Letters to the Editor

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.


Mar. 12, 2015 @ 02:53 PM

Letter: Road builders should be ashamed

The potholes on Highway 139 between the light at Highway 66 and Kyker Ferry are unacceptable.


Mar. 12, 2015 @ 02:52 PM

Letter: Roe expresses thanks for support following wife’s death

The last six weeks have been extremely difficult for my family and me. Pam was a special lady, and I loved her very much. The sadness I’m feeling now will be with me for a long time, but I know Pam would want us to carry on. She was so strong and selfless, and the number of people who have honored her life is a testament to the kind of woman she was. She touched many lives, especially mine, and I was blessed to call her my wife. Now she’s with our Lord and Savior, and that brings our family comfort.


Feb. 26, 2015 @ 04:26 PM

Letter: Reader appreciates carrier's dedication

We had been stranded in the house for three days — couldn’t get down the driveway, couldn’t get up the driveway, because there was a good 4-5 inches of snow and ice on the bottom of it.


Feb. 19, 2015 @ 11:47 AM

Letter: Visitor upset by discontinuation of Tunes and Tales program

It absolutely amazes me that a city which has so much to offer, would find their niche and draw in crowds of people by the droves for almost 10 years, and then simply allow this great program to go by the wayside!


Feb. 18, 2015 @ 05:12 PM

Letter: Reader rejects Roe’s support of XL pipeline

In a recent Mountain Press guest column, Congressman Phil Roe confesses that he “honestly can’t understand” why President Obama will veto the Congressional ultimatum for the Keystone XL pipeline. As one with a moral and personal stake in a habitable planet, I am happy to help the Congressman.


Feb. 17, 2015 @ 11:43 AM

Letter: Climbing for Hope fundraiser helped Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic

Local firefighters and police pitted themselves against each other in friendly competition Jan. 27, and everybody won.


Feb. 16, 2015 @ 03:59 PM

Letter: Friends' library system book sale is a success

The pace was fast and furious as books were sold Feb. 7 at Friends of Sevier County Public Library System’s Romance Used Book Sale at King Family Library in Sevierville.


Feb. 04, 2015 @ 02:43 PM

Letter: America needs to do more about the scourge of terror

I have just read the headline from the latest atrocity to come from the evil that is the self-proclaimed ISIS.


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.