Saturday parking ticket a bit much

I love to support downtown Chattanooga, probably on a monthly basis. However, I got a shock on Saturday when I returned to my car to find a "Chattanooga Parking Authority" Parking Violation on my windshield wiper after eating at Community Pie. Saturday, really?

I just want to make everyone, speaking to the occasional downtowner, aware you are only safe after 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

I know it's petty, but is Chattanooga trying to be like Nashville and other larger cities? And it has even farmed out this business to

The initial fine is $11, and you have 10 days to pay. The fine is then raised to $41.50. After fuming all the way home, I got online and paid the fine.

You can bet this will affect and limit downtown trips in the future.

Ed McCoy


Henry Clay lessons needed localizing

That "The Lessons of Henry Clay," could have used a set-up paragraph by the editor localizing Clay, linking him to places and people and facets of history we recognize. For example: Counties in Tennessee, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and 11 other U.S. states are named for Henry Clay.

He and Tennessee's Andrew Jackson clashed over the national bank. Tennessee's Jackson as a plantation owner depending on exporting cotton to England came to oppose key elements of Clay's American System, Harold Holzer writes in the new "A Just and Generous Nation."

Announcing his race for the Illinois legislature, Abraham Lincoln said, "My politics are short and sweet ... I am for a national bank, the internal improvement system (transportation) and a high protective tariff."

Walking in New Orleans, you come upon a statue of Henry Clay.

Tom Bennett Cherokee County, North Carolina; retired writer and editor, Atlanta Journal-Constitution


Trump puts wall before the people

There are 800,000 people who are not getting paid! It is hard to believe that a wall is more important than people. These people have car payments, house notes and have to buy food. What kind of person would do that to another human being? Is President Trump stopping his paycheck too?

People do not put their self or their families in that kind of predicament and not worry about other families. When you have family members and friends going through this, it is very sad to know people do not count at all. It's either the wall gets built or 800,000 people can go hungry.

Trump had two years with his Congress in control and never got the wall, and Mexico did not pay for it. The news already said most drugs do not come in that way. I guess we have a president for the wall, not the people.

Mary Taylor


U.S. should retain humanitarian funds

Just last week, a number of faith leaders from across the country wrote to the president asking the White House to protect America's diplomatic, development and humanitarian funding. I want to add my voice.

The United States of America has wonderful opportunities to assist the global community for the good of humankind through programs that result in lives being saved, diseases cured, neighborhoods built up and extreme poverty alleviated. Americans understand the grace that God almighty has bestowed upon our nation and the responsibility that comes with receiving his divine blessings.

We are a compassionate people who have a history of showing mercy to our international friends through strategic giving and works.

As Congress deliberates on budgetary expenditures, we should encourage its members — including our own Congressman Chuck Fleischmann — to continue the support and funding of international programs that promote justice, mercy, security, educational opportunities, good health and religious freedom for all as well as open markets to provide much needed goods and services.

Sandy Pierce, executive director, First Presbyterian World Missions


Adopt Green Deal for all our future

Climate change is creating new problems requiring more attention. We can't continue to ignore the signals — more frequent, intensive flooding, increased tropical disease cases, wildfires, droughts, excessive heat, rising seas, environmental refugees, and unhealthy air and water from fossil fuels and nuclear power.

The climate scientists are telling us the impacts are increasing. It's urgent we join forces to take action at federal, state, local and personal levels.

While climate change is with us, it's likely to be worse for our children. In fact, 21 youth, ages 10-21, have filed a constitutional climate lawsuit, Juliana v. U.S, asserting government actions causing climate change have violated their rights to life, liberty and property and also have failed to protect essential public trust resources. This case may eventually get to the Supreme Court. Win or lose, the youth sadly make a good point.

We bear responsibility to assure quality life for future generations. Thomas Friedman in his Jan. 10 Chattanooga Times commentary recommends a Green New Deal, and Congress is talking about it too. It's time for us all to incorporate green deals in our lives to sustain not just us but all of the ecosystem that sustains life.

Sandra Kurtz


Immoral that states don't limit access

The Los Angeles Times recently told readers, "States should stop passing unlawful anti-abortion laws," but really judges should stop passing unlawful judgments. The LAT says Roe v Wade has existed "nearly half a century as settled law," but what has lasted 46 years is unsettling lawlessness.

The ongoing crisis is federalism, the constitutional check states neglected to check when judges put their thumbs on the balance. Since 1973, the states have respected a ruling that weighed a mother's liberty over her baby's life even though life is more fundamental, not because it comes first in the Declaration of Independence but because without life is no liberty and without liberty no pursuit of happiness.

Four hundred anti-abortion bills are indeed "staggering" when one law against homicide should have sufficed. Classifying abortion clinics as outpatient surgical centers is "notorious" when they take life, not save it. And, a state passing a law keeping a woman from deciding not to have a disabled child is "stunning" when she never had that right to decide.

What is "unconscionable" is not "that states continue to obstruct access to abortion" but that they don't, and haven't, for nearly 50 years.

Dr. Brian Hale, Red Bank


How to fire those dragging us down?

How do we fire the Hollywood elite, citizens of the fantasy "La-La-Land," getting paid handsomely for pretending to be people they're not, who regularly purpose to lecture the American public on reality, who reside in gated communities and walled estates, travel with armed bodyguards, and stump about the need for stricter gun control?

How do we fire the mainstream media, who have ceased to practice fair, balanced and objective reporting, who regard the 1896 motto of The New York Times, "to give the news impartially, without fear or favor, regardless of party, sect, or interests involved," as old-fashioned as the horse and carriage?

How do we fire college "educators" who believe their job is to propagandize and indoctrinate young minds rather than actually teach their students and prepare them for real life?

How do we fire politicians who have long forgotten — if they ever knew — that they're elected to represent their constituents, and the nation, instead of their own interests? Those whose intent is only on advancing their own ideologies and agendas, getting re-elected, and remaining in constant attack mode against those who threaten their self-indulgent schemes?

Indeed, how do we fire these folks?

Robert J. Tamasy Hixson