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Today's Opinions

  • Wonders where coin purse went in commotion

    I got sick on Dec. 3, 2009.  
    The Roane County Ambulance service came and got me.
    I had a coin purse hooked to my T-shirt, and now nobody knows what happened to it.
    It had money and two pairs of antique earrings in it. By the time I got to Roane Medical Center, they had cut my clothes off.
    No one would ever tell me what happened to them. The ambulance service never turned the clothing over to the hospital.
    The hospital checked; it wasn’t there.

  • Water cut off; she's mad as a hot, dry hen

    I would like to tell everbody about Roane Central Utility District. They came and cut my water off without giving me any notice.
    It says on back of the bill, “No second notice will be sent.”
    Well, I’d like to know like to know  why they cut off my water without sending me a notice.
    I have outside dogs and chickens out in the heat and they saw that. Now, if that’s not cruelity to animals, what is?
    I know this person that Roane Central let their bill go way over $300 and never cut the water off and they were months behind.

  • Shacter's efforts made learning math fun, easy

    Our family would like to say thanks to John Shacter for taking his time each Tuesday morning from 10 until noon to enlighten and encourage our young people about math concepts while making it an enjoyable time.
    He paid for the expense of renting the room at Kingston Community Center and poured himself into helping the children have a love of math and all the advantages of that knowledge.
    Other families participated also.
    I was truly amazed at his brilliance, his generosity and his humor.
    Flo Charles
    Kingston
     

  • Band uniforms may have been a better spending option

    I noticed where the Rockwood Band Boosters are starting a drive to raise money for band uniforms.
    I promise to help all I can.  
    The schools furnish football uniforms and basketball uniforms.   
    I know they can’t afford band uniforms for every school.  But the money  they spent last year ($650,000) for telephones and so-called new technology wasn’t wisely spent.  
    The $650,000 could have been more wisely spent — possibly on band uniforms.  

  • 'Dub' sets good example for officials, us

    After decades serving the public as a county commissioner, James “Dub” Harmon is no longer an elected official.
    Instead of tucking tail over his recent election loss, Harmon is, instead, stepping up.
    “That stage of my life is probably through,” the 83-year-old said recently in a Roane County News interview about his failure to get re-elected. “But there are many things for Roane County I can work for.”
    Harmon has not been afraid to champion what, to some, have been unpopular causes.

  • Cherokee Middle kids need room to practice, play

    I, as a parent, am utterly appalled by the view I am looking at.
    It is the start of another wonderful football season with again no place for our football teams to practice.
    We have four football and cheerleading teams (totaling 150 children) crammed into the outfield of Cherokee Middle School’s baseball field.
    It is an absolute shame and disgrace to this town, not to mention future generations of athletes, that our leaders are unable to provide a safe environment for our children to play any sport they desire.

  • Largen needs to see hypocrisy on his side of aisle

    I would like to respond to the Gerald Largen’s July 30 column entitled, “Do Republicans really want to end deficit?”
    I agree with him on absolutely nothing but do enjoy reading his columns to hear what the far left is thinking.
    In his July 30 column, Largen takes to task the Republicans in Congress who are in favor of extending the Bush tax cuts, claiming they are hypocrites and not truly committed to deficit reduction. What he doesn’t understand is a tax increase at this time is the absolute worst thing that could happen.

  • Acts of heroism, big and small, lift the community

    Any newspaper that is doing its job has plenty of bad news in it.
    That is part of its role — to shed light on problems in hopes solutions will be sought.
    However, in amongst those problems are usually plenty of glimmers — and sometimes, shining beacons — of hope and caring. There are acts of heroism large and small.
    We’d like to take stock of a few of those acts in recent Roane County News editions.
    Take, for instance, the accident involving a van ramming through a busy Kingston hair salon Tuesday.