About Sunday's article: "'That's their problem': Neighbors oppose low-income housing on East Main Street":

In fact, many Ferger Place residents support the proposed development for 60 affordable housing units at 1815 Main Street and were dismayed that the article gave voice only to one neighbor who was in strong opposition and his "not in my backyard" mentality.

John Paque actually lives directly behind my home — in my backyard, if you will. He is entitled to his opinions, but let the record state that they do not represent those of Ferger Place. Not all neighbors choose to exercise their activism by venting at a neighborhood meeting.

Had I known that the loudest voice at our Ferger Place neighborhood social would receive the greatest newspaper coverage, I might have approached our meeting differently. Rather, I came to our neighborhood meeting with an open mind and was impressed by the professionalism of both the Vecino Group and the AIM Center, as well as the city resources being dedicated to this proposed development.

I fully support this project and look forward to learning what I can do to welcome our future neighbors. "Yes, in 'my' backyard."

Ruth Ann Graham


Gov. Bill Lee correct on gun rights bill

It is finally about time that Tennesseans were trusted by the state government on the Second Amendment.

I congratulate Gov. Bill Lee on his forward-thinking and timely proposal to finally grant the citizens of this state an absolute right that they should have had a long time ago.

Admittedly, my political beliefs are hard to stomach for almost anyone else. I am a rational anarchist. I do not, and never will, believe that government of any sort is necessarily of any net benefit to mankind, and as such I have never voted in any important election because I believe voting is a sort of gambling which, as Thoreau said, has a slight moral twinge to it.

However, in Gov. Lee's case, I would be tempted to suspend that belief and vote for his re-election should he be eligible for it. Unlike other politicians, he is trying to do something useful for Tennesseans, to wit, return to them the right to defend themselves individually against the criminal element, which is something that most of the law enforcement agencies have been utterly and tragically unable to do.

Richard W. Shultz


Data loss should cause heads to roll

Well, I am just gobsmacked. Our Hamilton County Sheriff's Office has "lost" all dash camera footage from Oct. 25, 2018, through Jan. 23, 2020. This is critical evidence that may have proven guilt or innocence for the parties involved. Both deputies and citizens are ill served by such gross incompetence.

In my small business, we back up our data daily across four computers and store a copy in the cloud offsite. We then periodically verify this is occurring properly. Simple and easy. You just have to be smart enough to comprehend the cost of failure and ensure you don't. Missing something, sheriff? Anybody seen some marbles?

Mayor Coppinger and Mayor Berke, parkways and poverty initiatives get your photo taken and nice things said about you. Core competence is boring and is noticed only when it fails. Please do the right thing and demand personal responsibility. Some heads should roll. Sheriff, if you were in the Navy, your career would have just ended.

This is a clarion call for the city and county to review all data-keeping methods and ensure that information is adequately stored and protected.

Jim Howard