Letter to the Editor

Letters to the Editor, Oct. 5

Friday, October 3, 2014

Support for First Lady visit

To the Editor:

On behalf of Bedford County Imagination Library, we would like to thank the following community members who helped make the Dolly Parton's Imagination Library / Governor's Books from Birth Foundation Bus Tour a success. We were able to provide free Bedford County bags with a free book and goodies from funds donated by Dr. Linda Gentle and Jason Scales, pastor of Believers Faith and Fellowship Church.

We were so excited to have Our very First Lady, Crissy Haslam, and Theresa Carl with Cynthia Crane's celebrating 10 years of this program.

Without the generous donation and memorial from our hometown folks, we couldn't continue to do our work by providing free books to our babies and toddlers.

We would like to thank Sen. Jim Tracy, Rep. Pat Marsh, City Mayor Wallace Cartwright and County Mayor Eugene Ray for your continuous support.

We would like to thank the following folks for their assistance in setting up, providing drinks and entertaining our day care and Head Start children:

The Times-Gazette for news coverage; Rusty Reed with WLIJ-AM; Shelbyville Police Dept. (Chief Jan Phillips, Officer Michael Baker); Sylvia Pinson and her staff from Shelbyville Parks and Recreation; Serv-Pro; Kincaid Service Company (Calvin and Mark Kincaid), Merle Norman (Deanna Landers), Donna Stearns-Smith, Dr. Tracy Pack, and merchants on the square. Thank you.

We want to share our appreciation for those who represented your organization and private donors. Thank you.

Thank you to our parents and our little guests.

Luci Taylor, Chairman

Bedford County Imagination Library

Abortions in state lack safeguards

The debate over the issues of abortion has always been emotional. The people of the great state of Tennessee are not well served with the recent onslaught of advertisement insinuating that Tennessee is trying to ban the practice of abortion under the Federal Roe vs. Wade. So what is the truth?

First of all, Roe vs. Wade is the law of the land and can only be over turned by the Federal Supreme Court and that has not happened. However, 14 years ago nominated judges of our Tennessee Supreme Court ruled in favor of Planned Parenthood regarding the protective laws enacted by our elected legislators of Tennessee. As a result, meaningful, protective guidelines governing abortion clinics were struck down.

Now Tennessee ranks third in the nation in percentage of abortions performed on out-of-state women due to easier access than surrounding states! Our state's abortion clinics operate with no oversight by the state of Tennessee. Nail salons that women enter are better regulated that some abortion facilities' here.

Neighboring states have common-sense safeguards such as requiring that abortion providers submit to the same state health inspectors that regulate hospitals, surgery centers, nursing home, restaurants, and even nail salons. Ladies in Tennessee lack these safeguards because The Tennessee Supreme Court took the matter of abortion out of the hands of the people and gave all authority to the abortion providers themselves. The end result of this decision is that the people of Tennessee are left with no ability to regulate abortion in any meaningful way.

Voting YES on Amendment 1 will restore the ability for Tennessee citizens to debate and deliberate what common-sense policies are appropriate regarding abortion. Tennessee can once again protect the lives and health of these ladies as being done by our bordering states.

Marie Harmon

Tullahoma