'Dirty Laundry' a fitting theme for campaigns

In accordance with declarations of transparency by both political parties, I hereby nominate Don Henley's song "Dirty Laundry" as the official anthem to be played at all political rallies.

Donnie boy, you're right. We really don't want to know just how far they've gone.

John Turnipseed


Cheap labor in U.S. is pie in the sky

The politicians all talk about bringing jobs back from overseas. Why did they leave in the first place? Cheap labor.

Estimated overseas labor costs $1 per hour as opposed to U.S cost of $10 or more per hour (labor costs are my estimates). The solution is to pay U.S. workers the same as overseas workers. I don't see them going for that.

Corporations and manufacturers aren't going to pay that extra $9 per hour unless forced, and American consumers don't want to foot the bill. I haven't heard anyone in D.C. come up with a viable solution. It's just all talk and bluster coming from the POTUS and all the other politicians.

Like some of the television preachers used to promise: "It's pie in the sky by and by."

Jim Rice, Red Bank


Gorman backs health care for all; vote for her

Recently, I heard the stories of two young people who should have seen a health care provider but did not. Why? Their health insurance had such high deductibles that any expenses incurred up to $6,000 would have to be paid out of pocket.

As a retired nurse, I have seen this choice lead to tragic outcomes in delayed or no treatment. As people lose their jobs during this pandemic, they will either not have employer-provided insurance, insurance with high deductibles or no insurance at all.

Meg Gorman, the Democratic candidate for Tennessee's 3rd congressional seat, proposes universal health care for all. This can be done, and Meg is the candidate with both the vision and the will to make it happen.

Cheryl Walker-Ridder, Hixson


BLM organization not humanitarian

The Black Lives Matter movement has evolved, or devolved, into something more than a simple sentiment. Any decent person would agree Black lives matter.

The Black Lives Matter organization is, however, more than a phrase about basic human rights. It is dangerous and condones or supports criminality.

Early last Monday, downtown Chicago was violently looted by organized individuals intent on criminal behavior. The actions were unilaterally condemned by the mayor, police superintendent and state's attorney, all of whom are Black. They promised swift justice. Jesse Jackson joined to call the looting humiliating and embarrassing.

But Chicago BLM organizer Ariel Atkins said, "That is reparations. ... Anything they wanted to take, they can take it because these businesses have insurance." BLM Chicago even demanded the release of the looters. There you have it. BLM leadership supports the violent destruction of American businesses.

Think about this, America. When you put a BLM sign in your yard, or bumper sticker on your car, or watch a professional sports game with BLM on uniforms and playing surfaces, you are not simply endorsing an important humanitarian statement that Black lives matter. You are endorsing an organization that supports and approves of violent, destructive behavior.

Troy Carlson