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Letters

  • No laughing matter: Russia is not our friend

    I don’t usually respond to “responses” to my letters if they sink to derogatory and insulting personal statements like the Redmond letter on Friday, Dec. 22. I let the readers judge the level and content.

    Besides, while discussing letters and responses with others it was explained profoundly to me with one simple statement: “You don’t get into a ‘whizzing’ contest with a skunk.”

    However, I do stand behind my statements as facts.

  • Differences block needed consensus to solve problems

    Every report concerning the Mueller/Congressional investigation is met with the same knee-jerk retort: The left is trying to de-legitimize Trump’s election. This is nothing but a straw man diversion.

    Trump was elected — with sufficient votes to win the presidency in our system. For better or worse, he is and should remain president (absent impeachable offenses) until the voters say otherwise. That is the remedy for electoral decisions.

  • Thanks for help with Thanksgiving food drive

    I would like to thank everyone again for their help and donations to the Hands of Mercy Food Drive.

    This food drive is a great example of what can be accomplished when communities come together to make a difference. We had support from volunteers and sponsors every step of the way to accomplish a goal of feeding 1,000 families in Roane County with the food baskets for Thanksgiving.

    I will be in touch with everyone within the next few months to secure sponsorship for next year because it will not be long until we will be ready to start again.

  • Northeast taxes put reform debate into perspective

    I have lived in Tennessee for 18 years, and many of my friends and neighbors do not fully appreciate our low property taxes and having no state income tax. Also, Tennessee has the lowest per-capita debt of all 50 states.

    Many of those I speak with do not understand all of the media comments about tax reform and the deductibility of state and local taxes.

    Here are the comments I often make to put the national tax reform debate in perspective:

  • OS community gives the gift of belonging

    I had just received the best gift of all this Christmas, and it is not for what it is, but for what it means to me.

    It represents the encouragement to write about so many things I am thankful for this holiday, from my students to my coworkers, to the community.

    My name is Yris Vaca, or Profe. Vaca as my students call me, and I proudly work at Oliver Springs High School, since last year, when I arrived to Tennessee.

  • Time to challenge some questionable statements

    A recent Opinion column contained so many highly questionable statements about President Trump I just could not let it go unchallenged. He has a 65 percent negative/30 percent positive rating at this writing.

  • Cartoon reminder that Mom’s wisdom still true

    Your editorial cartoon in the paper of Dec. 1 recalled to me of some wisdom passed on many years ago by my mother.

    When I’d asked why someone did something really stupid, her reply was always, “All the fools aren’t dead yet.”

    A reminder that as modern as we think we are, human nature is what it is, and has been, since time immemorial.

    Paul McGinley

    Kingston

  • Big cats need a place, but not to be a nuisance

    I want to give the readers some information about Tiger Haven. Information can be found at Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency/tigers/lions. The job of TWRA is the cages and welfare of the cats.

    The Court of Appeals of Tennessee at Knoxville also has information. In short, any industry or business situated within the area which is affected by a change in zoning, so as to avoid nuisances to adjoining landowners.

  • Roane truly lost a treasure with death of Dick Evans

    I’d like to express my appreciation to Mark Banker and Gerald Largen for their recent articles highlighting the wonderful character of Dick Evans.

    It seems all that knew Dick repeat what we all know to be true. Dick was a kind-hearted, generous, brilliant and humorous soul. And he always attempted to unite people.

    He never exploited differences; rather, he looked to unification which would result in the greatest common community good.

  • Ask regulators to actively protect Roane’s waterways

    Just over a year ago, the Tennessee Valley Authority shared the good news that it was prepared to comply with federal rules to protect the Clinch River from toxic pollutants being released from its Kingston coal plant, such as arsenic, mercury and lead. And not only could they comply, but they could do it sooner than the rules required.

    But things have changed.

    The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation has proposed a new permit for the Kingston plant that needlessly delays — for years — the cleanup of Kingston’s toxic discharges.