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Today's Opinions

  • Pickup truck to carry deceased is all volunteers have

    This is being written in reference to the Our Readers Write letter in the Dec 21, 2011, edition of the Roane County News.

    The letter being referred to was titled “Pickup Sent to Drive Away Dead Man Not Appreciated.”

    First, being members of the Roane County Rescue Squad, we would like to extend our sympathies and condolences to the family and friends of the deceased.

    Never in the past, present, or future will any member of our organization say or do anything intentionally to disgrace or shame anyone, whether they be rich or poor.

  • Call recipient made sure woman got needed help

    This is to thank the unknown person who helped me get aid in the early morning hours of Dec. 10, 2011.

    I called the wrong number because I had fallen and broken my hip, and the man I misdialed was kind enough to get the police to notify my neighbor Buster Pierce.

    To that unknown man, thank you so much — without your help, I do not know what would have happened. I was in University of Tennessee Medical Center and Fort Sanders Rehabilitation Center from Dec. 10 through Jan. 30.

    God bless you and thanks a million.

  • GUEST OPINION: Care needed when dealing with Occupy camps

    A long winter for the Occupy Wall Street movement has seen a shift in tactics by cities, towns and state legislatures seeking to remove many of the estimated 600 encampments nationwide.

    Some Occupy groups camped on public property have obtained court rulings that permit them to protest anytime in public spaces, but not to keep tents or sleeping bags on the sites. Elsewhere, formal or informal bargains have been struck that allow tents but not the accessories of camping — in effect permitting momentary shelters, not encampments.

  • Photo ID law shameful, as well as deceitful

    Tennessee’s new voter photo ID law is nothing less than state-sanctioned voter fraud.

    Wait, that’s not correct.

    It’s massive and intentionally deceitful state-sanctioned voter fraud.

    The fact that five out of six, or 95 out of 100 people, questioned believe that the photo ID law is OK, good, excellent or just what the country needs is irrelevant.

    The new law is not so cleverly cloaked in the language of reform: “to protect against voter fraud” or “ensuring the integrity of the electoral process.”

  • Writer takes issue with reasons for high gas prices

    It seems that the national news media have been prepping citizens to the idea that gas prices at the pump will once again reach $5-plus this summer.

    Keep in mind that Washington politicians deregulated the commodities exchange in 1998, giving billionaire speculators a free hand to buy and sell all the oil they want.

    Prices have nothing to do with supply and demand anymore.

  • Rockwood sewer bills ­— why do they run so high?

    Having moved back to Rockwood after 53 years, I am devastated over my sewage bills.

    Water and sewage are on the same bill. I need to know why the sewage bill is two or three times higher than the water bill.

    Being on a fixed income, it’s hard enough on me to pay a bill that I feel is fair.

    These sewage bills are totally unfair. The meter and pipes have been checked for leaks. There are none.

    What can we residents do to get our sewage bills lowered?

    I have no idea where to go, what to do, or who to talk to.

  • Newspaper’s calendar helps get out word

    Thank you for putting our singing in the paper this past year and many years before.

    It is the only way many of the people who come to our singing know who is going to be there to sing and when they will be there.

    Thank you again for all your help.

    Gene Lawson
    Dogwood Church Family
    Dogwood Baptist Church

  • Writer takes issue with Democrats on many issues

    When people jump on the ignorance of the Supreme Court, they should wear a light shoe.

    Three sitting judges (including the last two) were appointed by Democratic presidents and Senate.

    Justice Ruth Ginsberg told officials in Egypt that they should look at the Constitutions of other countries such as South Africa and Canada as a model because ours isn’t relative to today.

    I will agree that this judge, appointed by Clinton, is stupid. I also agree that Justice Kegan should recluse herself from any review of health care matters.