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Columns

  • GLIMPSES: Conflict again a complication

    By Mark Banker

    During World War II, Winston Churchill reportedly observed: “Americans will always do the right thing – after exhausting all the alternatives.”

    Whether the British statesmen uttered those exact words is debatable. But we might all hope that this realistic appraisal will someday be appropriate for our own present chapter in history.

  • GOING with the FLO: Together, we will make America great again!

    Most of you are unaware of the fact that I was once totally against Donald Trump.

    I guess you could say, “I was a never Trumper” and stood so strong against his election that I resigned a position with the state Republican women’s organization because I felt that I just could not in good conscience support Trump.

    I was looking at his flaws and his seemingly inability to move forward in stability. I concentrated so heavily on his flaws that I could not see anything positive. Isn’t that the way we are?

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: If Trump has no respect for office, why should we?

    Gentle Reader: Sad to say, I must start this column as I did last week, with the recognition of the death of a lovely lady. I am not sure if Minnie Love was born in Emory Gap, but she was living there from my first memories, and if memory serves aright, she was one of my customers when I became a newspaper delivery boy for the old Knoxville Journal.

  • GOING with the FLO: Leaky lessons can be learned from our history

    By FLO CHARLES

    If we are to survive, we must restore the true vision of faith and freedom where God is sovereign again.

    George Washington said that “the propitious smiles of heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right, which heaven itself has ordained. We must restore religious liberties in our land or we can be assured that the smiles of heaven will soon turn to wrath.”

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: We share some memories, but some we don’t

    Sympathetic reader, although she was allotted a full score more than the scriptural three score and ten years, it still seems that four score and ten years was not enough time for us to have the privilege that came with knowing Polly Burnette, for her time was always devoted to serving others and bringing happiness to all those with whom she came into contact.

  • GOING with the FLO – Pay attention: Some facts simply cannot be ignored

    By Flo Charles

    I must emphasize these important facts that cannot be ignored. We are seeing the effects of Saul Alinskiy’s “Rules for Radicals” more and more.

    We must pay attention. They pick a target, freeze it, polarize it and continue to attack it over and over.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Our random thoughts on miscellaneous topics

    Today we give you a collection of our random thoughts on miscellaneous topics:

  • GLIMPSES: Do we have an identity problem?

    By MARK BANKER

    As a grade-school student, I relished the arrival of The Weekly Reader, a little newspaper that introduced children to current events and public concerns.

    One issue, however, left me puzzled.

    This was the early-1960s, and Appalachia had captured the nation’s attention. Photos and an accompanying story presented an impoverished backward region, where children did not have shoes, strip-mining ravaged the land, and people lived in squalor.

  • OPEN GOVERNMENT: Tenn. constitution not a relic — yet

    By DEBORAH FISHER

    Last week’s account of a state worker snatching a meeting agenda packet from a news reporter’s hands was a low point in the open government ethic of Tennessee.

    I wish it were the only one.

    At a public meeting of the Douglas Henry State Museum Commission, Nashville Scene reporter Cari Wade Gervin picked up a meeting packet laying on the table that contained a proposed new operating policy, including a new Code of Conduct for commissioners. She was trying to copy down information in it.

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Want officials to listen? Speak up

    Not everyone can run for office and become an elected official. It usually takes a lot of time and sometimes a lot of money.

    That doesn’t mean that average folks can’t participate in their local government. Probably the easiest way to make your voice heard is to show up at meetings and workshops of the city and county government.

    Over the years that I’ve covered these local government meetings I’ve always been dismayed at how few people take advantage of the opportunity to participate in these meetings.