Time to rethink recycling

Having coordinated one of the original recycling programs in this region, I know that a well-managed drop-off center, with separate bins for each type of recyclable, accomplishes the main goal of recycling, providing end- users with valuable feedstock, i.e., recyclables that can be made into new, marketable products.

With citizens involved in the design and operation of our drop-off center, keeping the area attractive and safe for all ages was easy. The family-friendly center included artwork, demo compost piles, book swap, flower beds, educational displays, a swap board, a worm composting bin, post- consumer product catalogs, demonstration compost piles, thrift store bins, etc. The Center reflected a caring culture.

PTA volunteers worked at the center on Saturdays, thus gaining an understanding of contamination issues as well as worker safety issues.

The PTA received the revenue from our immaculately clean paper bins. Nowadays, with single stream/mixed recycling, communities often have to pay to have their contaminated loads hauled away. It's time to rethink recycling.

Louise Mann

Signal Mountain


Equal opportunities should be priority

As a student athlete before Title IX, I am fully cognizant of how discriminatory policies hampered my athletic and educational opportunities. Prohibiting educational gender discrimination benefits everyone. Before 1972 there were limited opportunities for women in male-dominated fields, and men were discouraged from pursuing opportunities in predominantly female areas. Do you know any male nurses, cheerleaders, teachers or any female soccer players, doctors or engineers? If you do, it's thanks to Title IX.

The illegal and discriminatory law banning transgender athletes approved by the legislature and signed by Gov. Bill Lee is typical of misogynistic men insisting that we poor, pitiful, weaker women need to be protected from athletic competition. In my experience, nothing could be further from the truth.

Rather than legislating an imaginary problem, constituents would be better served if the focus were on ensuring that we all have equal opportunities in all areas of life. Or are our legislators all too scared of a bunch of girls? If so, perhaps they're not as ignorant as they seem.

Lissa Dearing


Lee's gun 'carry' bill earns unusual praise

I read with extreme joy that the Tennessee legislature has passed, and Gov. Lee is expected to sign, a bill to make Tennessee a "constitutional carry" state. It's about time.

As of July 1, any citizen of Tennessee aged 21 or over who has no felony record may openly carry the handgun of their choice without having to go through the incredible hassle of having to apply and pay for a permit. I am still an anarchist and always will be, but I absolutely applaud the legislature and the governor for finally giving Tennesseans their clear right to keep and bear arms! I may celebrate by going out and buying a holster.

As you might expect, the law enforcement agencies are well nigh unanimous in condemnation of this new law, but Gov. Lee has committed to signing this bill. I never thought for a minute that I would get to actually like any politician, but where Gov. Lee is concerned, I am definitely leaning that way.

As I understand it, he helped sponsor this bill. I might even violate one of the prime tenets of my political philosophy and actually register to vote just so I can help Lee get re-elected.

Richard Shultz


Hypocritical Dems changed their tune

I would like to submit the following quotes:

"Folks, I voted for a fence." — Biden, 2006.

"We simply cannot allow people to pour into the U.S. undetected, undocumented and unchecked. Americans are right to demand better border security and better enforcement of the immigration laws." — Obama, 2005.

In 2005, then-Sen. Obama delivered a speech arguing against ending the filibuster and thereby allowing one party to "change the rules in the middle of the game so that they can make all the decisions while the other party is told to sit down and keep quiet."

In 2005, Biden said nixing the filibuster "upsets the constitutional design" and would "eviscerate the Senate."

This sounds slightly different than the current stance on these issues by these people and their party.

"War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength." — Orwell in "1984."

"The past was alterable. The past never had been altered. Oceania was at war with Eastasia. Oceania had always been at war with Eastasia." — Orwell in "1984."

"And that's all I have to say about that." — Forrest Gump, 1994.

Mike Wolford



Today's GOP has veered away from principles

Donald Trump was fired by the American people. But he is still the leader and CEO of the Republican Party.

Yet here we are again with Republican leaders saying their "freedom" to refuse CDC guidelines is more important than your life. More than 500,000 Americans have died of COVID.

Conservatism has no place in the Republican Party today. The Republican Party has enthusiastically embraced the radical, anti-American sentiment of fear and hatred.

Today's Republican Party leadership embraces racism, anger and violence. To ensure this attitude is policy, they are trying hard to restrict your access to vote. Unfortunately for America, Republican Party leaders accurately represent Republican voters. Think I'm wrong? Talk to any registered Republican. They don't deny these truths. They simply believe they are entitled to "their" rights.

Jonathan D. Nessle


Give scientists their earned honorifics

The David Cook article in the March 28 TFP really brought home to me the frequent mistake that writers/editors in your paper have been making when they refer to Drs. Elizabeth Forrester and Dawn Richards of Baylor School. While I knew that they are professional scientists from early articles in the TFP about their very important work on COVID-19 testing, many later articles identify them without mentioning their academic credentials. You do them disservice and reduce their credibility when you fail to mention that they are scientists who know what they are doing.

Please tell your staff writers to routinely give them their earned honorific of "Dr." when naming them in the future.

(I am an outlander Hoosier living in Kimball, having lived in Texas for 17 years before coming to Tennessee in 1998. "Baylor" is a university in Waco, Texas, not a private school in Chattanooga. In my experience, most schools that stop at the 12th grade don't have teachers with doctorates except in education.)

Kirk Bubul

Kimball, Tennessee


Keep all politics out of churches

My Sunday school class made fun (via Zoom) of President Biden tripping twice going up the steps to Air Force One.

President Biden is recovering from an injured foot. I have a loose tendon in my left foot, and I wear an insert to help stabilize the foot. I trip going up steps sometimes when I lead with my left foot.

I believe churches should leave politics out of their lessons because the Bible lessons they teach expose what they are not doing. Thank you.

Joel Blake