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Today's Opinions

  • GOING with the FLO: When Wright is wrong, and Jeremiah is Denton

    By FLO CHARLES

    Correction! The name of the POW that blinked “TORTURE” was Jeremiah Denton, not Jeremiah Wright, who was Obama’s pastor for over 20 years, spewing out anti-American rhetoric and ranting, “g--d---- America.”

  • GLIMPSES: U.S.-Russia rivalry long standing

    By MARK BANKER

    Whatever one thinks about the ongoing investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, future observers will surely find the matter puzzling.

    As a child of the Cold War, I came of age thinking that Russia was a monstrous nation and our most heinous foe.

    We should be mindful of the long historical background of this latest round of animosities. U.S.-Russian distrust validates William Faulkner’s assertion that “the past is never dead; it’s not even past.”

  • Ride reverse meant hitching to Kingston

    I am 75, diabetic, don’t walk good and have to use a cane. I am a U.S. Army veteran.

    On Aug. 29, I called ETHRA to arrange for a ride to Cash Express at 1611 S. Roane St., Harriman, to be picked up at 1 p.m. and taken home on Sept. 1.

    The operator put in the reverse of ride. Two drivers came to my home at 1 p.m.

    I wasn’t there, so they canceled the ride. I watched for two hours ... no ride. Four vans passed Cash Express. They didn’t stay. All the girls at Cash Express know this happened.

  • Let’s treasure, maintain our community schools

    After listening to many reasons for and against a mega school, I wish to publicly express my concerns against a proposed merger.

    First and most important are the students. The former “No Child Left Behind” plan would be thwarted. Students will not have but a fraction of the opportunities for growth, leadership and personal development in a merged school in which competition and activity were eliminated.

    So many students who are involved in extracurricular activities would not qualify for involvement on a larger scale and would be left out.

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Break the silence on suppressors

    Last year I wrote about why I thought the Tennessee General Assembly should pass a bill called “constitutional carry” that would have legalized carry of a firearm without a license.

    It’s not because I think everybody should be carrying a gun.

  • GOING with the FLO: Find a way to become informed, get involved

    By FLO CHARLES

    This past weekend, I listened to Lt. Gen. William “Jerry” Boykin’s urgency as he stressed the dangers we are facing today and how he feels that America has one last, best chance.

    God raised Donald Trump up for “such a time as this” just as he did Winston Churchill, by using him to save the world in World War II.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Almost all of us were white supremacists once

    Gentle reader, not quite a month has passed since we wrote bemoaning the growth of ignorance and the accompanying spread of efforts to “unknow” our real and actual history, and to foist off upon us an ersatz version of that history. We suppose that this is just another aspect of Kellyanne Conway’s “alternative facts”.

    We encountered such an effort to recite supposed history in a recent letter to the editor of the Knoxville News Sentinel (13 Sept.) wherein the correspondent writes:

  • Commodity foods to be distributed

    Mid-East Community Action Agency will have its quarterly distribution of USDA commodity foods next week.

    Commodity foods will be distributed in Harriman Church of God at 3106 Roane State Hwy., Midtown.

    Harriman and Kingston residents will pick up their foods from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 28.

    The following day, Sept. 29, is when Oliver Springs and Rockwood residents will pick up foods. That schedule is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.