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Letters

  • Policinski right on, but freedom’s cost can be expensive

    Gene Policinski’s “basic course on the First Amendment” in last Friday’s edition is right on. There are, or could be, consequences associated with trying to exercise any of your constitutional rights. The Second
    Amendment says you have the right to bear arms.

    But first you have to complete a firearms safety course and pay the state a license fee to exercise your constitutional right. If you don’t pay that fee, your right is gone and you could be put in prison.

  • REU needs to show where ‘gift’ is spent

    I always check my wattage when I get my electric bill, and I have no problem with this.

    But I need Rockwood Electric Utility’s accountability for the $1 charge for “Helping Others.”

    I have no problem with giving $1 to help others with their electric bill.

    But I need more information about where my dollar goes, and I’m sure that other REU users want this information as well.

    Please give all your customers a spread sheet to show where our dollars go.  Thank you!

    Jayne R. Jackson
    Kingston

  • Thanks for unexpected gift at restaurant

    My wife, Eileen, and I went to the Cancun Restaurant Dec. 24 for lunch.

    We selected a table not far from a woman who was finishing her meal.

    When we finished, our payment was refused.

    We were told, “That woman paid your bill.”

    What an unexpected, pleasant gift!  

    It lifted our spirits.  

    Our thanks to her and to all who do such things.

    Eileen and Dave Manzano
    Harriman

  • Judge offers words of thanks, wisdom

    Beginning last January, after experiencing some pain and fever, I began seeing a urologist, which led to out-patient hospital procedures.

    After testing and continuing confirmation, it was the doctor’s opinion and that of other urologists that I had a kidney performing at 15 percent or less, and that the kidney should be removed.

  • Judge offers words of thanks, wisdom

    Beginning last January, after experiencing some pain and fever, I began seeing a urologist, which led to out-patient hospital procedures.  

    After testing and continuing confirmation, it was the doctor’s opinion and that of other urologists that I had a kidney performing at 15 percent or less, and that the kidney should be removed.  

  • ‘Grinchy’ Gillum turns attention to real Christmas

    My Christmas dilemma began decades ago when I decided I didn’t need to have a basement under my new house since — or so I though — it would only give me a place to accumulate a lot of seldom-used material.

    So, the space is “three rows” of block short of a basement height.
    Now that I am older and I have become plagued with the nickname of “Three-row Bill,” I find myself grimly digging through piles of material once thought essential to life to locate Christmas decorations long forgotten.

  • Guns needed in private hands to protect the peace

    I would like to bring to the public’s attention the following federal statutes:

    1. 10 years — 18 U.S.C./922(G) — for possession of a firearm or ammunition by a felon, fugitive or drug user.

    2. 10 years — 18 U.S.C./922(J) — for possession of a stolen firearm.

    3. 10 years — 18 U>S>C>/922(I) — for shipment or transport of a stolen firearm across state lines.

  • Remembers when drug stops were about money

    I read a story last week that could shed some light on meth use in this country.

    I think we are all aware of the civil asset forfeiture law that legislatures passed about 1987, whereby assets gained from criminal activities could be seized.

    The original law was a good law.

  • REACH spaghetti dinner surpasses expectations

    I want to take this opportunity to thank each and every person who helped make our first spaghetti dinner fundraiser for Operation REACH such a success; we raised more than $2,100.

    This was our first spaghetti dinner and without selling tickets in advance, we were preparing for 100; needless to say, we probably tripled that number.

    We learned a few lessons we will take with us for next year, such as more pasta and faster please!

    I also want to mention that this would not have gone off as well without the coordination of my lovely wife, Marilyn.

  • New initiative helps state conservation

    By GINA HANCOCK
    The Nature Conservancy
    Last week, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell gave an important speech about her vision and priorities for the Department of the Interior.

    In it, she mentioned a key item for conservation in our nation and in Tennessee going forward.

    She announced a secretarial order that will help balance economic development with the protection of natural resources.