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Today's Opinions

  • Going With the Flo: We must repent, arise and help our president build

    By Flo Charles

    Let us arise and build!

    These were the words of the people in the book of Nehemiah (from the Bible) after Nehemiah saw the walls of Jerusalem were broken down.

    Nehemiah faced the same fierce, hate, intimidation and ridicule that our president is facing today. They attempted to distract and coerce him into changing his mind, but it didn’t work.

  • A View From Lick Skillet: Would it really be a Rockwood Mega-school?

    Gentle reader, inasmuch as the mega-school plan is by far the most important public issue to confront our community for some little time, we feel it not out of order to devote an inordinate amount of time and space to that issue in our columns for the time being, so this column will be so focused.

    First of all, we have been addressed with this question: Why are the Rockwood head men so strongly pushing this plan to eliminate their high school when, since the memory of man runneth not to the contrary, Rockwood leadership has always strongly supported their community school?

  • Would school plan be another failed, costly experiment in education?

    I begin this letter with a question related to education: Who was John Dewey?

    He gave us the Dewey Decimal System.

    Dewey was a philosopher and prolific writer. A bibliography of Dewey’s writing is more than 150 pages in length.

    Unknown to many is the fact that Dewey viewed education and teachers as social change agents. He was known as “a man of all knowledge.”

  • Glimpses From a Teacher Historian: Advances foster consequences

    By Mark Banker

    Recent revelations suggest that Britain-based voter profiling firm Cambridge Analytica used infor-mation from Facebook in its at-tempt to influence at least 50 million voters in the 2016 presidential election.

    If reports that the Trump campaign paid the firm $6 million for their services are true, special counsel Robert Mueller will, no doubt, consider if this effort aided and abetted alleged Russian meddling in the election.

  • Put $68 million decision before We The Voters

    Last Friday our newspaper reported on the $68 million new high school.

    One must know that Roane County is a group of “hollers.” Rockwood is a “holler.” Harriman is a “holler” and Oliver Springs is a “holler.”

    I know graduates of Harriman, Kingston and Rockwood high schools. I do not know an Oliver Springs graduate. These all agree that never the twain should meet. Each of these communities has its own personality.

  • Going with the Flo: The right needs to protect our rights before we’re left

    Friday is what is called, “Good Friday” and is the example of what Jesus did after he prayed in the garden of Gethsemane – not My will but Thine be done.

    Jesus was our example of dying to self. Our country exists because many gave up their desires and left their homes and loved ones to sacrifice so that we could have a free county.

  • A true patriot is one who exercises freedom to vote

    This year, we’ve read some loud definitions of who is a patriot and who is not. Quietly, I will submit that I see myself as a steadfast supporter of our democracy.

    My father taught his four daughters about “good government” around the kitchen table. We learned that to criticize the government was to criticize ourselves, for in a democracy that works, “WE, the people, are the government.”

  • Don’t be fooled — a pig is a pig no matter the name

    The coming April Fool’s Day reminds us how the meat, egg and dairy industries play us for fools every day.

    The meat industry has developed a whole dictionary designed to fool unwary consumers. The flesh of pigs is called “pork” or “bacon” to fool viewers of “Charlotte’s Web” into eating it. Killing of stunned animals for food is labeled “humane.” And, cesspools of pig waste that spill into our drinking water supplies during hurricanes are named “lagoons.”