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Today's Opinions

  • GOING with the FLO: What does it mean to be a good patriot?

    By FLO CHARLES

    It is evident that most of our country’s problems come from our educational and political arenas.

    Because our history has been rewritten in most of our textbooks, many do not have a hint of what patriotism is, the way our country was founded and established, so how can we raise patriots for the future of our country when the majority have no heroes to follow.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Authorities were warned of jail balcony danger

    Gentle reader, I know not whether it is an old Irish expression, or not, but I remember many a time when my mother, after listening to some loud-mouthed braggart, would utter these four simple words: “Self brag — Half scoundrel.” Some how or another this expression seems to echo in my brain more and more often these days. Wonder Why?

  • Bet The Inquisition would get us answers

    In “A View From Lick Skillet,” Mr. Gerald Largen states that President Trump has committed heresy, and he questions the honor of all evangelicals, especially their leaders, because they did not question President Trump on his stating that the Christmas story begins with a mother father, their baby son. All because Joseph is not the biological father, but I’m sure God would have said to Joseph if he ever talked to Joseph, “Joseph, you did a good job bringing up that boy. Thank you.”

  • GOING with the FLO: We are either for America and Trump, or against them

    We, who are American patriots, should stand solidly with our president and his agenda, make our voices heard and ignore all the activated mobs that cause confusion, strife and distrust.

    We are either for America, its president’s agenda and its success, or we are against America. Your choices make it clear. You must choose what you listen to.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Evangelicals fail to recognize Trump’s heresy

    Gentle reader, although we are almost three weeks beyond Christmas day, we must return to that time for today’s topic. We have deliberately waited to see if the matter we wish to bring up were to be addressed by those most affected by it, the evangelicals, especially their leaders, ministers, pastors, et al. They have not, insofar as we can determine, therefore we will.

  • Operation REACH a success, thanks to you

    On behalf of the Operation REACH board of directors, I want to express our appreciation and thanks to the thousands of people throughout Roane County who helped make our 42nd year of Operation REACH a success.

    First, and foremost, we want to thank everyone for their monetary contributions.

    If you are a county deputy, policeman or fireman under the leadership of the sheriff, police chiefs or fire chiefs, both city and county, who took up money at roadblocks for our program, we are grateful.

  • GLIMPSES from a Teacher Historian: Remembered past can temper tensions

    By MARK BANKER

    Sometime around the mid-point of my nearly 40 years as a history teacher, I realized that I should begin my courses by discussing the nature of history and whether it is worthy of our time and attention.

    Perhaps those reflections might help us today better understand why history’s lessons are so often contradictory and why Americans disagree so vehemently about our past and future greatness.

  • Skunk amusing, rest of letter found troubling

    Ouch!

    Dear Mr. Pedigo: I think in your last letter you referred to me as a skunk. I found it very funny the way you phrased it. “You don’t get into a ‘whizzing’ contest with a skunk.” It sounded very Southern. I truly loved it. However, it is the rest of your letter I would like to address.

    You state, “However, I do stand behind my statements as facts.” I’m sorry, but you have not presented one fact in any of your letters that I can recall.