Ode to his grace on Connor's 100th

For the centennial birthday of revered UTC professor George Connor, if I were to choose a felicitous word to speak of his life, it would be grace — a grace of teaching and kindness, a grace of friendship and devotion.

Many students never knew the pleasure of his company. He could be intimidating, but underneath that mask was a sensitive man, somewhat shy, somewhat reserved. And he was wickedly funny.

For his Freshman Comp, I wrote in my research paper on the War of 1812 that the British commander "fell wounded in the corn stubble." George commented in the margin, "What part of the anatomy is this?" More instructive than a prod about word order.

George was genuinely cultured, not highbrow but well-read and broadly knowledgeable. There was an aura of refinement in his modest home: shelves of hard-bound books, copies of The New Yorker.

A prolific writer of letters — blue ink, prize-winning penmanship, personal stationary — his simple thank-you notes could become elegant epistles. Whether he was writing or speaking, putting words together seemed as effortless as breathing.

I learned the word "felicity" from George. Odd that I remember, but it seems fitting now in reflecting on my good fortune.

Charles Thornbury


America, has the light come on yet?

The wealthy, cosmopolitan global socialists who dictate the Democratic Party platform were confident the 2016 election of another shill, abetted by a complicit Congress, activist jurists and fawning media, would permanently dismantle the Constitution.

With the United States, the protector of the free world, rendered inert, the globalists' long fantasized unelected socialist government would swiftly fill the vacuum (see "Green New Deal", UN Agenda 21/2030 Mission Statement, et al).

The ultimate objective of the orchestrated insurrection, now turned to violence in an effort to dictate the 2020 election, is not racial equality, or truth, or the environment, or justice or human dignity. Such noble goals have no place in a socialist state and therefore are to be used, then cast aside.

It is about sowing enough hatred and lies, buying enough votes with unsustainable entitlements, creating enough social division, silencing enough free speech, and denouncing enough history to obscure the seizure of enough power to render the Constitution — and the citizens' voice — irrelevant. America is at war, a war to sustain our free, constitutional republic. The current battle, the last battle if lost, is the 2020 election.

So America, has the light bulb come on yet?

R.G. Kirn, Soddy-Daisy


Are we OK with cheater in office?

Donald Trump cheated his way through school, cheated to avoid military service, cheated in business and finances, cheated on all his wives, cheats in golf, cheated to get elected, and now is cheating to try to get re-elected.

Are we OK with that? What will we tell the children?

Emily Brawley


Media should lead charge on bigotry

The current use of capital B and lowercase w to describe groups of individuals in the news media is a disturbing trend.

Perhaps the news organizations, including your paper, have not considered the negative effect of this denigration on young European-Americans.

Such children are already inundated with this self-hating trope in the public school systems throughout the U.S.

Bigotry of any kind should be discredited, and the media should be leading the charge.

Jill Suhr Pett, Hixson