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Abolish the filibuster and pass needed reforms

There's so much being written about the filibuster these days, but in all of the articles I read I feel like this important point gets lost: The filibuster isn't mentioned in our Constitution. Not once.

Despite what some in the Senate might imply, the filibuster is just a procedural measure that can be changed at any point, like when Mitch McConnell and Donald Trump put Amy Coney Barrett and Brett Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court.

That's why it's so ridiculous that the filibuster still stands in the way of almost every single progressive priority on Democrats' docket. The Biden-Harris administration clearly has their eye on passing necessary reforms, like comprehensive climate legislation, but the threat of the filibuster continues to throw the future of their legislative agenda into question.

Luckily it doesn't have to be this way. I'm putting my faith in the Senate to get rid of the filibuster as soon as possible. We can't let a minority of senators continue to block the progress a majority of Americans voted for.

Michelle Wallin

 

GOP, Trump are undermining USA

The servicemen and women honored on Memorial Day died to protect our democracy, which is now being undermined by one of our own political parties intent on re-installing a lying bully of a man, who has said multiple times he'd like to be president for life.

It's not hard to envision U.S. citizens in the future to be required to attend "rallies" and raise our arms in salute to our own Dear Leader, and for those who will not, the guillotine.

Marjorie Pasch

Hixson

 

One editorial page fell short on holiday

I was struck by the stark contrast displayed on the Memorial Day editorial pages of the Times Free Press. The Times page was filled with the distortion continually spewed by the left. Instead of highlighting the purpose of the holiday, the political cartoon and Pam's Points falsely attacked positions held by those holding opposite viewpoints.

I am extremely grateful that the Free Press page provided a welcome counterbalance.

Mike Budnick

Winchester, Tennessee

 

Cult of Donald has overtaken cowardly GOP

Donald Trump managed to exalt himself to become the cult leader, knowing that his adherents would sanction everything he said and did.

When Trump claimed the election was stolen from him, the cult agreed with him.

When he instigated the Jan. 6th riots threatening the life of vice president Mike Pence, and causing destruction and murder, the cult supported him.

When those in the cult must have been professing Christians, they took no exception to hundreds of refugee children being torn from their mothers' arms with no plan for reunion.

When voices of Liz Cheney, Mitt Romney and at a critical time, Mitch McConnell, told the truth, they all were discounted by the cult.

With the cult prevailing, the Republican Party has failed.

John Bratton

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