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Today's Opinions

  • Emergency teams made all the difference

    One morning recently, my wife awoke, and she was unable to speak, or use her arms and legs.
    A call for an ambulance was placed. It seemed that almost immediately, Kingston city police and Kingston Fire Department vehicles pulled into our driveway. They came to our door and were invited in. They were briefly told of my wife’s problems.
    They checked her and in a very kind and professional manner, started preparing her to be removed from her home to a hospital.

  • No free lunch this letter writer tells us

    Greetings from Lick Skillet.
    Mr. Bob Rehburg, sir, I beg your pardon regarding your letter in last Friday’s Roane Couny News.
    Columnist Gerald Largen is absolutely correct: The Bush tax cuts for the wealthy need to be ended.
    The Haslams of the world need to pay higher taxes.
    All the Haslams with their $4 billion in wealth need to pay up.
    The taxes they pay will not cut jobs, and other business people will not cut jobs, either.
    The jobs have built their fortunes.

  • A View From Lick Skillet by Gerald Largen

    By one of those curious coincidences that sometimes somewhat eerily occur, last Friday’s News had our column titled “Are we confronting a new age of ignorance,” while on the same page, in the “Our Readers Write” section, appeared a letter which just dovetailed with our thesis concerning the current plethora of ignorance in the populace at large, and in some elements who claim to know better.

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: Imagine being a child with no solid footing

    I once worked at a Midwest newspaper with a young woman named Betsy. She was gentle and exceptionally shy for a reporter.
    After I had gotten to know her better, she told me she had grown up in the foster system. Suddenly I understood her unsureness and mannerisms — the way she protectively held her hand in front of her mouth when she spoke.
    We never talked in detail about her life in foster care, but I feel sure some of her experiences were not good ones.

  • IMPRESSIONS: Rebel Johnny's biker days have long roared past

    Harold Ray Lester, 74, died Friday at his home in Seymour.
    It’s been something in the neighborhood of five or six years since I last visited with him while we were standing in a grocery store checkout line.
    I’m going to miss him.
    Apparently, so are many of our friends here in Roane County.
    You see, across his three score and 14, in one way or another he touched several of our lives.
    If you caught one of my recent blogs on roanecounty.com, you’re well aware of the “six degrees of separation” concept.

  • 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