I have traveled the world over. I have seen the best and the worst. We should get out of bed every day and kiss the ground of America and thank God we were born here. We live in a country that is free. Our quality of life is the best in the world. The poorest family in America has a better quality of life than in any Third World country. We all have time each day to help someone else, yet time each day is filled with protests, hours spent telling us which words are acceptable to use, hate speech and judging others.

We should be thankful first for being an American. Everything after that is an extra blessing.

Ruth Cote



Our lax lawmakers ignoring gun violence

The U.S. has had more than one mass shooting [three or four killed at one time, depending on the source and circumstances] per day in 2019, according to CBS News. The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal had front-page coverage of the latest mass shooting in California, but the CTFP relegated the story to page 5 in the paper. Not in our backyard, so not our problem?

Nothing was done in Tennessee after five innocents were gunned down at two military installations in Chattanooga in 2015.

When will our lawmakers take action?

Jack Zollinger



A shame so much TANF money held

Tennessee Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) banked and is currently earning interest on more than $730 million, soon to be $1 billion. I would say "withheld" from families falling behind constantly rising rents, school costs, medicine and all daily necessities.

Chattanoogans, do you encounter homeless people? Do you see adults and children in financially precarious situations?

Would $243 a month turn your life around if you were treading water financially? That is the average allotment to an astoundingly low number, 19,111, of working families in the whole state of Tennessee paid annually by TANF.

Can we expect anything more generous from Gov. Lee's Medicaid block proposal? He is already hailing its anticipated savings.

The official day of prayer must be to mammon, not to Jesus, unless the gospels quote Jesus' saying, "Store up the money you denied to the poor in the highest bearing account."

Consider James 5:3: "Your gold and your silver have rusted; and, their rust will be a witness against you and will consume your flesh like fire."

Lucy W. Taylor