Mail-in vote limits will restore integrity

You reported Sunday that the mysterious case of the dead Dade County, Georgia, voter remains unsolved.

For Tennessee voters who care, a man who died in 2015 cast a ballot in the November election, and Georgia election officials have attempted without success to determine who actually requested and mailed in his ballot.

One immediate conclusion to draw from this incident is that such cases are so rare as to make no difference in a general election, but several other observations are also plausible.

One is that chasing down such irregularities is difficult and tedious. Another is that where there may be thousands of questionable ballots, election officials don't have enough hours to chase down every case, or even a small percentage of them. A third observation is that where there is bulk mail-in balloting, the opportunities for other kinds of fraudulent balloting greatly exceed the relatively small number of dead people who might vote.

Mail-in balloting must be limited if we are to establish election integrity.

Gary Lindley

Lookout Mountain, Georgia


What is truth? Will nation stand?

2,000 years and worldly thinkers are still asking: "What is truth?"

They still say crucify good and turn evil loose. Their way of thinking defies Aristotle and the law of contradiction, which is the way of all reasoning.

They conclude that if building "A" is taller than building "B" and "B" is taller than building "C," then "C" must be taller than building "A." They reason if a man thinks he's a woman, he is a woman. If someone steps on a turtle or eagle egg, they are jailed, but if a woman has a baby vacuumed from her womb, it's lawful and the taxpayer pays the bill. What is truth?

America just traded a brilliant businessman for a politician.

A businessman can be described in one word. His sole purpose and only function is described by that word ... profit. A politician is the exact opposite. As an example, when the first automobile was invented, the horse and buggy industry must have seen the writing on the wall. A politician would have sent the EPA, IRS, FBI and the rest of the alphabet soup to shut down the car factory. (Similar to the XL pipeline project.) A businessman would cancel all restrictions and make sure the factory is successful. How many individuals still use a typewriter, as another example?

Why has America been the greatest nation ever? Have we reached our end? Will we now crucify the good (our Constitution) for evil (socialism, communism)? What is truth?

Ed Huber

Copperhill, Tennessee


Clif Cleaveland a community treasure; his column will be missed

I was saddened recently to read the last column that Dr. Clif Cleaveland would write for the Times Free Press. He is easily one of the finest people I know.

My father was a fellow internist here with Clif and admired him greatly. To say that he was a Rhodes Scholar, while true, was a minor achievement for him.

I read every word of his TFP articles and frequently referred them to others. He was the consummate physician and headed national medical organizations. I served with him on the board of the Community Foundation. His devotion to the most vulnerable in our area is astounding. His combination of humility, kindness and wisdom may be unmatched.

What an example for all of us to emulate. Thank you, Dr. Cleaveland!

Ward Nelson

Lookout Mountain, Tennessee


New mayor: Make city great for all

As a white, 60-something woman who has lived in other parts of the country, I find Chattanooga to be a lovely place to live. Chattanooga has gotten a lot of positive press because of its cost of living, internet access and physical beauty, among other things.

But I know that Chattanooga isn't a great place for everyone to live.

Our citizens of minority races face challenges most of us know nothing about, and I think our mayoral candidates need to be addressing this. What about the inequities in public education, crime, and availability of safe and affordable housing?

I'd like to see our new mayor focus on making this a safe, exceptional place for all who live here.

Cathy Dreger


Money, pride will forbid term limits

I totally agree with a letter that ran on Jan. 17. What I have said for years is that we need term limits in the Congress and state.

Of course that will never happen because the members like the money first and the pride that goes with the job.

Nadine Carden



More money = better readers

Re: "Gov. Lee backs bill focused on learning deficits" (Jan. 17): As a mother of a son with reading disabilities who is now in his 30s, successful and an avid reader, I know something about reading problems in third grade. The solution to improving reading skills is pretty straight-forward.

High levels of literacy take a well-funded school system with a sufficient number of skilled reading teachers. Secondly, there is no such thing as a specific grade reading level. There is an average reading level at which most students read. Due to developmental differences in children, a number of children, especially males, don't learn to read well until grades 6-7.

If you want to ensure their failure, humiliate them by putting them back a grade and give them no specialized help. So many adults think just because they went to school, they are an expert on schools. Driving across a bridge 20 times doesn't make you an expert on bridges. Learning and reading are complex brain activities.

Listen to the experts and research related to teaching and learning, and fund the schools better. Standardized tests, putting kids back a grade and phonics are outdated and ignorant approaches to education.

Jenny Rytel


Trump was a con from the beginning

It didn't begin with Trump's incitement Jan. 6. The insurrection began after his inaugural with his attacks against mainstream media as "fake news" and "enemy of the people," and tweeting unfounded conspiracy theories.

Trump, a con man, had the ability to draw in masses through his lies ... and the Republican Party, seeing the benefit to them, supported Trump and the con. Thus, they attacked the whistle-blower and witnesses, making a sham of the first impeachment that should have been a slam-dunk conviction.

During the Russia collusion investigation, with sure evidence of Russia's support of Trump, Trump stood by Putin saying he believed Vladimir over U.S. intelligence agencies, an impeachable offense in my book but surely a reason to question Trump's patriotism.

Trump ranted for a year that the 2020 election would be fraudulent if he lost. He primed his base and hate groups to believe a revolt would be needed, especially after the election, posting there would be violence if he lost the recounts.

On Jan. 6, thousands of Trump followers were assembled, through Trump's coaxing and invitations, with all the combat gear needed. Trump gave the command, and then watched it on TV.

John S. Winesett

Lakesite, Tennessee