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Letters

  • A simple card is nice reminder of officer’s presence

    I live out in the country, and I find it very comforting to find a card in the  mailbox informing me that an Roane County deputy has been by my house.

    In this day and time, we’re so busy that we don’t always see a patrol car, but  it’s nice to know one has been in the neighborhood.  

    I would think that when that card is placed in the mailbox in the middle of the night that the officer looks for anything out of the ordinary.

  • Holocaust survival tale of 15-year-old is a must-read

    Sunday, April 27, was Holocaust Memorial Day.

    My friend, Mira Kimmelman, will soon be 92. She was sent to a concentration camp at age 15. It was winter when she was placed on an open train car with so many others. They were freezing. When they needed to relieve themselves, they sat in their own frozen waste.

    Having spent much time in the Jewish Ghetto, she learned to live by her wits to get food for her family.

    By now, she had lost her 13-year-old brother, and she had to draw strength and ingenuity to save herself.

  • Robotics team did bang-up job, but sponsors helped

    Recently, the Roane County Full Metal Jackets Robotics team successfully competed at the Great Smoky Mountain Regional competition for  FIRST Robotics in Knoxville.  

    Out of the 50 teams from all over Tennessee and  several nearby states, the Full Metal Jackets were ranked ninth overall and ended as regional semi-finalists.  

    By every measure, we had a terrific second season, and we are building a solid foundation as an excellent team with a bright future.

  • A little back-seat driving from one reader to another

    This is in reference to the letter to the editor written by Norman Campbell of Kingston.

    Were you in the left or right lane or on a two-lane road?

    If you were in the left lane on a four-lane, you should have pulled into the right lane. Some drivers think that the “slow lane” is the left one.

    Unless you are planning to turn left soon, you are in the wrong lane.

    Norman, if I am in the wrong, I apologize to you personally.

    By the way, there is a thing in all cars called a turn signal ... USE.

  • Tailgaters, do me a solid: back off just a little bit

    I had by far the worst experience of tailgating in my many years of driving this last Saturday night.

    Roane County has more than its share of people who like to ride the bumper of the car in front of them, but this is the worst I’ve been involved with.

  • We can learn something from lost Flight 370

    Flight 370’s missing aircraft is this era’s Titanic. Because of the Titanic, more diligence is used to patrol the North Atlantic for ice floes.

    The code “SOS” became the standard after the Titanic tried to use the telegraph code in 1912.

    Messages are now interrupted for crucial information, unlike how the operators on the Titanic brushed them off for “more important” messages from the passengers to families and friends, and those on land who wanted to contact them.     

  • On Noah, the Bible and why we shouldn’t eat flesh

    TV host Glenn Beck and other stalwarts of the Christian right have attacked  the recent blockbuster “Noah” as being “pro-animal” and unfaithful to  the Bible. Well, yes and no.

    The film is both pro-animal and faithful to the  Bible, at least to the Book of Genesis, our only source for the story of  Noah.

  • Lion’s Club pancake breakfast gets lots of help

    The Kingston Lions Club appreciates the support given by the residents and businesses of Roane County toward their annual “Spring Tonic” pancake breakfast.  

    Despite the rainy morning, the event was very successful.  We thank the several hundred people who came to enjoy a great breakfast.

  • Thoughts on politicians, their body language

    Kentucky’s U.S. Sen. Rand Paul has apparently learned his lesson: that it is better to keep your mouth shut and be thought an idiot than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.

    His recent silence (all things being relative) has created a certain aura of credibility for this youngish politician.

    Sometimes it is easier to get attention if you whisper than if you scream, it has been said.

  • Why school voucher system should be rejected

    The first step to destroy public education in Roane County and Tennessee took place in the meeting of the House Committee on Education on Aug. 20.

    The committeevoted for the bill to put the creation of a voucher system on the floor of the house for a vote.