I want to "rave" about all of the Times Free Press delivery men and women.

They are a great group. They crawl out of bed at some ungodly hour to bring our paper.

My paper man is Brian. My paper is always there in the morning, usually in the same place.

When we had days of rain, and the paper had to be double bagged, my paper was there.

We are staying home to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Reading the paper each morning, having a cup of tea or coffee, is part of our daily ritual.

That is one thing that has not changed. It is comforting to know that when we go outside to get the paper, it will be there.

Thank you to all of the paper delivery folks. You are appreciated.

Ruth Cote, Hixson


Consider giving your stimulus money away

It appears we are soon to receive $1,200 or/and $500 deposited into our bank accounts. It's hard to believe that $1,200 or $500 will make a lasting difference to those who are struggling to make ends meet.

Many people don't need this money, so I propose we pass it on. If you know of an individual or couple working hard to make ends meet, wouldn't it be lovely just to put that cash into an envelope and quietly pass it to them?

And if you don't know of such a situation, how about passing the money on to a charity such as the Salvation Army?

Either way, I bet God would approve. Thanks for thinking about this.

Kathy Owen


Who to blame? Focus on China, WHO

Never in my lifetime have we in America been forced to deal with so much havoc and disruption as this COVID-19 crisis has created.

If you are wanting to direct your outrage and point the "finger of blame" for all of this, I would suggest these two bodies as the primary targets:

* The Chinese government. It must bear the primary responsibility. The virus originated there, but the government kept everything secret. It refused to allow representatives from our country to come in early to gather invaluable data that would have allowed us to make preparations even in early December. So many lives could have been saved. The government continues to lie about this virus.

* The World Health Organization totally failed all the countries of the world. Early on it was still saying that there could be no "human-to-human" transmission of this virus. It downplayed this virus so much that countries lost at least two months when they could have been making invaluable defensive preparations that would have saved so many lives. The head of this organization should resign immediately in shame, but he hasn't done so.

Jerry Johns, Ringgold, Georgia


Governor's values are upside down

During the coronavirus crisis, Tennessee Gov. Lee has struggled to provide leadership.

One of his more ironic (or moronic) decisions has been to deem alcohol and guns "essential" services or products when we know that in times of stress people are more likely to kill themselves or others.

We also know that during times of stress people are more likely to drink too much and act out, or if they are sober, they are more likely to fall off the wagon.

At the same time that he made the above decisions, he decided that church and abortions are not essential services.

What misplaced values our governor seems to have.

Jane Elmore


Trump can't grasp idea of independence

After the impeachment trial of Trump, Republican senators appeared on talk shows, including Lamar Alexander.

Some conceded that the House had proved its case, but it didn't rise to the level to convict Trump. Several, including Alexander, stated that Trump had learned his lesson.

He did learn his lesson, but it wasn't from the impeachment. It was likely from King Henry II. King Henry was having problems with the Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Becket. As the story goes, during a night of revelry and drinking, the king shouted out, to paraphrase, "who will rid me of this troublesome priest?" Some sycophant knights rode to Canterbury and killed the archbishop.

Trump does not lack in sycophants, but he prefers to do this dirty work himself. He has fired some of the independent inspectors general, including the one who referred the whistleblower's report to Congress that resulted in the impeachment. Trump states that he need ones who are loyal to him. Trump has a problem understanding the concept of independence.

But that should not surprise anyone. He has problems understanding that there are three branches of government and the independence of the judicial system.

As they say, "bless his heart."

Archie Thurman


Science, common sense vs. common knowledge

A recent letter to the editor complimented the Census Bureau for deferring to science and common sense. Unfortunately, the writer confused science and common sense with common knowledge.

Common knowledge states that there are two sexes. Male and female. Period. It is commonly known that there are just two sexes. Science, however, has shown that there are in fact at least three sexes — male, female and intersex with up to 11 different genetic configurations.

The approximate number of intersex humans is in the neighborhood of 1.7% of the population. In America that would be close to 6 million people. In the world, that is about 119 million people. Intersex (once called hermaphrodite) essentially refers to people who have ambiguous genitalia.

They may have normal looking genitals externally but have internal organs of a different sex. Doctors have delivered babies born with both male and female genitalia.

This is not common knowledge, but it doesn't stop it from occurring.

Richard L. Dube'


'Socialism' simply reflects human rights

In the April 10 edition of the TFP, the conservative political cartoonist Michael Ramirez depicted the defeat of Bernie Sanders as the defeat of the overarching "socialist revolution" itself.

But a word on socialism, if I may:

Is it really "socialist" to regard the health care of every citizen of an advanced country as a human right and not a profit-making commodity for the insurance companies? Is it really revolutionary to think that every citizen, regardless of financial status, ought to be able to go to college without amassing a lifetime of debt? Is it so radical to expect that anyone who works a 40-hour work week ought to be shown the dignity of being paid enough to live securely, above the poverty line? Is it really so extremist to believe the science of the urgency of climate change and the need to act on it ASAP?

If so, well, that makes me one of those "radicals," I guess. Or worse yet, a ... gasp! ... socialist.

Seems to me that what most of our politicians and pundits are calling "socialism" is really the recognition of basic human rights that any nation that purports to be civilized and democratic ought to adhere to anyway. Just sayin'.

Rick Armstrong, Monteagle, Tennessee