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Letters

  • Told HIPAA was why dog could not be found

    My husband and I have been supporters of the Roane County Animal Shelter for several years, both donating monetarily and adopting three pets from the facility. 
    The last pet we adopted, about a year ago, was a robust and active Lab-mix puppy. 
    He is a handful of happiness and love but after a few months we found it difficult to keep him home.
     We live in the county and he loved to roam the woods and follow the other dogs through the yard. 

  • Letter not a lie, writer says, but instead a typo

    I am responding to the individual who questioned the validity of the statements on the Background Check bill that failed in the Senate in my letter that ran May 3.  The only mistake that I made was listing the section as 922 when the proper section was 122(t)(4).  I have copied the exact wording as it is written.  It obviously it does not name Eric Holder in the section of the bill as it needs to apply to whoever the attorney general is at any given time.  The following is the exact wording:

  • Fire victims thank community

    On March 29, we suffered a severe fire at our home on Blue Heron Way, Ten Mile. Our family would like to take this opportunity to thank the Roane County and neighboring fire departments, police officers and emergency squads for their experience, compassion and advice.
    We would also like to thank the Half Moon Shores community; Blue Springs Marina; Watts Bar Community Service Group; Knoxville Allergy, Asthma & Sinus Center; and the various churches, family and friends for their overwhelming support and generosity throughout this terrible experience.

  • Lies in letters should be caught
  • Greenway project a boondoggle, says Kingston writer

    The construction of sidewalks to nowhere (Kingston greenway project) with public tax funds (state gas tax dollars) in a private residential development (Ladd Landing) to help sell building lots was never a good idea.

    Now it’s gotten worse as the price tag soars — $1.5 million and counting.

    Add that to the $2-million Taj Mahal  — unneeded new Kingston City Hall  — and it’s easy to understand why our political ruling class has never seen a tax increase they didn’t like.

  • Immigration: Just a few thoughts on a sleepless night

    Why are those Canadians so obsessed with coming over our border?

    Is it our health-care system that is superior? Could it be our good jobs and strong economy? The freedoms we enjoy?

    It must be our superior education system.

    How can we possibly keep them out? Build a fence? How high?

    What about 100,000 border guards standing side by side holding hands to keep the torrent back?

    Let me, in a nutshell, give a solution.

  • Don’t blame Boston police for bombings

    I must respond to the recent opinion printed in the Roane County News regarding the Boston police force.

    The writer insinuated that this tragedy could have been averted if the Boston police had done their jobs.

    Shame on you for even suggesting this! Lots of people pack backpacks when attending an all-day outdoor activity.

    People use backpacks today for things like books, computers, drinks, snacks, clothing.

    Parents use backpacks for diapers, bottles, toys and more.

  • Expect more gun proposals from government

    The real reason the background-checks bill failed in the U.S. Senate is because the citizens have come to distrust this president and members of Congress after four plus years of constant lying to the public.  

    Most reasonable people would agree that background checks are a valuable tool when used properly, but this bill had language in it that transferred too much authority to Eric Holder (the thug from Chicago) to enable him to restrict our ability to purchase a firearm.  

  • Alert police could have averted tragedy

    “The best laid plans of mice and men....”

    Boston’s lesson can be summed up this way: many hundreds of volunteers, law enforcement officers and untold numbers of undercover agents WITH many guns and lots of firepower failed to do their only job.

    The brazen act of a terrorist, or terrorists, either deranged or motivated by an as-yet unknown agenda, ravaged the Boston Marathon runners and supporters with a common type of crude bomb. Could even more guns on site have prevented this tragedy?

  • Senate allows dangerous gun loophole to stand

    My fellow Americans,
    Now, this is what American independence is all about.

    This week, the Senate rejected extending background check requirements for gun purchases to gun shows and Internet sales.