Fake news: End biased writing

Fake news: The headline, "Trump's prescription to reduce drug prices takes small steps," tells us what to think before we read it.

The writer characterizes it as "... spare[ing] the pharmaceutical industry ...," which leads us to understand it was expected the president would destroy it. It's backed by quoting one of Trump's rants, as if anyone believes those.

To support the opinion — all that's been written — it quotes a Democrat. He agrees with the media. Are we surprised? Is anyone?

Paragraph four, a glimpse of the proposal? It entails " ... improved competition and transparency ... ." We are warned it "... could take months or years to implement" (as if this long time is the president's fault rather than the expected process for any similar proposal). As businesses know, competition always benefits the customer, so what's wrong with this?

The rest of the article is similarly slanted. Obviously the writer does not believe Trump is doing what should be done and appears to dislike his unrestrained speech.

The solution? Easy: Give us the facts, allow the "reporter" to write an analysis/opinion piece clearly identified as such.

Oh, that implies you believe your readers are smart enough to form their own opinions.

Bill Laudeman


'Irrational'? Give me more of this

It amazes me how a so-called "mental health professional" can make absurd statements about President Trump's mental fitness having never personally interviewed him.

The left wants to remove Trump from office, even though his accomplishments have exceeded every president in recent years:

The stock market and small business confidence are at record highs; consumer confidence has not been higher in 17 years; food stamp usage dropped half million in a single month; unemployment claims have fallen to a 45-year low; U.S. household net worth has risen; lowest unemployment for blacks in history; increased employment for women, Hispanics; improved rules of engagement for military in combat situations; crushing ISIS caliphate; the release of prisoners in North Korea and proposed summit with Kim Jong Un; reduced permanent staff in several Cabinet agencies; reformed the VA Accountability Act; reformed North Atlantic Treaty Organization; moved the U.S. Israeli embassy to Jerusalem; convinced NATO members to honor minimum financial commitments; expanded school-choice efforts.

Trump has accomplished this in one year against the wave of obstruction from Dems and the liberal media.

If this is irrational behavior, I vote for more of the same in 2020.

Donald Stewart, Signal Mountain


Hart's attitude, driving lacking

Regarding Ron Hart's commentary (May 11):

He cynically mocks the religious: "God is always with me ... A position I maintain when I am pulled over alone in the carpool lanes in Atlanta."

The leadership of our country has taken the position, often echoed by business, that "anything goes if we are not caught." The advance of Mr. Trump and his lack of ethics and morals have allowed the cynical among us to become more so.

As those who praise "religious liberty" will tell you, ethical and moral behavior can supersede written law when necessary. Great men and women have sacrificed not to enhance their fortunes but for the betterment of others. It should be the ethic we, as a nation, promote.

The cynical attitude everything — votes, sex, loyalty, privacy, etc. — is for sale is empty and unfulfilling. Monetizing international, national, local and personal decisions is contrary to our society's best interests.

Hart accepts no obligation to ride with other drivers rather than cheat in the carpool lane. Evidently, he believes as long as he isn't caught, he has no obligation to make driving better for others. It's not about driving, it's about attitude. We can do better.

Lincoln Christensen


Society's failures = rapid U.S. decay

Indifference toward our societies' failures will result in America's rapid decay.

Early failures:

» Discarded the Native American's culture and human rights.

» Allowed African-American slavery, segregation and prejudices.

» Ignored the constitutional rights of WWII Japanese-American citizens.

» Failed to plead for the oppressed by a majority of religious voices.

» Failed to allow and provide women and minorities full citizen and social rights.

Latest failures:

' Failure of society to understand and counteract the eroding effects of divorce, dual-parent wage earners and devious new technologies on traditional family parenting practices.

» Failure of society/government to abide, sustain and protect this country's traditional Judeo-Christian cultural values.

» Failure of government to act on new and past technologies (guns, erroneous/vile media communications, social networks, robotics, artificial intelligence, etc.). Government avoids responsibility to mandate a principled scientific study or, where needed, impose steps to counteract the negative consequences of technology on our democracy and/or culture.

» Failure of government to temper the concentration of wealth, power and entitlement within a very small minority and to mandate the obligation of all citizens to provide some form of service (military, civic, etc.) to the country.

Michael Mainz


Perfect Christian candidate laughable

A letter in your May 15 edition lamented Christians backing our current president and suggested that all should find hypocrisy in Christians (who the writer called "fundamentalists") for doing this.

Christians face the same tough choices as anyone else in a voting booth. Christians haven't had many right choices there in more than 200 years.

The idea that we should wait for the perfect Christian candidate to come along before we cast a vote is as laughable as it is unpractical.

Christians must decide who, among the candidates, will best defend religious liberty under this country's Constitution. Christians realize that this candidate does not have to be inside the church's walls, or be as perfect as Jesus Christ, or as perfect as the letter writer from Sewanee, in order to defend the church.

Many imperfect world rulers throughout history have defended the church.

Also, our Scripture compels us to support government, whoever is in charge, unless that government compels us to disown Jesus Christ. It really is that simple.

Allen Brooks, Ooltewah


White supremacy dominates county

To Hamilton Country Board of Education:

It is unacceptable for racist rhetoric to undergird educational policy in Hamilton County. As the pastor of Bridge City Community in South Chattanooga, it has been my primary task to educate the members of my congregation and declare to the community that the kingdom of God isn't segregated, so our churches and communities shouldn't be either.

Make no mistake about it: Racism is clearly evident in our school system, and white supremacy continues to be the dominant narrative in Hamilton County. I have witnessed it firsthand since my arrival in Chattanooga during countless volunteer hours at Calvin Donaldson Elementary.

Called to pursue justice and love mercy, we cannot stand by and remain silent in the face of such explicit bias and public prejudice.

To maintain segregated schools is to hate our neighbor, thus ignoring the command of our God to love our neighbors as ourselves. Everyone is created in God's image, and God shows no partiality nor favoritism. Neither should we.

We demand the immediate resignations of Joe Smith and Rhonda Thurman from the Hamilton County Board of Education.

Rev. Josh Woodrow