Politics, Politics, Politics
We have an opportunity in District 7 to vote for one of us, a man who puts principle over party. Bill Morrison has run a grassroots campaign (Editorial, October 26th issue) with no help from the DNC or the DCCC.
Recently, Morrison garnered the endorsement of General Wesley Clark, who said of Morrison: "An Army veteran and a history teacher, nominated as Disney Teacher of the year in 2005, Bill is the ideal person to help put this country back on the right track. He understands what it means to serve his country and is fully committed to full funding for the VA ... . Morrison will help ensure that our military receives the best equipment and training available. I believe that as a congressman, Bill will bring fresh ideas to creating affordable health care for all our citizens, focus on meeting the needs of the middle class, and promote education."
Morrison has also received endorsements from the Veterans and Military Families for Progress, the Tennessee Firefighters Association, and the United Food and Commercial Workers and recommendations from the National Education Association and the Tennessee Education Association.
In a Chattanooga debate, Republican Bob Corker was asked if he would allow stem-cell research on excess embryos that would otherwise be thrown away as medical trash. He puffed himself up like a peacock and said he did not support "destroying human life."
He made himself sound very noble, but the reality is different. At in-vitro fertility clinics, people trying to have babies create about 12 embryos, of which they use one or two. What happens to the rest of these pinpoint-sized bits of biological material? Only a small number can be "adopted out." The rest are either stored forever or are just flushed.
Instead of throwing them away, should we not try to help find cures? The vast majority of the medical and scientific community believes that embryonic stem-cell research will lead to treatments and possibly cures for many diseases. Unfortunately, Corker is a "rubber stamp" for the Bush administration.
Tennessee deserves better than this. Thank heavens that we have a candidate who is willing to stand up for literally millions of people suffering with some of the most horrible diseases on this planet. I ask my fellow Tennesseans to elect Harold Ford Jr. to the U.S. Senate. Bob Corker just wants to play politics with people's lives.
Being from another part of the political spectrum from Jackson Baker has never stopped me from enjoying his column. As painful as it was to read his "Much Ado" explain-athon (Politics, October 19th issue) about his row with the juvenile Jake Ford, it was equally satisfying to see him come back to his normal self in the most recent Flyer.
The Ford family's thin skin and blow-back antics have always intimidated media and politicians alike -- how else to explain the missing outrage over unqualified Jake's stealth run as an independent? Harold Jr. also has been allowed to skate over the years, never challenged about not having Memphis roots or grilled about what he or his father have done for Memphis since winning the seat in 1975.
Why should we have to suffer Uncle John's lies, Ophelia's petulant "my turn" claims, Jake's punk attitude, and Sir Isaac's arrogance? Harold Sr. is not a proponent of "giving back," like many prominent Memphians. From his perch in Florida, he only dips in locally to make sure the family machine stays intact. Their intent is to keep on taking from Memphis. I hope next week that at least two Fords will be rejected for the selfish political opportunism and race-baiting they represent.
Robert F. Hine
I do not know Bob Corker, but the ads he and his party are running do not reflect the values of the citizens of Tennessee. What they represent is the same trash that Republicans used to dishonor John McCain, Max Cleland, and John Kerry.
I have known Harold Ford Jr. for 10 years and have found him to be a man of his word. Even when I disagreed with him, I respected him because he votes for what he believes in. I was unhappy when he agreed with the president about the war but realized he was more concerned about what he thought was right than what some in his party thought.
Bob Corker has attacked Ford because he says the Ford family is a political machine. I wonder what he considers the Bush family to be?