Time to resist any more shutdowns

Democrat governors and mayors across this country are closing down restaurants, preventing them from supporting themselves and their workers. This travesty must come to an end. We have had it. We are tired of being pushed and cajoled by insensitive bureaucrats who continue to get paid and in many cases live in free housing supplied by the taxpayers.

Restaurant owners and others who support them should resist.

Bob Jack



EPA rule changes put our health at risk

Thank you to [Chattanooga Times editorial page editor] Pam Sohn for raising awareness about the new cost-benefit rule the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently finalized and highlighting how Chattanooga has benefited from this policy.

EPA's process changes for calculating costs-benefit analyses in regulatory decision-making will have dangerous implications for public health. The many benefits from regulating harmful emissions are already undervalued, and the proposed rule will place Americans at further risk for the harmful health effects of air pollution.

Half of Americans are still breathing unhealthy air, which can trigger asthma attacks, heart attacks, respiratory harm and even early death. As if that weren't enough, emerging science shows air pollution is linked to dementia, reproductive harm and increased death rates from COVID-19. Why is the EPA actively pursuing ways to discount the health benefits of pollution protections, especially when health benefits of pollution reduction are already undervalued?

The American Lung Association strongly opposes this rule and joins other health and medical organizations in asking the incoming administration to overturn it immediately.

Pollution reductions that save lives should be celebrated, especially at a time when we are reminded of the importance of lung health, and the connection between air pollution and COVID-19 death rates.

Christine Hart 

American Lung Association in Tennessee


Wishing to tune out Georgia candidates

You gotta love today's modern computer technology. My cable provider can make adjustments to my programming or fix problems over the phone by tapping into my system. With all this technology, you would think that it could filter out the ads for the four goobers running for the U.S. Senate in Georgia so that we Tennesseans don't have to listen to their bickering all night long.

Herb Spaulding



COVID now problem for more red states

Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, Donald Trump tried to portray COVID as a "blue state" problem and not of much concern to him or the "red states."

Every day the Chattanooga Times Free Press publishes a list of the states ranked by the number of COVID cases per 100,000 people. The state with the highest concentration of COVID is at the top of the list (North Dakota) and the lowest at the bottom (Vermont).

I cross-referenced each state with the results of the Electoral College vote. Of the top 20 states on the COVID list, 15 or 75% gave their votes to Donald Trump. Of the bottom 20 states on the COVID list, only two or 10% gave their votes to Donald Trump.

There is clearly a correlation in the data, but I will leave it to others to explain the cause. It is obvious, however, that COVID is more of a problem for red states than blue states.

Jim Olson


Schiff warned U.S. about Trump antics

Almost a year ago during the impeachment of Donald Trump, the House prosecutors warned the Senate of what Trump could do if he was given a pass for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Adam Schiff, the lead House prosecutor, warned the Senate that the president could not be trusted to do what's right for this country. "He'll do it for next several months. He'll do it in the election if he's allowed to." Rep. Schiff was right. COVID and the presidential election proved him right. The result has been more than 300,000 deaths from COVID and an almost end to our democracy.

I voted for President Nixon in 1968 and 1972. The 1968 election was the first time I was eligible to vote in a presidential election, and I was very proud to do so. By 1974, Nixon was brought down by Watergate. I was so disgusted that I have never voted for a Republican for president since. My hope is that young people who will be or are eligible to vote are watching what is happening very closely and will put country above party because the Republican Party is incapable of doing so.

Rebecca Rochat


Biden, as 'big guy,' may top Obama

Now that the presidential election is over, we see how deeply entrenched the Chinese Communist Party will soon be within the confines of the Biden administration. Conversely, President Xi Jinping, stymied for several years by President Trump, was pleasantly relieved by the election results. He will welcome Joe Biden back into the Chinese inner sanctum after all the votes — legal and illegal — are counted. But how could this happen?

Since becoming vice president, Joe gradually moved closer and gained important connections to Chinese interests. His title opened many doors, and this led to unimaginable financial sums. But never were any checks to contain Joe's name. The tens of millions, paid to obtain sweetheart deals via vice presidential influence, were always paid to son Hunter and brother James. And always with the understanding that 10% would go to "the big guy." So, as godfather, Joe gets his cut right off the top, usually from the "bag man," Hunter. This is blatant influence peddling, pure and simple. And Biden bragged about it, knowing the Washington elite would protect him. Obama made over $100 million as president. Joe will try to break that record, if he can stay awake.

John Bergen