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Letters

  • Call recipient made sure woman got needed help

    This is to thank the unknown person who helped me get aid in the early morning hours of Dec. 10, 2011.

    I called the wrong number because I had fallen and broken my hip, and the man I misdialed was kind enough to get the police to notify my neighbor Buster Pierce.

    To that unknown man, thank you so much — without your help, I do not know what would have happened. I was in University of Tennessee Medical Center and Fort Sanders Rehabilitation Center from Dec. 10 through Jan. 30.

    God bless you and thanks a million.

  • Photo ID law shameful, as well as deceitful

    Tennessee’s new voter photo ID law is nothing less than state-sanctioned voter fraud.

    Wait, that’s not correct.

    It’s massive and intentionally deceitful state-sanctioned voter fraud.

    The fact that five out of six, or 95 out of 100 people, questioned believe that the photo ID law is OK, good, excellent or just what the country needs is irrelevant.

    The new law is not so cleverly cloaked in the language of reform: “to protect against voter fraud” or “ensuring the integrity of the electoral process.”

  • Writer takes issue with reasons for high gas prices

    It seems that the national news media have been prepping citizens to the idea that gas prices at the pump will once again reach $5-plus this summer.

    Keep in mind that Washington politicians deregulated the commodities exchange in 1998, giving billionaire speculators a free hand to buy and sell all the oil they want.

    Prices have nothing to do with supply and demand anymore.

  • Rockwood sewer bills ­— why do they run so high?

    Having moved back to Rockwood after 53 years, I am devastated over my sewage bills.

    Water and sewage are on the same bill. I need to know why the sewage bill is two or three times higher than the water bill.

    Being on a fixed income, it’s hard enough on me to pay a bill that I feel is fair.

    These sewage bills are totally unfair. The meter and pipes have been checked for leaks. There are none.

    What can we residents do to get our sewage bills lowered?

    I have no idea where to go, what to do, or who to talk to.

  • Newspaper’s calendar helps get out word

    Thank you for putting our singing in the paper this past year and many years before.

    It is the only way many of the people who come to our singing know who is going to be there to sing and when they will be there.

    Thank you again for all your help.

    Gene Lawson
    Dogwood Church Family
    Dogwood Baptist Church

  • Writer takes issue with Democrats on many issues

    When people jump on the ignorance of the Supreme Court, they should wear a light shoe.

    Three sitting judges (including the last two) were appointed by Democratic presidents and Senate.

    Justice Ruth Ginsberg told officials in Egypt that they should look at the Constitutions of other countries such as South Africa and Canada as a model because ours isn’t relative to today.

    I will agree that this judge, appointed by Clinton, is stupid. I also agree that Justice Kegan should recluse herself from any review of health care matters.

  • Doctor has no plans to move to Midtown cluster

    I am the family practice physician at Kingston Health Associates at 900 Waterford Place in Ladd Landing, Kingston.

    My nurse practitioner, Deborah Upchurch-Howard, and I would like to assure our patients that we will be remaining in our current location. Despite the moves of many other health care officies, we will not be moving to Midtown or any other location at this time.

  • Religious liberty and politics — tread carefully

    Everyone wants religious liberty for themselves, but that does not mean they believe in religious liberty.

    Religious liberty exists only when people give to others the same religious freedom they want for themselves.

    This recognition should be especially promoted by Christians, for Christ said, “What ever you would that others should do to you, you do the same to them.”

  • HUB late fees — just what are they needed for?

    HUB customers, beware about paying your utility bill late.

    I recently found out that if your bill is not paid by the due date, there is a penalty fee of $10.

    If your bill is not paid before your next bill is mailed out, they issue a cut off notice, which, when they deliver it to your house, costs you $20 more.

  • Catholic view on contraception offered by pastor

    I would like to offer some thoughts concerning the recent government mandate requiring artificial contraception to be made available through the auspices of the Catholic Church.

    First, allow me to offer a brief explanation of the church’s position on contraception.

    All Christians recognize that God’s gift of sexual intimacy has a two-fold purpose.

    It is meant to deepen and enrich the love between husband and wife. It is also God’s way of allowing us to cooperate with God in the creation of life in accordance with God’s will.