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Letters

  • TennCare fraud ought to be dealt with severely

    If we have a judge who is doing wrong things and gets put in prison for his wrongdoings, then why is it we still have regulars on the street who continually do things wrong and continually get by with these wrongdoings?

    What are these people teaching their own children?

    There are people out there committing TennCare fraud and getting a so-called slap on the wrist.

    They are teaching their children it is OK to do things wrong, and then their children end up committing harmful things to the community.

  • Oh my! Could Ol’ Curmudgeon be of Democrat ilk?

    I think that Roane County News columnist Gerald Largen is a Democrat.

    I refer to his rantings of Oct. 21: His description of the GOP is right in line with current “us vs. them” language coming from the White House.

    I believe the actions of Curry Todd is a slap in the face of law-abiding gun owners, and I strongly urge the state to pull his license for at least five years on top of any other actions against him.

    Although I agree with photo ID voting, it seems the system broke down somewhere between passing and enforcement.

  • Yager donated the proceeds of silent auction to charity

    On Nov. 18, state Sen. Ken Yager hosted his annual chili supper and silent auction at Roane State Community College.

    Yager had contacted the staff at the Roane County United Way several weeks prior to the event and notified us that he would like to donate the proceeds of this year’s silent auction to the United Way.  

    Yager, his staff and other volunteers spent a great deal of time soliciting gifts from businesses around his district to be entered into the silent auction.

  • Adopt a pet for Christmas, but be responsible, too

    Christmas is coming.

    Parents will want to surprise their little ones with puppies and kittens. Just keep in mind the responsibilities that go along with pet ownership.

    There will be teeth marks on furniture, spots on the rugs, money for pet supplies and pet medications (not cheap).
    If you purchase a pet, keep in mind they like to be around people and to run and play, not be tied to a tree or a dog house with no interaction with the family or others.

    When they run loose, they run in front of cars and put themselves and people in danger.

  • No apologies owed to Pakistan for shooting back

    I was very sad to hear a college professor say that we shouldn’t send care-packages to our troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, because they were “killers.”

    While I respect his right to free speech I totally disagree with what he said!

    Many of the brave men and women serving there are reservists and national guardsmen who would prefer to be at home with their families.

  • Thanks to those who spent holiday helping after fire

    Thanksgiving is celebrated as the time of year to enjoy in festive meals along side of family members and friends and give thanks for our many blessings.

    This year, Thanksgiving Day offered generosity and thankfulness to the residents of Harriman Gardens, the location of the serious fire just days prior to Thanksgiving Day.

    My family and I would like to thank everyone who contributed and those who gave up their Thanksgiving Day, normally enjoyed with family, to help the residents of Harriman Gardens have a great Thanksgiving Day dinner.

  • Kingston Lions Club also have words of thanks

    The Kingston Lions Club wishes to thank the public for their fantastic support during White Cane Days.

    More than $800 was collected during a road block, and moe than $1,300 was collected at Kroger’s.

    The total exceeds that of most prior years as well as our budget.

    The monies collected during White Cane Days are used to support the projects of District 12N of Lions International.

    This includes Lions East Tennessee Eye Bank, Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic, Lions Volunteer Blind Industries, and the Tennessee Schools for the Blind and the Deaf.

  • Who makes the call on prayer before football games?

    Who makes the call when it comes to prayer before athletic events at Roane County High School?

    I am a proud alumnus and supporter of RCHS and its athletic events.

    In my years at school and subsequent years after graduation, it would have been unheard of to open events without praying.

    What happened?

    I have attended all 2011 home football games and all but one away game this season. All away games, including other Roane County schools, open the event with prayer — all except RCHS.

    Who makes the call and why make the call concerning RCHS games?

  • Thanks be to God for separation of church and state

    Thanksgiving and Independence Day are America’s two most important holidays.

    Christmas and Easter are Christian holidays and not unique to America.

    That first Thanksgiving, Nov. 26, 27 and 28, by the surviving Pilgrims, has inspired me to be thankful.

    A year previous, Nov. 21, 1620, the Mayflower had anchored off the coast of Massachusetts. It had been a hard year. Forty people had died, and of the 55 remaining, only four were women.

    An early drought had threatened their crops, which ended after a time of special prayer, and they received a good harvest.

  • How to cope after losing child to drug overdose

    It’s been 10 years since we lost our son, Josh, to an overdose of morphine and methadone.

    Sept. 22 was a tough day. Josh would have been 30 years old on that date.

    We were dark, down in our hearts remembering our Josh. But on that very day, a phone call came from a woman who had lost her son two and a half weeks previously from a prescription overdose.

    She was reaching out to someone who understood and shared her anguish.

    “When will I stop crying?”

    “When will I feel better?”