Freedom is risky in a world where people sometimes behave badly. The more freedom, the more harm that bad behavior brings. But Americans always err on the side of freedom despite the costs.
We enjoy the freedom to own and drive vehicles and to come and go as we please. But some people drive too fast, some drive while drunk.
Traffic laws reduce the bad behavior, but those laws leave lots of freedom and lots of risk. Nearly 100 people are killed on our nation's roads every day. But we won't give up our vehicles. The carnage is a sobering tradeoff for a freedom we prize.
We enjoy the freedom to own and use guns. We collect them, hunt with them, compete with them and, above all, defend ourselves with them. But some people are careless with guns, some kill themselves, evil people kill others.
Gun laws reduce bad behavior, but those laws rightly leave lots of freedom and lots of risk. Thousands die from guns every year. But we won't give up our guns. Gun deaths are a sobering tradeoff for a freedom we prize.
Freedom comes with a cost. But the loss of freedom is more costly.
PHILIP LANCASTER, Lookout Mountain, Ga.
Re: Drew's Views on Andy Berke (Broad Strokes)
Chattanooga is not my hometown, but I do consider it my second home. Seven years ago we decided to leave New Orleans because the wrong person was put back into office. And now today, that bad decision is being played out in our national news.
Since then, we have been very active in making our new home city a better place to live. Over the last three months, I have attended several of Mr. Berke's meetings and events that have left me feeling enthusiastic and inspired. I like his open-minded approach to solving some of the top issues -- asking for feedback, new ideas, and what we can do to make Chattanooga a city that offers more in jobs, education and quality of life.
I don't want someone in office who has or "thinks" he has all of the answers ... I want and need to know that there is room in his political plans for my opinion. If the metaphor is true that it takes a village to raise a child, then how many will it take to renew a city? Mr. Berke cannot do this job alone.
[A Free Press] editorial about Inauguration Day states "The transfer of power -- or in this case the largely unpopular retention of it -- is almost a non event."
Actually it's largely popular as Obama crushed Romney in both the popular vote and the Electoral College.
Get over it. You lost!