This crazy world calls for kindness

I for one am fully vaccinated and plan to get as many boosters as is recommended. It saddens me that so many have suffered and died in this terrible pandemic. I'm not a gambler and especially not one to gamble with my life. I lined up for polio, smallpox, measles and shingles vaccines and never gave them a thought. We only wanted the immunity they promised.

Wake up. Our world is trying to say something to us. We are destroying ourselves.

I wish you would all have the hope of a better world. I think folks would be a little kinder and a lot less crazy.

Debbie Pataky

Lookout Mountain, Ga.


Sad to see print go, but "Not Real News" is a keeper

It was with profound sadness that I learned the Times Free Press will stop its daily print edition by June of 2022. I have been reading newspapers since I was 11 years old. It started as part of the "mentally awake" part of the Boy Scout Oath: "... keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight."

One of life's simple pleasures has always been a newspaper and a cup of coffee each morning.

However, I knew that sooner or later, this day would get here.

On a positive note, thank you for the weekly Sunday feature, "Not Real News: A look at what didn't happen this week." I admire and respect your journalistic integrity and professionalism for publishing it. This needs to be a section like Sports or Region — not just a half a page. Maybe it could be a daily feature, perhaps when the newspaper goes all digital.

Jack Pitkin


Pro-choice party does not support 'choice'

In referring to COVID policies typically supported by Republicans, the pro-life party, a recent letter writer says "the GOP is the 'pro-death' party." The letter is an anti-Republican diatribe without any specifics. There is no contradiction between being pro-life and also believing that the fears over COVID do not warrant closed businesses, vaccine mandates, mask-wearing for vaccinated persons, etc.

On the other hand, there is an absolute contradiction, even hypocrisy, in claiming to be pro-choice and also advocating vaccine mandates and forced business closures. Where are the screams and the marches and protests about "my body, my choice" with respect to vaccine mandates? It seems pro-choice leaders don't really support choice unless it fits their agenda.

Some of us personally know that a small but tragic percentage of the population has died from COVID, but 99+% of the time a human being dies from abortion. And with each abortion performed, a little bit of our national heart and our national soul dies also.

Dennis Urbaniak

Signal Mountain


U.S. should pull pack on some aid

The situation with 10,000 Haitian refugees trying to enter the U.S. from Mexico is disheartening. Since 2010 America has provided more than $13 billion in aid to Haiti, and as usual very little reaches the people. Instead, it goes to corrupt government officials.

America has too many internal problems to absorb massive amounts of refugees from Haiti, Central America and South America. I believe we should maintain a "realistic" program of allowing manageable immigration. We can't just open the border.

Based upon the recent example of Afghanistan, I think we need to let these countries figure it out for themselves.

Steve Weinberg



Right-leaning outlets hurting our country

Catching the news before heading to my granddaughter's soccer game earlier this month, CNN, HLN and MSNBC were all covering preparations being made for the "Justice for J6" rally supporting those charged in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. Fox was explaining how President Biden's "socialist" tax plan would hurt middle class Americans more than "millionaires and billionaires." Then Fox moved on to coverage of a Clinton associate arrested for misappropriation of funds and, later, to the search for Gabby Petito.

It is a shame that conservative news outlets seem to ignore the trauma of Jan. 6 and take up for the most violent in that mob. To see the country reduced to the turmoil we associate with less-developed countries is disheartening. That a fence must be erected to protect the Capitol is not "American."

Conservative media need to dial back their tiresome charges of socialism against Democrats. The distortions, outright lies and vicious rhetoric they spew are taken all too seriously by some in their audience.

Grady S. Burgner


Open border act of Trump revenge

When Joe Biden became president, he opened the border. It was an act of revenge against Donald Trump.

He had no reason to do it. It was premeditated, cruel and inhumane treatment of the immigrants. He then proceeded to undo every good thing President Trump was able to do.

I cannot believe that Democrats are so filled with hate, that they do not care whether people live or die.

We all will die someday, that is for certain. When God asks us what we have done for others, what will you say?

The government of the United States of America is totally out of control.

Democrats spend so much time passing more bills so they can spend more money.

No time to save lives.

Ruth Cote



Throw GOP out to prevent Jan. 6 repeat

Republican House minority leader Kevin McCarthy has repeatedly insisted there are just two questions that need to be answered about the Capitol riot:

1) How was the Capitol left so vulnerable on Jan. 6? And 2) How can we prevent it from happening again?

Let's put both questions to rest: 1) The Capitol was subjected to a violent insurrection as a result of a conspiracy to overthrow our government. 2) We can prevent it from ever happening again by throwing you and your party out of power.

David C. Redheffer

Ringgold, Ga.


Friends, loved ones, please take the shots

If you are unvaccinated or know someone who is unvaccinated, I hope you will take this as a forewarning and go get a vaccination before COVID becomes your fate. Because those of us who have been vaccinated and have lost someone we knew can't stress this enough: Put your politics aside and think about all of your family, friends and acquaintances. I'm sick and tired of hearing about friends I've lost due to hard-headedness or they wouldn't trust the vaccine or the vaccine is an infringement on their "personal freedom." Aren't you vaccinated for polio, mumps, measles, rubella? Don't you have that round scar on your arm from the smallpox vaccine?

Don't throw your lives away and make the rest of us cry for the loss of your smile, companionship and love. I'm tired of this senseless waste of lives, good lives! We, your friends appreciate you so much more than you will ever realize.

Even though we may disagree politically and call each other names, be it known that we, the vaccinated, love you, one and all. And we'll miss you if you should contract this virus and leave us before your time.

David R. Fleury