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Today's Opinions

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Rachel (Mrs. J.C.) Parker: Gone but not forgotten

    Gentle reader, Thursday, 16 February, 2017, marked the end of an era as concerns Kingston, and Roane County for that matter, for that was the day that Rachel Parker died.

  • Institute for Energy Research: Pipeline Populism: Complete, Build

    By Robert L. Bradley Jr.

    President Donald Trump is about to give the U.S. economy a power-up. He just approved the long delayed construction of two mega-projects, Keystone XL and the Dakota Access pipelines.

    This means more domestic energy, more economic growth, and more jobs for Americans. But it also means more theatrics from environmental extremists. The new president and his team should hang tough and ignore their doomsday predictions.

  • GLIMPSES from a Teacher Historian By MARK BANKER: Wanted: A few Ervin Democrats

    Thanks to several responses to my recent column directed to “Howard Baker Republicans,” I am now on the lookout for a few “Sam Ervin Democrats.”

    If my quest rings hollow to you, you are either younger than 40 or were unusually disengaged in the summer of 1973.

    Yes, that was long before cable TV’s 24-hour news cycle, the internet and “smart phones” appeared. But in that summer of Watergate, Sens. Ervin, D-North Carolina, and Baker, R-Tennessee, became familiar figures.

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Public deserves answers about fire

    Tennessee has been blessed with the Public Records Act, which provides for citizen access to public records.

    These records include all documents, papers, letters, maps, books, photographs, microfilms, electronic data processing files and output films, sound recordings or characteristics, made or received pursuant to law or ordinance or in connection with the transaction of official business by any governmental agency.

    That definition would seem to cover just about everything a journalist or any citizen might want to know.

  • Time for TVA to pay for aquatic weed eradication
  • Hmmm ... what could possibly go wrong?!?

    Re: Dr. Joseph, et al., who have written recently:

    We have a vulgar, narcissist, childlike, Russian-sympathizing president who was elected by less than one quarter of the eligible voters, and who lost the popular vote by just under 3 million votes.

    Now he is assembling the most corrupt, least qualified presidential Cabinet in history, most of which have stated they want to eliminate the very governmental department they are nominated to oversee, and few of which have provided required personal information for review by senators and Senate committees. ...

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Draining the swamp? Russian friend? Gas tax?

    Well, gentle reader, one scarcely knows where to begin, inasmuch as the recent news presents a veritable treasure trove of interesting topics for consideration, on all levels, local, state, and national, but as usual the crew in Washington leads the pack.

  • GLIMPSES: ‘Hidden Figures’ shines light on slights

    By Mark Banker

    For readers who are attentive to recent developments on the national stage but tired of the incessant debates about them, here’s some advice: go to the movies!

    For my 66th birthday last week, Kathy and I took our daughter’s advice and went to see “Hidden Figures.” Among other things, it reminded us that some of history’s important stories are unappreciated until after the fact.