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Letters: Alexander and Roe should follow Corker's lead

Contributed To The Press • Oct 27, 2017 at 12:00 AM

I am a Democrat writing to praise a Republican politician. U.S. Sen. Bob Corker's choice to take a stand against President Donald Trump's incompetence, instability and immaturity in office and to warn his party and the country about the president's unfitness for office clearly shows true heroism.

I do not always agree with Corker's conservative positions. Even so, I recognize an independent spirit in his support for the CHIP health care bill for children, for which he took a lot of flack from his party.

I can and do blame Corker for his early support for Trump, whose campaign clearly demonstrated his lack of character, and for the length of time it took him to admit he was wrong. However, his refusal to continue to throw honor and integrity aside is a clear tribute to his own character. 

I wonder about U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander's silence about Trump's outrageous behavior.

U.S. Rep. Phil Roe is hopeless. His email newsletter is always full of praise for Trump's aganda, as though he has an agenda beyond his narcissistic bids for attention and his self-serving determination to divide the country. Roe would do well to take a cue from Corker and show some spine.

MARION GROVER

Johnson City

Not my problem

According to a report in the Johnson City Press, the Tennessee Valley Authority provided a substantial amount of money to cover the impact on the community of the Boone Lake Dam repairs. Those dollars, instead, were diverted by Washington County to balance the new budget. Is that legal?

The fact remains that funds are needed to clear litter from the lake. In my opinion taxpayers should not have to pay for that cleanup. Responsibility should fall to those who have property along the lake.Those county residents who seldom, if ever, use Boone Lake should not be held responsible for cleanup.

When litter is thrown on blown onto my property, it is my responsibility to clean it up — not city or county taxpayers.

GORDON HAMILTON

Johnson City

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