GOP an obstacle to American progress and more letters to editors

The GOP, an obstacle to American progress

We finally have a plan to repair our crumbling infrastructure. President Biden fought all odds, mostly Republicans, to get there.

It will mean thousands of well-paying middle class jobs and provide much needed services to our rural communities. Chattanooga needs it as much as any city. When we drive anywhere there are potholes and bumpy roads. It will bring broadband to those who have been left out of the high tech revolution.

Republicans fought any bill that could move our country forward. Their only goal now is power for the sake of power. Sadly, those who haven’t traveled outside of the United States or their own country don’t realize how archaic our airports and train lines are. Our bridges are dangerous, as the near-fatal Memphis fault demonstrated.

We must work together with a common goal to make the United States safe for all of our citizens. We have one party that works to make this happen and one that stands in the way of anything that could help the average citizen. Instead, they only take care of the richest 1%.

Dolores Benton

Signal mountain

Today’s communicators focus on the differences

Why are there seemingly insurmountable gaps between us today? The answer lies in communication.

I am a former veteran (Korean War); I have worked in China, Japan, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Mexico, Canada and more in the “dark ages” before the birth of the Internet. I was using ARPANet when the term “World Wide Web” was coined.

I have been a programmer and web designer; today I use several computers, so I qualify as one of the first “nerds”. My point of view is far from that of most young people today; it’s all about communication, topicality, reporting. Communications driven by those who get paid to point out the differences, not the good similarities.

Headlines written to ignite, rather than just telling the content of an article; breathless voices on television eagerly proclaiming chaos. So stop!

Bill laudeman

Red bank

Soldiers, families are hardly destitute

I have been in the military for over 20 years. Your article on military families doesn’t mention that the average junior military income is $ 2,000 a month. But that does not include the basic housing allowance ($ 1,500 to $ 4,500 / month).

Soldiers and their families don’t have to pay for health insurance, child care, 30 days of paid vacation, help with school fees and more. This averages over $ 20 an hour, based on a 40 hour week (average when units are not deployed).

Irresponsibility is the number one reason soldiers have financial problems. If they want a new car, they don’t need a credit history, just an enlistment contract since the companies know this is someone with guaranteed income for four years.

The average young soldier is 19 and has never lived alone, married or raised a family. The incentive to get married is huge – more money and not having to live in the barracks. In today’s economy, a lot of women and men know this and go after soldiers.

Bottom line: You can live on military pay. People earn less and have no problem.

Guillaume Huber

East Ridge

GOP will bring violence to elections

The year of the midterm elections is almost here. Prepare for the chaos of the Republican Party. What happened on January 6 was the most accurate expression of what Republican voters really want. Prepare for much worse.

Republicans know they have no politics, just hate, anger, and racism. So they are trying to undermine our electoral process by intimidation. This violence, expressed at local school board meetings across America, is happily embraced by Republicans.

When independent election officials confirm the validity of Democrats’ legal votes, Republicans will call on their officials to threaten or harm citizens.

By his actions, Trump proudly tells Republican voters that he is a hate insurgent bent on destroying democracy. His daily expressions show how deplorable a human being he is. Republican voters love him.

They have made it clear that they will vote for him again. And why not? After all, he is “one of them”.

Jonathan D. Nessle

The nuances of cheating always cheat

Cheating is cheating. Maybe not under the law of man but under the law of God.

For example, Aaron Rodgers (said enough); The opposition of Flights simulating injury to slow down UT’s rapid offensive; a quarterback throwing the ball out of bounds to avoid a sack; Trump stacks up court at the last minute to curry favor; a cop receives a free cup of coffee every day in a company and then promotes them in a dispute; or celebrities bribing officials to enroll their children in an elite college.

Some of them are more serious than others, but you understand my drift.

Harry sholl

East Ridge

State official shows ugly side of hate

I was intrigued but also deeply offended by a recent TFP report that Representative Chris Todd, R-Madison, accused Bethany Children’s Services of human trafficking.

Obviously, Todd doesn’t know or understand what human trafficking really means and what it involves. I find it significant that there is no mention in the article of the involvement of the TBI in this case or of Second Life here in Chattanooga, two agencies deeply involved in the fight against human trafficking.

Obviously, Todd is showboating. He grabbed an ugly term and worded his statement of support as a defense for innocent children, but we shouldn’t be fooled. His objection and that of the other Republicans cited in your article is that Bethany Agency is involved in the accommodation and transportation to new facilities of immigrant children separated from their parents.

His concern is not so much for the safety of children as it is for the prosecution of any agency involved in the housing and protection of immigrant children in Tennessee.

I believe Todd will not be happy with the situation of this group of children until they are out of state.

Katheryn A. Thompson

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