Today's Opinions

  • Securing schools a priority for this country’s future

    I join all members of our society in the feelings of deep pain and horror that happened on Valentine’s Day at the school in Parkland, Fla.

    I can’t begin to fathom the emotions of any of those involved.

    We must face the reality that our world has changed drastically from the times that I grew up in the ’50s and ’60s. Those times are gone, and I see no indication of society returning to the innocence of those days.

  • Another applicant believed more qualified for shelter

    I felt this needed to be brought to the attention of everyone in Roane County. Our county executive told me personally that it was his choice only to hire the Roane County Animal Shelter director. He put that choice into effect Monday night, Feb. 12.

    I know personally an applicant who submitted his application in December 2017 for this job.

    This applicant is more qualified and experienced than the county executive’s choice.


    Nancy Quarles


  • GOING with the FLO: Eliminating God’s word ends nation He protects

    We have endured hysterical talking points from those few in the top levels of the FBI who took an unverified and salacious dossier to secret court to get a secret warrant to spy on a fellow American without telling the court who paid for it and the political ramifications.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Crump on Trump? If the shoe fits, put it on!

    Gentle reader, if you are a long-time reader, you know that we have been much concerned with the religious right, or evangelical element, and their attitude towards President Trump. Many of them seem to have reverted to the ancient concept of divine right of rulers, and believe that Mr. Trump was not only elected, but was divinely anointed, to rule over us, as was believed by royalists in centuries long gone by.

  • Environmental Review Board needs members

    Your County Executive and the County Commission sees the wisdom and sense in appointing and supporting the Roane County Environmental Review Board.

    The Board plays an advisory role, using educated professionals to search out and review environmental issues that can and do affect our county. It is made up entirely of volunteers, meaning no cost to the county or the taxpayers.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Treason not to applaud Trump? Lincoln & ‘Dixie’

    Gentle reader, as you know, the usual gestation period for the genus homo sapiens is nine months. We have now entered a parallel period of similar length for the gestation of the re-birth of America, or of her death.

    That is, in just under nine months we will have the 2018 Congressional elections whereat all the members of the House of Representatives, and one-third of the Senate will be elected. These elections will be a referendum on the current Republican Government, i.e. the President, the House, and the Senate.

  • GOING with the FLO: Filth and immorality have permeated our society

    America is rotting from within because we’ve put corruptible characters in office. Filth and immorality have permeated our society.

    While watching the drama of the FISA memo, I was reminded of what most of us have forgotten. We must listen to those who are in authority! I don’t listen to anyone who isn’t under authority.

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Fiction appears to imitate truth

    I’ve always believed the best way to understand what is going on is to hear it from different perspectives. That’s why I like to listen to different news sources.

    The differences between outlets such as ABC, CBS NBC and CNN used to be subtle, but if you listened close you might pick up a fact here or there that one of the other outlets missed.

    Lately, however, it amazes me how different teams of professional journalists can view the same event through such different perspectives.