Those in glass houses shouldn't throw stones

I suppose you out there carping about opening businesses too soon don't have a couple of children to clothe and feed, a car payment due, rent or mortgage due, payments on the furniture in your home that are due, and payments on all the other things you bought on credit that are due.

You made those decisions because you had a job and calculated you could afford those payments based on your income, which you thought to be secure. Now you won't be getting your paycheck on Friday or next Friday or the next because you no longer have a job.

The government has shut everything down, so what are you to do? What do you use to go to the grocery store to buy food for the kids?

If you're afraid of getting sick, for God's sake stay at home. But let the rest of us go back to work. We're dying a slow death here. If we are able to get our jobs back, it will maybe take years for us to dig out of this hole. Put yourself in the place of a father who has unconditional love for his children and no money to support them. You'd go back to work yourself, I'd bet.

Taylor E. Cavin



Who claims title of 'Asinine Inc.'?

In my over 80 years in Hamilton County, I have witnessed a lot of asinine decisions.

But whoever made the call to close the recreation areas at the dam should be CEO of Asinine Inc. This was a place to walk without close contact. This was a place to eat your take-out lunch before returning to work when you needed a break.

Staying at home if possible is wise, but spring is here. Being able to get out is emotionally wise.

James Edwards


'Big-Time Berke' displays principles

Wow, let's give three cheers for Jay Greeson on his opinion piece in the TFP on April 23. I'll bet when [Chattanooga Times opinion page editor] Pam Sohn read it, she had a hissy fit. You are right that Andy Berke has been an empty suit for his time in office.

Allowing himself to be used by loony Don Lemon to attack Trump and all things Republican is a negative slam on his city, Chattanooga, and shows him to be a small man of little principles.

For myself, all I want to do is play golf, go to the Y and get a haircut. For my son, he wants to keep our family business alive and take care of his family.

Get on with it, Big-Time Berke.

Chuck Megahee


Ditch tribalism for greater good

Loved the headline of John Kass' April 25 Free Press commentary, "Drop Tribal Politics; Think About Others."

I dug in, expecting to read about the temporary sacrifice we all need to make to stem the spread of the coronavirus. Instead, he gave a plea for opening small businesses and against government intervention. Some of what he wrote I can agree with, but it was still tribal, still one-sided.

I stay isolated to protect my husband, who is in the higher risk category. But when I must venture out — groceries, prescriptions, etc. — I have to hope that everyone else is also being conscientious so that I don't bring home germs from the things I come in contact with. His health relies not only on my precautions, but on others also.

You might say this is my problem, not yours. But when we no longer "Think About Others," we've failed as a society. And all the economic success in the world won't save us.

The needs of the economy have to be weighed against health risks to the most vulnerable. We have to stop being tribal so that we can find the middle ground, the greater good — for us all.

Ann Gates

Dayton, Tenn.