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Letters

  • No excuse for Paula Deen’s words, actions

    It is with fear and trepidation that I seek to express disagreement with one so intelligent and full of knowledge as the honorable gentleman from Lick Skillet.

    It is extremely unsettling to realize that one such as he could be so wrong about so important a subject.

    I speak of his article in which he excuses Paula Deen for her inexcusable words and actions. I point out that her sponsors who made money working with her would not have given up that money without more reason than a word spoken 30 years ago.

  • Largen reminds that not all were mean and cruel

    Amen, Gerald! I seldom read more than one or two paragraphs of Mr. Largen’s column since, by then, my stomach has turned, and I can’t continue.

    Yes, I am a Republican of long standing. The column in the July 5 paper caught my attention, and I read it through to the end.

    I am 74 years old, and I grew up in the time Mr. Largen wrote about. I never, and none of my family, would have deliberately hurt or offended anyone black or white.

  • Quit squeezing the life out of Roane County taxpayers

    The last reassessment (our property saw an increase of 74 percent) caused me to pay more attention to the Roane County Commission’s tax-and-tax-and-tax policies.

    It was reported by this paper on July 4, 2012, with the headline “County budget headed for a vote” buried on Page 5, where Mr. Woody also projected a 27-cent tax rate increase would be needed for schools next year.
     

  • Abbott didn’t just donate daffodils, she dug them up

    When Pauline Abbott read my letter in the Roane County News requesting donations of daffodil bulbs to beautify the area below the Kingston Library, she called to volunteer some of hers.

    I drove to her house to view the area and I could see that there was a great plenty. Before I could round up a platoon of Rotarians to dig, Mrs. Abbott called back. She had dug them herself. There were five grocery sacks full of bulbs waiting for pick up.

  • Supports the tax increase to fund Roane schools

    In regard to the ongoing deliberations of the budget for the Roane County School System,  it has been brought to my attention that there is a request for a 14-cent increase to the county property tax. This is to allow the schools’ budget to balance and schools to start on time without major cuts to programs. I support this increase.

  • Do we really want to get involved in Syrian dog fight?

    Have you ever seen a dog fight between three or more of these normally docile animals?
    Believe me, it can be  fierce and not a pretty sight.
    A canine free-for-all can mean major injuries to every participant.
    And the unwary human who tries to stop the fray can be much the worse for wear; his own pet may savagely attack him in the excitement of the battle.
    Assad’s Syria is like a dog fight, and if the U.S. enters the fray directly we may see all the warring parties turn on the U.S. forces at some point.

  • Snakes alive! Panic no option after reptile intrusion

    We had a visitor recently, one that was neither invited nor expected.
    It was of the reptilian types, 5 feet long and slim with a mottled gray and black skin. It seems the storm door that has recently been closing slowly, and sometimes not completely, left just the right amount of space for it to slither into our living room.
    I saw its tail disappearing as I reached for the door to enter.
    “Snake!” I warned, and stepped gingerly into the house. There it was on the hardwood floor, looking around as if to choose which room to inhabit.

  • Support for golf tourney helps educate youth

    On Saturday, June 8, the Avery Trace Chapter, Daughter of the American Revolution, held its 4th Annual Flag Day Golf Tournament at Southwest Point Golf Course.

    The DAR promotes patriotism within our local schools and community, supports our military active duty as well as our veterans and educates American youth in the history of our great country.

  • Is ship-of-state adrift? Can ‘captain’ sail to safe waters?

    As our ship of state sails away from ill-advised foreign entanglements, her hull battered and holed, her crew war weary, bloodied and ill-paid, the captain scans the distant shore for safe harbor ­— a place to mend her wounds and bind up shattered sails.

  • LETTER: Bigots wrongly think they can speak for us

    No, racism isn’t dead. It isn’t even sleeping. It is hiding behind closed   doors of houses built with cow’s dung.  It is just as strong and ugly, and it raises its head to announce things, opinions and people it will not tolerate.

    What arrogance to make personal decisions for someone else because their own fragile senses are offended.

    A cereal company had the audacity to include a mixed-race couple with a child in their commercial.

    The cow’s dung house exploded with anger and indignation.