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DEARPRESIDENTTRUMP

ThePeopleofMiddleTennesseesendtheirgoodwishes,criticisms,concernsandquestions

PreparedbyTheTennesseanforPresidentDonaldTrumpsvisittoNashvilleonWednesday,March15,
2017.

Editorsnote:TheTennesseanreceived160lettersfromitscalltoactiontoreaderslastThursday
eveningtothenoondeadlineMondaytowritemessagestoPresidentTrump.TrumpvisitsNashville
WednesdayforhisfirsttimeascommanderinchiefandisscheduledtostopatTheHermitage,President
AndrewJacksonshistorichome,andholdarallyattheMunicipalAuditoriumindowntown.

Oftheletters,65(41percent)directlycriticizedthepresidentand38(24percent)praisedandwelcomed
him.Supporterswrotethattheyareprayingforhimandhopingforhissuccess.Criticsgenerallysaidthey
wanthimtostoptweetingandreleasehistaxreturns.Theremainderconsistedofrequests,questions
andsuggestionsonavarietyofpolicymatters.

ThetopfiveissuesaddressedweretheAffordableCareActandtheproposaltoreplaceit,thepresidents
behaviorandhisfitnesstoserveinoffice,theenvironmentandclimatechange,immigrationreform,and
holdingTrumpaccountabletofulfillinghiscampaignpromises.

WehavepublishedasmanyaswecaninprintandarepostingallonTennessean.com/opinion.

Thankyouforsharingyourvoicesandaddingtothecommunityconversation.

DavidPlazas,opinionengagementeditor.(Reachmeat(615)2598063,emailmeat
dplazas@tennessean.comortweettomeat@davidplazas.

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DearPresidentTrump:

Youandothershavetoldusrepeatedlywhatanexcellentbusinessmanyouare,stressingthatyour
businessacumenoffsetsalackofgovernmentalandpublicserviceexperience.

AsIhavewatchedandwaitedforthisexpertisetobedemonstrated,Ihavebecomequiteconfused.
Wouldasharppersonwhocanspotagooddealdeliberatelymakeuninhabitabletheplacewhere
prosperityissupposedtotakeplace?

Wouldasmartindividualignoreexpertsandpretendtherearenolongtermconsequencestoclogging
streamswithminingwaste,pollutingtheairsomuchthatpeoplehavetostayindoors,andallowing
watertospreaddiseaseratherthanlife?

Iencourageyoutoshowthatyoudoindeedhavetheabilityandcouragetobeagoodleaderforall.
PleasedonotexchangethefutureoftheEarthforshorttermprofitsforafew.

SumaM.Clark,Murfreesboro37129

***

DearPresidentTrump:

EachdayIwatchthenewsandseethedangerandproblemscreatedbyformingnegativeopinions
aboutgroupsofpeoplebasedontheirreligion,sexualorientation,race,countryoforigin,age,gender,
etc.

Itiscommontothink"Iamright.Theyarewrong."Perhapsweimposeourbeliefsonothersorblame
themforourproblems.ManyU.S.politicaldebatescenteraroundlegislatingmoralityand
discrimination.Opinionsaboutthesedebatescanberootedinhateandintolerance.

DiversityisthehistoryofAmericaandweshouldnotfearthat;wewillallprosperifwerespectand
protecteveryone'srights.Prosperityisnotachievedalone;everyonereceiveshelpalongthewayfrom
family,friends,andthecommunity.Prosperityandfreedomshouldnotbereservedfortheselective
few.PleasehelpAmericabecomewelcomingandinclusive.

StephanieZ.Fox,Nashville37216

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DearPresidentTrump:

Whileargumentumadhominemisnotalwaysalogicalfallacy;attackingopponent'scharacterfirstand
debatingsubstancelastmakesAmericaweak.

AndyMorris,Nashville37221,executivedirectorofFastPrayGive.org

***

DearPresidentTrump:

Agreatnationtakescareofallitspeople.UntiltheAffordableCareActweweretheonlydeveloped
nationintheworldthatdidn'thavehealthcareforallitscountrymenandwomen.

TheACAisflawedbutfunctioningandyoucouldfixit.Twentyfourmillionpeoplewilllosetheir
healthcarewithyourproposedreplacementfortheACA.

FixtheACA,don'treplaceit.Orevenbetter,letMittRomneycreateabetterversionashedidin
Massachusetts.Romneycareworksverywellthere.

SusanAnders,Nashville37216

***

DearPresidentTrump:

Iappreciateyouvisitingourgreatcity.Ihavenotalwaysagreedwithpastpresidents;however,Iwas
neverscaredandIwantedtogivesomereasonswhy:

Youstatedyouwouldbringinsuranceforeverybody,butearlyestimatesoftheRepublicanplanyou
supportisatleast24millionpeoplecouldlosetheircoverage.

YouheldanuclearstrategysessioninthepublicdiningroomofyourFloridaresort.Youallowedyour
administrationtoasktheFBItoleakfavorableinformation.
Yousuggestedthatcriticizingyourmilitarydecisionsisaidingtheenemy.

YouusedtheexecutivebranchsauthoritytoinflictarbitrarycrueltyonthousandsofMuslim
immigrants.

YoucreatedadiplomaticcrisiswithAustraliaandthreatenedtoinvadeMexico.

YouselectedyourbankruptcylawyerasyourpickforambassadortoIsrael.

Yousaidthecourtsareathreattonationalsecurity.

AmandaLaBonte,Nashville37216

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DearPresidentTrump:

Trumpcarestripshealthcarefromwomenandputsagreaterburdenonlowincomepeopleandthe
elderly.Iwillhavetwoyearsofstomachchurningfearasmyhealthinsurancecostssoar(untilIturn65)
underyourplan.Iaminsultedbyyourinsurancesubsidiesforthewealthy.Thisisnotwhatyou
promised.

YourexecutiveorderstocuttheNationalOceanicandAtmosphericAdministration,theEnvironmental
ProtectAgencyandtoremoveenvironmentalrestrictionsoncoalnotonlyendangerourchildrensair
andwater,theykilljobsinresearch,innovativeindustriesandtourism.Notwhatyoupromised.

Therampantdeportationswillcost$400$800billion(excludingTheWall)andreducetheGross
DomesticProductby$1trillion.Youwillincreasethenationaldebt,killjobs,raisepricesonworking
familiesandthrowtaxdollarsintoauseless,ineffectualholethatdoesnotmakeussafer.NOTwhat
youpromised.

CandaceWade,Franklin37064

***

DearPresidentTrump:

I'dliketothankyouforyouremphasisonjobcreationandpreservationintheprivatesector.Even
beforeyoutookofficeyoumetwithexecutivesofCarrierandFordandpersuadedthemtoinvestinthe
U.S,insteadofmovingjobstoMexico.

I'msureyourplanstoreduceU.S.corporatetaxes,thehighestinthedevelopedworld,andslash
regulationsthatstranglebusinessplayedabigroleinkeepingthosejobshere.

Whenyoutookoffice,yousignedexecutiveordersthatwillfinallygettheDakotaAccessandKeystone
Pipelinesunderway.ThoseprojectsnotonlywillcreategoodjobsinNorthDakotabutalsointhegulf
refineriesthatwillprocesstheoilpipedinfromCanada.

Itissatisfyingtohaveanadministrationthatcreatesopportunitiesforjobsforpeopleinsteadofpushing
peopleintogovernmentdependence.ThanksforyourstartinmakingAmericagreatagain.

JohnFox,Franklin37067
***

DearPresidentTrump:

Thankyouforbringingabusinessapproachtogovernment.WhiletheaverageAmericanmustlive
withintheirbudgetandnowlivewithsubstandardhealthinsurance,Washington'spoliticiansspend
recklesslyandenjoyqualityinsurancepaidforbyme.

Iappreciate,too,thatyouareplacingqualifiedCabinetmemberswhomayhavedifferingopinions.

PresidentLincolnfilledhiscabinetwithqualifiedleaderswhohadopposingviews,too.Youlisten.You
arefocusedandtrulyhearingwhatisbeingsaid.

Thankyouforthesacrificeyouandyourfamilyaremaking.Youhavethesupportofagratefulnation
whoistiredofpayingforthosewhodon't/won'tworkandwhotakeadvantageofthisgreatnation
withoutgivingback.

Thankyoufortakingonthetoughissuesoftaxreform,veteransaffairsandhealthcare.Youhavemy
supportandgoodwishes.

JaneHarrison,Nashville37221

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DearPresidentTrump:

IwanttoexpressmyfearsabouttheupcomingrepealoftheAffordableCareAct.Ihaveheardthatthe
newhealthcarebillwillgiveusallmorechoicesinthemarket.However,whenyoudon'thaveasteady
incomeandworkforyourselfthebackboneofAmericaningenuityandinnovationthereareno
choices.Youaresimplyleftoutofthesystem.

TheAffordableCareActgavemyhusbandandItheopportunitytohavehealthcarewithoutthehuge
deductiblewewereusedtoo.Lastyearmyhusbandhadaheartattackandhehassaidmanytimesthat
ifwehadnotbeeninsuredunderthecurrentsystem,hewouldhavenotgonetothedoctorduetothe
cost.Hewasworriedwewouldloseourfarm.Hewouldmostlikelybedeadbynow.

YoupromisedtoprovidehealthcareforallAmericans.ThecurrentproposalgoingthroughCongressis
notforallAmericansandwillleavemanyofuswithoutpreventativeandevenemergencycare.Weare
supposedtobetheleaderofthewesternworld;however,ourcountryistheworstofanyofour
democraticallies.

Ihopeyou'llreconsideryoursupportofthecurrentRepublicanhealthcareproposalandworktoput
togetherasystemthatallAmericanscanuse.

LisaShively,PleasantShade37145

***

DearPresidentTrump:

YouhavepromisedtoreplacetheAffordableCareActwithbettercoverageatlowercost.Theplanyou
nowsupportthreatensthehealthcareofmillionsandisbasedontaxcutsforthewealthy.Liveupto
yourpromises.Tellthetruth.

RobertC.Goodrich,Jr.,Nashville37215

***

DearPresidentTrump:

YouvowedduringthecampaignthatyouwouldbuildabeautifulwallbetweentheU.S.andMexico.

However,constructionestimatesofupto$25billiondollarsmaynotincludefeatureslikelandscape
lighting,mulch,muralsofVladimirPutinandyourchildren,waterfeatures,shrubbery,andasound
systemthatplaysImProudtobeanAmericaneverytimeanimmigrantgetswithin5feetofthewall.

YouwillbejudgedbycampaignpromisesyoumadesoImconfidentthatyouwillsacrificehealthcare,
research,education,Medicaid,publicbroadcasting,andtheenvironmenttoconstructabeautifulwall
thatonly39percentofAmericans(PewResearch)believeisapriority.

JimBellar,Nashville37221

***

DearPresidentTrump:

WomenfromaNashvilleearlymorningBibleStudyareprayingforandwithyou.Wehopeyoulljoinour
dailyascentexploringhowtohonorourCreator.

Nashvilleunderstandshealthneedsperhapsmorethanmanyothercitiesinpartduetothemanyhealth
careCEOshereandinpartduetothemanyimmigrantsandGenXerswholiveherewithoutinsurance
coverage.

OurBaptismalvowscallustoloveourneighbors,striveforpeaceandjustice,andrespectthedignityof
everyhumanbeing.Providinghealthcarecoveragetoallisafirststep.Youcouldbeginrightherein
Nashville.Manyexpertsareheretohelp.

Askandyouwillgetanswers.Seekandyouwillfind.Knockandmanydoorswillopen.Betteracquaint
yourselfwithourKurdish,Sudanese,Syrian,Burmese,andHispanicAmericanneighborswhowantonly
tosharetheAmericanDreamofindependence,communityandgoodwill.

HelpmakeourdreamscometrueinNashvilletoimprovetheentirenation.

TheRev.JaneBoram,Nashville37204

***

DearPresidentTrump:

The15,000womenwho(protested)walkedafteryourinaugurationdonotrepresentmostTennessee
women.

Youcarriedourcounty(Putnam)andourstateintheNovemberelection,andweareveryproudofthat
fact.Wepraythatyouwillbringourgreatcountrytogether,maketheU.S.asaferplaceforall
Americans,createjobs,andprovideahealthcareplanthatwillenableallchildrentobecovered.

MayGodblessyou,yourfamily,andtheUnitedStatesofAmerica.

DonnaGarrett,Cookeville38506

***

DearPresidentTrump:

Whenyouaregone,andyouwillbewhenweareallgone,andwewillbe,whatwilltheywrite?

Thattheairtheybreatheiscleaner.Thewatertheydrinkisclearer.Thatthepolaricecapsareholding.
Andsealevelsstabilizing.ThattheGreatLakesandtheChesapeakeBayareteemingwithfish.Andthe
skywitheagles,honeybeesandmonarchbutterflies.Thatstarsarevisibleinadarknightsky.

WilltheywritethatdemocracythrivesintheUnitedStatesofAmerica?Thatjusticeprevailsthere.And
peoplearehealthierandsaferbecausetheworldisabetterplace.

Orwilltheywriteabouttaxcuts,thequestforfossilfuelsandawall?Noonealivewillcaretospinthe
truth.Noonealivewillcarewhatwesaidnow,onlywhatwedid.

CaroleRichardson,Murfreesboro37129

***

DearPresidentTrump:

Mr.President,yousayyouwanttomakeAmericagreatagain.WellIvebeenlisteningtoyousince
youvebeeninoffice,andnotoncehaveyouspokenonhomelessness.

HowwillAmericabegreatwhenwehaveanepidemicofpeoplewithouthousing?Homelessness
doesntdiscriminate.IvelivedinNewYorkandvisitedWashington,DC,soIknowyouseehomelessness
everyday.Now,youareintheMusicCity,andwehaveithere.

WhydontyoucomeandvisitsomeofthesheltersinNashville?OnegoodoneistheRoomintheInn.
Meetsomehumanbeingswhoaredownbutnotout,becausetheyhaventgivenup.

Weknowthesystembetterthananyone.YoutalkaboutawallontheborderofMexico,butwe
homelessfaceawallhereintheU.S.Thiswallneedstobetorndown,andabridgeneedstobebuilt.

HowardAllenJr.,NashvilleHomelessUnderground,Nashville37203

***

DearPresidentTrump:

IwatchedyourinaugurationfromadiningroominHavana,Cuba,whereIspentamonthofcultural
exchangeonabrilliantvisacalledPeopletoPeople.Iambackinourcountry,now,butatanyborder,
wecarryunsearchablebaggagewhateverwecarryinourhearts.

Iwelcomeyouhere,butIalsowelcomeyoutotheborderofyourownimagination.Goalone,with
whateveryoucancarry.Gowhereyoudonotdreamthelanguage,whereahumansworthisnot
measuredbywhattheyproduceorconsume,butbythedepthoftheirhumanity.Itmaybe
transformative.Buttonight,IwelcomeyoutoNashville.

Whenyouarefinishedspeaking,Iwelcomeyoutomyhome,tomytable,foradinnerparty.Letsinvite
theneighbors,andtalkaboutourfuturetogether.

MayadeVitry,Nashville37216

***

DearPresidentTrump:

Iamascientistwhohasspentmorethan45yearsinresearch,andintrainingmedicalandPh.D.
students.Iseekanswerstoimportantquestionsbyreading,experimentation,analysis,andcollaboration
withothers.Ifindyourlackofinterestinthisapproach,andyourenthusiasmforattributingnefarious
activitiestootherswithoutprovidingevidencetobeverytroubling.

