Letters to the Editor, June 25
Citizen thanks police for sobriety checkpoints
To the editor:
Traveling from Shelbyville to Tullahoma I've been stopped several times for a sobriety check. All I can say is thank you to the Bedford County Sheriff's Department, Shelbyville Police Department and the Tennessee Highway Patrol officers for a job well done.
Sometimes I'm in a hurry and don't want to stop, but your efforts benefit not only myself and those I love but they benefit everyone. Sometimes we forget to say thank you for keeping us safe. So from all of us who love their families and friends, again I say thank you.
Citizen unhappy with public works, mayor's alleged lack of help
To the editor:
I hope that the couple that lives on Ligon has better luck in dealing with Mark Clanton of the Shelbyville Public Works Department than I did on Maple Street.
After a year and a half of phone calls and e-mails to him and Mayor Wallace Cartwright about the condition of the drainage ditch at 119 Maple; I was told by Mr. Clanton in an e-mail that they cannot do any more for me. If I wanted to buy culvert pipe for the ditch,
I can call his office and he will give me the procedure for such.
I thought part of my city property taxes went for the Public Works department. I guess that I was mistaken.
Why should I pay for something that the city is suppose to maintain?
Unregulated capitalism spawns health insurance racketeering
To the editor:
America's health insurance industry is like organized crime. The health insurance equivalent of the five Mafia families, United Health, Well Point, Aetna, Humana and Cigna, are making the members of Congress an offer they can't refuse. They have ordered hundreds of button men (lobbyists) to take to the mattresses (halls of Congress) to save their health insurance rackets. The cry for justice in health care comes from the hundreds of thousands of people with health insurance who get really sick and are denied coverage and forced into bankruptcy. It comes from the 14,000 who lose their employer-based health insurance every day and the nearly 20,000 Americans who "sleep with the fishes" every year due to the lack of proper health care.
The legal system puts mob bosses out of business when public outrage overcomes the political protection of organized crime. Will the call for social justice for health care be strong enough to force Congress and President Obama to do the same to organized health insurance?
Local government officials need money management seminar
To the editor:
I would like to recommend that we consider sending our local government leaders to a seminar on money management and living within a budget. This might be a wise investment of our tax dollars in light of recent information provided by the Times-Gazette.
Within the past several weeks, I have read an article (6/5/09 - Proposal would add $9 fee for garbage pickup), whereby hundreds of thousands of our tax dollars will be spent on equipment solely for the purpose of collecting more of our tax dollars.
I have read (6/3/09 - New direction ahead for Depot Street?), which once again mentions that we don't have a "spec building". This is another attempt to spend hundreds of thousands of our tax dollars to build an empty building in the hope of attracting new industry (we can't keep our existing industries here). And besides that, our leaders can't even decide what to do with the plethora of empty buildings they already own.
And yesterday I find out in an article (6/17/09 Consultant: old hospital a bad idea as jail) that the "county is borrowed to its limit and does not have the money to repay any further loans".
We, who contribute the tax dollars, have to cut back on our spending just to make ends meet during this recession, and yet the "leaders" who are supposed to be people that we look up to want to spend our money faster than they can collect it.
With regard to charitable giving, a quote from the Forefield Forum states that charitable giving will remain stable in 2009 (at least) and may even increase. We are for the most part, a very generous and giving community
Some people may not realize that our city and county governments are tax exempt organizations. Like many people, I prefer to select the charities that I give money to. I have a problem with our tax exempt government collecting my tax dollars to give money to other tax exempt organizations that they choose.
There is a popular quote that states "if it's not broken, don't fix it". There are some things here that seem pretty broken, and maybe it's time for a fix.
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