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Letters: How would Jesus spend $175K?

Johnson City Press • Jun 16, 2019 at 6:00 AM

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How would Jesus spend $175K?

Brent Sanders’ plan to build what amounts to a playhouse for 16 frat boys is appalling.

He spent $175,00 on a building for 16 college students. Male college students. This is the very definition of white male privilege.

He claims to be a Christian, and claims that “if one life gets changed the way his life was changed, it will all be worth it.” Who would Jesus spend $175,000 on?

Sanders should consider tossing that cash toward children and families who need more than a smoothie bar and a rec room full of dead animal heads. How about funding The River for a year? How about choosing a school with a high percentage of children on free- and reduced-price lunch, making sure they are fed during the summer when they aren’t at school to get two of their three meals a day? How about putting that money toward the foster care system that is overburdened with the fallout from the opioid crisis? What about food banks? What about homeless shelters?

This isn’t about changing lives. It’s about stroking his ego. I sure hope the 16 frat boys he chooses end up with a bigger and better sense of community service than he has.

CARI JARMAN
Jonesborough

Losing the Hall Tax was bad for small towns

I have been wondering for a while now when the results of Governor Haslam’s slow destruction of the Hall Tax will rear its ugly head. That has happened.

The good folks of Elizabethton will see a small increase in their property tax soon, and this will eventually happen across the state. Turns out the Hall Tax has been a great thing for many small towns across the great state of Tennessee, it was a great source of revenue that helped with funds for schools, roads and fire protection. The Hall Tax is a tax on mostly wealthy individuals who have interest income from stocks and bonds, etc.

The repeal of this tax takes from the poor and gives to the rich. This is only the beginning, by the time it is phased out completely there will be more tax burdens placed on hard working folks, thanks to our self-serving politicians, and by the way they have adjusted down the privilege tax, another tax most have not heard of, paid by doctors, lawyers and other well-paid professionals, so I imagine we will have to eventually pick up the tab for that. We all should be concerned.

DON WILLIAMS
Piney Flats

Remember the homefront nurses

During all the remembering and showing of D-Day events of WWII there is one group who answered the call for help in the war effort that has been overlooked and/or forgotten. The U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps had a significant role in the war effort. The Corps was created in 1943 to address the acute shortage of registered nurses in the Nation’s hospitals. So many of the RNs had gone in the Army, Navy, etc. that the homefront was left almost uncared for.

President Roosevelt signed the order to create the Cadet Nurse Corps, and about 130,000 young women answered the call. We were required to sign a statement saying that if the war was not over when we graduated, we would go to one of the military branches and continue to serve as needed.

This was a godsend for some young women who really wanted to be a nurse, but as this was in the depression era, they could not afford the costs of education. In return for joining the Corps all school expenses were paid. The senior nurses were responsible for 80% of the nursing care given on the home front.

Many of us were sent to Veteran, Army and Navy hospitals for our 6-month senior period. Our own Johnson City VA Hospital benefitted from the Corps as about 30 of us were sent here coming from many different states.

We have never been given Veteran status. We continue to be the only uniformed group that served during the War that has not been called veterans.

This can be rectified by the passage of both H2056 and S997 that have recently been introduced in Congress.

These acts will recognize the cadets with both an honorable discharge and veteran burial status. For those cadets no longer with us, the recognition of their service by honorable discharge could be a priceless and overdue recognition by our nation to their families.

AGNES LOWE
Johnson City

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