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Letters

  • 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.

  • Kingston couple says local heroes saved their baby

    I want to write a special thanks to all the Kingston firefighters, paramedics and the Kingston police department for helping save my 3-week-old daughter.

    They helped keep me calm when I couldn’t take anymore.

    The three times they came out, they had a very fast response time.

    I especially want to recognize Lynn Ross. He is the paramedic who made sure he was on scene and took special care of our daughter.

    Thank you again for all you guys do.

    Keep up the good work.

    Tim and Mary Austin
    Kingston

  • Chick-fil-A issue not one for govt. involvement

    What kind of country do we live in where a person cannot express what they believe and quote from a notable resource?

    I am referring to the restaurant Chick-fil-A and the Bible.

    Isn’t this the land of free speech?

    Isn’t this what we fought wars for? Since when do politicians choose where and what restaurants the public chooses to eat at?

    The politicians have way overstepped their bounds.

    If they want their cities to be gay-friendly, so be it, but it is not necessary to sneer at Christian beliefs to show their support.

  • Financial losses are often a matter of perspective

    I have a couple of educational stories about things sometimes not being at all as they first appear.

    These lessons I’ve learned throughout life but perhaps they teach this in business school. I once worked for the state of Tennessee when construction of Interstate 40 was under way in a near county.

    The owner of the construction company doing a section of the road was quite a dapper fellow and showed up about every two weeks to check on progress being made.

  • ‘Whiners’ drive writer to go ‘eat mor chikin’

    I’m tired.

    I’m tired of a lot of things for a lot of reasons. But currently I’m tired of the whole Chick-fil-A “controversy.”

    I don’t go to Chick-fil-A very often. It’s usually crowded, and I don’t like that. They also put pickles on chicken (blasphemy!).

    I don’t like that either.

    But I’m going this week only because the gay community has driven me to it. Sorry, but it’s called spite.

  • Largen column misleading on Robinette stand

    In the Friday, July 27, column by Gerald Largen, he states he has heard some disturburing news about this candidate and that candidate, all the while supporting the current property assessor. 
    Mr. Largen, having been a somewhat successful attorney, knows that putting forth conclusions built on hearsay are typically the folly of the weak. I have much respect for him and don’t see that he needed to lower his standards to for seeking the truth to support one candidate over another.

  • Rockwood makes big impression on stranded group

    I would like to extend a big thank you to the community of Rockwood.

    On July 13, we were returning from a week-long mission trip from Williamsburg, Ky.

    Due to a traffic tie-up, we got off Interstate 40 and entered into Rockwood. Not a mile into the town our bus broke down. The bus had about 20 youth and eight or so adults, and it was hot! A few of the adults got off with all the youth because we needed to go the the restroom.

  • Congress should not be ‘bought’ by Big Business

    On Friday last, July 21, I received in the mail from Public Citizens, a petition to U.S. Sens. Bob Corker and Lamar Alexander to be signed and returned by me, urging them to pass a constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. FEC ruling.

    Later the same day I read an article in the Roane County News by Gene Policinski, in which he referenced a poll which showed two-thirds of the respondents disagreed with that same ruling.

  • Reappraisal process needs investigation

    On Oct. 17, 2010, I called the State Board of Equalization requesting the forms to initiate the appeal process at the state level.  

    Several days later, the package arrived in the mail and consisted of some basic instructions which included some examples of what form the evidence to be presented should take.

    The packet came by return mail to the correct address. I make this point because this is the last piece of correspondence that has actually been sent to the correct address.

  • Gratitude, even after losing so much in house fire

    On Wednesday, June 27, while vacationing in Florida, our home burned completely to the ground.

    The only home that our 19-year-old daughter has ever known now sits in ashes.

    Except for the loss of family members, this has been the single-most devastating event in our lives, but we are recovering and know that we must move on.

    A couple of days ago, a young lady asked me how we were doing.

    She stated that out of all this tragedy, God would bless us a thousand times over.

    I looked at her and said, “He already has!”