Letters to the Editor

Sherif's department thanks all involved in rescue search

Dear Editor:

Johnson County Sheriff Mike Reece along with the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone that was involved in the recent search and rescue for 16 year old, Ava Zechiel who became lost in the Shady Valley area of the Cherokee National Forrest while on an outing with the Freedom Mountain Academy.

Searches were conducted using ground teams, air craft and K-9’s. There were many agencies (local, state and federal) that were involved as well as numerous volunteers that assisted in the operation in many different ways. There would be no way to list everyone individually.

We also would like to thank all of the media that assisted in helping the Sheriff’s Department get all of the information out to inform the public and locate Ms. Zechiel. The media is a huge part of the resources that we are able to utilize in communication to the public and we are very appreciative for the cooperation and understanding that we keep between all outlets.

We are very thankful for the response from everyone involved and the great cooperation that led to the safe return of Ms. Zechiel.

Johnson County Sheriff’s

Sprain address Gambill's 'My Turn"

Dear Editor:

Will Rogers once said, “That the problem with America isn’t so much what people don’t know; the problem is what people think know that ain’t just so.”

In reference to Mr. Gambill article articulating upon what would Jesus do? it should be noted that, according to Mr. Gambill’s Bible, Jesus gave up a kingdom in heaven to come to earth just because He loved us. Well Jesus was sent by God to save us from ourselves and our sinful ways. Additionally, Jesus did not give up the kingdom in heaven because he is there now.

If Mr. Gambill is correct that this is a Christian nation/country then what does he propose to do with our Jewish and Muslim and/or any other “Non Christian” citizen. Is it his intention to send these inviduals to Canada, Mexico or some other country to be refugees?

Perhaps Mr. Gambill remembers the September 11, 2001 Islamic terrorists attack in New York, the Pentagon and Pennsylvania that left over three thousand dead. T

hese included Christians, Jews and Muslim Americans. Al Qadea and now ISIS are terrorist groups that want all other individuals terminated and only Islamic rule to be in every country. What about the other one percent that Mr. Gambill believes are not innocent. Does he have a plan of action?

Among other freedoms of the first amendment “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or the prohibiting the free exercised thereof.”

I have always been taught that if you loved your country you would fight for it. Mr. Gambill should realize that America can not save the world from itself. With all the recent events relative to the terrorists attacks across many countries why does Mr. Gambill persist in presenting this “personal” opinion.

George Spreyne