Thankful for our COVID-19 testing

I was recently exposed to COVID-19 and decided to be tested after quarantining for more than a week. I went to the Alstom site. If you have any qualms about the test or the process, don't be concerned.

We drove in, were directed to one of two lines, were quickly met by a person who recorded our information and then pulled up to be tested. It was a simple swab in each nostril. The test took maybe 10 seconds and the entire process less than 10 minutes. My wife and I both received our test results (both negative) 30 hours or less after being tested. So it was fast, easy, painless, efficient, organized and free!

Government really can do some things well. Contrast this with a friend of mine who lives in Kansas, where you must have a doctor's referral for a test, and they won't refer you unless you have symptoms. I like Tennessee's chances of controlling this a lot more than the Kansas method.

Go get a test. It's easy!

David Groves


Not doing anything? Teachers even busier

A comment was overheard by a teacher at Walmart of a customer who was asked if they'd like to donate to schools. "Why would I? They aren't doing anything." The teacher was in disbelief that some community members are under the assumption teachers and school personnel do nothing while we struggle with the coronavirus. In fact, they've never worked harder.

Teachers have to take on extra responsibilities: students learning from home, students required to wear masks and remain six feet apart, the needs of students with IEP's, learning and using new technology, preparing lesson plans for different class types, wiping down desks the list goes on and on.

And yet, teachers and school personnel are rising to meet the challenges; they'll show up every day with a smile. They'll continue to coach athletics. They'll continue to stay after school without pay to help tutor students. They'll go home to grade on their own time.

So please stop and think for a moment before you say something you may know nothing about. Behind you there may be a teacher — who would die to protect your child — that you may have just hurt and disrespected.

Jennifer Jones


We must insist on elections being fair

The president of the United States refused to say he would accept the results of a free and fair election — and suggested to delay it.

I have always tried to be nonpartisan and vote for whomever is best for our country. I've tried to not be anti-Trump or anti-Biden. I am some conservative and and some progressive, and I hope we can stand together against threats to the foundation of our democratic republic. I try my best to rise above partisan politics and fight only for democracy.

I put country over party, and know millions of Americans do, too. However, in this case, the president's behavior puts America's founding principles at stake, and that cannot go unanswered. If any other president or politician behaved this way, I'd have the same response.

I would just like to see any of our elected D.C. officials have the fortitude to stand and protect American elections and strengthen our democracy:

Someone should fight Trump's disinformation about safe voting options. Support vote by mail and push Congress for safe election funding. Support statewide anti-corruption and pro-democracy laws that will fix broken elections.

We should all work to protect our nation.

Rod Killian


Hammond should've respected mandate

This letter is in response to Jim Hammond, who neither wore a mask nor socially distanced at a recent political gathering, even though there is a mandate to do so.

When I was a little girl attending church, one of the first things I learned was that God wanted me to care about others as much as I cared about myself. It's a good lesson.

You may not like wearing a mask or think they don't protect you that well. But one of the reasons we wear masks is to protect others — friends, family, coworkers, people working at the establishment you are in, and most certainly, the health care providers who may put themselves at risk to take care of you or anyone you might infect. Forty percent of contagious people are asymptomatic.

Besides your responsibility as a community role model, you should also respect your fellow county and city leaders who have put this mandate in place. And while signs supporting essential workers are nice, the way we honor them is to wear a mask, socially distance and protect each other.

Children learn to care about others — a lesson for us all.

Nancy Hatch Woodward, Hixson


Evangelicals tour coming to town?

First, evangelical prophet Perry Stone gets caught laying on hands with several parishioners, though his prophetic powers failed to see that he'd get caught.

Next Jerry Falwell Jr., another evangelical Christian leader, gets caught with his zipper down, laying on his hands with his wife's assistant, while sipping Beelzebub's Black Water.

All is not lost, however. Stone and Falwell are joining Jim Bakker, another in a long line of evangelical bamboozlers, on a comedy tour, "Hypocrites of the Apocalypse," appearing every Saturday night in strip clubs, juke joints and truck stops in 16 red states.

Be prepared to laugh and shout "Hallelujah" as that money-making Theocratic Trinity of Tartuffery delights you with tales of good-old-fashioned ribaldry and conniving worthy of an Old Testament king.

Bring your love offerings as women, booze and fancy living aren't cheap.

Stephen Greenfield, Cleveland, Tennessee


When Fauci talks, we should listen

Dr. Anthony Fauci has done incredible work in the area of infectious diseases; we need to listen to his words. His research and willingness to alter his views are what an intelligent and open-minded person does.

He was on the front lines of the HIV epidemic; his compassion and intelligence are part of the reason I am still here, 36 years after my HIV diagnosis.

What he is doing and saying is not partisan or political. He is where he is at the NIH because of his work, intelligence and research prowess, not for any other reason.

I know that when he is allowed to speak about the pandemic, I listen to his words. When he suggests something, I do it. He is not self-serving or in this for accolades and recognition. He is following his fire in the belly.

I have had the pleasure of meeting him on several occasions. He was a speaker at various conferences and seminars on HIV I have attended. He is extremely intelligent, yet personable and polite.

It is our responsibility and duty to listen to his words and act accordingly. He is not pandering politically, he is acting as a humanitarian.

Mark Grantham