Today's Opinions

  • Carmella’s a jewel on banks of Watts Bar

    To say that one is impressed and surprised by the discovery of something completely unsuspected on the banks of your beautiful Watts Bar Lake is an understatement. But I did just that.

    My daughter and I had the great pleasure of dining at Caramella’s, a little jewel in your town, a restaurant not to be missed. From the moment we were greeted by its chef/owner Andras Bartha, we were transformed into a cozy, charming room which brought back memories of a long ago trip to Switzerland. Even though Chef Bartha is not Swiss, he captures the charm of European restaurants.

  • Kudos to Banker for explanation of taxation

    Mark Banker in his “Glimpses” article on Dec. 6 did an excellent job of trying to help us understand taxation.

    If you missed the article, he poses that the fundamental question has never been “Will we pay taxes?” Instead, the question is “Who pays and who benefits?” I would add that we should also address, “How much should be paid?”

  • INSIDE the First AMENDMENT: Too lazy to read it? Then don’t share it

    By Lata Nott

    You sometimes suspect that you’re not as well-informed as you should be.

    When you read about that study that found that middle school kids were unable to distinguish paid advertisements from news stories, you shook your head sadly — then secretly wondered if you would do much better.

  • No laughing matter: Russia is not our friend

    I don’t usually respond to “responses” to my letters if they sink to derogatory and insulting personal statements like the Redmond letter on Friday, Dec. 22. I let the readers judge the level and content.

    Besides, while discussing letters and responses with others it was explained profoundly to me with one simple statement: “You don’t get into a ‘whizzing’ contest with a skunk.”

    However, I do stand behind my statements as facts.

  • Differences block needed consensus to solve problems

    Every report concerning the Mueller/Congressional investigation is met with the same knee-jerk retort: The left is trying to de-legitimize Trump’s election. This is nothing but a straw man diversion.

    Trump was elected — with sufficient votes to win the presidency in our system. For better or worse, he is and should remain president (absent impeachable offenses) until the voters say otherwise. That is the remedy for electoral decisions.

  • GOING with the FLO: Learn from past, press toward future

    We have just received the largest tax cut in the history of our America! Not a single Democrat voted for it.

    It is amazing to see how God can overpower the odds and accomplish His purpose for the American people.

    Donald Trump was the last hope the people had of someone who will return the power to the people of America. Our forefathers fought and died for the right to choose our leaders and continue to have Godly values.

  • Thanks for help with Thanksgiving food drive

    I would like to thank everyone again for their help and donations to the Hands of Mercy Food Drive.

    This food drive is a great example of what can be accomplished when communities come together to make a difference. We had support from volunteers and sponsors every step of the way to accomplish a goal of feeding 1,000 families in Roane County with the food baskets for Thanksgiving.

    I will be in touch with everyone within the next few months to secure sponsorship for next year because it will not be long until we will be ready to start again.

  • Northeast taxes put reform debate into perspective

    I have lived in Tennessee for 18 years, and many of my friends and neighbors do not fully appreciate our low property taxes and having no state income tax. Also, Tennessee has the lowest per-capita debt of all 50 states.

    Many of those I speak with do not understand all of the media comments about tax reform and the deductibility of state and local taxes.

    Here are the comments I often make to put the national tax reform debate in perspective: