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Letters

  • Puzzled about interpretation of graduation rates

    I wonder how Damon Lawrence’s story on graduation rates should be interpreted.

    If maximum graduations are indeed part of the answer, shouldn’t we just graduate every student and make it 100 percent?

    Are there no questions about the ACT scores?

    I guess I was not the only one who is interested in further information or explanation.

    John Shacter

    Kingston

  • Thanks for boost for Free Medical Clinic

    On behalf of the Free Medical Clinic of Anderson, Morgan and Roane counties, we want to thank everyone who attended state Sen. Ken Yager’s chili supper on Nov. 17. We especially thank Sen. Yager for selecting the clinic as the recipient of the proceeds, which went to the Harriman Clinic and will enable us to purchase needed equipment for the Wellness Program.

    The Harriman Clinic is at 521 Devonia St. and is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday. Additional hours will be added in the near future.

    The Clinic accepts those who do not have health insurance.

  • Hoarding is a serious illness beyond the mess

    On Jan. 8, I picked up a copy of the Roane County News. I will have to say that I was thoroughly disappointed in what I read.

    On the front page you had an article written by Damon Lawrence titled Mess Lands Woman in Jail. Quickly into the story it is obvious that the woman involved is guilty of having a messy yard. As the story continues it is also obvious that this is not her first arrest for the exact same reason.

  • Cable, digital TV changes hard on consumers

    To the customers of cable TV, please stay with me to the conclusion of this letter.

    Years ago, there wasn’t a cable service South of the River. I, like many of you, had to go satellite because even the reception of outside antennas left much to be desired.

    Not too long after getting that gigantic dish set up, men came by taking a survey that if a cable company came it, would I be interested. I said the one thing that would probably keep me from doing so would be with the cable boxes we would have to have in order to be connected to their service.

  • Bet The Inquisition would get us answers

    In “A View From Lick Skillet,” Mr. Gerald Largen states that President Trump has committed heresy, and he questions the honor of all evangelicals, especially their leaders, because they did not question President Trump on his stating that the Christmas story begins with a mother father, their baby son. All because Joseph is not the biological father, but I’m sure God would have said to Joseph if he ever talked to Joseph, “Joseph, you did a good job bringing up that boy. Thank you.”

  • Operation REACH a success, thanks to you

    On behalf of the Operation REACH board of directors, I want to express our appreciation and thanks to the thousands of people throughout Roane County who helped make our 42nd year of Operation REACH a success.

    First, and foremost, we want to thank everyone for their monetary contributions.

    If you are a county deputy, policeman or fireman under the leadership of the sheriff, police chiefs or fire chiefs, both city and county, who took up money at roadblocks for our program, we are grateful.

  • Skunk amusing, rest of letter found troubling

    Ouch!

    Dear Mr. Pedigo: I think in your last letter you referred to me as a skunk. I found it very funny the way you phrased it. “You don’t get into a ‘whizzing’ contest with a skunk.” It sounded very Southern. I truly loved it. However, it is the rest of your letter I would like to address.

    You state, “However, I do stand behind my statements as facts.” I’m sorry, but you have not presented one fact in any of your letters that I can recall.

  • Carmella’s a jewel on banks of Watts Bar

    To say that one is impressed and surprised by the discovery of something completely unsuspected on the banks of your beautiful Watts Bar Lake is an understatement. But I did just that.

    My daughter and I had the great pleasure of dining at Caramella’s, a little jewel in your town, a restaurant not to be missed. From the moment we were greeted by its chef/owner Andras Bartha, we were transformed into a cozy, charming room which brought back memories of a long ago trip to Switzerland. Even though Chef Bartha is not Swiss, he captures the charm of European restaurants.

  • Kudos to Banker for explanation of taxation

    Mark Banker in his “Glimpses” article on Dec. 6 did an excellent job of trying to help us understand taxation.

    If you missed the article, he poses that the fundamental question has never been “Will we pay taxes?” Instead, the question is “Who pays and who benefits?” I would add that we should also address, “How much should be paid?”

  • No laughing matter: Russia is not our friend

    I don’t usually respond to “responses” to my letters if they sink to derogatory and insulting personal statements like the Redmond letter on Friday, Dec. 22. I let the readers judge the level and content.

    Besides, while discussing letters and responses with others it was explained profoundly to me with one simple statement: “You don’t get into a ‘whizzing’ contest with a skunk.”

    However, I do stand behind my statements as facts.