Letters to the Editor

Monday, July 20, 2009 at 5:52pm

Are you kidding me?

The audacity of someone complaining about Virginia Trimble not writing thank-you notes really is coming from a jerk.

She had 33 days of hell in her home during the time [her daughter was missing] and someone wanting a thank-you note just wanted recognition that they were either doing their job or giving out of goodness.

Just knowing they helped should have been thanks enough.

Virginia apologized at the news conference after [Jerome] Barrett was convicted of killing her daughter 34 years ago. This woman has been fighting emotion for three and a half decades and now needs to be able to be at ease and know that Marcia’s killer is now known and locked up for life.

Gower Mills, 37209

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123 Comments on this post:

By: dargent7 on 7/21/09 at 5:24

This story is certainly tragic. Usually, after decades, DNA FREES the incarcerated person. This time, great police work and a chance match in the DNA database proved otherwise. Bennett thought he got away with murder. How did he sleep?

By: dargent7 on 7/21/09 at 5:25

Sorry, Barrett...I'm sure Mr. Bennett is a fine person.

By: house_of_pain on 7/21/09 at 5:43

d7, I believe I paid you a compliment once.
Where's my d@mn 'thank you' note?!

By: dargent7 on 7/21/09 at 5:55

"House": I didn't want to bring this up, but, at the McNair thread I do believe "HokeyPokey" called you a "semi-trained monkey". Or was it addressed to me? Either way, it's fitting.

By: house_of_pain on 7/21/09 at 6:27

Well, I do hold a certification in the animal husbandry field...

By: dargent7 on 7/21/09 at 6:35

d'pain: "Animal Husbandry"? Leave it to you to drag your sexual history into a serious journalistic discussion.

By: Kosh III on 7/21/09 at 6:39


By: chiefpayne568 on 7/21/09 at 7:06

So...more delayed reports. Transparency?

Gitmo review delayed 6 months
Obama puts vow in doubt

White House misses deadline on spending cuts report

And we're still waiting on this one

Administration Delaying Release of Key Economic Report

By: house_of_pain on 7/21/09 at 7:12

Okay chief, here's today's scenario:
A terrorist has strapped a bomb to your lunchbox; what do you do?
Skipping lunch is not an option.

By: chiefpayne568 on 7/21/09 at 7:13


Call the police bomb squad and go out to lunch...somewhere nice perhaps...and maybe within view so I can watch what happens.

By: dargent7 on 7/21/09 at 7:22

d'pain: Chief carries a "lunchbox"? Is it the one with The Monkees or The Musters on it?

By: chiefpayne568 on 7/21/09 at 7:27

Gee, what a shock! Stimulus indeed!

In U.S., One-Third Still Set on Spending Less as New Normal


By: slacker on 7/21/09 at 7:28

I'm thinking chief carries the black ''Railroad style'' lunchbox. You know, the one that looks like a mailbox.

By: house_of_pain on 7/21/09 at 7:28

Classified information, d7. But I can't believe he would so easily walk away from an egg salad sandwich & two home-made cookies, packed with love, by Mrs. chief.
What kind of monster does that?

By: dargent7 on 7/21/09 at 7:28

OK., There's a new segment in our daily discussions. I was just playing with gd., but he's been a "no-show", so I'll put it out there. Kinda like Uncle Nemo's "Verbal Cartoon". The Beatles trivia: In India....#1. Why did Ringo leave early, ahead of the others? #2. Who did the Maharishi "hit on" to cause them to become disenchanted?
No fair Googling or Wikipedia. Either you still have enough LSD in your system to play, or not.

By: chiefpayne568 on 7/21/09 at 7:32

Obama really praised the Mayo Clinic

Obama cites Mayo Clinic in advance of White House Conversation on Health Care

Too bad the Mayo Clinic can't say the same about the Health Care Bill

Mayo Clinic lambastes House healthcare bill

By: Funditto on 7/21/09 at 7:33

Didn't Maharishi hit on Mia Farrow?

By: BenDover on 7/21/09 at 7:35

Mmmm! Egg salad sandwich... have not had that for years. Cut the green wire... ... ... but FIRST...

By: Captain Nemo on 7/21/09 at 7:40

Good morning

I agree with Gower's letter. What a jerk.

By: chiefpayne568 on 7/21/09 at 7:45

Huh? Anyone care to tell me where Obama cut our taxes? Did I miss something?

Oh and it IS punishing the rich for being successful, whether Obama wants to admit it or not.

‘It’s Not Punishing the Rich’: Obama Won’t Rule Out Health Care Surtax

By: slacker on 7/21/09 at 7:48

nemo, are you calling Gower a jerk?

By: Captain Nemo on 7/21/09 at 7:54

It is a little known fact that Ted Kaczynski tried to use the railroad looking lunches box to send out his package. However he he found it cheaper to use cardboard box, because they are lighter and don't cost as much.

By: Captain Nemo on 7/21/09 at 7:56


No. Not this time. But I see what you are saying. Sorry Gower.

By: chiefpayne568 on 7/21/09 at 7:56

What are we stimulating here???

Obama Stimulus Spending Includes Rental Cars, Outhouses, and ‘Sediment Removal’


By: chiefpayne568 on 7/21/09 at 7:58

I guess they are having problems figuring out how to get information now. I wish them good luck with figuring out how to do it.

Obama Administration Delays Decision on Interrogations, Detentions of Terror Suspects


"Washington (AP) - The Obama administration on Monday pushed back its own deadline for devising new anti-terrorism policies.

