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Columns

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Yes, we are Taxed Enough Already, aren’t we?

    Well, gentle reader, we cannot help but wonder what has happened to our Tea Party folks.

    As you will recall, the founders of this movement were the fiscal conservatives who felt that governments were wasting too much of our money. In fact, as you know, the Tea Party name is short for “Taxed Enough Already?”

  • System in Washington can still work

    By LEE HAMILTON
    Center on Congress

    The roots of Congress’s dysfunction are complex. But the fundamental reason is that real differences in ideology and principles about both government and governance exist among the voters.

    At heart, the reason it’s become so hard for Washington to act is that the two parties are being driven by fundamentally incompatible views.

    Conservatives place a heavy emphasis on liberty, individual freedom and self-reliance.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Thoughts on Rhea County sights, other oddities

    Gentle reader, it has occurred to us that two issues presently concerning the powers that be in the Federal District, namely the invasions of privacy inherent in the collection of citizens’ telephone calls and electronic transmitted messages, and the perilous state of the Post Office might both be resolved by one simple solution: You want to send a message? Write a letter.

  • OFF the CUFF by Cheryl Duncan

    My daughter remembers nothing about the first day of her senior year of high school.

    The memories she has formed from that first day on the threshold of her final high school year are from what her father and I have shared with her.

    The reason she has no memories to call her own is because on that important day, my daughter suffered a concussion.

    She was removing her backpack from the back seat of my car when we were rear-ended in the school parking lot. The impact knocked her head into the top of the car.

    “Ow!”

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET by Gerald Largen: Has Chambliss unwittingly spilled NSA beans?

    On This Week with George Stephanopoulis, Sunday, 28 July, 2013, Georgia Republican Senator Saxby Chambliss was asked by the interlocutor whether he would be surprised to learn that National Security Agency (NSA) people had listened in on telephone conversations.

  • OFF the CUFF: Discovery of a Star-Spangled nightmare

    Do you know the words to The National Anthem?

    I’ll give you a hint: It starts with, “O! Say, can you see ...?”

    Francis Scott Key’s poetic response to America’s victory at Fort McHenry during the War of 1812 is officially known as “The Star-Spangled Banner.” It was officially designated as our national anthem by congressional resolution signed by President Herbert Hoover in 1931.

    In my youth, learning the lyrics to this iconic bit of history was akin to learning the Pledge of Allegiance.

    I thought that was the case nationwide.

    Apparently not. At least, not nowadays.

  • Looseleaf Laureate: Grief burns fiercely as Arizona wildfire

    I once lived at the base of Mingus Mountain in central Arizona.
    Mingus separated the folks of Cottonwood, where I lived, from our friends and neighbors to the south in Prescott.
    Both sides of that rugged, broad-shouldered mountain were beautiful. We didn’t share the Sonoran Desert landscape that defines Phoenix and Tucson. There was no saguaro cactus pointing this way and that.

    This was high desert, with grasslands, scrub oaks and deeply scented forests of juniper and pinion pine.
    Summers are tricky in these parts.

  • A View from Lick Skillet: Closure of Airport Road brings memories

    It appears from reports emanating from South Africa that the life of Nelson Mandela is probably nearing its end.

    Considering the awful mistreatment to which he was subjected in his younger years, including imprisonment on Robin Island for over two decades, it is a wonder that he has survived into his nineties, but this shows that the strength of his body is almost as great as the strength of his mind, his spirit, and his integrity.

  • GUEST COLUMN: Director of schools issues first-year report

    By GARY AYTES
    Roane County Schools director
    The State Report Card was released this spring, so it is a good time to update our citizens on the status of Roane County Schools.
    The report card shows academic improvement and also shows many areas for growth. 
    Our greatest improvement was in math, where we received an A in value-added scores and a B in achievement. 
    Our goal this year will be to maintain the A and improve our achievement score. 

  • Ken Yager: No need to go far for relaxation

    By KEN YAGER
    12th District State Senator
    There is a state park within an hour’s drive of just about anywhere in Tennessee. 
    Several of these state parks are located in the 12th Senatorial District, including Indian Mountain in Jellico, Cove Lake in Caryville, Frozen Head in Wartburg, Norris Dam in Lake City, Cumberland Trail in Caryville and Pickett in Jamestown, as well as the Alvin C. York Historic Park in Pall Mall. 
    In fact, the 12th District may have more state parks located in it than any other.