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Letters

  • Dolly’s turning 70, and you can wish her happy birthday

    Dolly Parton is turning 70 years young on Jan. 19.

    Please join your neighbors and friends wishing her A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY.

    From now until the end of January, each of the public libraries will have a birthday banner for you to sign and even include a personal greeting.

    An award-winning singer, songwriter, performer and philanthropist, Dolly’s career has spanned more than 50 years and is still going strong.

  • Kinkade light show a spectacular holiday event

    The Thomas Kinkade Christmas Light Show was on my “to do” list for the Christmas season.

    I was delighted to find that the Roane County News offered an opportunity by the weekly drawing.

    When the call came on Dec. 31, I was elated to learn that my name was drawn as a winner.

    Needless to say, the Saturday matinee on Jan. 2, the last day of the show, became a very special event on my calendar.

  • RCHS packages blessing for those serving overseas

    This Christmas, my husband along with his unit, spent their holidays overseas doing just what they agreed to do, defend this beautiful country we live in.

    This, by far, has been the most difficult Christmas for our family, and I’m sure many others.

    But along with this heartache comes blessings, and the biggest blessing of all came from one of your teachers, along with her students and athletes.

    Mrs. Weaver, a teacher at Roane County High School, her students and cheerleaders sent some much-needed Christmas spirit to our troops.

  • We can control our lives by making wise eating choices

    Must we really resolve to improve our diets or exercise routines in the New Year, in order to increase longevity or improve quality of life?

    Unfortunately, gun violence and traffic accidents are still the leading causes of death among young people.

    Fortunately, however, our fork – yet another deadly weapon — is within our own control.

    Well over a million of us are killed each year by high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, cancer, and other chronic diseases linked to our meat-based diet.

  • Oregon ranchers have no approval to be in my park

    We should be proud of our education system in Roane County.

    There may have been some reports in the past that suggested we needed to improve our student test results, but the proof is in the pudding.

    Compared to the educational systems of the ranching states in the West, we are doing well. Consider the actions of the ranchers who “gunned up” and took over federal buildings in Oregon, on federal land.

  • Bad taste from Arby’s truck leaving Roane County

    I was very disappointed to read that the Arby’s truck will no longer sit in Roane County.

    I’m disappointed not just because they make a good sandwich with a convenient delivery system, but also because it is another freedom denied our citizens by a few tax-loving, government-loving and kindergarten-minded (that’s not fair) folks.

    That truck represented a willing seller, willing buyers, with a legal product at an authorized location.

    No laws were being broken.  

  • A personal thanks to a teacher and true American hero

    An open letter to Tom Pemberton:

    Having read the excellent article in the Roane County News, I would like to personally thank you, Tom, for your service to the United States, the Marine Corps and your personal sacrifice.

    I lived in Rockwood in the ’50s and graduated from Rockwood High in 1954.

  • Deregulation not a pretty part of Thompson legacy

    I need to comment on one piece of Cheryl Duncan’s “Off the Cuff” series in the Nov. 4 paper.

    I’m sure everyone remembers the deregulation of the commodities exchange in 1998.

    That’s when gasoline suddenly jumped to over $5 a gallon. Your grocery bill seemed to triple. Everything seemed to cost about three times more.

    Your money was devalued by about one third and more. (I’ve read the government wanted this because our debt to foreign countries was so great, and this would make it look like maybe not as much.)

  • Beckner a godsend in his help with toppling chair

    My name is Anna Cochran. I have MS and use a power chair to get around outside of my home.

    On Wednesday, Nov. 4, I was going to the Dollar General Store. I went to go over the railroad tracks.

    I must not have been paying attention, because after I cleared the tracks, I continued forward and hit the uneven asphalt and tipped over sideways into the rocks.

    My oldest son, Michael, was there. The chair is very heavy.

    As soon as I tipped over, a gentleman stopped his car and ran over to help us.

  • Forget the ghouls, nothing more scary than meat industry

    I was never scared of all the witches, zombies, and assorted goblins wandering around on Halloween on Saturday night.

    What really used to scare me was the meat industry.

    This is the industry that mutilates, cages and butchers billions of cows, pigs and other feeling animals; that exposes thousands of undocumented workers to crippling workplace injuries at slave wages; that exploits farmers and ranchers by dictating wholesale prices then jails those who document its abuses through unconstitutional “ag-gag” laws.