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Today's Opinions

  • GLIMPSES: Traditions are borne of history’s spin

    I begin today with a few more thoughts on our public memory.

    Humans have always been curious about how the past relates to the present. Hence, ancient myths addressed such essential questions as “Where did we come from?” or “How should we behave?”

    For millennia, metaphorical answers to these and other queries were typically accepted on faith. They offered adherents a “mythical public memory.”

  • A view for Largen: Try to look for and write positive

    A view from John Dennis to Gerald Largen regarding “A View from Lick Skillet,” June 16, Roane County News, I feel this address totally misrepresented our dear President, Donald John Trump.

    I read five columns of blasphemy, slander and negative comments about the man who lives on 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. and who was chosen by the people to lead the greatest nation on earth.

  • Sophie was loved, and she could have been saved

    To the person who shattered part of our world:

    On the night of Tuesday, June 26, you felt that you should NOT abide by the posted speed limit signs topping Emory Heights Road.

    I was standing at the door calling my dogs, who were letting the neighbors know they were being watched, then to my utmost horror, I saw our little Sissy girl – SOPHIE, yes, she had a name – coming back across the road from saying hello.

  • GOING with the FLO – Remember: United we stand, divided we fall

    By FLO CHARLES

    Editor’s note: The opinions expressed in this column do not reflect the views of this newspaper.

    After listening to President Trump speak at the Celebrate Freedom Rally at the Kennedy Center to honor our veterans, I felt impressed to share some of his remarks, to keep our focus and stand strong.

    President Trump just signed an executive order, following through on his campaign pledge to stop the Johnson Amendment from interfering with our First Amendment rights.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: If it’s 65, it’s got to go! So say school potentates

    Editor’s note: The opinions expressed in this column do not reflect the views of this newspaper.

    Gentle reader, we hope that you read the lengthy report written by our Director of Schools, Dr. Leah Rice Watkins, published in the Wednesday, 28 June issue of the News; it is this article which we wish to discuss today, but, before doing so we are pleased to report that Dr. Watkins contacted us a few weeks ago about the possibility of meeting, which we had not previously done.

  • Some things shouldn’t be forgotten or forgiven

    I’m sure that most Americans could give a skiddy do da about the history of Cuba.

    While Cuba Americans and history majors might care, the rest of us have other priorities. The average American is working and trying to make a living for the family they really don’t have time or the need to know Cuba’s history or why we haven’t normalized relations why them.

  • GLIMPSES: Coach’s lessons may be fitting for all

    By MARK BANKER

    When I learned that University of Tennessee head football coach Butch Jones plans to teach “some history lessons” to his current players, I wondered if his prescription might be equally apt for the rest of us.

    As we grapple with an array of daunting national, state and local issues in 2017, our uncertain grasp of the circumstances that brought us to these present junctures should give us pause.

  • Guest Column: East vs. West in September 2029

    By Earl Nall

    For Roane County News

    This story takes place in September 2029. It relives the events in 2017, when the Roane County Board of Education voted to build a consolidated high school that combined the cities of Rockwood, Kingston and Harriman into a single school and left Midway and Oliver Springs as small high schools.

    That decision would come to haunt the school board and Roane County for the next 40 years.

    Roane County: Friday, Sept. 28, 2029