Letters to the Editor, Aug. 20
Citizens lose gun rights second time
To the Editor:
I beg to differ with Councilman Landers about not losing anything on the handgun carry in the parks. This law was written by the state to give back to the Tennessee citizens a right that they had lost. So they lose it again!
Thanks to Council for opting out
To the Editor:
I would like to thank the city council for having the courage to opt out of the idiotic guns-in-parks law our empty-headed legislature recently passed. This law, along with the guns-in-bars law, is nothing more than pandering to big-money special interest lobbyists. Guns don't belong in our parks and greenways where many young children play, any more than they belong in bars and restaurants.
Even though our state representatives would rather cater to gun-nut fringe groups that want Tennessee to devolve into a giant Dodge city, it is comforting to know that our city council is putting the safety of our citizens first.
Horse show support goes both ways
To the Editor:
This letter is in response to the story that appeared July 24 about showing support to the Tennessee Walking Horse industry.
It seems like the horse industry needs to realize that there are people that live here that put up with a whole lot too.
This letter is not aimed at people that travel hundreds of miles that come to the shows but at the officials that give the do's and don'ts.
I think that if they would get out and travel around the grounds and talk to the people who live here they might learn somethingg.
There is a ditch that comes under Evans Street brought on by the horse officials and the city.
This ditch is between Bird Street and Greenwood.
That is nothing but a health hazard and flood zone.
People that camp in this area have to leave because they never know when it starts to rain if it is going to flood or not.
This is not counting the problem with the millions of mosquitos.
All it would take to fix this is to cut the street and put in a bigger pipe.
I have people from out of town to ask me time after time why don't the horse people and the city get together and fix this. But, Ed Craig says no, and his word rules.
And they wonder why people don't support the horse shows.
George M. Clanton
Essex commander grateful for coverage
To the Editor:
With my change of command complete, please allow me to take this opportunity to thank you for your extensive coverage of USS ESSEX while I was her Commanding Officer. I was and continue to be amazed with the outstanding accomplishments of our Sailors and Marines here in the Western Pacific. I am extremely grateful that my hometown could share in those accomplishments through the coverage provided in the Times-Gazette.
The men and women in uniform serving our great country truly reflect our Navy's core values of honor, courage and commitment. Those serving in a forward deployed ship or station, make many sacrifices that are well known by the American public. What many people might not realize is that when our families join us they must endure many sacrifices as well.
They leave behind friends, families and often jobs when they move to a foreign country. While our families are not active duty military, they still serve our great country through their engagement with our host country of Japan. For many Japanese, the Americans they meet in Sasebo might be the only Americans they ever meet therefore it is imperative that our actions and behavior reflect well upon our nation. I can proudly tell you that the Americans living in Sasebo do just that and are outstanding ambassadors for America.
I know that my family has enjoyed living in Japan for the past three years and will remember their travels, experiences and the friends they made. Kate and I are proud to call Shelbyville home.
Captain, United States Navy
We cannot afford another mistake
To the Editor:
My fellow citizens of the 62nd District in Tennessee, I write in the hopes that most American's realize a mistake was made in 2008, When a well connected politician was sent to Washington, D.C., to serve as president. Today our great country is trillions of dollars in debt, after bailout after bailout, a failed stimulus package, millions of lost jobs, our children and grandchildren are saddled with debt.
We cannot afford another mistake like the one made in 2008, Pat Marsh is also very well connected in politics. He is a major supporter of the Democrat Party. As a big businessman he contributes large amounts of money to the Democrat Party, although he's running disguised as a Republican candidate?
Just take a glance around the District it is more than obvious that Pat Marsh has the larger financial backing? As a majority owner of Big G Trucking, the Tennessee Truckers Union has backed Mr. Marsh. Hmm, I wonder what his position is on the secret ballot (Card Check)?
The 62nd District needs jobs, lower energy costs, lower gasoline prices and lower taxes, Another House member enjoined with special interests is the last thing we need. What we need is a House member who hasn't lost touch with the rest of us. We don't need another member of the "Good Old Boys Network."
A Vote for Pat Marsh is a vote for special interests, one being corrupt unions who put their agenda above the best interests of the citizens. I implore you to take a hard look at Pat Marsh and decide to vote for another of the candidates.
Stan R. Bradford
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