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Letters

  • Thank you from folks at Roane Co. United Way

    Roane County United Way would like to thank everyone who participated in and those who attended our recent Family Fun Day.  

    We had more than 40 agencies and businesses partake in this day.  More than 250 people came out to enjoy a day of music, food, and fun.  

    A special thanks to Roane State Community College for allowing UT LIFESTAR to be a part of our day, and thank you to David Maupin of East Roane County Volunteer Fire Department for ensuring a safe landing!

  • Group grateful for help from Rockwood 2000

    Ridge View Elementary School fifth grade would like to thank Rockwood 2000 for the organization’s generous donation that provided our transportation on a recent field trip.   

    The students visited the University of Tennessee campus in Knoxville.  

    While on campus, the students supported our school’s 4-H Clover Bowl team and toured several of the buildings.  

  • Battery warranty situation better if you shop around

    The manufacturers’ pro-rata warranty for lead acid batteries, for as long as I can remember, has been, with a few exceptions, a consumer rip off.

    That has finally been proven in a class-action lawsuit against Johnson Controls, a company that purchased Globe Union some years ago, one of the largest manufacturers of lead acid batteries in the world.

    Johnson Controls, like Globe Union had, distributes batteries that will be marketed under different labels, including a number of very popular ones.

  • Religious beliefs shouldn’t be basis of president vote

    We, as a nation, are nearing the time to elect a president to represent us all.

    This time we have a unique religious twist as the Republican candidate appears to be Mitt Romney who is a devout member of the Mormon Latter-day Saints faith.

    It goes without needing to be said that there will be a certain number of voters whom are of other faiths or none at all, who will not vote for Romney because of this, even though they may otherwise agree with his nonreligious beliefs.

  • Memorial Day weekend isn’t just about fun

    Veterans, millions of veterans, know the meaning of this Memorial Day.  

    Parents are making plans, reunions, and celebrations. Children are excited, counting the days until school is out.  

    Municipalities are planning big events. Everything is in full-swing for the upcoming Memorial Day Weekend.  

  • CASA 5k run was big success for all those involved

    CASA of the 9th Judicial District’s 2012 Run for the Child was a big success.

    We had 220 entrants, a huge increase from last year, and preliminary numbers indicate we will net about $2,000 more than last year, making this the biggest fundraiser in our history.

    Thanks to all of you who helped and or entered this event.

  • Intolerance has no place on pages of newspaper

    Those of us who avidly read the editorial section of this newspaper surely take note of the religious intolerance has once more raised its ugly head on these pages.

    Various branches of Christianity taking shots at one another is sadly a part of our history, spanning the last 2,000 years.

    More disconcerting is the notion that one would be considered ignorant for having  any sort of faith in a higher power, a view that is becoming rampant across the more socialist and “educated” parts of this world.

  • 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.