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Letters

  • Thank a veteran by flying our flag with pride

    I am a retired master sergeant from the United States Air Force. Twenty-six year veteran. This I gave for my country and our flag.

    Our flag means more to me than a country symbol. I fly it at home every day.

    I fly it for the men and women who served and gave all they had and didn’t come home.

    I wear my veterans cap every day with pride. I have lots of people thanking me for my service.

    If you really want to thank a veteran, fly the country’s flag with pride.

  • Hefty hauls across counties come with a hefty price tag

    If you have been around Harriman or Kingston any time in the last few weeks, you could not help but notice the almost-continual stream of heavy dump trucks passing back and forth.

    An inquiry reveals that they are engaged in transporting rock and dirt from the Bitter Creek road construction in Morgan County to a landfill in Monroe County, a haul of about 50 miles.

    We all know that the Tennessee Department of Transportation assures that our tax dollars are spent wisely and that we can be certain that we get the most for our dollars on infrastructure projects.

  • A view for Largen: Try to look for and write positive

    A view from John Dennis to Gerald Largen regarding “A View from Lick Skillet,” June 16, Roane County News, I feel this address totally misrepresented our dear President, Donald John Trump.

    I read five columns of blasphemy, slander and negative comments about the man who lives on 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. and who was chosen by the people to lead the greatest nation on earth.

  • Sophie was loved, and she could have been saved

    To the person who shattered part of our world:

    On the night of Tuesday, June 26, you felt that you should NOT abide by the posted speed limit signs topping Emory Heights Road.

    I was standing at the door calling my dogs, who were letting the neighbors know they were being watched, then to my utmost horror, I saw our little Sissy girl – SOPHIE, yes, she had a name – coming back across the road from saying hello.

  • Some things shouldn’t be forgotten or forgiven

    I’m sure that most Americans could give a skiddy do da about the history of Cuba.

    While Cuba Americans and history majors might care, the rest of us have other priorities. The average American is working and trying to make a living for the family they really don’t have time or the need to know Cuba’s history or why we haven’t normalized relations why them.

  • Alexander not representing our best interests

    Below is a copy of the letter I received from Sen. Lamar Alexander after I contacted him concerning the Senate health-care bill. It contains several statements that are not true, several that are misleading, and it omits several facts. Nor does it mention the multi billion tax cut for the wealthiest 2 percent!

    I have followed the letter with observations concerning the bill. This man does not represent the best interest of Tennesseans!

    The letter:

    June 26, 2017

    Dear Clyde,

  • Nice to see Books From Birth get nod for helping kids

    KIDS COUNT 2017, the recent report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation (Roane County News, June 16), cited Tennessee’s improvement for children in education, health and economic well-being, placing the state, 35th in the nation.

    In addressing the state’s improved education ranking, the report highlighted Books From Birth among the initiatives having a positive impact.

    Books From Birth Foundation is the statewide Imagination Library supervisor. It matches the funds raised locally for Roane Imagination Library.

  • Mega school appears to be a foregone conclusion

    I am somewhat confused by the article about County Executive Ron Woody “School finances fragile” in the June 19 issue of the Roane County News.

  • Children deserve every opportunity, no matter the cost

    I am writing in regard to the June 19 edition of the Roane County News article, “Woody: School Finances Fragile.”

    Mr. Ron Woody,

    Would you be so kind to explain the industry that might be expanding in Roane County that would be concerned about the tax rate?

    Because in 54 years all I have seen is a decline in industry; but, that has been by choice, unfortunately.

    I have lived here my whole life and was fortunate enough to land a job and stay here. Most anymore do not get that opportunity.

  • Thank you, HUB, for your hard work to restore power

    A huge thank you to the folks at Harriman Utility Board for the work they did to return services to those of us who lost power in the recent storms.

    The linemen, from not only HUB but also those subcontracted from outlying areas, deserve an extra thank you for working long hours in adverse conditions, and in some cases through the rude reactions and comments from the public.

    The damage was not the fault of HUB, but we all felt the effects: either by extra work demands or personal inconveniences.

    Dale Dawson
    Harriman