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Columns

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: High Sheriff still ignoring Old Curmudgeon

    Gentle reader, as you may recall, we have patiently endeavoured for some time to get the High Sheriff to respond to a few simple questions concerning the management of his, or our, jail. We didn’t realize just how long he has stubbornly resisted giving any response to these inquiries until we looked back in our files. It has, in fact been approximately seven months of silence on his part inasmuch as we first posed these questions in the issue of 25 October, 2013.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: It’s been quite a week for the old curmudgeon

    Gentle reader, today we have more topics roiling around in the old cranium than Carmen Miranda had Cavendish bananas in her headdress.

    (Younger readers can ask their parents to identify the effervescent Latin Bombshell, Carmen Miranda and her fabulous fruit adorned turbans, and can seek guidance on the Cavendish bananas in some botanical tome, or in the more likely source, the internet.)

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Life and learning in US as it was a century ago

    As the reader may know, Sunday’s News Sentinel’s Life section featured a fascinating article on three local centenarians, including one hundred year old Walter Pulliam.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Lamar Alexander writes for Times Free Press

    Gentle reader, as you doubtless recall from our numerous previous references, the Chattanooga Times Free Press has, since the two papers merged, retained separate editorial pages, one for the Times editorial opinions, and the opposite for the Free Press editorial opinions.

    On the 15th, the Free Press editorial page ran a guest editorial, or commentary, from our senior U. S. Senator, Lamar Alexander, entitled “What to do about Tax Day.”

  • OFF the CUFF: Diapers to dreams: Where did the time go?

    She appreciates my sense of humor.

    She listens to my puns with anewed interest.

    And she likes — yes, LIKES! — my singing.

    I introduced Roane County News readers to my baby girl with those words the week I returned to work from maternity leave.

    Scribbled on a yellow legal pad only hours after Amie was born, those words spilled on and on as I watched my tiny dark-haired creation slumber beside my bed.

    I was in awe. She was so small. And my love for her was so enormous.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: We should broaden our educational horizons

    Gentle reader, the current powder keg in Ukraine will, no doubt, in the fullness of time teach many lessons, but one which we doubt we will hear much about, but which could well be the most important in the long run for these United States, bears upon the excuse under which Putin claims the right to over-run and seize his neighbors’ lands.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Lick Skillet has lost a good man: Larry Alford

    Our friend and neighbour, Larry Alford died on Friday, 28 March, 2014. Larry had fought a long and courageous battle for some long time and died way too soon, inasmuch as he was only three days short of his 71st birthday on April First.

    Aiding him, assisting him, and nursing him, was his beloved wife and helpmeet, Ruby.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Many in Roane know new federal judge Reeves

    Gentle reader, we have several items we hope to mention in this column, although, as the Roman writer opined: Ars longa, vita breva, tempus tugit, roughly translated, art is long, life is short, and time is fleeting, so it is sometimes with a column, so we don’t have time or space to cover all we would like to.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Is Bryan College trying for new monkey trial?

    Gentle reader, before we get started on today’s topics, we would like to mention to you a brief thing we heard on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition on Tuesday, a week ago, at approximately 7:40 a.m.

    The segment was about the up-coming Louisiana Senate campaign, and specifically about Sen. Mary Landrieu and the effect her vote for Obamacare might have on the outcome.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET:Now choice GOP criticism is ‘It’s a job killer’

    Few of our readers are as long in the tooth as the old curmudgeon, thus they will not share his recollection of events and conditions over the past seven decades, so it is not amiss for him to point out a few things he has observed on the political scene in that time period.

    For instance, our Republican friends have always had a pretty universal theme, that all loyal members are expected to voice constantly and consistently.