Duringyourcampaign,youconvincedyoursupportersthatyouweretheonlycandidatecapableof
improvingopportunitiesforgoodjobs,education,universalhealthcare,andforincreasingnational
security.AsPresident,inyourchoiceofCabinetsecretariesandyourexecutiveorders,youappear
interestedonlyindismantlingtheagenciesvitaltothewellbeingoftheoverwhelmingmajorityof
people,andloweringtaxesontheveryrich.

Moreover,inyourhatefulrhetoricandexecutiveordersinvolvingimmigrants,youhavemadeusallless
secure.Thus,regretfully,IcannotsupportyourPresidency.

ShirleyB.Russell,Ph.D.,Nashville37205

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DearPresidentTrump:

Pleaselistentotheoverwhelmingmajorityofscientistswhoknowthathumancausedclimatechangeis
realanddangerous.PleasesupportandfundNASAandNOAAresearch.

DonotletScottPruittdismantletheEPA.Weneedregulatoryprotectionsagainstindustrialpolluters.

JessicaK.Zammit,Sewanee37375

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DearPresidentTrump:

FromtheminuteIheardyourearlycampaignspeechIwasontheTrumpTrain;Ihadallbutgivenupon
theUSAevergettingontherighttrackagain,andyougavemehope.

Yousaidthethingsthatneededsayingandnowyouaredoingthethingsthatneeddoing.You
overcamealloddstowintheelection,andalthoughyoufacehostilenewsmediayoursupportersare
stillhereencouragedbyyouractions.

Iprayforyoursafetyandforyoursuccess.

NinaTackett,Nashville37221

***

DearPresidentTrump:

WelcometoTennessee.ThoughIdidnotvoteforyou,yourCabinetappointmentsareimpressive.Stay
strongonillegalimmigration,terrorism,reducingregulations,andtaxes.Also,reducetheTwitter
addiction.

PhilHarper,Murfreesboro37130

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DearPresidentTrump:

Thisgreatnationneedsleadershipwhichisabovepettinessanddivisivenessandiswillingtoworkwith
allpartiesandpeoplestogrowthatwhichhasalreadymadeusstrong.Thatisthechallengewehope
youcanriseto.

TomandKathyPatten,Nashville37215

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DearPresidentTrump:

I'manoctogenarianwhohaslivedandworkedinNashvillefor55years.Idonotwelcomeyourvisit.I
workedfor30yearsataresearchcenteratVanderbiltUniversitywhoseimportantworkondiagnosis
andtreatmentofdevelopmentaldisabilitieswasfundedlargelybyfederalgrants;Ifearyouwillcutsuch
funding.

Nowretired,IdependonMedicareandSocialSecurity;youhavesaidyouwillnotcutthem.ButcanI
trustyou?

Ihavefivechildren,13grandchildren,andmanyfriendsandneighbors,allofwhomItrust
implicitly.BasedonthenumberofliesyouhavetoldtheAmericanpeoplesincetheinauguration,and
mybeliefthatthebestpredictoroffuturebehaviorispastbehavior,Imustsay,No,Idonottrustyou
andIdonotwelcomeyourvisit.

DonaTapp,Nashville37221

***
DearPresidentTrump:

MorepeoplelikeObamacarethanlikeyou.Thinkaboutthat.

CharlesA.Brau,Nashville37212

***

DearPresidentTrump:

Ourcurrentpresidentiseitherextremelydeceitful,extremelyillinformed,orextremelyconfused.

Thusfar,thepressseemsafraidtocallthepresidentaliar,butifthepresidentisunwillingtocorrectthe
record,clearly,completely,andwithoutanyfurtherobfuscation,onthefollowingdeceitfulstatements,
itistimetostartcallinghimaliar:

1. TheunbelievableinformationhisdetectivesunearthedinHawaiiabouthowPresidentObama
fakedhowownbirth.
2. ThethousandsofMuslimswhocheered911inthestreetsofNewYorkandNewJersey.
3. Thethreetofivemillionpeoplewhovotedillegallyinthe2016presidentialelection,resulting
inTrumpsdecisivelossofthepopularvote.
4. Hishealthcareplanwouldcovereveryone.
5. PresidentObamaillegallywiretappedTrumpTower.
6. TheTrumpcampaignneverhadanycontactwiththeRussians.

UntilTrumpacceptsresponsibilityforthesedeceitfulanddivisivestatements,itwillbeimpossible
forthenationtomoveforwardwithanyunity.

LynneBerry,CedarHill37032

***

DearPresidentTrump:

Thankyouforworkingsohardonturningthisoncegreatcountryaround.Youhaveahugejobaheadof
youandyouhaveshownthatyouaremakinglotofchangesinsuchashorttime.BelievemewhenItell
youthattherearemanypeoplebehindyouandsupportingyou.Ilovethefactthatyouandyourfamily
areChristians.Godwillbegivingyouthestrengthyouwillbeneeding.

Thiscountryneedstobecomeunited.IwasshockedtoseesuchasplitinCongress.Iwatchedyour
speechandtotallybelieveineverythingyousaid.TheDemocratsneedtowakeup!

IfIlivedinD.C.Iwouldlovetoworkwithyou.

KathleenStokes,OldHickory37138

***

DearPresidentTrump:

Over70millionAmericansbenefitfromMedicaid.Thisprogram,inplacesince1965,coversthosewho
arethemostvulnerable.InTennessee,itincludes61percentofpeopleinnursinghomes,halfofall
children,halfofallbirths.Duringthecampaign,whenvotersaskedPresidentTrumpquestionsabout
Medicaid,SocialSecurityandMedicare,hepromisedthattheseprogramswouldnotbetouched.Ifthat
istrue,thenwhyishesupportingRyansbill?

AlthoughbothSenatorsAlexanderandCorkerhavesaidthattheAffordableCareActneedstobe
repealedandreplacedsimultaneously,neitherofthemmentionedincludingMedicaid.Infact,they
explicitlysaidthattheydonotwanttonotincludeMedicaid.

WhattheHouseGOPbillandTrumparesupportingwillrationhealthcare.Howdoesrationingcareto
themostvulnerableAmericansMakeAmericaGreatAgain?

TonyGarr,Nashville37214

***

DearPresidentTrump:

WelcometoNashville.IwanttotellyouhowhappyIamthatyouwereelectedourpresident.Iworked
veryhardinyourgrassrootsmovementbecauseIknewthatyouwouldbeagreatpresident.Youhave
alreadydonesomuchtomoveAmericaforward.Ihaveneverseenanyonethatworksashardasyoudo
andIseehowmuchyouloveAmericaandthepeople.Istandbehindyou100percent.

ElizabethRoberts,OldHickory37138

***

DearPresidentTrump:

TheAmericanHealthCareActrepealstwotaxesthattheAffordableCareActimplemented:the0.9
percentMedicaresurtaxonwagesanda3.8percenttaxoninvestmentincome.TheMedicaresurtax
onlyaffectsthosewhoseincomeis$200,000ormoreannually,whichisonly6.1percentofthepeople
whofiledtaxreturnsin2015.

Thisrepealwouldresultinalossofaround$275billionthatwenttohealthcareunderACA.Republicans
areencouragingtheAmericanpeopletoinvestintheirownhealthcareinsteadtocoverthatloss.

PertheU.S.CensusBureau,in2015,themedianhouseholdincomewas$56,516;inNashville,that
numberwasonly$1,000higher.MostpeoplecantaffordtosavelotsofmoneyoropenHealthSavings
Accountsformedicalcosts.ManyothersandIareconcernedaboutthislossoffundsandcoverage
undertheTrumpAdministrationandhowitwillbeaddressed.

MonikaIlicic,Antioch37013

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DearPresidentTrump:

Yourpastworkexperiencehasn'tpreparedyoutohavebossesbutwiththeoathofofficecomesthe
dutytoanswertothepeopleforallyouractions.

PleaserememberthatmundanemeasureslikeTVratingsorcrowdsizecarrynotruevaluevisavisthe
difficultworkthatyoupromisedtodo.Knowthatthepraiseofsycophantsdoesnotequatetoreal
worldaccomplishments.AllthatyousayanddoshouldliftthecommonwelfareofallAmericans.

Yourfocusshouldnowbeoutwardandunselfish.Youwillfindthatmuchoftheanxietyanddistrustthat
seemstofomentsofarinyouradministrationwillfadewhenyourgoalistohelpothers.Ifyougoona
positiveoffencefueledbythetruedesiretoserve,therewon'tberoomfordefensivenesstothrive.Do
goodworkandnoonewillbeabletomakeanyviablenegativecriticism.

MatthewCarlton,Nashville37216

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DearPresidentTrump:

WhenIwasgrowingupalongtheshoresofLakeErieinthe1960sIsawfirsthandtheimpactof
unregulateddumpingofwasteintoourwaterresources.Tripstothebeachbecamelessandless
frequentasthewaterbecameunsafetoenterandtheshoresbecamelinedwithstinking,deadfish.I
thoughtweasanationlearnedalessonfromthat,butitseemsnot.

Howironicisitthatconservativehascometosignifyapersonwhoadvocatesdestructiveexploitation
ratherthanconservationoftheonlyplanetthatweknowiscapableofsupportinglife?Your
administrationsneuteringoftheEPA,suchaswholesalechangestoorcancellationofregulations,your
proposeddraconianstaffcuts,andpreventingitfromevencollectingtruthfuldatamuchlessreporting
it,isshortsightedandshouldbereversed.

GregoryMagavero,Monteagle37356

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DearPresidentTrump:

CongratulationsonyourvictoryandwelcomeagaintoNashville.Mywifeinterviewedforajobwithyou
inthe1980's,andherstepbrother,KellyPerdew,waschosenbyyouasthewinnerofsecondseason
of"TheApprentice."

NowthatAttorneyGeneralJeffSessionshasrequestedtheresignationsof46USAttorneys,Ihopeyou
willdirectAttorneyGeneralSessionstoinvestigateanallegedsophisticatedchildmolestercoverup
effortwhichhasnumerousconnectionstoDeputyPressSecretarySarahHuckabeeSanders.

OnMarch31,IwillreturntocourtbeforeJudgeKelvinJonesasJudgeJonesmakesarulingtoallow,or
todeny,myabilitytodeposeMs.SarahHuckabeeSanders,amongothers?

Ilookforwardtohearingfromyou,orAttorneyGeneralSessionsverysoon.

WillieAustinDavis,Jr.,Nashville37215
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DearPresidentTrump:

Underyourleadershipwewitness:

unprecedentedgreedandconflictsofinterestinourcountry
wehavelostourstatusasLeaderoftheFreeWorld.
ouralliesandcitizensareunsettled
yoursonwillgrowupinamorepollutedworld.
racismandbigotryhasskyrocketed
Russianinterferenceinourdemocraticprocessisencouraged
onlybillionairesareprotected

IfeelshametobeanAmerican.

FarrisRalston,Monteagle37356

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DearPresidentTrump:

AsacareereducatorandTennessean,IurgeyouandtheU.S.DepartmentofEducationtocontinueto
ensurethatallstudentsincludingthosewhohavebeenhistoricallyunderservedreceivean
educationthatequipsthemfortheworldbeyondtheirschooldoors.Thisrequiresstrongaccountability
systemsthatcreatetheconditions,supports,andpressuretoimproveopportunitiesandoutcomesfor
allstudents.

UndertheEveryStudentSucceedsAct,Tennesseenowhastheflexibilitytodefinehowtheywill
improveoutcomesandreducesystemicachievementgaps.Todoso,ourpublicschoolsacrossthestate
mustcontinuetoreceivefederalTitledollarssothattheycanprovideessentialresources,supports,and
programsforstudentswhoneedthemmost.Finally,wehopetoseethecontinuationofdatacollection
andenforcementattheOfficeofCivilRightsintheDepartmentofEducation.Theirroleremainsvitalin
ensuringaccessandopportunityforeverystudentacrossthecountry.

GiniPupoWalker,Nashville37212

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DearPresidentTrump:

Wehavevariouscampaignsalreadyinprogresswhichsupporttherightsofrefugees,immigrantsand
peopleofeveryethnicityandreligionthatsetfootintheseUnitedStates,andspecificallyhereinour
CityofNashville,Tennessee.

WestandbythefundamentalhumanrightsuniversallyprotectedwithintheU.N.sUniversalDeclaration
ofHumanRights,whichrecognizestheinherentdignity,safetyandinalienablerightsofallmembersof
thehumanfamilyasthefoundationoffreedom,justiceandpeaceintheworld.Thisiswhatweare
seekingalsofromthePresidentoftheUnitedStates.

EdMeyersandLynnGrassmeyer,Mt.Juliet37122,NashvilleAmnestyInternationalChapter
***

DearPresidentTrump:

Ourcountryhasbeenattackedelectronicallybyaknownhostileenemy.Althoughtherewerenolives
lostorvisibledamages,ourdemocracyisinperil.

Pleaseopenafull,independentinvestigativecommissionregardingthisattackasyouwouldhaveona
conventionalattackorrespondtomeasyourreasonfornotdoingso.

JamesM.Grout,Brentwood37027

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DearPresidentTrump:

ThehistoricNashvilleCordellHullChapteroftheUnitedNationsAssociation,USA,sendsitsgreetings
andwelcomeonyourvisit.

However,werespectfullyremindyouofthefoundingprinciplesandvaluesoftheUnitedNationsmore
than70yearsago.Wecontinuetostandforhumanrightsglobally,forthesafetyofimmigrantsand
refugeesfrompoliticalviolenceandpersecution,andforAmericashonorableroleinsupportinghuman
developmentworldwide.Wealsostandforthetimely,fullpaymentofourfinancialcommitmentsto
theUnitedNationsandotherworldorganizations.

ThankyouforyourattentiontoourconcernsasfellowAmericancitizens.

Rev.DanRosemergy,president,NashvilleCordellHullChapter,UnitedNationsAssociation,USA,
McMinnville37110

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DearPresidentTrump:

Congresshasfailedatimmigrationreform,whileAmericanbusinessesandmostAmericanslookedthe
otherway.Willyoudeport?Orworkonpolicy?Herearewelldocumentedimmigrationfacts:

Undocumentedworkers,orimmigrants,pay11.64billionannuallyinstateandlocaltaxes.
Undocumentedworkerspay$12billionannuallyintosocialsecuritytrustfunds.
ArisingshareofundocumentedworkershavelivedintheUSforatleastadecade.
NetmigrationfromMexicoisnegative.
Crimehasnotincreasedbecauseofimmigration.
UndocumentedworkersarenotstealingjobsfromordepressingU.S.workerswages.
Ingeneral,personsofHispanicdescentarefamilyoriented,hardworkersreligiouslyobservant
andsociallyconservative.
Thedeportationofmillionsofworkerswhohavepaidtaxes,obeyedthelaw,contributedtoour
communities,wouldbecruel,unAmerican,andpoliticallyunwise.

Sources:DefineAmericaFactsMetter,PewResearchInstitute,NewYorkTimes,UrbanInstitute

PaulaGrout,Brentwood37027
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DearPresidentTrump:

Pleaserememberthatthepresidentissupposedtotakecareofallcitizens,notjusttheoneswithalot
ofmoney.Thecountryismadeupofawidevarietyofpeopleandthejobofleadersistomakesurethat
allthepeoplearetreatedwithrespect,dignityandequality.

TrytomakedecisionsthatwillmakethelivesofallAmericansbetterinthefuturethantheywerewhen
youwereelected.Youcandoitifyoutry:you'veprovedthatyoucandoanything.

