• New initiative helps state conservation

    The Nature Conservancy
    Last week, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell gave an important speech about her vision and priorities for the Department of the Interior.

    In it, she mentioned a key item for conservation in our nation and in Tennessee going forward.

    She announced a secretarial order that will help balance economic development with the protection of natural resources.

  • Cold medicine law punishes good people

    The prescription requirement for medicine containing pseudoephedrine is not based in fact.

    Police estimate that near 95 percent of meth comes from Mexico via Atlanta. How would a prescription mandate keep Mexican meth out of Tennessee?

    If people are still able to obtain prescription painkillers to abuse, how can we expect a prescription to keep pseudoephedrine from meth cooks?

  • Why do the innocent people have to pay?

    I was disappointed to hear that Harriman has passed an ordinance to restrict the sale of cold and allergy medicine containing pseudoephedrine.

    Why is it that for every social ill, it is the innocent and honest citizens who have to pay?  

    We are creating a culture of laws that penalizes the innocent masses for the crimes of the minority.  

    This is not a good trend.

  • Tribute to Scott McNew brings mom’s thanks

    I am writing this letter to the Harriman High School and its athletic club in regard to the honor they  bestowed to my deceased son, Scott McNew.

    What a wonderful thing to do!

    Scott was devoted to the athletic system and the school system as a whole.

    He loved all the boys, coaches, principals, his psotters, the quarterback club, PTO and, especially, the announcing system.

  • Rand Paul’s word thefts sparks ire

    Rand Paul, aka Son of Ron or abbreviated SOR to conserve ink, has reached a new low in his public discourse by using plagiarized material in his speeches without acknowledging the authors.

    He is setting a bad example for all students and especially for those Roane County students who are now engaged in writing their entries for the Roane County student writing contest, which completes in early 2014.

    Plagiarism is forbidden in this contest, and entries found to contain plagiarism will be rejected.

  • RCHS band does its part for cancer cure

    I am a sophomore at Roane County High School and a member of the band.  

    I’d like to talk about something we do off of the band field.  

    For the past three years, the band has participated in the Buddy’s Race for the Cure in Knoxville.  

    This is an enjoyable event that supports local research and financial aid for cancer patients in East Tennessee.  

    For every year our team, Band Together for the Cure, has participated, we have received awards for largest and fastest community team.  

  • Must we battle needlessly over legislation?

    Ann Coulter, the Tea Party favorite and political author/commentator, is back on the talk show circuit with a new book.

    She revealed that she loved the way the Republicans in the House stood their ground.

    But I will remind her that so did Col. George Custer at the battle of the Little Big Horn.

    How bravely they stood against logic, reason and the political polls.

    The cost was exceedingly high, and many scalps were taken.

    Yes, there will undoubtedly be payback, but for now, Republican blood is shed.

  • Donation to Kingston library extraordinary

    Members of the Kingston Public Library Foundation would like to thank Scott Johnson for donating Wesley Johnson’s extensive book collection to the library.
    I am a member of the foundation. Several weeks ago my husband Roy and I were driving around on a beautiful fall day when we saw a sign for “C & C Estate Sale.”
    We attended the sale at a lovely home South of the River. The owner, Wesley Johnson, has passed away and the homestead was being auctioned.
    There was a home library with many, many, books.

  • Conservatives need to change extreme rhetoric

    The political climate in Washington changed briefly after the passage of a law to reopen government and extend the debt ceiling into 2014.
    Tea partyers stepped to the microphones to bemoan their failure with long faces, disappointment written all over them.
    Even U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz modified his strident tone and became less preachy.
    U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell actually smiled as he described what had transpired.

  • Colon cancer checks should be earlier than age 50

    Mike Gibson’s article about Kevin McClure’s cancer brought back sad memories of my son’s bout with colon cancer.
    Unlike Mr. McClure’s, my son’s had advanced to stage 4 when he was accidentally diagnosed while being treated for a kidney stone attack.
    He died at 45 years old a little over a year ago.
    As Bill Williams of WBIR TV says in a public sevice announcement, colon cancer is a silent killer.
    Surgeons said the start of the cancer could have been active in my son as much as 10 years earlier.