Mother's perspective needed on high court

Truism: Everyone has a mother (although granted not everyone knows his/her biological mother). Statistic: Slightly more than half of all American women are mothers. Statistic: Nearly 70 million American women are married, not including some 11 million widows (2018 stats). Question: Does marital status or maternal status affect one's perspective on life, especially on future concerns? How could it not?

In her opening remarks, Judge Amy Coney Barrett offered that "she would bring 'a few new perspectives'" as the married mother of seven school-age children (TFP Oct. 12). She would join two other women on the high court, neither of whom has been a mother, and one of whom has never been married. (Sotomayor divorced in 1983, and Kagan has never married.) Barrett would effectively take the place of RBG, who was happily married for 56 years and was the mother of two children and two grandchildren.

Return to my question: How could marital/maternal status not affect a woman's perspective on matters of vital future concern?

Gary Lindley

Lookout Mountain, Georgia


Trump is betraying our country, values

Trump is disloyal. He publicly has called on China to interfere in our most important institutions, our free elections, and he wants the same again from Russia. Trump's base should want to know: Putin helped him win in 2016, and will again in our forthcoming election. What is his motive for doing this?

As commander in chief he betrays our military.

"Those who gave the last full measure of devotion" are "suckers"and "losers." John McCain was "no hero," and draft dodger Trump keeps on dragging him down. He claims that the supreme commanders of our military are warmongers wanting to profit from the products of war. Exactly the opposite is true.

Through arduous determination and dedication, our military has become so powerful that no adversary would dare attack this nation of ours. Thereby, our military are the peacemakers.

John Bolton, Bob Woodward and Michael Cohen, all with extensive experience with Trump, have published books that tell the truth about him.

Trump cares only about himself, incapable of admitting he was wrong. This was attested to by his sister and niece. Who could know him better than members of his own family?

John Bratton

Sewanee, Tennessee


Trump worried about the market, not virus

How easily words can deceive us and hide even ourselves from the truth. A right-side editorial claims the president's not warning of what he admits is a "deadly virus" can be excused because it would be like shouting "fire!" in a theater. Wrong analogy. If he had warned us early instead of worrying about the market, it would be like seeing an electrical short and saying, "Look, things are going to get bad, and let's get out of here and move to safety before they get worse."

And even if he had done that, to use the analogy, "I'll guide us out," then he wouldn't be in this fix. Instead it was like sneaking out himself and letting us all burn. Or Sen. Lindsey Graham quoted on the left side as saying it would be like screaming, "We are all going to die." Wrong analogy. But if the president had said, to use that kind of analogy, instead of worrying about his own election, "There's a deadly virus threat so let's follow these rules to help diminish it," then we'd be safer. But of course he didn't lead, just misled, lied really, like these enablers.

Richard Jackson