I am writing to commend the owner, manager and worker at the Surf's Up Car Wash at 407 Signal Mountain Road.
I entered the car wash last week, but when I couldn't get my credit card in the machine, I decided to back out of the area. I got my car caught on the concrete railing on the side of the ramp. The owner, manager Glen Kahana and a young man came out to help me get my car off the railing. After 30 minutes of trying to help, it was determined that a wrecker should be called. Yates Wrecker Service was called, and another great fella helped me.
The point is to say that there are still really good people in this world who are willing to lend a hand to help a brother (sister in this case). Not only does Surf's Up do a great job in cleaning a car, but they also do a great job of being goodwill ambassadors. They have my business from here on out.
Cooperation is key to upping salaries
Mayor Jim Coppinger has the right idea in saying the County Commission and school board should work together to target the issues facing our schools. However, if their cooperation on the tax increases were any indication of how well the two bodies can work together, they both have room for improvement.
Both the commission and school board members have reasonable concerns, and teachers are right to demand a pay increase.
Our students need qualified, passionate teachers, and attracting them includes paying them a competitive salary. The recent open letter to the commission, though presumptuous at points, is right in saying that underpaying our teachers will lead them to pursue opportunity elsewhere. I witnessed this with other teachers while I was in the Hamilton County school system. Who could blame them?
If we expect to attract good teachers, if we expect the quality of education to continually improve in the county, and if we expect all of our students to find postsecondary success, we must accordingly allocate the funding. We must be invested in the growth and success of our young people, and so we all must be willing to cooperate to see that this happens.
Thoughts on low Mocs attendance
Low attendance for Mocs football games has been a problem for the past decade. However, I feel attendance will remain at this level.
First are the stadium and the game-day environment. Finley Stadium feels like a cookie-cutter stadium, and the atmosphere can reflect this from time to time. As Mocs fans know, it is also not on campus, which can be a burden for student attendance. Also, a 20,000-seat stadium seemed like a bold move at the time. But even when there are 15,000 fans, it can still feel empty.
Second, which goes underreported, is our conference. The SoCon is made up of two military schools and four out-of-state, small, liberal arts universities, along with ETSU. These are not exactly schools [where fans] travel nor do they have large alumni bases here in Chattanooga (except for ETSU). However, the OVC is made up of mostly state schools, four being Tennessee universities and another, our rival, Jacksonville State. I think having a schedule that appeals more to fans would help attendance and drive more passionate rivalries for the fans.
We 'older users' can determine truth
A commentary on the Oct. 26 Chattanooga Times opinion page really made me mad. New York Times columnist Timothy Egan's commentary was titled "Why Doesn't Zuckerberg Get It?"
Mark Zuckerberg made a decision not to edit Facebook for spreading lies by politicians. The part that hacks me off is in this paragraph by Egan: "Yes, of course — let the people hear for themselves, no matter if it's true or not. They can decide. Except, they can't, especially older users. A study in Science recently found that it's possible 'an entire cohort of Americans' lacks the digital smarts to distinguish made-up garbage from the truth on Facebook."
We older people are smart enough to realize that communism/socialism is unAmerican, and we want no part of it. If you want to live in a democracy where you can edit what you consider un-truths, I suggest you move to North Korea or Communist China. We are a republic, where we have a choice.
Byron J. Hendrix
Ochs Extension needs attention
Two Lookout Mountain ladies have died in automobile accidents recently on Ochs Highway, Tennessee 58, in the stretch between St. Elmo and the Georgia line. Kudos to the state of Tennessee and TDOT for its resurfacing, remarking and installing reflectors on upgraded guard rails along this stretch. The work was done efficiently, promptly, at night, with very little obstruction of traffic along this route. Thank you.
The city of Chattanooga, in its annexing all of the national park battlefield property on the side of Lookout, also annexed the stretch of road erroneously referred to as "Ochs Extension," which is a curving road between Ochs Highway near the Georgia line and Fleetwood Drive in Lookout Mountain, Tennessee.
Repeated attempts have been made to get the city of Chattanooga, Mayor Berke, to resurface this pothole-marked, settling, dangerous road that is heavily used daily. Only half-baked asphalt fills have resulted. Can we not address this hazard as the state has so aptly done before a death occurs there, too?
The residents of Lookout Mountain both in Tennessee and Georgia contribute to the economy of Chattanooga in so many ways that it only makes good sense.
Charles W. Walldorf
No call to reshape country's history
In response to Danyelle Solomon, Perspective Section, Sept. 22, "Does American history need reframing?":
I get aggravated when people try to improve on things already established. If you change something, change it to reflect truth, make it better or more efficient, etc. Do not change it to fit your personal agenda. The New York Times' Project 1619, which seeks to rewrite history so the founding of America is tied to the arrival of African slaves in 1619, is a case in point. The traditional date for the discovery of the new world by Christopher Columbus is 1492.
The reality is America was discovered, first, by an Asian nomadic people who came to America by way of the Siberia and Alaska land bridge, and, second, still prior to Columbus and slaves in 1619, by Norsemen who braved the Atlantic to come and trade with the natives.
So, why is this change suggested? I guess one group with power and influence wants more of the same. How does it get what it wants? One way is to reshape our history.
Slavery was and is a moral evil, but America starts at its chronological beginning, not when our own bias dictates.