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Today's Opinions

  • GLIMPSES: The Civil War left lasting impacts and legacies for East Tennessee

    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 last two columns explored consequences of the Civil War yet failed to mention the war’s impact on the locale most dear to the majority of my readers.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Jeb is right, Politico is wrong on James K. Polk

    A few weeks ago, before we got involved in several other issues, we read in the News Sentinel (issue of 28 July, page 10A), in the obituary section, an article on the life and death of Ralph Griffith in Asheville, N. C. at age 91.

  • History, not survey, shows cause of Civil War

    One of the wisest men I’ve ever known cautioned me against fighting with a newspaper guy.

    He said it was like dancing with a bear. He said bear dancing could be a lot of fun until you had enjoyed all of the bear dancing you cared for.

    With all due respect to my mentor and friend, I’m going to ignore his advice and comment on the Old Curmudgeon’s latest epistle.

    “The Old C” continues to argue that the principal cause of the Civil War was not slavery.

  • GLIMPSES: A second American Revolution?

    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.

  • Aug. 17 Harriman Happenings

    Those who attended womens’ ministry service in Knoxville last Tuesday were Mary Hickey (great soloist), Julia Harris, Ceola Lawrence, Virginia Childress, Marie Frazier, Rosa Osborn, Virginia Hickman, Carolyn Griffin, Carolyn Clemmons, Gloria Ward and Louise Warmley, who gave the memorial.

    The general theme was “Refocusing our missions.”

    The Rev. Margaret Mack presided. Guest speaker was Minister Ruby Winton.

    She gave a great message.

    Henrietta Caldwell is the president. Elder Dr. Joe B. Maddox is moderator.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: McClatchy polls on slavery as Civil War cause

    Regular readers will recall that last month we did a couple of columns devoted to the question of whether the civil war was fought to free the slaves.

    Evidently we were not the only one to be troubled by some of the commentary put forth about this question, inasmuch as the News Sentinel of Sunday, 9 August, on page 6A ran a six column wide article by Samantha Ehlinger of McClatchy Washington Bureau (TNS) with the headline “Did slavery cause Civil War? Many don’t think so.”

  • Will Donald Trump become the next Howard Hughes?

    Finally, someone who uses more hand gestures than Ted Cruz!

    The Donald held sway at the pinnacle as centerpiece of the first real Republican Party presidential debate.

    It was as entertaining as informative. Rand Paul faltered badly as a definite one-note candidate and left no doubt that he is a different kind of Republican and one who has no place at the helm of this great nation.

  • Front-page picture of Confederate flag offends reader

    Your Aug. 5 paper has several articles or items or letters to the editor concerning the flying of the Confederate flag, and what does your paper do?

    It appears you have taken sides by flying the flag, above fold, front page of your paper.

    Was this intended to show where your paper stands?

    Ferrell Winfree

    Kingston