Letters to the Editor

Nov. 30, 2013 @ 11:39 PM

Letter: Nobody likes a liar

As a child, do you remember doing wrong and being confronted by your parents? Certainly, we all do. While our misbehavior was never acceptable, lying about what we did just to save face or escape punishment, at least in my parent’s estimation, was always considered far worse than the original transgression.


Nov. 28, 2013 @ 11:16 PM

Editorial: Thanksgiving as it was intended

The continued commercialism of Christmas — only 27 shopping days left by the way — has resulted in a devaluing of Thanksgiving, one of the most beautifully-intended holidays on the U.S. calendar.


Nov. 27, 2013 @ 11:24 PM

Letter: Cry of racism unfounded

B.J.’s letter (Mountain Press, Nov. 22) speaks to a short memory, and a cry of racism on his part! Maybe he loves everything our current president is doing, but disagreement over his policies does not fit a need for name-calling unless that is all you have to fall back on!


Nov. 27, 2013 @ 11:23 PM

Letter: United Way fundraiser earned nearly $2,000

The United Way of Sevier County would like to thank Food City for allowing us to hold our recent “Pumping Gas for Tips” fundraiser.


Nov. 26, 2013 @ 11:04 PM

Letter: Women’s Care Center banquet draws almost 400

The Women’s Care Center recently held its first annual fundraising banquet at the Holiday Inn and Convention Center in Pigeon Forge.


Nov. 26, 2013 @ 11:02 PM

Letter: Book sale raised nearly $3,000 for library improvements

The three-day used book sale Nov. 7 through 9 at the King Family Library in Sevierville was an experiment that ended well. Nearly $3,000 was raised in three days. Those funds will be spent to improve the three libraries in the Sevier County Library System.


Nov. 23, 2013 @ 11:20 PM

Letter: For safety, yield to yellow lights

I am writing in response to the two deaths on Chapman Highwy last week due to the person running the red traffic light.


Nov. 23, 2013 @ 11:19 PM

Letter: Mountain Hope says thank you

Pancakes and much more were on the breakfast menu for many Sevier County folks on Tuesday morning.


Nov. 22, 2013 @ 11:12 PM

Letter: Writer says racism plays part in Obama criticism

I’m responding to Dan Smith’s Oct. 23 column that started with the U.S. House’s federal government shutdown. “This kind of stance always hurts the country,” wrote Smith. Agreed. This shutdown helped China propagandists, not to mention the Russians, with this concocted mess hurting democracy’s appeal to especially China’s young.


Nov. 21, 2013 @ 11:51 PM

Letter: SCHS students help Grace’s Place

For the single working mother of Grace’s Place it was a blessing above all they could have thought of.


Nov. 20, 2013 @ 11:42 PM

Letter: Town Hall speaker on Shariah says he was 'misrepresented'

I was the first main speaker at the Town Hall held at the Civic Center last Thursday and my presentation was misrepresented by Jake Old in his article, “Speaker warns against ‘political Islam.’” What follows are important corrections to his assertions.


Nov. 19, 2013 @ 11:48 AM

Letter: Leave wild animals alone

I read the article about the elk over at Cataloochee Valley and had to put it down.


Nov. 16, 2013 @ 11:14 PM

Letter: Golden Corral raised $6,500 for DAV

Each November Golden Corrals across the country participate in a celebration of our veterans.


Nov. 15, 2013 @ 11:41 PM

Letter: Two schools promote child health month

To promote National Child Health Month in October, two Sevier County primary schools participated in a Child Health Fair. 


Nov. 14, 2013 @ 11:38 PM

Letter: Continued attacks on Affordable Care Act contemptible

The four year long attack on the Affordable Care Act remains a priority for the majority of a political party stumbling in all directions seeking credibility. This party continues to be relentless in denying health care coverage for the poorest for no other reason but that they can.


Nov. 12, 2013 @ 11:02 PM

Letter: Appalachian Relief asking for assistance

On behalf of the Appalachian Relief Ministry, once again I am asking for your help in providing toys for the children in Scott County this Christmas.


Nov. 08, 2013 @ 11:34 PM

Letter: President acting childishly

Barack Obama has the mind of a perpetual child. He lives in a world of “me” and is trapped in limbo, neither a child or adult.


Nov. 08, 2013 @ 11:33 PM

Letter: Government wants GPS monitoring

The Los Angeles Times is reporting that there is a major and controversial attempt in Washington, D.C. and states around the county to put black boxes in every car of every citizen. The boxes have GPS monitoring.


Nov. 02, 2013 @ 11:03 PM

Letter: Fire victims thank local first responders

We wish to express our gratitude to the great Sevier County Volunteer Fire Department, Sevier County Sheriff’s Office, and Pigeon Forge, Catons Chapel and Gatlinburg Fire Departments.


Nov. 01, 2013 @ 11:59 PM

Letter: Oxycodone is a bad drug

Oxycodone alone has had the most profound negative effect on our communities, families, court system, jails, prisons and the department of human services in the past century. Families are torn apart, courts are overwhelmed, jails are full, babies are being born addicted, placed in foster care and quite often placed in permanent homes through foster care, all because of a lie.


Oct. 22, 2013 @ 11:21 PM

Letter: Beware of some charities

Beware, the money or time you are giving to a charity may not be going for the purpose of the charity.



Oct. 20, 2013 @ 11:06 PM

Letter: Government not formed to provide all things

Wow, the normal rhetoric, scare tactics, and blame game sure escalates when a conservative view is put forward.


Oct. 17, 2013 @ 11:13 PM

Letter: Blame game and talking points really to blame

The letter (Oct.10) from Paul Medley reminds me of something I heard years ago. Instead of “talking points” that everybody including our lawmakers in Congress, the Senate, and “our” President seem to be unable to get past, they might as well say “talk to the hand” instead.


Oct. 17, 2013 @ 11:12 PM

Letter: Obamacare destroying ecomony

One party rammed Obamacare through with no input from “We the People” or anyone else. It’s destroying our economy. They now need to negotiate, since they completely skipped that step the first time.