Letters to the Editor

May. 18, 2015 @ 02:13 PM

Letter: Nontraditional student thanks supporters

I can say my journey began six years ago when I enrolled at Walters State back in 2009, but in reality my journey started over 40 years ago.


May. 14, 2015 @ 05:59 PM

Letter: GPHS class of 1965 celebrating 50 years

On May 31, 1965, the second graduating class of the newly formed Gatlinburg-Pittman High School received their diplomas and said a tearful goodbye to the school they had only known for two years.


May. 12, 2015 @ 04:06 PM

Letter: Day of Prayer coordinator grateful for coverage

Your coverage of this year’s National Day of Prayer encouraged our attendees to come and enjoy this unity of believers.


May. 07, 2015 @ 06:14 PM

Letter: Readers urge gardeners to donate excess produce

For the past few weeks, we have been trying to get our Crop Sharers program under way. This program would link landowners who do not garden with gardeners who don’t have enough land in order to produce fresh vegetables for our two local food pantries.


May. 06, 2015 @ 05:27 PM

Letter: Pigeon Forge wrestler’s punishment too much

I am writing regarding a 16-year-old honor student, Gavin Hutchens, who has brought many honors to Pigeon Forge High School. This is a response to punishment imposed by the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (Editor’s note: This was reported in The Mountain Press on May 2. The penalties were self-imposed by the school, per TSSAA officials).


May. 06, 2015 @ 05:27 PM

Letter: Readers praise convenience worker

My husband and I would like to congratulate Mr. Don McGill, who is in charge of the Pigeon Forge Convenience Center “garbage disposal.”


Apr. 20, 2015 @ 04:19 PM

Letter: Tea party got bum rap in recent letter

This is a response to “Tea party legislature hurting state” letter written by Paul B. Medley II and published April 15.


Apr. 16, 2015 @ 06:10 PM

Letter: Tea party legislature hurting state

I appreciate Gov. Haslam’s reasonableness and moderation as well as those in congress that have the same values. My representatives: Sen. Overbey has been reasonable at times, I do not know about Rep. Carr.


Apr. 15, 2015 @ 01:58 PM

Letter: Mountain Man March organizers say thanks

Thank you Gatlinburg for your support of the 8th Annual Mountain Man Memorial March this past weekend. Almost 1,000 runners, marchers and walkers joined together to remember the sacrifices of our fallen military members from across the volunteer state – and around the country — and to support the Gold Star Families left behind.


Apr. 14, 2015 @ 11:30 AM

Letter: Johnson thanks public for support of SCFM

In the Bible, Ecclesiastes 3:1 states: For everything there is a season and a time for every matter under heaven.


Apr. 09, 2015 @ 11:15 AM

Letter: It’s time to separate liberty and the market economy

The polls consistently show that we are believers in the Christian God, but is America a Christian nation? Our secular Constitution says, “No!” but even knowing that our Christian beliefs are all over the map doesn’t deter 55 percent of Americans who believe we are already one (2007 survey by the First Amendment Center). And just recently Public Policy Polling reported that 57 percent of Republicans want to make the U.S.A. officially a Christian nation. Why? Because our political culture is loaded with religious language — pledge of “patriotism,” our money, the walls of our courts and the Capitol.


Apr. 06, 2015 @ 03:04 PM

Letter: Christians should make their presence felt

Should Christians be involved in politics, or simply concern themselves with sharing the Gospel? Consider these few points:


Apr. 02, 2015 @ 11:50 AM

Letter: Jail deaths are unacceptable

The citizens of Sevier County need to open their eyes.


Apr. 01, 2015 @ 04:21 PM

Letter: Student enjoyed visit here, seeks information on state

I am writing to you as a part of a class project for the novel, “The Watsons Go to Birmingham.”


Mar. 31, 2015 @ 01:14 PM

Letter: Pirates' Ball was success for clinic

Despite the threat of bad weather, pirates young and old gathered at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies on the evening of March 5 to enjoy the festivities at the 2015 Pirates’ Ball. The result was a highly successful event that will benefit Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic’s patients.


Mar. 30, 2015 @ 02:33 PM

Letter: Teacher thanks Titanic for education program

Recently, the Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge hosted a Teacher’s Academy for educators in our area. In 34 years of working with the public school system and attending a plethora of varied types of in-service activities, I must say that the Titanic Teacher’s Academy ranks among the best.


Mar. 26, 2015 @ 03:29 PM

Letter: ‘Anti-scientific attitudes’ fuel deniers

It “seems” to George Fowler (Letter to the Editor, March 23) that global warming is inconsistent with large Boston snowfalls, and he “believes” there has been no warming for 20 years.


Mar. 24, 2015 @ 02:29 PM

Letter: Seymour excited about library expansion

Sevier County Commission's unanimous vote on Monday to appropriate $66,000 to buy property adjacent to Seymour Public Library left members of Friends of Seymour Library hopeful and excited. We would like to thank County Mayor Larry Waters and county commission for recognizing the value and importance of expanding the library.


Mar. 23, 2015 @ 02:25 PM

Letter: Climate change talk is getting old

This global warming (AKA climate change) nonsense is getting old. Seems that every "good" Democrat must have something to say about it, and what a big threat to the world that it is. The United Nations organization has gotten aboard for the campaign. They are willing to spend billions of dollars (most of it U.S. taxpayer dollars) to fight this nonexistent global warming.


Mar. 20, 2015 @ 11:14 AM

Letter: Words, not weapons, should lead to resolution with Iran

If recent times have taught us as a nation one lesson, it is starting a war is much easier than ending one.


Mar. 19, 2015 @ 05:39 PM

Letter: Second jail escape in under two months is too many

This is strike two.


Mar. 18, 2015 @ 11:58 AM

Letter: Crop Sharers program seeks green thumbs, garden space

Spring is on the way and Crop Sharers, a charitable gardening program, would like to introduce itself to vegetable gardeners and landowners across the county.


Mar. 17, 2015 @ 03:54 PM

Letter: What is your child really learning?

Did you know the state of Tennessee is indoctrinating  your kids into Islam?  Don’t believe it?  Attend a public meeting March 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the Sevier County Court House and see the facts presented by (an upper East Tennessee) parent, Mr. Craig Honeycutt, who discovered this fact by simply reviewing his daughter’s seventh grade homework.


Mar. 16, 2015 @ 02:17 PM

Letter: Now is the time to turn to God for guidance

Never before has there been a time when people need to turn to God for guidance in their lives than right now. All around us three is so much unhappiness and people are enduring overwhelming losses, tragedies and depression.


Mar. 13, 2015 @ 04:29 PM

Letter: Thank a farmer on National Ag Day, March 18

For more than 40 years we have celebrated National Ag Day as a time to pause and honor the American farmer. Today, our farmers are the most productive and efficient in the world with each one helping feed more than 144 people. We thank you, as well as everyone who plays a role in producing the food, fiber and fuel our country and the world depends upon.