Public needs to know more about recycling

Chattanooga halted recycling services in August, citing a lack of truck drivers. Services resumed Nov. 1, after Mayor Tim Kelly raised drivers' pay.

While I am glad that this pay increase and subsequent resumption of recycling services proved once again that this "labor crisis" is a wage crisis, I am afraid that Chattanoogans and others don't know/care about what happens to what they toss in the recycling bin.

In 2015 Chattanoogans found out that most of the glass they put in their recycling bins ended up in landfills. Now, glass must be directly taken to one of the five recycling facilities in the city. Considering that the average citizen, myself included, doesn't typically know everything about what can and cannot be recycled, it can be assumed that we contaminate most of the recyclables in our bins, dooming the contents to the landfills.

If it were up to me, I would limit the curbside recycling bins to (clean) cardboard, paper, and aluminum. I think that other objects like plastics should be personally brought to the facilities to avoid contamination. Ban plastic bags, too.

Lauren Hurley


Principled Republicans hard to come by today

The House's 223-207 vote to censure Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., was intended to punish him for posting an animated video that showed him using swords to kill Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and President Biden. The faces for all three were photoshopped onto anime characters.

Two Republicans voted for the censure, Liz Cheney of Wyoming and Adam Kinzinger of Illinois. Their colleagues declined to condemn Gosar, opting instead to complain their rights as a political minority were being trampled.

Attacking Democrats as totalitarians, GOP minority leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., called the resolution "an abuse of power," although the House has censured members since 1832. Gosar never apologized for the posting.

All seven Tennessee Republican House members voted against the censure.

Referring to the 2017 wounding of a GOP House leader and others practicing for the annual charitable congressional baseball game, Rep. Chuck Fleischmann's office said only that he "abhors political violence." The censure also stripped Gosar of his committee assignments — prompting Fleischmann's office to describe that as having effectively "disenfranchised [Gosar's] constituents."

Such tone deafness must surely have struck terror in the hearts of the Republicans who voted for censure. That would be Reps. Cheney and Kinzinger, who are fast becoming the only House Republicans with principles.

Michael Loftin


Opposes Greeson's 'worldview' opinion

TFP columnist Jay Greeson states in his Oct. 30 column [about a nonprofit organization that had identified three area colleges among the worst in the country for LGBTQ students] that if you don't agree with an organization's "worldview," just go somewhere else. So, we should let colleges dictate how their students live? These institutions can be homophobic or whatever and get away with it? This is the United States, not Afghanistan.

Would Mr. Greeson feel the same if straight male behavior was banned somewhere he wanted to go? Say, working at the Times Free Press?

Jane Elmore