Rock on!

Maybe you’ve heard the saying, “The winners write the history.”

Something like that.

OK then, in 1865 the northern states of the United States of America took the surrender of the Confederate States of America, which was located in the southern portion of North America, but not in Mexico.

They didn’t want to surrender, because the Southern states were on the verge of making a dramatic comeback. It ended the “Northern War of Aggression,” which started in 1861 when Southern militia men in South Carolina were forced to fire upon a fort belonging to the United States of America because, basically, they didn’t like the United States of America.

Okay, this is too complicated to make it simple.

Call it a “Northern” heritage thing.

No offense, right?

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It’s a simple, common sense precaution


Anderson County had 37 new Covid cases in the last three days.

That is more than we had in the first three months! All indications are this trend will get much worse if nothing is done to slow it down.

Governor Lee has just issued an executive order giving counties the authority to require masks inside businesses and public buildings.

This simple, common-sense move would cost absolutely nothing and by slowing down the spread could save lives, allow schools to open, and keep businesses from being shut down again.

This is not a political issue, but a public health and economic issue.

I, and many people I know, have been slowly starting to do more business at local shops – but in the face of this spread, most will not do business in places where masks are not required.

Our state and local leaders need to address this issue immediately for the sake of our health and local economy.

Myron Iwanski

Oak Ridge

Take your support of veterans ‘on the road’ with new license plate

Are you a Tennessean who loves dogs, wants to support disabled veterans and would like to sport an inspiring specialty license plate on your vehicle?

Then Smoky Mountain Service Dogs needs your help to meet its goal of pre-selling 1,000 specialty plates this summer.

Smoky Mountain Service Dogs, located in East Tennessee, trains mobility assistance service dogs for veterans with service-connected physical and psychological disabilities.

The nonprofit has helped veterans, such as retired U.S. Army First Sgt. Charles Stewart, regain their lives.

Stewart served 26 years and participated in seven combat tours.

He is a 100 percent Veterans Affairs disabled veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder. Smoky Mountain Service Dogs trained and provided Sadie, a Labrador retriever, for Stewart.

“Sadie gives me confidence and the ability to be more mobile through her mobility assistance, and calms me during my PTSD episodes,” Stewart said.

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