Republicans in Nashville are pursing policies that endanger the environment, public health and give to the rich while taking from the poor.
They continue to block a ban on mountaintop removal mining when Tennessee has many more jobs from tourism than mining, and they're trying to block implementation of a rapid transit system in Nashville that would relieve traffic and pollution.
Republicans have been trying to repeal the Hall Tax on investment income. Meanwhile, teachers and state workers are told there's no money for their promised raises, and working families in Tennessee pay one of the highest sales tax rate in the nation for groceries.
Republicans refuse to accept federal dollars to expand Medicaid for the working poor who are too rich for traditional Medicaid but can't afford Obamacare.
Not expanding Medicaid punishes people for working. A low-wage worker with a health condition is better off just getting on disability.
If you disagree with these policies, please vote. Not voting allows this to happen.
HELEN STAPLETON, Sewanee, Tenn.
Ever since Christianity began, it has been unpopular. There have always been those who want to make it illegal for Christians to teach the gospel.
There are several Bible passages which say to teach the gospel to all. The Bible is God's word. True Christians try their best to obey God.
If a government tries to make it illegal for Christians to teach the gospel because it believes it has the power to do so, God just may show government how powerful it is and destroy this nation. Just as he destroyed other nations for disobeying him.
Many who have taught the gospel have been killed for teaching the gospel, and John was the only one of Jesus's disciples who died a natural death.
Although Christians may have to go underground to do it, the gospel will be taught until judgment day.
When I think of a good person, J.B. Bennett comes to mind. His integrity sets the bar for others in the legal field to follow.
A tireless public servant, J.B. Bennett has served our community through various civic clubs and organizations. I'm proudest of his service with the Children's Advocacy Center, assisting women and children who have been victims of abuse.
Of course, each time I take my family to the Chickamauga Battlefield for a day of running, playing and hiking, I can thank J.B. for his service with the Friends of the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park.
When it comes to qualifications there's no question. J.B. Bennett has served as a trusted legal adviser to government officials, doctors and nurses, business leaders and private citizens. He knows the law.
I look forward to seeing J.B.'s continued public service. He will make all Hamilton Countians proud. J.B. Bennett will be a great Circuit Court judge.
GEORGE JACKSON, Hixson