Hixson residents don't want Village
In response to the Free Press editorial Jan. 6 stating there was a smear campaign against the Chattanooga Village: I don't believe that is true. I live in Hixson and have been following this development since the start, because it will affect my neighborhood.
What the editor does not understand is that the good citizens of Hixson have seen the urban sprawl that has occurred at Hamilton Place and all the issues associated with it, and we don't want that for our town.
Nobody is listening when we say we don't want Hamilton Place in Hixson. We are not against development, but this project is way too big. We don't understand the need when there are so many places empty around town that can't seem to sustain.
If you were at any of these meetings, you saw a lot of passion there, passion for preserving our neighborhoods. We are talking about our homes, our sanctuaries. What's wrong with wanting to keep our town the way it is and not following the rest of the money-hungry lemmings over the cliff?
KAREN M. DALE, Hixson
Put the focus on healthful eating
My response to an editorial "Obesity is worth celebrating." I believe the focus should be on healthier eating without the huge amounts of sugar, saturated fats and large servings.
I grew up in the '40s and '50s where eating was healthy foods, smaller portions and lots of exercise.
People did die younger of diseases now curable (cancer, tuberculosis etc.). My parents died in their 70s and 80s as a result of lifetime smoking, which was everywhere and not condemned.
I remember the ads from the tobacco companies extolling the benefits of smoking. They were everywhere. There should be no deaths attributed to obesity this year.
Let's feed the world's hungry, and there are many, by becoming a healthier, thinner society and contributing the saved money to feed the hungry everywhere.
JEAN ADELE, Mentone, Ala.
Maybe we should arm kids instead
All Tennesseans should be ashamed of the woeful timidity of our pansy governor, legislature and NRA members. Their hearts are in the right place, but their brains just aren't thinking this through.
To protect our kids, they've proposed arming teachers. Good idea? Perhaps, but as a retired teacher myself, I can attest that there are times when an armed teacher could be mightily tempted to blow away an obnoxious student.
Also the teaching ranks are not without their own crazies (after all, they decided to go into teaching).
What if a cabal of armed, berserk educators ran amok inside the school? What then? So I now boldly propose what Gov. Haslam and his minions are too timid to put forth. Arm all the kids.
THOMAS RODGERS, Dayton, Tenn.