Biden must back ending filibuster
We understand President Biden is busy. Between foreign policy crises, infrastructure and the COVID-19 pandemic, he has a lot on his hands.
But I can't help thinking about how his support for abolishing the filibuster in the Senate could help him enact his agenda on all fronts. Most importantly, it could help Biden protect Americans' freedom to vote in the face of relentless attacks on our democracy.
We need Congress to pass comprehensive voting rights reform, and we need Biden to step up and put pressure on the Senate to do so by publicly supporting an end to the filibuster. Biden's stated support for voting rights reform simply isn't enough.
President Biden, for the sake of my right to vote and the progressive agenda we elected you to enact, urge the Senate to abolish the filibuster.
Exit plan was an epic fail
Afghanistan: I offer a counterpoint to last Sunday's Perspective section "counterpoint" writer who blameshifts on behalf of President Joe Biden.
To use a football analogy (I doubt Biden ever played at even a high school level): "No one criticizes the play, but all surely must criticize its execution."
Claude Spears, Young Harris, Ga.
Biden deserves break on Afghanistan exit
Ironic, the U.S. trained Afghan forces since 2010 and reached a force of 300,000 by July 2021. They were to protect us and their own during our withdrawal in August. The Taliban with 75,000 strong not only scared the Afghan forces to cut and run but also the government to leave the country.
Now we are blaming Biden for not protecting them? Give the guy a break. He inherited this mess and is trying his best to get us out of it.
Jack Pine, Dunlap, Tenn.
Are calamities God's judgment on the U.S?
Has it ever occurred to anyone that the coronavirus, the real bad hurricanes, wildfires and other calamities that have hit this country could be God's judgment for sin in the land?
The prophet Amos presents a question to us in the book that bears his name: "Shall there be evil in a city, and the Lord hath not done it?" (Amos 3:6)
From the information I gather, the coronavirus started in China, but on the supernatural side, has God sent it because of legalized bloodshed and perversion from one end of the country to the other?
God reminds Israel (Amos 4:6-11) how he has sent different judgments on them for sin, such as famine, lack of rain and so forth, but they still had not repented. Finally, they were destroyed and carried away.
I see a prophetic parallel between that and the United States today. We've had many calamities like this, but the nation has not turned from all the sin and evil.
Will our nation ever be brought to repentance? Or will we be brought to destruction?
Robert Massingill, Chatsworth, Ga.