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Letters

  • Fleischmann still gets paid under shutdown

    Open letter to U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann:

    Your Party’s strategy to allow the government to shutdown in order to get concessions on Obamacare is irrational.

    You know as well as I do that people  may not like Obamacare (because they do not understand it yet), but every poll shows they are vastly not in favor of shutting the government down to gain your small health care concessions.

    I and others will remind people when it is time for your re-election on the stupidity of your Party’s decision.

    You will not get re-elected.

  • Good Samaritans’ kindness to elders not easily repaid

    On Thursday night, Sept. 19, my  parents, who are both in their mid-80s, had a flat tire while driving on  Hwy. 321.  

    Almost immediately, a gentleman stopped to help.  His name was  Travis Marcum.  He is the owner of Marcum Marine in Lenoir City.  He placed a  call to his son, who responded very quickly and they had the bad tire off and  the spare tire installed in no time at all.  

    They refused payment at the time, so we would like to publicly thank them.  It was a kindness not easily  repaid.  

  • New hospital good, loud IV alarms are not

    Have you ever planned a fantastic party and then missed it yourself?

    It just happened to me in the most unexpected way when I found myself being transported to the new Roane Medical Center at 4:30 in the morning recently.

    Coughing, feverish and in a mental fog, hardly able to respond verbally when I entered the ER, I was soon able to respond to questions by the attending staff.

    First my insurance cards were scanned, then my brain received the same procedure somewhere in the bowels of this very large facility.

  • Jim Henry knows what causes plight of many children

    Newborn babies, hospital records reveal, often are delivered exposed to drugs such as cocaine and marijuana.

    It is not uncommon for children to be in homes where methamphetamine labs are in operation.

    General Sessions Court Judge Jeff Wicks and I also serve as juvenile court judges. We grant as many as four emergency juvenile petitions each week wherein the court order results in the removal of a child or children from their parents.

  • Clothes Closet offers more, but needs your help

    For 13 years, The Clothes Closet in Rockwood has furnished clothing, books, toys, and school supplies to children; pajamas, jogging outfits, robes and house shoes for nursing home residents; business clothing for clients to wear to a job interview and to their workplace; everyday clothing, and clothing for funerals and weddings, certain colored slacks and shirts to many clients to wear to work.

  • Formal or not, local Tea Party opposes senator

    I don’t know what formal list of Tea Parties was being referred to in Friday’s “Our Opinion” column, but to set the record straight, Roane County Tea Party is very supportive of the effort to retire U.S.  Sen. Lamar Alexander.

    Our founders envisioned citizen legislators who would serve their terms and then return to private life, not a permanent ruling class of professional politicians who ignore the Constitutional limits of their enumerated powers and write laws that infringe upon our liberties and grant power to them.

  • Americans are tired of useless Middle East wars

    Republican Sens. Lindsay Graham of South Carolina and John McCain of Arizona did not approve of Chuck Hagel, criticized his selection as secretary of defense, and now have been invited to the White House to counsel the President.

    I imagine there will be cigars, brandy and maybe a bawdy joke or two will be told but little else will be accomplished. The two “tough guys” will return to their respective constituencies with another chevron on their sleeves for having been to the seat of power and actually making it all the way into the Oval Office.

  • More rehab, not bigger jails, will help addiction

    I saw on TV and read in the newspapers about the rehabilitation program at Brushy Mountain.

    If the cities and county court system had this program, these people might not be in prison. Addicts to drugs and alcohol are put in jail and have to pay bail and court costs. If they can’t, they are stuck in jail and can’t get jobs.

    Bigger jails are not the answer. These addicts need rehab to productively return to society.

    Lives might be changed or saved.

    Mary Boseley
    Harriman
     

  • U.S. EPA needs to take over ash spill handling

    I was shocked to learn about a federal lawsuit filed against  Jacobs Engineering Group Inc., a company employed by TVA to remediate the ash spill site in Roane County.  

    The allegations set forth in the suit are serious.

    Early on in the spill aftermath, I raised concern about the impact on the health of the Roane County residents due to the toxic constituents in the coal ash.  

    We were told time and again by the TVA that the ash was harmless.  

  • You can benefit from supporting Dunn Center

    Do you realize how fortunate you are to live in Roane County?  

    Not only do our citizens have the benefit of a new, first-class hospital to treat people with a multitude of illnesses, but we also have the Michael Dunn Center to care for people with a multitude of disabilities.  

    The Michael Dunn Center provides services for more than 300 people each day, and is one of the largest employers of trained personnel in Roane County.