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Federal employees serve and protect us every day at every level across the country and in our community. At no time was this more evident than during the 35-day partial government shutdown earlier this year.

Since the election of November 2016, I sit and ponder to myself, “where are my fellow Tennessee Democrats?” When you look back to the election of a person with no government experience and the chaotic actions that have followed since that date, and now the elected person stands before the Na…

With over a thousand school districts across America allowing teachers and staff to carry a firearm, one would think that of the 306 school shootings that occurred from 2000 to 2018, many might be caused by the availability of guns on campus. Twenty states currently allow teachers and staff …

There will be no doubts about my political affiliation. Most Democrats do not think for themselves. Many Republicans, Independents, Socialists and others do not either.

I received a call Saturday morning from Brandon Gunn, Fire Chief for the Hillsboro Volunteer Fire Department asking if I’d like to help set up some new playground equipment for the Hillsboro Elementary School.  I wasn’t able to be part of the set-up team but I stopped by later to see the fin…

There is a series of trailers located on Swann Road as you turn off of Highway 55. For over a year, many of them have been major eye sores. At what point in time does the county step in and determine that the owner(s) need to clean up this mess? They are not only eye sores, but there must be…

It is deeply concerning what is happening with the thinking and actions  these days from the religious right/moral majority out of Washington today. It is not the standards I would want to forget and support a different standard of thinking.

It is with great appreciation to see an article weekly from our Congressman Rush Bricken R-TN (House of Representatives) as to what the General Assembly is getting accomplished this 2019 session and for his weekly update on what they have passed bills and sent them to the Senate.

Many of us are stunned as we witness the changes that are taking place in our government and society. The liberalism that has been pushed for so long has finally “come home to roost.” What began as “political correctness” is fast becoming a type of Nazism. We may not be thrown into prison ye…

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Coffee County Central High School Culinary Arts department would like to say a huge thank you to The Manchester-Conference Center for their support and mentoring they provided this school year to our Hospitality and Tourism career path program. General Manager Rebecca French came several tim…

The grand opening of the long anticipated “Barkaroo” dog park was perfect – weather-wise and otherwise!” So may happy two and four legged and zero skirmishes.

Presently, some 16 Democrat state attorneys are suing the Trump administration for the national emergency concerning our southern border. So why are the democrats opposed to securing our border?  Pure hatred for the president is no reason to put the security of our country at risk. They seem…

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…