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Letters: We need moral leaders in county offices

Contributed To The Press • Dec 15, 2017 at 12:00 AM

When I read Kent Harris’ letter about the upcoming Washington County mayor’s race I couldn’t help but think about how hard it is to get anyone good to run for public office. Then I wondered why in the world my friend Joe Grandy would subject himself to this kind of abuse and craziness and offer himself as a candidate for county mayor.

It’s because he is dedicated to the service of others. I’ve known Grandy for a long time and know that he is an exceptionally honest and hard-working human being who cares deeply for his community. Joe has lived here for more than 30 years and has been on the boards of everything from the Boy Scouts to Rotary, from the Salvation Army to Speedway Children’s Charities, and so on all while keeping a full-time job.

He is exactly the kind of person you want leading any effort where you want to be successful in helping others and people know him for that in this community. And I have never heard him speak in a negative manner about someone else.

Harris knows that he misrepresented Joe’s record with half-truths and is only too glad to try to smear him as part of his obsession with ugly politics. Joe is a good man who will make a great mayor and he has the record of service to prove it. Good moral leaders like Joe are important because if we don’t have those folks run for office, the only ones left will be the types who end up getting put on trial for public corruption.

Nansee Williams

Jonesborough

Power of prayer

I want to thank God for the honesty of the gentleman who serves as our sheriff in Washington County — Ed Graybeal. He has shown his honesty in serving God and being true to his God-given responsibility.

Before the last election, when his picture appeared in the Press, I cut it out and put it in my Bible and prayed that he would be re-elected. God heard my prayers, and I still pray for Graybeal and thank God for him.

Let’s all pray for his daughter and son-in-law so that they might be free of drugs and all their sins, which God will forgive them of if they only ask him.

I’m a Washington County citizen who believes in the power of prayer.

NADINE BARNETT

Johnson City

A secret position?

I called Sen. Lamar Alexander’s office Thursday morning to ask that he support net neutrality. I asked what his position was. His staff person’s reply was that she was not allowed to answer that question.

That floored me. This man is my elected representative —  my senator. Why would he keep his position secret from the people he is supposed to be representing? This is not the first time I have been told his position is confidential.

This is not the response of someone who is actually concerned about the people he has been elected to represent.

I would like to know if anyone can give one good reason for Alexander keeping his position confidential on various things that affect us.

VICKY GALLOWAY

Watauga

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