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Letters

  • School safety meetings need your input

    I am writing today as one member of your school board and as a retired police officer. I want to inform you of the progress through the cooperative effort of the Roane County Board of Education, the County Commission, local county and municipal law enforcement agencies, and the Roane County Office of Emergency Services concerning the safety of your children at school.
    Your children are safer at school than anywhere else in the nation, including your own homes.

  • Post-tourney glare not professional principal behavior

    I work with WBNT radio in Oneida.

    Three of us from our station did a live broadcast of the region semi-final girl’s basketball game between Oneida and Grace Christian at Harriman High School.

    First off, let me say what a great job Harriman High School did as a whole taking care of our needs at the game this past Monday. When we arrived, we had tables and chairs ready for us and the hospitality room was fantastic and very well organized.

  • Contributions made health fair solid success

    The health fair held on Feb. 18 at Luminary United Methodist Church in Ten Mile provided services to 155 people, who received more than 480 medical screenings.

    Many people and groups deserve thanks for contributing to this successful and valuable event.

  • These dronezzz are bigger threat to our society

    The  guest opinion article by Gene Policinski in the Feb. 22 edition of Roane County news gave an overview of the spread of “drone” technology and its possible uses against American citizens.

    Violation of First Amendment rights was an expressed concern should our own government authorities use this technology improperly.

  • Forefathers couldn’t imagine weaponry future

    Oh, yes, the problem of gun control rears its ugly head yet again.
    I am totally for the Second Amendment to our Constitution.
    Yes, I should have a handgun to protect myself and family.
    Yes, everyone should have a rifle if they want to hunt game. (I love venison with potatoes, carrots and onions, but I could never shoot a deer).

  • New hospital nice – with little better direction

    Location is everything in real estate, some say, and the new Roane Medical Center is expertly positioned to be accessible to local and regional patients.
    The open house on Sunday was a good chance to get a feel for this patient-friendly facility.
    Lots of natural lighting and views of the countryside will make a stay there less tiresome, and the couch-bed for overnight guests of patients will be very well received.

  • Secretary of State Clinton did right by the country

    In response to Lance Douglas’ letter printed here on Feb 1, I have to agree with everything he wrote except for the following:
    1. No, even if the ambassador’s name had been Gillum, I would not have felt differently regarding Hillary’s sensitivity.

    Instead, I would have wondered why the ambassador didn’t exercise good judgment and, exercising his authority, depart the outpost in Benghazi until security, adequate to the situation, was in place.

  • Speeding ticket complaint a case of sour grapes

    Charlie Smith was just caught breaking the law, and Smith’s rant in the Roane County News’ Feb. 1 edition of Our Readers Write was just sour grapes.  

    The legal posted speed of 55 mph on Gallaher Road is plenty fast enough, especially at night.

    Smith was more than likely going faster than 70 mph, as most police officers are apt to  forgive a few miles and give you a break on a ticket.  

    As for being ashamed of Tennessee, Smith should try pulling the same stunt in Mississippi.

  • More gun control? Now not the time

    Washington is ablaze regarding gun control legislation. The president and vice president have a legislative package they want to push through.

    Dianne Feinstein wants the assault weapons ban renewed. In my opinion, this is not the time for sweeping change.

    There are many who might support better background checks, smaller clips, mental health checks or something.

    However, new legislation will have little popularity with this president leading the charge.

  • More gun control? Now not the time

    Washington is ablaze regarding gun control legislation. The president and vice president have a legislative package they want to push through.

    Dianne Feinstein wants the assault weapons ban renewed. In my opinion, this is not the time for sweeping change.

    There are many who might support better background checks, smaller clips, mental health checks or something.

    However, new legislation will have little popularity with this president leading the charge.