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Today's Opinions

  • VIEW FROM LICK SKILLET: Some random thoughts on the passing scene

    By Gerald Largen

  • DONICE BUTLER: HUB tyranny really needs to be brought down

    I am writing to invite all citizens of Roane County who are forced to purchase utilities from the Harriman Utility Board to form a citizens action group in order to investigate the activities and policies of the Harriman Utility Board and to take legal action against them, if appropriate, for their failure to offer fair and reasonable rates for utilities.

    As everyone in this area knows, HUB charges excessive rates relative to our neighbors who purchase utilities from other sources.   

  • JAMES BRUMMETT: Action ensures no conflict between offices

    To the citizens of the town of Oliver Springs (and other interested citizens of Roane County):

    As most of you know, the voters of the 4th District (including you) recently elected me to another four year term as your Roane County commissioner, a position I intend to hold as long as my health and the good people of the 4th District will allow me to do.

  • IMPRESSIONS by Johnny Teglas

    My social-network friends often share snippets of their lives with me and the rest of the cyberworld on a daily basis.
    That’s fine. I enjoy keeping up with their comings and goings that way.
    To be honest, though, I seldom post much about my world.
    I choose to share those thoughts with you here in this space.
    While I am known to blog at roanecounty.com, I am much more comfortable offering up ramblings on paper with ink.

  • What are the facts on school performance?

    Much has been said recently about the current state of education and the future state of economy and jobs in Roane County.
    However, if we wish to make major improvements in these two closely connected areas, we simply must start with the facts.
    After all, show me a self-satisfied and proud organization, and I’ll show you one which is unlikely to set the world afire!

  • Sewer rates in Midtown need more rethinking

    Some Roane County wastewater plant customers are complaining about having to pay for sewage treatment they do not use.
    We see another flaw in the billing system.
    Unlike many other utilities, the Roane County wastewater plant charges a flat fee for residential customers — no matter how much waste they produce.
    That means that a family of five — perhaps with two working adults — pays the same as an elderly person who lives along on a limited, fixed income.
    Where’s the fairness in that?

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET by Gerald Largen: Recent outrages require comment & criticism

    Kind reader, we are not unaware of the fact that since the beginning of the new year we have failed to follow our usual pattern of choice of subject matter upon which to write these weekly columns.
    From the inception of these columns we have tried, and generally been successful in writing about several different fields.
    These have included history, biography, reminiscences, travel, gastronomy, gardening, tributes — both current and post mortem, law, philosophy and politics.

  • Teachers deserve even more than we now give them

    Our economy is in shambles, health care costs are deplorable, the energy crisis threatens our way of life, and  rhetoric between political parties has reached far beyond the point of rational civility.
    So, what are our priorities? It has been suggested that we focus on taking away the bargaining rights of our teachers.