Letter to the Editor

Letters to the Editor, Aug. 7

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Urges passage of Amendment 1

To the Editor:

As we look toward the fall elections, I am very concerned about the future of my state. Too many voters don't realize several key measures that will be up for vote including pro-life Amendment 1.

I will be voting "yes" on Amendment 1 because I want women and girls to be provided adequate and accurate information regarding their pregnancy options and the potential health risks associated with abortion. I will also be voting "yes" because without passage of Amendment 1 in November, it is likely we will soon be forced to pay for abortions with our state tax dollars.

Many voters do not realize that abortion has been declared a so-called "fundamental right" in Tennessee by our Tennessee Supreme Court. In other states with similar court rulings, pro-abortion groups have successfully argued that abortions must be subsidized for low-income women wishing to exercise their claimed state right to abortion. To do otherwise, they argue, is to discriminate against poor women. An example is Minnesota, where judges have ruled that the state constitutional right to abortion requires funding for those unable to afford one. Now more than 1/3 of abortions are funded there with state tax dollars, funds flowing to an already lucrative and well-funded abortion industry.

For the sake of our children and their future, please find the facts regarding Amendment 1 and the "yes" on 1 campaign. And please join in me in voting "yes" to protect our rights as tax-payers to avoid paying for abortions in our state.

Rev. Jonathan Osterhaus

Longview Baptist Church

Visitor has praise for concert

To the Editor:

I thoroughly enjoyed myself at the "Rocking the Duck" event last Saturday night. Much accolades to the promoter, the speedway, the great sound system guys, the law enforcement and security people, ticket takers, food vendors and the grips.

Your local bands were outstanding, and though I had been up since 3:30 a.m. Saturday morning to do my own radio show in Fayetteville, and felt myself like I was 75 years old and ready for bedtime at 11 p.m., David Allan Coe had me feeling 18 again when he left the stage at midnight. David Allan Coe is a living legend and should be in the Country Music Hall of Fame. One of my top five favorite shows ever.

Keep it up, Bedford County, and please invite me back again.

P.S. The fans were great, too!

Tommy Halcomb



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