published Monday, November 25th, 2013

It would be a shame to sell TVA and other letters to the editors

It would be a shame to sell TVA

It would be a shame if TVA were sold. Few know the city we enjoy wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for dams they built by an unemployed public.

Nor should we overlook their investment in power infrastructure which enabled growth in industry above the national norm. To the federal government, TVA is relatively small potatoes and when there must be choices, which states support the Obama administration and which impugn and undermine his efforts?

Think of what happened to the coal industry and connect the posture of its politicians in states where coal is important. Whether we like it or not, perhaps, we should respect the office of the presidency. It is one powerful office. And besides, Obama won the majority of votes.

JOHN F. EARY, Ringgold, Ga.

Veterans should salute the flag

If you see a civilian saluting at a football or basketball game, you’ll be looking at an American veteran.

A grateful Congress has honored all veterans with the special privilege of rendering the military salute at flag ceremonies — as you do with your hand over heart.

Active duty and reserve veterans all gave service to our nation and endured, to varying degrees, the privations of military life, for which they and their families are justifiably proud. There is no question that the public loves and respects its veterans and the sight of veterans saluting is a patriotic enrichment of our traditional flag ceremonies. From now on, vets, show us who you are; give the flag a salute.


Team sports help kids’ health

In light of the national health care debate that has earned so much of the media’s attention lately, one important area that should not be ignored is the way in which children’s chronic illnesses, including obesity and asthma, may be curbed by their participation in sports at a young age. Many studies have proven that physical activity leads to kids’ feeling of overall health and happiness. For example, cases of asthma have been diagnosed more frequently in recent years and are often linked to growing environmental pollution.

It has been proven that swimming has major benefits to children’s breathing ability and oxygen uptake, deterring major symptoms of asthma attacks. Kids who may not otherwise have an opportunity to join a social group benefit from their involvement in a team setting.

Chattanooga should address this problem head-on by stepping up to promote and developing outdoor-based, summer activities that encourage sports in young children. If the city can promote a healthy life in kids with chronic health issues, it may influence all groups of kids to enroll in sports and maintain that wellness as they grow, while giving them the opportunity to create social ties that last a lifetime.


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ToHoldNothing said...

Does one cease to be patriotic if they have various reasons (religious, philosophical, etc) to choose not to salute the flag? Or, in a more extreme case, if they burn the flag?

November 25, 2013 at 2:37 a.m.
una61 said...

I'm a USAF veteran and as a U.S. citizen I stand in the presence of the U.S. flag. Saluting is for soldiers.

November 25, 2013 at 7:58 a.m.
schizka said...

The most unpatriotic people are those who tell others they must salute a flag. They're usually the most intolerant and bias against others too.

November 25, 2013 at 7:59 a.m.
yddem said...

I've been saluting the flag for 40 plus years since I left service. It did not require a act of congress to "allow" me to do so. No law could constitutionally prevent me from doing so, just as no law could require a person to stand or take off his hat, as that is his privilege.

November 25, 2013 at 9 a.m.
Plato said...

Saluting out of uniform is improper. Instead face the flag and stand at attention with hand over heart. I appreciate the patriotism but there is a correct way to respect the flag.

November 26, 2013 at 10:46 p.m.
yddem said...

No, plato, saluting out of uniform is not "improper" and you are not in charge of what is and is not "proper." Was Ronnie Reagan [the movie soldier] "improper" to return salutes from the military while he was president?

I refuse to bow to flag police and will continue to salute, as is my right under the 1st Amendment.

November 27, 2013 at 10:34 a.m.
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