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Today's Opinions

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Will Bill get government out of government?

    As this is written, we know not what the next steps will be in the case of the Kentucky official who has been refusing to issue marriage licences to same-sex couples, claiming that to do so would violate her religious principles.

    There seems to be a lot of that going around these days, with folks claiming that their religious principles are endangered by baking wedding cakes, or providing flowers for wedding ceremonies, etc., etc.

  • Newest crop of politicos seem to look familiar ...

    For believers in the Darwinian theory of evolution, it is easy to accept a concept that a “Lucy” archaeologists uncovered in Africa is the remains of all mankind’s original mother.

    And from that belief it is possible to agree that as time and the evolutionary clock ticked millennia forward the visual art of believers produced the evolutionary chart, so called, that depicts our slow rise from a knuckle-dragging forager to Homo erectus and on to our physicality of today, a fully upright homo sapien.

  • Reflections on political correctness

    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.

    Last week’s column offered my final thoughts about the Civil War and its legacies.

  • Parents should work with schools for veggie offerings

    With the new school year just around the corner, parents’ attention is turning to school clothes, supplies and lunches. Yes, school lunches!

    In past years, USDA had used our nation’s schools as a dumping ground for surplus meat and dairy commodities.

    Not surprisingly, one-third of children have become overweight or obese.

    Their early dietary flaws become lifelong addictions, raising their risk of diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

  • 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.