Much has been said about Trump's base of voters. Trump apparently was referring to his base when he said during the 2016 campaign, to paraphrase, I could shoot someone on 5th Avenue, and my base would support me.

This base has steadfastly supported Trump through the uncountable lies he has told, his vicious attacks against anyone who disagrees with him, his degrading comments about this country's men and women of our intelligent agencies, plus Trump's unhealthy obsession with erasing everything associated with President Obama. It is said that this base has justified this support because, as corrupt as Trump is, he is delivering on the issues important to them, such as conservative judges.

This might bring to mind a biblical verse, again to paraphrase, what profits a man to gain judgeships and lose his soul. Trump has no fear of this adage; apparently Trump has no soul. One would hope that his base still has a soul. This writer has grave doubts that this is true of Trump's base. This "base" has existed before Trump and will remain after Trump, though hopefully smaller as time goes forward.

Archie Thurman


Independent voter shuns GOP for now

I voted for George McGovern; I voted for Ronald Reagan. I have been a proud independent who has always voted for the person, not the party.

However, I do not vote for toadies. I do not vote for lapdogs. I do not vote for weasels. I do not vote for bootlickers. I do not vote for liars. I do not vote for cheaters. I do not vote for anyone who is not pro-democracy. I do not vote for anyone who will cling to power even by enlisting the aid of a foreign government, or one who will condone such behavior.

I am no longer an independent. I do not vote for Republicans.

John West, Hixson


Thankfully, Jesus has overcome world

Does hate seem to be growing over the last few years? Not just politically and socially in America but between nations and peoples across the globe?

A popular Christmas song indicates that hate is not new to the world. Longfellow wrote a poem in 1863 that became the song "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day"; it contains this stanza:

"And in despair I bowed my head

There is no peace on earth I said

For hate is strong and mocks the song

Of peace on earth, good will to men."

Hate seemed strong in 1863 and still seems strong in 2019. Hate is part of the human condition. It has been since humans first walked this earth. But there is good news in the last line of the stanza. There can be peace on earth and good will to men because of Christmas — because Jesus was born to show us what true love is. And how true love overcomes hate. The more we all live the true love of Jesus, the more peace can be in our lives and around the world.

Dennis Urbaniak, Signal Mountain