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Letters

  • Letter writer eats a meal of crow after published rant

    I messed up really bad and want to apologize to Roane County Executive Ron Woody. I know he’ll forgive me; he’s a good person.

    I sent in a letter to the editor a week or so ago. I wanted to vent my anger that none of the $43 million or so of the TVA payment to the county was applied to anything actually hurt by the ash spill.

    I was right to do that, but my letter seemed to bash Woody. I knew better than this when I wrote the letter.

  • Corporate ‘personhood’ not new concept

    Some of our local commentators have been ranting quite a bit, in recent months, about evil corporations being able to buy elections for their own sinister ends.

    It is stated this is made possible by a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling commonly called “Citizens United.”

    They claim that ruling bestowed upon corporations complete and full personhood with full rights to participate in our federal elections the same as living and breathing persons. I’m not completely sure, but I don’t think the ruling was exactly that broad.

  • Writer likes cost-cutting by DesJarlais

    It appears that unless something changes, as concerning the redrawing of district boundaries, Scott DesJarlais will no longer be the congressman for Roane County after the next election — whether he wins or loses.

    Although I would not be considered a die-hard supporter, I have no real problems with his policies or votes to this point.

    He has been in service to our district for only about a year, and that is probably not long enough to form solid opinions as to how effective he would be or his positions matching to my beliefs.

  • REU crews were quick, courteous during outage

    Thanks to Rockwood Electric Utility work crews!  

    The power went out in the early hours on Friday morning and the temperature in the house dropped to the low 60s. 

    My call to REU brought an immediate phone response from one of the workers, who reported a line was down, but they were already working on it.

    Although the outside temperature was below freezing and the wind was vicious, these guys were on the job — as always.  

  • Too much whining about redistricting from other side

    Blame it on Pelosi, Reid and Obama.

    After the actions of the Washington, D.C., gang, in 2010 a longterm state legislator and a U.S. congressman, both Democrats,  were replaced by Republicans.

    No one locally in the past 10 years complained that Lenoir City was represented by a Democrat who didn’t live in Loudon County.

    Democrats didn’t care what Lenoir City wanted.

  • President and Congress need to learn cooperation

    9-9-9; 9-0-9; flat; tax-the-rich; don’t tax anybody; tax Wall Streeters; tax-everybody-equally — everything but a thumb tax!

    Are you sick of it all, too?

    Is this too much ado about nothing, or is this a real problem?

    And, of course, everyone has an opinion on this subject because it affects us all directly.

  • Tea Party criticism unfair — look at what others do

    Roane County News columnist Gerald Largen made references to the Tea Party being “ranters and haters” and the group being on the decline.

    A gentle reader might ask if he has attended a Tea Party rally, but we know that answer. He tries to associate this group with the John Birchers who no one has heard much of in many years.

    If Largen wants “ranting and hating,” look at the union rally for President Obama urging members to “get those SOBs!” And the news media gave them a pass on it.

  • School board should choose local as director

    I wish to give one piece of advice to the Roane County Board of Education as members begin the search for a new superintendent.

    Stay home.

    By that, I mean there must be an experienced educator already within the system who has been loyal to the profession as well as the position as an employee of the Roane County School System.

    The right one may even be a person who is not seeking the position.

    Oddly enough, that might be just the type of person who would be best for the office at this time.

  • Fact-checking should be done on election claims

    We are fast approaching the political silly season of candidates trying to convince us to give them our vote and place them at the levers of political power.  

    These candidates are always supported by like minded-political operatives and commentators that will try any tactic to cajole or frighten you into supporting their benefactor.

    For as long as I have been politically aware, there has been a consistent issue that one partisan group employs to frighten a certain demographic segment of our communities, usually to great success.

  • Who pays for TVA lawsuit damages? You get one guess

    I’d like to comment on the Dec. 21 newspaper article concerning new lawsuits against TVA for the ash spill.
    I thought it was pretty well established that property values actually increased, some more than 100 percent, after the spill, according to our state and local officials.
    It was also said sales were good on 2009. The TV airways are absolutely bombarded with commercials urging viewers to hire “them” to get “them” what “they” “deserve.”
    Some commercials even have heavenly music in the background.