God knew exactly what he was doing when he created a world of diversity. Imagine how narrow and boring life would be if there were not a constant interplay of vision, ideas, shapes, colors, line, sound, melody, reaction, debate, science and faith influenced by our ethnicity. The blended result is better than the limitations of any one particular background.
Truth is still the truth, and finding it should be the goal of all expression of our gifts, abilities, efforts and dreams, no matter where we were born. We live in a world full of changes, full of fakes and charlatans, but we also have daily examples of great people with great goals. God show up everywhere.
How desperately we need in America those who acknowledge God's design for all of us.
Moratorium on new building?
Kudos to Allen Chesney for his letter, "Paving paradise for parking lots," in last Sunday's Perspective section. He spoke for many of us fed up with the purchase of land by developers for more building projects in already-crowded areas of Chattanooga.
In addition to those he mentioned, I would add the parcel bought by a developer for new homes on Hitchcock Road in East Brainerd. Every tree and critter are gone; all that's left are piles of dirt, trash, weeds and a port-a-potty. Imagine how the folks across from that mess must feel, as well as homeowners in the Royal Oaks subdivision. Not only is the area an eyesore, but Hitchcock Road is a mess.
Another problem, especially in East Brainerd, is traffic congestion. Since Ooltewah residents travel East Brainerd Road daily, the traffic is horrendous. East Brainerd traffic lights are short compared to drivers on side streets with long lights attempting to turn onto East Brainerd Road. That makes for a lot of driver frustration. The enjoyment of living in East Brainerd has diminished. Enough is enough!
Many folks feel the need for a moratorium on further construction. Perhaps the mayor and city council should consider the idea.
Red Wolves name proving a misnomer
Chattanooga Red Wolves seems an inappropriate name for a soccer team that will play in a development built on a wetlands, one of the dwindling natural habitats for the severely endangered red wolf.
But then ironic business brands abound. Across my street is a new neighborhood that arose after an old forest was annihilated by an outfit which calls itself GreenTech. I am reminded of the French saying that people who hate cats will be reincarnated as mice.
To paraphrase, developers who want only to assault nature will be reincarnated as worms. Or caterpillars. Caterpillar. Now there's an odd label for an enterprise that sells earth-crushing equipment.
President's past deeds irrelevant
What well-established fact is a letter writer referring to in his Aug. 27 letter in the Times Free Press (page B7)? The description of Donald Trump is not completely true with regard to his presidency.
I am a concerned citizen who keeps up with what is happening in America — born and raised in St. Elmo and a resident of Chattanooga most of my life. What Trump did or said in the past is not relevant to his tenure as president of our country. We are all imperfect, and Trump is no exception. He has done many positive things for America.
Look at the facts, not the political lies.
Nancy S. McDaniel, Hixson
Build grocery; reap tax dollars
Open letter to the Town of Walden on the proposed grocery:
First, we love it here and don't want great changes; however, monopolies are never good for consumers. The new gas station next to Signal Pharmacy brought prices down competitive with those off the mountain. A large cucumber at Pruetts costs $1; it can be purchased at Food City for 87 cents. A head of cabbage is 25% more; other items are similarly priced.
A fundamental principle of capitalism is trade, which brings revenue into your community. Walden's population is growing northward, and those new households use the W Road. Be wise and bring that revenue and sales tax base under our control. If Walden says no, the store will be built in an unincorporated part of Hamilton County, and our chance will have been lost.
The median income in Walden is around $65,000; in Signal, it's above $100,000.
The people of Walden deserve a business that will bring in tax dollars, especially since the "Hall Tax" has been eliminated and property taxes will increase.
We trust you will act in the interest of those households that make $50,000 and less.
Wilbourne and Delores Markham, Signal Mountain
When making cairns, avoid waterways
Cairns, or rock stacks, is an ever-increasing popular activity among nature goers. Properly built cairns can have a positive impact on the environment, providing protection to the local soil and wildlife, while simultaneously being used as memorials or path markers.
Unsanctioned rock stacking, on the other hand, is damaging to the environment and is illegal in many locations around the world. When these stones are taken out of waterways the entire aquatic ecosystem is negatively impacted.
Algae generally grows on rocks and plays a vital role in waterways. It is responsible for producing oxygen, providing food and for removing impurities from the water. Countless forms of insects, fish and aquatic animals find shelter and make their nest under rocks. And many aquatic plant species grow under or anchor themselves to rocks.
When these rocks are removed for stacking purposes, algae is removed from the ecosystem, shelters and nests are destroyed, plants are killed, and erosion and physical changes to the water system occur.
This is incredibly detrimental to Tennessee's increasingly endangered salamander and hellbender population, who live in the waterways where stone-stacking takes place.
Randi Mathiesen, Jasper, Tennessee
Atlanta due for good torching
A recent Sunday' paper (TFP) had an article on the disaster hitting Florida's Gulf of Mexico oyster fishing. A big contributing factor, according to the article, was Atlanta's greedy slurping up of fresh water from rivers that empty into the gulf, thus changing the oyster beds' salinity and negatively impacting the oysters and other marine life.
We in Tennessee are all too familiar with Georgia's voraciousness toward everyone's water. This and other Atlanta shortcomings, e.g. the airport, reveal how wise was Gen. Sherman's decision to burn the place to the ground. We should repeat that action, oh, say every decade or so.
Thomas Rodgers, Dayton, Tennessee