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Today's Opinions

  • Calendar filled with never-before-seen pics

    Most people love to [complain]. However, this short note is to say thank you!

    I just received my copy of your 2017 Roane County Historical Calendar. I love it and will be sharing it with all members of my family and friends who may not have gotten a copy.

    It is very well done and full of pictures I have never seen.

    Thank you.

    W.M. “Bill” Griffin

    Harriman

  • Amazing to compare towns’ past with present

    We would like to thank the Roane County News, Roane Heritage Commission and Robert Bailey for the calendar.

    It was nice to see the old photos from all the cities in Roane County. It’s amazing how the little towns have changed, but the footprint from days gone by is still there.

    Great job!

    Dennis Long

    Kingston

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: President and curmudgeon allied on education

    Since we have some shocking comments to make, we ought to go ahead and get them out of the way right off the bat, so here goes: President Donald J. Trump and the old curmudgeon see eye-to-eye and stand shoulder-to-shoulder together 100% on one of the issues about which he spoke in his inaugural address.

  • Obama did more for area than deny clemency

    This is in response to Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton’s ill-considered remark that denying Ralph O’Neal’s petition for clemency is the “greatest thing he’s [Barack Obama] done since he’s been in office for Roane County.”

    I’m certain that if Sheriff Stockton applied himself, he could provide readers with other examples of President Obama’s actions and initiatives beneficial to Roane County citizens over the last eight years.

  • Coal ash toxicity only one part of the picture

    With respect to the recent report on the Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) meeting in Knoxville (Roane County News, Jan. 20, page 2A), the SELC is on the cutting edge in raising questions about the disposal of coal ash. The new federal law allows legal action by citizens and the state to compel compliance.

  • INSIDE the First AMENDMENT: An open letter to We, The People

    Sending an “open letter” to President Trump has been in vogue these days.

    Social activists, business moguls, media chieftains and political leaders all have penned a multitude of them since the November election. Some offer advice, some raise alarms, some offer praise and some just convey insults.

  • Fix what’s wrong with ACA but, don’t eliminate it

    The Republican obsession to completely repeal the ACA (Affordable Care Act) is a terribly bad idea. Any health-care repeal without a suitable replacement plan will put insurance companies back in charge of health coverage causing less coverage and higher costs; and it will create economic chaos in small hospitals because they will have to go back to treating patients in their emergency rooms that will not be able to pay for that treatment. That is NOT a good thing!

  • Problem with aquatic plants multi-faceted

    Since water weeds are choking the front page of the Roane County News, I’d like to make several points on the matter of vegetation in Watts Bar Lake.

    1. While an overgrowth of aquatic plant life is a problem, like all problems, this issue is multi-faceted. Thus, solutions should be evaluated from many perspectives, not just the ones presented by those with the most to gain.