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Letters

  • ‘Gentle Reader’ says it’s time to set record straight

    In response to Gerald Largen’s “What has Creswell Got Against Our Culture?”:

    In true response to Mr. Largen’s column in last Friday’s paper, my first response is that I am generally what Mr. Largen referred to as a “Gentle Reader.” I usually allow opinions to stand on their own, and I fully understand we live in a time and place where there are many reasons for people to take sides and square off against one another. I usually would not be the person to reply and pretty much let people live and let live.

  • Mega disgusted with board’s talk of mega school

    I am thoroughly disgusted that our school board thinks that a large consolidated school for Kingston, Rockwood and Harriman is going to help our education program in Roane County.

    I read Gerald Largen’s Feb. 22 column, “A View from Lick Skillet.” He titled it, “Mega School Invites Mega Troubles.”

    It is an appropriate title and on spot for what the school board is trying to do. Mr. Largen wrote about some very real considerations when voting for a new, larger school.

  • Constitution often at odds with Commandments

    The belief, often shared on these opinion pages, that our laws are based on the Bible, and more specifically, the Ten Commandments, is absolutely false.

    1. Thou shalt have no other gods before me. The Constitution says you may.

    2. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing. The Constitution says you may, and our federal buildings are covered with them.

    3. Thou shalt not take the name of the lord thy God in vain. The Constitution says you may.

  • Thanks for support of Father-Daughter dance this year

    The Harriman Rotary Club would like to thank the following people and businesses for sponsoring our fifth annual Father Daughter Dance:

    State Sen. Ken Yager, state Rep. Kent Calfee, Griffin Insurance, Duncan Family Auto Group, Eddie’s Body Shop, Glenda Johnson, Visionary Horizons-Chris Ahler, Edward Jones-Deric A. Runge, Express Employment Professionals and Christina Branham-Coldwell Banker Jim Henry and Associates.

    We would also like to recognize Chris Whaley and Diane Cox of Roane State Community College for the use of the student lounge.

  • Check out the facts, or write a letter of opinion?

    I’ve seen several comments in your “letters to the editor” recently that suggest writers check out the facts before commenting. I believe your paper calls for “Opinions” from guests. My letters are just that. My personal opinion.

    While I do not wish to deliberately lie or mislead people, I do not bother to look up facts. There was once a time when you could depend on the news media to tell you the facts. The news anchors were honorable, ethical people you could depend on.

  • Two opinions differ in reflection of one Bible

    It is interesting that both opinions, the one expressed in “Going with the Flo” and “A View from Lick Skillet” made reference to the Bible on Feb. 16.

    Gerald Largen made clear that, “Divine right of Kings” is no longer credible. It is true that we read in the Bible, “I remove kings, and raise up kings.” We also read, “They have set up kings, but not by Me.” (Daniel 2:21, Hosea 8:4) The Lord lets us go our own way, and the way we choose disciplines us.

  • Securing schools a priority for this country’s future

    I join all members of our society in the feelings of deep pain and horror that happened on Valentine’s Day at the school in Parkland, Fla.

    I can’t begin to fathom the emotions of any of those involved.

    We must face the reality that our world has changed drastically from the times that I grew up in the ’50s and ’60s. Those times are gone, and I see no indication of society returning to the innocence of those days.

  • Another applicant believed more qualified for shelter

    I felt this needed to be brought to the attention of everyone in Roane County. Our county executive told me personally that it was his choice only to hire the Roane County Animal Shelter director. He put that choice into effect Monday night, Feb. 12.

    I know personally an applicant who submitted his application in December 2017 for this job.

    This applicant is more qualified and experienced than the county executive’s choice.

    Sincerely,

    Nancy Quarles

    Rockwood

  • Environmental Review Board needs members

    Your County Executive and the County Commission sees the wisdom and sense in appointing and supporting the Roane County Environmental Review Board.

    The Board plays an advisory role, using educated professionals to search out and review environmental issues that can and do affect our county. It is made up entirely of volunteers, meaning no cost to the county or the taxpayers.

  • School board member’s comment crosses a line

    In a Jan. 31 Roane County News article, a school official said criticism of teacher pay is “stupidity.”

    What is stupid is an elected official saying something like this. American citizens have the right to question and criticize all aspects of the government as they see fit.