LiveuptoyoursloganandtrulymakeAmericagreatagain.

MickeyMcConnell,Nashville37206

***

DearPresidentTrump:

Tennesseansareprayingforyoursuccessasthepresidentforall.Pleasestoptweetingandembarrassing
yourselfandus.WewantyourtimetobespentonbecomingtheMr.Presidentforallpeople.

CarolMosley,Gallatin37066

***

DearPresidentTrump:

WelcometoNashville,myhomeforoverthreedecades.

Thereisaconceptthatgoodjobsandastrongeconomyconflictwithahealthyenvironment.Inmy
experience,thissellsAmericanmanufacturingshort.Industryhascontinuedtoremakeitselfoverthe
past40years,eveninresponsetoregulation,becominginnovativeandefficient,resultingincleaner,
leaneroperations,morecompetitiveworldwide.

Sincereceivingachemicalengineeringdegreeinthe1970s,Ihaveservedthechemical,oil,waste
management,andmanufacturingindustries.Economicbenefitsofreducingandeliminatingpollution
havebeenprovenoverandover.

ExamplesinTennesseeareseenthroughthegovernor'sEnvironmentalStewardship
Awards.International,multibilliondollarcompaniesandsmallbusinesses,alikehaveturnedwasteinto
profit,controlledandeliminatedpollution,workedwithcommunitiestoimprovethe
environment,whileprovidinglongtermvaluetothebottomlineandintangiblebenefitsofcommunity
relationsandgoodwill.

Thismakesforgood,sustainablebusiness.

DianeScher,Nashville37205

***

DearPresidentTrump:

YourvisittoNashvilleisbeingbilledasanothercampaignrally.Whydoyoustillfeeltheneedtotellthe
Americanpeoplehowyouwontheelection?Itsover.Youwon.YouarethePresident.Moveon.

Ifthisisacampaignrally,youarewastingourmoney.YoushouldbecomingtoNashvilletotalkabout
ourfailing,cloggedhighways,ourdamagedbridges,ourwaterresourcesbeingstrainedbyhuge
populationgrowth.YoushouldbecomingtoNashvilletomeetwithourthrivingbusinessleadersinthe
healthcareandotherindustries.

YoushouldbecomingtoNashvilletolearnabouthowwehaveembracedourimmigrants.

MostofallwewantyoutoprovetousthatallofAmericaisgoingtobepartofmakingAmericagreat
again.Otherwise,yourvisitwilljustaddtoourhorrendoustrafficjams,andIdpreferyoujuststayback
inWashington,D.C.andtweet.

KathrynSquires,Franklin37067

***

DearPresidentTrump:

Weneedcommonsense,humanesolutionstofixourbrokenimmigrationsystem.Withoutapermanent
fix,wewillloseyoungandpromisingpeoplelikeIvanRuiz.IvanwasbroughttoNashvilleattheageof8
byhismotherwhowasfleeingviolenceandpovertyinMexico.

AftergraduatingfromhighschoolhereinNashville,heattendedTreveccaNazareneUniversitywhile
workingfulltimetopayhistuition.NowateacherinDenverandformerTeachforAmericacorps
member,Ivanhasappliedandbeenacceptedtoseveralgraduateschoolsallwithfullscholarship
offers.

AsIvancapitalizedontheopportunitiesaffordedbyourcountry,sodidhismother,whoisataxpaying
businessowneremployingeightotherNashvillians.

Ivansfamilysfutureashardworkingmembersofourcommunity,however,remainsuncertain.Ivanis
justoneofthousandsoftalentedyoung,aspiringAmericansourcountrystandstoloseifyoufailtofix
thebrokenimmigrationsystem.

RenataSoto,Nashville37209

***

DearPresidentTrump:

Ignorethosecreatinghavocinthestreets.Itisthesilentmillionsofpeoplewhovotedforyouthatare
yourimpetustomoveourcountryforwardtogreatnessandcivility.Thoseofuswhogrewupinthe50s
knowthatAmericanswanttoprosperontheirownanddon'tneedthegovernmentisprovidefree
everythingforus.

AlfredJ.Dittmar,Franklin37067

***
DearPresidentTrump:

IamopposedtothebudgetcutsproposedforsciencebasedagenciessuchastheEPAandNOAA.
Amongotherthings,thesecutswill:

Crippleclimatechangeresearch(theobviousbutunwisegoal)
SlashfundingforNOAA'ssatelliteprogram,whichprovidescrucialdataforweatherforecasts
EliminatefundingforprogramssuchasSeaGrantthathelpstatesaddressissuesrelatedtotheir
localenvironment
LimittheabilityoftheEPAtoensurethattheirstandardshaveascientificasopposedto
emotionalbasis

Weignorethelawsofnatureatourperil.

MarthaR.Weller,Brentwood37027

***

DearPresidentTrump:

Withallthatyouhavebeendoing,saying,andtweetingsincethecampaignbeganuntilnow,Iwonder
howyouthinkhistorywillseeyouandyouradministration,unlessbythenwearelivingintheworld
describedbyGeorgeOrwellin1984.

Myself,Iseeyourlegacyasoneofthegreatestinlies,corruption,manipulation,andanti
humanitarianism,certainlyofpresidentsofthe20thcentury,andpossiblyofallpresidents.How
extraordinarilyfortunatethiscountrywastohavethehumbleGeorgeWashingtonandthebrilliant
founders,BenFranklin,JohnAdams,ThomasJefferson,AlexanderHamilton,andothers,tolaythe
groundworkforthisnation.

Youradministrationisdevoidofanyofthecharacteristicsofthesemen:Integrity,honor,humility.Itis
frighteningtoimagineyouradministrationinthepositionthatourfoundersfoundthemselvesin.

ClaudiaReynolds,Nashville37212

***

DearPresidentTrump:

Rememberthattherearemillionsofuswhoarewithyouandbelievethatyouwillgodowninhistoryas
oneofthebestandgreatestU.S.presidents.

MelanieDittmar,Franklin37067

***

DearPresidentTrump:

Youpromisedbetterhealthcarehealthcareavailabletoeveryone!Whathappened?Iamso
disappointed!!

BarbaraSnell,Joelton37080
***

DearPresidentTrump:

TennesseeGovernorFrankClementfamouslyasked,Howlong?Oh,howlong?Iaskyou,how
many?Oh,howmany?

HowmanyAmericansmustbedeprivedoftheirhealthcaretosatisfyyourdeterminationtodestroythe
AffordableCareAct?Howmanyinsurancetycoonsmustbefurtherenriched?

Howmanyservicemenandservicewomenwilldiebecauseofyourbellicosedeterminationtoassert
Americanpower?

Howmanyofthepoorhuddledmasses,yearningtobefreewillbedeterredbyanilladvisedborder
barrier,orthrownoutoftheirjobsandhomes?ToparaphrasePresidentReagan,Mr.Trump,dont
buildthatwall!

Howmanyearthlingswillbesacrificedtoyourdenialofmanmadeclimatechangeandyour
subserviencetothefossilfuelscartel?

Howmanymoreliesmustweendureaboutyourpredecessor,yourtaxreturns,youraudiences,and
youraccomplishments?

Howmanyunqualifiedappointees?

H.CarlHaywood,Nashville37215

***

DearPresidentTrump:

Thankyouforstickingtoyourpromises,whileenduringalltheabusethatisthrownatyou,yourfamily
andstaff.Youarethehopeofthefuture.Onbehalfofmytwocherishedgrandchildren,thankyoufor
tryingtosecureafreeAmericatolivein.Haveasafetriphome.

SusanRSullivan,Hermitage37076

***

DearPresidentTrump:

PresidentNo.45,inmyopinion,isanillegitimatepresident,votedinbyafaulty,antiquated,Electoral
College,withmuchhelpbytheRussiansmeddling.ImthoroughlydisgustedbyNo.45scontinual
tweets,hisweekendjauntstoFloridacostingustaxpayersmillions(whounlikehim,actuallypayour
taxes),everypolicyhestandsfor,andeverypersonhehasappointed.

IwishTennesseewouldsuehimoverhisMuslimban,likesomeoftheotherstatesaredoing.Moreand
moretruthiscomingoutdailyabouthiscollusionwithRussia.Imjustprayingforthedayheis
impeached!

HollyButler,Nashville37204

***
DearPresidentTrump:

Whenweasspiritsarebornintohumanbodies,insideeachofusisplantedasoulourconnectionto
thecreator(Loveinitspurestform).Humansareflawedandyetoursoulspointustothetruthofwho
wereallyare:Love.

Sometimespeoplegetsocaughtupinwealthandfametheyforgetwhotheyare.Andsometimesthey
evengosofarastothinktheyrebetterthanGod.Thisisthesaddestofall.NomoreconnectiontoLove.
Insanity.Thatisinsanity.

Donald,itsevidenttomethatyouandmostofthepeopleyousurroundyourselfwithhavesoldyour
soulsandhavegoneinsane.Thinkofallthegoodyoucoulddofortheworldifyouwokeup,
rediscoveredyoursoulandputitbackinLoveshands,whereitbelongs.

Iprayforyou.

NancyTerzian,Nashville37211

***

DearPresidentTrump:

Haveyoueverbeenwithouthealthinsurance?Idoubtit.Didyoueverhavetochoosebetweenpaying
yourhealthinsurancepremiumsandfeedingyourfamily?Idoubtit.Yet,theAmericanHealthCareAct
wouldput24millionAmericansatriskoflosingtheirhealthcoverage,and11millionofthosepeopleare
closetolivingatthefederalpovertyguidelines.

Yes,thebilloffersataxcredittobuyinsurance,butthatamountfallsshortofpayingforanythingbut
highdeductibleplans.Haveyoueverbeenturnedawaybyaproviderforelectivemedicalcarebecause
youcouldnotaffordthecopayordeductible?Idoubtit.

AsyousitintheopulenceofyourMaraLagoestate,Ihopeyoumightthinkabouttheimpoverished
peoplewhowillbeaffectedbyyourpolicies.Orwillyoutweet:Letthemeatsteak!Trumpsteaks,I
presume.

AnneCarter,Nashville37221

***

DearPresidentTrump:

OnyourmysteriousarrivalinNashvilleforyour2020campaignevent:

AsaChristianIamdeeplydisturbedbytheclaimsthatyouhavebeenordainedbyGodandthatyour
presidencyisanointedbyGod.ThisiswhatIheardatarecentTrumprallyhereatLegislativePlaza.

Pleaseputastoptothis.

I'daskyoutoputastoptoallthenonsensebutIdoubtyouwouldlisten.Whatyouaredoingistragic
forourcountry.Putcountryoverparty.

CorabelShofner,Nashville37205
***

DearPresidentTrump:

Unfortunately,offeringMr.Trumpadviceisasusefulasprovidingadeafpersonwithticketstothe
symphony.

SamCraddock,Nashville37221

***

DearPresidentTrump:

LikemanyAmericansIhaveseriousconcernsaboutthequalificationsandsuitabilityofourpresident
andhismostofhisadministration.Foremostamongmyconcernsarethemanyfinancialandbusiness
connectionsbetweenthepresident,muchofhisCabinet,andthebrutaldictatorshipofVladimirPutinin
Russia.

Itiscriticallyimportantimmediatelytoconductanindependentinvestigationofalltheseconnectionsto
findthetruthtoprotectourdemocracy.Thisindependentinvestigationshouldbeabipartisanspecial
commission,alongthelinesofthe9/11Commission.Ibelievethatthemostimportantevidencethat
willbecriticaltotheinvestigationisthepresidentspersonalandbusinesstaxreturns.

ThecurrentinvestigationsunderwayintheHouseandSenateIntelligenceCommitteesandFBIarenot
adequatebecausetheywillbeheldinsecretfromthepublic,andboththeattorneygeneralandthe
Presidentwouldbeabletoshutdowntheinvestigations.

JosephH.Weigel,Franklin37064

***

DearPresidentTrump:

IfIcouldaskforonechangeinyourleadershipstyle,Iwouldaskyoutoapproachdiscussionswithawin
winattituderatherthanawinloseparadigm,asStevenCoveyrecommendedsolongagoinhisbookon
theSevenHabitsofHighlySuccessfulPeople.Thewinloseapproachistremendouslycostlyforyou
andforthenationinyourrelationswiththemedia,withDemocrats,andwithothernations.

Thinkingwinwincouldgreatlyimproveyouroutcomesandbuildtrustandconfidenceinyourleadership
bothhereandabroad.

ArtWitulski,Franklin37064

***

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DearPresidentTrump:

WeneedyourbusinessexpertiseandleadershiptoguidereplacingtheAffordableCareAct,notahasty
solution.MyfamilyhascoveragethroughACAsinceIrunasmallnonprofitandmyhusbandrunsasmall
business.Ourinsurancepremiumsincreased$600amonth,alongwithhigherdeductibles.

InsurersarepullingoutofTennesseesexchange,andchangesareneeded.However,Iamvery
concernedabouttheAmericanHealthCareActbecauseofthenegativeimpactitwillhaveshifting
Medicaidcoststostates(61percentofnursinghomeandhomeandcommunitybasedservicesin
TennesseeareMedicaidfunded)andtheprovisionallowinginsurerstochargeuptofivetimesmorefor
olderpersons.

FixingACAisacomplexissuethatrequirestime,informeddeliberationandattentiontotheroot
problemsthatmakeourhealthcarecostssomeofthehighestintheworld.Wedontneedarushed
solutionthatmakesmattersworse.

GraceSutherlandSmith,LMSW,Nashville37221

***

DearPresidentTrump:

YoucrowaboutyouramazingNovembervictory.ThefactisthatmillionsmorevotedforHillarythanfor
you.

YoukeepdrivinghomeyourmessagethatObamacareisatotaldisaster.Thefactisthatwellover10
millionindividuals(mostworking,lowincomefamilies)nowhavecomprehensivehealthcarecoverage
whodidnotbefore.

Youpromisedamuchbetterreplacement.Thefactisthatwealthyindividualsgethighersubsidiesunder
yourreplacementplan.

Thebiglosersareolder,lowincomeworkingAmericansinruralareas:theverypeoplewhovotedyou
intooffice.

Youranasapopulistcandidate,apresidentforthepeople.Thefactisthatyou,yourcabinetof
millionairesandyourstaffofnarrowmindedracistsseektodeconstructtheverytreasuresthattruly
makeAmericagreat:democracy,equality,freedomofspeech,transparencyofgovernment,welcoming
immigrants,cleanairandwater,publiclandsandbasicdecency.

SarahMartinMcConnell,Nashville37206

***

DearPresidentTrump:

Doyoupersonallybelieveinthatclimatechangeisrealandiscausedbyhumanactivity?Ifnot,what
datadoyoubasethatopinionon?Ifso,whatisyourplanforprotectingourplanet?

MaryMotley,Nashville37212
***

DearPresidentTrump:

ThoughtsforthePresidentfromaMillennial.

Thewayyouhaveconductedyourselfforthepast50days,tosaynothingofthelasttwoyears,hasbeen
disgraceful.Yourtreatmentofthepeopleinthiscountryisterrifying.Wearenotallwhitemale
billionaires.YourrefusaltocondemntheracistultraRightsupportyouhavereceivedisunAmerican
andyourinclusionofSteveBannonasasenioradviserisdangerous.Youaregettingintobedwith
peoplewhowanttodestroyourcountryandourgovernment.

ChristyBerryessa,Nashville37211

***

DearPresidentTrump:

WeareveryhappyandexcitedthatyouhavecometovisitourbelovedcityofNashville.

