'Febreze' won't remove stench of D.C. politics

Clay Bennett: About your Jan. 19 cartoon portraying a Febreze airplane spraying the White House: You do realize that Febreze tends to develop a rancid odor if not used continually? Do you think one refreshing spray will make the White House new? Of course it will.

Then the rancidness slowly creeps in through the network of politicians from years of old. The stink becomes pervasive and smothering. The offensive odor attracts vultures and dung beetles who come to feed on the buffet that used to be called democracy.

Lighten up, Clay. Make your cartoons funny and thought-provoking. You have been drawing like you're just mad.

Robin Hutchison


Nothing unjust in seeking accountability

I remember clearly the months after Donald J. Trump was elected president. It was more than painful; it was excruciating. It didn't seem fair that Hillary Clinton had received 3 million votes more than Trump and still lost the election. It felt like the presidency had been stolen, again.

I also remember going to the Women's March in Nashville. I remember Trump supporters screaming at us: "He won, get over it!" I remember hoping I didn't get shot. They had guns, we didn't. We weren't breaking the law — we didn't destroy property, hit anyone or kill anyone. We were engaging in a lawful, peaceful protest.

I, too, remember trying to learn to accept that Trump was president. I must have prayed the Serenity Prayer: "God grant me the serenity to accept the things I can't change" a thousand times. The truth is I know I never really accepted it, but I never committed acts of violence or broke any laws. I don't remember any Hillary Clinton supporters doing so.

Donald J. Trump obviously believes he is above the law. Many of his supporters do too. There's no other explanation. The only way to deal with people who believe they can break laws is to prosecute and convict them. Is there anything unjust or vindictive about that?

Marilyn D. Phelps

Sewanee, Tennessee


Trump empire is quickly crumbling

Deutsche Bank separating from Trump at the end of a bankruptcy-filled and lawsuit-riddled empire? He owes $421 million, which will cut off his businesses from the last source of loans that helped fund his golf courses and hotels. Donald Trump is toast globally as many other banks follow suit.

Trump is trapped. He has not only managed to do this to himself but ultimately gambled to overthrow the election and then pushed an insurrection.

Now "everyone" is piling on. He will have his mobster followers but no money unless they want to give it to him. He has lost all of the hobnobbing fun and everyone showing up at his golf courses. No celebrities, no sports stars, no CEOs and now no banks. Trump is falling faster than anyone thought could ever happen.

Just think, it was only weeks ago that he felt he could overthrow the government. This is what happens when you make a revolutionary move and you lose. As always, with Trump, it's about money.

"The Art of the Deal" has just demonstrated how to not make a deal.

Rod Killian