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Letters

  • Testing the best way to measure what is taught

    “Students are more than a test score, and so are their teachers,” headlines a recent Roane County News article.  

    Of course, but that’s not the point of the article.

    The point of the article is that judging teachers by how much the teacher’s students have learned during the year is unfair.

    I attended grade school, high school, college and graduate school.  

    Nearly all the teachers I had believed they could tell what I learned by giving me a test or, usually, several tests.  

  • Misspelled sign photo troublesome for Tea Party

    A couple weeks or so ago, the Roane County News chose to print a picture of a Tea Party member holding a sign with the word “Impeach,” as in “Impeach Obama” — except the sign was spelled wrong.
    Since the photographer took many more pictures of Roane County Tea Party members holding the signs, why was the only one that was misspelled make it into the paper?
    The girls who made the signs ran out of room for all of the letters only on that one sign.

  • Old Blackie — time to ditch her or save her?

    Lawns, loyalty and luck — they are three things that would seem at first to have no connection to each other.

    But I am a loyal person with a car parked on my lawn, and for the life of me, I cannot imagine life without the old black Honda. It’s sitting there, depriving the grass of sunlight, rare though it has been these past months.

  • The sting of that attack still burns — and itches

    Like Middle-Eastern terrorists, they were lying in wait, armed and dangerous, with revenge on their minds.

    Territorial, yes, and very capable of serious damage and inflicting terrible pain.

    Camouflaged by bands of colors —  dull reds, yellows and darker tones against a background of dull grays — they were virtually invisible.

    Unaware of their presence and intent, I blundered into their field of fire.

  • Immigration reform both pro-growth, pro-agriculture

    Earlier this year, the U.S. Senate passed a commonsense immigration reform measure in a strongly bipartisan fashion. This was an important step in the right direction – especially for producers, farm workers and rural communities.
    The historic legislation passed by the Senate provides a pathway to earned citizenship for the 11 million people who are in our country today without authorization. They will have to go to the back of the line, pay fines and settle taxes they owe our nation.

  • Consolidation of schools? Writer doesn’t like idea

    The school board has mentioned it is planning a study on school consolidation.  

    Consolidation is not a good idea in my opinion. Say Rockwood High was closed and then we had to bus high school students to Kingston where a larger high school was build.

    A lot of new families moving to Roane County would probably not move to Rockwood if they had to bus their children to Kingston  and so would live in Kingston or wherever there was a high school.  

  • Wish we could all turn $10 into $40 like initiative did

    The 2013 Pro2Serve Challenge for Roane Imagination Library has drawn to a very successful close.  

    Approximately 100 businesses and individuals in the county took to heart the challenge of raising $7,500, an amount to be matched by Pro2Serve.

    That amount would be matched once again by the Governor’s Books From Birth Foundation.  

    That’s right, a donation of $10 turned into $40.

  • Mammoth hazard lurks for those who boat at night

    A terrible fatal boating accident on the Hudson River recently reminded me of the close calls I have had with the dark hulks called barges.

    Drunk, under the influence or stone-cold sober, the operators of these commercial barges are dangerous to captains of small craft and extremely so when boating at night near the lights of a city.

    On a dark night, the outlines of the sides of the barges being pushed are without lights of any kind.

  • Schools director says pricey bags won’t be ordered

    I would like to explain the confusion over the “bag” issue that has occurred with the school system. 
    These bags WERE NOT ORDERED AND WILL NOT BE ORDERED BY THE SYSTEM. 
    It has always been the procedure of the courthouse to call when they receive a questionable requisition from different departments. 
    They will then send the requisition back for review.  I did not receive a call on this requisition. It was sent to the newspaper instead of calling me. 

  • Bag-gate shows time for change on school board

    The proposed purchase of two $585 mailbags is just a sample of the wasteful spending of the school board, and they seen to be untroubled by this expense. The post office will furnish bags for free. Makes us wonder what more they are wasting tax payer dollar on.
    Roane County News did a wonderful job in reporting this — many thanks. It is definably time for a change on the school board.
    Roane County School Board asked the County Commission for a tax increase. The School Board just can’t operate within a budget.