To The Editor:
Not everything you read or see or hear in the news is negative.
Sometimes it just seems that way based on everything that is happening around us. But, in my opinion, there is still some good in the world today.
One of the “positives” that I have become aware of is the work of Bradley County Sessions Judge Sheridan Randolph. I have sat and observed his work in Bradley County courtrooms, from both a neutral position and from a personal perspective. From all that I have seen and observed, I think Judge Randolph is very fair and understanding, and he provides opportunities for those in his courtroom to better themselves.
I personally went before Judge Randolph’s court recently, and once the case was completed I came away with the impression that he is a man of integrity.
In my dealings with Judge Randolph’s staff, I have also been impressed by the professionalism and courtesies of his employee, Jennifer McCall.
As I mentioned, I just wanted it to be said that not all news in today’s world is bad news. There are positives.
I thank Judge Randolph and Jennifer McCall for being part of the positive.
— Eula “Twiggy” Casteel
To The Editor:
With the government shutdown being as effective as it was, millions of Americans have their own ideas who is to blame. Some feel that it was the Republican tea party, the president of the United States, and other concepts of thought. But, if the blame is to be effective in thought, who is really the blame, I feel that it can indeed be shifted upon the government — in areas that relate to bankruptcy lawyers who take more money than they are supposed to, and leaving clients either financially broke, homeless or both.
The [threatened] default covers many areas when it comes to ruin. Blaming the president or the tea party actually doesn’t cover half of the trend. I agree that a compromise [had to be] reached to make some type of settlement to get this country [back] up and running. But, at the same time, bankruptcy attorneys have caused more of the problem of today with this nation’s default, and the essential areas of these bankruptcy lawyers lies between Chattanooga and Cleveland.
— Constance Janice Mills-Shaw
To The Editor:
If Obama continues his posture toward the TRUTH, what shall we do with Pinocchio? Cut off his nose?
Do we restore Washington’s APOCRYPHAL cherry tree, give Abraham Lincoln back his penny and take the “little boy” out of The Emperor’s New Clothes? Do we drop the tragic flaw from Greek Tragedy and abolish the OATH before a court of law? Must we change the logo on Harvard’s sweatshirts since truth doesn’t count? And what about pledges, vows, contracts and promises? Do we put them in the RECYCLE BIN (so they might be restored for a later generation if they should want them)?
Does honesty still have a place in American society? Is it important in our post-modern society?
Bill Clinton influenced young people about sexual behavior and an epidemic followed. What Obama is teaching about honesty (or dishonesty) by example, will also influence young people? Can his behavior be countered in developing minds of the young? Or do we await another epidemic?
— Pat Sims
(Retired School Teacher)
by good friend
To The Editor:
I write today in recognition and praise of Charles “Red” Mullinax, a son of Cleveland who died [in late October].
“Red” was a well-known and widely-respected businessman and community citizen. He enjoyed the friendship of thousands in Cleveland and Bradley County.
When I moved to our city 55 years ago, “Red” was one of the first people I met. Like so many others in Cleveland, I soon realized the contributions he made for the betterment of our area.
A veteran of Navy service during World War II, he remained a patriot throughout his life. His leadership as owner of automobile dealerships and his service as a board member of Pioneer Credit and as founding board chairman of First Citizens Bank placed him in the public eye and helped fund the many charitable gifts he and his family have shared.
“Red” was a faithful member of North Cleveland Church of God where he served on the Church Council and building committees when I was pastor there. The church and I consistently appreciated his wise leadership and counsel.
I was heartbroken to return to Cleveland from an out-of-state preaching engagement one afternoon and learn that his funeral had taken place earlier in the day. I loved him very much.
He had lived a quiet life, usually out of the public spotlight, but his significant accomplishments deserve the notice and admiration of a grateful populace.
I join with his family and friends in mourning his death and celebrating a successful life that touched and blessed thousands of people.
His example challenges each of us to strive for excellence and live as faithful stewards.
— T. L. Lowery
Founder & Executive Director
T. L. Lowery Global Foundation