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Letters

  • Country is broke and only Repubs can fix it

    Columnist Gerald Largen believes that America is not broke.
    Has he seen the U.S. debt clock which has just surpassed $14 trillion? Our spending, especially on government programs, has got to be cut.
    Largen used several illustrations to indicate that if America is so wealthy, it can afford to pay for government services and programs.
    America’s wealth is in its people and private enterprise, not in government spending programs.

  • Kingston salon wreck victim offers thanks

    I am one of the women injured when a van crashed into a Kingston beauty salon on Aug. 24, 2010.
    First, I want to thank God for letting me live. There were days when my family was told I might not make it through the night, but God had other plans.
    I would like to thank my husband, Bob, and my sons, for taking great care of me when I got home from the hospital. I love you more than I can say.
    Thanks to the classes of ’64 and ’65. Thanks for your prayers, visits and cards. Thank you so much for your gift. God bless you all.

  • ‘New Right’ knows exactly what it seeks

    In response to Gerald Largen’s column of Jan. 7 regarding a mandate within the Obama health care bill, I say welcome aboard. I am proud of the liberal “old curmudgeon’s” conclusion that our government forcing anyone to buy anything is unconstitutional.
    However, as one of the “slow-on-the-uptake” crowd, as he put it, I think seeking legal remedy for this unconstitutional portion of the bill is exactly correct. We are fully aware of what we ask for.

  • Must we shoot every creature that takes wing?

    “Save the neck for me, Clark,” Cousin Eddie requests of his host, Clark Griswald, in the movie “Christmas Vacation.”
    Christmas dinner at the Griswalds’ could change drastically if TWRA issues the 733 hunting permits for the regal birds which are supposed to be “good table fare” according to the executive director of the Tennessee Wildlife Federation.
    Cousin Eddie would need a plate at least 2 feet across to accommodate this tall bird’s neck. Drumsticks would require equal space.

  • Salvation Army’s bell-ringing helps ease hard times

    The Salvation Army wishes to thank the citizens of Roane and Morgan County for making this year’s kettle drive a success.
    Through our local Red Kettle sites and our bell ringers’ efforts, we raised $24,971.90.
    With our uncertain economy, this will go a long way toward meeting the needs of our community this coming year.
    We are indebted to Food City in Harriman and Kingston, Kroger and Walmart in Roane County and Darnell’s Food Market, Family Dollar and Sav-A-Lot in Morgan County for letting us locate our kettles at their stores.

  • Another landlord story that came to a bad end

    I was reading the letters to the editor secton and was appalled to learn of the family that was evicted because of their noisy young child.  
    It seems that there are more and more horror stories of landlords.  Ours, too, is one of those.  The week before Christmas, we were informed that our landlord had no intentions of repairing anything in our home.  

  • Thanks to Largen for his brilliant column on tariffs

    I just wanted to let you know that the column you ran Friday on Page 4 by Gerald Largen with the heading — U.S.A. needs a new tariff to solve problems — was brilliant. I copied it and passed it on to my friends and neighbors who gave me the same response.
    I wish there was a way for this article to be run in every press in the USA and a copy givin to all our polititions and a copy laid on President Obama’s desk.
    Please give Mr. Largen our thanks on his fantastic article and tell him to keep ’em coming.
    Joe Van Dyke
    Oak Ridge

  • And thanks for Imagination Library help

    I wish to thank the good folks and businesses of Roane Co for their support to Roane Imagination Library during the last year.  

  • Let’s not get complacent over education

    It seems that many of our leaders in Roane County are taking it for granted that our overall goal in Roane County should be “growth” in the number of residents and jobs.
    As far as I can tell, hardly any of them seem to extend this “growth” goal to specify what kind of growth they are for.
    Consequently, they tend to be focusing on new tax forgiveness incentives and other ways to attract all kinds of businesses, with hardly any discussion of the desired quality of the desired growth in residents and jobs.

  • Gift exemplifies the kind of man Largen really is

    I read the article in the Roane County News on Dec. 28 concerning the remarkable multi-million dollar gift of 110 acres of prime, lakefront property that was given by Gerald Largen not only to Roane County but to anyone who may ever visit there. 
    I certainly wasn’t surprised by his generosity.
    I have known Mr. Largen for many years and have often been amazed at his knowledge and ability. 
    I had the awesome opportunity to work with him and Boots Cook for several months one time in my life at a much younger age.