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The voters speak

Now that the elections are over and Nancy Pelosi has given her word as a man that the political change-up won't result in retribution for the way the country has been run the past six years, there is one thing to remember: The cable news stations have been showing throngs of purported insurgents cheering that the Democrats are in charge and will be changing the way the war on terror is being fought. Whatever makes our enemies cheer cannot be a good thing.

Doug Hesson


Please help me to understand this: Why are Tennesseans confident in Democratic leadership for the state but not in Washington? Given Ford's campaign strategy, Bredesen appears all the more liberal and still carries an overwhelming victory -- and you don't need to be a math genius to know that Republicans helped to reelect Governor Bredesen.Anthony D. LeeMemphis

November 7, 2006, was a great day for America and a striking rebuke to the clueless Bush administration and its failed policies. 

Unfortunately, the voters of Tennessee elected a man to the U.S. Senate who may have prevailed only because of malicious and dishonest character-assassination ads aimed at his opponent. Fortunately, the election of Bob Corker should make little or no difference in the state of the nation, since the Democrats will control both the House and the Senate anyway.  

But Corker's win will surely harm the reputation of the state of Tennessee, cementing our reputation as one of the most backward states. (As long as our neighbors to the south keep reelecting Trent Lott to the Senate, the title of "The Most Backward State" is safely out of our reach.)

B. Keith English


As a Democrat, I hope like hell Congress starts impeachment proceedings for W and his sidekick Cheney. This year America spoke (loudly) and told Bush exactly how much he's disliked and distrusted. By voting as they did, Americans finally told the president and Rummy where to go and how to get there. Thank you, Democrats!

Mike Einspanjer


Amendment One

I believe that homosexuals have the right to express their sexuality in the privacy of their own homes. However, I do not justify their right to gay/lesbian marriage. I am not saying this as an attack on homosexuals, because discrimination against them is similar to prejudice. I just do not condone the courtship of man and man or woman and woman.

I was raised by the teachings of the Bible. I learned that God intended for one man and one woman to be together. He did not intend for the same sex to bond amongst each other. I believe that people who are against homosexual marriage should have voted "yes" on Amendment One, as I did. Marriage usually takes place in a church, and I feel that it is an abomination to God in His house to unite the same sex. Morals are more important than sexual feelings.

Gregory Parker II


Regarding the News Commentary by Ron Hart titled "Praying Menace" (November 9th issue), I couldn't help but be amused at the many logical fallacies he used. For one, he assumes that men are secure if they do not persecute gays. I'm not sure what "persecute" refers to. Has Hart examined all allegedly secure men to know this as true?

He also assumes that sexual behavior is "pre-wired" in us. This has not been proven; most geneticists can only show that genes determine our physical construction. Behavior is primarily learned. 

Hart then begs the question by transferring the actions of homosexuality to God who "wired" them that way. Using that logic, then we can't "persecute" murderers because God "wired" them that way. Lastly, he questions Christians who hate homosexuals. Most Christians I know hate their actions, not their persons. I'm sure Hart hates actions that contradict his own views of reality.

Charles Gillihan


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