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Letters

  • Swiss version of ObamaCare doing great job there

    The Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. “ObamaCare”) is now front and center on the  American political stage.

    Many people are outraged about the “individual mandate” — that is, the provision that everyone not already covered by health care insurance (by their employers, for example, or by the military, Medicare, or private insurance) must buy insurance, with financial aid for those who cannot afford it.  

  • Let’s stop the pain of unnecessary use of painkillers

    I have decided to write this letter to allow the readers of this newspaper to better understand the pain families deal with because of the negligence of some doctors here and elsewhere who prescribe pain killers as if they are handing out vitamins.

    Most people do not know who these local doctors are, but those of us who have a family member who has become an addict know.

    Law enforcement knows.

  • Neal made a mistake, should be reinstated

    Thanks and a hearty concurrence with the letter from Brant Williams in the Roane County News concerning the error in reporting the Kingston tax rate to the state.

    While I live South of the River and do not have direct standing in regard to this issue, nonetheless it is important to the citizens of Kingston and all of Roane County that our civic governance be carried out correctly.

  • Lots of positives in this place we call home

    I’m writing this letter in response to the writer from Kingston dated March 23. Just like him, I find myself constantly writing negative letters. The reason I do that is simple. When something makes me mad, I write about it. I have dozens of articles that I’ve written but didn’t send to the paper because I don’t want people to think I’m a negative person.

  • Gentleman Tom a great ambassador for Rockwood

    I noticed in one of your newspaper articles someone was asking for good news about your town, and I would like to share some good news about a person we met when we came to visit your town.

    I would like to nominate Tom Scott as your Rockwood ambassador for greeting and welcoming visitors to your town and making them feel welcome.

    My brother, nephew and I were in town looking for cemeteries and the courthouse as we were trying to find any information on our ancestors in the Narramore/Teague families.

  • Thanks for giving youth opportunity in state capitol

    Recently, my two young grandsons served as pages for state Sen. Ken Yager during the Tennessee General Assembly’s legislative session in Nashville.

    I want to thank Sen. Yager for giving the boys this opportunity to observe the workings of our state government at first hand and to participate in a very direct way.

    Sen. Yager couldn’t have been kinder to my grandsons, their parents and to me during our visit, and we sincerely appreciate his taking time from his busy schedule to make this such a special day.  

  • Kingston’s debt rating fantastic — or is it?

    What great news to hear Kingston Mayor Troy Beets proclaim savings on current loans of “roughly $59,000 in fiscal 2013 and $56,000 in 2014.”

    Let’s hope city council members remember whose money is being saved and gives taxpayers a $60,000 break when they work out those draconian tax increases they recently announced.

    Also, here’s a question for someone in the know.  

    We understand Ms. Eleanor Neal was suspended for making a typographical error in reporting Kingston’s tax rate to the state.  

  • Kingston didn’t need building — or tax increase

    We read your positive view of Kingston City Council’s decision to borrow $2 million and buy a new city hall.

    You are correct about the bargain sale price and that the city can easily borrow the money at low interest rates.

    However, we disagree adamantly that the reasons for buying justify the unprecedented borrowing and subsequent tax hike.

    To indebt the city $2 million so a handful of city employees may enjoy bigger, nicer offices and so council can luxuriate in magnificent new council chambers is folly.

  • Got any good news? Writer wants to hear it

    I hate to keep writing negative letters to the editor, but I haven’t seen or heard anything positive to be happy about; therefore, I would like to comment on some recent articles in the paper.
    County officials seemed very happy that the Volkswagen distribution center that is locating in our county.
    That’s well and good, but they neglected to say what, if any, incentives (land, tax breaks, etc) were given to this rich company that the hardworking taxpayers of Roane County will be paying.
    That seems to be the going thing these days.

  • Great kindness by anonymous donor deeply appreciated

    We would like to thank the anonymous donor who helped our family with the funeral expenses in the death of our 2-day-old daughter, Judith Mary Anne.
    To that person or persons who we only know as “friends,” there really aren’t words to express how much your gift meant to our family.
    May God bless and keep you for your kindness (Matthew 10:42 and Mark 9:41).
    Everett and Carol Phillips and family
    Kingston