Balanced, united U.S. being destroyed
Beliefs versus facts:
Some believe we should not build a border wall and instead welcome all. The facts are that an open border helps the cartels enrich themselves by smuggling drugs, committing abuse and sexual exploitation, and overwhelming our border towns.
Some believe we should teach and revel in the racist history of this country. The facts are that such teachings do nothing to further racial equality and a cohesive, non-violent community.
Some believe that electric cars are the future. They may be, but the fact is that electric cars are primarily coal driven, many of our current households cannot support the charging systems needed, and our current system of generating electricity cannot in the near future supply the needed capacity for this mode of transportation.
Some believe our children should be "transgendered" or at least be allowed to participate in gender inappropriate sports. The fact is no human in history has ever been "transgendered," and for every male that participates in a female sport, one female is denied that opportunity.
Some believe in a fair, common sense, balanced, and united country that our parents built and died for. The fact is, that is being slowly and methodically destroyed.
Should state meddle in Nashville matters?
Why is it any business of the state of Tennessee that Nashville wants 40 members on its City Council?
Is it because the Tennessee legislators (majority GOP) don't want the residents to have a council member that represents them?
Midwesterner praises local ‘rescuers’ for their help
When I was stranded with a broken serpentine belt near Kimball, Tenn., I was helped to get back on the road by two selfless area citizens.
They had no obvious reason to help this stranger traveling from Kansas.
Jacob Neeks and Mitchel Shell were my rescuers who went beyond the call of courtesy.
My thanks to them. You are lucky to have them in your communities.
Biden records matter amounts to nothing
I read a report today revealing that personal attorneys for the Biden administration had identified a small number of documents with classified markings when they were cleaning out his old office space. The attorneys immediately notified the White House counsel's office, which contacted National Archives. The documents were found on Nov. 22; the National Archives took possession on Nov. 23. The Justice Department was notified, and Attorney General Garland appointed a U.S. attorney to investigate. The Biden administration legal team has cooperated fully. This, of course, is exactly how a situation like this should be handled.
It is the epitome of false equivalency to compare how Biden's lawyers handled finding accidentally stored classified documents and Trump's intentional stealing of classified documents, illegally and improperly storing them, and fighting off requests for their return. Of course, the realities of the situation did not stop Republicans from spinning the situation.
So here we go again. The Republicans will probably set up a special committee to investigate the Biden administration's handling of classified documents. The clown car of Republicans will open its doors, and they will pile out honking and hooting as they pull their hair and rent their clothing over nothing.
Shift pregnancy responsibility to men
Gabrielle Blair is a pro-choice Mormon, mother of six, founder of Designmom.com and author of "Ejaculate Responsibly: A Whole New Way to Think About Abortion." This is not a book about sex; it is about stopping abortions. In this book, she shatters all of the pre-conceived notions that pregnancy is the woman's responsibility and her cross to bear. She writes that "... she is trying to shift the conversation about abortion away from controlling women's bodies, and instead focus on the fact that men are not held accountable for causing unwanted pregnancies."
The need for abortions would be very rare if a man took responsibility for when and where he is going to release sperm. She advocates for the use of condoms or vasectomies. A woman is fertile about 60 days a year. A man is fertile 24 hours a day, 365 (366) days a year. This book, if widely read, could change the conversation on abortion. Parents should share this book with their adolescent sons and daughters. Politicians should consider bills that make men accountable for unwanted pregnancies instead of using legislation to punish women and their doctors.
Jim and Pat Garrett
Band of brothers is always critical
I need to pause for a cause long dear to me.
The Buffalo Bills football player (Damar Hamlin) would have surely died from a similar injury suffered on the battlefield. Yet many of you reading this would have (and actually did) nevertheless cruelly chastised us Vietnam veterans on our return home who would have tried to save him.
You see, whether on an NFL team or in a military unit, we all regard ourselves as a "band of brothers." So shame on you for your hateful and ignorant vitriol shown to us, many of whom didn't want to be there in the first place.
Young Harris, Ga.
TVA CEO, board need to respond
TVA failed Christmas Eve morning. Rolling blackouts were not a surprise to TVA management. This was not a failure of operators or linemen or maintenance crews. Things happen, equipment fails and wears out. In order to provide reliable power, contingencies must be on standby, ready to implement. This was a failure in planning or an approved plan to fail.
I believe TVA has many talented and capable professionals. I'm sure they had performed thorough evaluations and projections and performed cost-benefit analyses. TVA management evidently decided it was acceptable to allow rolling blackouts in the case of a five-day cold snap.
I don't believe this management position began recently. However, I have not seen or heard current management addressing the need to prevent rolling blackouts. I did see they admitted to poor communication. While that may be true, it is a diversion from the primary failure of not being prepared. If board of directors members say they were not aware of this condition, I would question their oversight and due diligence.
Are they telling us rolling blackouts are standard for the future?
I would like for CEO Jeff Lyash and the board to communicate clearly. Are they tolerant of this condition; if so, I believe we need different personnel in those positions.