While so many people are criticizing the police and fire personnel, I want to send words of praise.

On Aug. 7, my daughter and I were in an accident. Within two minutes of dialing 911, five officers from the sheriff's department were on the scene. In two more minutes, Hamilton County Emergency Medical Services and the Highway 58 Fire and Rescue Service were there.

All were efficient and very caring, especially Deputy Joe Sanchez and paramedics Richard Toby and Becky Jensen, who was my angel on the way to the hospital. Deputy Sanchez stayed with my daughter. He made sure she could get her car home. He fastened down the popped trunk. He stayed with her until my granddaughter came to follow her home.

To me, that is above and beyond the call of duty. I want to thank all of the officers, EMS and 58 Fire and Rescue. They are amazing; may God bless you all.

Mary Upchurch


Truth and trust must win out

Across the globe, we see a cresting wave of autocracy; like a bunch of scorpions, selfish leaders are arming themselves to the teeth, as if to wonder whom to sting next. The resulting fear welds the multitudes to their sides. Amicability? Diplomacy dies out.

The mother of autocracies appears in Revelation, chapters 13 and 14, but a spirit of love and kindly consideration must be cherished, no matter the apparent personal cost. Truth and trust matter.

Richard Burns, Cleveland


Forget Biden gaffes, what about Trump?

Regarding Larry Elder's op-ed in a recent Sunday Perspective section, I will take Joe Biden's gaffes over Trump's lies and nonsense any day of the week.

Here are some of my favorite Trumpisms:

» "Puerto Rico is an island surrounded by water, big water, ocean water."

» "I don't believe that any president has accomplished as much as this president in the first six or seven months. I really don't believe it."

» "I loved my previous life. I had so many things going. This is more work than in my previous life. Thought [being president] would be easier."

» "Why do I have to repent or ask for forgiveness, if I am not making mistakes?"

» "I am honered [sic] to serve you, the great American people ... "

» "If Ivanka weren't my daughter, perhaps I'd be dating her."

» "Record cold temperatures in July — 20 or 30 degrees colder than normal. What the hell happened to GLOBAL WARMING?"

» "I read — I read areas, I read chapters. I just — I don't have the time."

And my favorite: "One of the hardest jobs in politics must be cleaning up after [Joe Biden's] gaffes."

Michael V. Woodward, Hixson


Democrats would hurt those needing help

Talk about desperation. When two years of collusion investigation failed and slurs of racist, Islamophobia, homophobia, misogynist, etc., have fallen flat, the Dems are now promoting a recession to remove President Trump in 2020.

If they are successful, the very people they claim to be helping will suffer job loss and financial problems. What ever happened to the party of Kennedy?

Mike Budnick, Winchester, Tennessee


Congress, be like 'Republicans I know'

Republicans I know would not tear crying children from the arms of their parents because their moms and dads are seeking a better life for their families.

Republicans I know would not terrorize an entire segment of society with mass incarcerations just to make a political point.

Republicans I know would not ignore advice on national security from people who clearly are smarter than they and instead allow narcissism to override common sense.

Republicans I know would not actively encourage racists to win re-election.

Republicans I know would not enlist foreign governments to trash their political opponents or restrict the travel of duly elected members of Congress.

So why then do Republicans in Congress turn a blind eye to a president who does all of these things? I sincerely hope that the Republicans I know, and whom I believe represent a majority of their party, will stand up to those in the party who now subscribe to the motto "just go along to get along."

To paraphrase, "What shall it profit a [nation], if [it] shall gain the whole world, and lose [its] own soul?"

Sandra McCrea, Signal Mountain


Congresswomen: Learn from Ali book

It is gospel truth, "Give not which is holy to dogs neither cast your pearls before swine lest they trample them under their feet and trample them to pieces."

President Trump is so right by suggesting four congresswomen should go back if they hate America. America is heaven on earth. Those who want to tear it to pieces do not deserve to live here.

Ayaan Hirshi Ali escaped hell during the civil war of Somalia. In her book "Nomad: From Islam to America," she wrote, "I came to America in search of an opportunity to build a life in freedom and safety."

She realized very early as a Muslim and a person of color that she must learn to give up some of her habits, dogmas, practices and acquire some new ones. She expressed the pleasure of meeting Christians, whose concept of God is a far cry from Allah. But she prefers to share in the destiny of America.

Ilhan Omar, another Somalian woman, came under similar circumstances, but instead of counting her blessings she counts what's wrong with America. It's a shame she and three other women of color want to tear the country to pieces.

Amos Taj, Ooltewah


Trump 'qualities' not lost on base

Things that Trump's base love about him: He's narcissistic, an egoist, racist, liar, mean-spirited, vindictive, tax evader, draft dodger, adulterer, gropes women, faux Christian, "wanna be" king/dictator/autocrat, has total disregard for rule of law and the Constitution, has no redeeming human qualities, humorless and doesn't like dogs.

Randy Scott, Soddy-Daisy


Airport going solar sets great example

I would like to bring attention to Chattanooga's success in sustainability.

Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport has become the first airport in the United States to run 100% on solar energy. That is an amazing accomplishment not only for Chattanooga, but for our country.

The airport going solar sheds a very positive light on Chattanooga's ability to plan for the future. This is the next step in helping the following generations cut back on fossil fuels.

I hope to see the solar industry present itself around Chattanooga in the coming years. We are setting a good example for surrounding cities as we continue to grow.

Melissa Dixon, Soddy-Daisy