Trump lets China replace US: Letters to the editor, Jan. 8
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Trump lets China replace US
Our president is giving away the world.
A strategist at China’s National Defense University, Gen. Jin Yinan, put it this way: “As the U.S. retreats globally, China shows up.”
Trump proposes reducing the U.S.'s contribution to the United Nations. He decided that the U.S. should withdraw from the Paris agreement on climate change. He says that he will not give U.S. aid to any country that opposes his decision to make Jerusalem the capital of Israel. He says he will do much more “to make America great again” — and isolated.
Meanwhile China is negotiating to form a free-trade zone that will exclude the United States. China is working on improving the African infrastructure and making African countries into markets for Chinese goods and locations for Chinese investment.
China will soon surpass the U.S. as the dominant world power. For the U.S., this means that we will have let a nondemocratic nation surpass us on our promotion of democracy for foreign nations, our promotion of free speech and an uncensored internet, and our influence as the most admired nation in the world.
All this has been started by Donald Trump in one short year. What damage will Trump cause in the next three years?
Jim Martin, Brentwood 37027
I have been trying to figure out why on earth the local Republican Party wants to change how candidates for local offices are chosen.
No matter how many times I turn over the problem in my mind, I come to the conclusion that they are trying to extend their chokehold on our democracy. Perhaps someone can explain how a Republican candidate for sheriff is better suited than a Democrat, an independent, or any other banner one wishes to self-label.
After all, what does a party designation do? Convey a sense of brand? Assure a consistent experience or outcome? Or perhaps ensure a cadre of elected officials who will toe the party line?
I daresay, given the statistics cited in the article regarding the number of Republican ballots compared to the number of Democrat ballots in the 2016 primaries, the Republican party is attempting to rig another election to its own purposes.
Why else take action that requires a candidate to declare a party affiliation when said declaration has not been necessary?
It seems to me they only wish to ensure "their" people take office so that "their" policies are implemented, indeed forced upon all of us. I think that they think the ballot statistics demonstrate their majority in Wilson County.
I wonder how many of those 2016 Republican primary ballots were chosen by independents and Democrats to influence the outcome in the Republican primary toward a candidate that would be less repulsive than the apparent favorite. Oh, but that would be election rigging, wouldn't it?
Are there really that many rape-induced pregnancies among illegal immigrant women in the county jail that require a Republican controlled gatekeeper to ensure that any attempts to abort are thwarted? Seriously, what's the point?
Joni Cochran, Mt. Juliet 37122
Retirees need a wage increase too
While Michael Bolduc's letter is right on, the average working person in the United States is so far behind monetarily that to me it seems that an immediate raise to $15 an hour would not even come close to bringing the lower middle class worker up a notch closer to middle class.
That said, great idea, Mr. Bolduc. However, as a retired person living on Social Security and a small pension, the big problem I see is the fact that when wages go up so does the cost of living. Anyone reading this who is trying to live on Social Security and a small pension can see real big problems.
Sure, Social Security goes up when the cost of living goes up. But at that time so does your contributions to your Medicare coverage. Which we paid into for years. So at the end of the day, you might make another 10 to 15 dollars a month. Let's face it, that just doesn't cover it.
So hooray for a raise in minimum wage as long as there is a raise in retirement benefits too.
Equality is what we really need.
Dick Barlow, Nashville 37217
Alex Brandau III's letter chastising historians' misinformation about Andrew Jackson is way beyond anything I have ever read in history.
He specifically points his finger at Jon Meacham's Pulitzer Prize-winning "American Lion" and H.W. Brands' "Andrew Jackson." Brands was twice a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. These are two of the most respected historians of our day. I don't think they got Jackson wrong.
I have been reading, studying and teaching about Jackson for over 50 years and I know that, like all of us, he was flawed. I would call him a flawed giant.
His was a classic rags-to-riches story and was self-made as much as anyone I've ever heard about. He transformed the country with the Battle of New Orleans. He transformed politics as well as the presidency.
And he also invaded Spanish Florida, chasing the Seminoles, and dumped the state-to-be in the lap of Secretary of State John Quincy Adams.
Spain, which was unable to defend or govern Florida, ceded their colony to us.
Yes, there was a scandal involving his relationship with Rachel; he slaughtered Indians and set up the circumstances for the infamous Trail of Tears, and at its peak owned about 150 slaves.
Oh, his 1806 duel was with Charles Dickinson, not Dickson. How, Mr. Brandau, do you know that Jackson's version of the duel was a lie? Were you there? For the record, there were other witnesses and Jackson carried Dickinson's bullet two inches from his heart for the remainder of his life.
David Dale, Manchester 37355
Trump not above the law
When two members of Congress of the same party were creditably accused of the sexual abuse of women, Democrats called for their removal.
While a candidate, Trump, on tape for anyone to hear, said that he had grabbed women by their private parts and could get away with it because he was “a star.” Women have specifically confirmed his abuse.
President Trump backed Roy Moore in the Alabama race as did some other Republicans in denial that assaults on women occurred. Alabamans with good hearts and minds rejected Roy Moore.
Is the president above the law or can he be held accountable? Nixon was, but there are those who believe Trump is above the law for sexual assault and obstruction of justice if that should be the legal charge, which now seems probable.
When Republican Robert Mueller was appointed special counsel to investigate Russian interference with possible Trump campaign collusion in the 2016 presidential campaign, scarcely a voice could be heard in opposition to this outstanding former FBI director. The closer Mueller comes to revealing the truth in this matter, the more we hear politically motivated attacks on him and the Justice Department.
John Bratton, Sewanee 37375
Kalodimos exit costly
After almost 50 years of tuning in every night to Channel 4 for local news, my husband and I have switched to another channel because of the shockingly disrespectful way that Channel 4 terminated Demetria Kalodimos' over-30-year career.
How could they possibly think that a letter on her desk without a face-to-face conversation is a decent way to put an end to so many years of loyal service to their station? Through various changes in co-anchors, Demetria has been the reliable, cheerful, professional face of Channel 4 news.
It is a sad time for TV broadcasting in Nashville when a veteran anchor’s career ends because of disgraceful age discrimination.
I am sure we are not the only viewers loyal to Demetria that WSMV will lose.
Evelyn Koch, Nashville 37205
Entitlement programs not the problem
Rep. Marsha Blackburn, explaining Republican plans for the upcoming session of Congress, has made two points.
First, she says that they will tackle the exploding national debt by cutting the social safety net, because entitlements are the main cause of the debt. This is wrong.
Our two largest entitlements, Social Security and Medicare, are not included in the calculation of the national debt and thus cannot add to it. The major cause of the increase in debt is the tax cuts for corporations and rich people just voted by congressional Republicans.
Second, she says that she is not proposing to cut all benefits, that those who truly need and deserve them will continue to get them. Notably she didn’t apply this same rule when she voted for across-the-board tax cuts. It would make much more sense to have given tax cuts only to those who truly need and deserve them.
None of the super wealthy truly need tax cuts, and very few deserve them. Debt problem solved before you even begin to look at the social safety network.
Nancy Stettin, Nashville 37209