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Today's Opinions

  • GOING with the FLO: Unity, praying and listening to God’s Word essential

    We must listen to God’s Word, unite behind our president and pray!

    North Korea recently launched a ballistic missile that experts say would reach anywhere in the U.S. That intercontinental ICBM ballistic missile reached record altitudes 10 times higher than the space station, landing close to Japan. It traveled 2,800 miles into space before crashing into the Sea of Japan.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Will your tax cut be 43%? The corporations’ will!

    Gentle reader: As this is written, both houses of the Congress have passed their respective versions of the Republican Tax Bill, and they will each designate members to meet together in a joint committee (which may well have already happened by the time this column is published) to reconcile the two bills and produce a final version of the legislation, which will then be returned to the two houses for final action, which is probably a foregone outcome of adoption.

  • Cartoon reminder that Mom’s wisdom still true

    Your editorial cartoon in the paper of Dec. 1 recalled to me of some wisdom passed on many years ago by my mother.

    When I’d asked why someone did something really stupid, her reply was always, “All the fools aren’t dead yet.”

    A reminder that as modern as we think we are, human nature is what it is, and has been, since time immemorial.

    Paul McGinley

    Kingston

  • Big cats need a place, but not to be a nuisance

    I want to give the readers some information about Tiger Haven. Information can be found at Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency/tigers/lions. The job of TWRA is the cages and welfare of the cats.

    The Court of Appeals of Tennessee at Knoxville also has information. In short, any industry or business situated within the area which is affected by a change in zoning, so as to avoid nuisances to adjoining landowners.

  • GLIMPSES: We need statesmen, not politicians

    By MARK BANKER

    Popular myths about our founders to the contrary, ongoing efforts at tax reform in Washington affirm an old insight. The fundamental question has never been “will we pay taxes?”

    Instead on matters of taxation, “who pays?” and “who benefits?” have always been the fundamental questions.

    Politics and governing intertwine, but on this matter it is helpful to temporarily distinguish between the two and their purposes.

  • Roane truly lost a treasure with death of Dick Evans

    I’d like to express my appreciation to Mark Banker and Gerald Largen for their recent articles highlighting the wonderful character of Dick Evans.

    It seems all that knew Dick repeat what we all know to be true. Dick was a kind-hearted, generous, brilliant and humorous soul. And he always attempted to unite people.

    He never exploited differences; rather, he looked to unification which would result in the greatest common community good.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: “Rich White Trash” Triumphant in today’s U.S.
  • GLIMPSES: Common man’s attorney legacy lives on

    By MARK BANKER

    Nearly 60 years have passed since John F. Kennedy emerged on the national political stage. The youthful 35th president, who was assassinated 54 years ago last week, both reflected and inspired lofty impulses that have ebbed and flowed throughout United States history.

    In hindsight from a deeply polarized 2017, Kennedy’s personal shortcomings and the mixed legacies and limited accomplishments of his idealistic vision are apparent.