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Letters

  • Flo’s column not needed as counter to Largen column

    Why does the Roane County News feature the weekly ramblings of a religious writer on the Opinion page?

    Do Largen’s writings really need to be offset with religious hate speech like that which calls a portion of the electorate anti-Americans, Socialists, Marxists and Communists?

    Flo’s recent column stating that the Republican loss of the House was due to “Christians staying home” was both laughable and insulting.

  • Flo’s column not needed as counter to Largen column

    Why does the Roane County News feature the weekly ramblings of a religious writer on the Opinion page?

    Do Largen’s writings really need to be offset with religious hate speech like that which calls a portion of the electorate anti-Americans, Socialists, Marxists and Communists?

    Flo’s recent column stating that the Republican loss of the House was due to “Christians staying home” was both laughable and insulting.

  • Largen is wrong when criticizing Trump, Sessions

    The last time I wrote into the Roane County News I told myself not to mention Gerald Largen or A View From Lick Skillet ever again.

    So that will be the last time I type those two items. People in Roane County don’t need me naming the evil that resides in the county; they have lived with it a very long time.

    How could one person get so much wrong?

    While reading the paper on Nov. 16, I saw that some people will never change. They are so full of hate and anger they just can’t get out beyond it in their own small minds.

  • If God put Trump in office, He also chose past leaders

    If you are going to believe and spread the idea God put Trump into office, then you have to take the cognitive step to accept He also did the same for the past presidents. 

    You know, don’t you, that kind of belief dates back to ancient times, even farther back than Medieval England to the time of early Mayan societies. 

    The premise is that God elects and bestows His divine to those at the top, thereby, making them gods … or so they believed. 

    It further gave them the unquestionable right to sow power over the people. 

  • Make it a truly happy holiday for Thanksgiving Day

    While President Trump is pardoning two turkeys for Thanksgiving, every one of us can exercise that same presidential power by choosing a non-violent Thanksgiving observance.

    And here are some other good reasons:

    • You can brag about pardoning a turkey — like Trump (or not).

    • You will stay awake for your entire favorite football game.

    • Your sensible vegetarian kid won’t have to boycott the family dinner.

    • Plant-based holiday roasts don’t have to carry government warning labels.

  • Operation REACH needs community help for Christmas

    After numerous contacts made to our president to hold a meeting the past six months as well as making contacts to him in regards to items needing to be handled per requirements to be in operating compliance, it then came to us, the Board of Directors, that he had cancelled two roadblocks and stated that there was NOT going to be an Operation REACH this year. He never had that authority.

    At this time the chairman of the board stepped in and called a meeting to ask if we wanted to fold up or carry on with the 43rd year of Operation REACH.

  • Midway Elementary worked hard for STEM designation

    In our world today, education is of the utmost importance. Roane County is blessed to have wonderful schools and teachers.

    Last May, Midway Elementary School became a STEM designated school.

    We were one of the first 15 in the state and the only one in our immediate area.

    This was a year long process where members of the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network reviewed artifacts from our school and visited to evaluate the level of STEM integration. The process was rigorous.

  • Metro government has benefitted Nashville, others

    I was educated in the Harriman City School System and the University of Tennessee.

    My 35-year working career was in industrial and economic development.

    It often saddened me to see Roane County not prosper like the rest of the state and country.

    A lot of communities would give anything to be blessed with the physical assets enjoyed by Roane County. It is very rare for communities to have two interstates, railways, waterway, abundant electricity, natural gas and location.

    What is missing? Cooperation!

  • Meat industry, not ghosts and ghouls scare this writer

    I have no fear of zombies, witches, or evil clowns lurking on Halloween. What really scares me is the meat industry.

    This is the industry that deprives, mutilates, cages, then butchers billions of cows, pigs, turkeys, chickens — animals who feel joy, affection, sadness, and pain, as we do; exposes undocumented workers to chronic workplace injuries at slave wages and exploits farmers and ranchers by dictating market prices.

  • Painful soring still common practice for horse owners

    Soring of Tennessee Walking Horses has been going on for over 70 years.

    Soring is the practice of treating the horse’s hooves with caustic chemicals; placing tacks or other sharp objects in the tender part of the hoof; and pressure shoeing, which forces the sensitive sole of the hoof to come in contact with the metal of the shoe.

    Thick platforms fastened to the hooves that cause the horse to stand perpetually in an unnatural elevated position, and heavy chains around the ankles, are also used.