Letter to the Editor

Letters to the Editor, Aug. 20

Thursday, August 20, 2009

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!

Robert McConnell


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.

Bill Davis


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.


Brent Canady

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

Flintville, Tenn.

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  • People like Bill Davis have still not shown any proof that when guns are allowed into areas that it creates a gun slinging shoot out in which they like to dramatize. In reality, the statistics have proven it reduces crime and assault but some how people like Davis like to ignore these facts.

    When you believe in silly superstition instead of real facts like Bill Davis, then the only idiocy I see is people like him.

    -- Posted by jaxspike on Fri, Aug 21, 2009, at 9:50 AM
  • To Bill Davis and all of the ignorant and uninformed. Here is some insider information for you that you will not get from your liberal sources. This bill will be reintroduced later this year and the opt out option will be removed. What city councils, like Shelbyville, are doing was not in the spirit for which the option was written. The intention was for it to be considered on a park by park basis not a blanket opt out. Baseball parks and public swimming pools were what they had in mind that could be opted out. The bill was to allow a person with a permit a measure of self defense at a roadside rest area or trail in a state park.

    So, enjoy your little deluded vision that the criminal element will for some reason decide to obey this one law while disregarding all others and you can play with the unicorns and slide down rainbows and all will be fine. The rest of us that live in the real world will continue to take responsibility for the safety of our families and ourselves.

    Yes, I carry a firearm because a cop is too cumbersome to drag around with me.


    Cpl. USMC

    -- Posted by T2 on Sat, Aug 22, 2009, at 8:55 PM
  • If they change the law so that the opt out is deleted, then they need to require that permit holders carry their guns in sight.

    It is my right to keep myself and my family away from anyone with a gun or any other weapon. I want to see yours so I can avoid you.

    Just because you have a permit doesn't mean that you are more responsible or trustworthy than anyone else.

    I also plan to express my opinion to the lawmakers that I voted for to represent my rights.

    -- Posted by stardust on Sun, Aug 23, 2009, at 8:36 AM
  • Everyone keeps fussing about the Democrats and Republicans then do something about it. I checked Pat Marsh's voting record in Bedford Co. as Walter Casey has much well publicized. That is true that he has voted 10 out of 12 Democrat,but at least he did vote. It is untrue what Pat Marsh said that there hasn't been a Republican candidate to vote for in Bedford Co. and that it's the reason he has voted Democrat. Now, it's mighty funny that there were 300+ Republicans that registered Republican to vote for Chris Brown for Bedford Co. Sheriff during a Republican primary. Sen. Jim Tracy, Barbara Blanton, Carl Bailey and a bunch of others at least registered to vote for Brown, but Pat Marsh didn't, he voted Democrat. Brown defends the churches and constitutional rights of others in his campaigns. Just contact him and let him explain things the way he sees them. His website is:

    www.votechrisbrown.info . He believes that the constitutional rights are being picked away piece by piece and wants to try and save them, with the help of the people of the District 62. Check him out and get to know him. He is a great guy if you take the time.

    Enough about all that. If you are sick and tired of Republicans and Democrats fighting over stupid stuff, here is something to think about and consider. This is the first time your vote would really count in the state of TN. The House is 50/50. If we vote to put in an Independent Constitution Party the people of Bedford Co., Lincoln Co., and Rutherford could make a difference and history, because that candidate could be the deciding vote that could help prevent the two big parties from messing over the citizens of TN. That is something to think about for this upcoming election. We the people would have a say. Let's get this tea party going.

    -- Posted by sawyers69 on Mon, Aug 24, 2009, at 9:46 PM
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