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Letters

  • American-made motorcycle bags cheaper, sturdier

    Roane County School’s requisition to purchase mailbags to transfer school and courthouse mail at a cost of $1,170.00 is asinine. 
    Essentially, they are asking to spend $585 per bag for the equivalent of two Harley Davidson saddle bags, and they probably won’t be sewn as well as regular Harley Davidson products.
    My family and I grew up in the textile business, and my brother still runs the leather goods company that makes a percentage of Harley’s leather goods. 

  • Teachers’ pay is hard-earned and well-deserved

    I listened with interest to the discussion of the Roane County School Board at its monthly meeting last week, but was even more interested in comments within the crowd.
    When the salaries of the teachers and other instructional staff were mentioned, a gentleman sitting near me pointed out that teachers in Roane County are paid the 15th highest rate in the state.
    I detected some disdain in his voice.
    I wanted to stand up a shout, “You bet they are, and they deserve every penny and more!”

  • School board members need to open their eyes

    Kudos to the Roane County News staff and County Budget Director Kaley Walker for bringing to light the new $585 mailbags to be purchased by our director of schools, Gary Aytes.
    The article describing how Mr. Aytes is considering the purchase of two designer briefcases made in Italy doesn’t look good for a director who is agonizing over what he can cut from the school budget since no property tax increase was approved, and therefore, the school budget is looking at a huge shortfall.

  • Sharpton taking advantage of Martin outcome

    Trayvon Martin’s death has triggered the Rev. Al Sharpton to instigate a national response.
    The weekend talk shows have this upheaval front and center and it will sizzle on the skillet of public opinion until the next newsy event, probably the arrival of Kate’s baby.
    So what will all this demonstrating and talking achieve?
    Nothing, I suspect, since the vast majority of the general public has already moved on and understand why the verdict was “not guilty.”

  • 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.