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Letters

  • History repeats itself when people allow it to

    I read your guest opinion piece “U.S. turned guns on WWI vets in 1932” with interest but not with suprise.
    In the 1920s, coal miners in West Virginia banded together and formed a union.

    Soon after, they went on strike for better wages, working conditions and living conditions.

    The miners and families lived in company housing and had to buy what they needed from the company store.

    Often, their paychecks didn’t cover what they owed.

    If a miner became sick or died, his family was immediately ejected from the house so a healthy worker and family could be moved in.

  • Items wanted to keep people in need warm, sheltered

    The Clothes Closet in Rockwood is in need of winter clothing for children and adults, blankets and heaters — any kind — quilts, a kitchen stove, washer and dryer, a queen-size bed frame and some sheetrock to repair broken sheetrock and funding to serve needy families in Roane County.

    We serve all of Roane County, and all items and services are free to the client.

    All workers are volunteers who can be reached at 354-4227 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    All items must be clean and in good wearable or workable condition and can be on hangers, in bags or boxes.

  • Yard sale mistake has woman hoping for honest customer

    Last Saturday, Oct. 22, my daughter and I had a yard sale at my house in Kingston.

    As I was trying to add up another person’s purchases a man walked up said this has 25 cents but I’ll give you 30 cents and handed me 3 dimes.

    I said OK.

    As he stared to walk off, I realized he was holding my binoculars, and I said I can’t believe I put 25 cents on those — they are good binoculars.

    A few seconds later my daughter walked up, and I told her what had happened, and she said “You didn’t, you had $25 on that.”

  • Cain tax plan would double state sales tax

    Just when you thought it was safe to go to back to the store, Republican candidate Herman Cain wants to slash rich folk’s taxes and stick it to the poor.

    I already pay more than 9 percent in sales tax, and he wants to double it.

    To our credit, people are already saving more and spending less.

    Who believes that a 9-percent increase in prices won’t further curb people’s appetite for consumption?

    Think about it, $6,000 tax on a new car!

    Cain defends this tax by saying it will only be on new stuff.

  • Some elaboration from the top on the Midway Solution

    Recently, the Midway community celebrated a ribbon cutting on the use of the Midway Middle School’s kitchen and gym.

    During the celebration ceremony, I gave a brief history of how the project was conceived, supported and construction of Phase 1 and Phase 2 had taken place. 

    A number of people commented afterward about not knowing this history and appreciated hearing the process. 

  • RSCC Playmakers is a real plus for the community

    We attended the Roane State Community College Playmakers’ production of “The Rainmaker” on Saturday evening.

    As always, Michael Golebiewski directed a top-notch performance which we enjoyed very much. 

    We also got to listen to the live performance of music before, during and after the play.

    We are so fortunate to have the Playmakers right here in Roane County!

    Celia Simon and Richard Evans
    Kingston

  • Writer says government can’t grant rights

    I read with interest that our Looseleaf Laureate gladly handed over $10 to Roane State student Corey Reed after naming the five rights delineated in the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. 

    Both the student and the generous Laureate should be applauded for their knowledge of and interest in our Bill of Rights. 

    However, through a lax choice of words the lesson and the article relating it propagate a grave and dangerous misconception about the nature of the First Amendment and the Bill of Rights.  

  • Thanks to responders of Midway brush fire

    On behalf of the Roane County Board of Education and the staffs of Midway Elementary, Middle and High schools, I would like to express appreciation and gratitude to all the fire departments and other emergency agencies that worked the brush fire near Midway Elementary School on Sept. 1.

    The fire was noticed about noon, and as soon as I received the information, we started making plans to evacuate the elementary school and others if needed.

    Bus drivers were put on stand-by and were later called in as the fire seemed to be progressing nearer to the school. 

  • Largen needs to hire private eye in paper theft caper

    My highly esteemed friend and constant columnist has attracted my attention with his futile flailing of another long-since-dead horse.

    I refer to the gentleman’s pining for the long-missing issues of his beloved Chattanooga Times Free Press, which are apparently still being purloined by a person or persons as yet unidentified.

    The fact that he dedicated half his Oct. 7 writings to this insult trumpets the depths of his frustration with the lack of enforcement of laws pertaining to petty theft in Kingston.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET by Gerald Largen:

    Well, Gentle Reader, we have a veritable potpourri of subjects today.

    We have had the intention for a few weeks of doing a column about corporations. Since so few people, including Mitt Romney, and a majority of the U.S. Supreme Court, seem to understand just what corporations are, we thought it timely to go into this topic in some depth, and this week seemed an apt time to do so.