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Letters

  • 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.

  • Thanks for support of Father-Daughter dance this year

    The Harriman Rotary Club would like to thank the following people and businesses for sponsoring our fifth annual Father Daughter Dance:

    State Sen. Ken Yager, state Rep. Kent Calfee, Griffin Insurance, Duncan Family Auto Group, Eddie’s Body Shop, Glenda Johnson, Visionary Horizons-Chris Ahler, Edward Jones-Deric A. Runge, Express Employment Professionals and Christina Branham-Coldwell Banker Jim Henry and Associates.

    We would also like to recognize Chris Whaley and Diane Cox of Roane State Community College for the use of the student lounge.

  • 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.