The decision had been expected, as presidentially appointed task forces have failed to meet a six-month schedule for making policy recommendations on how terror suspects should be interrogated, held in custody or handed over to other countries."

By: Captain Nemo on 7/21/09 at 7:59


I love Beatle music, but that is far as it goes. So what is the answer?

By: chiefpayne568 on 7/21/09 at 7:59

Guess Obama's going to broke on this one...because if it fails after he steps in himself, then it'll really look bad on him!

Obama Stepping In, As Democrats Remain Divided on Health Care Reform


By: chiefpayne568 on 7/21/09 at 8:04

I thought this was a good article...it's an opinion piece but I really liked it myself. However, I would use hard left rather than just left myself.

Americans Are Beginning to Understand the Left


By: Captain Nemo on 7/21/09 at 8:05

I think that we will get to the 300 number today by noon, since chief did get to post as much yesterday.

By: chiefpayne568 on 7/21/09 at 8:09

Interesting take on current politics.

Voters scared of Obama’s rushed ‘experiments’


By: chiefpayne568 on 7/21/09 at 8:14

Wow...I like this line: "When the work product is indefensible, deliberation is dangerous."

An Ideologue in a Hurry


By: chiefpayne568 on 7/21/09 at 8:21

DeMint makes a very good point here!

Senator DeMint Speaks Against President's Government Takeover of Health Care


By: Captain Nemo on 7/21/09 at 8:26

The day Walter Cronkite retired is the day good journalism started to decline. I will miss him.

By: Gower Mills on 7/21/09 at 8:28

Working at a prison, I have been called a lot worse

By: slacker on 7/21/09 at 8:28

You are so City Paper if:

You claim to be Steve McNair's uncle to share in his estate.

By: Captain Nemo on 7/21/09 at 8:30

I was not calling you a jerk Gower. Sorry it came out that way.

By: slacker on 7/21/09 at 8:35

Hey Mills, if you work at a for profit prison, the blanketnazi, is gonna have issues.

By: BenDover on 7/21/09 at 8:56

Chief... the FrontPage article misses the reality about liberals. They are not driven by a logic that prefers egalitarianism.

It's not often I have a paradigm shift in my world view; but I have, for years, wondered why liberals, so illogically and irrationally, sought to destroy the economic engine that funds their cherished programs. You can explain work/reward cycle and the benefits of the risk, investment, and hard work that are a result of the profit motive until you are blue in the face but it NEVER phases them.

But when you understand their religion is government; it makes sense that taxation is not to achieve stated liberal goals... instead taxation, itself, IS THE GOAL and represents a penance for perceived sins. Liberal programs are just the means to justify exacting the punishment of taxation on the sin of success.

Excellent article... a must-read.


By: Blanketnazi2 on 7/21/09 at 9:37

By: slacker on 7/21/09 at 9:35
Hey Mills, if you work at a for profit prison, the blanketnazi, is gonna have issues.

nah, that's not the part i have issues with.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 7/21/09 at 9:38

hey, Funditto. how's it goin?

By: chiefpayne568 on 7/21/09 at 9:43


Key House Panel Cancels Health Care Session, as Moderate Democrats Voice Concerns
The House Energy and Commerce Committee is stacked with fiscally conservative Blue Dog Democrats, who have voiced serious concerns about the details of the House package.


"A key House committee on Tuesday indefinitely postponed voting on health care reform legislation, after Democratic leaders were unable to line up enough votes from moderate members of their own party. "

By: chiefpayne568 on 7/21/09 at 9:45

Oh yeah...keep postponing votes!

Rep. Frank postpones consumer protection markup


By: chiefpayne568 on 7/21/09 at 9:48

Well now, it should be interesting to see if Obama and Congress can pull this off.

Marching Orders
Ending 'don't ask, don't tell' will take an act of Congress -- and voters actively pushing for it.


By: dargent7 on 7/21/09 at 9:54

Cpt. Nemo: I'd thought there'd be a better response. I didn't mention the winner gets a door prize: a signed copy of "Houses" blood pressure and cholesterol levels....

By: Blanketnazi2 on 7/21/09 at 9:57

what about alcohol level?

By: chiefpayne568 on 7/21/09 at 9:57

Looks like the Frank's group on the Energy and Commerce will be going to the White house to see Obama.

Wonder if Obama is going to take them to the woodshed for not getting this done? LOL

Obama to lobby Energy and Commerce Dems


By: chiefpayne568 on 7/21/09 at 10:02

Youch! Tracking lower than Carter! That is pretty BAD! That has got to hurt!!!

Polls can affect president's hold on party


By: Kosh III on 7/21/09 at 10:04

'Either you still have enough LSD in your system to play, or not."

Hey! I have never taken LSD. I am clean.
I never used anything worse than "windowpane" "hash" "THC," or.......uh.......ooooo.....pretty colors.........ahhhhhhhhh.......far out man.......

By: chiefpayne568 on 7/21/09 at 10:06

I admit I'm surprised by this...I thought Obama was pushing for this bill because he knew what was in it.

Obama "Not Familiar" With Key Provision In Health Care Bill


By: chiefpayne568 on 7/21/09 at 10:14

Wow, looks like the socialized medicine gurus in the UK decide who deserves to be treated and who doesn't. I guess rules are rules!

Man, 22, Dies After Liver Transplant Refused


FTA: "Gary Reinbach, who died in hospital on Monday from a severe case of liver cirrhosis, did not qualify for a donor liver under strict NHS rules."