published Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

'Republicans shocked when laws affect them' and more letters to the editors

Republicans shocked when laws affect them

Concerning the termination of Drew Johnson. I’m always amazed by conservatives. They champion right-to-work laws, and this includes Johnson during several anti-union rants, which allow a business to terminate an employee for any or no reason whatsoever. Yet they are shocked and cry foul when it happens to them.

CHARLES E. PITTMAN, Trenton, Ga.


Pseudoephedrine regulation is too much

It is redundant for local government to legislate the sale of pseudoephedrine. Safeguards are in place to identify people. Requirements to sign your life away when purchasing the drug is enough and with the date mining available to government agencies they know.

I buy pseudoephedrine for allergies. In our area, allergies are a major year long battle.

I do not want to go to a doctor for a prescription. Every visit to a doctor costs money.

I do not want to go to a pharmacy to have the prescription filled, only to be told every time — “There is a generic for this drug.” “It works just the same and is cheaper.” If I had wanted generic, I would have bought generic. It is not the same. Research has been done on the brand specific drug and is safe within its documented parameters. Generic drugs have portions, up to (20 percent) changed from the original brand.

Recently, I fought for months to keep my allergies under control and not get an infection. I failed. While using a prescribed antibiotic, I attempted to purchase pseudoephedrine. I had met my monthly limit and the pharmacist refused to sell me the product. “It’s the government.”

LINDA WALKER


Open letter to cities fighting meth

Congratulations to the city of Monteagle’s mayor and council for the final passage of their ordinance recently. The statesmanship shown by their city council was a wonderful site and again the pharmacists were eager to get the ordinance passed to stop the flow of meth cooks from coming into their stores from other jurisdictions that have passed the ordinance.

We have received a lot of interest from communities across the state to enact this legislation in their communities. Presently we are at 25 cities in the state that have passed or in the process of passing the ordinance and it is growing every week despite the backlash from industry and their pundits.

I am so proud of the mayors and councilmen, chiefs, and sheriffs across this state that are willing to stand up for the endangered children of meth. These children deserve a voice and not to be forgotten. With every city that passes this legislation, the children’s voice gets louder.

This month with the help of Monteagle Chief Virgil McNeece and the Grundy County Coalition, Grundy County is on the way to having this legislation passed in all of their cities and county this month.

We ask each of you to keep us informed on your dates for upcoming meetings considering this legislation, it has become a daunting task to just keep up with the calendar. Our traveling calendar is kind of hectic but it has been an enjoyable experience that warms the heart. The communities across this state have been tremendous and the reception has always been positive and sad at the same time. The pain in every community from families torn apart by this horrible scourge is so evident. This legislation is the only successful evidence based strategy that has ever been effective and sustainable in the nation. It’s time!

The children of Tennessee thank you,

CHIEF DENNIS YOUNG, Winchester Police Dept.

TABATHA CURTIS, director of Franklin County Prevention Coalition


Johnson’s termination raises more concerns

While your terminating Mr. Johnson is certainly your right as a business. Subscribers in Northwest Georgia, and probably in Middle Tennessee, as well, are already concerned about the “free speech” paths seemingly being trampled upon by agenda driven media reporting. Mr. Johnson’s departure can only serve to increase these concerns.

While it may not seem so in the short run, reality ultimately speaks more loudly than agenda driven politics. If or maybe it’s now when America falls, political agenda — driven media will be a major contributor.

FRANK BARNES, Dalton, Ga.

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moon4kat said...

It seems that letter-writers who criticize the TFP for firing Drew Johnson, and accuse it of "censorship," haven't bothered to read the real reason he was dismissed.

August 7, 2013 at 7:47 a.m.
MyGen said...

With you, moon4kat. I was completely sucked in watching Drew's tour on TV, online posts, etc. with his side of the story. He's done a good job playing the victim.
But, the truth is he lied. Credibility busted.

August 7, 2013 at 9:38 a.m.
soakya said...

If someone wouldn't mind catching me up, what did Johnson lie about?

August 7, 2013 at 10:05 a.m.
jjmez said...

Even the NY Daily, Huffington Post and some Milwaukee paper temporarily offered Drew a hankee before pulling away from him. For me, the suspicion was how quickly and eager he jumped out to tell his version of the story in an effort to deflect from the truth?

August 7, 2013 at 10:33 a.m.
soakya said...

What did he lie about?

August 7, 2013 at 12:01 p.m.
MyGen said...

He claimed his firing was because his opinion piece was not supportive of President Obama when he visited. The reality is that he was warned on other occasions and on this one that once an opinion headline was approved for print, no changes were allowed. He decided he didn't have to abide.

I was first under the impression the content of his column was the problem. It wasn't. It was a matter of an editor breaking with some agreed-upon procedure that has been in place. So, Drew did a great job in getting his side of the story out. But he left out an important detail.

I have a former roommate who ignored a warning at his work. He was fired and then acted so angry about it. I don't see any difference.

August 7, 2013 at 12:14 p.m.
riverman said...

Have to agree with the libs on this one. I had no problem with the headline but I don't sign Drew's checks, his boss/owners do. They set the guidelines and he evidently ignored them.

August 7, 2013 at 3:11 p.m.
Plato said...

For those that keep yapping about Johnson being denied "freedom of speech", I need to point out to you that the issue is "freedom of the press".

The press has the constitutional right to print what they want. Many papers are slanted towards one political side or the other - for instance the Wall Street Journal conservative, the NY Times liberal. This paper actually affords readers a choice of two competing opinions. Just becasue Johnson has been fired doesn't mean this paper is eliminating the right side of the op-ed page.

As far as freedom of speech, Johnson can continue to express himself however he wants. He can write letters to the editor of this paper, stand on the street corner and shout, or start his own newspaper. NO one is stopping him from any of that.

August 7, 2013 at 4:27 p.m.
soakya said...

It's clear either Johnson or the CTFP is lying about the policy. Since many are calling him the liar there must be some proof. How did the CTFP prove Johnson was lying? Did they produce the signed dated policy that stated once approved no changes were allowed or did they just say he violated that policy. Saying there was a policy isn't proof. If it's a policy it should be in writing and easy to produce. Show it CTFP.

August 8, 2013 at 8:32 a.m.
moon4kat said...

Soakya, surely you know that not every policy or work rule has to be formalized in writing. When your boss tells you something, you pay attention or suffer the consequences. Sounds to me like Drew was arrogant, thought he was the "boss," and ignored what he had been told about the rules.

August 8, 2013 at 9:08 a.m.
soakya said...

I'm just saying it sound likes people are calling Johnson a liar simply because the CTFP says they had a policy without producing any proof.

I would think if it's serious enough to get you fired it would be in every one's benefit to have it in writing. At the very least the previous times he was warned would be documented and signed and dated by Johnson.

August 8, 2013 at 9:38 a.m.
lkeithlu said...

Remember that most employers cannot defend themselves publicly on these matters due to confidentiality, so only Drew's side is known.

August 8, 2013 at 6:10 p.m.
chet123 said...

REPUBLICANS CANT CONTROL THEIR HATE,,,HA HA HA HA!

THIS MAN IS THE PRESIDENT YOU IDIOTS....RESPECT THE PRESIDENCY ..YOU LOST....GET OVER WITH IT

August 9, 2013 at 7:32 p.m.
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