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Letters

  • Donation to Kingston library extraordinary

    Members of the Kingston Public Library Foundation would like to thank Scott Johnson for donating Wesley Johnson’s extensive book collection to the library.
    I am a member of the foundation. Several weeks ago my husband Roy and I were driving around on a beautiful fall day when we saw a sign for “C & C Estate Sale.”
    We attended the sale at a lovely home South of the River. The owner, Wesley Johnson, has passed away and the homestead was being auctioned.
    There was a home library with many, many, books.

  • Conservatives need to change extreme rhetoric

    The political climate in Washington changed briefly after the passage of a law to reopen government and extend the debt ceiling into 2014.
    Tea partyers stepped to the microphones to bemoan their failure with long faces, disappointment written all over them.
    Even U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz modified his strident tone and became less preachy.
    U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell actually smiled as he described what had transpired.

  • Colon cancer checks should be earlier than age 50

    Mike Gibson’s article about Kevin McClure’s cancer brought back sad memories of my son’s bout with colon cancer.
    Unlike Mr. McClure’s, my son’s had advanced to stage 4 when he was accidentally diagnosed while being treated for a kidney stone attack.
    He died at 45 years old a little over a year ago.
    As Bill Williams of WBIR TV says in a public sevice announcement, colon cancer is a silent killer.
    Surgeons said the start of the cancer could have been active in my son as much as 10 years earlier.

  • Stubborness is to blame for federal govt. shutdown

    And we thought North Korea was obstinate until U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz led the right wing of the Republican Party off the tracks.

    Stubborn as a Guinea fowl in the middle of a country road, he keeps making the same sounds and looking over his shoulder for his followers to see if they are still in lockstep with him.

    What happened to “regular order” in the House and Senate?

    Is this chaos a part of the new American exceptionalism some leaders like to crow about or just the new normal?

  • Fleischmann still gets paid under shutdown

    Open letter to U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann:

    Your Party’s strategy to allow the government to shutdown in order to get concessions on Obamacare is irrational.

    You know as well as I do that people  may not like Obamacare (because they do not understand it yet), but every poll shows they are vastly not in favor of shutting the government down to gain your small health care concessions.

    I and others will remind people when it is time for your re-election on the stupidity of your Party’s decision.

    You will not get re-elected.

  • Good Samaritans’ kindness to elders not easily repaid

    On Thursday night, Sept. 19, my  parents, who are both in their mid-80s, had a flat tire while driving on  Hwy. 321.  

    Almost immediately, a gentleman stopped to help.  His name was  Travis Marcum.  He is the owner of Marcum Marine in Lenoir City.  He placed a  call to his son, who responded very quickly and they had the bad tire off and  the spare tire installed in no time at all.  

    They refused payment at the time, so we would like to publicly thank them.  It was a kindness not easily  repaid.  

  • Knight’s death part of growing mental health problem

    The recent cold weather took a toll on many things but the saddest of all might have been the freezing death of Ray Knight of Rockwood. 

    Since the presidency of Ronald Reagan, when mental facilities were closed and inmates or patients who were deemed to pose no immediate threat to themselves or others were put on the streets or sent back to relatives to fend for themselves, the problem has been growing. 

  • Judge offers words of thanks, wisdom

    Beginning last January, after experiencing some pain and fever, I began seeing a urologist, which led to out-patient hospital procedures.

    After testing and continuing confirmation, it was the doctor’s opinion and that of other urologists that I had a kidney performing at 15 percent or less, and that the kidney should be removed.

  • New initiative helps state conservation

    By GINA HANCOCK
    The Nature Conservancy
    Last week, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell gave an important speech about her vision and priorities for the Department of the Interior.

    In it, she mentioned a key item for conservation in our nation and in Tennessee going forward.

    She announced a secretarial order that will help balance economic development with the protection of natural resources.

  • New hospital good, loud IV alarms are not

    Have you ever planned a fantastic party and then missed it yourself?

    It just happened to me in the most unexpected way when I found myself being transported to the new Roane Medical Center at 4:30 in the morning recently.

    Coughing, feverish and in a mental fog, hardly able to respond verbally when I entered the ER, I was soon able to respond to questions by the attending staff.

    First my insurance cards were scanned, then my brain received the same procedure somewhere in the bowels of this very large facility.