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Our readers write — letters to the editor

Our readers write — letters to the editor

Posted: Wednesday, December 3, 2008 9:19 pm
By: Area readers

 

‘Art’ exhibit unacceptable To The Editor: As a pastor and veteran of the U.S. Air Force, I was extremely disappointed to see the exhibits displayed at the University of Tennessee Martin. I understand freedom; however, I am coming to the conclusion that some in our country are taking advantage of freedom so that now freedom is abused and might even be considered as “too much freedom.” These exhibits support that conclusion.Shredding the United States flag and the Holy Bible are simply wrong, improper and should not be considered acceptable. Currently, I reside in Mayfield, Ky., but grew up in the Paris area and, after serving over five years in the Air Force, did complete a few night courses, through UT Martin, which were offered in Paris. Although not a graduate of UTM, I have viewed the university in a positive manner over the years. As a child, I was taught to revere the flag of the United States of America and, upon becoming a Christian as a young adult, revere the Holy Bible even more so than our nation’s great flag. I recall, as a young child in elementary school, having the privilege of raising the United States flag in the morning and lowering and folding it at the end of each school day. Rarely does this occur in today’s society. I respectfully request that the exhibits be removed from display at UTM, and that the university take a more positive and firm stance to not allow displays which degrade either our United States flag or the Holy Bible on which this great country, the United States of America, was founded. Our country needs to return to the foundational values which made it such a great nation; I ask for you to aid this by taking a stand on those values. Scott Solowey, Pastor Wingo (Ky.) Baptist Church Time to muzzle excess dog noise To The Editor: Several years ago, a wall was built by the City of Union City along the east side of North Clover Street to help protect local residents from the noise to be generated by the estimated 30,000 automobiles that would be visiting the Vanity Fair Outlet Mall each weekend. I have worked part-time in the yard across the street from said mall for about 17 years and am certain that the 30,000 automobiles have not been reached on a single weekend since the mall was built. To believe this many cars visit the mall in a month would be a stretch. The wall remains. A few weeks ago, a chain-link fence was built on city property on North Fifth Street, near my home, to house dogs. There are now (dozens of) dogs within this fence which have dog choir rehearsal at all hours of the day. They are without competent direction. They cannot sing in harmony and all sing in different keys. I am requesting a fence be built around my home at city expense, similar to the one on North Clover Street, or that the dogs be removed to a place far away, or that a director of dog choirs be employed. Thanks for your consideration. Norman Williams Union City Display a black eye for our area To The Editor: The UTM “art” display is a totally misguided approach to art and very understandable that all Americans and God-loving people should be enraged that this type of art could be generated from our small region of Tennesse and this country. We are still a God-loving people and we cherish and appreciate the heritage of our United States of America and we take offense to anyone who tries to disgrace our God and our heritage. I cannot believe this type of display would be “permitted” here or in any other parts of the country and especially a state-unded university supported by the taxpayers. We are totally dismayed by this and we feel strongly that those directly or indirectly involved should be punished. Art should be something that most everyone can appreciate in some fashion but for those that appreciate the type of “art display” at UTM, may God have mercy on your soul. Jean and Ken Ussery Union City   40 years not all good at plant To The Editor: This October, the Goodyear-Union City plant celebrated 40 years in Union City. The week of Oct. 25-Nov. 1, the Union City Goodyear Plant ceased production of tires because of slow sales and sagging economy. It seems strange that Goodyear chose that week to cease production of tires because on Oct. 31, 1968, the first Goodyear tire was built. Some employees are stating on local radio stations that it has been 40 good years in Union City. There have been some bad years at Goodyear-Union City, one in particular was in 2006 during a three-month strike that Goodyear stooped to its lowest by hiring replacement workers. (There is another name for replacement workers, but I won’t use it.) Goodyear had never before hired replacement workers during a strike the 30 years I was employed there from 1969 to 1999. The big issue in the 2006 strike was that Goodyear was trying to take away retirees’ health care insurance, which includes myself. The active United Steel Workers on strike were very supportive of the retired USW members. So, I do not think there have been 40 good years in the Union City-Goodyear plant. Bill Sowell Goodyear-USW retiree Woodland Mills Annual program a group effort To The Editor: I was recently recognized with a plaque from the Obion County Commission for 10 years of honoring area veterans at the annual South Fulton Elementary Veterans Day program. I greatly appreciate this beautiful award. I want everyone to know, however, that this annual program is indeed a group effort. Through the years, our students have made cards and decorations, and have learned many patriotic songs for the program. Teachers allow students time for these special projects and encourage the students to express love for our country. Teacher’s assistants serve refreshments to our vets each year. Custodians help move equipment and keep our building super clean. Mrs. (Elise) Braswell, our principal, provides funds for the refreshments and for postage to invite our men and women veterans. The community, parents and businesses often step in with time, money and suggestions to make the veterans feel special, as they are. Our veterans, who have served our country during war and peace time, make us all proud. God bless America and God bless our veterans. Greg Sinclair Music teacher South Fulton Elementary ‘Art’ exhibit unacceptable To The Editor: As a pastor and veteran of the U.S. Air Force, I was extremely disappointed to see the exhibits displayed at the University of Tennessee Martin. I understand freedom; however, I am coming to the conclusion that some in our country are taking advantage of freedom so that now freedom is abused and might even be considered as “too much freedom.” These exhibits support that conclusion.Shredding the United States flag and the Holy Bible are simply wrong, improper and should not be considered acceptable. Currently, I reside in Mayfield, Ky., but grew up in the Paris area and after serving over five years in the Air Force, did complete a few night courses, through UT Martin, which were offered in Paris. Although, not a graduate of UTM, I have viewed the university in a positive manner over the years. As a child, I was taught to revere the flag of the United States of America and upon becoming a Christian, as a young adult, revere the Holy Bible even more so than our nation’s great flag. I recall, as a young child in elementary school, having the privilege of raising the United States flag in the morning and lowering and folding it at the end of each school day. Rarely does this occur in today’s society. I respectfully request that the exhibits be removed from display at UTM, and that the university take a more positive and firm stance to not allow displays which degrade either our United States flag or the Holy Bible on which this great country, the United States of America, was founded. Our country needs to return to the foundational values which made it such a great nation; I ask for you to aide this by taking a stand on those values. Scott Solowey, Pastor Wingo (Ky.) Baptist Church Published in The Messenge 12.3.08

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