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It was said in the Sept. 1 Readers Write (page F1) that no one seems to care about the destruction of what the good Lord has given us, and that is forest and wildlife.

Well, my friend, there are a few more of us, including myself, who do care and are just as disturbed about it. You are not by yourself.

Whenever things seem out of my control, I take it to the Lord in prayer. King David did. Our God is not some weakling. He is all knowing and all powerful. He made the heavens and the earth, and he can answer our prayers too, according to his will.

"Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time, for he cares for you" (1 Peter 5:6-7). And, above all, "Pray without ceasing" (1 Thessalonians 5:17).

Steven Terrell

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Mayor Coppinger receives praise

Over the last 50 plus years, I have had the privilege of working in some capacity with every Chattanooga mayor except the current mayor and every Hamilton County mayor; therefore, I was especially pleased to read that Mayor Jim Coppinger has no plans to retire and will likely run for another term.

We are fortunate to have a mayor with the character and temperament of Jim Coppinger. The mayor was the Chattanooga fire chief when I was on the City Council, so I know his leadership style, solid values and experienced abilities.

The mayor has spent much political capital on pushing for public education and economic development opportunities; these are issues that affect every Hamilton Countian either directly or indirectly. By reading the paper, you know his stable leadership has kept the courthouse on a straight path when others have tried to veer off course.

Thank you, Mr. Mayor. We appreciate you and need you to guide our county.

Marti Rutherford

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Trump is making water dirty again

According to national news reports, the Trump administration will complete the legal repeal of a major Obama-era clean water regulation, which had placed limits on polluting chemicals that could be used near streams, wetlands and water bodies.

Enough said.

Faye Walter, Sewanee

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Voting in America is our civic duty

It is a shame that 40% of Americans fail to vote in the presidential election. It is our civic duty to study the issues and the candidates.

This needs to be emphasized in our schools from junior high on for six years. Voting is just as important as algebra, and a lot easier.

Our soldiers fight and die for these rights. The least we can do is to take the time to register and vote. In Australia, a citizen is fined if he/she doesn't vote.

One hundred million of our people do not vote. If just one-fourth of these citizens did their civic duty, they could control an election (remember the tea party turnout). Both political parties need to spend time and money to get out the vote.

Wake up, America, and do your civic duty.

Rocky Renneisen, Signal Mountain

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