Barriers keep El Paso safe
In a recent letter to the editor, a writer took issue with a statement she believed I made with respect to El Paso’s crime rate. The writer must have misunderstood me at my immigration town hall. On my trip down to the southern border, I visited El Paso, Texas, which is separated by a fence from one of the most dangerous cities in the world — Juárez, Mexico. Thanks to the fence and our border patrol officers, El Paso is one of the safest cities in the U.S. El Paso is proof that physical barriers work.
REP. PHIL ROE
Enforce congressional power
In "fighting all the subpoenas," Donald Trump has made his most dictatorial move.
This person is simply and clearly in contempt of Congress and putting himself above the Constitutionally demanded separation of powers. This is unacceptable. Period.
Contempt of Congress is an old idea based on the inherent power of Congress to get the information it needs to carry out its constitutional duties. Congress cannot function without this power.
How to enforce it? Under its inherent power, the House of Representatives can order its own sergeant-at-arms to arrest the offender, subject him to a trial before the full House, and, if judged to be in contempt, jail that person until he appears before the House and brings whatever documentation the House has subpoenaed.
Our democracy is in a constitutional emergency. Congressman Roe: Do your job! Demand that the "President" respond to all subpoena requests from Congress or call for his arrest.
Love your VA, hate the system
I want to second Bob Potter’s April 19 letter to the editor regarding treatment we veterans receive at VAMC Mountain Home. Veterans in East Tennessee are indeed blessed with good medical care, but let us keep in prayer the rest of Tennessee’s veterans. Based upon your recent editorial regarding medical care at VA hospitals, the other VA hospitals in Tennessee provide those veterans with poor care (one star out of possible five stars). Unfortunately, Tennessee veterans outside Northeast Tennessee are forced to receive substandard VA care.
Question: What happens if medical care is nationalized under a federal government-controlled universal health insurance provider? Could we suffer with substandard medical care like the rest of Tennessee veterans do now because our option of choice has been foreclosed?
ARTHUR M. FOWLER
Like many residents, the new search for a name for our area has caught my attention. The need for this is obvious because, in addition to the cities of Johnson City, Kingsport and Bristol, there are Jonesborough, Elizabethton, Hampton, Erwin and Unicoi.
Ideally, this area’s name would be easy to speak and remember, but it should sound elegant and descriptive.
My suggestions are Blue Ridge Tennessee and the Tennessee Blue Ridge.
Most of my friends like these names, and since they accurately describe our area, they are legitimate.