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Letters

  • Check out the facts, or write a letter of opinion?

    I’ve seen several comments in your “letters to the editor” recently that suggest writers check out the facts before commenting. I believe your paper calls for “Opinions” from guests. My letters are just that. My personal opinion.

    While I do not wish to deliberately lie or mislead people, I do not bother to look up facts. There was once a time when you could depend on the news media to tell you the facts. The news anchors were honorable, ethical people you could depend on.

  • Two opinions differ in reflection of one Bible

    It is interesting that both opinions, the one expressed in “Going with the Flo” and “A View from Lick Skillet” made reference to the Bible on Feb. 16.

    Gerald Largen made clear that, “Divine right of Kings” is no longer credible. It is true that we read in the Bible, “I remove kings, and raise up kings.” We also read, “They have set up kings, but not by Me.” (Daniel 2:21, Hosea 8:4) The Lord lets us go our own way, and the way we choose disciplines us.

  • Securing schools a priority for this country’s future

    I join all members of our society in the feelings of deep pain and horror that happened on Valentine’s Day at the school in Parkland, Fla.

    I can’t begin to fathom the emotions of any of those involved.

    We must face the reality that our world has changed drastically from the times that I grew up in the ’50s and ’60s. Those times are gone, and I see no indication of society returning to the innocence of those days.

  • Another applicant believed more qualified for shelter

    I felt this needed to be brought to the attention of everyone in Roane County. Our county executive told me personally that it was his choice only to hire the Roane County Animal Shelter director. He put that choice into effect Monday night, Feb. 12.

    I know personally an applicant who submitted his application in December 2017 for this job.

    This applicant is more qualified and experienced than the county executive’s choice.

    Sincerely,

    Nancy Quarles

    Rockwood

  • Environmental Review Board needs members

    Your County Executive and the County Commission sees the wisdom and sense in appointing and supporting the Roane County Environmental Review Board.

    The Board plays an advisory role, using educated professionals to search out and review environmental issues that can and do affect our county. It is made up entirely of volunteers, meaning no cost to the county or the taxpayers.

  • School board member’s comment crosses a line

    In a Jan. 31 Roane County News article, a school official said criticism of teacher pay is “stupidity.”

    What is stupid is an elected official saying something like this. American citizens have the right to question and criticize all aspects of the government as they see fit.

  • Puzzled about interpretation of graduation rates

    I wonder how Damon Lawrence’s story on graduation rates should be interpreted.

    If maximum graduations are indeed part of the answer, shouldn’t we just graduate every student and make it 100 percent?

    Are there no questions about the ACT scores?

    I guess I was not the only one who is interested in further information or explanation.

    John Shacter

    Kingston

  • Thanks for boost for Free Medical Clinic

    On behalf of the Free Medical Clinic of Anderson, Morgan and Roane counties, we want to thank everyone who attended state Sen. Ken Yager’s chili supper on Nov. 17. We especially thank Sen. Yager for selecting the clinic as the recipient of the proceeds, which went to the Harriman Clinic and will enable us to purchase needed equipment for the Wellness Program.

    The Harriman Clinic is at 521 Devonia St. and is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday. Additional hours will be added in the near future.

    The Clinic accepts those who do not have health insurance.

  • Hoarding is a serious illness beyond the mess

    On Jan. 8, I picked up a copy of the Roane County News. I will have to say that I was thoroughly disappointed in what I read.

    On the front page you had an article written by Damon Lawrence titled Mess Lands Woman in Jail. Quickly into the story it is obvious that the woman involved is guilty of having a messy yard. As the story continues it is also obvious that this is not her first arrest for the exact same reason.

  • Cable, digital TV changes hard on consumers

    To the customers of cable TV, please stay with me to the conclusion of this letter.

    Years ago, there wasn’t a cable service South of the River. I, like many of you, had to go satellite because even the reception of outside antennas left much to be desired.

    Not too long after getting that gigantic dish set up, men came by taking a survey that if a cable company came it, would I be interested. I said the one thing that would probably keep me from doing so would be with the cable boxes we would have to have in order to be connected to their service.