Lately I have been reading a lot of whiny, snotty and pathetic letters to the local paper. I have a few questions I would like to ask to the local "woke community." These questions need to be asked and answered.

First, for all of those in love with the Green New Deal: Why not lead by example by giving up your cars, meat and air travel and just use bicycles, eat vegan and live off the grid?

Second, about the Kurds and Syria, how many of you are signing up for military duty in the endless quagmire in the Middle East? Or your children?

Third, be careful what you wish for because you might get it. The U.S. Supreme Court will be ruling soon on whether a sitting president can have all of his pre-election tax returns examined by overzealous investigators. Warning: If so, all future presidents can look forward to the same.

Ronald Williams


Trump listens only to his own drummer

Sage advice indeed, Mr. Thomas (TFP commentary, "The importance of 'no men,'" Nov. 7, page B7). Unfortunately, as we have observed over the past three years, when it comes to Donald J. Trump, anything that even remotely suggests "listening" to anyone falls on deaf ears.

The characteristics of many great leaders in history, military, religious or political often included the virtues of humility and grace and wisdom.

Donald Trump, on the other hand, lives and revels in a bubble of sycophancy. Sadly, to suggest or write these same great leadership virtues when applied our current president is not only oxymoronic, but downright laughable.

Tom Colley, Ooltewah


Why is Wilkey still on HCSO force?

How is it that [Hamilton County] Deputy Daniel Wilkey is still being paid by taxpayers? How many lawsuits and criminal charges will it take to fire this man?

This is almost laughable, except for all the poor citizens who have been abused by Wilkey and his friends in the sheriff's department. Where is Sheriff Hammond anyway? He hasn't been seen since he was asked to resign. Why is he hiding? His department is out of control.

Fire Wilkey and Hammond!

Pat Hagan


Pavement cuts need strict regulation

About the recent city community survey that indicated street paving is the city's number one concern, it seems no one is asking what is causing such an increase in the need for paving.

One only has to observe while driving that the main cause of street roughness is cuts made in the pavement that were not properly repaired. This not only causes most road roughness but also necessitates total repaving more frequently, which costs taxpayers bundles.

The city has been remiss in not having (or not enforcing) a standard repair requirement. Such a requirement must assure that all costs to retain the original pavement smoothness until the next total paving is paid by whoever requested the cut. A city inspector should be held accountable to see that this policy is followed.

A mayoral candidate who promises to do this would surely attract the attention of city voters.

Don Holden