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Letters

  • 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.

  • Secretary of Defense battle will make good TV

    Another blunder by President Obama?

    With the looming “fiscal cliff,” the planned retreat from Afghanistan, controversial immigration reform and gun control battles overhanging and casting a pall over Congress and the White House, what does our President do?

    First he throws his brand of oil on the water by informing Congress he won’t negotiate over the “fiscal cliff” issue, thereby needlessly forcing House Speaker John Boehner and Kentucky State Sen. Mitch McConnell into a corner.

  • Woman meets Christmas angel at Walmart

    This letter is for (and about) a Christmas angel named Jack.

    His actions so stunned me and, afterward, he disappeared so quickly, I didn’t have a chance to adequately express my thanks.

    But I want to; I need to so badly that I hope and pray if Jack is not reading this himself, someone else will see it and point it out to him.

    Dear, dear Jack, lately, my family and I have had some things happen in our lives that were so bad, it caused us to become despondent and our faith to grow weak.