Letters to the Editor 11-26

Posted 11/25/17

A prayer

for a better year in 2018

To The Editor:

Thanksgiving has again come to us, and everyone in our Cleveland community should give extra thanks this year. Really, we should all give …

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Letters to the Editor 11-26


A prayer

for a better year in 2018

To The Editor:

Thanksgiving has again come to us, and everyone in our Cleveland community should give extra thanks this year. Really, we should all give thanks every day of every year.

By the grace of God, we have not had a shooting at Lee University, nor in our city and county schools, nor our churches. I pray I don’t live to see this happen here. Such insanity.

People make guns evil. They’re the ones who make it necessary — and something that I don’t like — to have police and armed people in our schools and churches.

When I was growing up, I didn’t see this kind of thing. But if it was necessary, then it would be the police to provide armed protection. Today, we have very good police officers in our community.

It’s a sad commentary that our nation — the United States of America — is supposed to be the “best,” and to serve as a good example for all other countries. We need to shape up!

There is so much evil nowadays. A minority number of our citizens are gun-happy ... ready for any excuse to use their guns.

Every day lately when I look at my Cleveland Daily Banner, I read where there’s been another tragedy. Many children, and others, have died in this decade for things that were not their fault. They deserved to live their lives, to be happy and to be safe. People of all ages deserve this, too.

I like to walk and I do when I can. In our community, I don’t feel unsafe or in fear  of a drive-by shooting. 

I like to look around and feel and see a beautiful sky, trees, flowers, and I like to smile at people I pass, and I like to get a smile back.

I appreciate all the beautiful things that make me thankful I’m alive and safe.

I love to read the paper, and I love to read in general. And when I do, my heart always goes out to those who weren’t safe on the days of those tragedies.

Our new year of 2018 is about here. My prayer is that it will be a better year, a calmer year.

— Betsy Burke


Downtown eatery


To The Editor:

In Oak Ridge, in an area called Jackson Square, there is a unique place to eat. It is called “The Soup Kitchen.”

It is only open for lunch. It opens at 11 a.m., and closes sometime after 2 p.m.

It serves five or six different kinds of soup, and always chili. It  also has cornbread, sourdough bread and French bread. There is also a small selection of light desserts.

The place is overrun with customers, and it is not unusual to share lunch with the mayor, TV personalities or your next-door neighbor.

With the plan to revitalize downtown Cleveland, it would be wonderful and profitable to include a “Soup Kitchen.”

Most of the many restaurants in town that serve lunch serve the same food, but under different names.

— Col. Richard Hughes (retired)



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