Natural gas is one of our nation's most viable resources for many applications. To the surprise of many, natural gas can also be used to power our automobiles. Natural gas has proven to be the best alternative fuel source worldwide. It provides cleaner emissions at a lower consumption cost: Imagine cutting your yearly fuel bill in half. This domestic source is the fuel of the future. Jonathan Overly, the director of East Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalition and a member of Tennessee's Natural Gas Powered Vehicles Task Force, is having a meeting on Nov. 11, 2013, at the Chattanooga Business INCubator. This meeting is open to public attendance, but is mainly directed toward the local fleets. This meeting will be held to determine who is interested in converting. They will also be discussing the building of Chattanooga's first Compressed Natural Gas fill station. To see how you can help or to learn more go to http://eerc.ra.utk.edu/etcfc/tn-team-for-ngvs; to sign up for the meeting go to http://chattcngforum.eventbrite.com/. TRISTAN WHITE, Hixson
In 2008, an amendment to the U.S. code authorized all veterans and members of our armed forces, when not in uniform, to render the military hand salute during the playing of the National Anthem and other appropriate occasions. This privilege previously was granted only to active duty and retired personnel. If wearing a hat or cap it may remain in place during the salute until the last note has sounded. It is rude, as often seen at local events, to break away before the very last note has sounded. Please, at all occasions the announcer or master of ceremonies should explain this privilege and then give verbal thanks to all veterans and members of the armed forces in attendance. Participation encourages patriotism and stands as a reminder to the more than 22 million U.S. veterans?
BARNEY L. ROTH JR.