Kaepernick forgets no 'I' in team rule and more letters to the editors

Kaepernick forgets no 'I' in team rule and more letters to the editors

September 18th, 2017 in Opinion Letters

Kaepernick forgets no 'I' in team rule

I almost always agree with columnist Leonard Pitts but not this past week. We are free to make choices in this country — the choice to be a member of a team or to be a county employee. But there is no "I" in team, no "I" in job.

When Colin Kaepernick puts on a uniform, he is a member of a team fans come to watch. People buy tickets to watch the 49ers, not Kaepernick. Doesn't he understand? He is not an individual who reserved the stadium to advocate his opinion or promote his principles. It is not his right to decide what the team does.

When the clerk in the county office in Kentucky refused to issue a marriage license because of her beliefs, why didn't she quit the job? Didn't she understand there is no "I" in job? It was not her right to tell the county with which laws she would comply.

Being brave, principled and committed means accepting the consequences of your beliefs, not expecting others to allow you special privileges because of them. Someone who dares to take a stand that is important but has consequences deserves respect and attention.

Joanne Phillips, Hixson

***

TVA Kingston spill actions shocking

It came as no surprise that 24 coal ash cleanup workers have died (and 70 more are dying ) after employment on the Kingston TVA spill. But I was shocked that TVA blocked the use of the label "hazardous waste" and refused to provide masks for those workers!

This sounds like the treatment of workers in the early industrial age, more than 100 years ago.

Big business ... what irresponsible actions, to save face (and cash), so it can keep lining the pockets of a very few!

Anne G. Grindle, Sewanee, Tenn.

***

Explore indoor multi-sports arena

It is great there is substantive talk of developing the Wheland Foundry site. Though there is a rich history of its role with the working men and women of Chattanooga, it is past time the eyesore be removed.

Chattanooga would be missing a tremendous opportunity if a multi-use indoor arena (the Volkswagen Arena?) is not integrated into these plans. Such a structure, along with practice and public facilities, could finally bring real "ice" to Chattanooga for fun and healthy recreation and to host a minor league hockey team.

College, youth and adult hockey would naturally evolve, with tournaments bringing in families during the winter doldrums. And let's not forget figure skating.

Such a move would raise Chattanooga to similar size cities like Huntsville, Knoxville and others. Don't take my word, but listen to an expert.

Bill Davidson, who did such good things with the Lookouts during his tenure, heads National Sports Services and is CEO of the Atlanta Gladiators hockey team. He also consults with all types of minor league sports.

He has told me the demographics of Chattanooga are perfect for hockey; the only thing missing is a venue. Let's change that with this opportunity.

Michael Lawrence

Getting Started/Comments Policy

Getting started

  1. 1. If you frequently comment on news websites then you may already have a Disqus account. If so, click the "Login" button at the top right of the comment widget and choose whether you'd rather log in with Facebook, Twitter, Google, or a Disqus account.
  2. 2. If you've forgotten your password, Disqus will email you a link that will allow you to create a new one. Easy!
  3. 3. If you're not a member yet, Disqus will go ahead and register you. It's seamless and takes about 10 seconds.
  4. 4. To register, either go through the login process or just click in the box that says "join the discussion," type your comment, and either choose a social media platform to log you in or create a Disqus account with your email address.
  5. 5. If you use Twitter, Facebook or Google to log in, you will need to stay logged into that platform in order to comment. If you create a Disqus account instead, you'll need to remember your Disqus password. Either way, you can change your display name if you'd rather not show off your real name.
  6. 6. Don't be a huge jerk or do anything illegal, and you'll be fine.

Chattanooga Times Free Press Comments Policy

The Chattanooga Times Free Press web sites include interactive areas in which users can express opinions and share ideas and information. We cannot and do not monitor all of the material submitted to the website. Additionally, we do not control, and are not responsible for, content submitted by users. By using the web sites, you may be exposed to content that you may find offensive, indecent, inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise objectionable. You agree that you must evaluate, and bear all risks associated with, the use of the Times Free Press web sites and any content on the Times Free Press web sites, including, but not limited to, whether you should rely on such content. Notwithstanding the foregoing, you acknowledge that we shall have the right (but not the obligation) to review any content that you have submitted to the Times Free Press, and to reject, delete, disable, or remove any content that we determine, in our sole discretion, (a) does not comply with the terms and conditions of this agreement; (b) might violate any law, infringe upon the rights of third parties, or subject us to liability for any reason; or (c) might adversely affect our public image, reputation or goodwill. Moreover, we reserve the right to reject, delete, disable, or remove any content at any time, for the reasons set forth above, for any other reason, or for no reason. If you believe that any content on any of the Times Free Press websites infringes upon any copyrights that you own, please contact us pursuant to the procedures outlined in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (Title 17 U.S.C. § 512) at the following address:

Copyright Agent
The Chattanooga Times Free Press
400 East 11th Street
Chattanooga, TN 37403
Phone: 423-757-6315
Email: webeditor@timesfreepress.com


Loading...