Courage needed at Marxism crossroads

The advance of Marxism relies upon three fanatical laws. The Law of Opposites strives to destroy established social norms — faith, family, independence, truth, civility, accountability — and replace them with servitude, dependency, obedience, conformance, anarchy. The Law of Negation asserts that any cost — personal freedoms, free speech, economic stability, private ownership, open debate, lives — is justified if the totalitarian state of Marxism is achieved. The last and most repulsive is the Law of Transformation, which asserts that in every generation there are self-appointed individuals of such superior intellect that they should rule all others while the others are relegated to perpetual servitude.

Such is the current state of our nation. The federal bureaucracy, entrenched in Marxist doctrine, has been weaponized against us. A corrupt judiciary disregards the rule of law. At the whim of global Marxists, Congress is purposefully mired in self-serving tax-and-regulate policies designed to extend and perpetuate control. Critically, a compromised imperial presidency selectively applies or unilaterally creates laws by executive orders in disregard for the welfare of the American people or our nation's sovereignty.

At an irreversible crossroads, we can only hope that there remain a courageous few who put their avowed allegiance to America first.

R.G. Kirn



Anglers on the hook for trashing Riverwalk

While walking along the Riverwalk downtown, it is almost impossible for people to not notice the amount of trash leftover from those who have been fishing.

Tangled lines, empty worm containers, food and drink trash, and cigarette butts line the banks. I know there are many trash receptacles along the Riverwalk, so why are people not using them?

Water is an important resource in your life, no matter who you are. Why do we continue to pollute it? Each time the river level rises, all the trash left behind by fishermen is washed into the Tennessee River. It may be beneficial for the city of Chattanooga to install some placards along the Riverwalk discussing the dangers of polluting our waterways, and ways in which people can help. We need to educate our local public more on this issue.

Heather Qualls



Everyone has a stake in public education

Public schools belong to all of the taxpayers of Tennessee, not just parents. I vote for the school board in my district. I have an important stake in education as every citizen does. I don't think a few loud parents should dictate educational content or policy.

Norma L. King


High-speed police chases too dangerous

I have written several suggestions to the newspaper about the proper way to handle high-speed police chases. I know the police for the most part are not experts in physics or understanding mass and velocity and how they apply to impact. But I know one Georgia state trooper who will not try what he did recently ever again.

I hope he recovers and returns to the force, but unless he knew the criminal was headed to kill his ex-wife, there might have been a better way to handle this situation.

Robert Taylor

Red Bank


Endorsing Chuck, but not really

I would like to endorse Rep. Chuck Fleischmann for being the best little minion a criminal could ever hope for.

He will also stand up and support the person with the most money and the least integrity. He will bring home the bacon for Tennessee and give it to all of his crony capitalist friends.

He will always do the right thing for himself and ride the coattails of anyone he can. We can trust him to support insurrection and count on him to bring partisan politics to every corner of Tennessee.

For these things and many other treacheries, I give my full-throated, two-horns-up endorsement to Chuckie Fleischmann.

John Mathna



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


We need energy education from our power companies

With the EPB being named a "Smart Energy Provider" by the American Public Power Association for demonstrating a commitment to energy efficiency and environmental initiatives that support the goal of providing safe, reliable, low-cost and sustainable electric service, why are more power companies not following the same path and trying to provide smarter energy for the Chattanooga area?

The mission from power companies should not just revolve around financial gain but also the quality of life in the communities they provide power for. If we are to help our environment become a more sustainable place, then energy education is a way to start.

Michael Darity



Elder needs to brush up on American history

In his Monday Free Press page commentary criticizing the constitutionality of various infrastructure bills, columnist Larry Elder cites James Madison's objections to providing funds for French refugees and James Monroe's veto of the 1822 Cumberland Road bill.

While Madison opposed the Bank of the United States and protective tariffs in 1791, he supported both by 1816. As our fourth president observed, "It is impossible to confine a government to the exercise of express [written] powers; there must necessarily be admitted powers by implication, unless the constitution [sic] descend to recount every minutia."

In his analysis of Monroe's objections to federally financed internal improvements, he omits several important points. In the words of Daniel Walker Howe, "Monroe proved no more consistent than Madison on the issue of internal improvements. At the last minute, he inserted ... a qualification that the constitutional power to levy taxes for the 'general welfare' might authorize spending federal money on certain internal improvements ... " The fifth president even asked for an advisory opinion from the Supreme Court, which stated that federally funded internal improvements were constitutional.

Lastly, why no mention of the Interstate Highway Act of 1956?

Michael V. Woodward



Sure, bear arms, but stay at home, too

I'm shocked and amazed that there is a Washington Post editorial saying something I agree with: "Kyle Rittenhouse's actions should not be excused or celebrated." This in last Monday's TFP.

I agree that everyone has the right to bear arms, but that said, I believe you should use that right to protect yourself and yours at home. Not in the street where folks are out of control.

I have a gun. If someone wants to come to my house to make mischief, beware. I am armed and able. Where I won't be is in public in a volatile situation where I have no business being.

Debbie Pataky

Lookout Mountain, Ga.