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There is no evidence that President Trump is racist, homophobic, transphobic or any other phobic. He is a New Yorker, so he is brash and sometimes arrogant.

Let's please stop the ad hominem attacks. Bernie Sanders called the president a "lying bigot." That is beyond the pale.

There are an awful lot of good things happening in the country right now; give him a tiny bit of credit, please!

James Tahler, Ringgold, Georgia

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Better income tax than high sales tax

I am sick and tired of hearing from pundits states like Tennessee being praised for not having a state income tax.

What good does it do for Tennesseans not to pay an income tax when state sales taxes are so exorbitant?

By their very nature sales taxes are an impediment to a more healthy, demand-side economy.

Harry Geller

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Secular regimes just as deadly

Maybe TFP reporter Wyatt Massey (story Aug. 10) should query secular advisers to presidents. Secular Soviet Union and Red Chinese both killed more people than Hitler's "Third Reich"; Pol Pot's secular regime killed a higher percentage of its population; North Korea's secular regime rivals, ISIStan and the Taliban, are in the stiff competition for most diabolical governments today.

Secular people, like the rest of us, have worldviews. (As with churches, secular denominations abound, e.g. Karl Marx vs Ayn Rand.) The U.S. may no more impose a secular view of things than a Presbyterian one.

Since neutrality is impossible — everyone has a viewpoint — we need a worldview of wise love under which people of different worldviews can flourish.

Secular socialism fails; review top paragraph. So does Islam. For freedom and productivity, Christendom excels. Why? Because triune Jehovah sends rain on just and unjust. His kingdom is like a big bush in which noisy, dirty, cute birds nest.

Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners by dying for them. That's love. Most heroes just died. And his resurrection, or any other Christian miracle, shows secularism false as well as destructive. True? Check evidence and decide wisely.

Andrew Lohr

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U.S. one-of-a-kind, but not best kind

Experience is often underrated, though beneficial to the possessor. As a retired teacher of nearly 40 years, I have seen many changes in students, often not endearing.

The moral compass of America has swung from when high principles were desired, people obeyed traffic laws, and honesty and fair play were admired. Today is but a mockery of those yesteryear behaviors.

Like many, I was surprised at the presidential election results, expecting voters to see through Trump's dubious personality, but he was even able to get our churches' backing! We have come a long way from our ideals. We are thusly offering a president many of our youth will admire and emulate, which I find detestable.

I no longer have confidence in government, watching incumbents covering their behinds in order to be re-elected, and in the process doing little to help their constituency. Russia — and China — are probably ecstatic to see us bickering among ourselves, spewing hate and dividing the nation.

Under no figment of the imagination could the U.S. be declared great today, as evidenced by our laissez-faire attitude towards machine-gun tragedies, with only "thoughts and prayers" offered victims.

We are indeed a one-of-a-kind country.

Tom Baker

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