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Letters

  • 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.

  • Gee whiz, that’s a lot of tiger urine over 20 years

    After hearing that Russell Johnson, District Attorney General, is disturbed by some of the things he’s heard about the health concerns from workers at the ash spill, here are some of my concerns about the effect of breathing cat urine for the last 20 years.

    Cat urine produces ammonia which, when inhaled in large amounts, leads to cellular destruction by disrupting lipids in the cell membrane. Levels greater than 25 parts per million cause nausea, headaches and lightheadedness.

  • Our public libraries are treasures in our community

    On Thursday, July 20, at the Kingston Public Library, a small group of us were treated to a wonderful lecture and discussion led by Connie Jordan Green, a local authority on Appalachian literature, as well as being a published author and award winning in poetry and other genre.

    Ms. Green is also currently an active teacher in Oak Ridge Institute of Continued Learning through Roane State.

    On this particular evening, attention was given to two specific works: “River of Earth” by James Still and “The Tall Woman” by Wilma Dykeman.

  • Can’t stand with the president? Sit in the corner

    Clyde Pedigo making a rebuttal to “Going with the Flo” proves to all that his public education is lacking.

    It does not take much research today to find out that Horace Mann is considered the Father of Public Education in America, a member of the Whig Party, a party that “advocated the rule of law, written and unchanging constitution.” That does not sound very liberal or progressive to me, I’m pretty sure they advocate for a living constitution that changes whenever they feel the need.