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Letters

  • Socialism’s track record not a successful one

    Norman Mattoon Thomas was a six-time presidential candidate for the Socialist Party of America. In 1944 he said, “The American people will never knowingly accept socialism. But under the name of liberalism, they will adopt every fragment of the socialist program, until one day America will be a socialist nation without knowing how it happened.”

    He went on to say, “ I no longer need to run as a presidential candidate for the Socialist Party. The Democratic Party has adopted our platform.”

  • Get to work and check the facts for yourself

    It’s amazing to me that there seems to be such a willingness to believe everything in the mainstream media; some Democrats even with the day and age of a data-driven cellphones don’t know the news channels are fake news ... propaganda.

    Not that this freedom of speech is to last much longer, as it has been announced by Obama that he is turning over our Internet to a UN agency ... ICANN. I guess he is doing it because “I CANN.” (That is a joke.)

  • Did Clinton ignore regulations over federal records?

    I am a retired DOE contractor with 31 years’ experience in records and information management. I feel the need to share some of my knowledge of required handling of federal records in regard to the Hillary Clinton email issue.

    For the sake of simplicity and space, I will disregard the classified info and private-server issues and only discuss records in general (hard copy and electronic).

  • High time to reform inhumane soring practices

    Those involved in the Big Lick segment of the Tennessee walking horse industry are desperate to prevent any crack down on their illegal, inhumane training practices.

    That was made clear by comments made at USDA’s listening session in Murfreesboro on a proposed rule to end soring.

  • Comcast stiffs REU but pays big bucks to fight competition

    It looks to me like Comcast wants to have its cake and eat mine, too.

    In last Monday’s article about Comcast still not paying its REU bill of over $300,000, the Comcast PR lady showed great concern for expanding broadband to create jobs and “vital economic support” in Roane County.

    What she didn’t mention is that Comcast has just handed hundreds of thousands of dollars to Nashville lobbyists and our state representatives to stop broadband expansion by anyone but themselves.

  • First responders, Roane Medical give top-notch care

    My sister, Mary Quirarte, and I are very grateful for the excellent care and help we received recently from the Roane County and Kingston police, fire department, ambulance service as well as the Roane Medical Center.

    Sgt. Tony Guy, Kingston Police, was present at the accident site where my sister’s car caught fire. She was dragged from the car by police, firefighters and Good Samaritans, likely at risk to their own lives.

  • Tenure with school system was a blessing

    Editor’s note: The following letter, addressed to Roane County Schools personnel and staff, was shared with the Roane County News.

    As you may be aware, my service to the Roane County Schools as a school board member will soon be coming to an end.

    I cannot leave without expressing my sincere appreciation and gratitude to each of you for the time and dedication that you have so selflessly extended to our schools and, more importantly, to our school children.

  • Thanks for support, and best wishes in new school year

    A sincere thank you to the citizens of Districts 5/6 who supported and voted for me for Roane County school board.

    Your support through your votes, putting signs in your yards, your phone calls and your comments to me were greatly appreciated and welcomed.

    I will continue to welcome your views and comments as I work hard to serve the citizens and students of Districts 5/6 and all of Roane County.

    Best wishes to all our students, teachers, administrative staff and support staff for the upcoming school year.

    Vic King
    Roane County

  • OK to find Dory, but don’t kill or eat her and her friends

    This year’s 10 highest-grossing box office releases are about animals, including “Finding Dory,” “The Jungle Book,” “Zootopia,” “The Secret Life of Pets” and “Kung Fu Panda.”

    Nearly half of our households include a dog, and nearly 40 percent have a cat. Two-thirds of us view them as family members and cherish them accordingly. We love our animals to death.

    Literally ...

  • Reading program a success, thanks to support from area

    “On Your Mark, Get Set … READ,” was the challenge for the Harriman Public Library’s Summer Reading Program.

    Our program was a great success. I would like to thank the library board, Ronald McDonald, the Muse, Knoxville Zoo Mobile, David Corrigan MMA, TWRA’s Derek Grey, RSCC’s Mr. Raider, Harriman’s Any Time Fitness, Knoxville’s Ice Bears, Puppeteer/Balloon Artist Ron Lighty, Magician Bruce Amato and Rockin’ L Rentals.