Aussie seeks help returning dog tag

With lock downs due to the COVID-19 virus, I have had time to catch up on things left undone for some time.

About four years ago I obtained a U.S. military dog tag from a local when visiting Kiriwina Island in the Trobriand Island Group located in Papua, New Guinea. I live in Australia.

The details on the dog tag are as follows:


34149824 T42 O

MRS E CATRON [next of kin?]

5 Cherokee APTS


I would like to send the dog tag to the owner's family. I wonder if you can help.

Richard Hogg

Canberra, Australia


USA has a POTUS, not a Dear Leader

After weeks of avoiding the daily media briefings, I stayed tuned Wednesday and listened to the young press secretary field "questions" from assembled reporters.

In addition to confirming my previously-held opinion that the current White House press corps is infantile and moronic, I realized that some of the questions perhaps — and frighteningly — reflect a change in the character of the American people, at least if the reporters actually represent us. The line of questioning typically began with, "What does the White House say about ...?"

The epitome of this attitude was the question, "What does the White House say to people over the age of 60 about returning to work?" When did mature Americans ever make potentially life-changing decisions with consideration to "what the White House says"? For most of our history, such a notion would have been laughable, for at the core of our character has been the conviction that we are self-governing, that in regard to the most important matters in life we are both free and responsible.

The president is our highest-elected official, yes, but Republican or Democrat, he or she is not our Dear Leader.

Gary Lindley

Lookout Mountain, Georgia


County does not value teachers

I am shocked and confused by the recent statements by Rhonda Thurman. She has made it clear that she is not for the educators of Hamilton County. She has said things that place her in a very negative light.

When she had the nerve to say that giving teachers a pay increase was "tone deaf to the public," she made it known that she is not concerned about education and the importance of educators and their salary. Her other comment, "Teachers don't work any harder than anyone else. The teachers haven't lost one penny yet," also was disgraceful.

As was stated so beautifully by Hamilton County United, Mrs. Thurman's comments towards teachers "were insulting and even more disappointing than the board's decision."

I come from a long line of educators. I myself am a retired teacher from Florida. I spent 28 years teaching English and history, four of those years in Syria. I am proud to say that I am a former teacher. At the current time, I would be ashamed to say that I am a teacher in Hamilton County.

Educators have to be paid a decent wage, if there is to be any retention. I live in Lookout Valley. If I drive across the state line to Georgia, my salary would increase. That's an embarrassing fact.

Educators/teachers don't go into the field of education to get rich, but a decent salary is the least that can be done for them.

Mark Grantham