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Sheriff is defended on meth issues

To The Editor:

I agree with, and applaud, Sheriff Jim Ruth concerning his stance against methamphetamine, his assessment of the enormous public costs due to meth production and his “strange bedfellows” quote.

I also agree with the sheriff that the attempt to stifle the meth bill “... all shakes out to M-O-N-E-Y.”

None of Sheriff Ruth’s comments said, or implied, that any state legislator was accepting money for their votes. To paraphrase the words of William Shakespeare, “I think the legislators protest too much.”

A “bedfellow” is defined as a companion or close associate. The money issue deals directly with the bonuses, profits, pay or sales revenue that go to a successful lobby effort, pharmaceutical companies, smurfs or meth manufacturers and dealers, respectively.

Sheriff Ruth is simply an advocate of all efforts to curtail the Tennessee meth problems. And he is astonished, as am I, at those who would curtail legislation that would help.

— Richard Hughes, Lt. Col. USAF (Retired),Cleveland

Area resident urges safety by motorists

To The Editor:

After reading the front page news about the ongoing problem with people not observing bus safety, I felt I must add another comment.

It appalls me to see people blatantly disregard the exiting of children on school buses. Our children are our most precious assets, and WE must do anything and everything to protect them. They are gifts, sent to us from God, to love and protect, and it is our duty to see that done.

My husband and I were leaving the parking lot of Westwood Baptist Church on Georgetown Road, attempting to turn left. Waiting for the traffic to clear, a Bradley County school bus approached from the left, and made a complete stop, at the entrance to Lennox Hills subdivision. The driver had put the lights on, and the sign was out.

Much to our shock and disbelief, three cars speeded up and proceeded through the warnings as some of the children were making their exit. We could not believe our eyes! I don’t know if they were on their cellphones, late for whatever, or just STUPID and making bad decisions, but NOTHING is worth jeopardizing any child’s life. They are just that, children, and most cannot comprehend the dangers they face on a daily basis, especially where their safety is concerned. That’s what we, the adults, are for.

Remember this and please slow down. Let’s all do whatever we can to protect them and pray that we don’t wait till another tragedy happens to start.

— Mrs. Judy Green

Charleston Ruth position on meth issue is defended

To The Editor:

In reference to the Banner article dated March 21, 2013, “State legislators challenge sheriff,” I would like to challenge them to do whatever is necessary to rid our state of this blight. I can’t imagine that they are proud that Tennessee ranks first in the nation for the production of meth (Tennessee Public Safety Coalition).

I have known Sheriff Ruth for several years and know him to be a Christian gentleman who has dedicated his life to law enforcement. Whether you agree or disagree with his stance on making pseudoephedrine available by prescription only, he should not be denigrated for trying to rid Bradley County of meth labs.

I take great exception to [state] Rep. Eric Watson’s statement that Bradley Countians do not agree with Sheriff Ruth. He certainly doesn’t speak for me. His comment reeks of politics for political gain.

I can only imagine the horror Sheriff Ruth and his deputies see on a regular basis. I wonder how these legislators would feel had they seen the bodies of two innocent children who died of heat exhaustion while their mother was allegedly inside cooking meth.

Here is a heartbreaking fact concerning meth labs and children. In the last decade, over 1,200 children in the state of Tennessee have been removed from their meth lab homes and placed into foster care (Department of Children’s Services).

The cost of this alone is astronomical in taxpayer dollars.

As for the argument that requiring a prescription for pseudoephedrine would be costly and time-consuming, I can’t recall ever receiving an RX for allergy and/or sinus problems that didn’t have at least one refill good for a year.

We stand at a crossroads in the war against meth.

We can either be a little inconvenienced or continue to bury children who have been inconvenienced into eternity.

What will our legislators do?

I stand firmly in support of Sheriff Ruth and his dedication to our county.

— Debbie Williams, Cleveland