• Parents should work with schools for veggie offerings

    With the new school year just around the corner, parents’ attention is turning to school clothes, supplies and lunches. Yes, school lunches!

    In past years, USDA had used our nation’s schools as a dumping ground for surplus meat and dairy commodities.

    Not surprisingly, one-third of children have become overweight or obese.

    Their early dietary flaws become lifelong addictions, raising their risk of diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

  • History, not survey, shows cause of Civil War

    One of the wisest men I’ve ever known cautioned me against fighting with a newspaper guy.

    He said it was like dancing with a bear. He said bear dancing could be a lot of fun until you had enjoyed all of the bear dancing you cared for.

    With all due respect to my mentor and friend, I’m going to ignore his advice and comment on the Old Curmudgeon’s latest epistle.

    “The Old C” continues to argue that the principal cause of the Civil War was not slavery.

  • Will Donald Trump become the next Howard Hughes?

    Finally, someone who uses more hand gestures than Ted Cruz!

    The Donald held sway at the pinnacle as centerpiece of the first real Republican Party presidential debate.

    It was as entertaining as informative. Rand Paul faltered badly as a definite one-note candidate and left no doubt that he is a different kind of Republican and one who has no place at the helm of this great nation.

  • Front-page picture of Confederate flag offends reader

    Your Aug. 5 paper has several articles or items or letters to the editor concerning the flying of the Confederate flag, and what does your paper do?

    It appears you have taken sides by flying the flag, above fold, front page of your paper.

    Was this intended to show where your paper stands?

    Ferrell Winfree


  • Thanks for the ride on a very, hot and miserable day

    I would like to thank Navy veteran Blair Poland for his Southern hospitality on July 30.

    When our car overheated and we were faced with walking 4 miles, he picked us up on Hwy. 27 and gave us a ride. Keep in mind the heart index on this day was 105.

    Once again, thank you for your help and thank you for your service.

    Mr. and Mrs. Weaver


  • Resident says Roane Medical Center is why she’s still here

    On July 16 and 17, I was a patient at Roane Medical Center before being transported to UT Medical Center late in the day on Aug. 17.

    I am convinced that the excellent care I received at Roane Medical Center, as well as their excellent diagnostic tools and consulting cardiologist’s expertise, have made it possible for me to be able to write these words.

    We are very fortunate to have such a medical facility right here in Roane County.

  • Officer Joseph is epitome of ‘protect and serve’ ethic

    On Tuesday, July 21, my son and I were going home when we had a flat tire at the Roane/Morgan county line.

    We pulled over on Coal Hill Road so my son could change the tire.

    A Roane County Sheriff’s deputy pulled in behind us to give us a protection buffer. He then got out of his patrol car and proceeded to not only help change the tire, but when he realized our spare was low, he got an air pump out of his car and aired up the spare.

    He was even thoughtful enough to offer us water in the high heat.

  • Kudos on man’s response to Ol’ Curmudgeon

    I write this in response to the letter published in your paper of July 29 written by Francis K. Koon taking Greald Largen to task over his interpretation of the Civil War.

    Yes! Yes! Amen and amen!

    I would stand and shout this if you had a “video to the editor” option.

    Mr. Koon, I thank you for your statement of facts and your true knowledge of this country’s history and for your willingness to speak.

    Thank you again and again.

    Ferrell Winfree


  • Resident says blame the politicians for war

    I wish to address Gene Policinski’s guest opinion in the July 22 edition of the Roane County News.

    Ever hear of the plight of lemmings? They gather occasionally just to throw themselves over a cliff. Sometimes I feel like one of those lemmings caught up in the horde that’s making a mad dash to the cliffs’ edge. I’m trapped, can’t get out. I hear someone saying “Nothing to fear but fear itself .”

  • Old Curmedgeon misses boat on Civil War column

    As a liberal Democrat, I am a big fan of columnist Gerald Largen and his “View from Lick Skillet.”

    I look forward to his weekly column and seldom have any problem with his views.

    That’s why it pains me to read last Friday’s piece, where the Old Curmudgeon discounts slavery’s role as the principal cause of the Civil War.

    He starts by holding forth on the obvious fact that the North did not fight the war to abolish slavery.

    This is something less than a revelation.