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Your "Impeachment is New Trump Legacy" editorial (Times page, Dec. 20) is very sad to read for those of us who think President Trump is not guilty of anything, as proven by the biased vote by House Democrats.

Our Founding Fathers strongly believed impeachment should only be nonpartisan. Nancy Pelosi holding up for fairness is laughable. She and Shifty Schiff created rules totally partisan for the Dems in the House hearings.

I agree that the decision should be made by the voters in the 2020 election. That is the only vote that matters.

Bob Nash

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Does history hold mettle for senators?

On April 3, 1974, Republican Sen. Jacob Javits of New York warned President Nixon against playing "impeachment politics." He added: "I feel there are some disquieting tendencies in the air."

Concerned for the State of the Union, Javits spoke out "before they develop into a serious deterioration of the capacity of government and the actual operation of the Presidency."

Meanwhile conservative New York Sen. James Buckley on March 19, 1974, suggested that Richard Nixon resign. Then on April 3, at a lecture given at the University of Delaware, he claimed: "The Nixon Presidency is burned out. There may be movement, there may be action, there may be signs of energy. But there can never again be life. The spirit of the Nixon Administration has been shattered, forever irrevocably." The senator reiterated that "the President's position has deteriorated beyond repair."

Do these Republican voices echoing through history provide a means for senators [to] discover in the atrophied voice of conscience a vocabulary for deliberation?

In "Tenure of Kings and Magistrates," John Milton writes: "If men within themselves would be governed by reason, they would discern what it is to favor and uphold the tyrant of the nation."

Kemmer Anderson

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Expression for all, or no free speech

In Deborah Levine's column last Friday, "Campus Hate Speech or Free Speech," she rightly points to the offense of swastikas, nooses and the like. Sadly, hate speech is as old as human history.

She cited an American Council on Education statement, " ... college and university leaders, who want to promote robust discourse in their communities, but do not want to negatively affect the student experience or compromise the learning environment." But are they truly promoting "free speech"?

For example, universities are not protecting "robust discourse" by impeding campus appearances by conservative speakers like Ben Shapiro, Mark Levin, Matt Walsh, Charlie Kirk; conservative African-Americans like Thomas Sowell and Walter Williams; and speaker and online talk show host Candace Owens. Because their views run counter to the prevailing campus group-think.

Christian students' convictions denounced by atheist or agnostic professors to the point of having exams and papers cast aside that don't agree with their godless belief systems. Or years ago, artwork funded by the National Endowment for the Arts — a crucifix submerged in a jar of urine.

In the realm of constitutional guarantees of free speech, either all have the right of expression, or the concept of free speech is merely a myth descending us into the world of Orwell's "1984."

Robert J. Tamasy

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Take your cue from evangelical magazine

The last two years have been puzzling for many Christians, knowing the religious right has supported President Trump. The actions of President Trump certainly have not been consistent with the teaching of the Bible.

As I was drinking my coffee this morning reading the paper and listening to the news on TV, I was totally shocked to read and to hear that the evangelical magazine "Christianity Today," founded by the late Rev. Billy Graham, published an editorial calling for the removal of President Donald Trump.

The article stated in part, "None of the president's positives can balance the moral and political danger we face under a leader of such grossly immoral character," and "that Trump should be removed, we believe, is not a matter of partisan loyalties but loyalty to the Creator of the ten Commandments."

Asking for Trump's removal should have come before now from the evangelical magazine. Now that it has, I urge everyone to call and email our U.S. senators, Marsha Blackburn and Lamar Alexander. Tell them to support the removal of President Trump from office. It's the right thing to do!

Jimmie Bradford

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Hammond incapable of righting the ship

Appreciation is due to the groups calling for accountability or resignation by Hamilton County Sheriff [Jim] Hammond. He has presided over reprehensible behavior by his deputies for too long. Headlines over the past year demonstrate that he is not capable of running a tight ship.

As a human being, I'm deeply offended by the treatment citizens receive from our uniformed officials.

As a taxpayer, I'm appalled at the messes created that require constant, expensive lawsuits. I'm tired of what's been happening in the name of Hamilton County.

We need competent, consistent and just leadership in law enforcement. Now.

Linda Pillow, Signal Mountain

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Take care when adding fertilizer

Most fertilizers contain mainly phosphorus and nitrogen, which can be harmful to aquatic life in Chattanooga's waterways. When these elements run off and seep into our lakes and rivers, they provide an overabundance of nutrients to the algae in these waters. Algal blooms eat up the oxygen in the water that is essential for other aquatic life, resulting in aquatic death and fish kills.

As temperatures drop, the ground may become frozen and therefore unlikely to absorb any nutrients from fertilizer. When the fertilizer isn't absorbed, it does nothing for your lawn and simply runs off into waterways.

So, this winter, check how frozen the soil is before you go to apply fertilizer to your lawn. If the soil is hard, you're not helping your grass by adding fertilizer, you're just further polluting our waters.

Amanda Camper

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