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Letters: Examples of quid pro quo

Johnson City Press • Nov 15, 2019 at 6:00 AM

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Examples of quid pro quo

The president is currently facing impeachment for “quid pro quo.” However, why are the Democrats overlooking so much evidence?

President Trump started quid pro quo from the beginning of his term. For example, he told North Korea to quit firing rockets or he would bring the full force of the American military on North Korea and destroy their military capability. He also imposed severe restrictions on aid until they meet his demand to give up the nuclear weapons — quid pro quo.

He pulled out of the Iran deal and refused to meet until the Iranians agreed to renegotiate a deal — quid pro quo.

He put increasingly high tariffs on China until China quit stealing our technology and establish a fair trade policy — quid pro quo.

He put increasingly high tariffs on Mexico until they agreed to the USAMC agreement — quid pro quo.

These are only a few. And they would be actual first-hand evidence that could establish a firm quid pro quo prosecution and impeachment.

JACK VAN ZANDT
Jonesborough

City wants its share of school funding

Let me begin by stating that no one is against the building of a new school in Jonesborough. A new school is needed for the health and safety of the students and staff.

What I wish to address is the shameful way the Washington County Commission has utilized loopholes in the Tennessee law to withhold a “fair share” of funding for Johnson City when it comes to capital projects.

Under current law, if the County Commission bonds money for school capital projects, they must provide an equal share of those funds to all school systems within the county based on student population. To build the new Boones Creek school the commission passed a 40-cent property tax increase in 2016 to secure funds for its construction, paid by county and city residents. Johnson City Schools only received 2 cents of that increase. The county kept the rest of approximately $8 million each year to build Boones Creek.

Now the town of Jonesborough will borrow the funds to build their new school. This means the county does not, once again, have to fund a fair share for Johnson City. The County Commission is building two schools for the county students at an estimated cost of $50-60 million. At 48% (population of students in Johnson City), the city schools should have also received $46-55 million for building maintenance and construction. Because of this loophole, the county is robbing the Johnson City schools of $40+ million. With that, we could build a new Towne Acres and fund other building needs within the city.

On Oct. 28, the County Commission passed a resolution calling for the county to work with city officials to find a solution to the city schools needs. We need to hold the County Commission accountable on this and support ALL students within Washington County.

JOE W. CRABTREE
Johnson City

Don’t touch my Dixie

The recent Mountain Mischief in the Johnson City Press had an impressive color photo of “The Dolly Parton Stampede,” which was very dramatic, like the British Charge of the Light Brigade. Sadly, however, the word “Dixie,” an American icon, has been censored and erased, a victim of political correctness, panic and ignorance.

It is an old Southern slang for “money.” In the early 19th century, states printed their own currency. Louisiana was no exception. Since many residents there were of French ancestry, the 10 dollar bills were printed on one side in English and the other side in French. The French word for “10” is “dix;” therefore one side read “10” and the other read “dix.” Hence the slang term “Dixie” and everyone wants “Dixies.”

If some people find this offensive, then use the original meaning “Money Stampede,” which is more accurate and correct.

JOHN D. LYLE
Jonesborough

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