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Letters

  • 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.  

  • Thanks ... and new bell ringer meetings TBA

    To those who gave of their time and effort to serve as volunteer bell ringers, the Salvation Army of Roane and Morgan Counties Service Unit Committee wishes to publicly express its gratitude and appreciation.

    Such noble service deserves public recognition and a heartfelt thank you.

    Announcement of the bell ringers organizing meeting for the upcoming holiday season will be made later this year.

    Gary V. Evans
    Kingston

  • Let’s hire this superhero and buy him a suit

    The April 10 edition of the Roane County News printed a letter from Denzil Britt in which he voiced his opinions regarding several topics, the main one of which was school safety and the possibility of a large property tax increase to hire security officers.

    Mr. Britt suggested that replacing female teachers with armed male school teachers and privatizing school security would solve the problem.

  • Good people need guns to keep criminals at bay

    ln response to an article by B.J. Gillum in the March 22 paper, Mr. Gillum seems to think that preserving our Second Amendment rights is much ado about nothing and is worthy of poking fun at, that these people wanting to preserve their constitutional rights are animal-slaughtering, moonshine-drinking, third grade-educated dumb hillbillies who can’t find their way out of bed in the morning.

    What good is your right to remain silent if it’s OK for a cop to beat your brains out until you tell him what he wants to hear?

  • Hire more male teachers to end counter violence

    Several weeks ago, school board member Danny Wright invited people to give input on the current political movement to raise county property taxes in order to pay for uniformed police officers for each Roane County School.  

    I’d like to give Mr. Wright, his safety committee, and your readers my input at this time. I support putting armed guards in schools. But, I am against raising property taxes in order to fund the proposed school police safety program.

  • No price too high for safety of our schoolchildren

    I am writing in response to the editorial in the Roane County News April 3 edition. It made a valid point regarding the price for placing resource officers in our schools.

    The questions I ask in response are how much is your child worth and what would you pay to keep your child safe?

  • We’ll be seeking window seats on unpiloted drone

    Drones will be flying over the USA, and the Federal Aviation Administration is currently preparing to handle this new type of air traffic with fewer operational air traffic control towers.
    Many small airports will lose their towers and controllers soon due to the efforts of the Feds to reduce costs and lower the national debt.
    But that is only the tip of the airship, so to speak, as we consider the very real tendency toward reduced fares in commercial air travel.

  • Here’s one way to make room in closet for big guns

    “...until death do us part.” Then the invitation to, oops ­— “You may kiss ... each other?”
    Ah yes, so romantic and final!
    But at most only 50 percent of marriages in the USA last that long for a multitude of reasons.
    And now we are engaged in a moral struggle with ourselves that challenges an accepted societal norm that has lasted for over two thousand years.
    Suddenly society is being asked to accept “same sex” unions of both sexes and trans-gender couples as marriages, a state prescribed in the Bible.