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Letters

  • 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.  

  • 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.