“My service club experience was with the Johnson City Jaycees and the Mars Hill Civitan clubs, both now defunct. Could it be that the reason they failed is the loss of the right of free association?”
“Well said, Martha S. Bradley, Esq. [“Women Didn’t Kill Civic Clubs,” Dec. 12, Xpress].”
Readers, you had a lot to say about local politics and civic goings-on in the region this year. From tourism and development to bears and the county government scandal, here’s a look back at some of the hot topics that sparked your opinions.
“Women did not kill civic clubs; entrenched financial barriers and a mentality of exclusivity did.”
“Everyone in America should be offended that a vibrant, noisy few can rob the rest of us of our right to free association. Let’s get America back on track!”
“The Supreme Court did not ‘trample’ your rights. They simply extended those rights to women.”
“Has it ever occurred to Anthony E. Ponder that the dwindling membership in service organizations has to do with disinterest and apathy on the part of males and their participation, rather than the drivel of female joiners?”
“Our court has effectively denied the ‘boys’ a night out. Shouldn’t men have places where they can socialize, bond, network, serve the community and escape the cares of family life for a couple of hours each week?”