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Today's Opinions

  • Largen needs shorter horse to articulate from


      After two trips to the woodshed and suffering my verbal punishment generously administered by Gerald Largen in two of his recent columns, I am venturing into the sunshine of reality again to address his latest bombastic tongue-lashing of the self-defined ill informed.

    In his latest rant, he casts doubt on the worth of many modern conveniences and accoutrements most would consider essential to a high quality of life in modern times.

  • Where is all that hot air really coming from?

    As an unemployed teacher, I spend my days waiting by the phone for one of Toni McGriff’s principals to call seeking me to help the Roane County school system improve their achievement-test scores and correct the extreme gender-ratio imbalance among the teachers in our K-8 grade schools.

  • Shacter will tutor families, kids on math and money

    During the summer months, I offered youngsters and adults some free weekly basic math and money-management lessons.

    I like the challenge of not only teaching that highly important combination subject, but also making the students enjoy the overall learning and reviewing process.

    One objective of this letter is, of course, to thank Flo Charles for her kind views about my teaching style and success rate. Her recent letter to the editor was a big surprise to me.

  • GUEST EDITORIAL: Proposed change in notice would shut public out

    By FRANK GIBSON

    Special to the Roane County News

    Noticed how narrow-minded political discourse has become? Political strategists call it staying “on message,” but the goal is to drown out the message from the other side.

    That’s how some of the debate in the legislature over changing the system of providing various public notices to citizens and consumers has played so far.

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: Good things, indeed, can come from bad

    I’m a firm believer in acknowledging our problems. I believe ignoring things only allows them to fester or blow up.

    The good news is, serious concerns, when addressed, can turn into something really positive.

    Case in point: the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

    Did you know that those soaring mountains we all hold dear were on the verge of ruin through logging and poor farm management?

    In the 1920s, people started reacting to the threat, and against the odds, the national park was born.

  • Employment figure impact depends on perspective

    Perceptive reader, you know that perspective is vitally important in matters of art.

    It was the discovery of perspective and the means of rendering it in two-dimensional art that made early Renaissance painting in Italy so outstanding.

    Well, perspective is also important in many other things than painting and photography; to demonstrate, consider how large our planet earth is to us who live upon it, but consider how relatively small it appears from the space station, and how smaller yet it appears from the surface of the moon.

  • Writer supports Rose, emergency staff

    I would like to offer my support for the Roane County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, its leadership as well as its functions.  

    As a retired Air Force colonel who spent 30 years of active duty in the occupational safety and health and environmental protection field, and as a nationally certified industrial hygienist, I feel I can speak on this subject with some expertise.  

  • Writer supports Rose, emergency staff

    I would like to offer my support for the Roane County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, its leadership as well as its functions.  

    As a retired Air Force colonel who spent 30 years of active duty in the occupational safety and health and environmental protection field, and as a nationally certified industrial hygienist, I feel I can speak on this subject with some expertise.