How fast are you going? and more letters to the editors

How fast are you going? and more letters to the editors

June 9th, 2019 in Opinion Letters

Most people don't think about how fast they are driving when they get into a car to go somewhere because they do it everyday.

Most speed limits are standard — 15 mph in school zones, 25-30 mph in residential areas, 40-45 mph on major streets, 55-60 mph on major highways and 70 mph on most interstates.

Generally folks don't think of speed in term of feet per second, only miles per hour, so let's look at feet per second. At 30 mph, you are traveling at 44 fps. For each 10 mph you increase your speed, you will be adding 14.7 fps. At 70 mph, you are traveling 102.7 fps or the distance from one goal line on a football field to the other in a little less than 3 seconds, or about half a football field before you can even get your foot on the brake in an emergency.

That is something to think about.

Charles Wilson


Street project raises questions

If it ain't broke, don't fit it. The traffic engineering motto: if it ain't broke, break it. Reading about Third/Fourth Street proposed project, it made mention of eliminating an overpass but in the same article it mentions if they wish to replace the overpass it would be a separate project. Sounds like translated, "We don't know if this idea will work."

Will one lane be closed for tree scaping? Trees that will be cut down later because the roots are making the sidewalks and streets buckle?

James Edwards


Easy to pay for 'Medicare for All'

Republicans want people to believe social programs lead to communism. That propaganda didn't work with Social Security, Medicare, Veterans Administration programs and civil rights laws.

Gradually expanding "Medicare for All" can easily be paid for by eliminating loopholes and forcing corporations to pay their fair share in taxes, not zero like Amazon and other major companies.

Wake up, Americans, and vote to help the common man and enlarge the middle class.

Rocky Renneisen, Signal Mountain


Omar may want to adjust hijab use

Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib are both members of Congress. Omar depicts her assertiveness by wearing the hijab.

The Quran defines hijab as a curtain separating Mohammad's guests from his household, which shows his objection to anyone flirting with his wives. Rep. Omar wears a variety of hijabs to draw attention. Rep. Tlaib doesn't wear any. Women who are forced to wear hijab believe it is their personal relationship with Allah. Hijab wearers are usually more uncompromising to the values and cultures in

which they presently live and to offer evidence of Islam's vitality and relevance in a secular modern society. Some Americans might see such behavior as full-blown aggressiveness or ignorance.

Refugees come to the USA to build a new life. Religion is an important part of their lives. What people do together is the substance of religion.

Traditionally, Muslim women should cover themselves from head to toe and not gaze at men. Omar's hijab does not truly reflect the power and relevance of Islam. With Omar coming from a Muslim country, Islam has great influence on shaping her life. In this new society, she will have to adopt some new ways in shaping her life.

Amos Taj, Ooltewah


Three-Fifths Compromise seen as success

Columnist Walter Williams' account of slavery becoming part of the U.S. Constitution last Sunday (page F5) is skewed and incomplete. He writes that Southern delegates to the 1787 convention "wanted to count slaves just as any other person" so as to give slave states "greater representation in the House and the Electoral College." Not counting slaves, he wrote, would have led to no Constitution, no United States.

Williams doesn't mention that the Constitution originally taxed states according to their populations.

Northern delegates also wanted "slaves to count just as any other person" but for tax purposes, not representation. Counting slaves as any other person would lighten the tax burden on non-slave states and have the free persons of slave states shoulder the tax bill for slaves.

Southern delegates argued that as slaves were not citizens, they shouldn't be counted for taxation purposes just as Northern delegates argued that as slaves were not citizens, they shouldn't be counted for representation purposes.

How to count these "other persons" was a critical debate at the convention. The Three-Fifths Compromise resolved the question by having slaves counted as 3/5 of a person for both representation and taxation purposes.

This may have been "a deal made with the devil," but as Williams noted, it did, in part, help create the United States.

Grady S. Burgner


Booncy Ingvalson united 2 families

Recently, we said a temporary goodbye to Booncy Ingvalson, a woman of noble character, loved by many of us. She was known for many accomplishments, but the most memorable was her incredible ability to unite two families torn apart by war.

A Viet Cong bullet separated the three young Fullam sons, Mike, Mark and Gary, from their father forever; another bullet placed the father of young Craig Ingvalson in the Hanoi Hilton for five years. Four sons — three with no father, one with no mother (Craig's mother died while Roger was in prison); they were eventually joined together by a love that blurred the lines of distinction forever.

The Fullam and Ingvalson children maintained their family names, but for Booncy it was never "my sons and your son." The three Fullam sons received a loving role model and father; Craig received a loving mother.

Aside from her love for her savior, Jesus Christ, and her witness for him, that is Booncy's crowning achievement in life — she loved two families into an inseparable one. Boys who had been friends became a family, and Roger and Booncy raised them to be fine God-honoring men.

Wilma Smith


Martin family helped run hotel

Uncle Robert R. Martin was the founder of the Martin Hotel. Uncle Robert had a dream and opened the hotel in 1924 at 204 E. Ninth St.

Uncle Robert sent for his niece, Mayme Bell Martin, in 1930 to join him in operating the hotel/restaurant. She had been a teacher in Union, South Carolina.

Aunt Rhoda, who lived in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, joined her sister Mayme when Uncle Robert died in 1936. They operated the hotel together. It was in business for 60 years before closing in 1985.

I did not appreciate the accomplishments my uncle and aunts achieved until they were gone. I reflect on the hard work they put into running this establishment. I never knew my uncle, but I heard about him.

So many known people during those times — entertainers, ball players, comedians, etc. — stayed at the Martin.

It's an honor for me to recognize what an important family I am a part of. I thank my ancestors for having the stamina to stand tall and be strong no matter how difficult life's obstacles. Over the years, I have learned a lot about what they went through, and I appreciate them more.

Robert Lee Martin


Student thanks readers for help

On March 24, the Times Free Press published a letter from me asking readers to send me information about Tennessee for a school project. Your response was overwhelming.

I have tried my best to send a personal thank-you to everyone, but if you sent something and have not received a personal letter, please know how much I appreciate the time, effort and thought you took to help me.

The people of the great state of Tennessee were well-represented at our State Fair.

Max Pallose, Mrs. Eastridge's class, Charlotte Latin School, Charlotte, North Carolina

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