Speaking as one who has a degree in political science, it would seem to me that the so-called BID (see Chattanooga Times Free Press, Feb. 14) is prima facie unconstitutional in that it constitutes a special service taxation district, a legal entity that unless I'm mistaken has never been authorized by your legislature.

Surely the city attorney must know this.

Charles Hyder, Dalton


Is Dade outdoing our city on paving?

I see that little Dade County, Georgia, is paving 30 miles of roads. I bet some of them are in better shape now than many of Chattanooga's. I don't think that many miles of roads have been paved here in the last 10 years.

Most all of the roads I drive on are full of cracks and potholes. Do we even have a paving plan or person in charge? I see plenty of parks, sidewalks and stuff downtown but none anywhere else. Highway 153 has been repaved, but it is a state road.

Like they used to say in New York, Mayor Dinkins, where are you? Mayor Berke, where are you? This paper could put some of its crack reporters on this to see where our tax money is going. How about it?

Charles O. Mason Jr.


Levee breaches hit New Orleans

I lost my home and business in August 2005 when a levee near my neighborhood in New Orleans breached after Hurricane Katrina hit the Mississippi coast.

I observed with sadness that a recent interesting article on chef Michael Adams began by saying, "Following the devastation left by Hurricane Katrina, Blue Orleans owner and chef Michael Adams and his family made their way to Chattanooga." Also, "But all that came to an end in 2005 when Katrina hit."

The devastation was not left by Hurricane Katrina but by a great flood caused by levee breaches due to faulty construction of the levees, and miscommunications among levee officials. Katrina did not "hit" here; it hit in Mississippi. The great flood was what "hit" New Orleans.

Please, for the sake of the thousands who drowned in these floodwaters and the hundreds of thousands in New Orleans like my family and me whose lives were to be turned upside down for years to come, I ask that you join the many who wish these myths dispelled, not perpetuated.

It has been almost 15 years, and we will never forget what really caused the devastation in New Orleans on Aug. 29, 2005.

Susan Levin


Reader questions story priorities

I recently went to see my grandson, Alex Whitmire, who is a resident of Standifer Place at Silverdale.

There was an accident on I-75 northbound. I thought this won't be a problem since I was headed southbound. Wrong.

This morning I was reading the Chattanooga Times Free Press while eating breakfast at Hardee's. I wanted to see what happened on I-75 about the accident.

I could not find anything about it in the Chattanooga Times Free Press, but there was a Page 1 article about the preacher in Ringgold who had oil oozing from his Bible.

Now he has found gold dust in his church in Cleveland.

My question for the Chattanooga Times Free Press is, do you not have enough reporters to cover critical events like this accident that had traffic at a standstill for more than four hours, but you do have enough reporters to cover stories like this preacher?

Byron J. Hendrix, Cleveland