'Green' agenda has ulterior motives

Funding our roads and bridges using current gas taxes is a problem that is only going to increase. However, the two commentaries in last Sunday's paper were sophomoric, especially the one by Dean Baker. His poorly presented solutions will not work in the real world. He proposes taxing cars on miles driven. "The administration of this tax also should not be a major problem." Really? "The drivers can be required to have their odometers checked at regular intervals." Really? Who exactly will be checking and charging for the miles driven? He suggests at annual inspections. How many states actually have car inspections? And, Chattanooga is in the process of eliminating ours.

What happens if you sell your car? Is the dealer going to collect the tax? What about selling it to another individual? What happens if you move out of state? Seems like the country would need a national registration to keep track of each car's mileage (just another federal bureaucracy).

The underlying current running through his column is to "discourage driving." That is the bottom line for the green agenda. They want to limit our personal freedoms.

Kris Riefler


Biden putting politics aside for good of USA

After a speech focused on transparency and leadership from our commander-in-chief, I say, not just yet, Sen. Scott — Americans cannot simply brush aside our dirty past by stating it is in the past. As a Black man, a husband, a father and a Democrat, I am proud the president's message was clear and effective. He's right, our infrastructure is crumbling; this has left us vulnerable to more than just China and Russia. We must get to work.

The fact that 25% of rural families in this great country do not have access to high-speed internet is unacceptable. We must be bold and swift to close the wealth, health and infrastructural divides among rural and urban communities so all Americans can create a better life for their families.

President Biden demonstrated courage, putting politics aside to advance our union in the interest of all people. Now, the real work begins. The House and Senate possess their marching orders — these bills should arrive on his desk by the end of the year: the John Lewis Voting Rights Act, the American Families Plan and a pathway to citizenship.

In the words of our president, "America is back, and moving forward."

Nathaniel Doss III


Lincoln's call for national prayer

"A Proclamation [calling for a National Day of Humiliation, Fasting and Prayer]:

Whereas, the Senate of the United States, devoutly recognizing the Supreme Authority and just Government of Almighty God, in all the affairs of men and of nations, has, by a resolution, requested the President to designate and set apart a day for National prayer and humiliation.

And whereas it is the duty of nations as well as of men, to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God, to confess their sins and transgressions, in humble sorrow, yet with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon; and to recognize the sublime truth, announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord.

And, insomuch as we know that, by His divine law, nations like individuals are subjected to punishments and chastisements in this world, may we not justly fear that the awful calamity of civil war, which now desolates the land, may be but a punishment, inflicted upon us, for our presumptuous sins, to the needful end of our national reformation as a whole People? But we have forgotten God." — Abraham Lincoln, April 30, 1863

Michael Siemer