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Letters

  • 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!”

  • A firsthand look on the need for health benefits

    Who would it hurt if the working poor had health insurance? If elected, Mitt Romney claims he will begin to repeal the Universal Health Care Act on Day One.

    When will the Republican brethren realize that there is only one class of people who can’t see a doctor when they need to?

    The truly poor get free health insurance, and the truly rich don’t need it! The rest of us are only one accident or illness away from bankruptcy.

    Way before my wife ever got sick, I looked into buying health insurance for my family.

  • Sinking real estate prices show flaws in reappraisal

    Like many other seniors in the area, we enjoy walking or bicycling the streets of the neighborhood in an effort to get a little exercise and fresh air.  

    Moving at this slower pace enables us to become more aware of our surroundings, such as the duck that was not quite quick enough to avoid the automobile traffic, or the latest real estate sign.  

    Even though we have no intention of buying a house, it seems almost impossible to walk past those signs or pass up reading the accompanying brochures.

  • Reading to kids early on solves problems later

    Preliminary information from a survey of parents of children in Roane County elementary schools is interesting enough to share.  

    The survey was done by the schools sending home the survey form which had been put together by Kingston Rotary Club’s Ralph Best.  

    The data analyzed so far comes from the Kingston Elementary and Midway Elementary schools and there is rough consistency in the answers.

  • Still looking for closure in two- decades-old case

    Happy birthday, Karen.

    Sunday. July 1, is our daughter’s 57th birthday. But we will not celebrate it with her.
    Her name is Karen Farmer Beard, and she was abducted and murdered in Kingston on Jan. 15, 1991.

    Some of the individuals who are responsible for this hideous crime are still walking the streets.

    Roane County Detective Greg Scalf tells me that Karen’s case is now classified as an open homicide investigation. If you have any information please call Detective Scalf at 717-4709.

  • Newly elected should think twice before firing staff

    Aug. 2 is Election Day.

    Candidates for road superintendent are urged to make public a detailed list of their past six years of experience relevant to work generally performed by the highway department. Such information would be helpful to voters who do not have access to information posted on websites by candidates.

    Elected county department heads are paid substantially high salaries; the public has a right and deserves to know details about a candidate’s up-to-date experience.