'Warped' reporting frustrates reader
I have been a reader of this paper for 48 years. I cannot believe the partisan, biased reporting of recent actions taken by law enforcement in local protest situations. Has the TFP hired an ex-CNN or maybe MSNBC copywriter?
How can one find fault with sheriff's deputies using nonlethal tear gas to rescue one of their own who has been pulled into an unruly crowd? It was the only right thing to do whether it was an officer or not. Then, how does one find fault with using force to take into custody an individual who's carrying an assault rifle with lots of ammunition to a "peaceful" protest? I can't even imagine the headline if somehow it was learned the police had advance information he was coming with the firearm, did nothing, and he had actually used it on protesters and police.
This type of reporting is biased and meant to inflame. There's no other obvious reason for it.
Let's make America great for everyone
Protests are fine. They are even needed. But we need action, too. The Congressional Black Caucus has just presented the Justice in Policing Act of 2020 to the House of Representatives. A good summary of the bill can be found on the website of the House Judiciary Committee. These are legal protections that would benefit everyone, white, black and blue.
I encourage everyone to familiarize themselves with this bill and write to their senators and representatives and ask them to vote for it.
As a 60-plus white evangelical male, I have always looked upon the Rev. Al Sharpton with suspicion, but he made a good point during the eulogy for George Floyd:
America has never been great for minorities. Now is the time to make America great — for everyone — for the first time. Let's start by seeing that this bill becomes the law of our land.
Herbert K. Lea
Trump is using military as pawns
In 1970, I was being shot at in Vietnam while tough guy Donald Trump was back home nursing his bone spurs. Now he is the commander in chief of the most powerful military in the world. I was so proud of Adm. Mullen and Gen. Mattis speaking out about using the military as pawns. As veterans we swore an oath to the Constitution, not to an individual.
To see peaceful demonstrators cleared out so Trump could feel safe to walk across the street and hold up a Bible in front of a church was appalling. Maybe he should have opened that Bible and read Mark 8: "For what shall it profit a man to gain the world and lose his soul." As in the case of George Floyd, enough is enough.
It was our choice; let Trump lead us
To my friends and all Americans, what has happened to our America? Millions, after searching their hearts, voted for a man they believed would be the best president. This has always been the American way. Then TV, newspapers and other media tell us we are fools for choosing him.
It should matter not what party a man or woman belongs to, what color their skin is or what their name is. It's who we, the voters, elect. It's not the media's or politicians' job to tell us we were wrong.
Now Democrats tell us the American voters made the wrong choice. It was not who we wanted, so we will do all in our power to keep him from keeping the promises he made. That will include planned protests, disagreeing with all he does, and if none of that works, maybe we can get him impeached.
My friends, this is not the America that I grew up in. Something is terribly wrong. I just hope and pray that this wonderful America, that God blessed us with, can be fixed for our children, and that it's not too late.