Put full force of law on Trump, insurgents

Sedition is defined as insurrection against lawful authority. Treason is the crime of betraying one's country.

On Jan. 6 then-President Trump lit the fuse on riots threatening the lives of Vice President Mike Pence, Nancy Pelosi and other members of Congress. Five people died, including the murder of a police officer, and there was much destruction to the building.

While all this was happening, Trump was watching as the mob tried to get to Pence to lynch him. He saw all this and did nothing.

What was such a disaster was also absurd. There was nothing Pence could have done. Congress was meeting in a pro forma session with no ability to change the outcome of the election.

However the statutes read, Trump and insurgents must be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the laws.

We must pray that there will never again be in our country such a crime against humanity as occurred with refugee children snatched from their mother's arms, with no assurance of reunion.

Before our time with Trump, if an unfortunate Marjorie T. Greene-type racist emerged with conspiracy concepts wanting political enemies killed, that one would have been thrown out of the House.

John Bratton



Jenny Hill supported for District 2, city council

I have lived in Chattanooga for 20 years, the last nine in North Chattanooga.

I first met Jenny Hill in 2018 during a school fundraiser. At the time, Jenny was running for school board. I have learned more about Jenny's background during her tenure there, and I have spoken to her several times about education issues, some of which we agree on and some we do not. I have always found her to be an empathetic listener. I most admire her level-headed approach to problem-solving, which will translate to the city council seat she is seeking.

Jenny is a successful entrepreneur and knows how to get things done. She has a bold vision for the future of our city, including infrastructure investment, access to child care and early-childhood programs, and a commitment to good-paying jobs and a high quality of life.

Jenny strikes me as someone with the skills and knowledge to get things done productively, as well as the drive to be a public servant. I know she will work for all families in our district and in our city.

I will be proud to cast my vote for Jenny Hill for District 2.

Mary Lou Mangan-Lamb


Trump is gone, but his stain on USA is not

Tennessee Sens. Marsha Blackburn and Bill Hagerty with 41 other Republican senators have given a new meaning to the term "blind justice" as they ignored evidence and voted to acquit Donald Trump from incitement to insurrection for the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol.

This was to be expected of our two senators who both promised fealty to Trump in their respective election campaigns, but it does not relieve them from their gross violations to hold the former president to account for his attempts to overthrow the results of the presidential election.

Since the Senate could not reach the two-thirds majority vote to convict, here's hoping that Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis in Georgia can find the means to bring Trump to justice for his efforts to overturn the election results in that state.

The election removed Trump from office, but it did not remove the taint he left behind on everything he touched.

May we now move forward as a country under more capable leadership.

Jim Webster

Signal Mountain