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Today's Opinions

  • Our public libraries are treasures in our community

    On Thursday, July 20, at the Kingston Public Library, a small group of us were treated to a wonderful lecture and discussion led by Connie Jordan Green, a local authority on Appalachian literature, as well as being a published author and award winning in poetry and other genre.

    Ms. Green is also currently an active teacher in Oak Ridge Institute of Continued Learning through Roane State.

    On this particular evening, attention was given to two specific works: “River of Earth” by James Still and “The Tall Woman” by Wilma Dykeman.

  • GLIMPSES: Conflict again a complication

    By Mark Banker

    During World War II, Winston Churchill reportedly observed: “Americans will always do the right thing – after exhausting all the alternatives.”

    Whether the British statesmen uttered those exact words is debatable. But we might all hope that this realistic appraisal will someday be appropriate for our own present chapter in history.

  • Can’t stand with the president? Sit in the corner

    Clyde Pedigo making a rebuttal to “Going with the Flo” proves to all that his public education is lacking.

    It does not take much research today to find out that Horace Mann is considered the Father of Public Education in America, a member of the Whig Party, a party that “advocated the rule of law, written and unchanging constitution.” That does not sound very liberal or progressive to me, I’m pretty sure they advocate for a living constitution that changes whenever they feel the need.

  • GOING with the FLO: Together, we will make America great again!

    Most of you are unaware of the fact that I was once totally against Donald Trump.

    I guess you could say, “I was a never Trumper” and stood so strong against his election that I resigned a position with the state Republican women’s organization because I felt that I just could not in good conscience support Trump.

    I was looking at his flaws and his seemingly inability to move forward in stability. I concentrated so heavily on his flaws that I could not see anything positive. Isn’t that the way we are?

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: If Trump has no respect for office, why should we?

    Gentle Reader: Sad to say, I must start this column as I did last week, with the recognition of the death of a lovely lady. I am not sure if Minnie Love was born in Emory Gap, but she was living there from my first memories, and if memory serves aright, she was one of my customers when I became a newspaper delivery boy for the old Knoxville Journal.

  • Lots of folks helped make Golf Classic a great success

    Michael Dunn Center would like to thank everyone who made the 19th Annual Golf Classic at Fox Den a success. The continuous support we receive from donors, area businesses and individuals allows us to continue our mission of empowering individuals with disabilities and challenges to gain independence.

    We would like to specifically thank the following: All of the golfers who participated in the event, the volunteers who made the day run so smoothly, and the sponsors listed below who make the day possible:

  • It’s past time to do something about dangerous spot

    Unfortunately, it has finally happened: a fatal accident at the Pilot Gas Station on Lawnville Road.

    I have been saying that someone was going to get killed or severely injured at or around the entrance/exit to the Pilot, ever since the Pilot took over the station and turned it into a mini truck stop.

    The entrance/exit, in conjunction to the Interstate 40 exit and entrance ramps, is hazardous as to how it is configured.

  • Comments in column wrong and offensive

    I would like to make a rebuttal to last Fridays “Going with the Flo” columnist’s comments. Not only are they wrong, they are offensive!

    She wrote:

    1. “Liberals see no connection between values, education, the moral health of our nation and America’s security and prosperity.”

    2. “They train our young to criticize America, not celebrate it.”

    3. “They ban ... the Ten Commandments, but encourage ... the teachings of the Koran.”