Johnson City Press: Letters: Should Speaker Casada resign?
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Letters: Should Speaker Casada resign?

Johnson City Press • May 19, 2019 at 6:00 AM

With Monday's Question of the Week, we asked our readers if embattled Speaker of the House Glen Casada should resign. Here are some of the responses we received.

Take the others with you

YES, Casada must resign immediately, along with Andy Holt and David Byrd.

SUSAN REID

McKenzie, Tenn.

Let's investigate

Yes, he should resign and be investigated.

CARRIE WILLIAMSON

Jonesborough

He shouldn't represent us

YES. An unequivocal YES.

He is the scourge of our state. He is not, in any sense of the word, a REPRESENTative of the taxpayers and citizens of Tennessee. He needs to go NOW.

LU HOWARD

Jonesborough

Here are some of our readers' thoughts on other matters important to them.

Where are the jobs?

When the Tax Cut and Jobs Act passed last year, business leaders promised tax cuts would raise wages, create jobs, and help working families. I would like to say that one of the loudest was AT&T’s CEO Randall Stephenson, who said that AT&T would use the tax break to create thousands of new U.S. jobs.

I work at AT&T and have been for 18 years. I would like to be able to retire from AT&T. Stephensons’ claims just weren’t true. In our call center, there were 12 positions that were moved to an AT&T internal call center in Mexico. Thankfully, our call center was hiring, and these employees were able to take other positions. If we were not hiring, these employees would be in the unemployment line. I am aware of AT&T management and CORE being surplused or laid off. AT&T has cut over 10,000 jobs since the tax cut bill passed and is planning to close four call centers. Those were good jobs you could support a family on, and the tax cut bill has not brought them back. Union members like me are currently bargaining for a new contract, and AT&T hasn’t been working with us to reach a deal that would protect good jobs.

It is time for our Congress to investigate what happened to the billions of dollars of our money that was given away to AT&T and other corporations, because it isn’t being used to create American jobs.

GEORGIA TURNER

Jonesborough

Kids need music

I just returned from a free youth education concert by the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra. We had 1,037 registered to attend from the Tri-Cities area. Teachers tell me that without opportunities like this, some of their students would never have the chance to experience a symphony orchestra. How sad that we have relegated the arts to such a lowly position in our schools.

At a time when we are pushing STEM education, research says we are ignoring a subject that could help develop STEM skills – music! We should be pushing full STEAM ahead! Adding the arts to the curriculum builds creative minds, higher IQs, stronger language skills, the ability to problem solve, higher math scores, and so much more!

The lack of music appreciation is being felt in the arts community as funding for the performing arts has fallen with the younger generations because they have not been taught music appreciation. What if we just stop teaching kids how to play instruments? What would it be like to go to a movie with no music in the background because symphonic music became a dying art? Music is not a luxury. It is an important facet of life! It adds to our well-being and enjoyment of life. It builds community.

We are cheating our youth by not allowing them the opportunity to discover gifts and talents in the arts. Will we miss out on the next Mozart? Is the next Picasso being squeezed into an engineer’s mold?

The youth education concert was fantastic, by the way. The kids were really feeling it, bopping their heads and feet to the music. I wish our lawmakers were there to see. Maybe next time, I’ll send them an invitation.

LISA WILKERSON

Johnson City

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