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I am a frequent flyer, and the recent article "Chattanooga airport boosts morning flights" really rankled me. I am flying American on Sept. 8, departing at 5:42 a.m.

The thought of having to arrive two hours early for a domestic flight from a commuter airport is ridiculous.

CHA passenger traffic has been growing by leaps and bounds for years, so why doesn't CHA have a TSA pre-line so passengers can clear security quickly?

Jack Zollinger

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Lincoln is everything Donald Trump isn't

President Trump said four black women members of Congress should go back to where they originally came from. This is what segregationists said of Martin Luther King and John Lewis during the civil rights movement.

According to Michael Cohen, Trump said, "Blacks are too stupid to vote for me." Would it not be reasonable to compare the apparent intelligence of Trump with that of a brilliant black president? (Law professor Laurence Tribe at Harvard said Obama was an amazing student. He was president of the Harvard Law Review.)

African American members of Congress, governors and mayors are, unlike Trump, articulate and generally regarded as successful.

Trump in the next election would continue a blatant racist agenda against a candidate bound to be supportive of all Americans, regardless of race. He would continue stirring up white nationalism and opposing gun laws, which he already has weakened with NRA support.

This is what Republicans ought to consider, but will not: Abraham Lincoln was everything that Trump is not.

John Bratton, Sewanee

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We should condemn hate, white privilege

I was disappointed in a recent article mentioning white privilege and racist sentiment in the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

The article acknowledged a lack of attribution for the attacks which excoriated the school board and superintendent for conducting an obviously needed in-service. Unfortunately, the article left the impression the criticisms were serious and widespread.

The reported comments reeked with racial animus and an ignorance of non-mythological U.S. history and our treatment of "minorities," particularly African- and Native Americans. Virtual genocide was initiated against these Americans in our founding, and millions were killed as "manifest destiny" and the "white man's burden" echoed through the western expansion of the United States.

Where are our national and local leaders in this discussion, particularly the president and clergy? We need moral leadership, not obfuscation and excuses.

If the complainants were African- or Native Americans, would they not feel anger, hostility or aggression? The future of our nation depends on the condemnation of racial hatred, white privilege and claims of racial purity or white supremacy.

America has always included a mixture of ethnicities, nationalities and religions and, hopefully, will continue to do so.

Dr. Colbert Whitaker, Professor emeritus, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

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