WeareprayingforyourpresidencythatGodwillbehonoredasyouandMr.Penceseekthecounselof
godly,principledadvisersthroughoutyourterm.GodblessyouandMrs.Trumpandyourentirefamily
asyouworktoestablishallthatisgoodandrightforournation.

AnditwillonlybeblessedaswelooktoGodAlmighty,makerofheavenandearth,forHisdirectionin
thiscountry.

MayHedirectyourheartanddecisionsforthisgreatlandandforHisglory!AsinProverbs21:1:The
king'sheartisinthehandoftheLORD,liketheriversofwater;HeturnsitwhereverHewishes."

MayGodbeyourguide,Mr.President!

CourtneyRice,Dickson37055

***

DearPresidentTrump:

Asaretiredsmallbusinessowner,Iunderstandwhythe$10anhourwageearnersfeelnobodyin
politicscares.Andasaformerexecutiveinaunioncontrolledindustry,Ihavewatchedthesametypeof
peoplebelieveeverythingtheirunionleaderstoldthem.Theunionliesleadtothebusinessesclosing.

The$10anhourguyisbelievingliesandwillalsoendupgettingnothingforit.

WhatIdon'tgetistheconservativerightbelievingamanwholiesabouteverything.Iunderstandthe
hatredforHillary,butcomeon!Thisguyisnotaconservative,heisnotaRepublican,hedoesn'tgoto
church,hehasbeenmarriedmultipletimes,anddoesn'tshareanyofyourvalues.

Itistimetotakeyourblindersoff.Getridofhimandtheradicalsinhisinnercirclebeforeweallhaveto
becomePutinpuppets.IvotedforReagantwice,aBushthreetimes,andFord.ButIalsohavethe
commonsensetoknowwhensomethingain'trightandthisstinks.

GregMartin,Franklin37067
***

DearPresidentTrump:

Welcometoourcity!Wearehappytohaveyouhere.Thankyouforbeingoneofthefirstpresidentsto
bedoingthethingsyoupromisedduringyourcampaign.

Weareexcitedtoseewhatthefutureforourcountryhasinstoreunderyourpresidency.Weprayfor
yoursafetyandforthewisdomanddiscernmentyouneedtoleadourcountry.

MayGodguideyoudaily!"IfGodisforus,whocanbeagainstus?"(Romans8:31).

MyhusbandandIarebringingtwoofourgrandchildrentotherally!Kaylais8yearsoldandParkeris6.
TheyareexcitedtobeabletoseethepresidentoftheUnitedStatesofAmericaandtelltheirfriendsin
KnoxvillewhattheydidontheirSpringBreakinNashville.Blessingstoyou!

CharlotteStewart,Brentwood37027

***

DearPresidentTrump:

WelcometoNashvilleandthegreatstateofTennessee.

Iexpandittothestatebecauseyouwonallbutthreeofthe95countiesintheNovemberelection.

TheredandbluecountybycountymaprepresentingRepublicansversusDemocratsoverwhelming
showsyourlopsidedappealoverHillaryClinton.

Isincerelyhopeyourbriefvisitispleasantandproductive.

SinceDavidsonCounty(Nashville)isoneofthethreethatfavoredClinton,Iwouldn'twantyouto
departthinkinganyshenanigansandrudenessbytheDemocratswhostillsee"red"andaresingingthe
bluestocastanydoubtonhowmostTennesseansfeel.

I'mconvincedthatClintonwouldhavefollowedPresidentObama'sstyleofignoring
lawsandopaquegoverningtofosternationalandinternationaldivide.

TotwistaquotebyaTrumansupporter:"KeepontweetingandgiveemHellDonald!"

MiltHerring,OldHickory37138

***

DearPresidentTrump:

IamsogladyouarecomingtoNashville!Ithinkyouarethegreatestpresidentever.Iveryexcitedto
seeyoudothemakeinAmericaandbuyinAmerica.

Ifanyonecangetourcountrybacktothewayitshouldbe,itisyou,DonaldTrump,andI'mproudtosay
Ivotedforyouandsupportyoualltheway.

GailVanetten,Smyrna37167
***

DearPresidentTrump:

Ideeplydisagreewithsomanythingsthatyouvedoneandsaidthatitsdifficulttochoosejustone
(blanketbanonMuslims,denialofclimatechange,repealingtheAffordableCareActforaplanthat's
halfbakedatbest),butyourongoingattemptstoundermineandbelittlethemediaaredangerouslyun
American.

Ifyouhavesuchaproblemwithcriticism,whyonearthdidyourunforPresident?Yourconductinpress
conferenceshasbeenembarrassing.Journalists,reporters,writers,analyststhemembersofthefree
presstheyarenot,asyouputit,theenemyofthepeople.Theyarethecornerstoneofdemocracy.

Also,yourparticipationinthebirtherrumorsaboutPresidentObamaweredespicableand
inexcusable.Andfinally,stoptakingsomanyvacationdays(atourexpense)andreleaseyourtaxreturns
already.

BillDeMain,Nashville37209

***

DearPresidentTrump:

IfyourepealObamacarewithoutreplacingitwithanequivalentplan,I'llseeyouatthevotingboothin
2020.

Dr.SamGlasgow,Cookeville38501

***

DearPresidentTrump:

Over50yearsagohereinNashville,collegestudentsstagedsitinsandFreedomRidestowagea
nonviolentbattleagainsttheunjustsystemofJimCrowinequality.TodayasaFiskstudentandheirto
thatlegacy,IfindmyselfoneofmanyyoungTennesseansdeeplytroubledbyyoureffortstobringus
backtoatimewheresuchactionisrequired.

Yourattackonhealthcareiseconomicallyinsane,yourscapegoatingofracialminoritiesis
constitutionallyinconsistent,andyouradherencetotheideologyofwhitesupremacyismorally
indefensible.

Assuch,Iwilljoinwithmyclassmatesinthetraditionofpatriotismthatcannothelpbutdissentagainst
yourabusesofpower.Mr.Trump,youmaybePresidentatemporaryemployeetothepeopleofour
nationbutweholdthepermanentpowerandnoelectioncanchangethat.

Readhistory,readtheU.S.Constitution,andreadthespiritofthetimestoknowthatlikeourancestors
wetooarerising.

JustinJones,Nashville37208

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DearPresidentTrump:

ThankyouforcomingtoNashville!Ivotedforyou,andIstandbehindyou.Iprayforyou,yourfamily,
andallwhoareinvolvedinyouradministration.

Severalyearsago,Isawanarticleandavideoabout"TheBigDig"attheWhiteHouse.Therewasmuch
speculationastowhattookplaceunderground.Notknowingifyouareawareofit,Iwanttoaskyouto
questionwhatthetruepurposeofthisenormousundertakingwas.Itwasshroudedinmysteryand,I
believe,couldbepartofthereasonyouhavefacedunprecedentedopposition.

ThankyouformakingAmericaGreatAgain!GodblessyouandGodblessTheUnitedStatesofAmerica!

Ms.Clair(Mathis)DeCorte,Brentwood37027

***

DearPresidentTrump:

In2006PresidentGeorgeW.Bush'sMedicarePartDPrescriptionInsurancePlanwentintoeffect.Itwas
notperfectandhasbeentweakedovertheyears,butnobodyeventhoughtofrepealingit.Whycanthe
AffordableCareActnotbetweakedinthesameway?

MarthaShepard,Dickson37055

***

DearPresidentTrump:

ThankyouforyoureffortstoMakeAmericaGreatAgain.Youhavebroughthopetomillionsof
Americanswhotrulybelievedthatforthelastfewyearswehavebeengoinginwrongdirection.

Mydadisa93yearoldWorldWarIIveteranandtoseethepridehehasjustputtingonhisMAGAhatis
awesome.Pleasedon'tlettheseprotesterschangeyourresolve.Weprayforyoudaily.Thankyou.

TomD.Jones,Hendersonville37075

***

DearPresidentTrump:

Asincerenoteofappreciation,Mr.President,FirstLadyMelaniaTrumpandfamilyforyourunwavering
dedicationto"MakeAmericaGreatAgain!Iammostthankfulforyourselflessdecisiontorunforthe
highestofficeinourcountry.

IamgratefultoGodforyoubecomingour45thPresident.ThishasnothingtowithDemocratsor
Republicansandeverythingtodowithwhatisrightorwrongwithourcountry.

Iprayoftenforyoursafetyaswellasyoursuccess.LookforwardtoseeingyouinNashvilleon
Wednesdaynight.

TammyTreeceJones,Hendersonville37075

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DearPresidentTrump:

IhavemanyconcernsaboutPresidentTrumpsleadership,butoneprimaryconcernisrepealingand
replacingtheAffordableCareAct.ThepresidentsaidNobodyknewhealthcarecouldbeso
complicated,yetthenewAmericanHealthCareActisbeingrushedthroughwithoutthoughtfulstudy.

ThenewactwilldrasticallycutMedicaidandaddpercapitacaps.Itwillalsoincreasecostsforthe
averageTennesseanonthemarketplaceby$3,880in2020.

Myson,aselfemployed30yearold,hasaffordablepremiumsandgoodcoverageforthefirsttime
undertheACA.Adearfriendwithachronic,lifethreateningdiseasewillfaceunaffordablecostsif
lifetimemaximumsreturn.Theyreprohibitedinthenewplan,butwhoknowsifitwillchangeasits
rushedthrough?Thenewplanwillmakehealthcarelessaccessibleandcostlierforthosewhoneedit
most.Healthsavingsaccountsdonthelpifyouhavenomoneytosave.

HelenGayeBrewster,Nashville37206

***

DearPresidentTrump:

Ireadrecentlythatbehindthescenesyouareacajoling,personableman.Thiswasashock,whenasa
citizenIonlyknowyouthroughyourTwitterpersonaanddarkspeeches.Thiscountryneedstobe
unified.Familiesaredivided.Citizensareunderduress.Youradministrationischoosingpartyover
country.Youranasapopulistcandidate.Sowhyareyoualignedwithsmallinterestgroups?

Thegovernmentshouldleadbyexample,startingatthetop.Stoprepresentingsmallinterestgroups
andlayoffwomensrights,theenvironment,LGBTQrights,andimmigrants.Idontwanttowatcha
realityshow.Iwanttohaveachildwithoutgoingbankruptachildwhocanbreathefreshair,attenda
goodpublicschool,havetherighttochoose,andcelebratethiscountry'sgreatdiversity.

KristinStone,Nashville37206

***

DearPresidentTrump:

IamlistingherefourofthemanyproblemsIhavewithDonaldTrumpaspresidentoftheUnitedStates.
Theyareprincipallyasfollows:

1. HiscandidacyandpresidencyareavalidationbysuchgroupsastheKuKluxKlan,andotherneo
Nazi,militantextremist,andantiSemiticgroupsinAmerica.Theywereevilbefore,andtheyare
evilnow,andTrumphastacitlyencouragedthem.
2. HisrelianceonSteveBannon.TheappointmentofBannontotheNationalSecurityCouncil
shouldhavebeenawarningsigntoallAmericans.
3. Trumpisunfitforthepresidencybothintemperamentandexperience.Theconstant
purveyanceofuntrueandparanoidtwitteringindicatesmentalimbalanceandshocksourallies.
4. HisapproachtoforeignaffairsisnaveandhisentanglementwithRussiaisundeniable.

MichaelCiminoHurt,Sewanee37375
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DearPresidentTrump:

IprotesttheHouseofRepresentativesbilltorepealandreplacetheAffordableCareActand
fundamentallyrestructureMedicaid.

TheAmericanHealthCareActiscruelandfiscallyirresponsible.ItwouldharmAmericanswhoarepoor,
sick,orelderly.Itwouldcuttaxesforaffluentcitizensattheexpenseofthosewithlowormoderate
income.

Ifenacted,thislegislationwillbeparticularlyharmfultomanyofthecommunitiesthatsupportedyouin
the2016electioninTennesseeandelsewhere.IstronglysupportimprovingtheACA,notrepealingit.

Manystategovernmentsdonothavethecapacityorthepoliticalwilltomeetthehealthcareneedsof
theirmostvulnerableresidentswithoutsubstantial,reliablefederalsupport.

WeneedourfederalgovernmenttoassurethatwhereveronelivesintheUnitedStates,affordable
healthcoverageandcomprehensivehealthserviceswillbeguaranteedtoallcitizens.

PatriciaPost,Nashville37205

***

DearPresidentTrump:

Thankyouforthegreatsacrificeyou'remakingtohealournation.Myfamilyandclosefriendsarewith
you100percent.

Godblessyouandyourfamily.Youareallconstantlyinourprayers.

MichaelC.Sullivan,OldHickory37138

***

DearPresidentTrump:

Fortheexampleyouaresettingandforthesakeofourchildren,stopthelyingand"gaslighting"
manipulation.Ihearyouprojectblameonotherswhenyourspokenwordsareproventocontainthe
lies.Recoveryfrommasteringsuchsickbehavioroveralifetimerequireslongtermmentalhealthcare.

PleasereadtheConstitutionoftheUnitedStatestounderstandattemptstowardautocracyoroligarchy
donotapplytoourgreatcountry.

Thisdesire,neitherDemocraticnorRepublican,alongwiththementaldisorderisdestructiveand
dangerousbothnationallyandinternationally.

Pleasegetpsychologicalandpsychiatrichelpsoyoucanbesecureenoughwithintobehonestno
bigotrynorbullyingneeded.

CarolWilliams,Nashville37206

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DearPresidentTrump:

WelcometoNashville.Wemovedhere30yearsagoandareveryproudTennesseans.Thecitizensof
thisstateapparentlyfoundyourcampaignverycompellingandwereaninstrumentalpartofyour
electoralvictory.

Havingwitnessedthefirstfewweeksofyouradministrationhowever,thereareagrowingnumberof
Tennesseanswhoarebecomingincreasinglyconcernedforourcountry.Shortofthe"StateofThe
Union"speechyoudelivered,theperformanceofyourstaff,andyoupersonallyhavebeenvery
disconcerting.

Thecarryoverfromyourcampaigncontinuestolackinsincerity,credibility,andtheabilitytodealwith
otherswithoutnamecallingornegativeconnotation.Thisleadspeopletoquestionyourmanagement
andadministrativemotives.

We,andgenerallyallthefreeworld,holdthepositionofpresidentofUnitedStatesinhighesteem.
Pleasedemonstratetoourcountrysomerealleadershipandpoliciesthatwillfosterrespectforyou,and
ourcountrythroughoutthewholeworld.

CurtStone,Columbia38401

***

DearPresidentTrump:

Ihaveafewconcerns.Iamstunnedbythewayyoumalignthejournalistswhodontsupportyour
agenda,askingthehardquestions.Theseprofessionalsaremyeyesandears,andvitalforawell
informeddemocracy.Whydoyourefusetoreleaseyourtaxreturns?Youpromisedyouwouldifyou
wontheelection.Justdoit!ShowtheAmericanpeoplethatyouhavenothingtohide.

Also,canyousendEPAAdministratorScottPruitttotalkwiththeNASAclimatologists?Heneedsa
briefingonthefactsofclimatechangebeforehebeginstoimplementpolicy.Ourgrandchildrenand
greatgrandchildrendependonthis.

Finally,regardingtheAffordableCareAct,letsmakesurethatwehaveaviablereplacementbeforewe
repealit.Manylikemyson,aType2diabetic,dependonACAinsuranceplans.Dontthrowthebabyout
withthebathwater.

