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J.P. Doodles

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Praying for America, President

America! America! God shed His Grace on thee, and crown thy Good with brotherhood from sea to shining sea.

Beautiful words written over a hundred years ago. I now wonder, is God’s grace still shining over us? Over 2000 years ago Jesus spoke to us in Matthew 25:31-46 how we would be judged as a nation. I believe God is speaking to America today. America is being judged for our present and past history. Even though our past has not been beautiful, God continues to show us grace and mercies. We as a nation have done evil in the sight of God and we have not asked for forgiveness. I pray for this nation, especially our Government. God has allowed our elected officials to hold office and govern His people, they (elected officials) will be held accountable. I ask God to forgive us for the many sins that we have done and continue to do.

My prayer for you, Mr. President, is that God will open your eyes so you can see the power that God has given you. You, Mr. President, are the most powerful person in the world. That power came from above! You didn’t deserve it nor did you earn it. It was a gift from God. You have gained world recognition not on your own but God alone. Mr. President, I am concerned about your salvation. God says there is a judgement that will happen for those who do not believe. In order to escape the judgement of eternal fire, you must confess your sins, believe in Jesus Christ, Who has forgiven all our sins by dying on the cross. All we need to do is ask God to come into your life, believing that His death paid the price.

Mr. President, “the Earth is the Lord’s and everything in it, the world and all who live in it” Psalms 24:1. The Two greatest commandments given by God are to love Him with all our hearts and to love our neighbor as our selves Matthew 22:37-38. Mr President, America is already great! God gave you the power to make it greater. So my prayer for you Mr. President, is to ask God for Wisdom to help you run this country and I’m asking all the Christians to read 2 Chronicles 7:14, “If my people, who are called by my name, would humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

Helen Galbraith-Catchings

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Reader concerned about pack of wild dogs

I need some directions on how to, and who I would contact, over a pack of wild dogs. There are at least five dogs in this pack ... two of the females are pregnant. I live out of the city limits.

The wild dogs have chased every wildlife animal away.

We count on getting a deer or two for meat through the year. We have pictures of the pack running across our property. The Sheriff’s Office just said it was not their problem. I don’t think the Humane Society has the equipment or the time to try and catch this pack because they are so wild.

This has been going on for over a year and the pack keeps growing.

Thank you for your time.

Rita Chambers

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Rally For Valley will focus on establishing Hospital Authority

After 14 months protesting the state-creation of a medical monopoly with the last 257 days being spent outside Holston Valley Medical Center, the Rally for the Valley Peaceful Protest has decided to focus its efforts in a grass roots movement to establish a Hospital Authority.

Our presence over the last 257 days has been incredibly beneficial to increasing awareness to the issues resulting from the downgrades and eliminations to services by Ballad Health.

Our protest efforts have brought local, regional, national attention to our region with articles appearing in a number of newspapers and magazines.

Moving forward our initiatives will be:

- Town Halls & Community Forums throughout the Ballad Health Geographic Service Region.

- Meetings with current and prospective political representatives to discuss legislation around the creation of a Hospital Authority to replace the Ballad Health Board of Directors. We held our first meeting last week with State Rep. Gary Hicks.

- Grass roots canvassing to inform our neighbors and community members about our changing healthcare environment and possible solutions.

- Continued Research into the businesses, businessmen, and politicians involved in changing our healthcare and regionalism efforts.

To be clear, the choice to pack up our camp outside of Holston Valley was made by our Peaceful Protest family with no outside influence or involvement.

Our focus is on saving healthcare for the region and we are determined to continue in those efforts.

Kind Regards,

Dani Cook

Rally for the Valley Peaceful Protestors

SOAP BOX: Can we even be fair anymore?

I have been on this earth for 83 years and I remember elections and political climates from the days of the Franklin Delano Roosevelt administration through the present day.

Roosevelt was given credit for ending the Great Depression by the people in my part of the country and was very popular and could depend on plenty of votes to carry the “Solid South.”

He was much loved, but his wife Eleanor was maligned and disrespected for reasons I don’t even remember, probably because she was the epitome of what we imagined to be the haughty elite who thought themselves better than those of us much farther down the food chain.

