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Letters

  • We’re partly to blame for electing bad leaders

    Dear Mrs. Flo Charles: Thank you for your finely expressed column. Everyone in Tennessee should be shouting it from the housetops that we have finally been told what’s really transpired in Washington!

    How our countrymen and women must feel when they read the account of the past president and his henchmen and women bowing to the needs of our enemies is hard to ascertain.

  • Violent culture plays role in mass shooting deaths

    Your recent column regarding gun violence probes two urgent issues in our country.

    We need to make a greater effort to identify and treat those with mental illnesses - both to care for their needs and to keep our society safe from them.

    However, a recent Wall Street Journal column by a mental health professional claims a minimal correlation between mental illness and mass shootings.

    Everyone seems to have myriad reasons why each proposal can’t work. That should not, however, stop us from prioritizing our public health issue with mental illness.

  • Why stop with Southern emblems and monuments?

    We are now living in a time of what I believe the Communist Chinese called “cultural cleansing” in their country. This includes getting rid of anything that may be offensive to some.

    Since we seem to be in a feeding frenzy of tearing down memorials to the dead, which is much like tearing down tombstones in cemeteries, perhaps we should expand this process beyond just Southern monuments and emblems.

  • Thanks to you, books fundraiser exceeded goals

    Roane County neighbors, thank you. As a result of your generosity, Roane Imagination Library met and even exceeded the 2017 fundraising challenge established by Pro2Serve and Materials and Chemistry Laboratories Inc. (MCLinc).

    The Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation then added its match to the total. We so appreciate all of our donors and our organizational partners.

  • Neighbor worries about disease at Tiger Haven

    This is a slap in the face from Tennessee wildlife to the people of Roane County and the people who live around what is called Tiger Haven.

    An article in the paper talks about the wild hogs at Big South Fork’s 125,000 acres. Maybe 1,000 hogs? TWRA is concerned about the damage to the landscape and the disease they could carry.

    Here in Roane County, they let Tiger Haven have 400-plus big cats that could carry disease. It has been said by Miss Haven that many of the cats are in deplorable condition.

  • Ride reverse meant hitching to Kingston

    I am 75, diabetic, don’t walk good and have to use a cane. I am a U.S. Army veteran.

    On Aug. 29, I called ETHRA to arrange for a ride to Cash Express at 1611 S. Roane St., Harriman, to be picked up at 1 p.m. and taken home on Sept. 1.

    The operator put in the reverse of ride. Two drivers came to my home at 1 p.m.

    I wasn’t there, so they canceled the ride. I watched for two hours ... no ride. Four vans passed Cash Express. They didn’t stay. All the girls at Cash Express know this happened.

  • Let’s treasure, maintain our community schools

    After listening to many reasons for and against a mega school, I wish to publicly express my concerns against a proposed merger.

    First and most important are the students. The former “No Child Left Behind” plan would be thwarted. Students will not have but a fraction of the opportunities for growth, leadership and personal development in a merged school in which competition and activity were eliminated.

    So many students who are involved in extracurricular activities would not qualify for involvement on a larger scale and would be left out.

  • This country needs more people like Flo Charles

    Let me just say that the new contributor for your paper, Flo Charles, is the best thing that’s ever happened to your paper, bar none. Good move on your part.

    I don’t know Mrs. Charles personally, but I can tell from her writing that she is a learned person, graceful, elegant, caring, impeccable morals, ethics, and character with a vast knowledge of the Bible and history which go hand in hand.

  • Is our health in danger from sick big cats at refuge?

    Scientists at the EPA have said that malaria, Lyme disease and West Nile virus will increase due to global warming and changes in land use.

    They believe we are now experiencing another transition driven by the destruction of plant and animal habitats and have brought more humans into a closer contact with animals than at any stage in human history.

    I live 1,000 feet from Tiger Haven with 300 tigers and lions. Mary Haven has said that many of her cats are from deplorable conditions.

  • Thumbs up for promoting high school athletics

    On behalf of the Roane County high schools, we would like to thank Mr. Willett and the Roane County News for publishing the Careacter Star Athlete of the Week Award winners.

    The Knoxville News Sentinel has decided not to publish the award winners as they have done in the past. Mr. Willett has allowed the winners to be published in the Roane County News.

    If this did not happen, Roane County athletes would not receive the recognition they deserve.

    Thank you to this paper and others across the state for continuing to promote high school athletics.