Letters

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May is Mental Health Month. By urging my public officials to prioritize suicide prevention, mental health, and crisis care, I am hoping to influence collective change to support #MentalHealth4All. Right now individuals in crisis are able to call 1-800-273-8255 to reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. The Lifeline provides 24/7 free and confidential support for people in distress and those […]

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Signs reading “Now Hiring” are up everywhere right now. “Help Wanted” posts have flooded social media recently. Jobs are available. Businesses are looking for employees. Yet, from the way people are gossiping in town and from the back-and-forth in the comments on Facebook, you’d think that nobody wants to work. “People are getting paid to stay home so why would […]

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As an active Friends of the Locust Fork River member and volunteer, I am so grateful when dedicated and enthusiastic members and other volunteers come out for river and roadside cleanups. This month many people and organizations pitch in here in Blount County for People Against a Littered State’s (PALS) annual Spring Cleanup. It’s truly gratifying. I believe most Blount […]

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I very much appreciate the newspaper’s fine recognition of Black History Month: questions of its significance, different viewpoints, and the Essay Contest. I found Issac Polk’s essay to be remarkable in many ways, and it’s a worthy essay winner. Thanks to the paper for providing the impetus for students’ reflections on the topic. I enjoyed the other pieces during the […]

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A few days ago, I was walking through Oneonta. As I waited at the Ace Hardware intersection to cross Highway 75, the light turned yellow. A young mother hit the brakes. Her toddler was standing in the front passenger seat and was hurled forward into the dash. As I stood watching, the mother pulled the child from the floorboard, turned […]

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Liberty’s flame fades a little every day as America lurches into an unforgiving cancel culture immersed in disdain and disregard for anyone who offends our sensibilities. The beacon of hope is further diminished by narco-states to the south, a world agenda from Europe, a communist super power from our west, and those who despise America from within. In the name […]

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Kudos to The Blount Countian for the excellent coverage and firsthand accounts for Black History Month. Although the month is over, I believe our work here in Blount County in recognizing Black history is not done. Hate in this country of The Other runs deep and wide – African American, Asian, Jew, Muslim, Latino, and immigrants, etc. Growing up in […]


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