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Letters

  • Alpha House seeks to minister to whole person

    This is a letter to the East Tennessee area, especially the Anderson County community at large, and all churches within the scope of this paper.

    I have several questions for those pondering what they can do for the betterment of our community to combat the rampant moral depravity that is sweeping the entire nation.

    It seems we cannot turn on the television without encountering another horror story about a berserk madman shooting people in a public place.

    Crime is on the rise, and, in turn, our jails are full.

    Who is committing these crimes?

  • Thanks to paper, reporter, for news on hospital effort

    On behalf of the Veterans Council for the Roane Medical Center Conversion Project to transition the facility to a veterans hospital, we would like to extend our deepest appreciation to the Roane County News for its willingness and interest in publicizing information regarding the project.

    We would like to especially thank Cindy Simpson with the Roane County News for her hard work and support to make sure the information was relayed in an accurate and timely fashion.

    She, along with her paper, has been a tremendous asset in helping to keep everyone informed.

  • Founding Fathers had a hypocritical side re: humanity

    I read the letter to the editor in the Aug. 15 edition of the Roane County News and wanted to remind people of something that far too many of us have forgotten.  

    We hear much talk of this country being founded on Christian principles and most speak of the Founding Fathers with fond words and expound upon their moral values.  

    It would be well to remember the truth as to the beginnings of this nation.

    I love our country and would never wish to live anywhere else, but I believe we should always have a true remembrance of what is truth.  

  • 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.