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Letters

  • Many backs turned on puppy in hot vehicle

    I am writing this to get one point across to your readers: NEVER leave a living creature inside a hot car unattended and without water.

    I am writing this letter out of concern for a very disturbing situation I recently experienced.

    I was going to my car after shopping at Pinnacle Pointe in Midtown when I heard a little puppy yelping as loud as he could.

  • Kelley gets need to keep church, state separate

    I support Commissioner Steve Kelley’s vote against the proposal to post “In God We Trust” at the courthouse.

    It is good to know we have at least one commissioner who understands the concerns of the nonreligious residents of Roane County and tries to maintain the separation of church and state.

    Kelley has every right to his own beliefs, as does everyone else. I think it is inappropriate for the other commissioners to denigrate any person’s religious beliefs or lack thereof.

    Dorothy Kosken
    Rockwood
     

  • President’s power grab bigger danger than immigration

    Although Bill Gillum fails to recognize it, I think most people can see the difference between law-abiding people who meet the requirements of their host country, follow the rules in an orderly manner and assimilate to become productive members of their new communities and tens of thousands of unidentified aliens who disrespect our laws and invade our country, bringing with them diseases, criminal backgrounds, gang affiliations and terrorist ties.

  • Dealing with big-cat sanctuary take collaboration

    The Roane County Commission, state Rep. Kent Calfee and state Sen. Ken Yager have said that Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency controls all aspects of the operation of Tiger Haven.

    In contrast, TWRA claims that its only responsibly with regard to Tiger Haven is the inspection of the cages and fences and the number of big cats housed in the facility.

    TWRA further states that there is no limit on the number of cats that can be kept at Tiger Haven.

    Roane County lost a lawsuit in an attempt to control the facility.

  • Greatest threat? Gillum takes Johnston to task

    Existential is a good word and a powerful one.

    Gary Johnston’s letter in your July 18 issue used it to describe the dire consequences of President Obama’s illegal actions regarding Central American immigrants.

    So great is this threat that Johnston claims it is the worst threat ever faced by the USA.

    I assume he includes the War of Independence, American Civil War, the threat of nuclear war, the first and second World Wars, the Great Depression and the near collapse of the financial markets in 2008.

    Worse than all those things?

  • Current president a threat to country over immigration

    It has become painfully clear that the situation on our borders is the direct result of illegal actions by President Obama as he has circumvented and ignored our immigration laws.  

    It is also becoming obvious that this crisis has been deliberately orchestrated by this president as a way to force Congress to pass his idea of amnesty.

    In the past, no president would have dared to ignore our laws and Congress to do what he is doing because both Democrats and Republicans would have stood together as Americans and stopped him.

  • Sidewalk would benefit seniors who use library

    My name is Elizabeth Greer, and I live in the Lakewood Village Senior Center in Kingston. Numerous other residents and myself are concerned that access to the Kingston Public Library has been denied by failure to install a handicap-accessible walkway from our residence to the library, after many officials promised and campaigned on their intentions to do so.

    A sidewalk is partially complete, but work has been stalled for over a year. Many residents in our facility need to use the library and would like to save transportation costs in getting us there.

  • Looking for former Re-Ed students for possible reunion

    I’m looking for students, faculty and staff from East Tennessee who attended the Children’s Re-education Center (Re-Ed), also known as Smallwood at Moccasin Bend in Chattanooga during 1968 and 1969.

    After 45 years, it would be great to have a reunion. Most were from the Chattanooga area, but some were from other parts of East Tennessee.

    Anyone who is interested, please call me at 423-698-3643.

    Kevin Wheeler
    Chattanooga

  • Kingston has the chance to do right with development

    This is an open letter to Kingston City Council concerning the development behind Woodhaven Subdivision and Davis Drive.

    Please forgive me for beginning with a question, but, if the hopeful developers of the acreage behind our homes propose to appropriate our entry road and to then make it impossible for large trucks to turn toward our homes in order to protect us from unwanted annoyances, how will we get large trucks to our homes when we need to move?  

  • Kingston’s 4th of July possible only with your support

    The city of Kingston again provided a very enjoyable celebration of the Fourth of July with all the activities at City Park, concluding with a fabulous fireworks display.

    The city even got the cooperation of meteorologists, who provided picture perfect days!  

    It was nice to see the race boats again.

    If you enjoyed the entertainment, why not stop at the Community Center and leave a tip — maybe a couple dollars for each member of your family that went to the water front.