13th Amendment needs a revision

The 13th Amendment states: "Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall be duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction."

Now why would you think the privileged, slave-owning framers threw that middle phrase into this new "right"? And why have so many people of color have been mistreated, falsely accused and imprisoned, made to feel inferior, and had to fight so hard to try to feel as if they are equal in this prejudicial society?

As long as this amendment is left to appear as stated, our Anglo-Saxon majority in the justice system will continue to use it to stifle any chance for true equality in this racially biased, government controlled republic.

Kevin Lacey



Think, people, don't fall for Trump's tricks

It's an old trick, blame someone else for problems to deflect from your responsibilities to work and find real solutions.

Trump used it in 2016 to create fear that an approaching caravan of illegal immigrants would soon overwhelm the U.S. and our way of life.

Blaming China for his inability to develop any plan for the pandemic and financial collapse didn't seem to stick. Now unruly protesters, looters and arsonists will take over if Trump is not re-elected. This has been suggested in several political cartoons on the right hand side of the editorial page.

Many readers will believe every word of this false narrative until anyone exercising their right to assemble and disagree with injustice will be threatened with violence.

President Trump desires to be blameless for his misinformation, divisiveness, ineffectiveness and absence of leadership in sickening and killing more than 120,000 Americans and an economic collapse that will eliminate financial security for millions for decades to come.

We can find a better president and better leaders at every level than the corrupt, inexperienced yes men we have now.

Pick up the clue phone folks. Don't fall for the trick. And wear a mask.

Sandra Rice



Smith's party just 'old, white South'

In reading the comments of Rep. Robin Smith, I was struck by her remarks regarding the legislators' lack of response to bills ranging from police training, criminal justice reform, recognizing Juneteeth, and the official day honoring N.B Forrest.

Ms. Smith correctly noted Tennessee Democrats approved the installation of Confederate monuments in the state capital. She ignored the fact in the past 40 years, the Democratic Party has evolved and is now the party that includes disenfranchised and unrepresented people in the U.S. The Republican Party is now the party that represents the perpetuation of inequality and systemic racism. It is now the party of the old white South.

Ms. Smith is disingenuous when she states "... there's no one in either party championing racism, championing slavery." Actions, or lack thereof, starkly state otherwise. The Republican-controlled House and Senate refused to consider any proposals that would address racial inequities in the state or the right of citizens to protest the racial divide perpetrated by their elected officials. This inaction is clearly championing racism, glorifying slavery and white supremacy.

"Our lives begin to end the day we stay silent about things that matter." — M.L. King

Lissa Dearing