Letters to the Editor

Jan. 27, 2015 @ 03:58 PM

Letter: Closed primaries aren’t the way to go

The article in the Sunday, Jan. 25 edition of The Mountain Press, page A6, is somewhat disturbing.

Jan. 20, 2015 @ 04:49 PM

Letter: Medicaid expansion helps those who need it

On Jan. 13, this paper published an article, “Insure Tennessee could generate $1.14 billion,” in which Justin Owen, president and CEO of the Beacon Center of Tennessee stated “Medicaid expansion is a multi-million dollar band-aid on a massive wound; it just won’t work.”

Jan. 15, 2015 @ 12:06 PM

Letter: Tell government we don't need more fuel tax

Your government, some elected representatives, lobbyists and bureaucrats are at work today attempting to take your only increase in disposable income in the past 10 years, perhaps longer.

Jan. 13, 2015 @ 01:13 PM

Letter: Reader promotes preparedness, growing of food

I'm not going to tell you what the problems are. You already know.

Jan. 08, 2015 @ 05:47 PM

Letter: Reader critical of new jail facility

I was wondering as I look across the road at Sheriff Seals' new prisoner warehouse, if perhaps someone's rights aren't being trampled upon.

Jan. 07, 2015 @ 06:19 PM

Letter: Local officers go extra mile for a 'blue' Christmas

With so many heartbreaking headlines in our news these days involving police officers, I want to share a story about true “blue” Christmas spirit right here in our own back yard.

Jan. 06, 2015 @ 02:54 PM

Letter: Republicans picking fights with history debates

We’re fighting over U.S. history once again. This time the College Board is revising the AP U.S. history curriculum and standards, and Republicans are making all kinds of claims. They want Phyllis Schlafly, the Contract with America, the Heritage Foundation, the Moral Majority and the NRA to be a major part of the history. But our history is that of the good, the bad and ugly, therefore, an honest and honorable attempt to help students deal critically and thoughtfully both with the best moments as well as our lesser moments is necessary. This history must stand as a bulwark against the irrationalists of both parties.

Dec. 30, 2014 @ 06:07 PM

Letter: Those who work with public should show compassion

Eighteen years ago I moved to Sevierville from Florida. It was like living in Heaven compared to the Florida panhandle.

Dec. 29, 2014 @ 05:56 PM

Letter: Seymour ministry thanks community for support

One of my Christmas presents came early this year as I saw the love of our community shine like the bright star over the baby Jesus manger over 2,000 years ago!

Dec. 11, 2014 @ 06:40 PM

Letter: Deadly force should only be used when necessary

When one person is denied equal justice, we are all denied and we are all complicit. That is unless we speak up and unless we take action. Those are borrowed words.

Dec. 11, 2014 @ 06:39 PM

Letter: Collier Group thanks donors for veterans meal

Golden Corrals across the country joined together last month to celebrate our nation’s veterans. Military Monday falls on the Monday after Vetarans Day, and it is a great day of thanks and fellowship.

Dec. 09, 2014 @ 03:45 PM

Letter: Humane Society thanks annual auction participants

This is to thank the citizens of Sevier County for making our auction on Dec. 6 one of the most successful ever. Your enthusiastic bidding ensures that our homeless animals will continue to enjoy a high level of care.

Dec. 05, 2014 @ 06:47 PM

Letter: Wears Valley signs should reflect scenic highway

I think Wears Valley is at a cross road.

Dec. 04, 2014 @ 04:37 PM

Letter: Limbaugh way off base on Obama, reader says

David Limbaugh's "Obama ... throwing his party under the bus" (Oct. 28) made three points I wish to address.

Dec. 02, 2014 @ 06:30 PM

Letter: Since when is Black Friday a holiday?

When my neighborhood was annexed into the city of Sevierville, my day for garbage pickup was Wednesday. A few years later it was changed to Thursday.

Dec. 01, 2014 @ 11:09 AM

Letter: Reader asks everyone to remember others during the season

The season is in full swing. Memories flood our minds as we hang those ornaments and then the stories begin to flow with the hot cocoa or hot cider. You know the stories, which always start with "remember when?" I just wanted to share with you the gratitude in my heart for having so many of those "remember when" stories of my brother, Jeff, who passed away four years ago.

Nov. 28, 2014 @ 05:31 PM

Letter: Reader wants to set record straight on executive orders

Mr. Cartwright claims (Public forum, Nov. 25) that, since Ike, Republicans issued more executive orders (2,035) than the Democrats (1,417).

Nov. 21, 2014 @ 06:12 PM

Letter: Reader blasts Democrats for blaming Republicans

Blame the Republicans ... Blame the Republicans.

Nov. 13, 2014 @ 06:35 PM

Letter: Can our country continue on its present path?

I’m a Vietnam veteran in my 60s. My life is almost over. After voting today (Nov. 4) in the mid-term elections, I walked out wondering how much longer our country can go on the way things are.

Nov. 11, 2014 @ 11:56 AM

Letter: Most recent election rewards bad congressional behavior

Generally speaking elections bring about new ideas and direction, but not always.

Nov. 10, 2014 @ 05:44 PM

Letter: Better fire service needed for county

The recent announcement between the Pigeon Forge Fire Department and the Sevierville Fire Department about a plan to work together, made me think about being a resident outside of the city limits.

Nov. 10, 2014 @ 05:43 PM

Letter: Reader thanks school for veterans program

Once again the Sevier County High School Veterans Tribute was wonderful!

Nov. 04, 2014 @ 07:18 PM

Letter: Red Cross helped during weather emergency

Due to severe cold weather, snow and power outages for thousands in higher elevations, the Sevier County Red Cross Disaster Assistance Team set up a shelter to assist affected citizens Nov. 1 at the Pigeon Forge Community Center.