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Today's Opinions

  • Let’s treasure, maintain our community schools

    After listening to many reasons for and against a mega school, I wish to publicly express my concerns against a proposed merger.

    First and most important are the students. The former “No Child Left Behind” plan would be thwarted. Students will not have but a fraction of the opportunities for growth, leadership and personal development in a merged school in which competition and activity were eliminated.

    So many students who are involved in extracurricular activities would not qualify for involvement on a larger scale and would be left out.

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Break the silence on suppressors

    Last year I wrote about why I thought the Tennessee General Assembly should pass a bill called “constitutional carry” that would have legalized carry of a firearm without a license.

    It’s not because I think everybody should be carrying a gun.

  • GOING with the FLO: Find a way to become informed, get involved

    By FLO CHARLES

    This past weekend, I listened to Lt. Gen. William “Jerry” Boykin’s urgency as he stressed the dangers we are facing today and how he feels that America has one last, best chance.

    God raised Donald Trump up for “such a time as this” just as he did Winston Churchill, by using him to save the world in World War II.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Almost all of us were white supremacists once

    Gentle reader, not quite a month has passed since we wrote bemoaning the growth of ignorance and the accompanying spread of efforts to “unknow” our real and actual history, and to foist off upon us an ersatz version of that history. We suppose that this is just another aspect of Kellyanne Conway’s “alternative facts”.

    We encountered such an effort to recite supposed history in a recent letter to the editor of the Knoxville News Sentinel (13 Sept.) wherein the correspondent writes:

  • Commodity foods to be distributed

    Mid-East Community Action Agency will have its quarterly distribution of USDA commodity foods next week.

    Commodity foods will be distributed in Harriman Church of God at 3106 Roane State Hwy., Midtown.

    Harriman and Kingston residents will pick up their foods from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 28.

    The following day, Sept. 29, is when Oliver Springs and Rockwood residents will pick up foods. That schedule is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  • GLIMPSES: Environmental debates predate us

    By MARK BANKER

    “What a difference a week makes.”

    That’s what our daughter, Tollie, said on Friday Sept. 15. She and Mason teach at Florida’s Hillsborough Community College and live in Riverview, a sprawling suburb on Tampa’s southeast side.

    For nearly 10 days, they watched Hurricane Irma advance and considered with great uncertainty its arrival in central Florida. From East Tennessee, we shared her roller coaster emotional ride as the storm pin balled an erratic course.

  • This country needs more people like Flo Charles

    Let me just say that the new contributor for your paper, Flo Charles, is the best thing that’s ever happened to your paper, bar none. Good move on your part.

    I don’t know Mrs. Charles personally, but I can tell from her writing that she is a learned person, graceful, elegant, caring, impeccable morals, ethics, and character with a vast knowledge of the Bible and history which go hand in hand.

  • GOING with the FLO: Kudos to the Woodys for raising Ron right

    By FLO CHARLES

    Roane County is gifted with so many leaders of integrity. One office in particular is the County Executive, with Ron Woody being our present County Executive.

    It was my pleasure to attend the Roane County Tea Party and listen to the brilliancy of Ron Woody as information poured from him that he had accumulated throughout his career and the leadership skills he has developed. I couldn’t write them down fast enough.