Positive logo needed

Dear editor:

In response to Beverly Cochran’s letter regarding the proposed Catoosa logo, I want to praise Randall Peters for his suggestion.

I’ve lived in Catoosa County most of my life and think it is a wonderful place to live. However, I don’t think we can draw tourists by having a logo that we know will be offensive to many. Instead, let’s work together to market Catoosa positively.

Jennilee Lemmon

Ringgold

Return to Ringgold

Dear editor:

Greeting from West Florida! Just returned from a reunion trip to North Alabama followed by a lovely drive through the “woods and over the hills” from Sand Mountain, Ala. to Trenton, Rock Spring, and eventually, Ringgold.

Two adult grandsons were my traveling companions as we visited Anderson, Rock Spring and Chickamauga cemeteries taking pictures of family tombstones that included: Greenes, Potts, Conleys, Smiths, Decks and others.

My Granddaddy Greene’s pasture was about where the education building of Ringgold Methodist now sits. The old house burned many years ago but I still wanted my grandsons to see where some of their ancestors originated.

We just had to go up the mountain south of the underpass and to the left. I remember going up that big hill to the very top with granddaddy in a horse-drawn buggy, but there are now houses in place of trails!

Perhaps I shall come again before I reach my 80th year (just three away now). Thanks to everyone who has been a part of what Ringgold is now.

Ann L. Holland

Panama City, Fla.

Health crisis

Dear editor:

The intent of this letter is to alert our citizens to a “serious crisis” confronting Georgia. Our citizens who live with mental illness are at this moment being neglected. Those who suffer from chronic and severe mental illnesses are being short-changed by the system. Many are seen in emergency rooms or are sent to overpopulated jails and prisons. Many journey to our regional hospitals, which are already understaffed and facing other significant shortages. Some are left to the confines of a lonely apartment, isolated without adequate supervision and living with their “mental demons” to possess them.

The National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) recently concluded a scientific study on the care of the mentally ill in this country. The results are shocking. A grade was assigned to each state. None was awarded an A. Nineteen states were awarded grade of D. Georgia was included with a grade of D. This information can be found on the NAMI website.

Being made aware of this deplorable condition foisted on our Georgia citizens the General Assembly acted and proposed a bipartisan commission to assess and remedy these conditions. House and Senate conferees submitted the final draft as a resolution (SR 363). The governor vetoed this legislation saying informally that members from the esxecutive were not included though this is “hearsay.” I am sure that members of NAMI and concerned citizens do not accept the preservation of the “status quo.”

I am equally perplexed by the silence from our legislators as SR 363 was voted on by a super majority. Do they not care?

I am a retired mental health professional and I am keenly aware of the shortages and termination of important programs visited on our facilities. Frankly, I have serious doubts about those whose directives flow down from the bureaucracy. Their goals, while noteworthy, are permeated with political objectives and do not address ethical concerns nor scientific objectivity. Thank you for bringing this to the attention of the community. Let us care.

Jim Norris

St. Simons Island

Fire consolidation fiasco

Dear editor:

It seems the county commissioners have once again taken on something they know little about, let alone have the solutions to solve this problem. Never once has the county asked Fort Oglethorpe and Ringgold to join them along with the Post, Fort Oglethorpe Fire & Rescue and Catoosa Fire & Rescue chiefs and directors to sit down and create a better way to continue giving our taxpayers valuable fire protection. Never once have they said that our volunteers must be a major voice in any decisions that may concern their future, consolidation, and funding of fire protection.

The county never should have made any cuts in their budget concerning the Post and Fort Oglethorpe before they had an adequate solution to the consolidation fiasco they started and have adequate manpower needed to handle the affected areas, and a list of all equipment on hand and who would be responsible for paying the insurance on the equipment and manpower.

Once again, it seems no one has given any thoughts to the taxpayers out there scratching their heads wondering what in the world would happen if the county drops the ball on this plan like they did the landfill and telephone building.

Fire protection is something that many of us take for granted because it may never strike our homes. But all of us need it and want to know that our elected officials have developed the best plan to give us that protection.

So one again, I ask the voters of Fort Oglethorpe to register and wisely pick the people that will do their best to assure the citizens they’ll make to best decisions on their garbage contracts, fire protection, property taxes and overall matters regarding the city and citizens of Fort Oglethorpe.

Richard Egeland

Fort Oglethorpe councilman

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