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Letters

  • Tax abatement response leads to more questions

    I was hoping to get some response from my disparaging words about tax abatements for the rich, and I did get a response from The Roane Alliance President/CEO Wade Creswell himself.

    First, let me say that I don’t think it’s the job or right of the government to take money out of the pockets of taxpayers, many of whom can’t afford to feed and house their families, to aid or prop up rich businesses.
    As a matter of fact, I think it’s downright immoral.

  • When do we taxpayers get our abatements?

    A comment on a couple of articles in Jan. 4 and 6 papers:

    The first comment concerns the “Investing in jobs” story. I am one of those who simply hates the use of taxpayer money being used to lure these rich companies to locate in our county.

    I realize some jobs may be created, but the tax abatements, which have to be made up by the taxpayers ... couldn’t this be construed as we taxpayers paying the wages of these rich company employees?

    A pretty good deal for them, bad for us.

  • Making much ado about hairdo, not hydrogen bomb

    The claim by the brash North Korean dictator that they have detonated a hydrogen bomb is not the stickiest issue facing America and her allies today. Not even close!

    After hours of searching the Net and interviewing experts in the field I have discovered a worrisome and previously ignored threat. Forget the bomb; look at his fat Cabbage-Patch-Doll face and the plastic hairdo!

    What if that style is suddenly adopted by our pop stars and rock bands across the country? Imagine it on Broadway? Or even worse — on Rush Limbaugh!

  • Dolly’s turning 70, and you can wish her happy birthday

    Dolly Parton is turning 70 years young on Jan. 19.

    Please join your neighbors and friends wishing her A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY.

    From now until the end of January, each of the public libraries will have a birthday banner for you to sign and even include a personal greeting.

    An award-winning singer, songwriter, performer and philanthropist, Dolly’s career has spanned more than 50 years and is still going strong.

  • Kinkade light show a spectacular holiday event

    The Thomas Kinkade Christmas Light Show was on my “to do” list for the Christmas season.

    I was delighted to find that the Roane County News offered an opportunity by the weekly drawing.

    When the call came on Dec. 31, I was elated to learn that my name was drawn as a winner.

    Needless to say, the Saturday matinee on Jan. 2, the last day of the show, became a very special event on my calendar.

  • RCHS packages blessing for those serving overseas

    This Christmas, my husband along with his unit, spent their holidays overseas doing just what they agreed to do, defend this beautiful country we live in.

    This, by far, has been the most difficult Christmas for our family, and I’m sure many others.

    But along with this heartache comes blessings, and the biggest blessing of all came from one of your teachers, along with her students and athletes.

    Mrs. Weaver, a teacher at Roane County High School, her students and cheerleaders sent some much-needed Christmas spirit to our troops.

  • We can control our lives by making wise eating choices

    Must we really resolve to improve our diets or exercise routines in the New Year, in order to increase longevity or improve quality of life?

    Unfortunately, gun violence and traffic accidents are still the leading causes of death among young people.

    Fortunately, however, our fork – yet another deadly weapon — is within our own control.

    Well over a million of us are killed each year by high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, cancer, and other chronic diseases linked to our meat-based diet.

  • Oregon ranchers have no approval to be in my park

    We should be proud of our education system in Roane County.

    There may have been some reports in the past that suggested we needed to improve our student test results, but the proof is in the pudding.

    Compared to the educational systems of the ranching states in the West, we are doing well. Consider the actions of the ranchers who “gunned up” and took over federal buildings in Oregon, on federal land.

  • Bad taste from Arby’s truck leaving Roane County

    I was very disappointed to read that the Arby’s truck will no longer sit in Roane County.

    I’m disappointed not just because they make a good sandwich with a convenient delivery system, but also because it is another freedom denied our citizens by a few tax-loving, government-loving and kindergarten-minded (that’s not fair) folks.

    That truck represented a willing seller, willing buyers, with a legal product at an authorized location.

    No laws were being broken.  

  • A personal thanks to a teacher and true American hero

    An open letter to Tom Pemberton:

    Having read the excellent article in the Roane County News, I would like to personally thank you, Tom, for your service to the United States, the Marine Corps and your personal sacrifice.

    I lived in Rockwood in the ’50s and graduated from Rockwood High in 1954.