• 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

  • 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.

  • Redistricting talks on schools are long overdue

    I refer to “School Redistricting” by Damon Lawrence on Page 1 of your July 10 issue.

    The school board’s workshop was held on July 7.

    The longtime great champion of school redistricting, James “Dub” Harmon, died on July 8.

    What lit the fire under the county school board to cause members to have a work session just prior to the beginning of a new school year? Is there something we are not being told?

  • Give them their rights, but ‘no’ on reparations

    Now that the highest court in the land has opined the LGBT community has been denied their constitutional rights to marriage privileges, will reparations become the next push to the left?

    Yes, denial of this right has inflicted financial inequities on this group of Americans since we became a country. But now, in modern times, the question becomes, should back-paid Social Security benefits for surviving spouses be a reparation cost of the new constitutional interpretation?

  • Pharmacies help fight against illegal drugs

    Pharmacists are to be commended: They fight the war on illegal drug use every day.

    You may not realize it, but they are even battling the meth cooks, who have quite a few tricks up their sleeves. One is to send associates into any number of pharmacies and grocery stores to buy products like Sudafed, which contain pseudoephedrine, for the meth maker to use in his deadly concoction.

    It is a way to get around the limits on individual pseudoephedrine purchases. These buyers are known as smurfs, and what they are doing is against the law.