I, again, was interested to read Dick Dierenbach’s recent letter (April 11) expounding the virtues of judging the behavior or beliefs of ones neighbors. The author of a sign at a church building in Seymour was referred to as “perpetrator,” i.e., one who commits or carries out a crime.
Selling books at $1 or less doesn’t sound like a winning proposal. However, thanks to the efforts of many committed volunteers, the Friends of Sevier County Public Library System raised $3,747.46 at its used book sale at King Family Library April 1-5. That’s a lot of books!
As one of your readers, I’d like to ask if you’d consider enriching the op-ed content with something more than the syndicated cycle of conservative boilerplate from O’Reilly, Stossel and Lopez. The intellectually thin, uniform, and predictable nature of these columns are contributing little to the intellectual life of readers.
About a year ago I wrote to you about the activity of the local airport.
Ten things your charity won’t tell you:
The Smoky Mountain Cancer Support Group had a successful St. Patrick’s Dinner fundraiser for Relay for Life on Friday, March 15.
Jeff Farrell did a fine job with his hunter safety article, Students learn firearm-handling basics (March 28), and the follow up “Three Cheers” piece on the March 29 editorial page was also supportive of the hunter safety class, offered on an optional basis to Sevier County seventh graders.
As the signs pop up along the roadways and in people's yards a few questions come to my mind.
Here’s the bottom-line on state officials trying to impose a brand of Christianity not shared by all into government policy. We will not have freedom for religion in our lives if we do not have freedom from religion in our laws.
Over the past few years, Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic has benefited from the generosity of Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, which has hosted a popular annual fundraising event, the Pirates’ Ball. This year, the pirates walked the plank and were replaced March 6 by teeny boppers from the ’50s and ’60s at a new event, the Sock Hop Under the Sea.
Those familiar with the “Seinfeld” sitcom may remember the “bizarro world” episode in which normal and sensible daily life was altered and became confusing. Political characters guided by tabloid style news personalities and their organizations have taken this country to a “bizarro world” in which facts carry no more weight than total nonsense.
A few Sundays ago we encountered a forest fire that began on our property then suddenly nearly encompassed our home. As we slowly recover from the fire event, we began to think of all those who came to our aid that day and in the days that followed. Letters were sent as well as face to face appreciation to all those to fight the fire plus also to support us.
As I compare two of your syndicated columnists, I find that Mark Shields can express his views and opinions using facts in a civil and respectful manner; while David Limbaugh must resort to name calling, flame throwing, exaggeration and half-truths. Too often in our political climate the issues are not being debated on their merits, but by demonizing not only the opposing point of view, but also those who hold those views.
Maybe if we had more Eddie LaFollette grandfathers and fathers (March 8 edition) sharing and teaching the value of hard work, the list of "...indictments returned" would be much shorter.
Barack Obama is someone who should be studied by psychiatrists and scientists for the rest of his life.