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Letters

  • 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

     

  • Pickup truck to carry deceased is all volunteers have

    This is being written in reference to the Our Readers Write letter in the Dec 21, 2011, edition of the Roane County News.

    The letter being referred to was titled “Pickup Sent to Drive Away Dead Man Not Appreciated.”

    First, being members of the Roane County Rescue Squad, we would like to extend our sympathies and condolences to the family and friends of the deceased.

    Never in the past, present, or future will any member of our organization say or do anything intentionally to disgrace or shame anyone, whether they be rich or poor.

  • Call recipient made sure woman got needed help

    This is to thank the unknown person who helped me get aid in the early morning hours of Dec. 10, 2011.

    I called the wrong number because I had fallen and broken my hip, and the man I misdialed was kind enough to get the police to notify my neighbor Buster Pierce.

    To that unknown man, thank you so much — without your help, I do not know what would have happened. I was in University of Tennessee Medical Center and Fort Sanders Rehabilitation Center from Dec. 10 through Jan. 30.

    God bless you and thanks a million.

  • Photo ID law shameful, as well as deceitful

    Tennessee’s new voter photo ID law is nothing less than state-sanctioned voter fraud.

    Wait, that’s not correct.

    It’s massive and intentionally deceitful state-sanctioned voter fraud.

    The fact that five out of six, or 95 out of 100 people, questioned believe that the photo ID law is OK, good, excellent or just what the country needs is irrelevant.

    The new law is not so cleverly cloaked in the language of reform: “to protect against voter fraud” or “ensuring the integrity of the electoral process.”

  • Writer takes issue with reasons for high gas prices

    It seems that the national news media have been prepping citizens to the idea that gas prices at the pump will once again reach $5-plus this summer.

    Keep in mind that Washington politicians deregulated the commodities exchange in 1998, giving billionaire speculators a free hand to buy and sell all the oil they want.

    Prices have nothing to do with supply and demand anymore.

  • Rockwood sewer bills ­— why do they run so high?

    Having moved back to Rockwood after 53 years, I am devastated over my sewage bills.

    Water and sewage are on the same bill. I need to know why the sewage bill is two or three times higher than the water bill.

    Being on a fixed income, it’s hard enough on me to pay a bill that I feel is fair.

    These sewage bills are totally unfair. The meter and pipes have been checked for leaks. There are none.

    What can we residents do to get our sewage bills lowered?

    I have no idea where to go, what to do, or who to talk to.