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Letters

  • Problem with aquatic plants multi-faceted

    Since water weeds are choking the front page of the Roane County News, I’d like to make several points on the matter of vegetation in Watts Bar Lake.

    1. While an overgrowth of aquatic plant life is a problem, like all problems, this issue is multi-faceted. Thus, solutions should be evaluated from many perspectives, not just the ones presented by those with the most to gain.

  • Could hike in gas tax also call for even pricing?

    In regard to the potential gas tax increase, would it be possible to go up .1 cent on top of whatever increase emerges?

    I remember when gas was 19.9 cents a gallon when I first started driving, and we would go out of our way to save a penny a gallon.

    Now that the range on gas prices is $1.999 to $2.999, the nine-tenths is not a relevant factor — it has always been a marketing gimmick.

    Along with the .1 additional increase, require that all stations price their gas in even dollars and cents.

    Charles Whaley Sr.

    Rockwood

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Services abound for Roane seniors

    When I wrote about my Leadership Roane County class visit to the Roane County Animal Shelter last month, I pointed out that you can tell a lot about a society by how it treats animals.

    You can tell even more about a society by how it cares for its sick, young and elderly citizens.

  • If you believe Israel should turn the other cheek ...

    If you believe that the establishment of the State of Israel was illegitimate, even though its recognition by the Balfour Declaration became international law when mandated by the League of Nations; and

    If you believe that Palestinian land was stolen by the establishment of the State of Israel, even though there has never been an Palestinian State, but in fact the land was considered a part of Syria; and

  • Laughable to compare SoCal, Tenn. waterways

    While enjoying your Dec. 31 in-review issue, I read Mr. Ken Johnson’s letter comparing the irrigation canal systems in Southern California to the lakes and rivers of East Tennessee. I was moved to respond.

    In a nutshell, comparing the canals, waterways and lakes (??) of Southern California to the Tennessee River, Chickamauga Lake and Watts Bar Lake is risible.

    First, SoCal canals, waterways and lakes are narrow and shallow. In SoCal, creeks are exalted as rivers and ponds promoted as lakes.

  • Lake weeds will take over if not treated soon

    For over 20 years during the ’80s and ’90s, I flew a small private plane from Meadowlake Airport in Kingston to Fayette, Ala. In doing so, I picked up the Tennessee River at Chattanooga and flew it all the way to Guntersville, Ala., before leaving the river.

    It is an understatement to say the river had some plants in it. It was clogged! The boats had only small lanes to navigate, and I saw few of them on the river.

    Those who see those plants as pretty have not seen what I saw from the air.

  • No quick, easy remedy to rid our lake of weeds

    To paraphrase Lewis Carroll’s The Walrus and the Carpenter, “The time has come, the Walrus said, to talk of many things...”, like weeds and carp.

    Carroll might admonish us to study seriously Mother Nature’s quirky response to poor decisions based on widespread misconceptions.

    I’m referring, of course, to the weed problem now impacting TVA’s reservoirs, including Watts Bar Lake. Readers will recall that TVA got its collective wallet caught in the wringer when Eurasian water milfoil infested the lake a few decades ago.

  • Weeds choking out one of Roane’s biggest assets

    One can easily make the argument that Watts Bar Lake is the most valuable non-human asset Roane County enjoys.

    With the many wonderful water activities, beautiful vistas, waterfront property tax revenue and tourism, Watts Bar Lake is a precious asset.

    However, the lake is broken and needs to be fixed. The hydrilla, milfoil and spiny-leaf naiad are diminishing the value of that asset in every respect.

  • Each and every letter read by Santa personally

    To all the children of Roane County:

    Thank you for all your letters to Santa. Some of the letters were sent directly to the North Pole and did not appear in the Roane County News. Mrs. Claus and I wanted you to know that we received them and enjoyed reading them.

    It turns out that all the children in Roane County were on The Nice List.

    Thank you to all of those who left milk and cookies out for me on Christmas Eve. I was very hungry.

    My reindeer also ate some of the cookies.

    See you next Christmas!

    Sincerely,

  • Good fishing from lake weeds only temporary

    I moved from Southern California to Kingston a little over four years ago.

    The Imperial Valley has the largest open canal irrigation system that I know of. The aquatic weeds invaded the canals, the lakes and waterways there, and almost took over, meaning it hindered fishing, boating and the vital water delivery to farmers in the Imperial Valley.

    To think it is a good addition to Watts Bar Lake and should not be addressed is to not understand the extent of the destruction that that weed can and will cause.