Letter to Editor: James of Maryville, TN

James of Maryville, TN writes: My name is J. Nathan Higdon and I was born and raised in Maryville, TN. Currently, I’m finishing up my PhD in Business Administration. I started my first business, a transportation company, in 2004. For people who are creating jobs, you don’t hire people just to fill positions. You’re hiring…

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Letter to Editor: Leah of Franklin, TN

Leah of Franklin, TN writes: My name is Leah Bennion.   As a start-up attorney, I represent many individuals who are fulfilling the American Dream by starting their own businesses.  I am a technology lawyer, and many of the individuals I represent are frontiering technology to revolutionize their respective industries. Without the ability to insure his/her…

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Letter to Editor: Nina of Knoxville, TN

Nina of Knoxville, TN writes: My name is Nina Howell and I am a breast cancer survivor. I started a nonprofit for other breast cancer survivors. I am afraid of what the repeal of the ACA will mean for myself and the women I work with. Many of these women are single mothers with young…

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Letter to Editor: Julie of Ooltewah, TN

Julie of Ooltewah, TN writes: My name is Julie Edmondson. I live in Ooltewah. I am married and have 3 stepchildren. In my early 20s, I had a massive stroke and was hospitalized for several days. Five years later, I had another injury. My doctors did an MRI and found that I had an unruptured…

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Letter to Editor: Debra of Springhill, TN

Debra of Springhill, TN writes: My name is Debra Smith. I live in Springhill. I was a microbiologist for over 20 years.  Before the ACA, I could only get insurance through my employer because I had a pre-existing condition. By 2013, I had almost met my million-dollar cap. That year, I left my job with…

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Letter to Editor: April of Lookout Mountain, TN

April of Lookout Mountain, TN writes: My name is April Cook and I am a retired nurse. I live in Lookout Mountain, Tennessee. I volunteer as a nurse with the Red Cross. About 20 years ago, I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. Now, I need routine follow-ups and take several medications to stay alive. I…

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Letter to Editor: Amber of Memphis, TN

Amber of Memphis, TN writes: My name is Amber Sherman. I am from East Memphis. I am 22 years old and graduated from the University of Tennessee at Martin with a degree in political science and legal studies. I work full time and plan to attend law school in the August. I want to practice…

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Letter to Editor: Linda of Kingsport, TN

Linda of Kingsport, TN writes: My name is Linder Barber. I have lived in Kingsport since 1978. I was a teacher and later worked in real estate. As people with private insurance, the ACA has been great for us. Before the ACA, our premiums were going up every year. The year before the ACA, our…

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Letter to Editor: Brynda of Smyrna, TN

Brynda of Smyrna, TN writes: I am a longtime resident of Tennessee and have run my own psychology practice for more than 10 years.  It has been a long-time dream of mine to start my own practice. Unfortunately, I put my dream on hold for years because I knew that neither my husband nor I…

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Letter to Editor: Deborah of Lenoir City, TN

Deborah of Lenoir City, TN writes: My name is Deborah Scaperoth and I live in Lenoir City, TN. In 2003 my brother Gary was killed. He was a Navy Chaplain, Lieutenant Commander, a scholar, and an American Baptist minister. One day someone in his church asked Gary to drive with her to an AA meeting.…

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