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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • This country needs more people like Flo Charles

    Let me just say that the new contributor for your paper, Flo Charles, is the best thing that’s ever happened to your paper, bar none. Good move on your part.

    I don’t know Mrs. Charles personally, but I can tell from her writing that she is a learned person, graceful, elegant, caring, impeccable morals, ethics, and character with a vast knowledge of the Bible and history which go hand in hand.

  • GOING with the FLO: Kudos to the Woodys for raising Ron right

    By FLO CHARLES

    Roane County is gifted with so many leaders of integrity. One office in particular is the County Executive, with Ron Woody being our present County Executive.

    It was my pleasure to attend the Roane County Tea Party and listen to the brilliancy of Ron Woody as information poured from him that he had accumulated throughout his career and the leadership skills he has developed. I couldn’t write them down fast enough.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Al Gore warned us as to what could happen

    As you have no doubt heard, Pauline and Albert Gore, Sr., raised their son, young Albert, Jr., to be a well-behaved young man, and we’re glad they did.

    The faculty and staff of the prep school to which young Al was sent, St. Albans School for Boys in Washington, taught him leadership, and to be self-disciplined, and self-controlled, and we’re glad they did.

    His comrades and compatriots taught young Al the precepts of good sportsmanship, deference and modesty; to be as good a loser as winner, and we’re glad they did.

  • GLIMPSES: U.S-Mexican tensions nothing new

    By MARK BANKER

    When I left Roane County in 1969, there were no Mexican restaurants here. When I returned 18 years later, there were a few. Today there are many - including several that are excellent.

    While many of us enjoy the food at these modest eateries, we are less certain about the folks who prepare and serve our meals. Indeed, they and their restaurants represent one of the most important developments in our region — and nation — in my lifetime.

  • Is our health in danger from sick big cats at refuge?

    Scientists at the EPA have said that malaria, Lyme disease and West Nile virus will increase due to global warming and changes in land use.

    They believe we are now experiencing another transition driven by the destruction of plant and animal habitats and have brought more humans into a closer contact with animals than at any stage in human history.

    I live 1,000 feet from Tiger Haven with 300 tigers and lions. Mary Haven has said that many of her cats are from deplorable conditions.

  • Thumbs up for promoting high school athletics

    On behalf of the Roane County high schools, we would like to thank Mr. Willett and the Roane County News for publishing the Careacter Star Athlete of the Week Award winners.

    The Knoxville News Sentinel has decided not to publish the award winners as they have done in the past. Mr. Willett has allowed the winners to be published in the Roane County News.

    If this did not happen, Roane County athletes would not receive the recognition they deserve.

    Thank you to this paper and others across the state for continuing to promote high school athletics.

  • GOING with the FLO: We’re draining the swamp for our veterans

    While tax reform and health care remain on the president’s agenda, he has kept his promise to our veterans.

    Secretary of Veterans Affairs David J. Shulkin, M.D., was approved by a bipartisan majority vote of 100 percent in the Senate.

    He is the only Trump cabinet member to receive unanimous confirmation in the Senate.

    It is the one area the Democrats lined up along the side of President Trump. Shulkin had served under President Obama and is now serving under President Trump.