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Letters

  • Tax bill gives wealthy more to squander, hoard

    Here is a summation of an article from “The Hightower Lowdown,” a newsletter published by Jim Hightower, former Texas Agriculture Secretary:

    Here’s a question for Congress: “Why are you even considering giving more tax breaks to corporate giants?”

  • Giving thanks for Harback this Season of Thanks

    This Thanksgiving as we remember those for whom we give thanks, I am thankful for Rodney Harback and the Roane Street Grill staff.

    For the second year, Mr. Harback has provided the November turkey, dressing, gravy, green beans and mashed potatoes for the Love Kitchen at First Presbyterian Church, Harriman.

    On Saturday, Nov. 18, meals were provided for more than 60 grateful people.

    Thank you, Rodney Harback. Thanksgiving Blessings!

    Jo Hardin

    Oakdale

  • The ‘fun’ you aim for might land you in lots of trouble

    Last Monday my son was deer hunting on private property on Buck Creek Road, Kingston. My family has had and continues to have permission of the landowners to hunt on their property. As a point of context at that time during deer season a hunter was allowed to use a muzzleloader or a bow.

  • This year brought most memorable Veterans Day ever

    On Friday, Nov. 17, I was privileged to attend the most memorable Veterans Day celebrations of my life. It was held at the Kingston Elementary School, and my appreciation includes the staff and students of the school and, I imagine, many volunteers.

    And I say thanks to all of them but I would like to say a special thanks to Mr. Tim Thompson, principal; Ms. Linda Lloyd, music director and teacher; Miss Isabella Tejeda, student and solo singer of our national anthem; and the student chorus. Thanks for a memorable and patriotic celebration.

  • K-9 Lifeline Rescue helps shelter save animals’ lives

    In the many years I have been privileged to work at the Roane County Animal Shelter, something I love to do, I’ve been so fortunate to network with many beautiful people who do what I do, to bring shelter, comfort and dignity to the sweet, sometimes scared or misunderstood animals which for whatever reason come to our work place.

    There are so many people who we work with that I cannot get through one day without appreciating their kindness and couldn’t do the job without their help.

  • We’re partly to blame for electing bad leaders

    Dear Mrs. Flo Charles: Thank you for your finely expressed column. Everyone in Tennessee should be shouting it from the housetops that we have finally been told what’s really transpired in Washington!

    How our countrymen and women must feel when they read the account of the past president and his henchmen and women bowing to the needs of our enemies is hard to ascertain.

  • Violent culture plays role in mass shooting deaths

    Your recent column regarding gun violence probes two urgent issues in our country.

    We need to make a greater effort to identify and treat those with mental illnesses - both to care for their needs and to keep our society safe from them.

    However, a recent Wall Street Journal column by a mental health professional claims a minimal correlation between mental illness and mass shootings.

    Everyone seems to have myriad reasons why each proposal can’t work. That should not, however, stop us from prioritizing our public health issue with mental illness.

  • Why stop with Southern emblems and monuments?

    We are now living in a time of what I believe the Communist Chinese called “cultural cleansing” in their country. This includes getting rid of anything that may be offensive to some.

    Since we seem to be in a feeding frenzy of tearing down memorials to the dead, which is much like tearing down tombstones in cemeteries, perhaps we should expand this process beyond just Southern monuments and emblems.

  • Thanks to you, books fundraiser exceeded goals

    Roane County neighbors, thank you. As a result of your generosity, Roane Imagination Library met and even exceeded the 2017 fundraising challenge established by Pro2Serve and Materials and Chemistry Laboratories Inc. (MCLinc).

    The Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation then added its match to the total. We so appreciate all of our donors and our organizational partners.

  • Neighbor worries about disease at Tiger Haven

    This is a slap in the face from Tennessee wildlife to the people of Roane County and the people who live around what is called Tiger Haven.

    An article in the paper talks about the wild hogs at Big South Fork’s 125,000 acres. Maybe 1,000 hogs? TWRA is concerned about the damage to the landscape and the disease they could carry.

    Here in Roane County, they let Tiger Haven have 400-plus big cats that could carry disease. It has been said by Miss Haven that many of the cats are in deplorable condition.