Today's Opinions

  • Hoarding is a serious illness beyond the mess

    On Jan. 8, I picked up a copy of the Roane County News. I will have to say that I was thoroughly disappointed in what I read.

    On the front page you had an article written by Damon Lawrence titled Mess Lands Woman in Jail. Quickly into the story it is obvious that the woman involved is guilty of having a messy yard. As the story continues it is also obvious that this is not her first arrest for the exact same reason.

  • Cable, digital TV changes hard on consumers

    To the customers of cable TV, please stay with me to the conclusion of this letter.

    Years ago, there wasn’t a cable service South of the River. I, like many of you, had to go satellite because even the reception of outside antennas left much to be desired.

    Not too long after getting that gigantic dish set up, men came by taking a survey that if a cable company came it, would I be interested. I said the one thing that would probably keep me from doing so would be with the cable boxes we would have to have in order to be connected to their service.

  • GLIMPSES from a Teacher Historian: School yourself on better education


    In 1966, my father ran for a position on the Roane County Court under the slogan “Banker for Better Schools.”

    In 2018, that message will be a regular theme in this space in the Roane County News.

  • GOING with the FLO: What does it mean to be a good patriot?


    It is evident that most of our country’s problems come from our educational and political arenas.

    Because our history has been rewritten in most of our textbooks, many do not have a hint of what patriotism is, the way our country was founded and established, so how can we raise patriots for the future of our country when the majority have no heroes to follow.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Authorities were warned of jail balcony danger

    Gentle reader, I know not whether it is an old Irish expression, or not, but I remember many a time when my mother, after listening to some loud-mouthed braggart, would utter these four simple words: “Self brag — Half scoundrel.” Some how or another this expression seems to echo in my brain more and more often these days. Wonder Why?

  • Bet The Inquisition would get us answers

    In “A View From Lick Skillet,” Mr. Gerald Largen states that President Trump has committed heresy, and he questions the honor of all evangelicals, especially their leaders, because they did not question President Trump on his stating that the Christmas story begins with a mother father, their baby son. All because Joseph is not the biological father, but I’m sure God would have said to Joseph if he ever talked to Joseph, “Joseph, you did a good job bringing up that boy. Thank you.”

  • GOING with the FLO: We are either for America and Trump, or against them

    We, who are American patriots, should stand solidly with our president and his agenda, make our voices heard and ignore all the activated mobs that cause confusion, strife and distrust.

    We are either for America, its president’s agenda and its success, or we are against America. Your choices make it clear. You must choose what you listen to.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Evangelicals fail to recognize Trump’s heresy

    Gentle reader, although we are almost three weeks beyond Christmas day, we must return to that time for today’s topic. We have deliberately waited to see if the matter we wish to bring up were to be addressed by those most affected by it, the evangelicals, especially their leaders, ministers, pastors, et al. They have not, insofar as we can determine, therefore we will.