When a president says I have a pen and will bypass Congress, these are the words of a ruler, and not of a leader.
KELVIN H. FLEMINGS, Soddy-Daisy
It is rare for someone to admit that they are wrong, especially in the media, as a local weatherman did recently concerning his forecast. But they will not, or they are not allowed to admit that weather manipulation does occur, many times causing inaccurate forecasts worldwide.
Read S. 517 (109th): Weather Modification Research and Development Policy Authorization Act of 2005 and H.R. 2995 (109th): Weather Modification Research and Technology Transfer Authorization Act of 2005. There are companies, and the government, that modify the weather such as weathermodification.com.
GARY R. DENNIS, Cleveland, Tenn.
The governor's anti-meth bill will force many law-abiding citizens to see their doctors and get prescriptions before they can purchase safe, effective cold medicine.
If Gov. Bill Haslam's bill passes and you need more than 10 days of medicine that contains pseudoephedrine (the active ingredient in Sudafed and many other cold medicines), you'll have to take off work or hire a sitter; get a prescription; go to the pharmacy, get your medicine and go home ... all while miserable with a cold or flu.
Repeat this for every family member who gets the sniffles. It is not the way to fight meth. It is wrong to treat decent, struggling families like criminals.
Besides, it is yet another intrusion of government into our lives, and it will not solve the problem. This law doesn't change the fact that 80 percent of this country's meth is supplied by Mexican drug cartels -- not the local store; a monthly pseudoephedrine limit does nothing to stop them.
Why should we, law-abiding citizens, have to pay for the crime, when all we want to do is to treat a cold? Isn't punishing everyone for the actions of a few absurd?
G. LAMAR WILKIE, Manchester, Tenn.