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Today's Opinions

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Draining the swamp? Russian friend? Gas tax?

    Well, gentle reader, one scarcely knows where to begin, inasmuch as the recent news presents a veritable treasure trove of interesting topics for consideration, on all levels, local, state, and national, but as usual the crew in Washington leads the pack.

  • GLIMPSES: ‘Hidden Figures’ shines light on slights

    By Mark Banker

    For readers who are attentive to recent developments on the national stage but tired of the incessant debates about them, here’s some advice: go to the movies!

    For my 66th birthday last week, Kathy and I took our daughter’s advice and went to see “Hidden Figures.” Among other things, it reminded us that some of history’s important stories are unappreciated until after the fact.

  • Why bring in more when veterans need our help?

    I did not vote for Barack Hussein Obama but gave him a chance, as his words, “Change,” “Yes, We Can” and “Going to Fundamentally Change America” spoke to me.

    This turned into double standards and biased demands. Example: “If you want to keep your doctor, you can.”

    Later, we examined his Cabinet and his administration staff. Please look these up anywhere. They are friends of both Michelle and Barack Obama or college pals or friends of donors. Look it up.

  • Very fortunate to have such a store in Kingston

    The handles on one of my cabinets had a missing screw, so the handle sort of flopped around.

    Finally I got tired of this, took out the other screw and took it down to the Ace Hardware Store.

    The screw was visually recognized as a standard one for doors. Supplies of that same screw were available at the store. One cost me 17 cents.

    I took it home, along with its mate, and the door handle doesn’t flop any more.

    We’re lucky to have that store in Kingston!

    Jim Leitnaker

    Kingston

  • Leave partisan politics out of public education

    The selection of Secretary of Education is a critical responsibility, yet the seriousness of this position is downgraded to “who the hell cares” by every voting Republican (except two) who voted for Betsy DeVos.

    I thank those two honest and empathetic Republicans, while I truly ridicule all the others who voted her in.

    One of my B.S. degrees is in education. I have taught eighth through 12th grades as well as college and graduate students. I loved teaching in the public-school system.

  • FROM the ALLIANCE: Haslam plan earns thumbs up

    By Wade Creswell

    Gov. Bill Haslam officially rolled out the IMPROVE Act a couple of weeks ago, a proposal focused on improving critical infrastructure throughout the state. He spoke more about it in his State of the State address.

  • Aquatic weed session proved a futile exercise

    I would like to voice the opinion of over 30 people who left the Environmental Review Board/County Commission meeting early as we were being told about fishing communities being established in Rhea County to capitalize on the grass destroying our lake.

    The ERB really fumbled the ball Monday night. Getting that many people together again will not happen. The lack of ideas, presentation or an action plan by the ERB was embarrassing.

    When asked, “How do we move forward, and who is taking charge?” they sat there showing that they had no clue or plan.

  • GLIMPSES: Dear Howard Baker Republicans ...

    By Mark Banker

    Last week I wrote to Sens. Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker and Gov. Bill Haslam to express deep concern about our new president and our nation’s well-being.

    Regular readers of this column will not be surprised by my message. Forty-plus years of attempting to make sense of our national experience convince me that our most precious political inheritance is a distinctively American tradition of principled pragmatism.