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Negative campaigning distracts from issues

Recently an article was published on the political showdown for Georgia's 14th District. It soon became apparent that Republican candidates John Cowan and Marjorie Taylor Green spent more time attacking each other rather than discussing their plans if they were to win. I am tired of seeing precious airtime taken up by unhelpful assaults toward opponents.

We need to change the rhetoric about the upcoming elections and current issues. Instead of exerting effort tearing each other down, let us find ways to build our communities up. Our country is in dire need of immigration reform, especially relating to immigrant youth. It is crucial that the Senate swiftly passes the Dream and Promise Act (HR 6).

This action is not as controversial as we like to think. A recent Pew study reveals 74% of Americans favor legislation that provides permanent legal status to immigrant children brought to the U.S. illegally. It is time we stop running against each other and start running for our communities. I am calling on Sens. Alexander and Blackburn of Tennessee, as well as Rep. DesJarlais, to learn from the poor example of Georgia's 14th District and instead truly represent their constituents by wholeheartedly supporting HR 6.

Judith Marklin

Sewanee

 

Time to replace Rep. Fleischmann

It is time to replace Chuck Fleischmann as our congressman in the 3rd District, and Meg Gorman is just the person to do it.

From the very beginning of his time in office, Fleischmann has allowed Republican activists to influence his decisions, not the needs of the 3rd District. Example: holding to the no-tax pledge he made to Grover Norquist by not pushing forward the funding for the repair of the Chickamauga lock earlier. By the time he finally supported it, the Army Corps of Engineers estimated the cost to have more than doubled. And even then, Fleischmann took credit for the work that Sen. Lamar Alexander had done to get funding approved. Look carefully at what else he claims credit for — his work or that of someone else?

When you access www.Meg2020.com, you will see the issues that Meg pledges she will address, and we believe she will follow through. We need a representative who will not be afraid to meet with constituents and answer for her actions in Washington. We need Meg.

Betty Niswonger

Hixson

 

Negative campaigning distracts from issues

Recently an article was published on the political showdown for Georgia's 14th District. It soon became apparent that Republican candidates John Cowan and Marjorie Taylor Green spent more time attacking each other rather than discussing their plans if they were to win. I am tired of seeing precious airtime taken up by unhelpful assaults toward opponents.

We need to change the rhetoric about the upcoming elections and current issues. Instead of exerting effort tearing each other down, let us find ways to build our communities up. Our country is in dire need of immigration reform, especially relating to immigrant youth. It is crucial that the Senate swiftly passes the Dream and Promise Act (HR 6).

This action is not as controversial as we like to think. A recent Pew study reveals 74% of Americans favor legislation that provides permanent legal status to immigrant children brought to the U.S. illegally. It is time we stop running against each other and start running for our communities. I am calling on Sens. Alexander and Blackburn of Tennessee, as well as Rep. DesJarlais, to learn from the poor example of Georgia's 14th District and instead truly represent their constituents by wholeheartedly supporting HR 6.

Judith Marklin

Sewanee

 

When voting: R = Russians

This letter is directed to young voters, ages 18-30, many of whom will be voting in their first national election this November. You may read or hear things about Donald Trump: that he is a disgusting, deplorable human being, with no ability to empathize with average Americans; that he is incapable of understanding issues, he doesn't read and he is a selfish egomaniac. Whether any of that is true or not, make no mistake, he is the leader of the Republican Party. Donald Trump may be a crude, rude expression of it, but he is promoting what Republican Party leaders want.

The Republican Party platform for the 2020 election has four pillars on which they build their voting base: hatred, division, anger and violence. The Democratic Party aligns itself with voting rights, inclusion, equal justice under the law and transparency to taxpayers. Republican voters have demonstrated they prefer to be governed in the same manner that Putin governs Russia. They get to enjoy the rights and privileges of their "free" America while you go to jail for raising questions about their motives.

In the 2020 elections, D = Democrat, R = Russian.

Jonathan D. Nessle

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