On Saturday at 2 p.m., the public is invited to walk a newly cleared section of the Trail of Tears roadbed on the Vital Farm in Georgetown, Tennessee, at 8133 Highway 60, between the Stone Barn and Highway 58/60 intersection on the north side of Highway 60.

Local history articles in the TFP on recent Sundays have discussed the conflicts between the first people to arrive in America and the native people here.

Sadly, the native people suffered the cause and effect of Ecclesiastes 8:9 — "man has dominated man to his harm." That harm led to a dark episode in history, culminating in 1838 when they were forced to leave their homelands in what is now called the Trail of Tears.

Much of that history played out here. Inhumane encampments were filled with those forced from their homes in North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee. Thousands died there, walking the 900-mile journey to Oklahoma or after arriving.

The Trail of Tears is marked, and many memorials are placed along the route. Chattanooga, Red Clay, Charleston and Memorial Park in Meigs County help tell the story of the trail, where they cried and died. May they serve as touchstones for the future.

Gloria Schouggins


Walden grocery store is not well planned

The mayor and two aldermen representing Walden, and affecting residents of Signal Mountain and unincorporated Hamilton County, have made an ill-informed decision which will affect this community for years: a grocery store, gas station, commercial buildings and parking on Signal Mountain Boulevard.

Hamilton County planners recommended a store about half the size of the one being planned (44,000 square feet). That's about 1 1/2 times the size of Pruett's on Signal. There is vigorous opposition; some 1,200 have signed a petition. We in the opposition are not anti-development — we're just pro-planning. What's the rush to create it? There is now doubt how this development will transport sewage off the property; it's not known if the land will perk. If a septic tank isn't used, how would they build a piping system off the mountain? And the development is planned on a coal seam with known concentrations of arsenic.

Why not take time to create a sustainable plan to consider issues of waste disposal, security and environmental impact, and give the community time to comment. Everybody welcomes tax relief from development, but let's not ruin our area's beautiful character in the process.

Roger Davis, Signal Mountain


Trump's judgment, sanity in question

Serious questions arise concerning Trump's state of mind before and after White House transcriptions were released, whistle blower's statements and the quid pro quo of Mulvaney, Taylor and Vindman.

Trump had said that conversations of the president with foreign leaders had others privy to what transpired. It follows that Trump should know that his extortion of the Ukranian president could lead to a price paid for violation of the Constitution, resulting in impeachment, removal from office, and in time criminal charges.

What seems characteristic of Trump is his taking such risks to attack the Bidens when even then it had become uncertain that Biden would be the Democratic choice for president.

Ukraine not being enough for interference in our 2020 election, he then publicly calls on China to do the same.

Since Trump makes no claim on Biden wrongdoings that is verifiable, what he wants is manufactured dirt from these countries.

In view of what he has done in Syria, followed by insulting our country's great Gen. Mattis, this is sufficient to call into question not only Trump's judgment but his sanity.

John Bratton, Sewanee