Letters to the Editor

Mar. 15, 2014 @ 11:59 PM

Letter: More fathers, fewer problems

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.


Mar. 15, 2014 @ 11:00 PM

Letter: Reader distrusts President Obama

Barack Obama is someone who should be studied by psychiatrists and scientists for the rest of his life.


Mar. 14, 2014 @ 11:13 PM

Letter: Why not drug court?

Drug courts are judicially-supervised court dockets that handle the cases of non-violent substance abusing offenders under the adult, juvenile, family and tribal justice systems.


Mar. 12, 2014 @ 11:07 PM

Letter: Government impedes access to information

I read with interest your editorial “Feds promote openness from behind a wall” (March 7). Your story about the government impeding free access to information is similar to untold thousands of other stories of people/agencies dealing with a government that rules, and not one that represents the people.


Mar. 06, 2014 @ 11:23 PM

Letter: Legislator should be defended when right vote is cast

Last week, the Tennessee House of Representatives considered HB 1405, commonly referred to as the Guns in Parking Lots bill. The bill proposed to amend and strengthen language to prevent employers from taking negative actions against an employee who drives a personal vehicle to work, and leaves a weapon securely stored in that vehicle.


Mar. 04, 2014 @ 11:23 PM

Letter: Idle threats provide chuckles for Russia

In a report on Fox News on Feb. 27, Russia is flexing its military muscles as protests again erupt in the Ukraine.


Mar. 01, 2014 @ 11:03 PM

Letter: Local reps deserve credit for votes on annexation bill

The Sevier County Tea Party would like to publicly acknowledge our state representatives Dale Carr and Andrew Farmer for their votes on HB 590, the bill that gives Tennesseans the right to vote for annexation.


Mar. 01, 2014 @ 11:02 PM

Letter: Crying foul after the fact is sour grapes

The letter (Feb. 26) from Paul Medley says “I’m not saying I am for or against unions,” but if I read the letter correctly he wasted his statement!


Feb. 27, 2014 @ 11:22 PM

Letter: All facts needed in Seymour incorporation discussion

Your front page article by Jeff Farrell in the Feb. 9 issue was good reporting. I think it presented the facts as a journalist should, and I commend Mr. Farrell for a job well done. In that article, you quoted some commissioners saying they talked with no one for (incorporation). I have talked with numerous voters who are divided into “for” and “against” but mostly “want to hear the whole story.”


Feb. 26, 2014 @ 11:33 PM

Letter: Thanks for the story on Cristin Sutphin

Thank you to Jake Old for a lovely article about beautiful Cristin Sutphin (Feb. 23).


Feb. 26, 2014 @ 11:32 PM

Letter: Government interfered with VW union vote

Volkswagen labor official (Mr. Osterloh  of VW’s work council) threatens action to block further investments in US South. He complained that conservatives stirred up massive anti-union sentiments. He said all options will be examined to introduce a works council at the only VW plant worldwide without a formal worker representation. I say, maybe VW is one who cares about employees and the middle class.


Feb. 22, 2014 @ 11:30 PM

Governor should expand Medicare



Feb. 21, 2014 @ 11:01 PM

Letter: Reader dislikes story placement


Feb. 19, 2014 @ 11:03 PM

Letter: Reader fears religious freedoms are threatened

Over the past few years, American citizens have repeatedly been reassured by our President and his leadership that “If we like our insurance, we can keep our insurance. If we like our doctor, we can keep our doctor; period.”


Feb. 18, 2014 @ 11:10 PM

Letter: Support for medical marijuana growing

I found Sunday’s editorial, “Firm in their faith,” informative. According to a recent poll (conducted by MTSU of 600 Tennessee adults), nearly 80 percent of those responding believe that medical marijuana should be legal in the Volunteer State. Although the scripture was not quoted, I suspect the editorial’s title was a reference to Genesis 1:11.


Feb. 18, 2014 @ 11:09 PM

Letter: Reader says ‘no’ to Common Core

Common Core is unacceptable. This top-down, bureaucratic takeover of local schools must be stopped.


Feb. 15, 2014 @ 11:27 PM

Letter: Reader thanks Sevier County citizens for help

My brother-in-law, Ronnie Newman, died on Feb. 3. His life insurance policy had not been in effect long enough to pay, and his family was devastated by the cost for his funeral.


Feb. 14, 2014 @ 11:36 PM

Letter: Reader disagrees with officials’ ‘job lock’ claims

Understanding Democrat terminology: Job Lock — A full time job with the benefits that you have had for more than one year and is reasonably secure. Not good.


Feb. 13, 2014 @ 11:47 PM

Letter: Sevier officials should work to curb littering

The litter and trash situation along our county’s byways is unconscionable.


Feb. 12, 2014 @ 11:46 PM

Letter: Clinic thanks those who made fundraiser success possible

Spurred on by an enthusiastic crowd, local police and fire personnel competed fiercely Jan. 27 in Climbing for Hope, an event at the Lumberjack Feud that benefited Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic. Though the final tally has yet to be made, we know that the evening was a great success.


Feb. 11, 2014 @ 11:18 PM

Letter: Sevierville could cut other costs beside trolley route

First, Sevierville BOMA (Board of Mayor and Aldermen) decides to add a restaurant tax on the locals. Now they have decided to leave 34,000 citizens out in the cold by dropping the courthouse trolley route.


Feb. 07, 2014 @ 11:59 PM

Letter: Doctor urges cancer screenings

Just as October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and February is the American Heart Awareness month, March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness month. I recommend to you and all of your readers to speak with their primary care doctor about being screened for colon/rectal cancer. Colorectal cancer rates have been decreasing over the last two decades which partly reflects an increase in screening allowing us to detect and remove colorectal polyps before they become cancer.


Feb. 01, 2014 @ 11:30 PM

Letter: Reader: Target hack only possible because of computers

By now we are all familiar with the chaos caused when Target credit cards were hacked and information taken on millions of accounts. Sooner or later more large companies will face similar problems.


Jan. 31, 2014 @ 11:49 PM

Letter: Reader cautions against Common Core

The President speaks in Nashville on the 30th, in part, to tout Common-Core education from his McGavock High School presidential podium.