Letters to the Editor

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.


Jan. 29, 2014 @ 11:30 PM

Letter: Reader says president didn’t better things with super majority

I am not sure whether Mr. Medley (letter to the editor, Jan. 23) is confused or just plain uninformed. What I am sure of, based on his many letters to the editor, is that Sevier County is too conservative for him.


Jan. 28, 2014 @ 11:21 PM

Letter: Boosters say thanks

Aaron’s Rental donated $1,500 to Northview Academy Athletic Boosters.  Northview Academy opened its doors for students in August 2013.  This donation will help supplement funds of programs that may not be supported in the school district budget. 


Jan. 28, 2014 @ 11:20 PM

Letter: Equality not just for those with whom we agree

Scripture is as good as those who interpret it.


Jan. 25, 2014 @ 11:50 PM

Letter: Prescriptions not the answer to stop meth

Senator Overbey and other legislators are pushing for a prescription requirement for safe over-the-counter cold medicines – legislation that has gone nowhere in the past. They seem to think it’s a cure-all for Tennessee’s meth problem. But these people ignore the burden it will put on Tennesseans who abide by the law.


Jan. 24, 2014 @ 11:41 PM

Letter: U.S. shouldn't be nation builders

As an addendum to my earlier letter to the editor (Dec. 17) concerning our country's — both government and citizenry — lack of support for our military another another thing our citizens and our government should understand.


Jan. 23, 2014 @ 11:56 PM

Letter: Of course Tea Party is pro-Republican

The Tea Party Chairman suggested in his letter (Jan. 19) that a false perception that the Tea Party is Pro-Republican and Anti Democrat exists. I think it is true perception because they support the GOP extreme right wing.


Jan. 21, 2014 @ 11:25 PM

Letter: Reader argues for raise to minimum wage

Income inequality will be the defining issue for the coming year. Undeniably, Wall Street and corporations are experiencing record gains and profits leading to more wealth and, at the same time, more income inequality than at any time since the 1920s.



Jan. 17, 2014 @ 11:07 PM

Thieves will answer for crime one day

To the person who stole the flowers, shaped like a cross, off Patty Bradley’s grave:


Jan. 17, 2014 @ 11:07 PM

Letter: Good healthcare program needed now

This year I had total knee replacement at an East Tennessee hospital. Before I even went in I tried to get some kind of help for the bill that Medicare wouldn’t pay, such as co-pays.


Jan. 14, 2014 @ 11:23 PM

Letter: Seymour incorporation question: What’s it cost?

I know people probably think I’m a quack because I send in comments to the paper and if so, it’s one person’s opinion. I think this country is in the mess it’s in because not enough people speak up when things don’t sound or seem right. This also applies to incorporating Seymour. I’ve been told this subject raises its head every few years. Folks, you need to start reading and speaking up and now is the time. Sit by and say nothing and you’ll have things you don’t want.


Jan. 09, 2014 @ 11:30 PM

Letter: Thanks for helping Appalachian Relief

On behalf of Appalachian Relief, I would like to say thank you to everyone who helped to make the year 2013 the best ever.


Jan. 07, 2014 @ 11:49 PM

Letter: Roe v. Wade didn't invent abortion

I read with interest (Sevier County Right to Life President Ursula Beckman's) appeal for others to “stand with you to show our community that we care for the respect and protection of all human life (Letter to the Editor, Jan. 4).”


Jan. 04, 2014 @ 11:47 PM

Letter: 40 years since Roe v. Wade

Once again it is January and once again Sevier County Right to Life would like to remind our community of the the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision to make abortion legal.


Jan. 04, 2014 @ 11:46 PM

Letter: Sevier Countians go out of way to help

We moved here over 22 years ago for the way this county welcomed you with open arms when we got here. The friendliness and kindness of all the people we have met here and have grown to love, made us stay here to cherish where we live.



Dec. 19, 2013 @ 11:59 PM

Letter: House needs a push on immigration

Unlike the previous House of Representatives under the control of its last speaker, this House and speaker — much like a wheelbarrow — in order to accomplish anything must be pushed.


Dec. 18, 2013 @ 11:40 PM

Letter: Atheists are getting it wrong

From the birth of Christ until the present time, man has tried to silence this miraculous story by every means possible and their efforts have failed.


Dec. 14, 2013 @ 11:07 PM

Letter: New Center School says thanks for support

I would like to extend my sincere appreciation for (New Center Friends) support of New Center School. We raised $7,105 at our annual auction. The money will be used to update classroom computers and to purchase a parent messaging system.


Dec. 13, 2013 @ 11:30 PM

Letter: Reader says naysayers causing damage

I am so fed up with all the negativity toward our president. Why not direct your displeasure on the ones who deserve it — namely your congressmen! These rats actually get paid to sit on their lazy bottoms and yell “No!” to anything that is important to the elderly, the disabled and the very young.