Sad to see no flags at National Cemetery

I just finished reading the TFP article stating that there won't be flags on the graves of our fallen soldiers this year. I am appalled.

These men and women went to war to fight and die for us to have the freedoms we enjoy today. Now we are opening up after fighting a "war" on our soil, and we don't have people with the backbone to honor these veterans.

We can all put on masks, gloves, whatever it takes and put flags on these graves. Where do we pick them up to do this? If they haven't been bought, then where do we get them from? Surely there are local businesses who have flags and enough Chattanoogans who are willing to go out and get flags and place them on the graves before Monday. Just tell us how.

Sue Hill


Mullis will help area move forward

I have known Jeff Mullis for many years and watched him dedicate his life to helping his neighbor and community. Jeff has served in many roles throughout his life including fire chief, city planner and zoning administrator, Walker County zoning director, executive of the Northwest Georgia Economic Development Authority and Georgia state senator. He has had an important role over the past years in Chickamauga, and he has been able to open many doors at the state and federal levels that have helped procure millions of dollars for water and sewer infrastructure, downtown redesign and streetscape, road repairs, parks, walking trails and economic development for our communities.

In my years as a council member and mayor, I have watched Sen. Mullis work tirelessly with our county commissioners, mayors, city councils and city managers for the good of all our communities. In these uncertain times, I think it's crucial we have knowledge and experience in our state legislative branch so we don't step backward but continue moving forward. For those reasons, I'm confident Mullis will continue to serve his district to the best of his ability for many years to come as our state senator.

Mayor Ray Crowder

City of Chickamauga


'Willful ignorance' costly on virus

Intelligence officials say Trump displays "willful ignorance" by not reading the presidential daily briefs and gets angry at information that contradicts him. The intelligence community knew Trump's near total disregard for intelligence professionals would eventually lead to disaster. In an annual threat report, then-Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats stated in early 2019, "The United States will remain vulnerable to the next flu pandemic."

In 2018, Trump's administration disbanded the Obama-initiated White House pandemic response team. In summer 2019, an American epidemiologist left a position monitoring outbreaks in China because the position was being defunded in September. China warned the World Health Organization of an outbreak on Dec. 31, 2019. U.S. Health and Human Services knew by Jan. 3, 2020. On Jan. 6 the CDC posted a level 3 travel warning. Peter Navarro, Trump's trade adviser, on Jan. 29, wrote the coronavirus could cost the U.S. trillions of dollars and put millions of Americans at risk of illness or death.

David Bean

Chatsworth, Georgia