Santa's spirit shows up at Publix
Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.
On Dec. 9, I was in Publix Hurricane Creek. At check out, the cashier said I was ready to go, but I told him I had not paid. The lady behind me had paid my bill.
I wish that her family has the best holiday ever. I hope she reads this so she knows it was the nicest present I received.
Hickory Valley tree beacon of kindness
Many thanks once again to the Christmas angel who has brought beauty back to the seemingly ordinary.
The brightly decorated Christmas tree near the railroad tracks on Hickory Valley Road is a welcome sight to all who pass ... reminding us that random acts of Christmas kindness are still alive. Merry Christmas to this generous spirit.
Libby Simons, Harrison
Market Street traffic moving too slowly
Whatever happened to the days when Market Street had parking and straight lanes that moved traffic in an efficient manor? Now it is curved with trees, little parking and slow traffic.
Which is more practical? Beauty or moving traffic?
If your answer is beauty, then you are not taking your medication as prescribed.
UTC's penny wise move now looks bad
I'd like to say that in hindsight it was foolish for previous UTC athletic director David Blackburn not to match Richmond's salary offer for then head coach Russ Huesman. I'd like to, but I knew then it was a mistake.
In eight years, UTC alumnus Huesman brought stability and winning to a moribund program. Now his successor bolts after a lackluster (9-13) tenure for greener pastures.
Here we go again on another ride on the coaching carousel. Blackburn's "step over a dollar to pick up a dime" move and his subsequent hire of Tom Arth has cost UTC, and not just financially.
With winning comes great responsibility
"I can do it because I won!" No, Mr. President, the body politic is not a trophy given to the winner. I am amazed I have to point that out. With winning comes great responsibility.
Let me bullet point a few:
1. Abiding by the Constitution and law.
2. Representing and listening to the entire population regardless of affiliation, race, religion, gender and you know the rest. You represent us all.
3. Recognizing the media as a representative of the body politic even when they ask tough questions.
4. Demonstrating civility in all dealings to be an effective leader.
5. Establishing an environment of openness to all ideas.
6. Choosing staff whose appropriate talents have been demonstrated before appointment.
7. When an agreement is reached it becomes a contract.
8. Practicing honesty and integrity in everything you do.
This is just a short list which I have started because I love America, and I desperately want you to succeed. If you succeed then we, the body politic, does as well.
Editorial trying trying to scare us?
"The dose makes the poison" is a basic principal of toxicology. The Times editorial of Dec. 14, "TVA's Big Foot and Footprint," ignores this and is nothing more than sensationalism.
The statement that groundwater tests show the presence of arsenic and radium above baseline levels is completely meaningless. What were the baseline levels? When and how were they established? How large was the increase? What are the safe levels for these elements?
Science has come far in its ability to test for chemicals and elements and can now identify many to a level of parts per billion, but the presence of them does not imply a danger. People might be shocked to find the variety of chemicals in their tap water at those levels (not that bottled water is necessarily better), but that doesn't lead to the conclusion that you shouldn't drink it or that it is dangerous.
I don't believe the purpose of editorials is to scare people, and I can see no other intention for what was written.
Check emissions at the tail pipe
Any emissions, bad or not, will be coming out of the tail pipe. So why the automobile computer check? I had a truck with the dash light on because of a problem in the transmission. The emissions people would not even check it because the light was on. So I spent $300 on the transmission to get it passed.
Then, my battery cable came lose and caused a code in my computer. I had to drive several miles and do the start-stop routine. Recently, I tried to take a car through for an elderly lady but she had just replaced the battery so it would not go through. She had to drive several miles and do the stop-start routine.
I agree that something should be done with emission problems, but check them where they come out of the tail pipe. I know that some of you reading this have had these problems. Tell us about them.
Water has place in 'us first' life
In Tennessee's recent election season, I was disappointed that no candidates for governor or state legislature addressed the issue of a management plan for Tennessee's water supply; therefore, I was delighted at your recent article on our retiring Gov. Haslam's efforts to tackle this very topic. While I'm sure that he has asked many parties to contribute thoughts and ideas to the discussion, I want to suggest two ideas to help preserve and safeguard our state's water.
First, we can all agree that heavy artillery and possibly forts should be placed on our border with Georgia to repulse their dead-certain future (as previous) attempts at water piracy.
Second, we need to construct a long canal on our southern border to connect the eastern and western limbs of the mighty Tennessee, thus keeping all its water flowing within the boundaries of our state and out of the grasping, greedy hands of Alabama and Mississippi (whose eastern border just touches a small portion of the river).
In this age of "us first," we shouldn't miss an opportunity to stick it to our backward Southern neighbors.
Thomas Rodgers, Dayton, Tenn.
Sohn, GOP officials thanked for support
I am writing in response to Pam Sohn's recent editorial, "Protecting our wilderness more important than ever," and want to send her commendation of Sens. Alexander and Corker and Rep. Roe for passing the Tennessee Wilderness Act.
The National Parks Conservation Association, the nation's leading voice in safeguarding our national parks, has long advocated for the Tennessee Wilderness Act for the many benefits it provides to hikers, campers and outdoor enthusiasts.
Over my 15-year career in conservation, I led more than 100 outings to the areas protected by this important legislation, including the Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness, which is within sight of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Through this work, which also includes volunteer and citizen science projects on the Appalachian Trail, I have learned how much Tennesseans love our shared natural heritage and their strong support for wilderness protections.
NPCA celebrates the work of our congressional delegation to pass the Tennessee Wilderness Act. Thanks to their collaborative work, visitors can appreciate these majestic public lands for generations to come.
Jeff Hunter, senior program manager, National Parks Conservation Association, Asheville, N.C.