The wearing of the green
Even as this month we honor a great Christian missionary, St. Patrick, with our Catholic friends by wearing green, did you know that not all Irish favor this?
Orange is the color worn by the Protestants of Northern Ireland. And there is evidence that Patrick observed the sabbath on Saturday, not Sunday.
JAMES R. HOFFER, Ringgold, Ga.
Hold on to Bible values
The Duggar family seems to be intent on commercializing a system of biblical values and principles which Christian families and churches have tried to promote for centuries.
Sadly, godly preachers like Billy Graham, and local pastors of the past like Dr. Ben Haden and Dr. Lee Roberson, were ridiculed and slandered as being legalistic.
Good schools like Tennessee Temple University, Bryan College and Liberty University are continually attacked for standing for these same biblical values.
Those who oppose these values are working ceaselessly to put these and other Christian schools, including Christian elementary and high schools, out of existence. And, by the way, those people who are trying to make money by depicting the Lord Jesus Christ as a free-swinging hippie, sexy movie star or comic should read the book of Isaiah, chapter 53.
GLENN & BARBARA SWYGART, Sewanee, Tenn.
Bravo for the symphony
As a relative newcomer to Chattanooga (and subscriber to the Times Free Press), I would like to thank the Chattanooga Symphony for its fantastic concert at the Tivoli Theatre (March 15).
Its performance of music by Beethoven and Prokofiev was deeply moving and very exciting. And, the large audience responded with spontaneous and enthusiastic applause and heartfelt appreciation for what it had just experienced.
It really emphasizes what good things can happen when you have so many talented people expressing so much creative intelligence and joy focused on and committed to one singular goal; in this case, artistic re-creation of the most elevated and inspired quality.
This kind of true collaboration could be, and should be, an excellent model for all Chattanooga area business and government ventures.
Chattanooga has much to be proud of with its superb symphony orchestra!