• Some clergy’s response to Masons offensive

    I’m writing this letter in response to a few local clergy who believe that there is something wrong with Masons.
    We are not plotting to take over the government, and we are definitely not devil worshippers.
    We are a fraternal organization, and we do a lot of good work in our community.
    You should know that you have to be a Mason before you can be a Shriner.
    I don’t know any one who is against free health care for children who have been burned or have other physical disabilities.

  • Residents proud to call Clifty Manor home

    We are proud to be living at Clifty Manor for quite a few years. Not everyone has bedbugs — maybe four or five apartments.

    We have an excellent pest control company. They do a good job here. They can only do so much to treat a problem if the tenant doesn’t do his part to oust their bedbugs. That’s the biggest problem.

    There are always a few bad apples in every bushel. There’s no reason not to be clean and respect your place of residence.

    Thank you for printing the good of Clifty Manor tenants.

  • The view behind the lead dog isn't pretty, writer says

    This letter is in response to the county commissioners voting unanimously to borrow money to purchase new school buses.

    Our forefathers set up a system so we, the people, would have representation at the county, state and federal levels of government.

    In the past, our commissioners were voting their will, and not the will of the people of Roane County.

    We thought we had corrected this problem when we voted several of the commissioners out of office during the last election.

  • Patriotism takes on new meaning after funeral

    I realize that Veterans Day has just recently passed. 
    I made my yearly calls to both my father and father-in-law to thank them for being a veteran as well as telling my husband that morning how much I appreciated his being a veteran and serving our country.
    I always “thought” I had a deep sense of patriotism until recently, when I attended my brother-in-law’s funeral.
    It was a military funeral.  I have never attended one before. 

  • A gift of love and kindness is the best present

    The Humane Society of Roane County Rescue Team — in a desperate attempt to find forever homes for several dogs — will be hosting the “I’ll be home for Christmas” free adoption drive during this holiday season.
     If you would be willing and able to offer a loving forever home to one of these deserving dogs, you can call 376-2474 for more information or visit our website at www.petfinder.com//shelters/TN391 to receive an application.

  • Democrat has a few suggestions for cutting deficit

    I want to begin by saying that I am a Democrat.
    I feel certain that I am not the only Democrat who thinks the deficit is a problem.
    First, let’s talk about the Bush tax cuts. Weren’t they supposed to create jobs? If we are going to reduce the federal debt, everyone will have to make sacrifices.
    The biggest problem I have with deficit spending is that it is fraud!
    If I go out and borrow money without intending to pay it back, that’s fraud.
    I know that sometimes it is necessary to borrow money, but there should always be a plan to repay it.

  • Please give this woman her stolen stuff back

    While I was in the hospital about two or three weeks ago, someone came to my house and took an 18-foot ladder and my new grass trimmer out of the garage.
    I wish whoever did this would bring them back.
    I need them.
    Helen Howard

  • First Amendment study ought to be required reading

    The First Amendment is part of the U.S. Constitution.
    In Thomas Jefferson’s letter to the Danbury Baptist Association, Jan. 1, 1802, he states the purpose of the First Amendment as: “Thus building a wall of separation between church and state.”
    In a related quote, James Madison said, “Every new and successful example therefore of a perfect separation between ecclesiastical and civil matters is of importance.”

  • To save country, we must save the Constitution

    I trust my Roane County brothers and sisters realize what a privilege it is to read the profound words of Gerald Largen each Friday morning in our newspaper.
    I embrace Mr. Largen’s feelings about the signs that read, “SAVE AMERICA VOTE REPUBLICAN.”
    I saw those signs many places in my travels. Mr. Largen, please be advised that there is a wonderful sign across East Race Street from our courthouse which reads, “SAVE THE CONSTITUTION.” How nice would that be.

  • A nightmare – or an epiphany? You make the call

    Politics, politics, politics! Sound like a line from a movie entitled History of the World, Part Two?
    The political tides seem to ebb and flow without end and each wave of those demanding change seems higher and closer to the last wave.
    TV commentators suggest the American people are restive, unsatisfied with the slow pace of job growth and the level of income tax imposed on our investor class. Perhaps we should take a closer look at what the waves have just washed up on our shores.