Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee says that, if you oppose the Medicaid block grant proposal, you must be "misinformed" or "have not taken the time to really understand it."

Gov. Lee, I want to tell you that we are informed, and we know how harmful this proposal will be for the state of Tennessee.

I am a family nurse practitioner volunteering in a rural community caring for patients who are uninsured thanks to your refusal to consider Medicaid expansion with clear data from 36 states that it improves health outcomes.

You instead want to experiment with the lives of our most vulnerable citizens.

Tennessee is the last state to have free rein over Medicaid monies. Nothing in this proposal will benefit rural hospitals or address the increasing number of uninsured.

Sandra Rice, Sewanee


Despairing over former GOP leaders

On Aug. 11, 2017, members of the KKK, neo-Nazis, and other white supremacists marched into Charlottesville, Virginia — with torches reminiscent of Hitler's storm troopers — wearing Nazi swastikas, bearing Confederate flags and shouting the chant: "You shall not replace us; Jews will not replace us." History verifies the KKK was responsible for thousands of murdered black citizens after the Civil War, and the Nazis slaughtered millions of Jews and others after 1933 on through WWII.

In Charlottesville in 2017, Heather Heyer made her stand with others who were horrified by the KKK and neo-Nazis. She was murdered by a white supremacist who ran his car over citizens standing against hate. A few days later, President Trump made a public statement by saying there were "good people on both sides" of the conflict in Charlottesville.

On Friday, October 12, 2019, the editorial on the Free Press side of the Times Free Press included these words: "(Trump's) misunderstood words following racially charged violence in Charlottesville, Virginia ..."

Which of us misunderstood Trump's words? It is this turning a blind eye to Trump's offenses which has torn this nation apart that makes me despair over hitherto strong, formerly brave Republican leaders.

Franklin McCallie


Corruption, cover-ups hallmark of Trump

The Republican Cult has waged a four-decade war on America. They have consistently put their party above country. The results are apparent today.

Trump's extortion of Ukraine compromised the Departments of State, Justice, and Defense. Cabinet officials (William Barr, Mike Pompeo, Rick Perry), Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, and VP Pence are caught in the web of conspiracy to withhold desperately needed aid to Ukraine.

We have never seen this level of corruption, even in Watergate. Not only did they conspire to extort but then engaged in a vast cover-up.

Don't be fooled into believing this is just about "dirty politics." This is about our national security. Supporting Ukraine against Russian aggression is vital to our security interest. But Trump ignores America's interest. He pursues his own interests instead.

Ukraine is hanging on by their fingernails in the Eastern part of their country. Our military aid is essential to fighting off heavily armed Russians. Withholding these supplies is tantamount to treason.

Trump says the press is the "enemy of the people," but the real enemies of America are those who support, defend and cover-up for this lying autocrat.

Terry Stulce, Ooltewah