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Letters

  • 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.

  • Attack on Obama not just politics as usual, writer says

    I wonder what someone has slipped into the Tea Party’s namesake drink that caused the co-chair of that august though neophyte party in Roane County to pen the vitriolic letter to the editor that appeared in the Roane County News on Dec. 28.
    In that opinion piece, he asserts the following;
    1. President Obama blames capitalism for the poor performance of the economy.
    2. Obama has assaulted capitalism for three years.
    3. Obama ignores the rule of law, the Constitution and Congress

  • Another takes issue with recent Tea Party letter

    President Obama is the title he holds and deserves to be addressed as, not agitator or dictator.
    The United States went through, very painfully I may add, eight years of Republican “bliss!”
    President Obama walked into and accepted with dignity and honor this horrible job that was left to him by a Republican president.
    Yet, you choose to condemn his efforts... why?
    The Democratic party is not responsible for this tragedy from the previous eight years.

  • Christmas spirit alive and well in Rockwood, Roane

    As a pastor, I believe in publicly acknowledging acts of kindness. This especially must be done when those random acts of kindness come in a cluster.

  • HUB billing ‘scam’ has writer hot under the collar

    A couple of months ago my local utility decided that I should pay my bill a few days earlier.
    My utility bill is the biggest bill I have, and I have struggled to pay it on time for 22 years.
    I do that because it offends me to pay the extra fee for being one day late.
    It only amounts to about 4 percent, but if you extrapolate that to the 30-day billing period it adds up to 120-percent interest. Isn’t that usury?

  • Accounting of TVA’s ash spill money missing something

    Wow, wow, wow … great to read the recent article about TVA working with Roane County Executive Ron Woody to facilitate the correct accounting and distribution of TVA’s $43 million, an “example of the agency’s commitment to helping the area recover.”

    Here we are three short years later. Time sure flies.

    Let’s see, Ron, when you have the accountants set up the spreadsheets to track this money we’ll need to have accounts for:

  • Obama is in agitator/dictator mode, and it’s not pretty

    This month, President Obama blamed capitalism, the foundation of this great country, for our poor economy. 
    He actually stated, “Capitalism doesn’t work, it has never worked.” If you really think about that one statement, you will begin to understand why this country is in the shape it is in today.

    Our president has, for three years, been conducting a full-blown assault on out capitalistic system.

  • Pickup sent to drive away dead man not appreciated

    A few weeks ago, our dear friend found his father deceased in bed.

    After regaining some composure, he dialed 911, and they sent an ambulance.

    EMS arrived, and the staff was very professional and offered their condolences. EMS informed our friend that it would cost $1,000 for them to take his father to the hospital to be pronounced, which, in turn, would create a hospital charge.

    There was no way our friend could afford the EMS charge, so EMS suggested calling the Rescue Squad.