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March 2 is National Read Across America Day in celebration of Dr. Seuss’ birthday.  Thanks to this celebration, I’ve become a big fan of Dr. Seuss.  His birthday’s provided a lot of opportunities for me to read to the students who attend our schools here in Coffee County.  

The last few years were very dark and disappointing times for the Tennessee Democratic Party and the elections of president, governor and senator races and also how it affected the counties and state overall. To say the least it was a very dismal picture for the Democratic Party. Yes it is g…

Many republican conservatives have come up with a brilliant plan to save Tennesseans much expenses – the National Popular Vote Bill. We can save probably millions of tax-payer expenses by not holding elections for us, but letting liberals on the east and west coast elect our president for us…

As chairman of the Coffee County Veterans Association (CCVA) and on behalf of my fellow veterans and their families, we wish to convey our sincere thanks to the Manchester Times for your continual support of our veterans’ activities. 

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March is known less for bringing spring than it is for its 'madness' over basketball. It's a season when we come together to cheer on students for their efforts outside the classroom. Now there's another way to recognize another group of students for similar achievements. March is Theatre in…

With the overwhelming amount of rain seen in our county over the weekend of Feb. 23-24 we saw many of our citizens dealing with emergencies in their homes and on the roads.  Even so, Coffee County’s first responders and emergency services were out working around the clock to help everyone wh…

The last few times my wife and I have been in Manchester at night, we have had several confrontations with the skateboarders on the parking lots around town. They seem to act like they own the lots. Last night, one was weaving from side to side in the traffic lane in the shopping area off of…

A local man lay dying of cancer in your town. Not one local visited him until a man came from Summerdale, Ala., and sat with him 331 days, knowing his past, but also knowing his future. Family members would have nothing to do with him. He died 2:22 a.m., Jan. 25, 2019. No one knew, no one ca…

The electoral college needs to be fixed so that votes in Tennessee would matter. All the attention now goes to about 7 closely divided states. The president should be elected in the same way as we fill our other offices, and the winner should be the person who receives the most votes.

In reply to Ron Hart's last column. Mr. Hart does nothing but twist facts in his editorial. If you read the "Green New Deal", you will find that it doesn't call for Americans to no longer eat meat. It calls for less meat and more vegetables, which is better for the earth and your health. It …

Thank you, Nancy Pelosi, for being the adult in the room. Thank you for knowing when to speak and when not too. Thank you for being a leader in a time when great leaders are few. Thank you for continuing to support our national security and saving over $3 billion and maintaining good border …

How many of you conservative Republicans remember the wall that the Russians built at the end of World War II in Germany to separate the east and west where the people were separated? What was the result of building this wall called the Berlin Wall and later was taken down by a conservative …

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In response to Jimmy Bradford’s letter in the Feb. 6, 2019 edition of the Manchester Times, I must say that I remember Nancy Pelosi saying of “ObamaCare” a.k.a “Affordable Healthcare Act,” quote, “We don’t know what’s in Obamacare and that’s why we have to pass it.”

I think it is great that the city has a surplus of money. I am not against murals as long as they are in good taste. I do think that a priority would be to change out the street lighting on 41 to LED lights. Just before Christmas we were traveling on 41 just after dark and passed by where a …

I look forward to reading Ron Hart’s column in your paper. His points are spot on and well thought out. I have a suggestion for those of you who do not like it. Rather than trying to censor something you don’t agree with, why don’t you do what us “deplorables” do. If we see something in the …

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 Trump wants America to pay for the "wall" that Mexico was supposed to pay for, to make his base feel "protected" from a bunch of poor, scared people trying to leave their dangerous countries. So Trump thinks that by keeping out people looking for asylum, we will be safer.

