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Letters: Roe, a dedicated, tireless servant

Johnson City Press • Jan 3, 2020 at 6:00 AM

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Roe: A dedicated, tireless servant

I usually don’t waste the time and effort to respond to the many Democrat-originated vitriolic letters which renounce our dedicated and capable 1st District Rep. Phil Roe. But I could not refrain from responding to the Dec. 27 Forum letter by Bob Warner.

His statement, “There are at least a half dozen additional actions on his part that are impeachable offenses,” displays his complete ignorance of Constitutional law and the fact. He does not attempt to list them, and it is a revelation of his lack of understanding of our Constitution and the massive body of law and Supreme Court decision upholding it.

He even rages that, “the majority of registered voters are not affiliated with either of the parties.”

What ignorance! Independents comprise only 38% of the registered non-party electorate, whereas Democrats and Republicans comprise a combined total of 61% of the registered electorate, according to a Nov. 14 Gallup poll.

Thank you, Congressman Roe for rendering 11 years of dedicated, tireless service to your district and our nation. No one could have done it with greater unselfishness and integrity.

DR. JACK WILLIAMS
Johnson City

Smoking age changes should be waived for military

Recently the legal age for smoking and drinking alcoholic beverages was raised to 21.

The only problem I have with this is in the case of those serving this country in the military. If at age 18 a person is willing to take up arms and defend this country, then they should be afforded all the rights of any 21-year-old.

This age restriction should be waived for them. They proudly serve their country and should be treated differently than those that choose not to.

CARL GOODMAN
Jonesborough

Tired of new laws

I'm tired! I'm tired of politicians passing more laws every year that chip away at the rights of American citizens.

We have more laws than we can enforce, but that doesn't deter our politicians from adding more and more rules and regulations that complicate our lives. It seems we have a law for everything — except common sense!

The government (our politicians) think they know better than we do what is good for us and what is not. I'm tired of it!

The most recent example is a law raising the age to purchase tobacco or vaping products from 18 to 21. Our politicians are so delusional that they think passing this law will actually have an effect on the use of these products. It won't, young people will find ways to get the product. You can't legislate morality!

This law is especially egregious, because the politicians can send 18-year-olds to war to die for their country and allow them to vote, yet apparently they think they aren't smart enough to make their own choices concerning what goes into their bodies. And to top it off, the politicians attach the law to a budget bill that has to pass to keep the government running, no open debate, no participation by those affected, and no recourse for those of us who disagree.

It's ridiculous, and I'm tired of it! If you are too, vote these spineless cowards out of office in the next election.

JONATHAN LINK
Johnson City

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