LynnCiminoHurt,Sewanee37375

DearPresidentTrump:

MollytheTherapyDogandIarelookingforwardtoseeingyouinNashville.OurMollyhasmadeover
1,700visits,makingalastingdifferenceinlivesyoungandold.Sheisthecrisisresponsedogforthe
NashvilleFireDepartmentandvisitsthefolksatthe911communicationscenteronaregularbasis.Let's
roll,remembering9/11.

RonLeonard,Hermitage37076
***

DearPresidentTrump:

Pleasekeepyourcampaignpromiseandallowstatestodeterminerecreationalmarijuanapolicy.With
allduerespect,stopwastingourtaxpayerdollarsonthefailedWaronDrugs.KeepourCountrysafeby
puttingmoreresourcestowardsinvestigating,prosecuting,andincarceratingviolentoffenders.Iworry
aboutprotectingmyfamilyfromviolentpeoplenotnonviolentmarijuanausers.

MywifeandIrecentlyvisitedbeautifulandwonderfulColoradowheremarijuanaprohibitionendeda
fewyearsago.TheyhavethebestofeverythingandoneofthestrongesteconomiesintheU.S.The
marijuanaindustryhascreatedthousandsofjobsandgeneratedmillionsinnewtaxbaserevenuein
thosestateswherethepeoplevotedtolegalize.

Lastly,youcouldboostoureconomy,helppatientsandearntherespectofmillionsovernightby
workingtochangethefederallawstoallowmedicalmarijuanaandindustrialhempthroughoutour
country.

FrederickH.Agee,Milan38358

***

DearPresidentTrump:

IamwritinginregardstoaconcernIhaveabouthealthcare.Weareallalreadyonourtoesregarding
therepealofObamacare,andthoseofuswithpreexistingconditionsareespeciallyworried.

WhileIwouldlikeforhimtospeakaboutthisconcern,Iwouldalsoliketheissuesofdeductiblesand
outofpocketexpensestobeaddressed.IfObamacareispulledinthemiddleofthisyearornext,what
willbecomeofthemoneywehavealreadypaidintoourpoliciesfortheyear?Willwehavetopaya
secondtimewithournewpolicy?Andwhatwoulddeductiblesandoutofpocketmaximumsbelikeina
highriskpool?

Mostofussickareunabletopayforthesecoststhefirsttimearound,letaloneasecond.Andourhigh
riskpoolbeforewasimpossibletogetinto.

KelleFoor,Franklin37064

***

DearPresidentTrump:

IbelieveintheAffordableCareAct.Mysisterhascancerandwouldnothaveinsurancewithoutthe
provisionaboutpreexistingconditions.Also,weshouldallowwomentodecideaboutwhattodowith
theirbodies,sokeepPlannedParenthood.Theservicestheyprovidehelpmanywomenwith
preventativecareandsavesdoctorvisits.

TheACA,whilenotperfect,isfixable.Thatfixdoesnotneedtopunishseniorsforgettingolderand
needingmorecare.Theyareatatimewhentheirmoneyneedstogotofindingwaystolive
independently.Itdoesn'tneedtopunishthepooreither.
Let'sbasethecostoftheACAonincome.Thatmeanseveryonewillpaytheirpartfairly.Andlet'smake
prescriptionstreatedthesame.I'mgoodwithMedicareandmysupplementalplan,butweneed
everyonetousetheACAandweneedinsurerstostopthehighdeductibles.ThatisanACAkiller.

K.M.Kelley,Nashville37217

***

DearPresidentTrump:

WelcometoNashville.Nashvilleisaverywelcomingcity,andIexpectyoursupportersandopponentsto
makeyoufeelathomeduringyourstay.

YouhavemadeAmericagreatagainbyaccident,asmillionsofAmericansarenowinvolvedinpolitical
activismandinterestedinobjectivejournalismforthefirsttimeintheirlives.Iamnotabigfanof
dislikingpoliticians,andIstrivetogiveyouafairshot,butIfeelthatyouwillputtheTwitteraccount
beforethebankaccountsoftheAmericanpeople.Thatconcernsme.

WhenIheardyouwerecomingtoNashville,IdecidedtogoseethepresidentoftheUnitedStatesgivea
speechbecausetheseopportunitiesdonothappenveryoften.Hopefully,youwillcoverrelevanttopics
thattheAmericanpeopledealwithintheirdailylives

AustinPert,Brentwood37027

***

DearPresidentTrump:

Havingworkedinwaterqualityasahydrologistformorethan35years,onstudiesinCalifornia,
Colorado,Utah,Kentucky,Florida,Ohio,IndianaandTennessee,Iurgeyoutothinkdeeplyandact
carefullywhenmakingdecisionsaffectingourwaterresourcesandsupplies.

It'seasyandquicktocontaminateourriversandgroundwater,especiallywithoutlawsinplace.Once
thedeedisdone,contaminationmaygoundiscoveredandistypicallymuchcostliertodetectand
remediatethantopreventinthefirstplace.Andremediationisnotalwaysviableafterthefact.

Protectingourwaterisprotectingourpeople.Businessprofitscanbeshortlivedandnarrowly
focused.Listenandconsultwithscientists.Strongprotectionsandfederalsupportforsamplingare
critical.Citizensandfuturegenerationsaredependingonyourdecisionsbeingsoundones.Donotlet
usdown,fartoomuchisatrisk.

AnneFurbishChoquette,Nashville37215

DearPresidentTrump:

Dude,you'reanadult.Putthephonedown,turnofftheTV,quitworryingaboutwhatpeoplethinkof
you.Yoursupporterswillsupportyouandyourdetractorswon't,regardlessofwhatyousayordo.You
holdtheworld'smostimportantoffice,conductyourselfinamannerthatshowsyoucomprehendthis.

DanPowell,Nashville37221

***
DearPresidentTrump:

ThisPresidentcontinuestodemonstratethathedoesnotrepresentthemiddleclassorpoorwiththis
newhealthcareplan.Offeringataxcredittothepoorislikegivingacookbooktosomeonewhois
hungry.

MyhusbandandIpaidintoMedicareandSocialSecuritythroughoutourworkingcareersandnowthis
newplanwantstogiveustaxcredit!Idon'tthinkso.Weareonfixedincomeandachangelikeheis
suggestingwouldbedevastatingtousandsomanyothersweknow.

Thisisourmoney,wepaiditingoodfaithandheisnowtryingtocheatusjustlikehe'sdonetosub
contractorsonhisdevelopmentsandrewardthewealthyandtheinsurancecompanies.Shameonhim!

CathryneHall,Nashville37206

***

DearPresidentTrump:

YouareresponsiblefordirectactionstodestroyAmerica.

1. Yousignedtherepealofcleanwaterregulationsanddenyclimatechangeprotectiveactions.
2. Youandyoursecretaryofeducationaredismantlingpubliceducationand,thereby,robbingour
childrenofrewardingfutures.
3. YouareresponsibleforJeffSessionsbeingAttorneyGeneralandthehorrificviolationofvoter
rightsandequalprotectionsofthelawsfortheLGBTcommunitythatfollows,
4. Youareatraitortodemocracyandfreedom,everywhereandfreedomofthepresshereat
home.
5. Yourdemeanorandpublicpersonademeansthenationbeforetheworldandismorally
repugnantforthechildrenoftheworld.
6. TheTrump/Ryanplansforhealthcare,medicalcare,Medicare,MedicaidandSocialSecurityare
immoralandtheystealfromthepoortobenefittherich.

Iam74yearsold,youarethemostselfishandimmoralpublicofficialIhaveeverseenorstudied.

BillMcConkey,PleasantShade37145

***

DearPresidentTrump:

Iam71yearsoldandliveinNashville,Tennessee.For40years,Ididprofitablework.NowIfindmyself
ontheshelfanddisturbed.IamespeciallyupsetaboutTrump'splantoreplacetheAffordableCare
Act.Thisis,asCongressmanJosephKennedyIIIsaid,notmercybutmalice.

MaliceisespeciallynotneededinTennessee,whichhasneverexpandedMedicaidanddoesallits
businessthroughthefederalwebsite.Trumpistryingtokickmillionsofpeopleoutofcoverageand
givingtaxbreakstotherich.Pleasestophim,foralloursakes.

CatherineHill
***

DearPresidentTrump:

IfyouaredepressedaboutwhatishappeningtoourcountrysinceDonaldTrumpbecameourpresident,
youneedtodosomething!Youneedtoprotesthispoliciesconcerningtheenvironment,theState
Department,immigration,healthcarewhateverissueisimportanttoyou.

Youneedtomakeyourvoiceheardcallyourlocal,stateandfederalrepresentatives,sendthem
letters,postcardsoremails.Speakupattownhallshostedbyyourcongresspersonorsenator.

Andbeforeandduringthoseactivitiesyouneedtolearneverythingyoucanabouttheissuesthatare
importanttoyou.Learnabouttheproposedlegislationandwhoisproposingit,thetalkingpointsof
institutionsandpeopleonallsides.

Listenandreadreputablepressoutletsandgotogovernmentandinstitutionwebpagesonthesubject.

Ifyouwanttosaveourgovernmentinstitutionsthosethatkeepussafe,protectourenvironment,
protectourrightsandbalancepoweryoumustgetinvolved.

NancyCappuccilli,Nashville37211

***

DearPresidentTrump:

WelcometoMiddleTennessee!Asoneofyourmanysupporters,Iamproudthatyouarevisitingthe
VolunteerState.

HealthcarereformcertainlyisanimportantissueforallAmericans.Wearecountingonyoutofulfill
yourcampaignpromisetoprovideallcitizenswithaffordableandsubstantialhealthcare.

MayIofferthissuggestion,onethatbothRepublicanandDemocraticvoterswillagree.Ifallmembers
ofCongressarerequiredtobeinsuredundertheplantheyareproposingforAmericancitizensrather
thantheprivilegedplantheyhavenow,wecanbeassuredthatthenewplanwillofferthebest
coverageatafaircost.

Asourelectedrepresentatives,theydonotdeserveaspecialplan.Whatisgoodenoughforthepeople
whovotedforthemisgoodenoughforthem!

SandraJ.Hawkins,Murfreesboro37130

***

DearPresidentTrump:

WhatdoesPresidentTrumpplantodotostoplargecompaniesfromabusingandfiringAmerican
workersandrehiringforeignpeoplewithH1Bvisas?This,especiallyconsideringcompanieslikeDisney
andIntelabusingthisprogramandtheirUSworkers.ThereisnoshortageofU.S.workersavailableto
fillhightechjobs.

BillieSpringer
***

DearPresidentTrump:

Youweregoingtoripapartbad,badObamacaretoprovidehealthcoverageforeveryoneaffordable,
better,beautifulmedicalcare,butthefirstalternativeplanoutofCongressyouwilltrytopushonto
Tennesseansandtherestofthecountryisunacceptable.

ItwillnotbefundedbythewealthiestAmericanswhobarelyfeeltheadditionaltinytaxestheypay,but
byincreasedpremiumspaidbytheillandelderly.Medicaidcutsviapercapitacapswillcrippleprograms
thatassistchildren,pregnantwomen,thedisabled,residentsinnursinghomes,thementallyillanddrug
addictedInTennessee.

Thelossoffederalfundswillimpactusfordecades.Youwillreversethelowestuninsuredratewehave
everhad.Youdidn'tevenwanttowaitforthefactstoseehowwouldimpactthefederalbudgetandas
theyarebecomingavailableyouwon'tbelievethen.Yes,yourplan,ifitpasses,willtrulybeTrumpcare.

SandraRice,Sewanee37375

***

DearPresidentTrump:

Healthcareandinsurancearenotthesame.Weshoulddiscusshealthcareandwhatisreasonableto
provide.Taxcreditsaremoneythegovernmentisnotgoingtotakefromcitizens.Ifwestarted
discussingtaxesinthatway,wewouldhaveadifferentattitudetowardgovernmentspending.

Healthcarecannotbeaffordableuntilweknowthecosts.Theconvolutedbillingsystemusedby
providersshouldbeeliminated.Thesameprocedureshouldcostthesameforeveryoneinalocation
whethertheyhaveinsuranceornot.

Wecansolvethepreexistingconditionsbysettingamaximumliabilityforinsurancecompaniestoa
limitof$1millionto$2million.Atthatpointthesepeopleareinsuredinanationalriskpool.Sincewe
allagreetheyshouldbecovered,wecanadda1percenttaxoneveryonetocoverthecost.The
insurancecompanycanthensetpremiumsatreasonablerates.

DonnaBrooks,Fairview37062

***

DearPresidentTrump:

Americaneedsaprofessional,notarichkidwhowantsto"play"president.Getajobsuitedforyour
qualifications.

BobbyF.McKinney,Fairview37062

***

DearPresidentTrump:

Youaredoingagreat,greatjob.Youhavedonemorein50daysthanObamadidineightyear.
PleasedefundPlannedParenthoodforever.

Hurryandbuildthewall,Imsickofalltheillegalsandnoonedoinganythingaboutitlikeourpolice
chief,whoalsoletsprotestgroupsblocktrafficwhenevertheywant.

HireMilwaukeeCountySheriffDavidClarkinyouradministration;he'sgreat.

KeepdoingwhatyouaredoingintakingourcountrybackfromtheliberalDemocratswhohaveno
morals.Theyareallaboutthemselves,theirpoliticsandtheirmoneyitswhat'sbestforthecountry.

RebeccaBates,Joelton37080

***

DearPresidentTrump:

Hypocrisyhasalwaysbeenrampantamongourlawmakers,butyou,Mr.Trump,haveknockeditoutof
theballpark.Fromtheonsetofyourcampaignyouhaveaccusedothersofactsthatyouandyourmob
havecommitted.

Thusfar,yourpoliciesareblatantlydestructivetoourcountryandtheworld.Theenvironment,human
rights,healthcare,educationandtheartsarecrucialtotheenrichmentofallpeople.Unfortunately,you
havesurroundedyourselfwithpeoplethatdontcareaboutwhatisgoodandforthright.Sad.

Whilegreed,religion,powerandpartyarethedrivingforcesthatgovernustoday,thefoundationofthe
Constitutionandthemoralinfrastructureofourgovernmentarecrumbling.Pleasestoplyingtousand
leadourcountrywithintegrityandmaturity.

Andlastly,thankyouforgettingcomplacentAmericansofftheirbuttstofightback.

BillBrimm,Nashville37206

***

DearPresidentTrump:

DonotgutfundingfortheEnvironmentalProtectionAgency,whichiscurrentlyfacinga20percent
reductioninstaff,basedonyourproposedbudget.

WeneedtheEPAtokeepournationsafe:TheClimateSecurityConsensusProject,abipartisangroupof
26nationalsecurityandmilitaryleaders,releasedastatementinSeptember2016declaringthat,"the
effectsofclimatechangepresentastrategicallysignificantrisktoU.S.nationalsecurity"andurginga
"comprehensivepolicy"inresponse.

TheEPAisthebestequippedgovernmentagencytodraftthisresponse,butwillnotbeabletodoso
effectivelyifitloses3,000staffersand$2billioninannualfunding.

DebbieBarnard,Cookeville38501

***

DearPresidentTrump:

Tennesseanswelcomeyouandwishyouapleasantvisit.AspresidentofallAmericansyouneedtolisten
toallvoices.Deepdivisionsinourcountryareerodingitsfoundation.Yourleadershipshouldprevent
this,notenhanceit.Iaskyoutoconsiderthefollowing:

Ourgovernmentshouldupholdthetruth,thewholetruth,andnothingbutthetruth.Thisdoesnot
seemtobeMr.Bannonsmantra.Heshouldnotbeyourmentor.

