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Letters

  • Largen ought to recant ignorant statements

    Being as I have never written a letter to Our Readers Write, I felt compelled to do so in relation to columnist Gerald Largen’s opinion on the Jews and Israel on Sept. 23.

    I know that opinions are like noses, everybody has one.

    But when he stated his ignorance of the Word of God about Israel and the Jewish people as being God’s chosen people and God Almighty establishing His name in the holy city of Jerusalem, then there is something he needs to know about God’s Word if indeed he believes the Holy Bible is the inspired word of God.

  • Hospital situation in Knoxville has her praising RMC

    I have never seen such inappropriate behavior as I saw the week of Aug. 22-29 at Mercy West in Knoxville.

    My husband went in to have hip surgery. After going to the third floor for recovery, he lay there a couple of hours before anyone checked on him.

    All but three nurses and one assistant acted liked they were upset that we were there.

  • Less government — or more responsible public officials?

    I keep reading and hearing the saying “we need less government.”

    What are the specifics that this “less government” term refers?

    Are you saying we need fewer regulations on the banking and investment industry?

    Should we eliminate public schools?

    Are we going to stop medical support for those born with disabilities or for our veterans?

    Since Social Security is an “entitlement program,” is that to be eliminated?

    Are we also going to eliminate or privatize our police and prison systems?

  • Why buy goods from abroad that are dangerous to us?

    Arsenic in our food?

    I was watching the news this morning, and I wasn’t surprised to hear that there was something in our food that didn’t belong there.

    They were talking about apple juice but all the food we buy has changed drastically in the last 40 years.

    When I was young fresh produce was a lot different than it is now. Fresh corn on the cob usually had some imperfections in it.

    It wasn’t unusual to find worms in any kind of fresh produce. We just picked them out and kept on eating.

  • Rockwood’s green thumb comes from Rockwood 2000

    A heart-felt thank you to the Rockwood resident who wrote how much she appreciates the flowering troughs on the Rockwood Street bridge.

    Rockwood 2000 purchased and planted them. We are also responsible for the plantings at Homecoming Park on the corner of Rockwood and Front Streets.

    Additionally, over the past five years, we have planted (and maintained) the landscaping at the post office, library, community center, dog pound, veteran’s clinic, and along on Gateway Avenue.

  • Rockwood needs teamwork and maturity, not drama

    Nearly six years ago, apparently I felt full time employment did not consume enough of my life, so I decided to dive into my civic duty — community volunteering.

    As always, I felt our kids needed a venue in our city, to create memories that would bring them back to raise their families (and start businesses).

    Maybe some of the lessons that they would learn from the “old timers” who mostly populate a car show would not hurt them either. So I started Cruise & Classics.

  • Lack of response could have been the death of her

    I live in the city of Rockwood.

    On July 27, I fell at my home.

    Not knowing what was wrong with me, I called the fire department.

    I told them I had fallen and could not get up, and the person who answered the call said what do you want me to do about it?

    I said I thought they would come and help me up, and they said they didn’t do that and gave me a number to call.

    By then I had lost my eyesight, but I tried to call it. I don’t know who I called.

  • Books, reading program can make difference

    Love for reading is one of the most valuable gifts an adult can give to a child. That’s why I support the Roane Imagination Library.

    Every month, Roane Imagination Library mails a free book to every enrolled Roane County child aged birth to 5 years.

    In the past seven years, Roane Imagination Library has provided over 125,000 books to Roane County children.

    The Roane Imagination Library is a joint project of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library and the Tennessee Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation.

  • Writer looks for earthquake like one that created Reelfoot

    I was  reading the Sept. 14 edition of the Roane County News. The part that interested me was the article on “Earthquake danger still a question.”

    The professor in the article does not know his facts. Between mid-December 1811 and mid-March 1812, Tennessee experienced the massive earthquake that created Reelfoot Lake.

    I have no clue where he got his information, but he is wrong.

    It was so bad some of the tremors was felt all the way to Quebec City, Canada.

  • Removing Randy Ellis over comments on Facebook wrong

    I was shocked to read in the paper that Randy Ellis had been removed from the budget committee.

    I was even more shocked to hear Ron Woody removed him from the committee because he dared to inform the public of a public meeting.

    God forbid the people be informed and heard at a public meeting.

    Even Mr. Woody admitted that Mr. Ellis served well on the committee except for daring to disagree with Mr. Woody’s tax hike and informing people in his community about the upcoming vote and public hearings.