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Letters

  • We can learn something from lost Flight 370

    Flight 370’s missing aircraft is this era’s Titanic. Because of the Titanic, more diligence is used to patrol the North Atlantic for ice floes.

    The code “SOS” became the standard after the Titanic tried to use the telegraph code in 1912.

    Messages are now interrupted for crucial information, unlike how the operators on the Titanic brushed them off for “more important” messages from the passengers to families and friends, and those on land who wanted to contact them.     

  • On Noah, the Bible and why we shouldn’t eat flesh

    TV host Glenn Beck and other stalwarts of the Christian right have attacked  the recent blockbuster “Noah” as being “pro-animal” and unfaithful to  the Bible. Well, yes and no.

    The film is both pro-animal and faithful to the  Bible, at least to the Book of Genesis, our only source for the story of  Noah.

  • Lion’s Club pancake breakfast gets lots of help

    The Kingston Lions Club appreciates the support given by the residents and businesses of Roane County toward their annual “Spring Tonic” pancake breakfast.  

    Despite the rainy morning, the event was very successful.  We thank the several hundred people who came to enjoy a great breakfast.

  • Thoughts on politicians, their body language

    Kentucky’s U.S. Sen. Rand Paul has apparently learned his lesson: that it is better to keep your mouth shut and be thought an idiot than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.

    His recent silence (all things being relative) has created a certain aura of credibility for this youngish politician.

    Sometimes it is easier to get attention if you whisper than if you scream, it has been said.

  • Why school voucher system should be rejected

    The first step to destroy public education in Roane County and Tennessee took place in the meeting of the House Committee on Education on Aug. 20.

    The committeevoted for the bill to put the creation of a voucher system on the floor of the house for a vote.  

  • Student needs help learning about Tennessee

    I’m a fifth-grader at Napa Valley Language Academy in California.

    I’m writing because my class is doing state reports and I have chosen the magnificent state of Tennessee.

    I’m looking for help from your readers in the form of pamphlets, postcards, souveneirs or anything else that would be useful.

    I will be writing about the state’s agriculture, history, famous people, events and national parks.

  • Gillum shares with readers a lesson from nature

    Peep ... peep ... peep!

    The insistent calls from the sky called my attention to some unusual aerial combat that was taking place right in front of my cabin.

    At first I thought it was the cry of a young osprey calling for food from a parent bird, but no, it was coming from three birds locked in what seemed mortal combat just above the surface of Watts Bar Lake; a bald eagle diving and maneuvering to avoid the combined attack of an osprey and a crow.

    It is that time of year and birds are very territorial when it comes to nesting sites.

  • Strangers’ help, kindness lifts motorist’s heart

    One Sunday evening several weeks ago, just after dark, I was traveling home from Oliver Springs to Harriman along Hwy. 61.

    About five miles from home, I swerved left to miss firewood that had fallen from a truck into my lane.

    The result was a bent right front wheel, flat tire and no injuries.

    I was able to bring the car to rest on the right side of the roadway, out of traffic lanes, and called a wrecker.

  • 90th birthday celebration makes Greif feel happy

    Many thanks to all who turned out on March 11 for my 90th birthday at the Live and Let Live Drug Store.

    Thanks to all who donated to the Bernard-Greif scholarship fund at Roane State Community College.

    Special thanks to my daughter, Linda, who came from Memphis for my big day, and made all the arrangements for my birthday.   

    Thanks also to all the officials from all over the county who came.  

    It was, indeed, a happy day for me.

    I am so happy that I have lived this long.

  • Justice was served in Leon Houston’s federal sentencing

    My thanks to the Roane County News for the excellent front page article about the man (Leon Houston) who finally, finally, will receive a measure of justice in the prison system.

    I hope his stay will include a serious round of anger management training.

    As I understand it, there was once a time in our recent history when such personalities as his were subjected to a personality adjustment surgical procedure called a frontal lobotomy.