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Letters

  • Very fortunate to have such a store in Kingston

    The handles on one of my cabinets had a missing screw, so the handle sort of flopped around.

    Finally I got tired of this, took out the other screw and took it down to the Ace Hardware Store.

    The screw was visually recognized as a standard one for doors. Supplies of that same screw were available at the store. One cost me 17 cents.

    I took it home, along with its mate, and the door handle doesn’t flop any more.

    We’re lucky to have that store in Kingston!

    Jim Leitnaker

    Kingston

  • Leave partisan politics out of public education

    The selection of Secretary of Education is a critical responsibility, yet the seriousness of this position is downgraded to “who the hell cares” by every voting Republican (except two) who voted for Betsy DeVos.

    I thank those two honest and empathetic Republicans, while I truly ridicule all the others who voted her in.

    One of my B.S. degrees is in education. I have taught eighth through 12th grades as well as college and graduate students. I loved teaching in the public-school system.

  • Aquatic weed session proved a futile exercise

    I would like to voice the opinion of over 30 people who left the Environmental Review Board/County Commission meeting early as we were being told about fishing communities being established in Rhea County to capitalize on the grass destroying our lake.

    The ERB really fumbled the ball Monday night. Getting that many people together again will not happen. The lack of ideas, presentation or an action plan by the ERB was embarrassing.

    When asked, “How do we move forward, and who is taking charge?” they sat there showing that they had no clue or plan.

  • Temperance Bldg. could house city offices, coffee bar

    Harriman City Council has asked for input as to what to do with the Temperance Building. I have responded to that request, and I’m sending this to you in the hope it may lead others to respond, too.

    My response is to by all means repair and use this beautiful building on a daily basis.

    Use it to house some city functions. There are two room on the first floor which have, in earlier times, been used as offices. One by the zoning office, one by the fire chief.

  • Could hike in gas tax also call for even pricing?

    In regard to the potential gas tax increase, would it be possible to go up .1 cent on top of whatever increase emerges?

    I remember when gas was 19.9 cents a gallon when I first started driving, and we would go out of our way to save a penny a gallon.

    Now that the range on gas prices is $1.999 to $2.999, the nine-tenths is not a relevant factor — it has always been a marketing gimmick.

    Along with the .1 additional increase, require that all stations price their gas in even dollars and cents.

    Charles Whaley Sr.

    Rockwood

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Services abound for Roane seniors

    When I wrote about my Leadership Roane County class visit to the Roane County Animal Shelter last month, I pointed out that you can tell a lot about a society by how it treats animals.

    You can tell even more about a society by how it cares for its sick, young and elderly citizens.

  • Calendar filled with never-before-seen pics

    Most people love to [complain]. However, this short note is to say thank you!

    I just received my copy of your 2017 Roane County Historical Calendar. I love it and will be sharing it with all members of my family and friends who may not have gotten a copy.

    It is very well done and full of pictures I have never seen.

    Thank you.

    W.M. “Bill” Griffin

    Harriman

  • Amazing to compare towns’ past with present

    We would like to thank the Roane County News, Roane Heritage Commission and Robert Bailey for the calendar.

    It was nice to see the old photos from all the cities in Roane County. It’s amazing how the little towns have changed, but the footprint from days gone by is still there.

    Great job!

    Dennis Long

    Kingston

  • Obama did more for area than deny clemency

    This is in response to Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton’s ill-considered remark that denying Ralph O’Neal’s petition for clemency is the “greatest thing he’s [Barack Obama] done since he’s been in office for Roane County.”

    I’m certain that if Sheriff Stockton applied himself, he could provide readers with other examples of President Obama’s actions and initiatives beneficial to Roane County citizens over the last eight years.

  • Coal ash toxicity only one part of the picture

    With respect to the recent report on the Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) meeting in Knoxville (Roane County News, Jan. 20, page 2A), the SELC is on the cutting edge in raising questions about the disposal of coal ash. The new federal law allows legal action by citizens and the state to compel compliance.