We must continue to fight injustices
President Biden should not shoulder all the blame for what has happened in Afghanistan. The Afghan leaders and army should shoulder some for the downfall of their country. They had 20 years to train their military and billions of dollars to strengthen their infrastructures. Instead of protecting their nation, their army surrendered weapons and took refuge behind the weak.
Biden underestimated the terrorists with an expedient withdrawal without a contingency plan. Military equipment was left behind. Impeaching Biden to put Kamala Harris into power will not solve this dilemma. The American system of foreign affairs is broken.
Those who sacrificed did not die in vain. They fought gallantly. American warriors have demonstrated willingness to engage in battle when a threat was imminent. Attacks at Pearl Harbor and on 9/11 demonstrated what American people will tolerate before they annihilate our enemies.
The Middle East has been in conflict for centuries. Iran and North Korea undermine nations, instilling hate and threats of war. Terrorists forget they are neither invincible nor immortal. Innocent people will die if we allow atrocities to continue. To survive, we must continue to stand guard and fight for the injustices of all nations.
Jimmie C. Oing
Any excuse will do for U.S. cheap labor?
As millions of illegal immigrants are streaming into the country across our Southern border and more immigrants are constantly legally applying for and getting visas to the United States, now our president just so happened to botch up the removal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan, leading also, it just so happens, to the movement of thousands of refugee immigrants from there to the United States.
So, the question is: Did the president fail or has he succeeded in his true mission — that of more cheap labor for the American companies paying his real salary?
Cuomo's ouster more about COVID deaths
We will probably never know the true reason that the Democratic Party forced the resignation of [New York] Gov. Andrew Cuomo. What we do know for sure is that it had absolutely nothing to do with his groping [of] women. Some of the party's greatest heroes are FDR, JFK, LBJ and Bill Clinton, whose treatment of women while in office far exceeded in numbers and nature Cuomo's sins. Perhaps it was that he greatly underestimated deaths from COVID-19, while his Democratic colleagues in other states seriously inflated their numbers.
McDaniel also human rights promoter
No one has done more to promote civil rights in our community than the Rev. Paul McDaniel. Throughout his life, he stood for what was right and did so in ways that projected a quiet effectiveness that so often is lacking in today's world.
While many knew him as a pastor, county commissioner or civic leader, McDaniel was also a commissioner on the Tennessee Human Rights Commission. Appointed by former Gov. Phil Bredesen on July 1, 2009, he served on the commission until 2014, when he also retired as pastor of Second Missionary Baptist Church.
His service to his community and to our state is deeply appreciated. It is our hope that we may pursue the lessons taught to us by the life of Rev. Paul McDaniel: that of kindness, forgiveness and a dedication to preserving and promoting civil and human rights.
It is an honor to follow in his footsteps.
Robin Derryberry and Gary D. Behler
Tennessee Human Rights Commission chairman and East Tennessee commissioner, respectively
Clergy of bureaucrats pushing intimidation
If one were born yesterday, one may quickly confuse today's pursuit of scientific inquiry with the sort of historical patchwork found in the ancient catacombs of Rome. The COVID inquiry has become dogmatic, absolute and stinky. Because the fervor is so reminiscent of cult-like behavior, it can only be said at this point that our bureaucrats, scientists and medical community are simply proselytizing. Instead of spreading the "Good News," they are spreading confusing yet irrefutable assertions.
Just like religious congregants take the word of their clergy at face value, so do the shift-working medical doctors and nurses. I am sorry to say so, because doctors and nurses are lifesavers and I am grateful for them, but presuming that just because someone has a medical degree and is therefore the only person eligible to speak on the issue is to make an argument from authority, a logical fallacy. This concept is especially fallacious in view of an inquisitive mind coupled with the ability to read.
We're all being led by a clergy of bureaucrats and politicians who demand our unwavering faith, but, just like all religions, peace through coercion, fear and intimidation seems to be the norm.
James W. Smith
We cannot ignore climate change anymore
Those of us who live in beautiful Tennessee can ignore climate change much of the time, but the recent unprecedented flooding in the middle of our state should be a wake-up call; our climate is becoming more erratic and extreme as the earth warms.
Urgent action is needed. Many economists and a growing number of politicians have come to realize that a market-based solution involving putting a price on carbon is the best way to address the issue. A bill before the House of Representatives, HR 2307, would implement such a system. Tennessee representatives, do your duty to the future of the country and support this bill.
President's lack of character shameful
SNAFU is an acronym anyone with military experience knows well. It perfectly describes the entire Biden administration, especially the president's Afghanistan debacle.
After finally emerging from hiding to "address" the crisis, we heard Biden blaming anybody and everybody else for his own ineptness and incompetence, which is as disgusting and disgraceful as the scenes of chaos and death at Kabul airport.
Plus, thousands of Americans are still stranded in Afghanistan with no clear plan even to get them out! Biden's lack of character is shameful and beyond pathetic.
Theist religions have basis in mythology
In response to an Aug. 15 letter ("Don't ponder death; only trust in Jesus"), which was in response to a thought-provoking Aug. 8 letter ("Pandemic makes us ponder our deaths"), I would request that the following modest proposal be considered: God does not exist; God has never existed; God will never exist. God did not create man; man created God in man's own image. This proposal may help resolve the issue of God's inaction when it comes to moral evil (Hitler, Taliban) and natural evil (earthquake in Haiti and tornadoes in Collegedale).
Every current theist religion has its conception in mythology. To the extent that religion has been able to evolve where its focus is on compassion, understanding, knowledge and love, it will, hopefully, survive. To the extent that the focus continues to be on retribution, prejudice and a life after death, its survival is, I believe, more problematic.
The words "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" can be repeated by all of us of every theist religion.