Digital transition doesn't change value of the news

At 71, I have spent more than 60 years reading newspapers.

Several months ago, I broke my shoulder, making it impossible to hold the newspaper properly, so I started reading the Times Free Press on my iPad. I was reluctant because I also have digital subscriptions to the NYT and the Post, and their digital editions are not especially user-friendly. But the TFP is a breeze to read. Tap on a headline, and the entire story appears. Tap "close," and you are taken back to the original page. Increasing font size is simple. We still get the print edition because my husband prefers it, but even he, Luddite that he is, concedes that he will make the switch when the time comes.

For anyone my age to refuse to accept the inevitable change (and benefit) of the transition to electronic newspapers (love that oxymoron) is self-defeating. Wake up, seniors; there's a new world out there. I loved the old way, too, but I won't let the fact that the delivery system has changed keep me from getting the news.

Lisa Erlendson Scott

Dayton, Tenn.


TFP reader prefers a paper newspaper

OK, I see in the paper — the actual physical paper — that there is a plan to move everyone to digital distribution by the middle of next year. I am adamantly opposed. I have access to the digital version and don't use it.

I prefer the physical newspaper to read while eating breakfast and don't want some mini-version of the newspaper. I do the crosswords, jumble and cipher every day. I don't see how those can be done with a digital version. And if there is no choice but to move to digital, I sure do hope there is a huge reduction in subscription cost since your production costs will plummet.

I don't suppose my one small voice will have much impact on your plans, but I strongly urge you to reconsider eliminating the daily print edition.

David Pickenpaugh



EPB crews' work reassures customers

Many thanks to the crews of the EPB, who worked through the night to restore power to the Northgate Mall area from Aug. 31 through Sept. 1.

You are greatly appreciated.

Sarah Schmidt


Why the delay in charging Trump?

When Trump was president, it was assumed that he could not be charged with a crime while in office.

Legal scholars seem to agree that a president no longer in office can be held accountable for crimes while in office.

On Jan. 2, Trump called on Georgia's Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to "find" 11,780 votes for him. This from Trump has potential for both federal and Georgia state law violations.

Nearly 800 former federal prosecutors signed a statement stating Trump would have been charged with obstruction of justice in the Mueller investigation were he not president.

On Jan. 6, Trump instigated the riots on the Capitol.

For this, Trump should be charged for crimes against humanity and the destruction to the Capitol.

If Trump in private life is above the law, then so is every citizen. If not, why has he not been criminally charged?

John Bratton


Derthick's legacy will be long-lasting

Alan Derthick was a gentle giant who contributed greatly to his community, profession and the built environment. Many will remember the well-designed but small mobile office that he and partner Carroll Henley worked out of on Signal Mountain when they began designing unique contemporary homes and offices, mostly on the mountain. Because of their strong work ethic and commitment to quality design, it wasn't long before they moved into a larger professional office building they designed downtown. Eventually they added Bill Wilkerson to the shingle as their reputation for superior design took off.

Alan clearly represented a dying breed of architects who actually designed buildings with their hands and minds rather than the click of a mouse on the computer. Alan's firm is arguably one of the best design firms to exist since the period of famed architect R.H. Hunt.

As an outstanding architect, he leaves behind museums, libraries, hospitals, office buildings, schools and parks for all to enjoy and appreciate. Alan was quick to compliment and support others for their work or actions, which is why he will always be remembered as one of Chattanooga's finest architects.

Vance Travis


Retiring cardiologist will be greatly missed

The Times Free Press recently honored several local health care professionals as part of its annual "Champions of Health Care" project, in which 10 honorees were recognized for outstanding leadership and service to our community. All richly deserved the special honor this year.

My wife and I would like to recognize one of our own "champions," James W. Hoback, our cardiologist for the past 17 years, who is retiring in December after 41 years of outstanding patient care with the Chattanooga Heart Institute. A Chattanooga native, he attended the McCallie School, graduated from UNC, and received his medical degree from Vanderbilt University. He completed both an internal medicine residency and fellowship in cardiology at the University of Minnesota.

The practice of medicine is as much art as science, "the laying on of hands" as Hippocrates said, and this was especially true for the manner in which Dr. Hoback practiced his profession over the past four decades. I know I speak for his many patients saying he will be sorely missed but wishing him all the best in life's next chapter

Donald R. and Rosa Lee Shopland

Ringgold, Ga.


Latta's work made difference for many

I would like to thank Susan Latta, former director of bereavement at Hospice of Chattanooga. HOC was sold and her position was eliminated, but her legacy for the Chattanooga community is well established. For 19 years she worked tirelessly to build a bereavement program that stood above all others.

Because of Susan, so many more people had access to support as they navigated their grief process. She created countless support groups and community outreach that provided support when tragedy struck a school, workplace or church. Most importantly, she created a space for children to work through the loss of a loved one. This was her biggest passion, and Susan poured her heart and soul into her work with children.

She became the voice and face of HOC. Her expertise, dedication and passion will be missed. I believe I stand with countless others whose lives were forever touched by her compassion, her wisdom and her very presence in saying "Thank you. You made a difference in our lives."

Pamela Poe



Paper 'clipper' likes Holland's sentiment

I am a "clipper" of the paper. I have a drawer full of clippings of beautiful articles that touch the heart from Billy Graham, Nell Mohney, Julius Parker (the late city editor of the Chattanooga Free Press), and up to date with TFP columnist Mark Kennedy, the late Walter Williams as well as my always-Sunday read, Bill Stamps.

Your article on page E4 of the Sept. 5 Sunday edition by Dr. William F. Holland is one I wish the whole world could read: "Living on purpose: God is near and listening." Dr. Holland says to listen with our ears, watch with our eyes and be aware of our thoughts. There is not greater love than God has for us. God considers us his greatest treasure. He has engraved us in the palm of his hand.

Thank you, Dr. Holland, for such beautiful words.

Zella Dixon