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As we all gear up for life in 2019, I’m reminded of some good work being done by David Plazas, Opinion Editor of the Tennessean Newspaper. At the beginning of 208, under his leadership, the newspaper developed a campaign called “Civility Tennessee” to encourage, promote and practice respectf…

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Why are the elected officials we put in office not addressing the issue of businesses and individuals with trash and junk outside their store and homes? These are not only eye sores, this also supplies homes for rodents. I called the codes office about this last year and was told there was n…

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I want to the Chairman Stan Teal of the Coffee County Public Building Authority (PBS) for his positive decisive leadership to improve the financial stability of our Manchester Coffee County Conference Center (MCCCC). Chairman Teal and the PBA have proposed and are working with the Coffee Cou…

To the Manchester Times and to Ron Hart who claims to be a satirist. I have become so tired of his supposed humor which always attacks the democrats. I don't find if funny to "make fun" of them and for the most ungodly reason, why don' you pick on the republicans for a while? Yes, I know thi…

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In a December 2018 news article about rural broadband internet access, there is a serious mistake about the speed of the new projects to be sponsored by the USDA.  The article states that new projects must have “access speeds of at least 25 mbps upload and 3 mbps download”.  This is obviousl…

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I think we can all agree that this is a very critical time in the history of our nation. So much is going on that sometimes you don’t want to turn on the news to get the latest update. It seems this is all the more reason for us to be praying and fasting for our county, state and nation. Tho…

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On behalf of the Coffee County Children’s Advocacy Center, thank you for participating in our 12th annual Safe on the Square this year. The event once again turned out to be a tremendous success thanks to all who took part in the festivities. Based on the amount of candy we gave out at the C…

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We would like to personally, and on behalf of the Pocahontas Community Center Board of Directors, thank each and every one of you for your kindness, generosity, time and effort put in to making our Turkey Shoot, Nov. 10, such a huge success. Words cannot express our appreciation.

Second-class citizens, persons belonging to a social or political group whose rights and opportunities are inferior to those of the dominant group in a society. Two years ago, women got mad. A man, who viewed them as second-class citizens, had just been elected President. People of color bec…

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I want to thank the editor and staff of the Manchester Times for making the correct decision to NOT publish in the “letters to the editor” section of the Times  any letters of political nature.

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Several years ago when I was in high school here in Coffee County, we were blessed to have a custodian whom the students all loved. Mr. Virgil Gaultney was a person who always had a bright smile and friendly word for all the students he came in contact with. He was always one to brighten your day.

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My roots in Coffee County go back to the shortly after the civil war years so when I see historic buildings being defiled with murals, it bothers me and here's why.

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If we are all tired of the juvenile drama coming out of the White House, let our votes for the midterm elections mark a starting point to end a Republican Congress that insists on enabling a divisive leader that may have colluded with the Russians to win the 2016 election.

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If you haven’t visited the Tullahoma Airport recently I recommend you go by and walk around to see “Mr. Douglas”, a stately DC3 airplane that has been our guest for eighteen years.  The DC3 at our airport was built in 1941 and I’m sure is rich in history.  Thousands were built in the 1930’s …

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 This is a hard letter for me to write. I was raised in a democratic family, but the last six weeks have shown me the party of John Kennedy has been stolen from us.

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More negative headlines and shady dealings from Coffee County government. A few weeks ago the comptroller released a report saying the 911 board had given illegal bonuses, had nepotism issues, and members were living it up in hotels and eating food paid for with our tax dollars.

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To paraphrase Martin Niemoller, a German Lutheran pastor who spoke out against Hitler and was thrown into a concentration camp; “first, they came for the poor, and I did not vote, because I was not poor. Then they came for the undocumented immigrants, and I did not vote, because I was not an…

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Thank you Rhonda, Roger and your board for a wonderful old-fashioned, safe and fun 50th Old Timers Day. You all did a terrific job. It was a gift to the community.

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In the coming Nov. 6 election, two candidates are seeking your vote to elect them as the next governor of the great state of Tennessee. One is a conservative Republican, the other is a moderate Democrat, but both cherish their God-fearing Christian values in every aspect of life.

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I am very grateful to my friends, family, neighbors who have been very generous during my time of need. I am overwhelmed. I feel it went pretty fast. The only dilemma to that was, they sent the wrong parts. The right part was on back order and that took about five or six weeks. That’s why I …