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Columns

  • GOING with the FLO: Star-spangled banner yet waves for treasured U.S.

    By FLO CHARLES

    “The struggle now going on for the world will never be decided by bombs or rockets, by armies or military might. The real crisis we face today is a spiritual one; at root, it is a test of moral will and faith.” (Ronald Reagan, 1983)

    Character is a distinctive mark or stamp. Character includes those habits and personality traits distinguishing our individuality. Our moral values and our deepest beliefs about who we are as a people are intimately related to our character.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Cutting Corporate taxes creates jobs? How???

    Recently, we have been reading the letters of that First Century Roman correspondent, Pliny the Younger, with considerable pleasure. Pliny was nephew of Pliny the Elder, a statesman of great note who died in the eruption that destroyed Pompeii and Herculanium.

    His father’s family were the Caecilii and his mother the Plinii. By the Elder Pliny’s will, the Younger was adopted and was henceforth known as Gaius Plinius, hence anglicized into Pliny.

  • FROM the ALLIANCE: Become a tnAchieves mentor

    By WADE Creswell

    Last week, the Tennessee Board of Regents, the state agency responsible for Tennessee’s community and technical colleges, released the long-awaited report that showed the state’s return on investment for Gov. Haslam’s Tennessee Promise program that offers tuition free college education to all new high school graduates.

    While progress could be seen incrementally and through countless individual stories, a thorough analysis of the results had been widely anticipated.

  • GOING with the FLO: When Wright is wrong, and Jeremiah is Denton

    By FLO CHARLES

    Correction! The name of the POW that blinked “TORTURE” was Jeremiah Denton, not Jeremiah Wright, who was Obama’s pastor for over 20 years, spewing out anti-American rhetoric and ranting, “g--d---- America.”

  • GLIMPSES: U.S.-Russia rivalry long standing

    By MARK BANKER

    Whatever one thinks about the ongoing investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, future observers will surely find the matter puzzling.

    As a child of the Cold War, I came of age thinking that Russia was a monstrous nation and our most heinous foe.

    We should be mindful of the long historical background of this latest round of animosities. U.S.-Russian distrust validates William Faulkner’s assertion that “the past is never dead; it’s not even past.”

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Break the silence on suppressors

    Last year I wrote about why I thought the Tennessee General Assembly should pass a bill called “constitutional carry” that would have legalized carry of a firearm without a license.

    It’s not because I think everybody should be carrying a gun.

  • GOING with the FLO: Find a way to become informed, get involved

    By FLO CHARLES

    This past weekend, I listened to Lt. Gen. William “Jerry” Boykin’s urgency as he stressed the dangers we are facing today and how he feels that America has one last, best chance.

    God raised Donald Trump up for “such a time as this” just as he did Winston Churchill, by using him to save the world in World War II.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Almost all of us were white supremacists once

    Gentle reader, not quite a month has passed since we wrote bemoaning the growth of ignorance and the accompanying spread of efforts to “unknow” our real and actual history, and to foist off upon us an ersatz version of that history. We suppose that this is just another aspect of Kellyanne Conway’s “alternative facts”.

    We encountered such an effort to recite supposed history in a recent letter to the editor of the Knoxville News Sentinel (13 Sept.) wherein the correspondent writes:

  • Commodity foods to be distributed

    Mid-East Community Action Agency will have its quarterly distribution of USDA commodity foods next week.

    Commodity foods will be distributed in Harriman Church of God at 3106 Roane State Hwy., Midtown.

    Harriman and Kingston residents will pick up their foods from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 28.

    The following day, Sept. 29, is when Oliver Springs and Rockwood residents will pick up foods. That schedule is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  • GLIMPSES: Environmental debates predate us

    By MARK BANKER

    “What a difference a week makes.”

    That’s what our daughter, Tollie, said on Friday Sept. 15. She and Mason teach at Florida’s Hillsborough Community College and live in Riverview, a sprawling suburb on Tampa’s southeast side.

    For nearly 10 days, they watched Hurricane Irma advance and considered with great uncertainty its arrival in central Florida. From East Tennessee, we shared her roller coaster emotional ride as the storm pin balled an erratic course.