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Letters

  • Commissioners attempt to bell the cats political

    On behalf of the many great cats at Tiger Haven I would like to thank state Rep. Julia Hurley for not signing the Roane County Commission's destructive Tiger Haven bill.
    The commissioners all know the cost of placing tracking collars on 280 plus big cats would be an onerous financial burden for this worthy but cash strapped nonprofit.  

  • Legislation on teachers never about better ed

    Over 50 years ago I interviewed with the school board for my first teaching position in a small town.
    I was immediately told they did not allow any teachers their school to belong to a union.
    Each teacher was to negotiate his or her own salary and that salary was to be kept in strict confidence.  
    I was able to bargain them up to $1,800 a year!  
    Later, I learned I was making more than the teacher who had been with them for 30 years, but who “didn't squabble over salary.”

  • Largen gets it wrong again, says writer

    It is not the Republicans but the current administration which is trying to undo over a century of national progress and advancement.
    Our great country was founded on principles and traditions that conservatives strongly believe in, and in the last two years, we have seen an overwhelming effort to shuffle these to the back of the bus declaring that a more liberal progressive agenda is now the norm in this nation.

  • Thanks for help with pancake breakfast

    The Rotary Club of Kingston recently hosted its annual Pancake Breakfast and Silent Auction to raise funds for community and international projects.  The event was a huge success thanks in large part to community businesses and leaders that bought table sponsorships, donated items for the silent auction or provided other support.

  • DONICE BUTLER: HUB tyranny really needs to be brought down

    I am writing to invite all citizens of Roane County who are forced to purchase utilities from the Harriman Utility Board to form a citizens action group in order to investigate the activities and policies of the Harriman Utility Board and to take legal action against them, if appropriate, for their failure to offer fair and reasonable rates for utilities.

    As everyone in this area knows, HUB charges excessive rates relative to our neighbors who purchase utilities from other sources.   

  • JAMES BRUMMETT: Action ensures no conflict between offices

    To the citizens of the town of Oliver Springs (and other interested citizens of Roane County):

    As most of you know, the voters of the 4th District (including you) recently elected me to another four year term as your Roane County commissioner, a position I intend to hold as long as my health and the good people of the 4th District will allow me to do.

  • What are the facts on school performance?

    Much has been said recently about the current state of education and the future state of economy and jobs in Roane County.
    However, if we wish to make major improvements in these two closely connected areas, we simply must start with the facts.
    After all, show me a self-satisfied and proud organization, and I’ll show you one which is unlikely to set the world afire!

  • Teachers deserve even more than we now give them

    Our economy is in shambles, health care costs are deplorable, the energy crisis threatens our way of life, and  rhetoric between political parties has reached far beyond the point of rational civility.
    So, what are our priorities? It has been suggested that we focus on taking away the bargaining rights of our teachers.

  • Don't let D.C. politicians cut public TV funds

    It seems that Washington politicans like to keep the public in the dark about what they’ve been up to.
    It seems the news media must agree with them because the only news media I’ve seen this story in was public TV. The politicians are now cutting funding for public TV.  
    In 1998 nearing the end of President Clinton’s administration, Washington politicians determined that the millionaires and billionaires didn’t have enough money and that the poor and working class had way too much.

  • Big-business pigeons have returned to roost

    To all you voters, especially teachers, who thought it was so wonderful to put the Republicans back in control, it looks as though your pigeons have come home to roost.
    They are already in the process of dismantling health-care reform and are going after Social Security and Medicare next.
    All so that companies like United Healthcare and the drug manufacturers can continue to reap their obscene profits and contribute more heavily to the Republican campaign coffers.