North Shore noise a decibel detriment

The pandemic is paramount, but there is an ongoing issue within North Shore neighborhoods that requires attention. The issue? Renegade motorcycles, muscle cars and drag racing. No hour is sacred: 4 p.m., 1:30 a.m., 11 a.m. Days, Frazier Avenue, Hixson Pike and Barton Avenue are witness to a sideshow of rude behavior detrimental to the ear, restaurants, boutiques and visiting tourists. Nighttime? Sleepless and noisy.

I've lived in Chattanooga for three years, North Shore since November; also lived in NYC, Cincinnati, Boston, Albuquerque, among others. Normal city noise, i.e. fire trucks, ambulances, garbage trucks, traffic, is to be expected, but deliberate intrusion?

Sound is measured in decibels (dB). Chattanooga has a noise ordinance of 85 (dB). Residents have documented and reported noise above 100. No response. Facebook has comments, phones hold texts, decibel photos and videos. Yet mufflerless motorcycles and the revving of muscle car engines echo.

It is time for action from our District 1 and 2 council members, Chip Henderson and Jerry Mitchell, Mayor Andy Berke, and Police Chief David Roddy. Other motorcycles come and go, no issue. When is the time to act, before or after a tragedy?

Barbara M. Traynor


A new version of 'death panels'?

Does anyone remember the uproar and deafening noise by the tea party and GOP over death panels during the Affordable Care Act debates? Now our president is asking some of us "warriors" to take one for the team in an effort to save his re-election efforts.

Terry Iker


Dems trying to buy the Nov. 2 election

Methinks the Democrats have come up with a really good plan to take back the Senate and keep the U.S. House in the next election.

They have proposed a plan for a second stimulus totaling $3 trillion that includes up to $6,000 for a household and extends the $600-per-week coronavirus unemployment insurance though the end of the year.

Knowing it will never pass the GOP Senate, they can pretty well count on all of the poor, uneducated, in-debt voters to fill the voting booths come Nov. 2.

Yippee! More free money.

Jim Morris

Blairsville, Georgia


A big 'thank-you' for second 'opening'

Four years ago, our community had a bold vision to build the Charles H. Coolidge National Medal of Honor Heritage Center. This vision became a reality on Feb. 22 when 12 Medal of Honor recipients joined thousands of supporters to open our new facility. Our staff and donors made this opening celebration possible and laid the foundation for a breakout year before we had to temporarily close due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

With each passing day, our mission becomes more relevant as Americans look for inspiration to overcome this monumental challenge. Our staff has worked with local health officials to ensure our facility is safe to reopen on Saturday, and our donors have helped sustain our efforts as we open a second time. For this, I want to say, "thank you!"

Memorial Day was created to honor the fallen heroes who made sacrifices in service to our nation. This weekend, I hope you will visit the Heritage Center and reflect upon the six character traits embodied by the Medal of Honor — patriotism, citizenship, courage, integrity, sacrifice and commitment — and see how enacting these values in our actions can help others during these challenging times.

William B. Raines Jr.

Chairman, board of trustees

Charles H. Coolidge National Medal of Honor Heritage Center