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Letters: America is definitely the place to live

Contributed To The Press • Dec 14, 2017 at 12:00 AM

The Nov. 29 issue of the Press contained a Community Voices column, written by a retired Lutheran minister, listing things wrong about the United States of America. I think it would be good to talk about the things that are right about this country.

Incidentally, I would remind him that the Bible says to dwell on the good things, not the bad things.

In response, I would like to point out that in one recent year, there were 23 people migrating to the United States for every one person who was was leaving it. It is often said actions speak louder than words. The United States must look pretty good, especially for residents of other countries.

Since he is retired, I assume the columnist (Ed Wolff) has enough passive income to live where he chooses. There are upward of 200 other countries from which he could choose, if he can find a better one.

I’ve also been retired for many years, and there is no place where I’d rather live than the United States — specifically Northeast Tennessee. I’ve lived in 18 states and have visited all 50. I have also visited other countries, so I have plenty to compare with.

I came to Tennessee in 1991, and I have no intention of leaving. I may visit other countries, but I’ll never live anywhere else.

ROGER M. CLITES

Johnson City

A good man

When I read Kent Harris’ letter last Sunday 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.

Kent 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 you know 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

Full disclosure

Yes, politicians should reveal their tax returns and financial holdings to the public.

Refusing to do so gives politicians the grand opportunity to hide. One of the aspects that we currently see among politicians is their incredible ability to be dishonest and upon being discovered, blaming it on someone or something else.

My dad always said: “An honest man can’t hide a thing, and he won’t want to.”

Dad was right.

Hidden assets, hidden affairs, hidden promises and hidden money — all speak guilt and untrustworthiness. As for me, I’ll stick with my dad’s advice. Although he is long gone, his advice still holds true.

KAREN MELTON

Butler

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