Give locally to avoid charity scams
I frequently see stories about charity scammers. We have a terrific solution right here: Give locally. There are wonderful institutions here in Chattanooga that need our support. Siskin Children's Institute, Northside Neighborhood House, Children's Home/Chambliss Shelter, nonprofit schools like Girls Leadership Academy and public Hamilton County Schools, and even private schools meeting the needs of children in our neighborhoods by volunteering in communities.
We can donate to our police and fire departments. How about our nonprofit hospitals such as Siskin and Memorial?
We may not get the address labels, free T-shirt or tote bag, but we can see first-hand our donations at work here where we live.
My 90-year-old mother has done it for 20-plus years. She uses her walker to get to the front desk of worthy local institutions, hands them her check saying, "I believe in you and the work you are doing."
She knows, great or small, the amount is benefiting the needs of people where she lives, plus it creates joy in that moment.
Improve Act is corporate swag
Gov. Haslam is finally having fun — at taxpayers' expense. His secret: He learned how to communicate with his "tax cuts for the rich" Republican state legislators. With the Improve Act, Tennessee is No. 1 in the country in corporate giveaways, incentives and tax cuts.
The governor and legislature give Fortune 500 businesses our taxpayer dollars to come here whether they bring good-paying jobs for Tennesseans or not.
They claim corporate giveaways stimulate growth. Then they have the gall to eliminate the Hall Tax and increase the gas tax — you know who pays that.
Is this robbing of Citizen Peter to pay Corporate Paul ever going to stop? It will if you vote them out next year. Otherwise, get ready to start paying for their private schools and their quality health care. When they brag about shrinking the government, keep a tight grip on your wallet, because they never shrink the bad parts.
Only a miracle will transform Trump
Some Republicans seem horrified over the abuse of President Trump since he took office. I may be wrong, but I don't believe there has been anything equal or even close to this spectacle since our country's beginning.
President Trump's childish behavior, dishonesty, vanity and self-aggrandizing conduct is without comparison to any other presidency.
I hope that a miracle will occur and Trump will be transformed into a sane human being and will move forward for the benefit of our country and not for the sole benefit of himself.
Comey's integrity under pressure
Many, including Democrat Sen. Diane Feinstein, have implied that former FBI Director James Comey should have confronted Trump when he said he hoped Comey would let the Michael Flynn investigation go. According to the Huffington Post, this is what happened to a U.S. attorney who refused to take what he feared would be an inappropriate phone call from Trump.
"[Preet Bharara], former U.S. attorney for the Southern district of New York, said he refused [President Trump's] call as he considered it to be 'an inappropriate breach of protocol' and reported it to Attorney General Jeff Sessions' office. The next day, the prosecutor was fired."
It seems understandable that Comey wanted time to reflect and seek advice on how best to proceed before he confronted Trump in any way. I was amazed that Comey was able to resist doing what a weaker subordinate would have done, namely "go along to get along" until he got out of that room.
Faye S. Waltler
Bureaucrats vs. Good Samaritans
Did you see the report of the young man in Cleveland trying to help a disabled man in a wheelchair? No official resources would help because the man was a "known problem."
This is a perfect example of the dangers of a bureaucratic mind. When faced with a problem, bureaucrats fall back on regulations: "We have regulations we must follow, and there is no provision for this person in our regulations."
Then when this Good Samaritan insists on helping, the bureaucrats turn on him, using those same regulations: "You are violating our regulations. We will punish you."
Do you think health care run by bureaucrats might be superior? If you were in that wheelchair, would bureaucrats be acceptable for your care?
Beware of church, the secular one
"Beware of the church" (Times, May 21) of liberalism and secularism. Their heroes stayed dead, but Jesus Christ rose up. Jesus died for the sins of his people, showing God's love.
Christianity is indeed the only true faith and Jehovah the only real God. Even if said with "false pride" (Times), it's true. Secularists show "false pride" trying to name him a liar. Can liberals get to the Father without the Son? Come follow Him.
License tags? Let drivers name their god, including "no god," and pay a fee. Separation of church and state here largely means separation of Christians from our tax dollars and telling us to "shut up."
I daresay 99 percent of secularists would rather be ruled by Christian Gary North (author of "Unconditional Surrender") than by secularist Kim Jong-un.
Rossville needs federal support
After the War, America poured billions into the Marshall Plan for a devastated Europe to rebuild, revive trade, modernize industry and make Europe prosperous.
Rossville industry supported the war effort with military material critical to our fighting men and women.
Rossville now needs the equivalent of the Marshall Plan — for the same reasons: rebuild, revive trade, modernize industry to make Rossville great again. Millions of federal dollars need to be spent on the brick edifice called Peerless Woolen Mills, its re-imagination and to repair/replace utilities such as its sewer outfall.
Rossville is the perfect place for re-industrialization since it has everything on site: location, rail, interstate, four-lane access, labor force, power, water, sewer and high-speed internet.
Has the federal government ever done anything like this before? How about millions spent to clean up the Volunteer Army Ammunition Plant, which was built to manufacture explosives for the war effort?
J. Olney Meadows
Senate derelict in health care plan
The Senate is barreling toward a secret health care "solution" devised by 13 male senators without input from the public, health care providers or other experts.
Legislators are acting alone ignoring the time-honored American process of open examination, debated by friend and foe.
From information emerging, it is evident that millions will lose coverage, millions of seniors will see reduced benefits, millions of children will suffer and premiums will skyrocket.
Are the senators bringing home information to air in public forums to educate the public? Certainly not. They flee in terror for fear that their vested interests, financed by the drug and health care industries, will be exposed.
When the Obama Administration worked on health care, there were 79 hearings with 181 witnesses and 121 amendments. Trumpcare had zero hearings, zero witnesses, zero amendments and passed without figures from the Congressional Budget Office.
However, it was done in 17 days. The ACA took a year of study; millions have benefited.
When will we wake up?