Letters to the Editor

Local mom supports Clean Power Plan

The American Academy of Pediatrics, home to parents' most trusted advisers, is deeply concerned about climate change.

Given our current knowledge about the unequivocal warming of our planet, the AAP issued a policy statement saying that "failure to take prompt, substantive action would be an act of injustice to all children."

Thankfully, the global agreement in Paris will help reduce the health threats posed by our changing climate, which include extreme temperatures, poor air quality, higher levels of smog and more frequent deadly extreme weather events such as hurricanes and floods.

This summer, the Environmental Protection Agency finalized America's Clean Power Plan, marking the single greatest step the U.S. has ever taken to combat climate change. In a recent study by Harvard University, Tennessee ranks 11th in the nation for public health benefits gained through implementing America's Clean Power Plan.

As a mom, I support common-sense solutions in safeguarding my child's health. I urge our elected officials to prioritize children's health over polluter profits, starting with showing support for America's Clean Power Plan.

Lindsay Pace

TFP cartoonist crossed the line

I am writing about the wildly inappropriate cartoon published in your newspaper on Dec. 26 by your resident Democratic propagandist, Clay Bennett. He chose to portray Ted Cruz's daughters as fearful pawns in their father's presidential campaign. I suppose this was in response to the Cruz campaign's spot on "Saturday Night Live" called a Cruz Christmas. I watched it on YouTube. It was clever and funny. Bennett has never been clever or funny.

There is a long history of politicians using their offspring in political messages. Children are universally considered off-limits.

I was surprised to see the cartoon in your paper on the 26th, three days after The Washington Post pulled a similarly themed cartoon. The editor wrote in part " It's generally been the policy of our editorial section to leave children out of it. I failed to look at this cartoon before it was published. I understand why Ann (the cartoonist) thought an exception to the policy was warranted in this case, but I do not agree." Here's a suggestion for the future. If it's off limits in The Washington Post, it probably should be off limits in the Times Free Press, too.

Douglas Hamm


Robertses pair off

on Jesus comparison

About Cokie and Steve Roberts' comments in the Dec. 23 Times Free Press, it is amazing just how little they know. They are about as competent as the Pharisees and the Sadducees of Jesus' day. They claim Jesus was a refugee, having traveled from Bethlehem to Egypt. According to all that I have read, that is only a 200 to 300 mile trip. That hardly compares to the refugees traveling thousands of miles on our dime to infiltrate and possess our land, i.e. Dearborn, Mich. (and the men can have eight wives plus umpteen kids for us to feed on government welfare — our taxes).

Joseph had only one wife and one child, the baby Jesus, and all three moved back to Jerusalem after a short stay. I think your comparison of Jesus versus the millions of refugees is a stretch, so why don't you take a busload of the refugees home with you, along with a couple of the embedded terrorists? Put up or shut up!

K. L. Ogle