Actually, Eleanor Roosevelt was a kind-hearted woman who did a lot of good in her life, but her finishing school speech and the inability to affect any “down to earthness” was enough to brand her as aloof and cold to edgy Southerners who were the object of so much criticism, hyperbole and jokes in those days, considered slow, dumb and incestuous by so many uninformed “Yankees.”

Actually, we knew very little about Mrs. Roosevelt, our concept was prejudiced, ill-conceived and stemmed from nothing more than swift glimpses of her in newspapers and the newsreels that showed in between the cartoons and the ever-present black and white westerns that played in every theater in the Southeast religiously every Saturday.

When Roosevelt died, and Harry S. Truman came to power, he was perceived as being weak and feckless and not able to hold his own with Stalin, who was trying to gobble the entire European Continent.

His critics were proven wrong many times over as Truman demonstrated his mettle time after time in the tumultuous period that followed the Second World War, and why anybody would consider the man who had to live with being responsible for dropping the first and only atomic bombs as being weak is ridiculous in hindsight.

Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, H.W. Bush, Clinton, G.W. Bush and Obama had their detractors and apologists, but no president in my lifetime has been the object of as much concerted scorn and downright hate as Donald Trump.

Congressional committees, TV personalities, columnists, bloggers, Hollywood heavyweights, foreign leaders and pundits and talking heads of all strata and stripe seem to have boiled their reason for living down to one thing: remove Trump from office.

And as we all now know, the articles of impeachment have gone forward in the House and will go to trial in the Senate.

With a booming economy, record unemployment, stratospheric stock market, rebuilt military, economy crippling restrictions removed, independence from foreign oil, and too many positive improvements to list here, it’s strange why — especially with an election in eleven months — this incredible and determined army of malcontents would be arrayed against a president that was elected by the people.

Now let’s kick the gearshift into neutral for a few minutes and try to assess the situation, putting aside personal likes and dislikes, Democrats or Republican, left, right, middle of the road, whatever.

Let’s just take a look at what has surfaced so far, and I know that the hearings, especially the Nadler sessions with the Ivy League law professors were long, laborious, extremely hard to understand, but if you’ve gleaned anything from them use your own common sense in answering these questions, because the majority opinion of what I’m about to ask could well define our Republic for the next several decades.

1. So far in the Congressional hearings have you seen or heard anything that is, in your own mind, an impeachable offense?

2. Has President Trump done anything that has endangered our security?

3. Should the president serve at the pleasure of the American electorate or the whim of the majority of the House of Representatives?

4. If this goes forth and impeachment is carried out will there ever be another president with opposing majorities in the Congress who will not be in danger of impeachment?

Adam Schiff and the Democrats have opened a Pandora’s Box that could well keep this Republic embroiled in political civil war for the foreseeable future.

In essence, Schiff, Nadler, Pelosi and their Democrat majority are trying to strip We the People of our constitutional rights, to elect a president, with mere months to go until an election.

If this sordid cancer metastasizes to its full potential, Heaven help us all. What do you think?

Pray for our troops our police and the peace of Jerusalem.

God Bless America.

Charlie Daniels

(PUB. NOTE: Charlie Daniels is an iconic American singer, songwriter, fiddle player, author and patriot whose songs have topped the music charts for six decades, including his multi-million selling hit, “The Devil Went Down to Georgia”. Readers can follow Charlie’s “Soap Box” columns directly, see his tour schedule, and read news of upcoming events at www.charliedaniels.com.)

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Hats off to emergency workers!

The other night we had a terrible windstorm go through our city around 9:30 p.m. There was lots of damage all around the Kingsport/Church Hill area. We lost our electricity and cable, but within three hours everything was restored!

How nice to know that the power company workers were on the ball to fix all the outages. We tend to forget about thanking them for having to get out to go on duty (like a fireman would have done, too).

So, I stand in the gap for many when I say, “THANK YOU ALL AND MAY GOD BLESS YOU!”

Mary Lou Mennona