For the past 29 years, it has been my privilege and honor to call Dr. Paul McDaniel my friend. Chattanooga has had no finer preacher, pastor and citizen. Like Martin Luther King Jr. before him, Paul has walked the delicate balance between the spiritual and political worlds, often bringing the two together with great effectiveness. He is a man of unquestioned integrity, boundless compassion and Christ-like wisdom. His retirement leaves a void in our city life which cannot be filled. We console ourselves with the fact that we are better people and Chattanooga is a better place because this choice servant of God has walked among us.
DR. GARY CARVER
Congratulations on winning the award, "Newspapers That Do It Right." Why am I not surprised? We in Chattanooga are fortunate to have such a fine newspaper available. As a reader/subscriber for as long as I can remember (probably around 80 years since I learned to read), I thank you for your good work.
I woke up this morning and I had to ask God to forgive me. First of all, I sing gospel music. Last night, I came home kind of disappointed. Only 10 people showed up to the singing. Every Monday night, Wendy's on East Brainerd Road has a gospel singing from 6:30 til 8 p.m. I went to bed and God spoke to me. I thought: Am I getting like some of the other gospel singers? Am I going for the crowd? The fame? Then God put something in my heart. I thought about little Charlie. He is 32 years old and looks like 12. Charlie is one of "God's special people." He always claps and smiles. When I woke up, I thought if nobody ever showed up but Charlie, it would be worth it all. Thank you, Jesus!
PHILIP M. OSBORNE, JR. East Ridge
I am writing to express my views on the important need for the expansion of the Medicaid program. After all, it is an option for the state and would be paid for by tax dollars. It is morbid for the governor and state legislators to use politics to deny health care for the non-elderly poor, the working class poor and the disabled -- to include veterans of this great Volunteer State. However since Gov. Haslam and the legislators have health care that is being paid by tax dollars, why not allow those who qualify for the Medicaid expansion to be covered?