Opinion continues in TFP news columns

Is it any wonder that public trust in news media has plummeted in recent years?

In your Statement of Core Values, you state, "Credibility is the greatest asset of any news medium, and impartiality is the greatest source of credibility." You define credibility as "reporting, editing, and delivering the news honestly, fairly, objectively, and without personal opinion or bias."

Why then, in an AP article about former President Trump criticizing politicians who refuse to tell whether they have received COVID-19 booster shots, does it observe that his comments came during an interview on "the conservative One America News Network"? Is this an example of "without personal opinion or bias"?

Are we to assume that from now, news sources will be qualified by terms such as "the liberal CNN," or "the left-leaning New York Times," or "the far-left MSNBC," just so we'll be sure to know the political and ideological bent of those media outlets?

Is there not enough space on the TFP's op-ed pages, so commentary, opinion and slanted reporting aren't allowed to seep into all pages of the paper?

Robert Tamasy



Walking in someone else's shoes

To the person who decided to leave a note on my husband's car at the park: Here's what you didn't take time to see — a man giving his wife a break, a dedicated father who took his two young kids to the park so they could get some fresh air and exercise, a dog owner who cares enough to bring her to the park.

What you don't know: We are dedicated public school teachers. We, like many, are trying each day to give our best for our children and our students. We adopted our sweet dog from McKamey Center. She doesn't do well off leash.

What you don't see is a wife who is frustrated with a woman who had nothing better to do than to sit in her car, judging people at the park.

I urge you to take to another moment before casting judgment. Before leaving that note or making a comment that isn't helpful or necessary, maybe ask yourself, "How can I help?" Or better yet, don't say anything for you never know what someone is carrying. Instead, view the people you see, knowing they are doing the best they can.

Kristy Godbout


Thankful for gifts to police, fire fund

On behalf of the 44 police and fire officers and their families of the Town of Signal Mountain, we want to take this opportunity to thank you for your contribution to the 2021 S.M. Robertson Police & Fire Christmas Fund. The fund was started over 50 years ago, and we continue to see the generosity of the citizens of our community. Even in the midst of the last two years being so challenging in many ways, we were blown away to experience, for the first time in the fund's history, over $10,000 being distributed to the police and firemen and women on Christmas Eve. Thank you for sacrificially blessing these men and women and their families who faithfully serve.

It's an honor and privilege to see, firsthand, the faithful love and support of our community. May God grant you and yours peace, safety and joy during the coming year!

T. W. Francescon Jr.

Signal Mountain


Our only answer: Stop the nukes

The critical arms race is no longer theory. The race, exacerbated by Putin's maneuvers to place nuclear weapons with a closer range to Washington, is a smirking mask. Dancing with North Korean partners, he makes a pas de deux with hypersonic missiles. With our current ostrich-nose politics of division by provincial legislatures, we don't have a democracy of solidarity to confront his threats.

As COVID fears lead some to get boosted, tritium is the component to boost the fission of hydrogen bombs that our military claims as a necessity for our arsenal. TVA will now be used to increase the capacity of tritium, the radioactive isotope for hydrogen bombs.

I will leave it to environmental scientists to explicate the report on tritiated water at the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan.

As Putin dangles his tactical paranoia on the operational stage with his armored circle around Ukraine, he is determined to neuter NATO. Our national security advisor, no Brent Scowcroft, does not have the ground experience of veterans who have served since 9/11.

Conscience dictates a need to halt this race to doom by doing what we ask Iran and North Korea to do: Stop the nukes.

Kemmer Anderson


Energy costs soared; nuclear the answer

Why are we surprised at our record inflation rate?

"The highest inflation rate in 40 years," so reads today's headline (Jan. 13). It is hardly surprising that inflation is up when you reflect that energy costs have more than doubled during the same time. The cost of energy affects all goods and services.

Has this rapid rise in energy cost brought the amount of carbon dioxide being dumped into our precious atmosphere a proportional amount? Absolutely not!

Will the introduction of electric cars bring our assault on the atmosphere down? Certainly not, as long as the electricity they use is produced by burning fossil fuel! Small, safe, nuclear plants will ultimately be the answer. We need to set our goals now!

Ken Rentzsch



Some white attitudes remain the problem

Re: Star Parker's (Free Press page, Jan. 16) misinterpretation of Dr. King's address at the 1963 March on Washington. Dr. King did believe the structure of our government, as elucidated in the Constitution, was our salvation. What he also recognized was that as a country, Americans, not America, must change to fully implement the design of our Founding Fathers. That change was for many Americans to repudiate racism.

We now live in a country where racism is fed by a part of the Republican Party and former President Trump. We as a country cannot ignore our history in our work to move toward "a more perfect union." Lessons learned create a foundation for progress.

In response to her statement that "the problem is not white people," it is not all white people, but the attitudes of some who refuse to accept people of a different skin color or racial heritage are their equals and deserve to share in the American dream. We have to understand our history in order to build the antidote in our beliefs and laws. If we do that, we will succeed in creating the America for which Dr. King dreamed.

Lemuel Arnold

LaFayette, Ga.


Ruling could unleash more Typhoid Marys

One would think that the government has the power — the duty, in fact — to protect its citizens by restricting individual rights in matters of public health. Maybe not. Since the Supreme Court has ruled that the federal government cannot require a vaccine mandate for large employers, perhaps Typhoid Mary will finally be released — free to infect the rest of us.

I expect those afflicted by a future Ebola outbreak will similarly be allowed to freely walk among us, infecting whomever.

David C. Redheffer

Ringgold, Ga.