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Today's Opinions

  • King aimed to uplift all

    By John Doloreaux

    Special to Roane County News

    As we look back in time to reflect on the many legacies of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., it is critical to understand that his vision for humanity was not exclusive to the black race.

    King’s goal was to uplift the poor and forgotten, regardless of color. While he was a minister, he believed that human beings should not have to wait for an afterlife to gain relief from their corporeal suffering on Earth.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Bits and bites prompted by the day’s news

    Gentle reader, we hope that you read assistant editrix Cheryl Duncan’s “Off the Cuff” column in the issue of Wednesday, 4 January, titled “Retreat from out-of-town meeting”, concerning the Roane County Board of Education’s proposed week-end out of town on a supposed “retreat” to decide on the future of education in Roane County.

  • Laughable to compare SoCal, Tenn. waterways

    While enjoying your Dec. 31 in-review issue, I read Mr. Ken Johnson’s letter comparing the irrigation canal systems in Southern California to the lakes and rivers of East Tennessee. I was moved to respond.

    In a nutshell, comparing the canals, waterways and lakes (??) of Southern California to the Tennessee River, Chickamauga Lake and Watts Bar Lake is risible.

    First, SoCal canals, waterways and lakes are narrow and shallow. In SoCal, creeks are exalted as rivers and ponds promoted as lakes.

  • Lake weeds will take over if not treated soon

    For over 20 years during the ’80s and ’90s, I flew a small private plane from Meadowlake Airport in Kingston to Fayette, Ala. In doing so, I picked up the Tennessee River at Chattanooga and flew it all the way to Guntersville, Ala., before leaving the river.

    It is an understatement to say the river had some plants in it. It was clogged! The boats had only small lanes to navigate, and I saw few of them on the river.

    Those who see those plants as pretty have not seen what I saw from the air.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Not vetoing U.N. Resolution right thing to do

    Gentle reader: The old curmudgeon is back after his usual holiday hiatus.

    Today he wishes to discuss a couple or so matters that have come up recently. The first is the United Nations Security Council Resolution condemning Israel’s continued appropriation of the land heretofore considered to belong to the Palestinians, and constructing thereon housing and other buildings strictly for the use and benefit of the Jewish Israelis, and depriving the Palestinians, whatever their faith, of the use and benefit thereof.

  • No quick, easy remedy to rid our lake of weeds

    To paraphrase Lewis Carroll’s The Walrus and the Carpenter, “The time has come, the Walrus said, to talk of many things...”, like weeds and carp.

    Carroll might admonish us to study seriously Mother Nature’s quirky response to poor decisions based on widespread misconceptions.

    I’m referring, of course, to the weed problem now impacting TVA’s reservoirs, including Watts Bar Lake. Readers will recall that TVA got its collective wallet caught in the wringer when Eurasian water milfoil infested the lake a few decades ago.

  • Weeds choking out one of Roane’s biggest assets

    One can easily make the argument that Watts Bar Lake is the most valuable non-human asset Roane County enjoys.

    With the many wonderful water activities, beautiful vistas, waterfront property tax revenue and tourism, Watts Bar Lake is a precious asset.

    However, the lake is broken and needs to be fixed. The hydrilla, milfoil and spiny-leaf naiad are diminishing the value of that asset in every respect.

  • Each and every letter read by Santa personally

    To all the children of Roane County:

    Thank you for all your letters to Santa. Some of the letters were sent directly to the North Pole and did not appear in the Roane County News. Mrs. Claus and I wanted you to know that we received them and enjoyed reading them.

    It turns out that all the children in Roane County were on The Nice List.

    Thank you to all of those who left milk and cookies out for me on Christmas Eve. I was very hungry.

    My reindeer also ate some of the cookies.

    See you next Christmas!

    Sincerely,