Letters to the Editor, 7/17/14
Dear editor: In November, voters will decide whether or not to return our state Constitution to neutral on the matter of abortion. With our vote, we will determine whether it is the people who should decide public policy on abortion or activist state court judges who have wrongly claimed that abortion is a fundamental right within the Tennessee Constitution...
Beliefs should still be respected
So many politicians and pundits are missing the entire point about Tuesday's Supreme Court decision allowing some employers to opt out of birth control coverage for women in insurance plans. No one's trying to tell women how to live their lives or deny anyone's rights. It's simply about respecting faith-based groups' beliefs...
I'm a chili fan, no matter what month it is
Last summer, a week or two before the Tennessee State Chili Cookoff was held in Shelbyville, I needed a poll for the Times-Gazette website. (It's harder than you think to come up with poll questions.) I decided to do something to promote the chili cookoff, and came up with a question about whether chili was a cold-weather-only food or whether it could be eaten all year round. It was meant as a fun question, something to get people talking about the event...
A few houses make a big impact on neighborhoods
Just a few thoughts... *Hopefully the city of Shelbyville is still paying attention to rundown houses blighting neighborhoods. A concerned citizen called me last week complaining about the condition of a house on Bethany Lane -- uninhabited, in a state of disrepair with part of the front literally appearing to be falling off, shingles missing, no front door...
Letter to the editor, June 22, 2014
Dear Editor, I am writing in response to Tyson Foods and a real estate firm. They are trying to shove chicken barns down peoples' throats. I live at 3289 Sims Road. There are 10 chicken barns within a half-mile already and they want to build 10 more about a quarter-mile from me...
Letter to the Editor, June 5
Dear editor, Thanks to everyone who played a part in supporting this year's Memorial Day Field of Heroes event with an active part. Many helped financially, making this first Memorial Day 2014 a life long dream come true. I have stood at my mother's grave site south of this hill many times over a period of 20 plus years and envisioned seeing that selected hill covered with white crosses in honor of our service men that paid for and secured our freedom. ...
Conservation advice: A little dab'll do ya!
A little dab of conservation of our natural resources may not do us completely, but many little dabs will help. This is the line from a commercial for Brylcream which was first marketed on our black and white television in the 1950s to young men in that generation (which some of us still remember) who wanted to impress the young ladies with a "slicked down," oily dressing for hair that suggested "manliness."...
A time to revive patriotism
Vietnam. Iraq. Afghanistan. Italy. France. Japan. The Pacific Ocean. Korea. 1918. 1942. 1968. 1991. 2004. Today. Bravery. Dedication. Giving it all -- literally. America's heroes. Bedford County's heroes. Are they remembered? Do you remember? Almost all of us celebrate Memorial Day in ways ranging from hoisting a cold one to sizzling under the sun...