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Letters

  • Skunk amusing, rest of letter found troubling

    Ouch!

    Dear Mr. Pedigo: I think in your last letter you referred to me as a skunk. I found it very funny the way you phrased it. “You don’t get into a ‘whizzing’ contest with a skunk.” It sounded very Southern. I truly loved it. However, it is the rest of your letter I would like to address.

    You state, “However, I do stand behind my statements as facts.” I’m sorry, but you have not presented one fact in any of your letters that I can recall.

  • Carmella’s a jewel on banks of Watts Bar

    To say that one is impressed and surprised by the discovery of something completely unsuspected on the banks of your beautiful Watts Bar Lake is an understatement. But I did just that.

    My daughter and I had the great pleasure of dining at Caramella’s, a little jewel in your town, a restaurant not to be missed. From the moment we were greeted by its chef/owner Andras Bartha, we were transformed into a cozy, charming room which brought back memories of a long ago trip to Switzerland. Even though Chef Bartha is not Swiss, he captures the charm of European restaurants.

  • Kudos to Banker for explanation of taxation

    Mark Banker in his “Glimpses” article on Dec. 6 did an excellent job of trying to help us understand taxation.

    If you missed the article, he poses that the fundamental question has never been “Will we pay taxes?” Instead, the question is “Who pays and who benefits?” I would add that we should also address, “How much should be paid?”

  • No laughing matter: Russia is not our friend

    I don’t usually respond to “responses” to my letters if they sink to derogatory and insulting personal statements like the Redmond letter on Friday, Dec. 22. I let the readers judge the level and content.

    Besides, while discussing letters and responses with others it was explained profoundly to me with one simple statement: “You don’t get into a ‘whizzing’ contest with a skunk.”

    However, I do stand behind my statements as facts.

  • Differences block needed consensus to solve problems

    Every report concerning the Mueller/Congressional investigation is met with the same knee-jerk retort: The left is trying to de-legitimize Trump’s election. This is nothing but a straw man diversion.

    Trump was elected — with sufficient votes to win the presidency in our system. For better or worse, he is and should remain president (absent impeachable offenses) until the voters say otherwise. That is the remedy for electoral decisions.

  • Thanks for help with Thanksgiving food drive

    I would like to thank everyone again for their help and donations to the Hands of Mercy Food Drive.

    This food drive is a great example of what can be accomplished when communities come together to make a difference. We had support from volunteers and sponsors every step of the way to accomplish a goal of feeding 1,000 families in Roane County with the food baskets for Thanksgiving.

    I will be in touch with everyone within the next few months to secure sponsorship for next year because it will not be long until we will be ready to start again.

  • Northeast taxes put reform debate into perspective

    I have lived in Tennessee for 18 years, and many of my friends and neighbors do not fully appreciate our low property taxes and having no state income tax. Also, Tennessee has the lowest per-capita debt of all 50 states.

    Many of those I speak with do not understand all of the media comments about tax reform and the deductibility of state and local taxes.

    Here are the comments I often make to put the national tax reform debate in perspective:

  • OS community gives the gift of belonging

    I had just received the best gift of all this Christmas, and it is not for what it is, but for what it means to me.

    It represents the encouragement to write about so many things I am thankful for this holiday, from my students to my coworkers, to the community.

    My name is Yris Vaca, or Profe. Vaca as my students call me, and I proudly work at Oliver Springs High School, since last year, when I arrived to Tennessee.

  • Time to challenge some questionable statements

    A recent Opinion column contained so many highly questionable statements about President Trump I just could not let it go unchallenged. He has a 65 percent negative/30 percent positive rating at this writing.

  • Cartoon reminder that Mom’s wisdom still true

    Your editorial cartoon in the paper of Dec. 1 recalled to me of some wisdom passed on many years ago by my mother.

    When I’d asked why someone did something really stupid, her reply was always, “All the fools aren’t dead yet.”

    A reminder that as modern as we think we are, human nature is what it is, and has been, since time immemorial.

    Paul McGinley

    Kingston