Letters to the Editor

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.


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.