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Is newspaper really a 'trusted' source?

Your paper has been running ads touting newspapers as the source for "trusted information" about how to vote. And yet you publish on the front page and elsewhere daily articles from The Associated Press and The New York Times, in every case totally critical of President Trump and totally lacking any critical coverage of Joe Biden. Even a recent piece on the re-election of New Zealand's prime minister required a paragraph critical of the president, which was completely off subject. 

You have two choices: Take down the false ads or balance your election coverage.

Jeff Wilson

Ooltewah

 

Biden's victory not really close?

The Friday Free Press editorial asserting that Joe Biden's apparent victory, "by the closest of margins," leaves him without a mandate, misleads readers.

Biden's apparent margin of victory of 2.5% or better compares favorably with the margins of many who have entered the Oval Office before him. James Polk's margin of victory was 1.45%, James Garfield's .09%, Grover Cleveland's .57% (1884), John F. Kennedy's .17%, Richard Nixon .7% (1968), Jimmy Carter 2.01%.

To further put this in perspective, the sitting president entered the Oval Office with a victory margin of minus 2.01; he had lost the popular vote. If indeed elected, Biden will certainly face challenges.

The margin of victory question is hardly one of them.

Kenneth J. Stewart

Lookout Mountain, Georgia

 

'Low-info' voter was not 'low-info' after all

A low-information voter wants to thank the lady who let me know that President Trump donates his entire salary to charity. Good for President Trump.

I knew enough about President Trump that let me vote for Biden in early voting. I didn't like the way he isn't fighting COVID-19. I disagree with him wasting money on the border wall with Mexico. I disagree with the lack of attention to matters in Africa and South America. I disagree with his bad treatment of our allies and his good treatment of our enemies.

You can see that I had enough information that allowed me to make an informed vote against President Trump.

The lady missed the satire of my letter.

Joel Blake

 

Poverty rise side effect of COVID-19

With advanced technology, local, statewide and national testing numbers for COVID-19 are updated daily. However, what about the implications worldwide? What happens in countries where testing technology is not available, let alone treatment options?

As of Nov. 8, nearly 10 million positive U.S. cases have been reported. Worldwide, this number has surpassed 50 million and seems to be on an upward trend. In countries where poverty is prevalent, this number could in fact be significantly higher. While COVID-19 seems to be a temporary shock to the economies of many countries, the implications on poverty seem to be long-lasting.

Without the proper resources, many families are pushed below the poverty line and pre-existing members are being buried and burdened with this new increase. This poverty gap is widening and at a much higher rate. Leaders around the world are focused on the effects of reducing the impact on those with higher socioeconomic status; however, little attention is given to those at the base of the pyramid, who account for over half of the world's economy.

The International Affairs budget in Congress, if protected, will help to serve this population, offering benefits that trickle upwards and downwards.

Binta Patel

Calhoun, Georgia

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