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Letters

  • Calfee’s slip-up may be rooted in previous ideology

    The first time I read in the Roane County News candidate Kent Calfee’s statement about why he said he would serve the liberal cause, I decided to remain silent.

    However, today (Oct. 29), when I again read Calfee’s claim that prior to his pledging to support the liberal cause he had “just been talking about some of the West Tennessee liberals and making a comparison” that lead to the “slip up,” I realized I had to speak out.  

  • Police go beyond call of duty for stranded motorist

    On Tuesday, Oct. 9, around 3:30 p.m., I was on my way to my place of employment.

    As I topped the hill, my vehicle just stopped working, which, as you may be aware, was during a time of heavy work and school traffic. Immediately, traffic began to back up.

    I tried to restart my vehicle, to no avail.

    After what seemed like an eternity to me, but was just a short time, Kingston Police Officer Jerry Singleton was first on scene. He was extremely professional and helpful.

  • Think before you vote — and do a little research, too

    Do you remember when the three R’s stood for education in our schools and was good for us? Now it seems to stand for Republican, Romney, and Ryan. Those three R’s may not be in our best interest. Before you automatically vote Republican, take time to find out about another R — Karl Rove and his power over the Republican Congress.

  • War hawks need to think of fighting’s impact

    In fall, raptors begin their annual migration to the warmer weather of the southern states.
    But that centuries-old pattern has now apparently been interrupted by a single event in the Middle East; abruptly diverting the ‘War Hawks’ toward Washington … D.C., that is.

    U.S. Sen. John McCain, old “Bomb, bomb, bomb…bomb, bomb Iran,” is in full flight and on national TV agonizing over the heinous attack on our diplomatic mission in Libya.

  • Are those prepaid funeral expenses really covered?

    This letter is to the people of Roane County who think they have made their “final” funeral arrangements, paid in full, with a local funeral home.

    Our mother passed away recently and had made her arrangements in 1990.

    She was 80 years old at the time and thought her family wouldn’t have to worry about anything financial when she passed away.

  • Mystery of missing gift card has her rethinking options

    In August, I purchased three gift cards for my granddaughters’ birthdays. Two days later, I put their gift cards with their birthday cards in my home mailbox to be sent to them.

    Somewhere along the way, one card did not get to the intended recipient.

    The card was used a couple days after the purchase by an unauthorized person. It remains to me a mystery how it was able to be cashed so quickly.

    It makes me think it didn’t have time to be delivered.

  • Lowest bid isn’t always the best choice for country

    The ongoing political campaigns fill the media with exaggerated or alleged factoids and lies while the country continues an inexorable slide into a second-rate economy status.

    It seems obvious that the low prices in discount and retail stores are paid for by the unemployed workers who once made the furniture, shoes, clothing, electronics etc and were paid a living wage.

  • Tea Party not representative of Republicans

    There was a time when a Republican and Democrat could sit across the table from one another. If one of them had a good idea, they would shake hands and say “Let’s get to work on it.”
    Of course, they would have their differences. But, they would work on a compromise to come up with the best solution to make sure it was the best for the people they represent.
    Recently I had the honor of working for a candidate running on the Republican ticket for state representative for the 32nd district, Kent Calfee.

  • 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.