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Letters

  • Greatest threat? Gillum takes Johnston to task

    Existential is a good word and a powerful one.

    Gary Johnston’s letter in your July 18 issue used it to describe the dire consequences of President Obama’s illegal actions regarding Central American immigrants.

    So great is this threat that Johnston claims it is the worst threat ever faced by the USA.

    I assume he includes the War of Independence, American Civil War, the threat of nuclear war, the first and second World Wars, the Great Depression and the near collapse of the financial markets in 2008.

    Worse than all those things?

  • Current president a threat to country over immigration

    It has become painfully clear that the situation on our borders is the direct result of illegal actions by President Obama as he has circumvented and ignored our immigration laws.  

    It is also becoming obvious that this crisis has been deliberately orchestrated by this president as a way to force Congress to pass his idea of amnesty.

    In the past, no president would have dared to ignore our laws and Congress to do what he is doing because both Democrats and Republicans would have stood together as Americans and stopped him.

  • Sidewalk would benefit seniors who use library

    My name is Elizabeth Greer, and I live in the Lakewood Village Senior Center in Kingston. Numerous other residents and myself are concerned that access to the Kingston Public Library has been denied by failure to install a handicap-accessible walkway from our residence to the library, after many officials promised and campaigned on their intentions to do so.

    A sidewalk is partially complete, but work has been stalled for over a year. Many residents in our facility need to use the library and would like to save transportation costs in getting us there.

  • Looking for former Re-Ed students for possible reunion

    I’m looking for students, faculty and staff from East Tennessee who attended the Children’s Re-education Center (Re-Ed), also known as Smallwood at Moccasin Bend in Chattanooga during 1968 and 1969.

    After 45 years, it would be great to have a reunion. Most were from the Chattanooga area, but some were from other parts of East Tennessee.

    Anyone who is interested, please call me at 423-698-3643.

    Kevin Wheeler
    Chattanooga

  • Kingston has the chance to do right with development

    This is an open letter to Kingston City Council concerning the development behind Woodhaven Subdivision and Davis Drive.

    Please forgive me for beginning with a question, but, if the hopeful developers of the acreage behind our homes propose to appropriate our entry road and to then make it impossible for large trucks to turn toward our homes in order to protect us from unwanted annoyances, how will we get large trucks to our homes when we need to move?  

  • Kingston’s 4th of July possible only with your support

    The city of Kingston again provided a very enjoyable celebration of the Fourth of July with all the activities at City Park, concluding with a fabulous fireworks display.

    The city even got the cooperation of meteorologists, who provided picture perfect days!  

    It was nice to see the race boats again.

    If you enjoyed the entertainment, why not stop at the Community Center and leave a tip — maybe a couple dollars for each member of your family that went to the water front.  

  • Shopper grateful for return of lost wallet at grocery

    I’m humbly grateful to the woman who returned my wallet that was left at Cash Saver in Kingston on July 3.

    “If evil comes upon you, God will work it out for good.”

    Gloria Bardill
    Kingston
     

  • State got it wrong on abortion, writer wants law change

    There is a growing awareness across our state that some balance is needed with regard to the practice of abortion in Tennessee.  

    As result of a wrongly decided ruling by our state Supreme Court, the people have been silenced, and our ability to regulate abortion has been removed. Because other state throughout the Southeast have stronger restrictions on abortion than Tennessee, we have become a destination for the practice.

  • Look at all the help Harriman Lions Club had

    We would like to thank everyone whocame out for the Harriman Lions World’s Greatest Pancake Breakfast.  Without you, we couldn’t do what we do.  Special thanks to our sponsors. Many are local businesses  that support Harriman Lions and other Roane County charities on a continuing basis. Let us support them.

    Restaurants: Mama Mia’s, Los Primos, The Roane Street Grill, Gondolier, Jake’s Bar and Grill, El Cantarito, Red Bones on the River.

  • Religion should not be established by majority rule

    Our courthouse is owned by believers and nonbelievers alike, but we have some religious bullies who do not agree with that premise.

    Some of our  commissioners seem to think that religion should be by majority rule. They  are in bad need of a civics lesson. The move to place the “In God We Trust” motto on our courthouse is political pandering at its worse.

    I do not expect to change anyone’s mind, but I would like to see those who are ready to donate money for this project to also commit to pay for possible legal challenges.