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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 …

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I was having a much needed pedicure at Posh Nails here in Manchester on Wednesday, August 15. I had a very enjoyable conversation with a young lady, who has two kids, a little girl, 3 and a son, 10. I wish I had gotten her name.

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I write to clarify the sale of beer. The basic hours are set forth in Manchester Municipal Code 8-215: 8 a.m. to 3 a.m. (the following day) on weekdays and 8 a.m. Saturdays until 3 a.m. Sunday morning. Later day Sunday sales can begin at noon until 3 a.m. Monday morning.

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As a voter in Coffee County, I would live to extend my sincere congratulations to every candidate who was elected in the Aug. 2 election, which composed of two elections for the county and state and federal government. I would like to make on plea of you during your tenure; work and vote in …

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According to me the Religion is the most controversial topic in the world. It does not matter, if I am Catholic, Jewish, Hindu or even undecided. By the way, I am not atheist.

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Tennessee Seniors – Now is the time to make your voices heard among members of our state legislature. If you have not yet experienced problems with your prescriptions (new rules in effect since July 1st), then you soon will. During previous session our state legislators opted to address Tenn…

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I'm trying not to disrespect anyone, but it really bothers me as to who we decide to be "heroes.” Just because you wear a uniform doesn't make you a hero. People in uniform are just like the rest of us.

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When it comes to vehicle safety, the brake system is at the top of the list. Brake Safety Awareness Month is the ideal time for drivers to stop and make sure their brakes are working properly before the new school year and colder temperatures arrive.

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On Tuesday morning, July 24, my husband, myself and our two granddaughters headed to Orange Beach, Alabama for a quick vacation before the girls headed back to school.  We hadn't gone far when we decided to stop for breakfast. We have Hardee's, McDonald's and Sonic in Woodbury, but we do not…

Former Governor Phil Bredesen, who is seeking a seat in the U.S. Senate to fill the seat of retiring Senator Bob Corker, will be at a fundraiser for his campaign on Thursday, Aug. 16 at the Lakewood Country Club in Tullahoma between 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. This would be an opportunity to talk w…

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The non-emergency dispatch needs to be looked into for being rude and disrespectful by hanging up on me about a call. They never sent anyone out to the call so I called back and they told me that there not worried about anything and they’re not sending anyone out.

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America has come a long way from July 4, 1776, when it declared its independence from Great Britain, and said in its declaration, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these…

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I read about an interesting concept of "time bank” in Switzerland in one of the social media posts. The people put their time spent for volunteering into “Time bank” and they can “withdraw” the time, when they get old or whenever necessary.

My husband and I have been missing Mr. Weldon Payne’s weekly column. Reading ‘Through the Pane’ each week has been like visiting with a close friend who shares the most amazing stories of his life’s adventures. His columns are filled with wisdom and treasured memories and often times bring l…

Fifty years ago this month, the summer of 1968, I was living the golden age in a child's life at 12 years old. The summer was spent on my grandfather’s small farm in the Forest Mill community helping in the garden and getting to drive his old John Deere tractor. I lived for driving that tractor.