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Letters and comments from Flyer readers ... House sit-in, 8th District Race, MATA trolleys, Tennessee Healthcare.

click to enlarge GREG CRAVENS
  • Greg Cravens

About Toby Sells' post, "House Dems Stage Sit-in for Gun Vote" ...

A bunch of old folks with money and power decided to sit on the floor until their butts got numb, and then decided to call it off and congratulate themselves, as if they had actually accomplished something.

And they complained about Bernie Sanders being unrealistic and ineffective for the many months that he continued after they had anointed Hillary Clinton. Pathetic.

Brunetto Latini

I hate to say this, but it actually wasn't that good of an idea. Yes, it made old hippie hearts flutter with remembrances of days of yore, when the world was full of possibilities. But times have changed, and entrenched power has learned that all they have to do is wait, and the media will get bored, a shark will attack someone somewhere, and the hippies will go home. 

The optics of it are actually good for the GOP, rather than bad, because nothing energizes their base like punching hippies. Ryan won points at home standing up to them and closing the doors. The NRA has already put checks in the mail. This was the political equivalent of a PBS fund-raising drive that gives away 18-disc CD collections of all your favorites from 1969.


There's no tote bag?


About Jackson Baker's Politics column, "Toeing the GOP Party Line" ...

Kelsey's signs are everywhere, and I've seen a few for Kustoff; nothing much for Luttrell. I've received several mailers for Kelsey, telling me to watch out for snakes in the grass and vote for the 100 percent pro-life conservative (who undoubtedly enjoys self-gratification while viewing old Reagan movies), and someone hung a Kelsey brochure on our front door, as well. Flinn's TV ads are numerous, with some real pathos from older folks wanting to make 'Merica great again and keep the government out of their Medicare.

I'm thinking Kelsey is in good shape to at least win the Shelby vote, if not the whole thing. That's just a gut feeling, or maybe it's a wave of impending nausea.


Gerrymandering has turned our political parties into echo chambers. No wonder nothing gets done in Congress. Our representatives are more concerned with following the party orthodoxy than doing some creative thinking on their own. This is sad.


About Josh Cannon's story, "MATA President Won't Give Start Date for Trolley System" ...

I think the key to this entire problem has been as stated "... a lack of experienced workers." How in the hell do we have no experienced maintenance mechanics for the trolleys when they had been operating for many, many years? Were all those jobs given to politicians' family members? I think we all know the answer. Of course, no one has been blamed for this abysmal failure.


About Adam Nickas' Viewpoint, "Fix Tennessee's Health-care System" ...

If no new taxes or expenses are to be incurred by Tennessee for the length of the program, then I am all for it. That said, we probably should consider a two-tier national health-care program for the entire country. The first tier would be for the basic program, and the second tier would be for those who are willing to pay out of pocket for some additional benefits. Of course, the insurance companies will never let a national program come to pass.


Tennessee citizens pay for the Affordable Care Act right now, yet we are missing key benefits. An expansion of ACA would support our medical professionals, support our hospitals, and support the communities they live in, on top of those receiving the actual benefits. Failure to pass an expansion of ACA does nothing other than hurt some of our most vulnerable citizens. It's a travesty.


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