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Letters

  • 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.

  • Will ‘Roane County Enquirer’ continue to run Largen?

    Over the past few weeks I have read the ranting of local columnist Gerald Largen, and I must say this guy is really something.

    He attacks the Tea Party as if they are the worst people in the country. Why the name calling? Is he afraid of them?

    If he doesn’t agree with them, that is his right, and he should make his point and move on. Just because members of the Tea Party do not share the same ideals and opinions as he does, he has gone so far as to call them terrorists.

  • U.S: Once a super power, now just a power borrower

    Balancing our national budget is a proper goal, but it alone will not solve our economic problems.

    It creates no jobs; rather, jobs disappear as state and city governments operate on less revenue and businesses downsize to remain competitive.

    Another reality: an economy based primarily on consumer spending cannot survive. No jobs, no spending.
    What nations have money to lend?

    Nations that are doing a lot of manufacturing.

    Following World War II, 50 percent of the world’s manufacturing came from the U.S.

  • Bible supports Israel, Israelites support the world

    The Bible says, “I will bless them who bless you and curse you.” (Genesis 12:1-3)The word “you” in this text refers to Israel. Even though this message was written long ago in the Old Testament, God’s word clearly states, His word never changes.

    This was His covenant with Israel.

    At this time, they are the only longstanding democracy in the Middle East. We have not made them so. All Israel’s citizens are free to pursue life, liberty and happiness while others try to kill them.

  • Largen all wrong in his stance on Jews, Israeli state

    I have before me Gerald Largen’s column from Sept. 22 concerning Israel. Largen made some comments I was hoping he could clarify.

    First off, I am not Jewish, and therefore will not enter into a religious discussion with him.   
    {Abbreviated excerpts used}

    • “Once again our government will unfortunately continue mistaken course pursued by previous administrations.”
    Did not the Jews wander that desert for hundreds of years before there was anything resembling a Palestinian country/state?

  • Largen correct on status of Israel, writer concurs

    Christian brothers and sisters, columnist Gerald Largen is absolutely correct once again.

    Israel is a religion, not a nation.

    Furthermore, they are no longer God’s chosen people. They are currently breaking God’s law for them — the 10 Commandments.

    They kill. They lust.

    They worship idols.

    They kill Moslems. They lust for the land that they believe God promised to them. That land is the idol they worship.

    How can they still be God’s chosen people? No way.

  • Wimberly responds to Tea Party crticism in newspaper

    With his approval numbers plummeting as the disastrous results of his policies become apparent to more and more people, President Obama has put out the word and his minions are dutifully carrying out the plan to demonize the Tea Party. 

    On newscast after newscast, spokesmen blame those evil Tea Partiers for every problem known to mankind, in a desperate attempt to deflect attention and criticism away from the current administration.