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Letters

  • Continue to give law enforcement your support

    Residents of the United States of America enjoy a security system like no other country in the world.

    This system is based upon being able to call the police whenever we need them. Help or protection is never too far away. We know that they will come, regardless of the circumstances or potential danger involved.

    We go to sleep every night, secure in the knowledge we will be protected from harm.

  • Take a moment on 9/11 anniversary to remember heroes

    On some anniversaries, we celebrate. On others, we reflect.

    The 14th anniversary of the attack on America and New York’s World Trade Center is one of the times for reflection.

    There is truly nothing to celebrate in the extraordinary tragedy of 9/11.

    As much as I would like to forget some of them, the images from that day will never be out of my mind, nor will the victims and their families.

    But there is one memory I want to hold on to, one that I want to cherish as the deepest and most lasting of Sept. 11, 2001.

  • Kingston’s beautiful new tennis courts much appreciated

    In case you haven’t noticed, Kingston is proudly sporting newly resurfaced tennis courts.

    They are absolutely beautiful and ready for play.

    A big “shout out” to the county for finding the funds necessary, and especially to Vic King for continually going to bat for us. He never gave up.

    Also, another “shout out” to the city Parks and Recreation Department for providing new nets and set up.

    We love our new courts, and we thank you very much.

    Robin McMillin

    Lou Erwin

    Betty Caldwell

  • Newest crop of politicos seem to look familiar ...

    For believers in the Darwinian theory of evolution, it is easy to accept a concept that a “Lucy” archaeologists uncovered in Africa is the remains of all mankind’s original mother.

    And from that belief it is possible to agree that as time and the evolutionary clock ticked millennia forward the visual art of believers produced the evolutionary chart, so called, that depicts our slow rise from a knuckle-dragging forager to Homo erectus and on to our physicality of today, a fully upright homo sapien.

  • Parents should work with schools for veggie offerings

    With the new school year just around the corner, parents’ attention is turning to school clothes, supplies and lunches. Yes, school lunches!

    In past years, USDA had used our nation’s schools as a dumping ground for surplus meat and dairy commodities.

    Not surprisingly, one-third of children have become overweight or obese.

    Their early dietary flaws become lifelong addictions, raising their risk of diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

  • History, not survey, shows cause of Civil War

    One of the wisest men I’ve ever known cautioned me against fighting with a newspaper guy.

    He said it was like dancing with a bear. He said bear dancing could be a lot of fun until you had enjoyed all of the bear dancing you cared for.

    With all due respect to my mentor and friend, I’m going to ignore his advice and comment on the Old Curmudgeon’s latest epistle.

    “The Old C” continues to argue that the principal cause of the Civil War was not slavery.

  • Will Donald Trump become the next Howard Hughes?

    Finally, someone who uses more hand gestures than Ted Cruz!

    The Donald held sway at the pinnacle as centerpiece of the first real Republican Party presidential debate.

    It was as entertaining as informative. Rand Paul faltered badly as a definite one-note candidate and left no doubt that he is a different kind of Republican and one who has no place at the helm of this great nation.

  • Front-page picture of Confederate flag offends reader

    Your Aug. 5 paper has several articles or items or letters to the editor concerning the flying of the Confederate flag, and what does your paper do?

    It appears you have taken sides by flying the flag, above fold, front page of your paper.

    Was this intended to show where your paper stands?

    Ferrell Winfree

    Kingston

  • Thanks for the ride on a very, hot and miserable day

    I would like to thank Navy veteran Blair Poland for his Southern hospitality on July 30.

    When our car overheated and we were faced with walking 4 miles, he picked us up on Hwy. 27 and gave us a ride. Keep in mind the heart index on this day was 105.

    Once again, thank you for your help and thank you for your service.

    Mr. and Mrs. Weaver

    Rockwood

  • Resident says Roane Medical Center is why she’s still here

    On July 16 and 17, I was a patient at Roane Medical Center before being transported to UT Medical Center late in the day on Aug. 17.

    I am convinced that the excellent care I received at Roane Medical Center, as well as their excellent diagnostic tools and consulting cardiologist’s expertise, have made it possible for me to be able to write these words.

    We are very fortunate to have such a medical facility right here in Roane County.