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Letters

  • He’d like to know the origin of Common Core

    I agree with the goals stated in the article about changing school standards in the Feb. 14 edition of the Roane County News.

    Our Tennessee students need to be prepared for life. State governors favor them.

    Forty-five states have adopted them.

    Local schools director Gary Aytes said the federal government did not initiate them.

    My question is where did these these Tennessee state standards originate? The headline makes it sound like they are a product of Tennessee educators.

  • Through pancakes and support, lives can be changed

    The Rotary Club of Kingston hosted our annual pancake breakfast and silent auction on Feb. 8. More than 200 people were served, as folks enjoyed food and visited with their friends and neighbors in what has become an annual tradition.

    Funds will be used to support service projects such as providing dictionaries to each third grade student at Midway and Kingston Elementary Schools; awarding a scholarship to a nontraditional student at Roane State; and helping to provide kidney transplants for low-income children in Mexico.

  • Blinking lights to warn about police might backfire

    This is a rebuttal to Gene Policinski’s First Amendment Center column last week about how blinking headlights to warn of a police officer ahead may be legal.

    It may be your man-given right, but it is not God’s.

    Are you the type of person who loves to help your fellow man?

    How about that man, woman or teenager who has had too much to drink, or too much in the form of drugs, especially marijuana?

  • Roughed-up family situation cause for alarm for others

    People in our neighborhood were very troubled by Teresa Holt’s letter to the editor a week ago about her family being wrongly cuffed, bruised and roughed up by Kingston and Roane County law enforcement officials.  

    If this family was stopped and mistreated solely on the basis of the color of their car matching a robbery suspect, then anyone could potentially be subjected to such frightening physical and emotional harrassment.  

    By far, most police officers display politeness, kindness and respect to the public during such stops.  

  • Buying vehicles outright is smart move by county

    A good friend, I see by the Roane County News, is running for county commission.  It seems to me he will be joining a good group.

    I was impressed with the decision the commission made to buy school buses outright, rather than borrow money to buy them — thereby saving the interest taxpayers would pay.  

    (I noticed this because I used to be on the school board and knew that they had to replace a certain number of buses each year.)  

    It turns out they’re doing the same thing with the sheriff’s patrol cars.

  • Better education should be priority for all residents

    The time is rapidly approaching when high school seniors will graduate, choose their career paths and plot their directions in life.

    Gov. Bill Haslam has embraced a new program that provides for all students to attend community colleges or technical schools in Tennessee.

    The Roane Writers Group has raised enough funds to award one Roane County senior a $2,500 scholarship plus a $500 cash award.

  • Ice rescue had heavenly hand; thanks for sharing

     I just wanted to say a big thank you to the Roane County News and  Damon Lawrence for doing such an amazing article on the story about the boys who had  fallen through the ice.

    Thank you for telling it as Neil Crass told it.  So many interviewed him, but chose to cut out the parts where he gave the glory to God, but Lawrence didn’t.  

    Thank you for allowing Crass to share his faith in  the media, because we all know that if God had not been in the midst of all this, those boys would not have made it.

  • Laws are not answer to curtail drug abusers

    Pain pill adiction is epidemic. That’s what some leaders in Harriman want the rest of us to believe.  

    And J.D. Sampson thinks he has the answer. Obviously the well-meaning councilman has better ideas than the AMA, FDA, DoJ and countless other three-letter acronyms that proliferate our pyramid of government. He had heard of a pill that could not be ground up — maybe on the Internet — therefore, it must be true.

  • Family wrongly cuffed, roughed up by police

     

    Recently, you published an article about the good job police did apprehending the robbers of Rocky Top Market No. 37 on Bluff Road on Sept. 27, 2013.

    You forgot to mention the family that was stopped and harassed on their way home from a football game because they were driving a car of the same color as that used by the robbers.

  • Legislators should approve Haslam’s education program

    Gov. Bill Haslam’s proposal to establish a program he called “Tennessee Promise” gives hope for higher education to many high school graduates who might not otherwise have the means to enter college or technical school.

    The governor plans to use monies from the state lottery reserve fund to pay for this program.