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Kennedy remembered

We frankly admit, Chap-paquiddick [Island near Edgartown on Martha’s Vine-yard, Mass.] and the death of Miss [Mary Jo] Kopechne has influenced our attitude toward [the late U.S. Sen.] Edward [M. “Ted”] Kennedy ever since.

His moment of shame and cowardice left an indelible mark on many of us. An irresponsible playboy who would never grow up. We were wrong, thank God.

He began to change almost immediately, his better judgment and Kennedy genes, and Catholic faith got through. I do not know if it was a conscious decision or a simple will to do better, as keeper of the Kennedy promise. He grew into the most prolific legislator in American history. A compassionate man of noble purpose and unending charm, he evolved into a skilled negotiator and champion of the people — an American aristocrat with the common touch.

His example can reassure us all that change is possible and can lead to magnificent achievements. I submit, we the people can choose no better than a leader of Edward Kennedy’s political ability. He shall be missed.

Harry Hogan


Ice cream sold in schools — a problem?

I have a proverbial bee in my bonnet and wonder if any other parents of children attending Farragut schools have been bothered by this same bee.

My son is allergic to milk and also has a kidney condition that is aggravated any time his immune system is compromised. While in kindergarten last year he kept coming home with a runny nose, and it would start the ball rolling on the kidneys shutting down, etc. Finally, I asked him if he was getting milk or any milk products at the school cafeteria, and even though he knows he shouldn’t have ice cream, it turned out that he was buying an ice cream bar at lunch every day. The school does have his doctor’s note showing that he’s milk-allergic, but it slipped through the cracks – which I think is understandable given everything they already have to keep up with.

We worked it out, and it hasn’t been a problem since then. That situation, in and of itself, does not account for my irritation; I have always found Farragut schools to be concerned and helpful when it comes to my children. However, I don’t offer my kids an ice cream sandwich at home after they eat their lunch. Why do we even sell ice cream in the school cafeterias?

I also recall another time while having lunch with my older daughter when she was at the intermediate school, and another child went through the line about four times for ice cream bars – I couldn’t believe my eyes. Are we selling out our children’s health so the schools can make a few bucks off of the ice cream sales? Do most parents even know that ice cream is available and can be bought by the kids even without parent permission? I understand that with the new, fee-based, online school lunch payment system (PayPams) that parents can more closely monitor the situation, but not all of us have a budget for that – especially when you have more than one child in school. ...

Why in the world would our schools help to contribute to these statistics? I honestly believe that if the ice cream wasn’t offered, the children wouldn’t miss it. They would, temporarily, because it will be considered a “take away”, but they would get over it and be better for it. Am I a lone wolf here, or does the general public think it’s not a big deal?

Thank you for your time,

Julie Mauck


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