Resentment worldview is always defeated
Academics are like musicians and artists. They live in their own little bubble and think that everyone in the real world believes they're special. Similar to the arts, education has an important place in society, but its collectivist voice has negatively impacted modern American culture. Primarily, I am speaking of the current public debate over Critical Race Theory. I ask, rhetorically, what platform would Western academics be given in North Korea, Afghanistan or other truly oppressive countries to develop such a corrupt political framework! Talk about biting the hand that feeds.
The average American stands at a disadvantage here due to the fact that they have no understanding of the academic history on this issue. The average American will never catch up to the volumes of social science claptrap produced over past decades. It's a fool's errand. The present culture war must be fought on different terms, terms that are distasteful to the radical leftists. Those terms include an outward love of the traditional family unit, pride in the American flag, a rejection of identity politics and collectivism. Ultimately, a worldview borne out of resentment has always been defeated by those higher "bourgeois" values.
James W. Smith
Saddened, angered by firing of Fiscus
I was saddened and, frankly, angered, to hear of the firing of Dr. Michelle Fiscus from the Tennessee Department of Health. I met Shelly Fiscus soon after becoming Hamilton County health officer. I was impressed and inspired by her commitment to public health and particularly children's health.
As a pediatrician, she knows millions of children's lives have been saved over the years through the development of vaccines against such diseases as polio, measles, pertussis, meningitis, influenza and even such past scourges as smallpox.
Throughout the COVID pandemic, she was a great resource for fact-based advice and for boosting morale. She held regular virtual meetings every Friday afternoon for Tennessee physicians and public health professionals to update us on the latest news and to answer questions. Her help was invaluable.
It is a tragedy to lose a professional such as Dr. Fiscus from public service. I'm sure she will find an organization that appreciates and values someone with her work ethic, skill, knowledge and passion for her patients, which in her case meant all citizens in Tennessee. Sadly, those qualifications do not appear to be valued by the current administration.
Paul M. Hendricks, M.D.
Time to reconsider north county bridge
My congratulations to our county governmental agencies who secured such a promising property for a new industrial park. One element concerns me: logistics. Our fastest growing population is northeast of the river; this property is northwest. The northernmost bridge is across Chickamauga Dam. People living in the northeast and working in the northwest must travel across one of our busiest bridges. We are well aware of the commuting issues involved. The flow of materials will suffer the same, or worse, consequences if a remedy is not implemented.
About 15 years ago, progressive voices began advocating for a new bridge across the river to connect Corridor J to Highway 58 and Interstate 75. The engineering study recommended a bridge near the Sequoyah Nuclear Plant, with associated connecting roads including a new I-75 interchange at Ooltewah-Georgetown Road. Then came the Great Recession. Further work on the project stopped.
Let's resurrect this. The late Claude Ramsey and Mike Carter as well as former U.S. Rep. Zach Wamp and others have worked in the past to try to improve this. We must encourage all our government representatives to resume work on our infrastructure issues.
David C. Torbett
Not a fan of Lee's recent decisions
To borrow from Ronald Reagan — "There he goes again."
First, our governor signs a permitless gun carry law that costs Tennesseans. Yes, you and me.
$20 million in lost revenue. $20 million? That's a lot of money. I guess the fishing license I'm required to have will help make up the deficit. Got a handgun? No problem. But you gotta pay for a permit just like anyone with a Zebco 202 fishing rod does.
Secondly, he's got one spectacular boondoggle, "Tennessee on Me." A rebate/government handout of $250 for folks not from Tennessee who fly to a major Tennessee city. What a load of government bull hockey. Nothing's on you, "Texas Bill" — once again, your ruse is another taxpayer-funded giveaway. Can't the free market encourage visitors to Tennessee ? Guess not. Even Sen. Bo Watson was quoted as saying, "This is not the governor's money. This is taxpayer money."
Finally, "Texas Bill" Lee grandstands at the Texas border with the Tennessee Guard for a political stunt/photo op while he should be focused on health care, education and Tennessee infrastructure. Guess the governor hopes to visit the Iowa border in 2024. I'll buy him a one-way ticket anytime.
Maybe Greene right after all?
Although they may be reluctant to admit it, the mainstream press have unfairly overlooked Marjorie Taylor Greene's views. For example, Rep. Greene was derided for her concerns about government "brownshirts" coming to our homes, but just the other day a man wearing a brown shirt came out of a brown truck and left a brown package at my door. Should I open it?
Similarly, Rep. Greene was mocked for helping to sound the alarm about lasers in space starting last year's forest fires in California. I want to know, are we in any danger from these lasers here in Georgia? Has anyone asked the Space Force to look into this? The media should be willing to ask these tough questions, not make fun of Greene for raising such serious issues.
David C. Redheffer
Selfishness on roads reveals motorists' home states
I have had to drive to Arizona and Nevada a couple of times lately. During the drive across Interstate 40, I go through seven states. Each state has a road sign that reads, "Slower Traffic Keep Right," "Left Lane For Passing Only" or "Don't Obstruct The Left Lane."
During my travels, I have learned two constants: 1) When I pass drivers who won't move over, 90% of the time they are either from California or Tennessee; and 2) When approaching a hill and there is more than one truck, you can bet the farm that one will always get into the left lane.
They need to change the sign to read, "Everyone Must Move Over Except Me."