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Letters

  • 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.

  • Gillum shoots off few rounds of sarcasm at NRA

    Boom! Bang! Rat-a-tat-tat! Crack! Ka-Pow! Blam! Sounds guns make!

    Yes, THEY are coming for our guns!

    Beware, red-meat lovers; you won’t be able to hunt essential game anymore — a valuable and necessary part of your diet.

    Beware, weak and old; you won’t be able to fight off the hordes of armed thugs who will prey upon your helpless and unarmed household.

    Watch out, property owners, too, for you, too, will be targeted when the bandits take over America, land of the free but unarmed without your GUNS.

  • Writer responds to ‘negativity is a downer’ quote

    B.J. Gilum writes in a recent Letter that “Negativity is a downer and should be dropped from the Republican lexicon.”

    A number of quotations come to mind, like casting the first stone, or picking motes from eyes, or dealing with stones in glass houses, and ....

    Jim Leitnaker
    Kingston
     

  • Republicans need to find out who they are

    The Kool-Aid kids are back again.

    The youthful chairman of the Republican National Committee revealed the latest effort to bring minorities into the party.

    It consists of a $10 million fund to pay a cadre of grassroots operatives to convince minorities the Republican Party is the party for them.

    With a population of approximately 120 million minorities in the U.S., that allows for less than a dime per vote, oops, I mean per minority.

  • Winter Blast a success thanks to contributors

    CASA’s first Winter Blast was a great success, raising more than $18,000 to help train and support our volunteer court-appointed special advocates. These volunteers are appointed by our juvenile courts to investigate and advocate for the needs of abused and neglected children.

    Many individuals and organizations contributed to the success: sponsors who helped to offset the costs, in-kind donors who provided services and prizes, and the many who bought raffle tickets and came out to see Jimmy Wayne and enjoy the festivities.

  • Kim Jong Un — and why isolation isn’t the answer

    Kim Jong Un is playing the same poker his father played: Do something dramatic and half-crazy to gain attention and bribes from those governments whose leaders fear he will attack south, or worse, unleash an atomic warheads on Japan or South Korea.

    Declaring the armistice null and void is dramatic and causes concern about his rationality, but such ploys have worked many times before, and in his mind, it will work again.