Letters to the Editor

Nave says schools should teach and respect constitution

Dear Editor:

Dear Editor:

Schools should obey the law this month and teach about the U.S. Constitution. Constitution Day was established as a federal holiday in 2004, to commemorate the signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787. Federal law requires public schools to observe that day and teach on the constitution. This year as we celebrate the 227th anniversary of the Constitution, take time to read it, study with your children and discuss its great principles. One important principle is the U.S. Constitution instructs the federal government to “provide for the common defense.” Our representatives and president have failed in their constitutional duties by failing to have an effective security fence along our border like Israel has. As a result thousands of criminals and terrorists are in this country than otherwise would be!

Americans should be thankful to God for our Constitution that’s given us more freedom than any country in the world. James Madison, the father of our Constitution, said, “We wouldn’t have a Constitution were it not for the intervention of God.” Our founders, knowing the Bible and that people are evil and can’t be trusted with total power, established separations of powers, checks and balances and three branches of government from the Bible, Jeremiah 17:9, Isaiah 33:22, etc.

    Our Constitution is an original and uniquely American document. It’s the oldest constitution still in force in the world today, the source of our remarkable political stability and freedom. Our Constitution has been so successful that America is the longest on-going constitutional republic in the history of the world! Show respect for our U.S. Constitution, the supreme law of the land for 227 years, and the difference between being governed and being ruled!

    American political freedom has its origins in the spiritual freedom of Christianity. Christianity is the only religion that promises and brings freedom. As America moves away from Christianity it moves away from freedom. America has changed from when the Supreme Court decision in 1892, Church of the Holy Trinity v. U.S. the court citing dozens of precedents from American history, unanimously affirmed that America was a Christian nation. Without a national revival and return to Jesus, America will come to the place President John Adams warned about. Adams said, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It’s wholly inadequate to the government of any other!”


D.D. Nave
Elizabethton, TN


Disabled resident claims Hillcrest wrongfully threatened eviction

Dear Editor:

Dear Editor:

My name is Gail Palmer. I live at Hillcrest Apartments. This story has some funny aspects to it and some very sad ones also.

About 2½ months ago, I was given a sofa from someone here in the apartments and it wasn’t too long before bedbugs emerged. I tried to get rid of it and no one would take it out. I bought another at Hebron Ministries that goes nicely with my things and the “brown bomb” is in the living room in my way.

About eight weeks ago, the apartments decided they would heat treat my apartment. I was given a list of things to do. I am disabled with SLE being number one and 40 other things follow – such as seizures, Sjogrens, Paget’s of the bone, Raynaud’s, etc. Lupus really messes up the body. I told the people that managed the apartments that I need help because I tire easily and I was told by my M.D. not to climb (take down pictures, etc.). They said (the apartment managers) they did not provide assistance for that and they could not heat treat my apartment because I have too many things, so they were going to evict me because I could not do what they said.

I do not have a vehicle, no place to rent, no one will rent to someone being evicted, no one with bedbugs, even if I am disabled for 20 years. I went to college for five years and had a 3.9 average. I wish I could work. Social Security or my body won’t let me. I hate this disease; it affects every part of my life. My son had a heart attack this week, a stress test, cardiac cath and I couldn’t even go be with him.

The last straw was when they brought this cute little basset hound into my apartment and he was a bug dog! You read it right, folks – bug dog. He was supposed to sniff out bedbugs, but he seemed more interested in the popcorn I had sitting in the floor. If they are going to evict me for this, why don’t they bring in the drug dogs and get rid of a lot of people?!

Gail Palmer


Praise for Laurel Creek Trail story

Dear Editor:

Dear Editor:

So glad to see the story and photos about the opening of the lovely new Laurel Creek Trail in the Sep. 10th issue.

Howard Moon is mentioned as a representative of the Johnson County Trails Association, but I’d like to point out that were it not for the years of time, work and efforts of Howard and Linda Moon the trail would not exist!

Our thanks and congratulations are highly deserved and due to these “intrepid” Johnson Countians.

Mary Sturdivant


Maulden claims weather story contained errors

Dear Editor:

Dear Editor:

The Tomahawk’s surprising news story, “Experts say to expect cold, wet winter in the Southeast” is not supported, as far as this writer can tell, by the sources cited, excepting the amusements of the “Farmer’s Almanac”. The writer cites the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and also mentions the status of El Nino predictions, but the NOAA agency which publishes long-term forecasts, the Climate Prediction Center, says that our area has equal chances of above average, average, and below average for both temperature and precipitation, at least as of this date. That forecast might change on the next revision date, sometime mid-month, but as of now the

entire southeast is labeled “EC” for equal chances in all the 90-day monthly groupings into next March. In fact, the nearest deviation from average is shown to be possibly lower precipitation just to the North and West of the Tricities, dipping into southern Kentucky. El Nino has a 60-65% likelihood according to NOAA. None of this means we won’t have a cold, wet winter of course, but it is not accurate to say that is what is predicted. See for yourself at this website: www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/predictions/long_range/seasonal.php?lead=5

Paul Maulden