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Letters

  • YMCA push should be slowed for second look

    I would like to encourage the city council and those in support of The YMCA to do more research before pushing this.

    I appreciate the fact that Kevin McClure and Tim Neal voted against it.

    I am Kevin’s wife and a local business owner for 17 years. The Y would hurt local businesses. I and my partners employ 31 staff members at Kiddie Korner Daycare & After school program.

    The Y could be devastating to our childcare program, Kay Whaley’s or Tam’s Tots.

  • Largen’s take on priests wrong on many levels

    This letter addresses columnist Gerald Largen’s unwelcomed attack on the authority of the Catholic Church to establish behavioral expectations for its members. His question “How far should we defer to priests’ decisions?” is inappropriate on several levels.

    First, members of the Roman Catholic Church should, in my opinion, at least attempt to follow the tenets of their professed faith, and should be free to do so, unencumbered by laws enacted to force the church or its members to support practices that violate these tenets.

  • Neal deserves an apology — and her salary back

    I agree with James Stout about the shabby treatment of Kingston City Clerk Eleanor Neal about the mistake which was made in the matter of the tax rate.

    If anyone should have been punished with taking away a month’s salary, it should have been the city manager. It was his responsibility to see to it that such a mistake was not made.

    After all, it is his duty as the city manager to supervise all the things that go out of the office.

  • Mullins falsely accused in jail construction issue

    I recently was made aware of and read the April 30 edition of your newspaper, where the headlines read “Mullins suing county.”
    I was the project manager in charge of the day-to-day operations at the Roane County Detention Center and was employed in that capacity by Roane County government.
    I feel it is my duty after reading this article to come forward as I have done many times officially and in depositions, to inform the citizens of Roane County that at no time during this project did Brian Mullins do anything wrong on this site.

  • Time to stand in defense of religious freedom

    The subject of our freedoms, or lack of them, is getting totally out of hand.

    For me, as a God-fearing person, this situation is hard to tolerate. I grew up in a time when God and His teachings were followed as best we could.

    By the way, it was a much a happier time! There was stability in most things, especially family. As you well know, most stability in anything has disappeared, gone by the wayside.

  • Here’s why you should ease up on mother-in-law

    In the spring of my 51st year, I find myself facing another Mother’s Day without my mom. I wish I would have spent more time telling her how much she meant to me.

    I’m writing this letter to all the people who disparage their spouse’s mother. I suspect that most are young and can’t yet appreciate the wisdom which comes from experience. As for my own mother, I don’t think there was a woman in the world that would have been good enough for her baby, but after 15 years, she did learn to respect my decision and love my wife.

  • Texting Titanic captain cartoon showed bad taste

    The cartoon on the Opinion page abut the Titanic (...what the captain was texting at the time...) was very mean and cruel and in very poor taste.

    Capt. Edward J. Smith of the Titanic had gone to sea as an apprentice at the age of 12.

    After getting his certificates, he signed on with the White Star Line at the age of 27.

    He was much admired among professional circles for his seamanship.

    Twenty minutes before midnight (April 14, 1912) Frederick Fleet grabbed the phone in the crow’s nest and shouted “Iceberg ahead!”

  • ‘Mr. Skillet’ can leave the vitriol somewhere else

    Shame on the Roane County News for devoting one third of its editorial page to “A View from Lick Skillet,” April 27.

    I read Mr. Skillet for his down-home humor. This column, however, was such a blatant, vitriolic, diatribe against the LDS and Catholic Churches, I actually paused a minute to check and see if I were actually reading a county newspaper.

    I thought, perhaps, I had picked up The Globe by mistake.

    Wars are fought all over the world because of religious intolerance.

  • Another against Largen’s attacks on churches

  • Veteran’s hospital gets this reader’s full support

    I am writing in regard to the proposal that a veterans hospital be located in the buildings vacated by Roane Medical Center in Harriman.

    The city of Harriman should jump at the chance of a veterans hospital being located there.

    The cost to the city of Harriman would be minimal compared to the advantages of hundreds of jobs being created, as well as thousands of veterans being helped.