Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Pumphouse facility workers’ help much appreciated

    I would like to publicly thank the two gentlemen who alternate in maintaining the Pumphouse Road convenience center for their kindness and service above and beyond expectations.

    Both recognize specific vehicles with elderly and handicapped patrons, and hasten to remove garbage without the individual having to climb out of the car.

    They insist you simply honk if no one seems available, and they will come to your aid.

  • Kindness toward elderly goes a long way with them

    A couple of weeks ago my friend and I visited the Bojangles’ in Harriman for lunch.

    A nice man named Joe held the door for us because we both walk with canes. Later we found out he had paid for our lunch. Thanks, Joe!

    All the the restaurant staff members we met — Karlie, Cody, Jonathan and Regina — were kind, caring, and helpful. As we left, Robbie held the door.

    How nice to live in Roane County where the elderly are treated with such kindness.

    Lillian Proctor and Martha Rogers

  • GUEST OPINION: Some thoughts to make the president better

    Center on Congress
    Before the ins and outs of the 2016 presidential contest become a preoccupation for many of us, it seems a good time to step back and look at the office of the presidency for which so many candidates are vying.

    The presidency inherited by whoever wins next November will be substantially changed from the position his or her predecessors occupied a few decades ago.

    The president is now the chief — and sometimes the sole — actor in American government.

  • Avian flu outbreak highlight poultry plight

    The U.S. egg industry is reeling from a colossal outbreak of avian flu, mostly among egg-laying chickens.

    According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 48 million birds, accounting for 11 percent of the nation’s egg-laying hens, have been slaughtered for fear of infection during the past few months.

    The effects are far-reaching, from how to dispose of millions of potentially infected bird carcasses to job losses and rapidly rising egg prices.

    More than 40 countries have restricted U.S. poultry imports.

  • Walks come with welcome lessons on human nature

    We have been without transportation since April, so I have been walking from Paint Rock to Kingston — a distance of about 12 miles.

    I sometimes had to go to the Roane Medical Center in Midtown; my daughter has cancer.

    One man has picked me up a couple of times. Once, as he was dropping me off at Roane Medical Center, he got a call. I went in to the hospital to find my daughter. She had been moved from the intensive care unit to a room.