Protecting customers is good business call

Recently, I had two choices I could conveniently use to purchase the some items. One was a locally owned business, the other a regional chain. Problem was, the local business had employees (and customers) making no visible effort to protect against COVID-19, whereas the chain store had all of its employees masked and routinely cleaning surfaces. Most of its customers were at least masked. The chain was a little farther, and possibly [was] a little more expensive. I chose the one that was working to keep my wife and me safe from infection.

This is not a call to boycott, just a business decision. I wonder how many Chattanooga businesses consider this?

Bob Phillips



July 3 coverage was slanted negatively

The July 3, 2020, gathering at South Dakota's Mount Rushmore was patriotic from start to finish. The speakers, the Blue Angels, the flyovers of our military jets, the music, the majesty of the four [presidents] in the background all radiated patriotism. President Trump gave one of his most impressive, heartfelt speeches to date. It is obvious in his every word that he loves this country, he loves the people of the United States and he is dedicated to upholding the values of America.

I find that our local newspaper does not live up to its promise to "give the news impartially." Increasingly the line is blurred between "news and opinion" based on selection of negative news chosen mainly from The Associated Press. The most current case in point was the disappointment in finding nothing positive about the July 3 patriotic night on the front page. Instead, a short negative piece, picked up from the AP, was placed on page 6.

"A newspaper has five constituencies, including first its readers." Please don't forget those of us who appreciate our president and the work he does on our behalf.

T. Berokoff

McDonald, Tennessee


Don't overlook God's love for all

One thing is for sure: We are all sinners. Another thing is for sure: God loves all people, no matter what they look like. He made them all and gave them life, from conception to their last breath.

Another thing is for sure — God has made a way for all to go to heaven, through his son Jesus Christ (John 3:16).

Karleen Howe


Context is key to understanding

Two recent columns in the TFP have a problem with context.

On a recent Sunday, "Pastor Bo" quoted John Adams, our second president, stating that our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people, yet the document neither mentions God nor requires a religious test for office. "Pastor Bo" ignores that the second president was a Congregationalist with strong Unitarian sentiments. Eventually, Adams discarded trinitarianism, the divinity of Christ, predestination and the total depravity of mankind. While he certainly stressed the importance of religion, he also emphasized the significance of rationalism and reason.

On Monday, Jarrett Stepman quoted Abraham Lincoln's 1838 speech warning about the dangers of mob law and violence. Yet, Lincoln expressed a recognition, a necessity even, of violence in his Second inaugural address in 1865: "Yet, if God wills that [the Civil War] continue until all the wealth piled up by the bond-man's two hundred and fifty years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash, shall be paid by another drawn with the sword ... so still it must be said 'The judgments of the Lord, are true and righteous altogether.'"

Context matters.

Michael V. Woodward