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Letters

  • Don’t always agree with Largen, but he has a knack for stating obvious

    It’s been awhile since I last wrote to this paper, but as a former son of Harriman and dedicated Tennessean, I try to keep up on what is going on.

    I have mentioned in the past Mr. Largen and I have different points of view, but I have to admit his column on guns and coward cops of March 16 caught my attention. He is dead on (no pun intended) about the need and reasons for guns in this county, and the history lesson he gives should be required reading in senior-year history class. (Yeah, I’m dreaming.)

  • School issue needs to be put to vote on ballot

    Read with interest Mark Banker’s column in the April 11 edition.

    I read all of his articles, and I think I can safely say Mark is a typical old die-hard leftist Democrat.

  • Thanks for helping honor Roane’s Teachers of Year

    On behalf of the Roane County Schools Education Foundation, I would like to take the opportunity to say “thank you” to our most generous sponsors for assisting in the success of our first Teacher of the Year Banquet for Roane County Schools.

    We were able to honor and recognize 15 teachers of the year, chosen and selected by their peers from their respective schools.

  • Math is clear, money not there for new school

    Many good letters have been published by the Roane County News regarding the new school initiative.

    I will not go over their points that have already been well described.

    The matter is much simpler than we have been told.

    The question of building a new school system is academic. We simply do not have the money.

    Local entities are unlikely to gift us the funding, after TVA saw what we did with their ash spill grant.

    Roane County is not wealthy, nor is it likely to become so.

  • Thank you, Midtown Choir, for bringing dogs much happiness

    Hats off to Beth Trescher and her choir from Midtown Elementary School for serenading the animals at the Roane County Animal Shelter.

    These dogs and other animals are there because they got lost or someone did not want them anymore. Can you imagine how the pets feel after being with a family and all of a sudden they’re locked in a cage?

  • Proposed school geographically not a smart move

    The proposal to build a consolidated high school about one mile from the Rockwood city limits is foolish from a human and physical geography standpoint.

    Kingston high school has the largest student population in Roane County. It would be foolish to require a school which has the largest student population to move 8 miles away to a campus near Rockwood.

    I’m shocked that the parents of Kingston high students are not publicly outraged at the decision to move their school out of Kingston since it has the largest student population.

  • Would school plan be another failed, costly experiment in education?

    I begin this letter with a question related to education: Who was John Dewey?

    He gave us the Dewey Decimal System.

    Dewey was a philosopher and prolific writer. A bibliography of Dewey’s writing is more than 150 pages in length.

    Unknown to many is the fact that Dewey viewed education and teachers as social change agents. He was known as “a man of all knowledge.”

  • Put $68 million decision before We The Voters

    Last Friday our newspaper reported on the $68 million new high school.

    One must know that Roane County is a group of “hollers.” Rockwood is a “holler.” Harriman is a “holler” and Oliver Springs is a “holler.”

    I know graduates of Harriman, Kingston and Rockwood high schools. I do not know an Oliver Springs graduate. These all agree that never the twain should meet. Each of these communities has its own personality.

  • A true patriot is one who exercises freedom to vote

    This year, we’ve read some loud definitions of who is a patriot and who is not. Quietly, I will submit that I see myself as a steadfast supporter of our democracy.

    My father taught his four daughters about “good government” around the kitchen table. We learned that to criticize the government was to criticize ourselves, for in a democracy that works, “WE, the people, are the government.”

  • Don’t be fooled — a pig is a pig no matter the name

    The coming April Fool’s Day reminds us how the meat, egg and dairy industries play us for fools every day.

    The meat industry has developed a whole dictionary designed to fool unwary consumers. The flesh of pigs is called “pork” or “bacon” to fool viewers of “Charlotte’s Web” into eating it. Killing of stunned animals for food is labeled “humane.” And, cesspools of pig waste that spill into our drinking water supplies during hurricanes are named “lagoons.”