HonortheFirstAmendmentfreedoms:Speech,thepress,rightofpeacefulassembly,righttopetition
thegovernmentforredressofgrievances,andfreedomofandfromreligion.

Healthcareforallisarightandshouldnotbeapoliticalfootball.

BuildingawallofhatebetweentheU.S.A.andMexicoisawasteofmoneyneededtorepairour
infrastructure.

SupporttheStateDepartmentinaquestforpeace,notmilitaryboastingandunnecessarybuildup.The
worldneedscooperationbetweencountries,notconfrontation.

BeverlySweeton,Lebanon37087

***

DearPresidentTrump:

WewelcomeyoutoNashville,Tennessee.Iwillbeattendingyourrally,alongwithmyhusbandandtwo
sons.InyourmissiontoMakeAmericaGreatAgain,wewouldlovetoseeyouembracetheAmerican
motto,EPluribusUnumwhichtranslatesintoOutofMany,One(Nation).

EmbracethepassionandenergythatyourelectionbroughtoutintheAmericanpeopleforparticipating
ingovernment,alongwiththedesireofagrowingmanyforcivildiscourse.Whilenoteasy,aimtobe
tolerantandrespectfulofthosewhohavedifferingviews,forthatfreeflowofideaswillstrengthenour
democracy.

BethAnnMallow,Brentwood37027

***

DearPresidentTrump:

HereswhatIexpectfromyouasapresident:

1. Leadership:Makeyourpresidencyaboutus,notaboutyou.
2. SecurityandImmigration:Fixrealproblemsthathelppeople.Dontcreatenewproblemsthat
hurtpeople.
3. Healthcare:Makeitgoodenoughtoputyournameonit.Letusseeitbeforeyousignit.
4. Trade:Getamajorityofgovernorstoapprovewhatyouwanttoimplement,soyouknowyouve
gotitright.
5. Manufacturing:Berealistic.HelpreinventAmericanmanufacturing.Givecredit,donttake
credit.
6. Infrastructure:Givefederalfundingtothestatesthathaveplansinplace.Getsomewinsgoing.
7. Legacy:Dothingsright.Getthingsdone.

AconcernedAmericancitizenwhowantsyoutodobetter.

SusanBaechler,Brentwood37027

***

DearPresidentTrump:

Whydoyouinsistonsharingsomanyunverifiedstatements?Forthefirsttimeinmy65years,wehave
apresidentwhomweareunabletotrusthisstatements.Thisisnotarealityshow,thisisAmerica!

DennisGolob,Kingsport37660

***

DearPresidentTrump:

Thanksforallowingmetogetafewthingsoffmymind...maybetheycanbeansweredwhenhevisits.

1. Willthechemtrailsstop?When?
2. DoeshereallytrustChiefofStaffReincePriebusandPriebusstaff?
3. WhyisSecretServiceallowingpeopletoclimbfencesandgetevenclosetotheWhite
House?Shouldn'ttheybestoppedsooner,likeoutsidethefence?
4. IshedoinganythingabouttheNewWorldOrderpreparingfortheherdingofpeoplethatdon't
agreewiththatagendaintoclosedWalMartsandotherstrongholdsacrossthecountry?Scary.

Weallwanthimtomovefasttoovertaketheevilpeopletryingtodestroyusandourcountry.Iknow
he'sbeenworkingfeverishlysincehetookofficeandwethankhimformakinggreatprogresssofar
muchofthetimewithhishandstiedbecauseofgovernmentredtapeandbureaucracy.

MicheleMarie,RockIsland38581

***

DearPresidentTrump:

WelcometoNashvilleandtothehomeofPresidentAndrewJackson,ournation'sfirstpopulist
president.He,likeyou,foughtforrightsofthecommonman.Hesawcorruptionandabusein
Washingtonandsetaboutcorrectingit,justasyouhavepromisedtodoonourbehalf.

Hesawaverageindividualslosingtheiridentity,andagovernmentexistingforitself,andnotforits
citizens.Ifyoustayvigorouslyfocusedontheobjectiveofputtingpeoplebeforepolicy,buildinga
strongerandsaferAmerica,bringingjobsbackandrememberingthateverythingelseismerely
distraction,yourpresidencywillultimatelybejudgedashavingbeenoneofthemosteffectiveinthe
historyofourcountry.

NowthatissurelyalegacyequaltothatofJackson!

JohnRochford,Nashville37205
***

DearPresidentTrump:

PresidentDonaldTrumpcouldbenefitfromamorerusticlife.Maybeheshould"takeahike.

RandallBrady,Nashville37212

***

DearPresidentTrump:

EverydayGodhasmeprayingagainstevilandhiddenconfederations,bringingexposureandconfusion
tothemastheyarepulleddown,andputtinga"red(bloodofJesus)line"aroundyou,yourpeople,and
thiscountry.

Ireaffirmtheanointingthatisuponyou,withwisdomtopurgeandprosecutealltraitors.Forovera
yearGodhasspokentome,"Iamraisingyouupovertheheadsofyourenemies",andHeisvictoriously
doingthis.Donotgetdiscouraged!Donotthinkyouarestandingalone!

GreaterisHewhoisinHistruebelieversthanallthoseoperatinginthedarkworld!God'spurposesand
planswillbevictorious!Stillpraying.

NancyCorcoran,Hermitage37076

***

DearPresidentTrump:

TheTennesseanisdemandingthatyouusetherallyinNashvilletoexplainyourpolicies.Hereistheir
answer:wewonyoulost.

GaryHamilton,Mt.Juliet37122

***

DearPresidentTrump:

Yousayyouaregoingtohelpmiddleincomefamilies.Iworkforalargeautomanufacturerandthere
arenobenefits.Zerobenefits!Nohealthinsurance!

Imakedecentmoneyandwouldbeclassifiedaslowmiddleclass,butraisingtwochildrenalone,paying
amortgageanddaycareof$715amonthmakesitimpossibletopayforinsurancetoo.Andonechild
hasachronicillness.

Youplanontakingheadofhouseholdawayasafilingstatus.Howareyouhelpingfamilieslikemine?I
haveadegree.Whatisyourplanforstudentloandebt?Walkadayinmyshoes,DonaldTrump,and
thentellmeyouaregoingtomakeourlivesbetter.Howcanyou?Youhaveneverdonewithout.You
haveneverhadtochoosebetweenoneneedandanother.

JenniferEdwards,Murfreesboro37128

***
DearPresidentTrump:

Youcannottakeawaythehumanrightsofgroupsthatyoudon'tlike.Youcan'tactlikea2yearold
toddleronTwitter.Aren'tyousupposedtobethepresident?

Thepresidentissupposedtoprotectthecitizens.Thatmeansmakinghealthcareaccessibleto
everyone.Thatmeansallowingwomentohaveabortions.ThatmeansnotkickingouttheDreamers.
Thatmeansnotblockingaccesstothecountrybasedonreligion.ThatmeansgivingLGBTQpeople
humanrights,liketheabilitytousethebathroomoftheirchoiceandbeingallowedtomarrywhomever
theywant.Thatmeansvetoinglegislationthatdiscriminatesagainstminoritygroupsorallowssuch
discrimination.Youwon'tdeservethepresidencyuntilyouactlikeapresident.Youmuststop,Mr.
Trump.Actlikeapresident,notatoddler.

JosephinePlummer,Murfreesboro37127

***

DearPresidentTrump:

Shouldn'tourjudges,allUnitedStatesstateandfederaljudges,beheldtoapubliclyviewablelawful
oath(aperformancecontractwiththepeople)ofofficebasedonprobityandnotbebias,prejudice,
partialwithdiscretiontooneofthetwopartiesincourt?

Shouldn'tourjudgesbe"impartial"andallowaninjuredvictimtheSeventhAmendmentofthe
U.S.Constitutiontotherighttoatrialbyjuryofhispeersorshouldjudgesbeallowedtocontinue
handingout"decisions"basedondistainandfraud?

Whynottrulyandeasilyhaveequalrightsandjusticeforallaseveryonepledgesasinourpledgeof
allegiancetothe"republic"Americanflag,notademocracydoasyoupleaseprivateforeign
admiraltytribunal?Shouldn'twedealwithanddoawaywiththe"haven,"the"refuge,"andthe
snuggeryprotectionaffordedtoourcurrentsystemofprotectingjudges?

DennisSchuelke,Hendersonville37075

***

DearPresidentTrump:

Youareajoke,amisogynist,andabully.Yourteamdoesnotknowtheethicallawsorrulesandyou
allowyourselftobeapuppetpresident.Youknowyou'renotgoingtobuildawallandallthepoor
(monetary)suckerswhovotedforyouaretoofoolishtoknowtheybeenconned.

CathyMorgan,Nashville37208

***

DearPresidentTrump:

YoucreatedhateagainstMuslimsyoushouldstopittobeourpresidentasAmericanMuslims.

IbrahimCaynaan,Nashville37217
***

DearPresidentTrump:

WelcometoNashville.Iama74yearsoldretiredinformationtechnologyprofessional.Iunderstand
socialmedia'svaluetothepopulationofourcitizens.Socialmediaisaveryvaluabletool;however,it
canbeatoolthatourenemiescanuseagainstus.

Whenyoutweetyourmessages,ourenemiescanuseyourmessagestobroadcastdiscoursetothe
world.Weareacountryoftwoprimarypartiesthataredividedandblindedtothefactthattodotheir
jobstheymustmaketheirdecisionsbasedonwhatisbestforourcountry.

Wearesodividedthatonepartycannotseethegoodintheotherparty'sbill.Thisgoesforeachparty.
Yourtweetsdonothingbutdivideusdeeperanddeeperintoacountrythatisgoingoverawaterfall
withnothinggoodatthebottom.PleaseMr.PresidentTrump,keepourcountryfromgoingoverthe
waterfall.

BobbyFowler,Murfreesboro37130

***

DearPresidentTrump:

StopyourperpetuallyingtotheAmericanpeople.Bealeaderthatwantstosolveproblemsforthe
countrynotsomeonethatonlyrepresentsyourownegoandinterests.PleasegetoffTwitteraswell.
YourconstantoneupmanshipisunbecomingforthepresidentoftheUnitedStates.

BryanSmith,Nashville37204

***

DearPresidentTrump:

Ifreakingloveyou,sir!Keepdoingwhatyouredoing.Keepattackingthealtleftevil,lyingmedia.Have
youheardoftheNashvilleTennessean?Fakenews,sir.Preserveourborders.Cutcorporatetaxes.Kill
Obamacare.Thankyou.

ChristopherJones

***

DearPresidentTrump:

Iurgeyoutoreflect,seekcounsel,andresigntodemonstrateyouhaveloveforyourfamilyandour
country.Yourwordsandactionsaredividingournationandendangeringourrepublic.

Allourchildrenandgrandchildrenwillliveinamoredangerousanddarkworldduetoyourviewsand
actions.Yourcontinuingliesarecreatingaconstitutionalcrisisandhistorywillbebrutalinitsanalysisof
yourpresidency.Saveyourself!Resign!

LaJeannaCook,Murfreesboro37130


***

DearPresidentTrump:

IamanIndianImmigrantphysicianandaregisteredDemocratpracticinginNashville,andwelcomeyou
toourbelovedcityofNashville.Iwasexcitedtohearalotofgreatideaspromotedbyyouduringthe
campaign,thatincludedbetterlawandorder,secureborders,fiscaldisciplineinthegovernment,
gettingAmericaoutofforeignwars,andbetterhealthcare.

Isupportthemeritbasedimmigrationsystemthatisfairtoallcountries,thatisenforcedappropriately.

Asaphysician,Iamconcernedabouttheprohibitivecostofhealthcareandprescriptiondrugsin
ourcountrythatrequiresurgentattention.

Iamexcitedtoseeyoureffortsatdrainingtheswamp,andbringefficiencytofederalgovernment.Iam
excitedtoseetheinitiativetopromoteinfrastructureprojectsinpartnershipwithprivatepartnership.

Iwouldlikeyoutogivesufficientimportanceto"softpower"inpromotinginternationalpeaceand
harmony.

VedaBiliyar,Brentwood37027

***

DearPresidentTrump:

Allthemajorphysiciangroupsinthecountryandnonprofithospitalgroups(representing85percentof
thehospitalsinthecountry)haveexpressedtheiroppositiontotheAmericanHealthCareAct.Youand
therestoftheGOParedesperateforanendorsementoftheplanfromanygroupofdoctorsorhospitals
becausethosearethepeopleandorganizationswhoprovidethehealthcarepatientsneed.

YourvisittoNashvilleisanaturalfitforapresidentialvisitsincethecityishometothreeofthelargest
andmostpowerfulinvestorownedorforprofithospitalcompaniesinthecountry.Mostofthefor
profit(theyliketobecalledinvestorowned)hospitalsthatmakeup15percentofU.S.hospitalsare
representedbytheFederationofAmericanHospitals,headquartersinWashington,D.C.

MytheoryisthatTrumpiscomingheretoputpressureonthemostpowerfulinvestorownedhospital
companiestoinfluencetheFederationtoendorsehisplan.

RobertBenson,Lebanon37090

***

DearPresidentTrump:

TheneedsofmanypeoplearebeingignoredinthenameofpoliticalcronyismastheRepublicanshave
introducedtheirplantorepealandreplaceObamacare.TheAffordableCareActisnotperfect,buthas
beenineffectlongenoughthatsomeareasinneedofimprovementhavebecomeapparent.

Thesensible,caringthingtodowouldbetoworktocorrectthosedeficitsandimplementimprovements
tothisprogramwhichhasbeenalifelinetomanypeople.
ThisbullinthechinashopapproachwhichhasbeentakenbecauseDonaldTrumpmadearash,
impulsive,irresponsiblecampaignpromisehasresultedinatravesty!WillTennesseesenatorsBob
CorkerandLamarAlexanderhavethemoralcompasstoopposethisandinsistthattheinterestsof
Americansneedinghealthcarebeserved,andnotthewealthyeliteswhoareinlinetoprofitfromhuge
taxcutswhilebasichealthservicesforthepoorarebeingtakenaway?

DonnaDavis,Alexandria37012

***

DearPresidentTrump:

GonearethedaysofthefailedObamaadministrationfilledwithbiggovernmentboondoggleslikethe
"stimulusbill"thatcreatedabsolutelyzerosocalledshovelreadyjobs.GonearetheObama"apology
tours"aroundtheworldwhereheapologizedforU.S.wrongdoingswhilegivingbillionsintaxpayer
dollarstoterroristregimeslikeIran.

GoneisObamacare,thehighunemployment,goneisthestalledeconomy,goneistheweakened
military,goneisthedisrespectforourpoliceofficersandveterans,goneisthewholesecularhumanist,
relativemorality,antiquated,stale,socialistphilosophyofBarrackObama.

WelcomePresidentTrumpandyourmostlovelyFirstLadyMelania!

AnewdayofAmericaneconomicgrowth,exceptionalismandpridehasbegunwithyour
inauguration.Andthankyouverymuchforthebigjumpinmy401Ksinceyourelection.Wehopeyou
visitthebeautifulstateofTennesseemanytimesoverthenexteightyearsasPOTUS!Seeyouatthe
rally!

WessonSmith,RedBoilingSprings37150

***

DearPresidentTrump:

TrumpCampaign2016promise:SaveMedicare,Medicaid,andSocialSecuritywithoutcuts.

