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Today's Opinions

  • INSIDE the First AMENDMENT: ‘Freedom’ is the best response

    By Gene Policinski

    Let them march in Charlottesville. Let them speak.

    Hate-propagating neo-Nazis and bottom-dwelling white supremacists — the dregs of our open society — have and should have First Amendment rights to speak and march in public.

    We need to see them for what they are: a disappointing collection of the disaffected; some parading around in silly costumes, often ignorant of the real meaning and history of the symbols they display, carrying torches meant as much to intimidate as to illuminate.

  • GOING with the FLO: What happened to honor and respect in our country?

    It bears repeating that God’s Word in Romans 13:1, says, “Let every soul be subject to the higher powers (Human Government). For there is no power but of God (God has ordained Government): the powers that be are ordained of God.”

    In verse 2: “Whosoever therefore resists the power, resists the Ordinance of God. (Anarchy is not of God).”

  • GLIMPSES: Hindsight often blinding, too

    By MARK BANKER

    Residents of Roane County in 2017 who face the challenge of funding a public-school system for our posterity without bankrupting ourselves should be mindful of an old proverb: “The nearer the past, the more uncertain its lessons.”

    While we have a long past to learn from, many of us personally experienced the history most relevant to our current school debate. I, for example, attended public schools in Kingston from 1957-69.

  • Columnist pleas to support president misguided at best

    Shame on the Roane County News! Your new guest columnist, Flo Charles, is nothing more than a religious zealot!

    You have recently made the comment that her rantings are published to offset those of Gerald Largen ... baloney! While Largen is most certainly a liberal, he is not an unleashed attack dog. He is a legitimate historian who writes with the best interests of the community at heart. While quite wordy at times, he does not spout the word storms of hate that seem to be the specialty of Charles.

  • Gee whiz, that’s a lot of tiger urine over 20 years

    After hearing that Russell Johnson, District Attorney General, is disturbed by some of the things he’s heard about the health concerns from workers at the ash spill, here are some of my concerns about the effect of breathing cat urine for the last 20 years.

    Cat urine produces ammonia which, when inhaled in large amounts, leads to cellular destruction by disrupting lipids in the cell membrane. Levels greater than 25 parts per million cause nausea, headaches and lightheadedness.

  • GOING with the FLO: It’s obvious something is wrong in Washington

    By FLO CHARLES

    We need to consider what our responsibilities are to our country. I am shocked at the lack of honor and respect toward our president. Especially since our Lord Jesus Christ said in His Word to honor those who are in authority over us. (Romans 13:1-2)

    The onslaught has gotten worse. Charles Krauthammer knows the knives are out for Trump and went on Fox News to issue this warning to members of the political establishment who want to remove Trump from office:

  • Our public libraries are treasures in our community

    On Thursday, July 20, at the Kingston Public Library, a small group of us were treated to a wonderful lecture and discussion led by Connie Jordan Green, a local authority on Appalachian literature, as well as being a published author and award winning in poetry and other genre.

    Ms. Green is also currently an active teacher in Oak Ridge Institute of Continued Learning through Roane State.

    On this particular evening, attention was given to two specific works: “River of Earth” by James Still and “The Tall Woman” by Wilma Dykeman.

  • GLIMPSES: Conflict again a complication

    By Mark Banker

    During World War II, Winston Churchill reportedly observed: “Americans will always do the right thing – after exhausting all the alternatives.”

    Whether the British statesmen uttered those exact words is debatable. But we might all hope that this realistic appraisal will someday be appropriate for our own present chapter in history.