I keep seeing comments from local conservatives that Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives have been too busy impeaching Donald Trump to pass any bills or take care of any government business.

In fact, the House has passed more than 400 bills this year, dealing with pressing issues such as health care needs, our decaying infrastructure, immigration policy, and even updating the longstanding Violence Against Women Act. It is the Republican majority in the U.S. Senate, led by Sen. Mitch McConnell, which has failed to debate or pass bills on these key issues.

And on Tuesday, the House approved President Trump's new North American trade deal and worked to meet a budget deadline. So members of the House are doing exactly what they need to do: take care of business, and impeach a president who has openly sought the help of foreign countries to help his own election campaigns.

Trump's actions have violated Article II, Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution, and any honest senator, whether Republican or Democrat, would vote to convict him and remove him from office.

Allen Chesney


Lee's stinginess hurts Tennesseans

Gov. Bill Lee withholding money from the poor is like those who solicit money for disaster relief, but only give out a portion of that money. Their excuses are that they are saving back for future disasters. Lee said there has been a reduction in the number of people needing assistance. He plans to use the money for other projects.

In a United Way report published recently, [TFP reporter] Joan McClane wrote that the number of Hamilton County families facing financial hardship has increased in recent years.

Gov. Lee didn't see that report apparently. He has lost my vote.

Janette Roberts


Drug companies' ad spending out of whack

I am tired of listening to conservative media commentators justifying the exorbitant prices of pharmaceuticals on the claim that otherwise money would not be available for research for new breakthrough drugs.

How much money from these high prices goes to the rampant television commercials and other advertisements for prescription products now available?

Harry Geller


More solar panel use needed in city

The energy from the sun is one of the most important characteristics needed for life as we know it on earth. Solar energy also has the power to be incorporated into modern technology by us in the form of solar panels. These solar panels take energy from the sun, and it is then converted into electricity.

This electricity we use every day to power our homes and businesses does not have to come from fossil fuels all the time. Incorporating more solar panels in downtown Chattanooga will allow for fewer of these nonrenewable resources to be used. These panels would be cost effective in a few years as a more natural source of power is generated.

Already the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport is powered 100% by solar energy. Why can't more places in the Chattanooga area incorporate solar power?

Miranda Phillips