News from the Tennessee Valley Opinion
SUNDAY, MAY 28, 2006


Christian educators have the answers

The debate over "The DaVinci Code" sets forth the difference between Christians and secular humanists. For Christians, there is truth and error — right and wrong. For secularists, there are only opinions to explore and dialogue to discuss.

The same debate is going on in the world of education. Christian educators still believe they have truth worth proclaiming. Secular educators only offer divergent ideas worth exploring — abundant questions, but no answers.

Wayne Forsythe


Faith Christian Academy


Daring sailboat trip from Gulf to Decatur

I was fascinated by your article by Clyde Stancil of May 22 describing Bob Russell's daring sailboat journey from the Gulf of Mexico to Decatur, requiring 15 days. What sagacity, self-reliance, and focus to a task he possessed! I note he went from the Gulf up the comparatively new Tenn-Tom waterway in accessing Decatur. Obviously, the New Orleans route would have been impossible for one person.

I am an old guy, a retired engineer, in no way a sailor myself. But I am an enthusiast and hobbyist at geography and continental water drainage, In my backyard here in the Great Smoky Mountains flows a small, unnamed creek which drains to the Pigeon River, and that flows to the French Broad River, which in turn flows to Knoxville, where it contributes to the formation of the Tennessee River.

I read parts of your paper by Internet frequently and always find interesting pieces.

Ben A. Robinson

Lake Junaluska, N.C.

Cancer victims grateful for funds from Relay

On behalf of the more than 1.3 million people who will be diagnosed with cancer this year, the American Cancer Society Relay For Life Hartselle Committee would like to thank all the dedicated individuals, generous contributors and organizers of the May 12-13 event at E.A.R.T.H. Park.

This successful event raised $51,747 for the American Cancer Society's research, education, advocacy and patient support programs, and donations are still coming in.

Our community really came together for this cause and we are so grateful for that support. Thank you to everyone who gave of their time, talent and resources to help those touched by cancer.

Relay For Life Hartselle had 24 teams participate by walking throughout the night.

More than 400 luminaria lined the walking path in honor of those living with cancer and in memory of those who lost their battle with the disease. A special ceremony recognized and remembered those who have been touched by cancer.

To learn how to participate in the 2007 ACS Relay For Life Hartselle, contact ACS Development Representative Beth Tutwiler at 535-1082. For more information about Relay For Life, call (800) 227-2345 or visit

Elaine Balch

Event chair

2006 Relay For Life Hartselle Committee


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