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Letters

  • Nuts & Bolts Terri Likens Editor: Some change at the paper become official

    I’ve written about some technological changes at the Roane County News, but this week, I have some people news to report.

    Kevin Kile, who has been acting general manager for about six months, has been given the job officially. He has earned it – managing the staff through a difficult period while overseeing a major renovation and the installation of advanced technology.

  • Time to consider the four-day week in schools

    Roane County Schools has recently set the 2012-13 school calendar. A survey regarding the start date and length and placement of breaks is available on the website at Roaneschools.com.

    As typical of any survey, there is no comment section to truly gage public opinion. I like the early August start date, and I enjoy using both the spring and fall break for quality family excursions. I would, however, like to advocate a much greater change to the school schedule. I want to see year-round school with a four-day school week.

  • 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.