Judge inconsistency frees a 'terrorist'

Surely this did not happen. I dug further. It did. Judge #1 ordered the accused held without bail. Judge #2 (same authority) overturned that decision (did he have the authority to do so?) and ordered the accused to be released on his own recognizance.

Confusion ensued, and order #2 was delayed for three days. Judge #2 apologized to the accused for having to stay in jail. Final result: Man was released on $10,000 bond. Unbelievable.

When a judge sides with an accused insurrectionist (whom I would call a domestic terrorist), is there hope for our democracy?

Sue Carol Elvin


What will you teach becoming paramount

Set aside all opinions about critical race theory, the 1619 Project, "transgenderism" in classrooms, etc. They are merely symptomatic and only hint at what's really at stake in the growing debate and divide over what is taught in America's government school classrooms — "government" schools because they are the nearly exclusive recipients of the many billions of taxpayer dollars spent annually on schooling.

In today's battles in school board meetings, finally there is some clarity over what has always been true: Teachers do far more than impart information; in fact, they cannot help but communicate, most often subtly, a worldview which must include perspectives on the most basic questions in life, questions about meaning, origins, destiny, transcendence, truth and falsehood. Teaching is far more than reading a state-approved script to empty vessels (students); neutrality in education has always been a myth. Thus, parents have every right to discern what it is their children are being taught and to select schools which comport with their values.

University teacher-training programs emphasize the "how" of teaching, but these prospective teachers are also developing a "what." As humans, they cannot help but do so, and so when they're interviewed for a job, just as important as "Do you know how to teach?" is "What will you teach?" "What worldview will you bring to the classroom each and every day?" Questions rarely asked, but truly the heart of the matter.

Gary Lindley, Lookout Mountain, Georgia


People change; we should forgive them

My sense of fairness and right and wrong and my love for my country, the USA, are offended by the shameful and scarlet letters-esque omission (clearly via presumed and presumptuous political correctness) of Kate Smith's rendition of "God Bless America" from "America's songs" in the Parade magazine in the June 27 Times Free Press.

Some cancel culturists may say she doesn't deserve to be so credited, but to them I say, how dare you and have you never made a mistake? Though Joe Biden eulogized Sen. Robert Byrd, KKK poo-bah and opponent of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (even filibustering against it), they probably voted for Biden anyway.

Moreover, even some former members of the U.S. Supreme Court were once KKK members but later changed their mind and were revered.

The point is this: People change for the good and should be forgiven and praised for doing so. I close by saying I hope God continues to bless America, no matter who speaks or sings that sentiment, one which personifies patriotism and love of country.

Claudos Spears, Young Harris, Georgia