My husband recently got a new prosthetic leg. However, as we were leaving Food City on East Brainerd Road, just as we got to the lobby, his leg came apart.

Apparently the prosthetist had forgotten to put loctite on the foot screws.

Calvin Johnson, the manager, immediately rushed to our aid, as did several other employees. Calvin was able to produce some Allen wrenches, and my husband's leg was back together. Fortunately my husband was not hurt.

Thank you, Food City employees.

Helen Blair, Apison


Subscribers like their loyal carriers

My note today is to draw your attention to the fact that we are blessed to have Michael and Sheila Paulk as our home delivery CTFP news carriers. They have been our carriers for several years, and they have been here every day of the year without fail to deliver our paper.

On those days when they had a medical situation, they made certain to have qualified subs to cover for them. I have been impressed, having been a newspaper carrier myself many, many years ago, to see Sheila and Michael do their job. This is what I call devotion and dedication to the job.

So take notice! Our carrier delivers every day, come sun or clouds, rain or snow, and just plain yucky days that no sane person would want to get outside, in the dark, to do their job.

Glenn & Carol Vandenbosch, Monteagle


Trump balloon bust sign of unity

This past weekend, opponents of our commander in chief floated the infamous Baby Trump balloon at the Alabama/LSU game in Tuscaloosa. A supporter of the prez slashed and deflated the caricature.

Some would say the representation was disrespectful to the prez, who was in attendance. Some would say the attack was disrespectful of the free speech of the protestors.

While both views are correct, I see opportunity in the event.

The opponents of the prez regard Baby Trump as an effigy of the Donald, an accurate representation of his lack of maturity and character. Supporters see it as disrespectful and insulting.

A case could be made that we all hate Baby Trump. Beating burning and slashing his image should, perhaps, be embraced as a new ritual or observance of national unity.

Frank White


Democrats abusing their power now

We have three distinct branches of government, the executive, legislative and judicial. Neither of these are to exert excessive power or control over the other, hence "the balance of power."

For months now we have witnessed one-half of the legislative, the Democrat-controlled House, trying not only to disrupt the executive branch (President Trump) but to wipe him out entirely!

How are Democrats doing this? By initiating continual, unending investigations of the president. These began almost the day he took office and continue up to the present.

The Democrats are trying desperately to find something to inflate into a serious impeachable crime. They are using intellectually dishonest means and reasoning in this search, especially since the Mueller report failed to uncover any crime.

They have searched by issuing hundreds of subpoenas and calling hundreds of witnesses and spending millions of tax-payer dollars. This is a political harassment effort of the highest order. It is also an abuse of the impeachment clause of the Constitution.

This effort must fail. Hopefully, it will not only fail, but will backfire on the Democrats in a massive way in the 2020 elections, so that no party will ever try to use this corrupt tactic again.

Jerry Johns, Ringgold, Georgia


Leadership qualities too much to ask?

What I want from those in a leadership position:

* A commitment to public service that puts our country and its citizens first.

* Willingness to do the hard work of leadership: Study the issues, seek out both sides of each topic, identify the greater good, be effective in giving a little to get a little.

* Give up the trappings of power: private jets, fancy limos, foreign perks.

* Respect: for others as well as yourself.

* Be simple: go to the heart of each concern; look for balance.

* Listen politely — to the people, to your code of ethics, to future generations and history.

* Look: for your personal prejudices, for the common good, for the best in everyone and the worst from greed, for your ideals and highest goals, for wisdom.

* Believe: that winning isn't everything, that the end does not justify the means, that pride goes before a fall, that each of us is responsible for our brothers and sisters.

* Above all, stop yelling, posturing, and name-calling as a substitute for substantive discussion. Decibel level does not make a win, it just hurts our ears.

Helen Barrett


Can there be fair trial in Senate?

We the people of the United States of America are asking for a change of venue for the trial of President Donald Trump.

Before the impeachment trial even begins in the United States Senate, Republicans are already defending the president and declaring his innocence. How can we the people of the United States have an impartial trial?

A large number of Senate Republicans have already publicly stated Donald Trump is innocent. How can we the people of the United States expect a fair trial.

Jimmie Bradford, Tullahoma, Tenn.


Shorten death penalty process

Considering the recent news over Lee Hall, the blind death row inmate who was executed, it's clear there is something wrong with our capital punishment policy.

The question isn't whether the death penalty is justified on its own. There are crimes heinous enough that the only deserving punishment is death, as when Hall burned his estranged girlfriend alive.

Notwithstanding, when inmates are left to rot on death row for decades, accumulating health issues that debilitate them physically and psychologically, the time involved makes the death penalty a "cruel and unusual punishment," leaving a bloody stain on the hands of the state. While Hall is still a guilty man, there is something inhumane about leading a blind man to a gurney for execution with a blindness that he gained while behind bars.

The solution to the problem would be to speed up the execution process. If we can put a man on the moon, we can shorten the lengthy appeals process to a system that exhausts any avenue of appeals in five years or less.

It's time to bring mercy into the death penalty.

Golda Ruckle