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Letters

  • Small schools are best according to several studies

    Those who say small schools are not efficient, or ineffective, or that they cost more should provide real evidence, not just rhetoric or politically correct studies.

    There is increasing evidence and studies that smaller schools provide a better quality education than large ones.

    “A higher percentage of students, across all socioeconomic levels, are successful when they are part of smaller, more intimate learning communities,” says a recent U.S. Department of Education study.

  • A big thanks to Harback for part in Thanksgiving meal

    The volunteers of the Harriman Love Kitchen, who meet at the First Presbyterian Church on Clinton Street, want to thank Rodney Harback for the turkey, dressing, gravy and more for the past several Thanksgiving meals.

    He has gone above and beyond in helping serve the needy in our community, and we want people to know how much we appreciate what he has done.

    We also want to thank those who donated $349.52 during the Community Thanksgiving service. As we begin the Advent season, let’s follow Rodney’s example and help those in need.

  • Current system for health insurance unfair for uninsured

    We need insurance equality.

    People with employer backed insurance apparently have the right to tax free subsidies from the consumers, for employers do pass the cost of those subsidies on to  those consumers, who may or may not have insurance of their own.

    Government workers apparently have the right to insurance subsidies from the taxpayers, whether those taxpayers have their own insurance or not.

    The uninsured only have the right to be silent and keep subsidizing the total bigots who call them freeloaders.

    Thomas Hensley

  • 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.