Letter: Anderson County needs civility, Gooch the model

To the Editor:

Early voting began last week, and there’s a clear choice on the ballot for Anderson County mayor—one candidate who is open to input and reasonable discourse on issues, and another whose opening line in a recent opinion column was, “If I hear the word civility one more time, I’ll puke” (Terry Frank, Knoxville Journal, Jan. 28, 2011).

I would hate for anyone to be sick on the courthouse floor, as Anderson County is home to a very diverse group of people, and civility is something of a necessity to get anything positive accomplished.

Warren Gooch is a successful local businessman, managing a law firm of 60 employees. He is and has been a member of both local chambers of commerce for many years and has served in a variety of different volunteer capacities, such as the board of the Oak Ridge Public Schools Education Foundation.

First and foremost, I voted for Warren Gooch because he is the model of civility and professionalism. Although our preferred candidates at the national level may almost always differ, our hopes and aspirations for Anderson County are the same: economic prosperity, strong public schools, and fiscal responsibility in local government.

Warren will start every day looking for ways to help Anderson County prosper; he has the contacts and professionalism to showcase the tremendous opportunity here, and he will support and strengthen our assets—from our relationship with the U.S. Department of Energy to the public schools that educate our children.

Our country has suffered enough from the politics of division and gridlock. It’s time to demand civility and cooperation, starting here at home.

Somebody pass Terry a barf bag.

Angi Agle

Oak Ridge



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  • Myra Mansfield

    What an odd thing to base your vote on – civility. Seriously? Terry Frank does not have a lack of “civility”. Just like Gooch she has developed a successful business. She also is open to input and reasonable discourse on issues, and wants economic prosperity, strong public schools, and fiscal responsibility in local government (to quote you, not him). The DIFFERENCE? Terry wants it done without added expense to the taxpayers. I agree with her.

    And speaking of civility, it seems by your letter that you could use a little development in that area.

  • Tj

    Sorry Angie. He is a very liberal Democrat lawyer. He not only drinks the kool aid- he sells it by the box.
    Is he about to get his payoff for all the money he has spent on other Democrat lawyers?
    He should not be allowed to hold office.
    Article I, Section 9, Clause 8 of the U.S. Constitution states:

    No title of nobility shall be granted by the United States: and no person holding any office of profit or trust under them, shall, without the consent of the Congress, accept of any present, emolument, office, or title, of any kind whatever, from any king, prince, or foreign state.

    The term, bar stands for British Accredited Registry or British Accredited Regency. When American lawyers receive their law licenses, they are not being given permission to practice American law. They are being given permission to practice British law. Upon receiving a license to practice law, attorneys receive the title “esquire.” This is a title of nobility which gives them permission to practice English law. That is the reason that lawyers are called “attorneys at law” instead of attorneys of law. Lawyers practice law as outsiders of the legal system.

    The American Bar Association is a member organization of the International Bar Association. The International Bar Association is based in London. Its stated purpose is to promote, protect and enforce human rights under a just rule of law, and to preserve the independence of the judiciary and the legal profession worldwide. In reality, the goal of the I.B.A. is to control world government’s through their legal systems.

    The IBA is comprised of 16,000 individual lawyers and 180 Bar Associations and Law Societies, the International Bar Association (IBA) influences the development of international law reform and shapes the future of the legal profession. Its member organizations cover all continents and include the American Bar Association, the German Federal Bar, the Japan Federation of Bar Associations, the Law Society of Zimbabwe and the Mexican Bar Association.

    So here’s how it works… the International Bar Association controls the American Bar Association; the American Bar Association controls the federal courts as well as the state bar associations; the state bar associations control the state judiciaries and the state judiciaries control licensed attorneys.

    Instead of occupying Wall Street, Americans should be occupying bar associations. Bar associations are the real culprits behind all the legal protection for corporate greed. If you really want to change America, you have to take the power away from the power elite and put power back into the hands of the American people. This starts by repealing the bar licensing requirement and taking power away from the American Bar Association.

  • JohnQPublius

    Angi Agle lecturing on civility is like Elizabeth Warren lecturing on the potential for abuse in affirmative action hiring practices. What a hoot. Keep’em coming, Angi, I’ve got a bit of a sinus issue going on right now and as uncomfortable as it was to shoot cola through my nose when I read your “letter” about “civility,” it was actually quite therapeutic.