RepublicanswanttocuthundredsofbillionsofdollarsfromMedicaid.Theproposedplanwouldleave
over24millionpeoplewithoutinsurance.Filledwithindigentpatients,emergencyroomswouldbe
overwhelmed.PlannedParenthood,avitalwomensresource,havinglostfederalfunding,wouldleave
manywomenwithoutbasichealthservices.

IlivedinAustriaforsixyearsandbenefitedfromsocializedmedicine.Havinghadstateprovided
healthanddentalcarethroughoutmyforeignresidency,Icannotfathomwhythemostprosperous
countryintheworldcontinuestodenytheneediestofourcitizenstherighttogoodhealthcare.

HealthcareReformtoMakeAmericaGreatAgainisanemptyTrumppromiseiftheAffordableCare
ActisnotreplacedwithevenbettercoverageforallAmericans;wedeservethesameplanasCongress.

ChristineIsleyFarmer,Murfreesboro

***
DearPresidentTrump:

AsyoudiligentlyworktoreturnU.S.corporationsworkforcesandmanufacturingfacilitiestoAmerica,I
askthatyoualsofocusonsuchcorporationstorelocatetheircustomerservicessegmenttoournative
land.

ItissofrustratingtospeakwithapartyinIndia,Indonesiaorsomeotherforeigncountryandnotbe
abletounderstandwhattheyaresayingorwadingthroughtheirlackofproduct/policyknowledge.

LetustalktoanAmericancitizenwhospeaksourlanguagefluentlyandwiththeabilitytoanswerour
questionsorpassusthroughtosomeonethathasthatability.Wegetclarityandmorejobsforour
people.

DonWPark,Springfield37172

***

DearPresidentTrump:

Whenareyougoingtostoplying?

MarkWollaeger,Nashville37204

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DearPresidentTrump:

Iamcloselyobservinghowthisadministrationinterfaceswiththepress.OurFoundingFathers
enshrinedfreedomofthepressintotheFirstAmendmentoftheUnitedStatesConstitution,ratifiedin
theBillofRightsof1791.

EverytimethisadministrationblockscredentialedjournalistsfromWhiteHousepressbriefings,muzzles
others,refusestotakequestionsatall,orattacksthepressthroughtweets,IandmillionsofAmericans
arewatchingandwondering.

Thepress,likeitscoverageornot,playsavitalroleinourdemocracy.Aninformedelectoraterequires
publicaccesstoinformation.Openaccessforthemediaiswhatmakesademocracyademocracy
versusadictatorship,statedWhiteHousePressSecretarySeanSpiceratarecentpaneldiscussion.

Exactly.ThatiswhyIandmillionswillcontinuetowatchcloselyandthendecidehowwewillvoteinthe
midtermelections.

MarthaStinson,Nashville37212

***

DearPresidentTrump:

ThankyouforvisitingTennessee,andwelcometoourstate!AndthankstoTheTennesseanforallowing
itsreaderstoofferletterstoyou.AlthoughIvotedforyou,IwouldbewritingthissamelettertoMrs.
Clintonhadshebeenelectedandvisitedourstateaspresidentnow.
Ihonestlyhopethatourcountrycangetovertheextremelypolarizedatmospherethatcurrentlyexists
andmoveonintwoways:

1)supportyouasourdulyelectedPresident,whetherwevotedforyouornot,inyoureffortstodo
whatyoupromisedyou'ddoifelected;and

2)shiftanyofourcollectiveenergycurrentlygoingintoprotestsanddemonstrationsintoplanningand
executingastrategytoelectsomebodyelsein2020ifthat'swhatwewant.

Thatsthewaythiscountryissupposedtooperate.

CharlesM.Jones,Franklin37067

***

DearPresidentTrump:

Oneoftheitemsofthehealthcareplanistogivemoreauthoritytothestates.Itookalettertoboth
SenatorCorkerandAlexandersstaffssayingthatthatwouldbeOKifwelivedinVermontorCalifornia
orsomeotherstatesthatexpandedMedicaidbecausetheycareaboutthehealthoftheirconstituents.

WeliveinTennesseeandthislegislaturedoesnotcareaboutthehealthofTennesseans.Governor
Haslamtriedtogetamodesthealthcarebillthroughandwouldnotevengettoavoteinour
legislature.

Wheneverourrepresentativesarevotingonanyitemthatgivesmoreauthoritytothestatesyoumust
takenoteofthestate.

TherearecertainstateslikeTennesseethathaveahistoryofnothelpingtheleastofthese.These
stateshaveahistoryofJimCrowandlynchingandbathroombills.Theydonotwanttohelp.

JimWohlgemuth,Nashville37221

***

DearPresidentTrump:

ThreeQuestions:

1. WhatarethenamesofthetwoinvestigatorsyousenttoHawaiiin2011toinvestigatePresident
Obama'sbirthcertificate?Whendoyouplantoreleasetheirreport(andyourincometax
returnsgoingback10years)?
2. Youhadpromisedtosuethe10womenwhoaccusedyouofsexualmisbehaviorafterthe
elections.Fourmonthshavepassedsincetheelection.Whendoyouplantosue?
3. Alistof12countrieswhereTrumpproductsaremadewaspublishedintheWashingtonPoston
Aug.26,2016.Isthatfakenews?Ifso,whatAmericancitiesandtownsALLyourproductslisted
inthearticlemadein.

ZakMohyuddin,Tullahoma37388

***
DearPresidentTrump:

$54billioncutsondomesticspendingforU.S.qualityoflifetobolsterthedefensebudgetforwar?Cut
HousingandUrbanDevelopmentmoneyforhomelessveteransandpotentiallykilllivesintheU.S.and
usingthemoneyforkillingmoreAmericansoldierslivingoverseastomakeprofitthroughwarfor
corporationsthroughgovernmentcontracts?Whosecountryareyouleading?Youdontcareabout
Americanpeople,either.

EricBrown,Nashville37208

***

DearPresidentTrump:

Asaretiredseniorcitizen.Ihaverespectedtheofficeofthepresidencyovermanytrialsandtribulations.

IrecognizethatyouwereelectedbyourElectoralCollegesystemandfeelanobligationtoyourvoting
basetofulfillthepromisesyoumadetothem.

Ofcourse,theCongress,thecourtsandthecitizensmustagreewithyourpledgestobuildawall,target
immigrants,expandthemilitary,reduceenvironmentalregulations,changehealthcareandisolateour
nationfromglobaleconomiesandresponsibilities.

However,youmadeanotherclearandsignificantpromisetoallthenation.Youstatedthatafterthe
electionyouwouldreleaseyourtaxreturns.

CompletingthispromiseissomethingyoucandopersonallywithoutCongress,courtsorcitizen
involvement.Thissingle,simplepromisemustbekepttomaintainarespectfortheofficeofthe
presidency!

MichaelBolduc,Nashville37211

***

DearPresidentTrump:

Pleasebepresidential.Don'tgetcaughtupintrivialmatterssuchasTVshows.Noteveryoneisgoingto
likeorsupportyouyouknowthatfromthebusinessworld,butaspresidentyouhaveadifferent
responsibility.

IfyoufeelyoumustuseaTwitteraccount,pleaseconfineittothingsthegovernmentandyouaredoing
tomakethingsbetterfortheAmericanpeople.Pleasedonotusesocialmediatoairpersonalfeelings
aboutindividuals.Ithinkitwouldbeagreatideatothink"WhatwouldPresidentLincoln,Roosevelt,or
Jeffersondo?"

Weneedyoutobealeaderandtocommandourrespectinthesetroubledtimes.Pleasedowhatyou
pledgedyouwoulddo:MakeAmericagreatagain.

TerryHudson,Murfreesboro37128

***
DearPresidentTrump:

Scoresoffellowcitizensarehavingdifficultydealingwiththeharshrealityofyourpresidency.Following
areasmallsampleofquestionswhichbegplausibleanswers:

Whydoyousounilaterally,unfoundedly,publicly,perniciously,andblatantlyaccuseyourpredecessor
ofwiretappingyourphones?

Ultimately,atwhatinevitableandsubstantialcosttothehealthoftheAmericanpeoplewillyour
rollbackofEPAregulationsandstandardsexact?

Howdoyoureconciletheconsiderabletimeandenergydevotedtodistractions,suchasyourobsession
withthemedia,withthefocusrequiredtoconfrontthedaytodayrigorsfacingtheexecutivebranchof
government?

Canwenotinferthatyourcampaignslogan,"MakeAmericaGreatAgain,alongwithyour
determinationtobuildawall,aswellasyourreluctancetopartnerinalleviatingtherefugeecrisis,
conveysamessageofnationalismtoourallies,whilesimultaneouslyemboldeningourrivals?

RobertJudkins,Hendersonville37075

***

DearPresidentTrump:

IamafarmerinruralTennessee.IfarmbecauseIwanttoleavethisworldabetterplaceandIbelieve
thatregenerativeagricultureisvitalinreturningfertilitytooursoils,healthtoourbodies,integrityto
ourruraleconomies,andeveninmitigatingclimatechange.

Asafarmer,IcaredeeplyabouttheenvironmentandIamhorrifiedbyyouradministration'santi
environmentpoliciesandcontinuedsupportofthefossilfuelindustryoverruralcitizens.Evenifyou
can'tbringyourselftobelieveinclimatescience,can'tyouatleastunderstandthatfossilfuelsarenon
renewable?Thereisnothingconservativeaboutusingupanonrenewableresource(thatalsopollutes
theatmosphere)whenweareonapathtowardcleanertechnologiesthatcanprovideongoingjobs.
RuralAmericansdeservebetterfromourrepresentatives,includingyou.

JessicaWilson,Monteagle37356

***

DearPresidentTrump:

Itismyobservationthatyouhavepresentedyourselfasa"PresidentforthePeople.

Youarebehavingasthoughonlysomeof"thepeople"areimportantandareworthyofyourattention.

Thisisapartisanattitude.GoverningandbeingPresidentareaboutmorethanbeingpartisan.

WehavehadsuccessfulandbelovedPresidentsthatweretoughandplainspoken.Thereisadifference
betweenbeingplainspokenanduncivil.

Historynorourallieswilllookkindlyonyouroryouradministration'scontinuedincivility
Youarecorrectthatwehaveseriousproblemsinthiscountry.Weneedseriouspeopletosolvethem.

Thepresidencyrequiresseriousnessandbalance.Inmyopinion,youhavenotshownthisabilitytothe
country.Iaskthatyouemployachangeintoneandinyourpublicbehavior.

Goodluckandthankyouforyourconsideration.

C.W.Stewart,Columbia38401

***

DearPresidentTrump:

IheardsomethingthatHowardSternsaidaboutyousincetheelection,anditmademethinkofyouina
completelydifferentlight.

SterntalkedabouthowmuchyouenjoyedHollywood,andthepress,andbeinglikedbypeople.Itssad
nowthatsomeonewhousedtogetsomuchpleasureoutofthesethingsisnowsostronglydisliked.

Youhaveaccomplishedwhatnoonethoughtyoucould:youwereelectedPresident.Youvewonthe
wholedeal,andnowitcanonlydecline.Whynotconsidergoingout,now,attheverytopofyourgame?
Youcangobacktoyouroldlife,handthecountryovertotheleadersofyourparty,andyou
willalwaysbeknownasthemanwhodidwhatnoonethoughthecoulddo.

Whatdoyouthinkyouwillbecomeknownasifyoustay?

GayleJordan,Murfreesboro37130

***

DearPresidentTrump:

Moreregisteredvotersdidn'tvotethanvotedforyou.

Ofthevotersthatvotedmorevotedagainstyou.

YouaredoingeverythingyouattackedObamaforandstillattackhim.

Onequestion:Whyareyouholdingapeprallyanddisruptingandbusywhenyousaidyouwouldbea
workingpresident?

JohnGuertin,Madison37115

***

DearPresidentTrump:

ThisiswhatyoupromisedinJanuary:Weregoingtohaveinsuranceforeverybody.Therewasa
philosophyinsomecirclesthatifyoucantpayforit,youdontgetit.Thatsnotgoingtohappenwith
us.Youcanexpecttohavegreathealthcare.Itwillbeamuchsimplifiedform.Muchlessexpensive,
muchbetter.
NowtheHousehasrevealeditsplantoreplacetheAffordableCareAct,andyousupportit.Itdoesnt
liveuptoyourJanuarypromise.

HereinTennessee,thepercapitacapsforMedicaidwouldresultin$370billionincutsfor
TennCare.Howdoweprovideinsuranceforeverybodythatismuchbetter?Seniorsbetweenthe
agesof5564willget$4,000tobuyhealthinsuranceyetwewillbechargedfivetimesasmuchasa
young,healthyperson.Lowincomeworkersandseniorswilllosecoveragethisisnotbetter.Keep
yourpromise!

LendaSherrell,Monteagle37356

***

DearPresidentTrump:

Itstimetostopcampaigningyouwonandstartmanagingourgovernmentwithcommonsense
policiesforthegreatergoodofallcitizens.

Manyofthepromisesyoumadeonthecampaigntrailshouldbemodifiedorevenscrapped,asyouare
learning.Yes,healthcareiscomplicatedandwealreadyknewthat.Whydidntyou?

Mexicowillnotpayforawallandyoucantforcethemto,butifyoupenalizeAmericanbusiness
imports,Americancitizenswillpayforyourrashpromise.(YoumightwanttostopmakingyourTrump
stuffinChina,too.)

Wecantbeisolationistsinaglobaleconomy.StartmakingallianceswithDemocratsand
independents.Looktosomeofouraccomplishedmayorsandgovernorsmanyofthemtalented
womenwhohavegreatideasandknowhowtogetthingsdoneacrosspartiesandconstituencies.

Getthechipoffyourshoulder.Stopinsultingpeople.Stopreadingthetabloidsandlayoffthe
tweeting.

DianeP.Romeo,Brentwood

***

DearPresidentTrump:

Youpromisedtoreleaseyourtaxreturnsifelected.TheAmericanpublicexpectsyoutokeepthis
promise.

KevinDonovan,Murfreesboro37130

***

DearPresidentTrump:

Youhavedonemanythingssinceyourinaugurationtocausemoredivisioninourcountry.Youcontinue
tostokefearandthenaresurprisedwhenmorehatecrimesarecommittedagainstJewishproperty.

Yourimmigrationbanattemptsshowdisrespectforgroupsofcitizensandwillmakeuslesssafe.Your
actionsandwordareusedtorecruitnewmemberstoISIS.
Allowingmentallyincompetentcitizenstopurchaseweaponsisirresponsible.

Callingthemediatheenemyofthepeoplemakesyousoundlikea1950scommunistleader.Steve
BannonontheNationalSecurityCouncilisequallytroubling.

Youneedtoreleaseyourtaxreturn(s).Youshowcontemptforthecountryeverytimeyoucontinue
conductyourbusinesses,theleastyoucandoisbetransparent.

Tweetingyourearlymorningthoughts(andothers)diminishesyouandyourpresidency.

BillTankard,Nashville37215

***

DearPresidentTrump:

Iamsaddenedbyyouractionssincetheinauguration.

TheimmigrationbanisathinlyveiledefforttoexcludethosewhoarenotwhiteChristiansfromour
country.Diversityiswhatmakesusstrong.

Thebillthatyousignedtoallowmentallyincompetentpeopletobuygunsdefiesjustification.

PlacingSteveBannonontheNationalSecurityCouncilisinexcusable.

Youneedtoreleaseyourtaxreturn(s).

Yourrefusaltodivestyourselfofyourbusinessesisdisrespectfuloftheofficeyouholdandanaffrontto
thecitizensofthiscountry.

