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Today's Opinions

  • GLIMPSES: Historical perspectives on Hillary

    By Mark Banker

    Author’s note: The following three premises are essential to this column: 1) None of us see the past or present with absolute clarity; 2) Each of us has the capacity for glimpses of informed insight that draw from and reflect our personal values; and 3) Cordial, forthright exchange of those insights enhances our mutual well being.

    My past four columns have suggested election 2016 may not be as unprecedented as we imagine. But even accurate assessments lose credibility when taken to the extreme.

  • Get to work and check the facts for yourself

    It’s amazing to me that there seems to be such a willingness to believe everything in the mainstream media; some Democrats even with the day and age of a data-driven cellphones don’t know the news channels are fake news ... propaganda.

    Not that this freedom of speech is to last much longer, as it has been announced by Obama that he is turning over our Internet to a UN agency ... ICANN. I guess he is doing it because “I CANN.” (That is a joke.)

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Roane Schools Sorry ACT Ranking, Part II

    Gentle reader, I understand that my column of two weeks ago entitled “Both Students & taxpayers are being cheated”, based upon our county’s students’ miserable performance on this year’s (2015-2016) ACT scores, has provoked a complaint from one of the county’s powers-that-be, or big cheeses.

    It appears that this big wig opines as how my column was “negative”.

  • Did Clinton ignore regulations over federal records?

    I am a retired DOE contractor with 31 years’ experience in records and information management. I feel the need to share some of my knowledge of required handling of federal records in regard to the Hillary Clinton email issue.

    For the sake of simplicity and space, I will disregard the classified info and private-server issues and only discuss records in general (hard copy and electronic).

  • High time to reform inhumane soring practices

    Those involved in the Big Lick segment of the Tennessee walking horse industry are desperate to prevent any crack down on their illegal, inhumane training practices.

    That was made clear by comments made at USDA’s listening session in Murfreesboro on a proposed rule to end soring.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Kent Calfee should have signed the petition

    Over the years as I have left one pursuit or another, kind friends have often asked, “Don’t you miss it?” To which I have always been able truthfully to reply “No”.

    However, I have come to realize that there is one aspect of my having a law office in town that I do miss, and that is the frequent visits of old friends just to talk.

    Two of these visitors come immediately to mind. That is Kaney Eblen and Burl Calfee.

  • Comcast stiffs REU but pays big bucks to fight competition

    It looks to me like Comcast wants to have its cake and eat mine, too.

    In last Monday’s article about Comcast still not paying its REU bill of over $300,000, the Comcast PR lady showed great concern for expanding broadband to create jobs and “vital economic support” in Roane County.

    What she didn’t mention is that Comcast has just handed hundreds of thousands of dollars to Nashville lobbyists and our state representatives to stop broadband expansion by anyone but themselves.

  • First responders, Roane Medical give top-notch care

    My sister, Mary Quirarte, and I are very grateful for the excellent care and help we received recently from the Roane County and Kingston police, fire department, ambulance service as well as the Roane Medical Center.

    Sgt. Tony Guy, Kingston Police, was present at the accident site where my sister’s car caught fire. She was dragged from the car by police, firefighters and Good Samaritans, likely at risk to their own lives.