Dispelling myths to prevent suicide
The tragic death of Robin Williams has brought the issue of suicide to our nation's forefront once again. This loss of this man who brought joy and laughter to so many was shocking and a heartbreaking reminder of just how indiscriminate suicide can be...
Letter to the editor, Aug. 29, 2014
To the editor: You all going to the show tonight? A familiar question this time of year. The show, of course, being the Celebration. The pagentry and competition notwithstanding, I ask myself every year why I still go. It's been a repeat eavery year since I watched Ebony Masterpiece wear the floral horseshoe...
End the mudslinging and start listening
I am so thankful that our recent election has passed. There are times, looking at what political discourse has become in this country, that I fear for our future. Negative campaigning has always been with us, of course, going back to the days of Andrew Jackson, who was subject to personal attacks on his wife Rachel. Many of those whom we now consider great presidents were the subject of venomous attacks during their campaigns and their time in office...
Three former local principals deserve kudos
I'm still a relative newcomer, so I don't know a lot of the rich history of the local school system, although I've worked hard to learn pieces of it as the Times-Gazette's education reporter. However, I have noticed one thing -- Bedford County produces great educators...
The five-billion-dollar man
Can one person make a difference? Gordy Klatt, a doctor from Tacoma, Washington, who died Sunday at the age of 71, might have had the answer to that question. Klatt was a surgeon, who operated on cancer patients. In 1985, in tribute to a young man who had died of cancer, Klatt decided to undertake a very personal fund-raiser. ...
Letters to the Editor, Aug. 7
To the Editor: As we look toward the fall elections, I am very concerned about the future of my state. Too many voters don't realize several key measures that will be up for vote including pro-life Amendment 1. I will be voting "yes" on Amendment 1 because I want women and girls to be provided adequate and accurate information regarding their pregnancy options and the potential health risks associated with abortion. ...
GUEST COLUMN: Who's in charge of Tennessee?
Governor Haslam said he is looking to Washington to solve the current disaster on the Southern border because this is a federal issue. Senator Lamar Alexander said that "...in our system of government it's the President's job to lay out a specific plan for what we should do about it and it's our job then to say 'no we don't like that', we're going to change this and respond to that."...
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...