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Letters

  • Doctor has no plans to move to Midtown cluster

    I am the family practice physician at Kingston Health Associates at 900 Waterford Place in Ladd Landing, Kingston.

    My nurse practitioner, Deborah Upchurch-Howard, and I would like to assure our patients that we will be remaining in our current location. Despite the moves of many other health care officies, we will not be moving to Midtown or any other location at this time.

  • Religious liberty and politics — tread carefully

    Everyone wants religious liberty for themselves, but that does not mean they believe in religious liberty.

    Religious liberty exists only when people give to others the same religious freedom they want for themselves.

    This recognition should be especially promoted by Christians, for Christ said, “What ever you would that others should do to you, you do the same to them.”

  • HUB late fees — just what are they needed for?

    HUB customers, beware about paying your utility bill late.

    I recently found out that if your bill is not paid by the due date, there is a penalty fee of $10.

    If your bill is not paid before your next bill is mailed out, they issue a cut off notice, which, when they deliver it to your house, costs you $20 more.

  • Catholic view on contraception offered by pastor

    I would like to offer some thoughts concerning the recent government mandate requiring artificial contraception to be made available through the auspices of the Catholic Church.

    First, allow me to offer a brief explanation of the church’s position on contraception.

    All Christians recognize that God’s gift of sexual intimacy has a two-fold purpose.

    It is meant to deepen and enrich the love between husband and wife. It is also God’s way of allowing us to cooperate with God in the creation of life in accordance with God’s will.

  • Religious leaders shouldn’t get to pick and choose

    The separation of church and state should work both ways.

    The government should not be able to influence church doctrine.

    Religious institutions should not get to pick the laws they will accept.

    To say that forcing employers to provide health insurance, including birth control, somehow violates church rights is ridiculous.

    As far as I’m concerned the Obama administration blinked on this one.

  • Salvation Army thanks small army of bell ringers

    The Salvation Army wishes to thank everyone who helped with the bell ringing this year.

    We raised $26,171.55, which is a great deal considering the current economy. It will enable us to help many families throughout the coming year. We are once again indebted to Food City in Harriman and Kingston, Kroger and Walmart in Roane County and Darnell’s Market, Family Dollar and Sav-A-Lot in Morgan County for letting us locate our kettles at their stores.

  • Officer of Year Larry Eaton is deserving fellow

    Congratulations to Larry Eaton for receiving the Officer of the Year Award!  

    What a fine man he is and deserving of this award again.

    We’ve known Larry  for more than 10 years. He is a kind and caring officer who goes out of his way to assist the residents of Roane County.

    Thanks, Larry, for the honorable and   compassionate officer and gentleman you are!

    Anne and Doc Coleman
    Harriman

  • 20 minutes is all it takes to help your child excel in life

    The Kingston Rotary Club is a primary sponsor for a program to encourage reading to young children.

    This is a worthwhile program.  

    The Kingston Lions Club endorses the program and congratulates the Rotarians on their endeavor.

    It has been well documented that young children who have been read to by their parent(s) excel over children who have not had that attention.

    They learn more in school and progress more rapidly. Reading for only 20 minutes seems to do the trick.  

  • Woman wants to thank man who found her purse

    On Jan. 8, I shopped in the Rockwood Dollar General Store, and when I left the store I left my purse in the shopping cart.

    When I arrived home, approximately 20 minutes after leaving the store, I discovered my mistake.

    I immediately called the store and spoke with a clerk, who informed me that a gentleman had found my purse and turned it in.

  • Childrens books a great Valentine to give, receive

    This month Roane Imagination Library sent “valentines” to 1,780 local children — from birth to age 5.  

    These greetings were in the form of age-appropriate, quality books delivered to the children’s homes.  

    What better way to tell a child “I love you; I care about you?”

    Imagination Library sends books in February and every month of the year.

    That means more than 21,000 books in the last 12 months.   

    Thank you, Roane County!