Treat all with dignity, respect
I do not care whether you are white, black, Asian or Indian. I do not care where you are Christian, Jewish, Muslim or Hindu. I do not care whether you are straight, gay, bisexual or transgender. No matter who you are, you can talk to me and I will not judge you.
A wise person once said, "Judge not, lest ye be judged." We are all made in God's image, and we are all one race: the human race.
Additionally, we all share one home: this planet we call Earth. Let us treat the earth and all its beings with dignity and respect. That is my hope for this earth and its people.
Mary C. Caliandro, Ooltewah
D.C. politicians could learn from Tennessee's
In Tennessee, our elected officials know we expect them to balance budgets and focus on essential services such as education and infrastructure.
The number of politicians pulling political stunts to get on TV is significantly fewer. And, it seems, the goal of our state elected senators and representatives is to get things done that help the citizens instead of positioning themselves for re-election and keeping special interests happy.
Washington, D.C., is dysfunctional. But we need to be sure to see the good government we have in our state.
It doesn't come without good people running for office and remembering their jobs once they're serving.
Tarbell Patten, Signal Mountain
Athletes should know behavior has fallout
I believe Leonard Pitts holds grudges and keeps scores of past racial problems. About his Sept. 10 column, "America, Land of Liberty and Justice for Some," he recalled the racial episode in Cleveland, Ohio, in which a 12-year-old-boy with a toy gun was shot and killed by police.
This was not a racial act; it was an act of bad judgment on the police force who hired the officer who pulled the trigger. He was not the person for the job and the uniform. Every event is not racial.
Mr. Pitts was fortunate enough to be born in a country where he received an education and obtained the job he holds now as a columnist.
The black athletes who chose to disrespect the American flag forgot how they got their high-paying jobs. It was because they were born in this country and had the opportunity to dominate in their sport.
They used very poor judgment in their behavior in not thinking how they had offended many people. When you choose the behavior, you choose the consequence.
Hazel Steel, Cleveland, Tenn.