YourfailuretoacceptresponsibilityforthedeathofaNavySealinYemenispatheticandusinghis
widowasapropforyouaddresstocongresswasdisgraceful.Perhapsifyouhadactedwithmore
cautionyouwouldnothavehadtoofferheryourverypubliccondolences.

Idependonthemediaandtheintelligenceagenciestokeepyouincheck.

TheresaTankard,Nashville37215

***

DearPresidentTrump:

RatherthanPresidentAndrewJacksonasarolemodel,considerPresidentTheodoreRoosevelt.

Hewas,likeyou,aNewYorker,andhe,unlikeyou,asaprogressiveRepublican,wasontheforefrontof
conservationofournaturalresources.

He,likeyou,sawtheStatueofLibertyandEllisIslandinNewYorkharbor.Bothsymbolizeourdoorto
huddledmasses,yearningtobreathefree.

I,likeoneinfourAmericans,cantraceatleastonefamilymemberwhoenteredtheUnitedStates
throughEllisIsland.Withacursorymedicalexam,$30,andthenameofarelativeorfriendinthe
UnitedStates,andafewquestionsanswered,theyenteredtheirlandofpromise.
ManylivedtobecometheGreatestGeneration.Theearly20thcenturyinfluxofIrish,Italians,and
EasternEuropeanJewswerentturnedawaybyexcludingtheircountryoforiginasasubterfugefor
denyingpeopleoftheirfaiths;thatwouldhavebeenunconstitutionalaswellasinhumane.

PhyllisGordon,Nashville37215

***

DearPresidentTrump:

Lifeisnothingifyoudonothelpothers.Lifeisnotaboutfame,fortune,power,andlifeisnotabout
enrichingthealreadywealthy.Itisensuringthattheleastpowerfulhavemedicalinsurance,freepublic
education,ahealthyandcleanenvironment,equaljusticeunderthelaw.Andlifeisaboutsharingour
goodfortunewiththepoorestofthepoorinothercountries.

Mr.Trump,lookforyourinspirationinthebestandkindestpartsofyourself,andyoucouldbethegreat
presidentyouwouldliketobe.

JudithDianeShulman,BellBuckle37020

***

DearPresidentTrump:

Showusyourincometaxreturns!

MaryJoMurphy,Nashville37215

***

DearPresidentTrump:

AretheAmericanpeopleevergoingtoseeyourtaxreturns?AreyouhidingyourRussianconnectionsin
thetaxreturns?

DavidCzarnecki,Franklin

***

DearPresidentTrump:

IcannotsupportorrespectthecurrentpoliciesofDonaldTrump.

1. StoptheTravelBans.LimitingtravelofimmigrantswillnotkeepterroristsoutoftheUnited
States.
2. DonotdismantletheAffordableCareAct.CongresscanfixtheACAbynegotiatingwith
insuranceanddrugcompanies.Insurancecompaniesshouldparticipate,withreasonablerates,
ifaffiliatedwithothergovernmentbasedhealthcareplans.Healthcareshouldnotbeusedby
politicalpartiestoscoreoveroppositionthefocusshouldbeimprovingthehealthcareof
Americancitizens.
3. Supportwomensrights,especiallyprochoiceandequalpay.
4. Balancethebudgetforeveryonenotjusttherich.
5. Forgetthefoolishandexpensivewall.SpendthemoneyonrepairstoAmericaninfrastructure.
6. Asanontaxpayer,stopstiffingAmericansforweekendsinFlorida.
7. Stopthenegativetweets.Youdemeanyourselfandourcountry.

PatriciaSheaffer,Mt.Juliet37122

***

DearPresidentTrump:

WelcometoNashvillePresidentTrump!

Theword"welcome"isonethatpeopleinourcityuseoftenandinaglad,polite,andfriendlyway.

Weareacityofgivers,asevidencedbyover2,000nonprofitorganizationswhoareinthebusinessof
helpingpeoplebecomehealthier,bettereducated,andmoreproductiveastheycontributetomaking
Nashvillethegreatcityitistoday!

Wecontinuetostriveforimprovementinourcity,andwehopeandtrustthataspresident,youwill
helpNashvilleandallofAmerica'scitiesandtownstomaintainanAmericangivingspirit.Wedesireto
workwithandwelcomeallpeopleregardlessofrace,religion,age,gender,ethnicoriginorsexual
orientation.

WebelieveinanAmericawithopportunityandjusticeforall!PleasejoinusandhelpkeeptheAmerican
Dreamalive!

MichaelBradley,Nashville37215

***

DearPresidentTrump:

Youshouldresignimmediately,duetoyourquestionabledealingswithPutinandAlfaBank.

ThegreatRomanoratorandstatesmanMarcusTulliusCicerooncesaid:

Anationcansurviveitsfools,andeventheambitious.Butitcannotsurvivetreasonfromwithin.An
enemyatthegatesislessformidable,forheisknownandcarrieshisbanneropenly.

Butthetraitormovesamongstthosewithinthegatefreely,hisslywhispersrustlingthroughallthe
alleys,heardintheveryhallsofgovernmentitself.Forthetraitorappearsnotatraitor;hespeaksin
accentsfamiliartohisvictims,andhewearstheirfaceandtheirarguments,heappealstothebaseness
thatliesdeepintheheartsofallmen.

Herotsthesoulofanation,heworkssecretlyandunknowninthenighttounderminethepillarsofthe
city,heinfectsthebodypoliticsothatitcannolongerresist.Amurdererislesstofear.

MarkHenderson,Mt.Pleasant

***

DearPresidentTrump:

YoutoldyoursupportersthatifHillaryClintonwaselected,nothingwouldbeaccomplishedbecauseher
administrationwouldbemiredininvestigations.Oh,my,youwereelectedandnowAmericansaremore
inyourinvestigations!

Pleasereleaseyoutaxreturnsforthelast10yearssowecanputallthisdramatorest,clearupthe
Russiasuspicions,andgetonwithaninfrastructurebill.

LeavetheAffordableCareActinplaceandimprove.Don'tthrowitoutunlessTrumpcarewilldowhat
youpromised"provideaffordablehealthcareforeveryone."

JeannetteMcNeil,Mt.Juliet37122

***

DearPresidentTrump:

Istronglyurgeyoutoputegoasideandrisetotheoccasion.Whenthepeoplespeak,pleasehearthem.
Whenmillionsmarchbecausetheyareafraid,understandthattheyareyourconstituents.

Stopactinginthebestinterestsofthebusinesseswhohaveunlimitedmoneytospendspreadingtheir
message,andstartactinginthebestinterestsofthereal,scared,andunheardcitizensofthecountry
thatyounowlead.Wedonthavethemoneyandinfluenceofcorporationsandlobbyists.Butweare
thepeopleyousworetoserve.Imaginewhataheroyouwouldbecome,ifyoudidturnyourbackonbig
businessandwellfundedlobbyists,andmadedecisionsonlywiththepeopleinmind!

AndfortheloveofGod,pleasestopactinglikeasurlyteenageronTwitter.Itisnotdignified;itis
embarrassing.

KristinDillard,Nashville37204

***

DearPresidentTrump:

WewishyouthebestasyouvisitNashville.IntheyearssinceIhavebeenvoting,IdonotthinkIhave
everwitnessedanypresidentoranyotherpolitician,whohasexperiencedasmuchconsistently
plannedoppositionasyouhaveoneveryfront,andwitheachpotentiallyharmfulthingyouare
addressing,inourlandandforus.Youarebeingnoticed!

Surelythismustproveyouaredoingsomethingsright,sincemonumentsarenotbuilttocritics,norto
honorthosewhositinsilence,oroneswholooktheotherway.

Onewouldwondertoo,whenandwherethosewhoareconsistentlyprotesting,maynowbegainfully
employed.Aretheyworkingregularly,andcontributingtosocietytoaffectthosesamechanges?

FormerPresidentObama,too,suggestedthosewithconcernsforchange,act.Thus,itseems
thatregisteringonlinetovolunteeratoneofthemanyfineagenciessuggestedthroughHandson
Nashville,atwww.hon.org,maypossiblybeabetteruseofone'stime,inassistingtobringaboutsome
ofthosesamechangesinourcity,manyofwhichbothpresidents,andourmayornow,havespoken
about.

Prayersandsupportforyou,Mr.President,frommostthecitizensofNashville!Wehearyou!Wejoin
withyoutobringaboutchange,now,justaswedidwhenweelectedyou!

SandraK.Sanders,Madison37115

***

DearPresidentTrump:

Releaseyourtaxreturns.Divest.

DianaPage,Nashville37221

***

DearPresidentTrump:

Pleaseconsiderthechildrenwhowillsomedayinheritthisearth.Thinkofthemwhenyoucontemplate
decisionsaboutourfragileenvironment.WhenIwasgrowingupinChattanooga,theairwaspinkwith
smog.Thenin1970,PresidentRichardNixon,aRepublican,signedanexecutiveordertocreatethe
EnvironmentalProtectionAgency.Wehavehimandhissuccessorsofbothpoliticalpartiestothankfor
ourcleanairandwater,trulyfragileresources.Pleasehonortheirnearly50yearlegacy.

Butmoreimportant,pleasehonorthechildren,ourmostpreciousresource.Noneofusareonthisearth
forverylong.Weshouldtrynottoleavemessesforourchildrentohavetotrytocleanup.

MaryPattenPriestley,Sewanee37375

***

DearPresidentTrump:

WelcometoNashville,Tennessee!Wearehonoredtohaveourpresidentvisitushereandwehopeyou
willappreciateourhospitality.

Ourhospitalityalsoextendstothe12percentofourpopulationwhoaretrying,withoursupportand
assistance,tointegratetotheirnewhomes.Itisdifficulttolearnanewlanguageandadapttoanew
culture,butwerealizethatthesenewresidentsaresearchingforasafeenvironmentandahopeful
futurefortheirchildren.

YourrecenttravelbanshaveleftmanyAmericansfeelingthatweareturningintoaselfish,mean
spirited,xenophobiccountry,anditisdeeplytroubling.

Pernewssources,gainingrefugeestatusintheU.S.takesanaverageof18to24monthsmostofit
conductedabroad.

ItinvolvesscreeningbytheUnitedNationsandeightdifferentfederalgovernmentagencies,aswellas
threefacetofaceinterviews,biometricsecuritieschecks,backgroundchecks,andsecuritydatabase
checks.Thisseemslargelysufficient.No"extremevetting"isnecessaryasitisalreadyinplace.
Pleasereconsideryourstanceonwhatappearstobeareligiousmetricandadenialofcompassion.

CamilleMonohan,Fairview37062

***

DearPresidentTrump:

LetmetellyouwhyIvotedforyou.Iwasfromabluecollarfamily,mydadworkedatafactorywhich,
ofcourse,haslongshutdowncalledTrailMobile(inCincinnati).

Hewasworkingforthemformanyyears,andwhenhebecameill,frombeingadiabetic,hecouldnt
findwork.TrailMobileatthattimehadlaidoffworkersandhenolongerhadajob.Backinthosedays,
peoplewouldnothireyouifyouhadpreexistingconditions.Thathasbeenover50plusyearsnow,but
havingthefactorythatmyfatherworkedforshutdownchangedourlives.

Bringingbackourfactoriesmeansalottome,asforalotofthemanyotherfamiliesthatcountonthose
jobs.

MayGodblessyou.

JudyMunoz,Brentwood37027

***

DearPresidentTrump:

PresidentTrumpsNashvillerallyfortheGOPhealthcarebillwillbemetwithjustifiableoutrage.

Goneistherequirementthatpeoplebuyinsurance,whichkeepspremiumsdownbybalancingtherisk
poolwithhealthyandsickpeople.Inaddition,largeremployerswillnolongerberequiredtooffer
healthbenefits.Some24millionpeoplewillbedropped,andIimaginehealthypeoplewilltaketheir
chanceswithoutinsurance,whichwillfurtherincreasepremiums.

Iftheuninsuredgetsicktheywillbehitwiththefullretailliabilityastronomicalandindefensiblethat
thosewithinsuranceneverpay.Foradultspast50,taxcreditsarereducedwhilepremiumsare
acceptableatfivetimesthoseforyoungeradults.Worse,manychildrenfromlowincomefamilieswill
loseMedicaideligibility.

TheAmericanHealthCareActleavesfewerpeoplewithinsuranceaspremiumsandcostscontinueto
skyrocket.GOP,itsadisaster.Pleasetryagain.

AmyEskindSchulman,Nashville37205

***

DearPresidentTrump:

AsamemberoftheUnitedMethodistChurchfor55years,Icommendtoyouourbishopsstatementon
immigration:Thebiblicalwitnessisclearandunambiguous.Wallsareunbiblical.Hospitalityisbiblical.
Denyingonesneighborisunbiblical.WelcomingthestrangerisbiblicalThesevaluesfromoursacred
textsarecurrentlyreflectedinthemandateoftheU.S.RefugeeAdmissionsProgramandmustnotbe
usurpedbyanyexecutiveorder.

ThereforeIcallontheU.S.Congresstorescindtheseharmfulexecutiveordersand,Saynotothe
wallingoffourcountryandourheartsandsayyestotheirhopeourhopefornewlife.

BlairG.Meeks,Brentwood37027

***

DearPresidentTrump:

YouhavepromisedtoensurethatallAmericanshavehealthcoveragethatisbetterandlessexpensive
thanObamacare.

TheObamacarerepealthatCongressisrushingtopassisntanyofthethingsyoupromised.Theofficial
CongressionalBudgetOfficenowconfirmswhatexpertsinbothpartieshavesaidforweeks.Millionsof
Americanswillpaymorebutgetfarless.14millionAmericanswillloseinsurancenextyear,andmillions
moreafterthat.Insurancecompaniescanchargeolderpatientsfivetimesasmuchasyoungerpeople.
Medicaidfundingforchildrenandthefrailelderlyinnursinghomeswillbecutby$880billionoverthe
nextdecade.

Tennesseewilllosemanyofitsruralhospitalsasaresult.

Iamworriedformypatients,Mr.President.WillyoustanduptoCongressonbehalfoftheAmerican
people?Pleasegetusthebetterdealthatyoupromised.

RobertF.Miller,M.D.,Nashville37232

***

TwoletterscamefromFloridaresidents:

DearPresidentTrump:

Myyoungfamilymember,abusinessownerandjobcreator,gotverysickwithnohealthinsuranceand
wouldbedeadtodaywithouttheAffordableCareAct.PleasedonotrepealACA!TheAmericanpeople
areyourgreatestcapitalnotyourenemy!

GailAbraham,CapeCoral,FL33904

***

DearPresidentTrump:

Iurgethatyounotcutfundingtoeducationprograms.Americaonceelevatedourculturetoreflectthe
bestofhumannaturebyholdingtheeducationbarhigh,butnowuseschildrenasconsumersof
superficialvalueproductsorientedaroundartificialstatus.

For20years,TIMMStestingrevealsAmericanchildrentrailbehindmanycountriesinmath,scienceand
literacy.NolongerdoesAmericaencourageitschildrentokeepupwiththerestoftheworldtoensure
ourplaceatthetableofglobaleconomy,todevelopscientificinnovationsandsolveproblems,to
developthetechnologynecessarytoprotectourborderswithoutexposingouryoungpeopletowar,to
beattheforefrontofcuttingedgeengineeringandmedicalcures.

Ifthisantiintellectualtrendpersists,Americawillfinditselfatthemercyofthosecountrieswith
productswewillneedtosurviveandwewillhavenothingthattheyneed.

DominiqueRidgewell,Nokomis,FL34275

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