Letters to the Editor



May. 16, 2014 @ 08:16 PM

Letter: PTO shows appreciation for Catons’ teachers

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the following local area business for supporting the Catons Chapel Community Club (PTO) in our effort to show our teachers how much they mean to our community.


May. 16, 2014 @ 06:15 PM

Letter: Letter Carriers Drive collects 17,000 pounds

Despite a rainy Saturday morning, Sevier Countians did an admirable job of supporting Sevier County Food Ministries for the 20th consecutive year through last Saturday’s Letter Carriers Food Drive.


May. 15, 2014 @ 08:50 PM

Letter: Golf tournament raised over $15K for Special Olympics

On behalf of the athletes of Area 10 Special Olympics and the golfers of the Sevier County Gifted Olympians Lifelong Friends League, I would like to thank you for your participation in our charity golf tournament.




May. 02, 2014 @ 11:21 PM

Letter: Postal drive food adds up for Food Ministry

For the 20th consecutive year, your generous donation can make a difference in the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, made possible by our local postal carriers.


Apr. 30, 2014 @ 11:25 PM

Letter: Politics were part of biblical process

My Easter message is simple: Born of a virgin or non-virgin, married or unmarrried, Jesus is still the son of God.


Apr. 25, 2014 @ 11:14 PM

Letter: Reader enjoys syndicated columnists

I would like to commend you for publishing the columns of David Limbaugh and John Stossel. I enjoy both very much. Although some may disagree with them that should not be a cause for censorship, as no one is forced to read their columns. I disagree with Mark Shields, so I just skip his column — a simple fix without censorship.


Apr. 24, 2014 @ 11:56 PM

Letter: Right to Life meeting to address Amendment One

The May 1 meeting of the Sevier County Right to Life is of the utmost importance to parents, grandparents and all those who care about children and young people.


Apr. 19, 2014 @ 11:34 PM

Letter: Reader responds to letter on judgement

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.


Apr. 18, 2014 @ 11:15 PM

Letter: Friends of Library thank supporters for book sale success

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!


Apr. 16, 2014 @ 11:58 PM

Letter: Reader dislikes conservative columnist choices

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.


Apr. 15, 2014 @ 11:05 PM

Letter: What's the cost of airport expansion?

About a year ago I wrote to you about the activity of the local airport.



Apr. 13, 2014 @ 10:06 AM

Letter: Reader says watch out for bad charities

Ten things your charity won’t tell you:





Apr. 08, 2014 @ 11:26 PM

Letter: Cancer Support Group appreciates help

The Smoky Mountain Cancer Support Group had a successful St. Patrick’s Dinner fundraiser for Relay for Life on Friday, March 15.


Apr. 02, 2014 @ 11:02 PM

Letter: Gun safety education is important, available

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.


Apr. 01, 2014 @ 11:48 PM

Letter: Why do we allow some to hold office for so long?

As the signs pop up along the roadways and in people's yards a few questions come to my mind.


Mar. 29, 2014 @ 11:30 PM

Letter: Imposing their beliefs not good

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.


Mar. 29, 2014 @ 11:29 PM

Letter: Sock Hop was a success

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.