "Obamacare"? This joker must be a Christian school/Home-school advocate; his loathing and fear of centralized government is palpable.

By: bfra on 6/15/10 at 6:50

Nemo - Your links are much better than the lte. - Thanks!

By: Loner on 6/15/10 at 7:03

I thought that this rant sounded familiar; a litle more research reveals that this guy has authored long -winded LTE's before, the NCP published one last March. Same Tea-bagger whinings...here's the link:

http://nashvillecitypaper.com/content/city-voices/letters-editor-1729

In that rant, Charest reveals his Catholic faith and his narow anti-choice views. I had this dude pegged back then....a delusional and boring zealot.

By: Loner on 6/15/10 at 7:15

Vinny T. gave his farewell address on the thread for that NCP link. That was the day management purged the NCP of seven excellent employees. Hey Vinny, are you out there?

By: house_of_pain on 6/15/10 at 7:21

Loner, fuhgetaboudit. I certainly wouldn't hang around any place that canned me.

By: Loner on 6/15/10 at 7:31

For those who wondered about the real reasons for the US presence in Afghanistan - the US government is now claiming that mineral deposits in that hell-hole are worth at least a trillion dollars. That news should motivate our mercenaries to fight even harder.

Experts claim that Afghanistan may be the "Saudi Arabia of lithium". Lithium batteries are a hot item, going forward.

I prefer that they Afghanis grow medical grade Cannabis for US export, as opposed to strip-mining the place and leaving the talings behind. It's the sustainable development thing.

Any new wealth will be going to a few warlords, of course.....screw the people.

By: Loner on 6/15/10 at 7:35

You're right, as usual, House...sorry about your timing yesterday afternoon...keep trying, you'll win that recognition you so aptly deserve.

By: house_of_pain on 6/15/10 at 7:41

Yesterday, I fell victim to a hiccup in the space/time continuum, Loner.

By: Kosh III on 6/15/10 at 7:41

"as opposed to strip-mining the place and leaving the talings behind. "

Perhaps they can hire Massey Energy to do the mining. After all they did such a bang-up job in WVA.

By: budlight on 6/15/10 at 7:41

By: dargent7 on 6/15/10 at 5:40
People constantly cite GW Bush's scholastic record...1,285 on the SAT's, Yale grad, MBA from Harvard. Yet, guy always talked like he maybe was a H.S. grad at most.
Compare Bush's "eloquence", ie., mangled English, to that of Obama, who sounds like he did graduated from Harvard and Law school.

D7 did you ever hear the old saying "book sense does not always equate to common sense"? Obama may have the scores, but he does not make sense. See out his contradictions over the past 12 months alone. He says one thing and does another.

And I'm sick of the rhetoric.

LOner, you are so correct. New wealth in Afghan means more wealth for the greedy in Afghan. Doubt the poor will benefit.

LOner, everyone needs protection from Obamacare. Who died and left him God? He is meddling with our right to refuse insurance if we choose. And demanding that someone BUY a consumer product is wrong. What's next? HE will demand what type of underwear you wear? OR your dental floss? Or your toilet paper? Get over him. He's not God.

By: Captain Nemo on 6/15/10 at 7:45

Loner, when I heard that report yesterday I said this is as good as oil.

By: govskeptic on 6/15/10 at 7:46

I love the way D7 attempts to remind us that his guy is always
the smartest in the room. While that worked pre-election
there's plenty of evidence since that's he's the least informed
when it's comes to a hugh host of issues and problems.
This is our 2nd in a row of such leaders and I'm not sure
how many it takes to sink a nation but we've got to be getting close.

By: Captain Nemo on 6/15/10 at 7:48

1 trillion

http://www.newsweek.com/2010/06/14/afghanistan-s-dangerous-new-wealth.html

By: Kosh III on 6/15/10 at 7:49

"Yesterday, I fell victim to a hiccup in the space/time continuum, Loner."

You really need to put your Tardis in the shop to get that fixed. Is there a Doctor in the house?

By: Funditto on 6/15/10 at 7:50

Vinny is now working for the state!

By: Loner on 6/15/10 at 7:52

Here's a link to a very good analysis of the "good news" from Afghanistan:

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/afghanistan/article7150081.ece

Yeah, Kosh; those guys and Halliburton know what they're doing.

Driving is a privilege, not a right, if you want to drive, you must have insurance. Does this logic also apply to healthcare?

By: Loner on 6/15/10 at 7:55

Is that right, Funditto.....doing what, pray tell.

By: house_of_pain on 6/15/10 at 7:58

VinnyT got 'made'?

By: Dragon on 6/15/10 at 7:59

"Driving is a privilege, not a right, if you want to drive, you must have insurance. Does this logic also apply to healthcare?"

Is living a privilege? Maybe being American is a privilege.

The analogy would better fit if you were required to have comprehensive car insurance rather than merely liability. I don't expect my car insurance to pay for gas, oil, maintenance, or damage I cause to my car.

By: Captain Nemo on 6/15/10 at 8:07

Speaking of the space/time continuum........

By: dooley on 6/15/10 at 8:18

Loner , I didn't think Vinny was very good or very ethical . When he was making his pleas that the reason he wasn't printing letters was because he wasn't getting any and I made a comment that it was not so because I knew that I has a couple in and d7 always had at least one in he banned mine . The next letter I submitted I got a notice that my letters would no longer be accepted .
I wasn't included in Brewers purge but if you notice they show that I have been a member for only one year and eight weeks . I was purged by Vinny T. but was reinstated almost immediatly by someone else after Vinnys demise . I was not wrong he was.

By: Loner on 6/15/10 at 8:23

Rights or privileges?

If one Googles "right to life", it becomes apparent that the term has been usurped by those who believe that the human fetus has a right to life.....children and adullts are left out of the definition.

If one Googles, "Right to exist". it becomes apparent that another group has usurped that idea...it applies to the Jewish State in Palestine; apparently the only state with such a right.

The very idea of a "right" is a human construct, there is no such thing in nature; correct me if I am wrong, but there may be something wrong about rights.

Rights lead to fights, that much we know.

By: bfra on 6/15/10 at 8:23

AMUSING - The one accusing Obama of contradictions!

By: dargent7 on 6/15/10 at 8:27

Look at what's on Obama's plate. He had the coal mine explosion in W VA, (so he had to become an expert on coal mining) then an attempt to blow up NYC, now the oil spill (so he has to become an expert on offshore oil drilling). He's a quick study. Anyone who cannot understand him is because they lack the intellect. His hearts in the right place.
Always in the backround are the two wars that are killing civilians and US servicemen.
As he's been quoted as saying, "Who'd want this job"?

By: Loner on 6/15/10 at 8:28

Sorry to hear that, Dooley. You and I have been here for years.....like poison ivy, we just don't go away, no matter how much they spray.

By: Captain Nemo on 6/15/10 at 8:31

bfra-

It is what we call Reptile-dysfunction.

By: bfra on 6/15/10 at 8:33

Completely Nemo!

By: Dragon on 6/15/10 at 8:34

"The very idea of a "right" is a human construct, there is no such thing in nature; correct me if I am wrong, but there may be something wrong about rights. "

It's been way too long for me to go back to Locke et al to discuss the concept of rights and where they come from. We might as well go further and discuss "cogito, ergo sum". If I take that one as premise, I don't know if I can extend it to "cogito, ergo estis". You may be a figment of my imagination.

By: dooley on 6/15/10 at 8:38

Damn dragon that's ridiculous.!

By: Captain Nemo on 6/15/10 at 8:40

Not to understand human rights is not to participate in civilization.