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Letters

  • Abbott didn’t just donate daffodils, she dug them up

    When Pauline Abbott read my letter in the Roane County News requesting donations of daffodil bulbs to beautify the area below the Kingston Library, she called to volunteer some of hers.

    I drove to her house to view the area and I could see that there was a great plenty. Before I could round up a platoon of Rotarians to dig, Mrs. Abbott called back. She had dug them herself. There were five grocery sacks full of bulbs waiting for pick up.

  • Supports the tax increase to fund Roane schools

    In regard to the ongoing deliberations of the budget for the Roane County School System,  it has been brought to my attention that there is a request for a 14-cent increase to the county property tax. This is to allow the schools’ budget to balance and schools to start on time without major cuts to programs. I support this increase.

  • Do we really want to get involved in Syrian dog fight?

    Have you ever seen a dog fight between three or more of these normally docile animals?
    Believe me, it can be  fierce and not a pretty sight.
    A canine free-for-all can mean major injuries to every participant.
    And the unwary human who tries to stop the fray can be much the worse for wear; his own pet may savagely attack him in the excitement of the battle.
    Assad’s Syria is like a dog fight, and if the U.S. enters the fray directly we may see all the warring parties turn on the U.S. forces at some point.

  • Snakes alive! Panic no option after reptile intrusion

    We had a visitor recently, one that was neither invited nor expected.
    It was of the reptilian types, 5 feet long and slim with a mottled gray and black skin. It seems the storm door that has recently been closing slowly, and sometimes not completely, left just the right amount of space for it to slither into our living room.
    I saw its tail disappearing as I reached for the door to enter.
    “Snake!” I warned, and stepped gingerly into the house. There it was on the hardwood floor, looking around as if to choose which room to inhabit.

  • Support for golf tourney helps educate youth

    On Saturday, June 8, the Avery Trace Chapter, Daughter of the American Revolution, held its 4th Annual Flag Day Golf Tournament at Southwest Point Golf Course.

    The DAR promotes patriotism within our local schools and community, supports our military active duty as well as our veterans and educates American youth in the history of our great country.

  • Is ship-of-state adrift? Can ‘captain’ sail to safe waters?

    As our ship of state sails away from ill-advised foreign entanglements, her hull battered and holed, her crew war weary, bloodied and ill-paid, the captain scans the distant shore for safe harbor ­— a place to mend her wounds and bind up shattered sails.

  • LETTER: Bigots wrongly think they can speak for us

    No, racism isn’t dead. It isn’t even sleeping. It is hiding behind closed   doors of houses built with cow’s dung.  It is just as strong and ugly, and it raises its head to announce things, opinions and people it will not tolerate.

    What arrogance to make personal decisions for someone else because their own fragile senses are offended.

    A cereal company had the audacity to include a mixed-race couple with a child in their commercial.

    The cow’s dung house exploded with anger and indignation.

  • LETTER: School-shooting security increase is unnecessary

    Should we raise taxes and spend huge amounts of money on beefed up security in our schools — NO!

    Here’s why:

    Since 2000 the United States has averaged 2.46 school shootings per year, including shootings where no one, including students, were injured or only the shooter died (suicide).

    The chances of any particular K-12 school in the United States experiencing a shooting incident in any given year is approximately 1 in 53,925.

  • Swift apology wanted for Largen’s tea party attack

    My usual policy regarding Gerald Largen’s columns is to ignore them as a waste of time and a danger to healthy brain cells, but when he attacks me or my Roane County Tea Party associates directly, as he did last Friday, I reluctantly wade into his ramblings.

    The silver lining in this whole IRS debacle has been the fact that some people who had formerly put complete trust in the righteousness of an all-powerful central government have had their eyes opened to what happens in the real world when real people are given too much power over their fellow citizens.  

  • Leadership view depends on your own direction

    The conciliatory effects of the presidential oval office meetings with Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham have disappeared like fog at sunrise.

    A new chill has settled over their relationships as our most vocal war POW/hero accuses President Obama of a failure to lead.

    What he is failing to notice is that the president is leading in the opposite direction McCain currently advocates, and away from continual war — not into the Syrian civil war quicksand.

    How could entering another proxy war in the Middle East help the United States?