Today's Opinions

  • THOSE were the DAYS: Sometimes you get a second chance


    I’m giving you my heart. Please take care of it for now you have two – and I have none.

    I knew from the time I was in third grade that I wanted to be a teacher. There was never a doubt in my mind.

    In 1961, I graduated from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Mich., and began my teaching career.

    I loved being a teacher. I can remember thinking at the end of the day, “I can’t believe I’m being paid for doing this.” However, at that time $4,000 a year was good pay!

  • Thanks for support of Father-Daughter dance this year

    The Harriman Rotary Club would like to thank the following people and businesses for sponsoring our fifth annual Father Daughter Dance:

    State Sen. Ken Yager, state Rep. Kent Calfee, Griffin Insurance, Duncan Family Auto Group, Eddie’s Body Shop, Glenda Johnson, Visionary Horizons-Chris Ahler, Edward Jones-Deric A. Runge, Express Employment Professionals and Christina Branham-Coldwell Banker Jim Henry and Associates.

    We would also like to recognize Chris Whaley and Diane Cox of Roane State Community College for the use of the student lounge.

  • Check out the facts, or write a letter of opinion?

    I’ve seen several comments in your “letters to the editor” recently that suggest writers check out the facts before commenting. I believe your paper calls for “Opinions” from guests. My letters are just that. My personal opinion.

    While I do not wish to deliberately lie or mislead people, I do not bother to look up facts. There was once a time when you could depend on the news media to tell you the facts. The news anchors were honorable, ethical people you could depend on.

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Let’s make Kingston great again

    Imagine a downtown Kingston where folks travel from near and far to visit historic places and stop at coffee shops and ice cream stores to refresh themselves.

    On nice days these visitors could walk by the lake or maybe even rent a sailboat, canoe or kayak for an afternoon cruise before dining in a fine downtown restaurant.

    It’s still a dream, but business owners, elected officials and volunteers have been working to make it reality. These visionaries intend to breathe new life into the underdeveloped downtown Kingston.

  • GOING with the FLO: God protects those following Him

    In last week’s column I mentioned that God promises to “dispossess nations greater and mightier than we are” if we obey and He will “set us high above all the nations of the earth.”

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Mega-School invites Mega-Troubles

    Well, Gentle Reader: It’s happened again. This time at a high school in Broward County Florida. This atrocious slaughter has provoked, once again, the gun debate, and we could join in on that vital subject, but not today, for today we want to address a much more vital and much more timely aspect of this mass killing, as it relates to our local situation and future prospects.

  • Two opinions differ in reflection of one Bible

    It is interesting that both opinions, the one expressed in “Going with the Flo” and “A View from Lick Skillet” made reference to the Bible on Feb. 16.

    Gerald Largen made clear that, “Divine right of Kings” is no longer credible. It is true that we read in the Bible, “I remove kings, and raise up kings.” We also read, “They have set up kings, but not by Me.” (Daniel 2:21, Hosea 8:4) The Lord lets us go our own way, and the way we choose disciplines us.

  • GLIMPSES from a Teacher Historian: We, too, will survive our times


    Tragically, a bad week for our nation might be a good week for an opinion columnist.

    Surely with yet another tragic school shooting, alleged incontrovertible proof of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, and yet another showdown between right-wing extremists and their critics in Knoxville, any writer worth his laptop can reflect and compose a relevant column.