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Letters

  • 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.

  • 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.