Trump won't keep U.S. on right track

You imply Donald Trump isn't worthy of endorsement (Free Press editorial Oct. 18) but say "Keeping Republicans in charge will keep America on the right track." I hear only 35% believe we are on "the right track." You accept Trump's lies of exoneration, while plenty of impeachable wrong was exposed. You dismiss the impeachment as a phone call, while that call was real proof of a real crime. You avoid considering the sum of all those awful one-things we have seen from Trump. Liberal media didn't put the target on Trump's back; his despicable mouth and actions did that.

COVID-19 didn't do Trump in, but the way Trump labeled it a hoax, blamed Democrats, passed all responsibility, contradicted and cut off information from medical experts (replacing it with his stupidity), denigrated and revised rules prepared by the CDC, harassed people wearing masks, and continued to say that COVID is magically going away while most states report rapid increases does. Trump had a real chance to display his leadership but instead proved he is the hoax. Experts attribute many thousands of COVID deaths to Trump's actions. Republican politicians and conservative media supported him through it all.

John S. Winesett



Reader doesn't like reference to 'mob'

I am deeply offended by the editorial on the far right side of the Chattanooga Times Free-Press referring to members of the "mob" who want the statue of Confederate Gen. Alexander Stewart removed from the Hamilton County Courthouse. My grandmother, Mattie Gallaher Sienknecht, who I love, was the daughter of a Confederate veteran, and throughout my childhood I was fed the false history of the "noble lost cause," but I have grown up and have learned what I was served up as a child is a defamation of the truth.

Your attempts to whitewash a Confederate general as a peacemaker, when he was, in truth, a traitor to our country who fought for the preservation of slavery, our nation's greatest crime against humanity, is deplorable. I am not part of any mob. I am a concerned citizen who wants the statue of a defender of human slavery removed from our public space.

Oh, and about that gathering on the battlefield you spoke of, were there any black people there? Your description of that gathering is an attempt to whitewash that awful war as only being about the bravery of soldiers. No, it was about slavery.

Dr. Buzz Sienknecht

Signal Mountain


Fort Hood harassment dates back decades

I'm writing in response to The Associated Press story on Oct. 8, "The military's #MeToo moment: Fort Hood victims speak out."

This brought back a rush of memories. I am an Army veteran. At age 18 I went to basic training at Ft. McClellan, Alabama, and MOS school at Fort Lee, Virginia, where I graduated in the top tier of my class. I made many friends, both male and female. The atmosphere was one of mutual respect at both forts.

After my schooling, I was stationed at Fort Hood, Texas, assigned to the 3rd Brigade headquarters. I was one of two women in the entire brigade (I never worked with or met the other woman).

The sexual harassment I experienced was an everyday occurrence by my peers and NCO superiors, even a captain. Being 18, I had never been subjected to that kind of behavior. It was overwhelming in the worst way. I felt there was nowhere to turn, probably because there wasn't.

That was 45 years ago. Now at the age of 65, it saddens me to know nothing has changed.

Laura Morton


Letters should omit political screeds

People who submit political testimonials should be charged for advertising, and not be published in Letters to the Editor of the Times Free Press.

Tom Baker