One rotten rascal deserves another

Some folks have strong opinions pro-Biden and anti-Trump and vice versa. This sort of reminds me of the minister called upon to say words at the funeral of the town rascal. He finally came up with: "Well, at least he's not as rotten as his brother."

Claudos Spears

Young Harris, Georgia


Manchin called upon to put country first

Because I live in Tennessee, where my senators and District 3 congressional representative do not represent me or a large percentage of the population of the state, I had hoped I could count on Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin to do what my own senators will not and put the best interests of the people and the preservation of democracy ahead of personal and political gain.

Sadly, I have begun to believe Manchin is either as selfish and self-centered as my own representatives, or foolish enough to believe, in the face of all evidence to the contrary, that there are 10 Republicans in the Senate who care more for democracy than for their own political future.

I try to remain hopeful that Manchin will prove himself a true patriot and not Mitch McConnell's patsy. Our nation needs the For the People Act and it is time to end the filibuster rule. Whether democracy lives or dies, let it be by the decision of the majority, not by the obstructionist actions of an endangered minority.

Sandra McCrea

Signal Mountain


Is America inching closer to China?

As Americans are coming to grips with the horror of the 1921 Tulsa, Oklahoma, race massacre that destroyed the Black section of town and killed perhaps more than 300 Black Tulsans, China is purging any memory of the 1989 Tiananmen Square pro-democracy demonstrations that saw who-knows-how-many thousands of protesters arrested and killed.

We Americans pride ourselves on the openness of our democracy. We discuss, debate, argue and demonstrate. We are proud of our historically positive achievements and, hopefully, we learn from our mistakes. On the other hand, China is a closed autocratic society that limits speech, assembly and other liberties. It's people are fed a "party line" and held accountable for thinking otherwise.

It is strange that today's pro-Trump Republicans must doubt the validity of the 2020 presidential election, press for re-counts in states they lost, minimize the damage of the Jan. 6 Capitol mob and refuse to support investigations into the motives and actions of that day. It has become their "party line."

They have every right to think and believe these things, but it makes one wonder: this scenario Republicans have conjured, is it more like American openness or Chinese repression?

Grady S. Burgner