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Letters

  • Paddling incident not the innocent event it was made out to be

    How do I begin to respond to Rex Galyon’s letter about the paddling of a 5-year-old by Morgan County School administrator Susan Boyd?
    There are so many things wrong with this mentality that I don’t know if I can address them all in one letter, but will do my best.
    First of all, no one ordered Boyd to use corporal punishment. She alone decided to paddle this student. She judged with what force to hit this small child and how many times to hit him.

  • Don’t allow feds to cut important PBS funding

    Holy cow! 
    This is serious, folks! 
    If Mitt Romney wins the election, he promises to cut federal funding for  Public Broadcasting System. He said so at the debate with a gleeful smile, as if to say, “I’m the decider! I’m gonna fire Big Bird!  You can’t stop me!”
    Think about it, folks. 
    PBS gives quality journalism, great arts programming, educational shows for children and adults, and the support PBS receives (0.012 percent) represents only a tiny sliver of the federal budget.

  • Heritage gala was successful thanks to these people

    Roane County Heritage Commission’s  2012 Gala was a huge success, and we want to thank all the businesses and individuals who contributed to that success.
    This gala was the first one to take place in the remodeled second-floor courtroom.
    Our sponsors include B&W Y-12, Diversified Scientific Services, Oak Ridge Utility District, Roane County Visitors Bureau, UCOR, AT&T, Capstan Tennessee, Griffin Insurance Agency, Holston Gasses, Roane Medical Center, The Rogers Group, Walmart, Kimble Chase, and Citizens National Bank.

  • Local vets should help out county animal shelter

    I am concerned about the Roane County Animal Shelter.

    The staff there are caring people, but they can’t find one veterinarian to volunteer just an hour or so a week to make sure that the dogs are not sick.

    Puppies carry parvo virus, and it can spread to the other dogs.

    I think if a vet could check on the dogs, then more of these wonderful animals would be adopted.

  • Boyd unfairly put before firing squad over paddling

    I would like to respond to the suspension and public ridicule that Susan Boyd has to face in the Morgan County School System.

    First, Boyd is a professional who has worked for 27 years in the public school systems of Tennessee, including Roane County.

    There are no past incidences of problems with discipline.

    Second, if Morgan County did not believe in corporal punishment, why was there a board policy permitting it?

  • Bigotry against women still an ongoing battle

    As a past participant in the Roane County legal system due to the murder of my daughter 16 years ago, I feel nothing has changed.

    In fact, I feel things have moved backwards to the dark ages.          

    This summer, when Judge Eugene Eblen gave Shawn Smoot — charged with first-degree murder in the death of Brooke Nicole Morris — an opportunity to leave jail on bail, it was indeed a slap in the face of all those past and future women who have and will be murdered in Roane County.  

  • Science fiction gets involved in voter ID issue

    It is no longer science fiction.

    A parallel universe does exist and the proof comes from the Democratic National Convention itself — and the unions in the form of gasp, choke “photo identification.”

    In the parallel universe, the Democratic National Convention required members of state delegations to present “approved” photo ID in order to enter the shrine of happiness and joy to vote to include the word “God” in its platform and took three votes to get a yes!

  • Grandchildren are treasures to be celebrated

    Grandparents Day was celebrated at Harriman Care and Rehabilitation Center. Stories about their grandchildren were told by many.
    One of the residents said, “Whatever way you choose to look at it, receiving the miracle of life is a blessing from the Lord.”
    Residents agreed that some of the best times of their lives involved spending time with their grandchildren.
    A grandchild brings out the “grand” in a grandparent.

  • Art exhibit gone by the time it hit the newspaper

    A recent front page article by Dwane Wilder caught my interest. 
    But, in  reading more closely, I realized that the “Rare exhibit treat for art lovers” (title of article published in the Wednesday-Thursday Sept. 12-13 Roane County News) had already opened for display and closed, even before this article was published. 
    I was disappointed not to be able to view the work of African American artist Harold Winslow myself.

  • Local Imagination Library making a big difference

    Roane Imagination Library has been a part of our lives for several years. 
    Although our grandson is now too old to continue receiving his books, his 3-year-old sister has been getting them since she was born. 
    It is fun when Bryson looks at a new book and says, “I remember getting this book. Can I read it to Kaylee?”
    The books begin as very simple stories and progress as the child gets older. They are always good quality with lots of colorful pictures and fun stories.