Letter to the Editor

Letters to the Editor, Jan. 10

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Investigation questioned

To the Editor:

Is it normal for a detective to make such a sweeping allegation early in an investigation and with no due process? And for a detective to say that it "appears" there was "inappropriate" contact? How about he worry about "illegal" contact and not concern himself with proprieties? Society has other, more qualified mechanisms to judge and deal with inproprieties and immoralities; namely, the church and family.

Sorry, but there are too many unknowns here, I think, to run with a story like this about a guy who has by all accounts shown great character his entire life and volunteered so much of his time, money and self to benefit kids and the community. I have witnessed first hand the selfless benevolence Todd has given of his life -- through building houses in hurricane-ravaged New Orleans to feeding and meeting with homeless folks at area soup kitchens.

The real story is how Tennessee statutes do not differentiate between a girl who is 13 years and 1 day old and a girl who is 4 months from being 18, and how an allegation by a possibly love-sick near-18-year-old woman can cause a good man to immediately forfeit $10,000 to the [court system] in order to pay bond. Ten grand. [For] allegations that may through the judicial process be proven completely false (or, at worst, overly-exaggerated).

My prayers are with Todd, his family, the young lady and her family, and for the North Fork community.

John Barber


Thanks for holiday help

To The Editor:

On behalf of Christy's Cuddlies, I would like to thank the Times-Gazette for the ad in the community calendar. I received many calls and donations that made our visits to the local nursing homes a huge success.

A special thank you to Sadie Fowler, Times-Gazette, First Church of the Nazarene, Mildred Donegan for making bags for the ladies and Emma Jean and Jason Frazier. Without your help we would not be able to college as many items as needed to make Christmas special for our local nursing homes.

Christy Warren


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