Google's monopoly is power

An article in the Oct. 22 TFP from The Associated Press is headlined: "If Google's a monopoly, who is harmed by its market power?" The answer is, anyone who Google wants to delegitimize or make insignificant.

There is a movie almost 30 years old with Ben Kingsley and Robert Redford about a tech company trying to steal the world's best code breaker. The device would allow the user to break into any online system and defeat its encryption to know what they know.

Ben's character tries to convince Redford to join him saying they could rule the world together — because in the 21st century information is the ultimate weapon. If you control the information, you control everything.

There is no other public company operating today that controls the access to information more than Google.

The one who controls the information has the power to manipulate the thoughts and actions of everyone to create the environment they want. Any entity holding that much power with no restrictions is inherently dangerous.

David Hope, Hixson


Is Schumer a mansplainer?

Did someone die and leave Chuck Schumer in charge of all humanity?

When Democrat Dianne Feinstein hugged Republican Lindsey Graham and told him what a good job he did handling the Amy Coney Barrett hearings, Schumer went ballistic, or as some may call it, had a "hissy fit."

He said he had "a long and serious talk" with her.

There are no words for that action. Well, maybe stupid.

I think wearing a mask is the best way to prevent the spread of stupid. Schumer needs an extra large one to catch all the venom that comes out of his mouth.

Just an added thought.

Maybe they will make scented masks. You could wear one of your favorite flavors.

Maybe more men would wear a mask if it was bacon flavored.

Ruth Cote, Hixson


Vote people, not party

This is another yearly reminder from me about term limits when voting.

Almost 85% of voters want term limits. Last election year it was lower, around 80%.

The funny thing is in my area the voters re-elected the very same career politicians the last several times. I vote for the person who is better to help our country no matter what their party.

It would be nice if we all had a mind of our own and did the same.

Jack Pine, Dunlap


Look for fresh perspective

My voting goes back many years starting in a small town in upstate New York. A Republican town, solidly so. My father, mayor, always voted for the GOP. A member of the U.S. Congress had his family cottage on the lake near my home. I knew him. I left the party of my family because I felt I had to.

No longer the party of my parents, my community and the country, the Republican Party has been described with words like corruption, anger, chaos, incompetence, lies and decay. Two U.S. senators speak their truths to the American public and are called traitors. The Republican Party has been reduced to a hat; a slogan and perpetual untruths.

I have an anxious shadow that follows me around and it is coupled with fear — fear of the outcome of this election and fear for the country. It may be too late for many of us to change our vote. My fear for this election went so far as to certify my mail in ballot assuring that this one vote got counted.

The country needs a fresh perspective.

Robert Brooks