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Letters

  • 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.”

  • A better life for our children should be the ultimate goal

    I recently wrote to a Roane Alliance member regarding the K-14 education model. I cautioned that the suggestion of a needed “culture change” for Roane County might be as helpful to the citizenry as “pouring gasoline on a fire”.

    Little did I know my gasoline analogy would be so quickly expressed in Gerald Largen’s March 23 opinion article, “What has Creswell got against our culture?”.

  • ‘Gentle Reader’ says it’s time to set record straight

    In response to Gerald Largen’s “What has Creswell Got Against Our Culture?”:

    In true response to Mr. Largen’s column in last Friday’s paper, my first response is that I am generally what Mr. Largen referred to as a “Gentle Reader.” I usually allow opinions to stand on their own, and I fully understand we live in a time and place where there are many reasons for people to take sides and square off against one another. I usually would not be the person to reply and pretty much let people live and let live.

  • Mega disgusted with board’s talk of mega school

    I am thoroughly disgusted that our school board thinks that a large consolidated school for Kingston, Rockwood and Harriman is going to help our education program in Roane County.

    I read Gerald Largen’s Feb. 22 column, “A View from Lick Skillet.” He titled it, “Mega School Invites Mega Troubles.”

    It is an appropriate title and on spot for what the school board is trying to do. Mr. Largen wrote about some very real considerations when voting for a new, larger school.

  • Constitution often at odds with Commandments

    The belief, often shared on these opinion pages, that our laws are based on the Bible, and more specifically, the Ten Commandments, is absolutely false.

    1. Thou shalt have no other gods before me. The Constitution says you may.

    2. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing. The Constitution says you may, and our federal buildings are covered with them.

    3. Thou shalt not take the name of the lord thy God in vain. The Constitution says you may.