Less policing solves nothing

Law enforcement officers respond to a 911 call by proceeding to the location where a crime is occurring or has occurred.

Take New York City as an example. Blacks are roughly 10% of the population, yet 60%-70% of 911 calls are from predominantly Black neighborhoods. Therefore, the police have a much higher percentage of interactions with Black people than non-Black people. It may be argued that Blacks benefit disproportionately from policing.

However it also means Blacks are more likely to be arrested or imprisoned because they are the ones committing the crimes. Most crime is intra-racial, meaning Black on Black or white on white. Fifty-two percent of murders are committed by Black men, a high percentage of those against other Black men, estimated at roughly 9,000 annually.

It is lunacy to suggest that 911 calls are evenly distributed and law enforcement ignores other neighborhoods. Look at Democrat-run cities where police have been beaten down and crime and murders are escalating.

An intelligent person would conclude more policing is required. Less policing solves nothing. Less crime solves everything.

Jim Howard

McDonald, Tennessee


We're in a big mess and need leadership

We should all be very afraid of the condition our beloved country is in.

We have President Trump talking about going for more than two terms. Michael Caputo of HHS encouraging people to go armed and suggesting charging CDC scientists with sedition. Kyle Rittenhouse went armed at a demonstration and killed two people. COVID-19 is still killing and making people sick.

Where is the leadership to bring us out of this mess? Thank you for the reporting of your newspaper, the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Joel L. Blake


Urging Congress to pass Hotline Act

September is Suicide Prevention Month, and it's important we are there for each other and take steps to prevent suicide. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's theme for the month is to #KeepGoing by taking simple actions to safeguard our mental health and save lives.

One action I'm taking is to urge my public officials to prioritize suicide prevention and mental health. It is vital Congress pass the National Suicide Hotline Designation Act (H.R.4194/S.2661) to make a three-digit number for National Suicide Prevention Lifeline a reality. This legislation will provide the funding and resources needed by crisis centers across the country that support those struggling with their mental health and thoughts of suicide.

At just the young age of 11, I lost my mother to suicide. The impact not only that she died but how has been a heavy weight on my shoulders for more than 10 years. Throughout high school, I struggled with suicidal thoughts and self-harm tendencies. Over the years, I have learned how to #keepgoing and wish to encourage others.

In this time of uncertainty, we all need to find new ways to connect and support each other.

Kelsey Parkey