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Letters

  • Not responsible for paying for actions of others

    I have a comment on the Old Curmudgeons article in the May 19 paper.

    I rarely agree with anything the old Curmudgeon has to say and this article, except for a couple of comments, was no exception. First off, he uses those big long words (lawyer talk) and sometimes it’s kind difficult to grasp just what he’s getting at. Talk in plain English, Gerald.

  • Clinch Reactor Project prompts many concerns

    My reason for writing this letter is to add to the article that was written in the May 17 publication titled “Not in My Backyard.”

    The writer was correct in noting that I didn’t want to be considered a “NIMBY” and that now I am one due to the location of the Proposed Clinch River SMR site.

    In addition to the noise concern noted in the article, I have several other concerns that were put on record during my presentation.

  • Suggesting gender bias undermines years of hard work

    Dear Mr. Gerald Largen,

    Your editorial concerning Rockwood High Schools’ top students having only one boy has caught the attention of us, the top students at Rockwood High School.

    While we appreciate your concern over what you feel is an injustice to the boys in our class, we would like to share our viewpoint.

    You wrote in your article, “Only one male in the whole high school merited recognition for academic achievement, whereas a dozen females did so.”

  • Merged schools a boon for kids, and for business

    To all the Roane County Commissioners:

    I have lived in Rockwood for over 50 years. I graduated from Rockwood High School in the mid ’60s, and that was some of the best times I have had — and memories that will last forever.

    Some memories I would just as soon not remember, and others I think about every day. I was there when Campbell High School closed and their students came to our high school (Rockwood High School). South Harriman High School closed and their students moved in to Harriman High School.

  • We can’t afford not to pay for benefits of merged school

    For those of us of a certain age, time has not been kind to the Roane County School System.

    For those of us who can, I am sure that you can remember the big vocational building program we were able to use when we went to high school.

  • Indivisible Tennessee’s dissent not a threat

    Indivisible Tennessee is a loose network of engaged citizens — one of many such groups that have emerged since November — dedicated to opposing the Trump agenda within our own congressional districts by calling, meeting with, and if necessary peacefully protesting, our representatives and senators.

    Recent town halls have given us the opportunity to speak passionately about issues that are, particularly in the case of any repeal of the Affordable Care Act, a matter of life and death for many of us or our loved ones.

  • A visit to Rockwood High will showcase good, dedicated teachers

    Reading Mr. Largen’s column this past Friday, I felt the need to reply again. No. 1 is that he overlooked the point that I previously mentioned that Rockwood High School was not satisfied with our ACT scores and we are making changes to improve our scores. We do not like being last in the county and will make every attempt to improve them.

  • Consolidation could mean so much for Roane County

    Wake up, Roane County! What price are today’s children expected to pay for more “Auld Lang Syne”?

    How long are we to continue living in the past?

    We could give our children so much more with a couple of new high schools. With five of everything, we have way too much ME, MYSELF and I.

    As a kid, I loved the Three Musketeers and their motto, “All for One, and One for All.”

    With some consolidation on many levels, Roane County could be so much more and embrace that same motto.

  • ACT doesn’t define which students will be successful in life

    After reading Mr. Largen’s articles over the past few months, I have decided to respond.

  • Dear Lamar: Check your facts on filibustering

    Last week, after the U.S. Senate confirmed Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, I emailed our Tennessee senators to express my displeasure in their vote to exercise the “nuclear option” changing the requirement from a “super majority” of 61 votes to a “simple majority” of 51 votes.

    Yesterday, I received the following e-mail from Sen. Alexander:

    Dear Clyde,