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Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Fill county's needs without raising taxes (06/28/15)
It seems clear that the two most pressing needs in our county, as far as buildings are concerned, are a new Cascade High School and a new or expanded jail. The problem is how to obtain those without breaking the backs of the taxpayers in this county...
Disagree? Remember, others have rights to their opinions (06/14/15)
Has anyone noticed lately how intolerant many have become over other people's opinions? It's getting nasty, costing people their jobs, safety, and privacy. Post something on Facebook a total stranger disagrees with, and you could have your life ruined and face plastered all over news sites and the Internet...
The droning heat (06/14/15)
It's been hot a few days the past week, hot and sticky. You step outside and it feels like someone is lathering warm honey onto you with a heavy mop. On days like this, the sweet oasis, commonly referred to as a swimming pool, shimmers in the day's heat like a portal to a place full of cool, wet bliss...
Let me sell you something, anything (06/11/15)
"I've got some ocean front property in Arizona/From my front porch you can see the sea." Those are lyrics from one of my favorite country songs, "Ocean Front Property," by the King of Country, George Strait. King George was singing about how a breakup would not affect him, but I'm using his immortal words to describe scams...
Letter to the Editor: Highway 130W needs widening (06/07/15)
Dear Editor, As I understand, the Tennessee Department of Transportation plans to replace the bridge at the intersection of Highway 130 West (Richmond Road), Snell Road, and Dixon Road. A dangerous bridge for decades, I very much hope that TDOT goes forward with their plans. Liberty School is less than a mile away, and many buses transport our children over this bridge and on this section of road daily...
Muslim Brotherhood report isn't a new revelation (06/07/15)
Déjà vu is defined as a feeling that one has seen or heard something before. Well, a report out of Washington, D.C., this week gave me that creepy feeling -- in spades. Bill Gertz of The Washington Times reported this week that the Obama administration continues to support the global Islamist militant group known as the Muslim Brotherhood...
History, ISIS, Jesus and the end times (06/04/15)
I've recently read a book that does a fantastic job of making sense of why things are so mucked up in the Middle East and provides the scoop on the origins of ISIS. It's one of the most informative books I've read in some time on any topic. Charles Dyer and Mark Tobey are the authors of "The ISIS Crisis." The book is published by Moody Publishers...
Those durn dollars'll come from somewhere... (05/24/15)
Pssst!!! You. Yeah, you. Forget the formality of usual newspaper writing. Let's just get down to the nitty and gritty and speak Southern. Can we talk about money for a few minutes? Cash. Bucks. Moola. Good 'ol green stuff. Lately the talk at county and city meetings is who's gonna pay for those new buildings. ...
ISIS fanatics take charge as US just discusses strategy (05/24/15)
It's a grim time for those in the Middle East who are living under the fanatical iron fist of ISIS. Just in the past week, the bloodthirsty savages captured the Iraqi city of Ramadi, with all the typical massacres and atrocities we've come to expect from this bunch -- including the execution a 3-year-old girl whose father was fighting against the Islamic State...
Heflin strongly against county wheel tax (05/10/15)
EDITOR'S NOTE: This letter was sent by county commissioner Chuck Heflin to fellow commissioners last week. He explains his opposition to a wheel tax in Bedford County. To: County Mayor Eugene Ray Bedford County Commissioners You know that I have made it clear I am opposed to a wheel tax and I am writing this letter to explain the reasons for my position. ...
Anti-Islamic group had right to speak out (05/07/15)
Two Islamic radicals tried to stage an attack on a "Mohammed Art Exhibit and Contest" in Garland, Texas on Sunday, only to discover that state is one you don't mess with. One security guard was injured, and both of the suspects were killed by local law enforcement, who were apparently waiting on the event to end so that they could take out as many of the attendees as they could...
Grandma would say, "Use your gifts" (05/03/15)
I returned to my hometown last weekend to attend the funeral of my maternal grandmother. It seems as if more than not, when I fly into Albany, New York, it's for a sad reason. Yet at the same time, no matter what, I'm always happy to return to my stomping grounds, and this trip was no different. My memories of Grandma are those of a fiesty and happy woman -- she was always laughing. In a way I felt happy I didn't have to see her sick...
US finds Russia backs fighting in Ukraine (05/03/15)
It may have taken 15 months, but U.S. officials are finally starting to admit that Russia is behind the fighting in Ukraine. The Associated Press is reporting that spokespersons are moving away from calling the separatist forces "pro-Russian rebels" and are now using term "Combined Russia-separatist forces."...
Letter to the Editor: Treated well at Heritage (05/03/15)
(Editor's Note: The Times-Gazette generally does not publish letters to the editor praising or criticizing businesses because there's normally no way to determine the legitimacy of these types of letters. However, an exception to that general rule is being made as a result of the editor's personal knowledge about the sender's recent experience.)...