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Letters

  • Problem with aquatic plants multi-faceted

    Since water weeds are choking the front page of the Roane County News, I’d like to make several points on the matter of vegetation in Watts Bar Lake.

    1. While an overgrowth of aquatic plant life is a problem, like all problems, this issue is multi-faceted. Thus, solutions should be evaluated from many perspectives, not just the ones presented by those with the most to gain.

  • If you believe Israel should turn the other cheek ...

    If you believe that the establishment of the State of Israel was illegitimate, even though its recognition by the Balfour Declaration became international law when mandated by the League of Nations; and

    If you believe that Palestinian land was stolen by the establishment of the State of Israel, even though there has never been an Palestinian State, but in fact the land was considered a part of Syria; and

  • Laughable to compare SoCal, Tenn. waterways

    While enjoying your Dec. 31 in-review issue, I read Mr. Ken Johnson’s letter comparing the irrigation canal systems in Southern California to the lakes and rivers of East Tennessee. I was moved to respond.

    In a nutshell, comparing the canals, waterways and lakes (??) of Southern California to the Tennessee River, Chickamauga Lake and Watts Bar Lake is risible.

    First, SoCal canals, waterways and lakes are narrow and shallow. In SoCal, creeks are exalted as rivers and ponds promoted as lakes.

  • Lake weeds will take over if not treated soon

    For over 20 years during the ’80s and ’90s, I flew a small private plane from Meadowlake Airport in Kingston to Fayette, Ala. In doing so, I picked up the Tennessee River at Chattanooga and flew it all the way to Guntersville, Ala., before leaving the river.

    It is an understatement to say the river had some plants in it. It was clogged! The boats had only small lanes to navigate, and I saw few of them on the river.

    Those who see those plants as pretty have not seen what I saw from the air.

  • No quick, easy remedy to rid our lake of weeds

    To paraphrase Lewis Carroll’s The Walrus and the Carpenter, “The time has come, the Walrus said, to talk of many things...”, like weeds and carp.

    Carroll might admonish us to study seriously Mother Nature’s quirky response to poor decisions based on widespread misconceptions.

    I’m referring, of course, to the weed problem now impacting TVA’s reservoirs, including Watts Bar Lake. Readers will recall that TVA got its collective wallet caught in the wringer when Eurasian water milfoil infested the lake a few decades ago.

  • Weeds choking out one of Roane’s biggest assets

    One can easily make the argument that Watts Bar Lake is the most valuable non-human asset Roane County enjoys.

    With the many wonderful water activities, beautiful vistas, waterfront property tax revenue and tourism, Watts Bar Lake is a precious asset.

    However, the lake is broken and needs to be fixed. The hydrilla, milfoil and spiny-leaf naiad are diminishing the value of that asset in every respect.

  • Each and every letter read by Santa personally

    To all the children of Roane County:

    Thank you for all your letters to Santa. Some of the letters were sent directly to the North Pole and did not appear in the Roane County News. Mrs. Claus and I wanted you to know that we received them and enjoyed reading them.

    It turns out that all the children in Roane County were on The Nice List.

    Thank you to all of those who left milk and cookies out for me on Christmas Eve. I was very hungry.

    My reindeer also ate some of the cookies.

    See you next Christmas!

    Sincerely,

  • Good fishing from lake weeds only temporary

    I moved from Southern California to Kingston a little over four years ago.

    The Imperial Valley has the largest open canal irrigation system that I know of. The aquatic weeds invaded the canals, the lakes and waterways there, and almost took over, meaning it hindered fishing, boating and the vital water delivery to farmers in the Imperial Valley.

    To think it is a good addition to Watts Bar Lake and should not be addressed is to not understand the extent of the destruction that that weed can and will cause.

  • One citizen, one vote a fair and equal system

    Every news story and opinion discussing the merits or faults of the Electoral College reflexively references the need to protect the interests of the people of the smaller states.

    But while such interests may have existed in the 1700s, when each state was founded by a distinct sect, nationality or ethnicity, such distinctions by state no longer exist.

    There is no longer a peculiarly distinct interest of the people of Tennessee any more than there is of the people of New York, Virginia or California.

  • Well-placed angels gave help in hour of need

    One of the lyrics in a song by the group Alabama is written with the following words: “They come to us in the darkest hour.”

    Recently, while serving as a physical education assistant to Ryan Townsend at Ridge View Elementary, I suddenly became disoriented and slowly wandered over to a chair.