Words of Lincoln are needed today

" [T]he 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? We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven. We have been preserved, these many years, in peace and prosperity. We have grown in numbers, wealth and power, as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace, and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us!

"It behooves us, then, to humble ourselves before the offended Power, to confess our national sins, and to pray for clemency and forgiveness."

This is one segment of Abraham Lincoln's call for national prayer.

Michael Siemer


Donald Trump likened to Manson, Jim Jones

Trump supporters apparently have no desire for America to continue as a republic nor a democracy. Our forefathers fought a great revolution to end the dominance of a king and then created our great Constitution to live by. Trumpers now want to return us to the king, a dictator or an oligarch named Donald Trump. If they want that, then why not just let Putin take over? Putin seems to be Trump's mentor and shows more control of his senses than Trump.

Our Constitution made America exceptional, not powerful, but Trump, along with his supportive politicians, wants power unchallenged by elections. Trump, from what I see, is the Great Con, pushing lies, culminating with the "Great Lie" of the last election. Judge after judge has chastised lawyers for his lawsuits with no evidence to justify them just the unsubstantiated "Great Lie."

Trump, like Charles Manson and Jim Jones, has a way of drawing believers. The problem now is how to get those conned to admit their mistake. Many of the rioters of Jan. 6 have realized and admitted that they fell for Trumps lies.

John Winesett



GOP, Fox News destroy everything

Please stop calling right-wing people "conservatives," because they are not conservative in any way. Fox News is the biggest threat to our democracy. It is the most divisive, dishonest and damaging institution in the USA. It has poisoned our democracy with conspiracy theories while stoking division and fear. It spreads fascist propaganda, racism and white supremacist ideology across America.

GOP politicians are against everything worthwhile for all of us — totally against democracy and reality. They care nothing about the Constitution or the Bible and just use them as props to get votes.

Many Republicans and former Republicans including former New Jersey Gov. Christine Whitman, George Will, Steve Schmidt, William Kristol and David Frum are telling people to vote for and support all Democrats to save democracy. People who support today's Republicans are giving a thumbs up to hate groups that would willfully destroy the USA.

Walter Benton

Signal Mountain