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Today's Opinions

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Are Trumpsters really Republicans? Really?

    In the continued obliteration of locally owned business in this area, the latest casualty appears to be Citizens National Bank, headquartered in our neighboring McMinn County seat of Athens, with branches here in Roane County

    A few days ago, I received a copy of a letter to depositors from Paul G. Willson, Chairman, and member of the founding family, announcing a merger with Simmons Bank, and last week I received a 58 page booklet concerning the details of this merger and its effects on depositors.

  • Socialism’s track record not a successful one

    Norman Mattoon Thomas was a six-time presidential candidate for the Socialist Party of America. In 1944 he said, “The American people will never knowingly accept socialism. But under the name of liberalism, they will adopt every fragment of the socialist program, until one day America will be a socialist nation without knowing how it happened.”

    He went on to say, “ I no longer need to run as a presidential candidate for the Socialist Party. The Democratic Party has adopted our platform.”

  • 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.