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Letters

  • Is our health in danger from sick big cats at refuge?

    Scientists at the EPA have said that malaria, Lyme disease and West Nile virus will increase due to global warming and changes in land use.

    They believe we are now experiencing another transition driven by the destruction of plant and animal habitats and have brought more humans into a closer contact with animals than at any stage in human history.

    I live 1,000 feet from Tiger Haven with 300 tigers and lions. Mary Haven has said that many of her cats are from deplorable conditions.

  • Thumbs up for promoting high school athletics

    On behalf of the Roane County high schools, we would like to thank Mr. Willett and the Roane County News for publishing the Careacter Star Athlete of the Week Award winners.

    The Knoxville News Sentinel has decided not to publish the award winners as they have done in the past. Mr. Willett has allowed the winners to be published in the Roane County News.

    If this did not happen, Roane County athletes would not receive the recognition they deserve.

    Thank you to this paper and others across the state for continuing to promote high school athletics.

  • What’s that in the air? It’s cat urine — a lot of it

    This is in response to Albert Tate’s letter on cat urine. That is a lot of urine.

    I live next to Tiger Haven. I think there’s a lot that goes on there that people in Roane County don’t know about or understand what the adjoining land owners and the community lives with.

    The County Commission and zoning say their hands are tied and handcuffed. They say they don’t have the key.

    But I think I found the key. It’s in the lawsuit of 2001 that states that Tiger Haven can’t become a nuisance to adjoining land owners.

  • Dynamic trio represented good balance for readers

    Regarding the dynamic trio of Flo Charles, Gerald Largen and Gene Policinski and the issue of Aug 18:

    What a pleasant balance of reading for the gentle reader. Your writings were blessed with a good dose of intelligence, patriotism, history, education, morality, spiritualism, religious freedom, tolerance, respect for property and life, minority and majority balance and truth.

    It sure was a pleasure reading

  • Banker’s latest should be required high school reading

    Mark Banker’s columns are always well written and interesting. His column in the Aug. 23 issue of the Roane County News was beyond excellent.

    It is the type of thing that could be required reading for high school juniors and seniors.

    Jim Leitnaker

    Kingston

  • Viewing eclipse nothing short of incredible

    To celebrate the occasion of the total solar eclipse from Paint Rock area, I planted some paw-paw tree seeds. Native Americans used to say that “planting during an eclipse assures good growth.”

    Also, I didn’t cook or eat our Crock-Pot chicken dinner during the eclipse. Some say “food cooked during this event can be poisonous!”

    Our experience of viewing the eclipse was nothing short of incredible! In spiritual silence we tuned into the many changing wonders of nature.

  • Our nation is culturally Christian, but our government is neutral

    Flo Charles writes with obvious passion and sincerely-held beliefs. But her positions are based almost entirely on Christian scripture, and therefore are appropriate for the Faith and Religion pages rather than the Opinion pages debating public policy.

  • Having differing opinions voiced perfectly all right

    Clearly Randy Martens is a liberal. The world can see this by the way he starts his self-righteous letter with an attack on people he does not agree with or do something he doesn’t like.

    His attack on the Roane County News and Flo Charles is just wrong and clearly with this letter he hopes to push the Roane County News to stop publishing Flo Charles.

  • Honor and respect will come when earned, deserved

    Your Friday columnist asks, “What happened to honor and respect in our country?” Maybe I can help. You only need go back to the year 2000 to find out.

    During the turmoil after the 2000 election, the Supreme Court of the United States illegally stopped the counting of votes in Florida and selected the next President of the United States by a 5-to-4 vote. The SCOTUS vote was along party lines according to the political party of the POTUS that had appointed the nine judges.

  • Columnist pleas to support president misguided at best

    Shame on the Roane County News! Your new guest columnist, Flo Charles, is nothing more than a religious zealot!

    You have recently made the comment that her rantings are published to offset those of Gerald Largen ... baloney! While Largen is most certainly a liberal, he is not an unleashed attack dog. He is a legitimate historian who writes with the best interests of the community at heart. While quite wordy at times, he does not spout the word storms of hate that seem to be the specialty of Charles.