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Letters

  • Right to believe or not believe is critical in USA

    I am a Christian who is enraged at the lack of respect and tolerance for people of different religions.

    Whether a person is Hindu, Buddhist, Sikhist, Shintoist, Confucian, Jainist, Catholic, Hebrew, Christian, agnostic, atheist or any other faith or non-faith, in the United States you have the right to practice your belief or nonbelief.

    The Sikh Temple killings in Wisconsin and the Sikh Temple vandalism in Murfreesboro are abhorrent and the result of total ignorance and lack of love and kindness for all humankind.

  • Rules of Civility would go far in solving problems

    Where is the honor and respect in regard to our politics?

    Some hateful garbage is being said on TV between the two parties.

    We need another George Washington for president.

    The leadership of both parties need to read George Washington’s Rules of Civility, a list of principles by which, supposedly, proper decent people must abide.

    Washington believed that a gentleman is someone who makes others comfortable, that good manners are simply a matter of common sense and courtesy.

  • Rules of Civility would go far in solving problems

    Where is the honor and respect in regard to our politics?

    Some hateful garbage is being said on TV between the two parties.

    We need another George Washington for president.

    The leadership of both parties need to read George Washington’s Rules of Civility, a list of principles by which, supposedly, proper decent people must abide.

    Washington believed that a gentleman is someone who makes others comfortable, that good manners are simply a matter of common sense and courtesy.

  • Owner issues flea-product warning after kitty dies

    Last year I lost my job and had to take one making half what I had been earning. So we moved closer to our jobs to save on the ever-increasing gas prices.

    When we were moving into our new apartment, we heard a small kitten crying and I thought maybe a stray had a litter and was out looking for food.

    The next day, as I came home for lunch, I heard it again and went to investigate. I found a small black kitten in the bushes behind the store that sits in front of our duplex. I took some food and water out and left it.

  • Why must utility payments go all the way to Va.?

    Why must we mail our Watts Bar Utility District payments to Virginia?

    This has resulted in a late payment for me.

    The clerk said, “It takes more days in the mail since the letters go to Virginia. They deposit it in our account the day they receive it.”

    Why can’t we hire someone in Roane County to do this work? Who authorized this money to go out of our county? Who benefitted? Who has the answer?

    We have people in our county who need this job, these wages!

  • Diviseness is costing taxpayers big money

    Here’s another reason to be concerned — very concerned — about the non-stop partisan bickering going on in Congress:

    It has cost taxpayers tons of money!  

    The nonpartisan Government Accountability Office reported that the prolonged fighting in Congress last summer over the debt ceiling cost taxpayers at least $1.3 billion!

  • New school officials will do well

    I offer my congratulations to Drack Langley and Danny Wright to represent Harriman on the Roane County school board.

    While I wanted to run for this seat, the ebbs and tides of my profession forced me to believe I could not devote my full time to the position.But, my passsion and love for the local schools does and will always remain.

    I am so pleased the board picked a “home” candidate to be the new director. I have no doubt he will  do a good job in difficult times.

  • Police, fire staff were professional

    I would like to commend the Harriman fire and police departments for their professional response to a wreck in South Harriman on Aug. 7.

    I called 911 to report the wreck and vehicle fire.

    Both departments arrived within two minutes, secured the area and extinguished the fire.  

    The men and women of Harriman fire and police are underappreciated for their dedication and sacrifice to our community.

  • Thanks for the varied opinions printed here

    Most of the time, most of the people make most of their decisions without most of the facts.

    Therefore, I would like to thank the editor and all of the people working at the Roane County News for printing a wide variety of opinions in Roane County’s fine newspaper.

    I especially enjoy the opinions and articles concerning the First Amendment.

    I think it was Patrick Henry who said something along the line: I may not agree with what you say, but I will defend to the death, your right to say it.

    Please keep up the good work.

    Tom Hensley
    Kingston

  • Vote411.org is place to learn about voter ID

    This week marks the 47th anniversary of the signing of the Voting Rights Act, which outlawed discrimination in voting and has been instrumental in ensuring that citizens’ rights are protected from nefarious election laws.

    In Tennessee and other states, we have seen laws enacted that have the potential to undermine this vital protection. An estimated 11 percent of the population do not have the type of identification required.

    Especially impacted are the elderly, people with disabilities, low-income voters and young people.