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.
Those familiar with the “Seinfeld” sitcom may remember the “bizarro world” episode in which normal and sensible daily life was altered and became confusing. Political characters guided by tabloid style news personalities and their organizations have taken this country to a “bizarro world” in which facts carry no more weight than total nonsense.
A few Sundays ago we encountered a forest fire that began on our property then suddenly nearly encompassed our home. As we slowly recover from the fire event, we began to think of all those who came to our aid that day and in the days that followed. Letters were sent as well as face to face appreciation to all those to fight the fire plus also to support us.
As I compare two of your syndicated columnists, I find that Mark Shields can express his views and opinions using facts in a civil and respectful manner; while David Limbaugh must resort to name calling, flame throwing, exaggeration and half-truths. Too often in our political climate the issues are not being debated on their merits, but by demonizing not only the opposing point of view, but also those who hold those views.
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.
Barack Obama is someone who should be studied by psychiatrists and scientists for the rest of his life.
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.
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.
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.
In a report on Fox News on Feb. 27, Russia is flexing its military muscles as protests again erupt in the Ukraine.
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.
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!
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.”
Thank you to Jake Old for a lovely article about beautiful Cristin Sutphin (Feb. 23).
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.
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.”