Give blood where it can help locally

On June 3, a TFP article noted the drop in blood donations across the country with information on how to give blood with the American Red Cross (ARC). I want readers to know that if you give blood with ARC, your donation will not stay local and will not benefit area patients. This could put our inventories in jeopardy.

The sole supplier of blood products here in Chattanooga, Cleveland and North Georgia is Blood Assurance. If your business, church or civic organization is hosting blood drives with ARC, please tell your leaders to keep our blood donations local and set up a drive with Blood Assurance.

Due to COVID-19, the blood drives we traditionally have depended on have diminished greatly, and now as the blood needs rise, so does the need for blood donations. I'm asking for our donors to step up and help Blood Assurance meet the needs of the hospitals who treat our friends, family members and neighbors whose lives depend on your blood donation.

To our faithful donors who are still visiting our centers and blood drives and the organizations still holding blood drives, thank you so very much.

J.B. Gaskins


Perfect time for statue to move

Now is the perfect time to revisit the removal of the bust of Confederate Gen. Stewart from the Hamilton County Courthouse lawn. As a gesture of reconciliation toward the African American community of Chattanooga, it would be a good first step toward healing. It also would show the county commission has heard what the black community is saying about the principle of equal justice.

Gen. Stewart's bust should be sent to the Chickamauga Battlefield, where it belongs. In that setting, park rangers can tell his entire story, from his decision to fight on the side of those defending slavery to his post-war career. That is not denying history; it is placing it in its proper context.

Moving the bust would signal a willingness to listen to reasonable requests from local African American leaders. They have explained that Gen. Stewart's presence is hurtful and unwelcoming at best and intimidating at worst. It is a vestigial reminder of slavery and oppression, legal segregation and Jim Crow. Hamilton County should neither lionize nor honor a man who fought on the side that defended slavery. He needs to go, and it is not a moment too soon.

Sheila St. Aubin

John C. Reis


Blood Assurance President/CEO

Gun-toting candidates missing their brains?

I never dreamed I would see the day that to get elected to public office, all you had to do is be an idiot and have a big gun to shoot.

All you see are TV commercials full of guns and talk about socialism. They don't know what the word means. I know when I pay my taxes I want the money to go toward me and my family. That is socialism in the USA — it's Medicare, Social Security, Medicaid, food stamps and hospitals for veterans.

So when you say you don't like socialism, these are a few of the things you are against.

So before you vote for someone toting a gun, you better wait and see if they have anything between their ears — like a brain.

Carol Proctor


Loves the TFP coverage, but not a wet paper

My paper was wet once last month; this has happened five or six times this year. Carriers need to double bag the papers when rain is forecast. Thank you.

You have an excellent paper — fair and unbiased — and interesting. My favorite is the Saturday or Sunday religion pages. When the Atlanta paper stopped being delivered, we were devastated; however, your paper is more pertinent and better written.

Rita Fordham

Dalton, Georgia