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Letters

  • 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.

  • Police, fire staff were professional

    I would like to commend the Harriman fire and police departments for their professional response to a wreck in South Harriman on Aug. 7.

    I called 911 to report the wreck and vehicle fire.

    Both departments arrived within two minutes, secured the area and extinguished the fire.  

    The men and women of Harriman fire and police are underappreciated for their dedication and sacrifice to our community.

  • Thanks for the varied opinions printed here

    Most of the time, most of the people make most of their decisions without most of the facts.

    Therefore, I would like to thank the editor and all of the people working at the Roane County News for printing a wide variety of opinions in Roane County’s fine newspaper.

    I especially enjoy the opinions and articles concerning the First Amendment.

    I think it was Patrick Henry who said something along the line: I may not agree with what you say, but I will defend to the death, your right to say it.

    Please keep up the good work.

    Tom Hensley
    Kingston

  • 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.