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.