The moment that many of us have been waiting for is upon us. It is football time in Tennessee! If you live within the greater Chattanooga area I am asking you to join me in looking upon the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga as being our hometown football team. It is an exciting team that we can be proud of. UTC has its highest ever preseason ranking -- No. 14 in The Sports Network Top-25 and No. 16 in the FCS Coaches Poll. The team returns 19 starters and 39 letter winners from last year's 8-4 team. Friends and constituents, please come out and help me root for the Chattanooga Mocs of whom we can be proud. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. today at Finley Stadium. Ticket prices are reasonable, Finley Stadium is comfortable and the weather is great. Help me cheer on our hometown Mocs. It will be a joy to watch them!
WARREN MACKEY, County Commissioner
Our nation is at a crossroads we've never before experienced. While reading 1 Samuel 12: 24-25, it struck me that Christians need to contemplate this Scripture: "Reverence the Lord and serve him in truth with all your heart; for consider what great things he has done for you. But, if you still do wickedly, both you and your king shall be swept away." It is not socially correct to decry the murder of our innocent children through abortion and to stand for God's definition of marriage as given in Genesis 2 and Matthew 19. As we slip further morally as a nation, most people are apathetic or make fun of Christians and their values. God is loving, merciful and forgiving, but he is also holy and just. With a caliphate forming in the Middle East and its leader threatening the world, we need to listen to verse 24 so that we don't experience verse 25.
SANDY HARRIS, Lookout Mountain, Ga.
"God is Gay!" This is the gospel, according to David Cook (Aug. 8). Yes, according to Scripture, God's holy word, he does love all men and women: John 3:16 tells us he loves and has a future for those who accept and believe in Jesus Christ. "Dr." Cook chooses to accept some of the Bible's message while ignoring the many, many references to what God has said, for instance, about marriage. It is definitely not men with men and women with women. Should I accept Cook's "theology" or commit my life and future to what God's word tells me? The Bible has stood the test of time, an active, living Scripture that changes lives even today. Yes, it is God's word, not David Cook's.
BILL HARTSHORN, Signal Mountain
So much discussion is focused on the issues that we often overlook the vehicle bringing these issues to the readers. For this reason, I would like to commend Tim Omarzu for his Aug. 28 article "Teacher health care benefits vote today." The article begins by showcasing someone who will be personally affected by the health benefit cuts, showing other teachers and spouses that they are not the only ones outraged at the proposal, yet explains the reasoning and need for the cut. It does not attack the Hamilton County School Board, nor does it seek to start a war. An individual who has lost benefits because of the proposal can read this article and find support and sympathy while obtaining understanding and, hopefully, closure. After the release of the Pentagon Papers, the Supreme Court ruled that "the press was to serve the governed, not the governors." With this article and many others, the Times Free Press has not only served the governed, but also found a balance between representing the governed and representing the governors.
MYRON MADDEN, Collegedale, Tenn.