To the Editor:
When visiting your city on Sept. 25 I had the pleasure of touring downtown and watching a homecoming parade. It was a completely enjoyable experience until I was leaving town by way of Murfreesboro Highway. At an intersection near Southside Elementary School there was a sign that can only be described as detrimental to the welfare of our great nation.
As adult Americans I believe it is our responsibility to teach the younger generation respect for the office of President of the USA. Whether you agree with his politics and policies or not, whether you like him or not, he is the President of the greatest nation on earth. The office alone warrants respect. To defame him does nothing but cause ill will.
The individual in charge of the sign has the freedoms of speech and press, but it is hypocritical to use them in such an unpatriotic manner. While I may agree or disagree with his stance, it certainly ruined an otherwise pleasant trip to your city. If I had been looking for place to raise a family I would now never consider your town. Such a show of disrespect near an elementary is shameful. To say that The President of OUR GREAT USA lied is brash. Furthermore, I feel certain the individual was trying to get a reaction and therefore has been successful (some thrive on negativism).
Renee KelleyOak Ridge
P.S. I was hungry while I was visiting and was going to return to town to patronize one of your restaurants, but I am glad now that I spent no money there.
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