Letters to the Editor

Johnson County Humane Society is hoping for community support

Dear Editor:

To the Editor:

The Johnson County Humane Society has been helping the animals and their owners in this county since its beginning in 1977.  

Although limited in the early years, the services the society has provided to Johnson County have steadily increased over the years.  The spaying and neutering of pets has always been a major project of the society.  Since 2001 the society has, through grants, donations and fund-raisers, spent over $210,000 and spayed or neutered over 4000 animals in Johnson County.  This program is still alive and helping low income residents get their pets spayed and neutered.

In 2008 the society opened a Pet Adoption Center in Butler where over 300 animals were taken in and found loving homes.  Unfortunately, due to the lack of volunteers and rising cost per animal, that facility had to be closed in 2013.  Although the society no longer has an adoption program, they are still dedicated to the welfare of the county’s residents and animals, hence the call for help.

Although the town of Mountain City has animal control, the county does not! The sheriff has stated that the second largest number of complaints he receives are animal related! These calls go largely unanswered because no one is trained to handle them, and there is no facility to house any animals picked up. The only way the county will appropriate funds for animal control is if the citizens of Johnson County demand it.

The Johnson County Humane Society is on the agenda of the October 16 county commissioners meeting to show reason animal control is  vital to the welfare and safety of our citizens.

If you have ever had, or are currently having problems that are animal related, please join the Johnson County Humane Society at the October 16 commissioners meeting and give us your support.  The meeting is at 7pm in the upper courtroom of the Johnson County courthouse.  Thank you.





Al Gryder
Board of Director Member, JCHSI

Cullum rallies voters to vote "yes" on Amendment 1 in November

Dear Editor:

Dear Editor:

I would like to urge everyone to Vote Yes on Amendment 1 during the public vote on November 4, 2014. It deals with abortions. Tennessee has the fewest abortion restrictions of any state in the Southeast. Nearly 25% of abortions in Tennessee are sought by out-of-state women and girls because of these lack of restrictions. Women considering abortion in Tennessee are currently provided none of the following safeguards: Informed Consent to provide accurate information based on health history, 24 Hour Waiting Period to avoid abortion-on-demand and coercion, Inspection & Regulation of abortion facilities, and Hospitalization Requirement for riskier late-term abortions. Approval of Amendment 1 will allow enforcement of the same common sense policies enforced in the 8 states surrounding Tennessee.

Do women & girls have a right to the facts? Vote Yes on 1.

Should a 24-hour waiting period be required? Vote Yes on 1.

Should abortion facilities be licensed & inspected? Vote Yes on 1.

Should taxpayers be protected from funding abortions? Vote Yes on 1.

Thank you,
Eldridge Cullum

Nave compares abortion doctors to ISIS militants and urges a "yes" vote

Dear Editor:

Dear Editor:

    We see the evil of the Muslim ISIS in the Middle East who cut heads off and cut children into pieces but we don’t seem to see the evil of our abortionists in Tennessee who also cut heads off and cut babies into pieces. One thing we can do is join pro-lifers and vote “Yes” on amendment 1 during early voting October 15th-30th or on election day November 4th, 2014.

Tennessee has the fewest abortion restriction of any state in the southeast, as a result 25 percent of abortions in Tennessee are done on out-of-state women. Approval of amendment 1 will allow our elected state legislators to pass protective measures for unborn babies and their mothers,  and prevent taxpayer funding of abortion. (www.yeson1tn.org)

Thanks for printing this article from the pro-life position showing love for the unborn and their mothers who increase their risk of getting breast cancer by having an abortion.  Many newspapers  won’t and some won’t even print paid pro-life ads. California is so pro-abortion they announced all medical insurance companies in California must provide abortion coverage. Within 48 hours of the announcement God showed His displeasure by sending an earthquake causing billions of dollars in damage to their wine industry!

Voting is our civic duty. Voting our Christian faith, convictions and principles is a duty to God. We will save lives by voting “Yes” on amendment 1, show love for our neighbors in the womb and send a message to everyone that we value life. Remember your pastor during October Pastor Appreciation Month and remember the words of martyr and Pastor Dietrich Bonhoetter who spoke out against the evil of Hitler. Bonhoeffer said, “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil. God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.” Not to vote is to vote!

D. D. Nave
Elizabethton, TN