America needs leadership, not disparagement

My opinion of President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden is the two need to break bread and shake hands. Their obligation is to practice "honor your fellow man" and to have interest in what the country needs, not what they need.

Our nation today is touched by COVID-19. Many of our families and our friends have had it. Some have died as well from it. Isn't this enough?

We will see eventually who our next president will be.

Let's pray, seek God, perhaps push aside the envy we feel and find solutions to help benefit our fellow citizens across the country.

We're not to judge others. Right now, we need to remember our schools, churches, and last but not least, homes. Let's pray our problem with the coronavirus goes away soon by God's desire, not man's. Pray for our nation; we all need it, and our leaders as well.

Barbara Myers

Tracy City, Tennessee


Only our vote stands in the way

The Democrat leaders have been talking very publicly about their intentions if they should be able to win the presidency, the Senate and the House in this November's election. This did happen 12 years ago in 2008.

They would destroy many of our foundational institutions. They would give statehood to Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico. They would stack the Supreme Court with at least five new liberal justices. They would abolish the Electoral College. They would give citizenship to illegal aliens. And they would end the filibuster rule in the Senate.

What will the results be? The Constitution will be wiped out or ignored by the Supreme Court justices, and our freedoms will be gone. There will be one-party rule forever, with no opposition party left. All future elections will be meaningless and powerless. And socialism/Marxism will become the rule.

I love our wonderful and free country and cannot bear the thought of something like this happening. The Democrats are fully prepared and just salivating for the chance to make it happen. There is just one thing left that could stand in their way — and that is your vote in November.

J.L. Johns

Ringgold, Georgia


Good judgment to vote for Biden

It's so easy as Election Day approaches to reduce the presidential race to a battle of personalities. Suspend that argument and consider policies.

The coronavirus: Trump's response, motivated by politics and his re-election prospects, has left America vulnerable and in crisis. He has propagated misinformation, resulting in chaos.

Health care: After failing in his efforts to repeal it through Congress, Trump is trying to get the Affordable Care Act struck down. Doing so would leave 20 million without insurance. Biden will build on the ACA, making the system less complex to navigate and expanding coverage to more people.

The economy: Trump, largely because of his failed response to the pandemic, has plunged America into the worst recession in a century. Biden will create millions of good-paying jobs, spur public-private investment in small business, mobilize manufacturing and innovation, and advance a clean energy agenda.

Trump's policy debacles have set America on a backward trajectory. Biden is strategic, collaborative and proven, and will renew our position as a moral and economic leader.

Biden says the soul of our nation is on the ballot. So is our good judgment. Please give Joe Biden your vote.

Julie Van Valkenburg

Signal Mountain


Scout laws relevant this election year

While reflecting on the recent death of a friend from 58 years ago who, as a Boy Scout, worked with me to earn our Eagle Scout and God and Country awards, I noticed how relevant the 12 Scout Laws are for this election year. Our leaders had extreme moral integrity and character and taught what being the best type of men involved.

Our current manure spreader-in-chief is not any of these things: Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean or Reverent. The Dumpster's backup plan may even be producing "Real Housewives of Mar-a-Lago."

It's frightening today's youth must see adults of all stripes still supporting this reality show con artist extraordinaire. Will they learn it's OK to cheat, steal, bully and lie to get their way ... and if caught, to never apologize, but always double and triple down by blaming others?

I'm a spiritual person with many flaws, but if religious worshipers can still justify giving this version of the Antichrist their votes, I no longer consider myself one of them. My faith in God is unwavering, but I'm taking a selfie of myself losing my religion. See ... that's me in the corner.

Frank Chambers

Cleveland, Tennessee


City's 'resilience' efforts should continue

As I was reading through the opinion section earlier this week, I was struck by [Chattanooga Times editorial page editor] Pam Sohn's editorial on the historic amount of rainfall that we have had in the region this year. I certainly have noticed more rainy days. But Pam is right — the rains don't just dampen your afternoon plans. They also put significant strain on our infrastructure. It seems as our city grows and new development pops up, we are seeing more flooding from the summer afternoon storm, let alone the sustained periods of heavy rain.

I am encouraged the issue of resilience is getting more attention. I know Mayor Andy Berke's office is partnering with other groups to develop plans to help the city and the region better prepare for weather events like heavy rainfall.

Through some of my quick research on the subject, I saw from the Pew Charitable Trusts that investments in flood mitigation can save six times the amount of money in prevented recovery cost. A new report from the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations estimated Tennesseans could see a 13:1 return on investment in resiliency. Talk about a bargain.

Pam, thank you for elevating this important issue, and I look forward to reading more about what our city is doing to protect against flooding.

Ellen Sawyer



Ask questions, analyze Advantage plans

I was interested to see the Oct. 6 letter to the editor from a nursing student interested in Medicare Advantage plans as a method to receive health benefits. The referenced Times Free Press article was timely since we are in the "open enrollment" period when eligible Americans can choose their plan for 2021. I think individuals who are considering these plans need to ask:

* Is the person selling the plan a fiduciary? (Are you being sold a plan to make a commission or to provide the best option for you?)

* Can you see the providers and use facilities you want? (Are they in-network?)

* If a medicine or service is "covered," what is the co-pay? (If the co-pay is a percentage and not a flat rate, it is usually not affordable.)

* If you are out of town and have a medical emergency requiring services from an out-of-network provider, what parts of your care are your responsibility?

These are the questions that most people need answered before making a decision about traditional Medicare or a Medicare Advantage plan. As in most cases, the cliché "You get what you pay for" applies.

J. Eugene Huffstutter, M.D.