New ideas for city? Reader has a few

Here are some positive suggestions for our community:

* Statue #1: (Sometimes, I can change my mind.) Confederate Gen. A.P. Stewart could be relocated to Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center. He was responsible for creating the park.

* Statue #2: The John Ross statue at the courthouse could be relocated to Ross' Landing. The county courthouse should have no statues or memorials.

* Statue #3: The Ed Johnson Memorial is not edifying to his memory. Its location right across from where people eat ice cream? Better location: Bessie Smith Cultural Center.

* Tyner/Brainerd: Both high schools schools are badly deteriorating and dropping enrollment. Why not combine the two in a new, larger, up-to-date building?

* Elections: Chattanooga needs to elect its leaders in either August or November general elections. March elections are inherently machine elections. Think corruption in larger cities.

* EVs: Everyone is infatuated with EVs. Problem: Nobody will wait seven hours to recharge a battery on AC outlets. America needs to be rewired for fast-charging DC outlets. Also, build more nuclear power plants; solar and wind will not adequately supply the energy required for 250+ million vehicles on top of our other needs.

Ronald Williams


Card returned; faith in people restored

As a "seasoned" citizen, I try to walk a lot. When it's raining, I'll usually walk in Northgate Mall. Recently, I happened to walk in the Hamilton Place mall. After I finished, I left to do other errands.

When I got to Sam's, I discovered my Amex card had fallen out of a pocket. I rushed back to retrace my steps, to no avail. I stopped by the unmanned security station and called the posted phone number. It was answered promptly, and I asked if anyone had turned in an Amex card in the last 30 minutes. Lo and behold, the answer was yes! She explained someone had just turned it in.

If you ever have had to replace a credit card, it can be a real hassle. So to that really nice person, you have restored my faith in the goodness of people. Thanks to you and the security team.

George D. Arthur



Appreciates new newspaper format

As a longtime subscriber (over 45 years) to the Chattanooga Times Free Press, I just wanted to tell you how much we appreciate the iPad and the newspaper online.

As a senior citizen who has been reading a newspaper forever, I must admit that I was skeptical that I could do without a daily newspaper in my driveway everyday. My husband and I love the ease of reading the paper online. The iPad is easy to use, and I can still print my daily puzzles on a wireless printer and work them as usual. I won't have to take newspapers to recycling, and I can access the newspaper anytime. I will miss the great newspaper carriers who diligently delivered the paper to our driveway everyday.

Your added touch in this transition was providing the iPad and the training to use it. Change is tough, but you have made the transition easy. Thanks.

Joy and Dale Yates



Acord, Chambliss were a huge help

Congratulations to Phil Acord on his forthcoming retirement! He has been a steady rock for families that need safe, affordable and "no worries" child care! I was once one of his clients — trying to go to school (and then work) and worried about the care of my two girls. This was in the 1980s, and he and his staff were so good to me. I always try to sing the praises of the Chambliss Center for Children as they helped me along my way. Hope you enjoy your retirement!

Jan Swallows

Ringgold, Ga.



Did Will miss forest because of trees?

In his Oct. 11 commentary on the Chattanooga Free Press editorial page, Washington Post columnist George Will chastises a UCLA professor who dares to give a final exam during the social crisis of the George Floyd murder in Minneapolis, despite the pleas of students that the timing would disadvantage Black students.

Then, in his characteristic delightful craftsmanship of the language, Will goes after "... the invertebrate academic bureaucrats who, oozing wokeness from every pore, pander to mobs clamoring for the unethical and hoping for the illegal."

Really now! Wouldn't it be more to the point if Will, who himself is no amateur in the ranks of scholarly professors, had focused attention on a distinguished and decorated academician who intended to base a grade for the term on a single observation of the students' performance? Nowhere in academia should a single assessment be assumed to have that degree of reliability and validity.

Or, is this just an example of missing the forest because of the conservative trees?

Richard K. McGee, Ph.D.


Enough already; time for animal videos

I'm shutting off the TV for today. I don't need to hear anymore about oil spills, debt limits, fires, tornadoes, missing babies, schools shootings, fighting politicians, homeless people, starving people, wars, the virus, child abuse, elder abuse, abortions, evil men and women exploiting the helpless, people afraid to go to work or to school for fear of being shot, migrants, labor unrest, strikes, higher taxes, higher cost of living or earthquakes. I could go on.

The next time I turn on the TV, I will go to PBS and watch cute animals playing in their dens or a nice Ken Burns documentary.

Naomi Wilkins


Leonard Pitts takes a dark, divisive turn

"Hatred is a failure of the imagination." These words of Albert Einstein came to mind as I read the vision tirade by Miami Herald columnist Leonard Pitts in the Sept. 27 Times Free Press.

Let me say I'm fully vaccinated and wish everyone I know was as well. Unlike Mr. Pitts, however, I can imagine why they are not. The vaccines were developed in record time. When originally made available, they were identified as emergency measures. At times, both the CDC and the Biden administration have sent mixed messages about the shots and boosters. The need for a booster only six months after the initial rounds does not inspire confidence. "Breakthrough" cases are unusual but not rare as are vaccine side effects.

I know many of the unvaccinated employ mitigation practices (masking and social distancing). Yet Mr. Pitts celebrates the potential loss of their livelihoods. All of these people, according to him, are angry and dumb. He goes on to assert that if it weren't for the unvaccinated, "this thing could be over by now." Every epidemiologist knows better.

Mr. Pitts has become a voice of division and intolerance. Would it be possible to replace his column with that of Jonah Goldberg, who is more open-minded?

Stephen Dick

Athens, Tenn.