Letters to the Editor

Aug. 26, 2014 @ 02:22 PM

Editorial: Fighting the prescription battle

Last week in U.S. District Court, Judge Thomas Varlan sentenced Sandra Kincaid, a 63-year-old Maryville woman, to serve 470 months in federal prison for her part in a Blount County pill mill operation, the Breakthrough Pain Therapy Center.


Aug. 22, 2014 @ 03:24 PM

Letter: Reader takes issue with cartoon

First off, I was pretty offended at the political cartoon, on Aug. 22, depicting the Pilgrims as “undesirables” who came across some border illegally. Totally the wrong picture!


Aug. 21, 2014 @ 05:47 PM

Letter: Reader laments problems with Gatlinburg trolley system

If the Gatlinburg Trolley System would run as efficiently as the Pigeon Forge System, this letter would not be necessary. To the locals who ride both systems, the difference is as apparent as night and day.


Aug. 19, 2014 @ 04:15 PM

Letter: Patterson says thanks for support of Appalachian Relief

On behalf of the Appalachian Relief Fund, thank you to everyone who helped make the 4th annual benefit concert the best ever.


Aug. 14, 2014 @ 04:35 PM

Letter: Jail expansion wasn't the vision

In last Sunday's paper Sheriff Hoss Seals seemed to take pride in the fact, another expansion of the jail will give Sevier county the ability to lock up more people. More in fact than any city nearby with a larger permanent population.


Aug. 14, 2014 @ 04:33 PM

Letter: Good, honest people are around

Sevierville still has some good, honest people in its town.


Aug. 13, 2014 @ 11:17 AM

Letter: Summer reading has gone well in Pigeon Forge

We’ve had a great summer reading program and I’d like to thank our sponsors for their generous donations.


Aug. 13, 2014 @ 11:16 AM

Letter: Reader quotes Bible in regard to climate change

Climate change, carbon footprints, sunspots, melting glaciers, greenhouse gases, rising seas, massive floods, disappearing ozone, continuous daylight, elevated carbon dioxide, empty deserts, blocked sunrays, GHG effect, worldwide winter, oceans rising and beyond.


Aug. 07, 2014 @ 06:05 PM

Letter: Campaign against Obamacare isn’t right

Health insurance premiums jump 50 percent because of Obamacare. This is the allegation made by a political advertisement which ran on television statewide by the Alexander for Senate campaign. The July 10 edition of The Washington Post said this regarding the advertisement.


Aug. 06, 2014 @ 04:52 PM

Letter: Judiciary shouldn't be subject to political influence

Three issues are of particular concern regarding the efforts to convince voters that the current judges of the state Supreme Court should not be retained.


Aug. 04, 2014 @ 05:41 PM

Letter: There’s a better song for national anthem

“The Star-Spangled Banner” was written by Francis Scott Key during the battle of Fort McHenry as it was being attacked by the British in the War of 1812.


Jul. 29, 2014 @ 01:59 PM

Letter: We all need to support the volunteer fire department

I want everybody in Sevier County to know what a great volunteer fire department we have in this community on Old Newport Highway. They will be there to help you when you need them.


Jul. 25, 2014 @ 06:17 PM

Letter: More answers needed on GMO foods

The Chicago Tribune editorial appearing in Sunday’s paper (Food labeling should be about information, not fear) opposing the labeling of genetically modified foods was completely wrong.



Jul. 22, 2014 @ 03:17 PM

Letter: Live-It Ministries helps reader on limited income

As a volunteer for the American Red Cross, I am used to helping others. Recently I found myself on the receiving end of needing help.




Jul. 15, 2014 @ 04:45 PM

Letter: Today’s GOP wouldn’t have established park

Sevier County is a white-hot engine of tea party conservatism, as is conspicuous on the pages of The Mountain Press. It is flanked by, and owes much to, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, a precious pearl of the universe safeguarded by enlightened federal action decades ago.


Jul. 15, 2014 @ 04:44 PM

Letter: Americans need to stand up

Thank goodness that we still have people in this country like Dick Dierenbach. His letter to the editor on July 10, is great and true. His response to another letter to the editor told the truth that many people in this country do not understand.


Jul. 11, 2014 @ 04:31 PM

Who’s to blame for veterans’ issues?

Tens of thousands of our dollars spent for a sex change for a man spending time in prison, while our war veterans are suffering and dying in our V.A. hospitals. Now who is to blame for this scenario?


Jul. 11, 2014 @ 04:30 PM

Letter: There is wine in grocery stores, across the line in N.C.

Now that the wine in grocery stores bill is one step closer to a vote, I would like to divulge a little secret that they don’t want you to know; there is already wine in grocery stores in one of Sevier’s adjoining counties, namely Swain.


Jul. 09, 2014 @ 03:42 PM

Letter: Reader says racism not the reason for president's issues

The (letter to the editor) which appeared in the July 2 edition of The Mountain Press entitled "Reader: We're living through historically poor era of government" will certainly cause people to be absolutely befuddled by the illogic of the writer.


Jul. 08, 2014 @ 04:50 PM

Letter: Veterans care crisis goes back further than current administration

I'm not a big fan of our present president. There are many people blaming him for our veterans problems. Here's the truth, like it or not.


Jul. 03, 2014 @ 11:09 AM

Letter: Tennessee corruption is not humorous

I had trouble trying to follow the Michael Collins commentary June 18 on corruption. He started out thusly: “A recent collegiate study (what study?) ranked Tennessee as third on the list of most corrupt states in the union.”


Jul. 01, 2014 @ 05:52 PM

Letter: We’re living through historically poor era of government

If you study U.S. history, you will find several eras of incredibly poor government, lots of crass politics, self-serving leadership, and weak moral character coupled with a fanatical drive. Unfortunately, we are living through one of these times.