Vaccines make virus death preventable

Researchers at Yale found the U.S. vaccination program against COVID-19 may have saved 279,000 lives so far. But Tennessee Republican politicians just arranged for the governor to fire Dr. Michelle Fiscus, the doctor in charge of the state vaccination program.

Last week, the CDC announced: "The United States is fortunate to have highly effective vaccines that are widely available for those aged 12 and up. People who are fully vaccinated are protected from severe disease and death, including from the variants currently circulating in the country such as Delta. People who are not vaccinated remain at risk. Virtually all COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths are among those who are unvaccinated. We encourage Americans who have not yet been vaccinated to get vaccinated as soon as possible to protect themselves and their community."

According to the CDC, COVID-19 is presently the leading cause of death in the United States, at approximately 246 deaths per 100,000 persons. Heart disease is the #2 killer, at about 165 deaths per 100,000 persons. Death from COVID-19 is preventable if one is fully vaccinated.

Politicians who discourage vaccinations are doing unforgivable damage to our public health.

Matthew Hine, M.D.


Once government provides, watch out

Democrats want to convert our country to socialism.

Bear in mind that once a government provides you with basic utilities, it can then decide when to turn them on and off. Once a government pays for all your education, it can control the education and career you get to have. Once a government provides you with food, it can decide how much or what you get to eat. Once a government pays for your housing, it can control where you live. Once a government pays for your health care and medicine, it can decide if you are valuable enough to live.

And once a government gets you to agree to gun control, you have no way to prevent that government from doing everything listed above and more. Freedom and the Constitution will cease to exist.

Gary Hayes, Ooltewah


Racist churches portrayal dismaying

I am a 76-year-old pastor and have a lot of dear preacher/pastor friends in the Chattanooga area.

I have been reading with interest and somewhat disappointment your articles with regard to how racist the Chattanooga churches are, especially the Baptists. I seriously doubt that you can find even one church in Chattanooga where any person, regardless of their color, would not be welcomed ... not one.

Furthermore, as for the Southern Baptist Convention practicing "systemic racism," you and your staff are really off base and wrong! Again, I know of not one SBC that would mistreat or react in a negative manner to any person attending their church worship service; rather, they would be received with open arms.

I realize you are in the business to sell papers; however to use race-baiting news stories in an attempt to divide the religious community is one [topic] I could not remain silent on. I understand that you are writing from a liberal platform, however please don't forget there are a lot of great people in the Chattanooga area, both Democrats and Republicans, who are getting hurt [when you allow] your politics to usurp your better judgment.

Rev. Ronald B. Case