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Letters

  • Rotary breakfast a success thanks to community support

    The Rotary Club of Kingston hosted our annual pancake breakfast and silent auction on Saturday, Feb. 6.

    More than 175 people were served, and a great time was had by all as folks enjoyed wonderful food and visited with their friends and neighbors in what has become an annual tradition for many.

  • Questions still persist about Kingston slips

    At long last, the March 23 edition of the paper contained a bit of news on the city’s boat-slip project.

    The caption to the picture on page 5 says, in part, “... the Kingston Public Works Department is constructing a boat dock at the Hwy. 58 Landing which will attach to 18 covered boat slips to be delivered later this month.” This happens to be incorrect information.

  • Time for Kingston to justify ‘good deal’ on slips

    Since an initial flurry, the subject of the city of Kingston’s boat slip project seems to have disappeared from view.

    Could it be that this ill-conceived boondoggle doesn’t stand up very well in the light of day?

    Some citizens may wonder why paying $90,000, including a 50-percent advance payment, for boat slips with little apparent value to their original owner, represents a “good deal.”

  • Wonder what Comcast would do if I didn’t pay up?

    After reading the article in Friday’s Roane County News, “Cable giant owes local utility” $400,000, I wonder who else Comcast might owe?

    If I understand this right, the electric customers of Rockwood Electric Utility are footing the bill for Comcast to stay on good poles, whether we have service with Comcast or not.

  • Beware: Don’t let a scam artist take your money

    I have on my mind that other readers, especially elders like myself, that scam artists are out there to get your money!

    I was being scammed on Jan. 27, thinking it was my grandson needing my help.

    I am a disabled person, but I have a helper through the Silver Angels organization. She helped me, with the help of an employee of CVS Pharmacy.

    They helped me realize that what I was about to do was to allow a scam artist to take my money!

    You may edit this letter in any way it needs to warn other people.

    Thank you.

  • Some thoughts about ‘beleaguered appraiser’ issues

    I am writing this in hopes that it will be posted in the newspaper. This is just a thought I had after reading the article on our “Beleaguered Appraiser.”

    In the article, he blames everyone under the sun for the issues that have arisen during his term, yet never once has he looked at himself and wondered if it was him. Mr. Morgan is apparently the victim of some heinous plot to defame and deface his character, with the culprits being anyone from those working for him or those that he fired to reaching all the way up to the state appraiser’s office.

  • TCAPs could also be considered measure of stress

    And so our time soon begins, a standardized test starting at third grade that affects our children’s future.

    The same test given throughout our state in elementary schools creates frantic teachers, aides, administrative school staff and parents into preparing our young ones with worksheets, practice tests and homework.

    All this given in hopes of our children doing their best on the TCAP.

  • Tax abatement response leads to more questions

    I was hoping to get some response from my disparaging words about tax abatements for the rich, and I did get a response from The Roane Alliance President/CEO Wade Creswell himself.

    First, let me say that I don’t think it’s the job or right of the government to take money out of the pockets of taxpayers, many of whom can’t afford to feed and house their families, to aid or prop up rich businesses.
    As a matter of fact, I think it’s downright immoral.

  • When do we taxpayers get our abatements?

    A comment on a couple of articles in Jan. 4 and 6 papers:

    The first comment concerns the “Investing in jobs” story. I am one of those who simply hates the use of taxpayer money being used to lure these rich companies to locate in our county.

    I realize some jobs may be created, but the tax abatements, which have to be made up by the taxpayers ... couldn’t this be construed as we taxpayers paying the wages of these rich company employees?

    A pretty good deal for them, bad for us.

  • Making much ado about hairdo, not hydrogen bomb

    The claim by the brash North Korean dictator that they have detonated a hydrogen bomb is not the stickiest issue facing America and her allies today. Not even close!

    After hours of searching the Net and interviewing experts in the field I have discovered a worrisome and previously ignored threat. Forget the bomb; look at his fat Cabbage-Patch-Doll face and the plastic hairdo!

    What if that style is suddenly adopted by our pop stars and rock bands across the country? Imagine it on Broadway? Or even worse — on Rush Limbaugh!