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Letters

  • 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.

  • Roane County News columnist vitriolic, largely unanswered

    Recently I have noticed that the level of vitriol and personal attacks in public debate has increased greatly, and as we have seen lately, our local newspaper is not immune to this phenomenon.

    There is a local commentator who has a regularly provided position in our newspaper to promote his particular political ideology.

  • Writer revisits the Wisconsin teacher protest issue

    On Aug. 17, the editor of our newspaper wrote an article for the “Nuts and Bolts” section of the opinion page.

    It concerned a particular letter that the editor had modified prior to publication and the explanation of how and why it was so done.

    If I may I would like to address one of the details of that article.

    One of the subjects the original letter addressed was the protests in Madison, Wis., over the altering of laws governing public employee unions and, specifically, the teachers unions.

  • Thrift store, food pantry combo gives thanks

    On behalf of Seton’s Thrift Store and Food Pantry, we would like to recognize and graciously thank Harriman Save-A-Lot for being such a supportive business in our community.

    The store generously donated items to our food bank recently when our supply had run low, allowing us to provide meals for locals in desperate times.

    In addition to their generosity, they are consistently friendly with a great team of workers, especially Melissa and Randy. They always maintain a positive atmosphere for shoppers.

  • Disservice to city of Rockwood, readers by using draft audit

    Over the 22 years I have served the city of Rockwood, it has been my practice to provide as accurate as possible information to the Roane County News and always refrained from making statements that lack full truth or cast a negative reflection on our city and its people.

    A recent article did both; it made a couple of our employees look bad and alleged findings our council has not yet dealt with or approved.

    Auditors have been working with the city of Rockwood since completing their part of the city audit in late May.

  • A Roane County teacher remembers sharing 9/11

    As a former educator of Roane County with 30-plus years of experience, I am now six years into my retirement.

    I have many memories as a fifth-grade teacher at Midtown Elementary, but Sept. 11, 2001, is the most powerful.

    Having just lost our son Josh, 29 years old, to a drug overdose caused me to feel very vulnerable and at a loss.

    It was a Tuesday.

    I had bus duty starting at 7:45 a.m. As I greeted students exiting buses and cars, I thought, “What a beautiful blue sky day ahead!” (Not a cloud to be seen.)

  • It’s important to note when we get something right

    It’s been a great summer here in Rockwood ... hot, but great.

    My daughter Sophie and I visited our Rockwood Library each week for their Summer Reading Program. 

    This year’s theme was “One World, Many Stories.” 

    Library staffers Margaret and Judy and their crew hosted approximately 75 children throughout the summer for stories, crafts and general fun. 

    They kicked off their pre-school Story Time (free and worthwhile) on Sept. 7 at 10:30 a.m. 

  • Who is misleading whom, writer asks of the Tea Party

    The letters from Tea Partiers Gary Johnston and Linda Wimberley are fine examples of why the American public now thinks more highly of Muslims and atheists than they do of the Tea Party.

    Linda’s defense of Gary’s union hypocrisy was a staggering example of intentionally missing Gerald Largen’s point and misrepresenting him in order to deliver a personal attack.

    If you have to lie to make your case, you have no case.

    Say what you will of Gerald opinions, his facts are facts.

  • Tea Party violence — or was it? The debate continues

    I submit this letter in response to a recent Roane County News item headlined Truth and opinion in letters from readers, an Opinion page Nuts and Bolts column by editor Terri Likens.
    The article sought to explain the reasons for editing letters submitted to the Roane County News.
    One condition to edit would be if the editorial staff had knowledge that any particular statement submitted was false. Any false statement would be edited out.

  • Rockwood library reading program is a big success

    The Rockwood Public Library’s 2011 Summer Reading Programs, “One World, Many Stories” and “You Are Here” concluded on July 20 with great success. 
    We would like to thank all the children and teens who came and participated in our programs. 
    We would also like to thank all the special individuals and organizations that made appearances at the library.
    They are as follows:  Magician Bruce Amato; storytellers Elizabeth Rose, Mark and  Sherry Finchum; and the American Museum of Science and Energy.