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Letters

  • New hospital nice – with little better direction

    Location is everything in real estate, some say, and the new Roane Medical Center is expertly positioned to be accessible to local and regional patients.
    The open house on Sunday was a good chance to get a feel for this patient-friendly facility.
    Lots of natural lighting and views of the countryside will make a stay there less tiresome, and the couch-bed for overnight guests of patients will be very well received.

  • Secretary of State Clinton did right by the country

    In response to Lance Douglas’ letter printed here on Feb 1, I have to agree with everything he wrote except for the following:
    1. No, even if the ambassador’s name had been Gillum, I would not have felt differently regarding Hillary’s sensitivity.

    Instead, I would have wondered why the ambassador didn’t exercise good judgment and, exercising his authority, depart the outpost in Benghazi until security, adequate to the situation, was in place.

  • Speeding ticket complaint a case of sour grapes

    Charlie Smith was just caught breaking the law, and Smith’s rant in the Roane County News’ Feb. 1 edition of Our Readers Write was just sour grapes.  

    The legal posted speed of 55 mph on Gallaher Road is plenty fast enough, especially at night.

    Smith was more than likely going faster than 70 mph, as most police officers are apt to  forgive a few miles and give you a break on a ticket.  

    As for being ashamed of Tennessee, Smith should try pulling the same stunt in Mississippi.

  • More gun control? Now not the time

    Washington is ablaze regarding gun control legislation. The president and vice president have a legislative package they want to push through.

    Dianne Feinstein wants the assault weapons ban renewed. In my opinion, this is not the time for sweeping change.

    There are many who might support better background checks, smaller clips, mental health checks or something.

    However, new legislation will have little popularity with this president leading the charge.

  • More gun control? Now not the time

    Washington is ablaze regarding gun control legislation. The president and vice president have a legislative package they want to push through.

    Dianne Feinstein wants the assault weapons ban renewed. In my opinion, this is not the time for sweeping change.

    There are many who might support better background checks, smaller clips, mental health checks or something.

    However, new legislation will have little popularity with this president leading the charge.

  • Clinton garners respect; McCain, Paul, not so much

    “If I had been President I would have relieved you of your post!” retired Congressman Ron Paul’s son, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, told Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Benghazi, Libya.

    Some Americans might agree with the always-clairvoyant younger Paul’s rant, but I suspect many more Americans wish Ron had been able to teach his son some respect for his superiors.

  • Thanks for work making the road a bit smoother

    We give special thanks to Charles Sherrill. Two days after Christmas he graded a tenth of a mile on Bournemouth Drive near Rockwood in Roane County.

    Sharon M. Brown Rockwood

  • It took teamwork to pull off first tournament

    The first annual Clinch Valley Invitational Basketball Tournament was a huge success.

    Sixteen teams competed in the tournament that spanned three days.

    This event would not have been possible without the efforts of several people in the Rockwood community.

    We would like to thank the many parents, sponsors, area churches, volunteers and Rockwood Middle School faculty members for all of their hard work.

    Without them, this tournament would not have been possible.

  • Trust in God over government at heart of gun fight

    Columnist Gerald Largen is correct that an assault gun ban will not prevent the recurrence of school violence.

    The question then becomes what force drives the demand for a ban?

    The only purpose fulfilled by having an assault rifle ban is to prevent people from having a gun that could stop the unjust and illegal use of government force when they come to take life, liberty or freedom from the people.

  • Gillum speaks on guns, debt and McConnell

    Can you imagine using the proposed trillion-dollar platinum coin to determine the first possession of the Super Bowl Game?

    I suggest the designer create the coin with the likeness of Alfred E. Newman of MAD Magazine fame on the “heads” side, and the “tails” side could be stamped with a portrait of the rear end of a donkey.

    If this happens I’m thinking of making a coin of cardboard and declaring a value that would allow me to trade it for a nice place in the south of France.