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Today's Opinions

  • Aquatic weed session proved a futile exercise

    I would like to voice the opinion of over 30 people who left the Environmental Review Board/County Commission meeting early as we were being told about fishing communities being established in Rhea County to capitalize on the grass destroying our lake.

    The ERB really fumbled the ball Monday night. Getting that many people together again will not happen. The lack of ideas, presentation or an action plan by the ERB was embarrassing.

    When asked, “How do we move forward, and who is taking charge?” they sat there showing that they had no clue or plan.

  • GLIMPSES: Dear Howard Baker Republicans ...

    By Mark Banker

    Last week I wrote to Sens. Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker and Gov. Bill Haslam to express deep concern about our new president and our nation’s well-being.

    Regular readers of this column will not be surprised by my message. Forty-plus years of attempting to make sense of our national experience convince me that our most precious political inheritance is a distinctively American tradition of principled pragmatism.

  • Temperance Bldg. could house city offices, coffee bar

    Harriman City Council has asked for input as to what to do with the Temperance Building. I have responded to that request, and I’m sending this to you in the hope it may lead others to respond, too.

    My response is to by all means repair and use this beautiful building on a daily basis.

    Use it to house some city functions. There are two room on the first floor which have, in earlier times, been used as offices. One by the zoning office, one by the fire chief.

  • Could hike in gas tax also call for even pricing?

    In regard to the potential gas tax increase, would it be possible to go up .1 cent on top of whatever increase emerges?

    I remember when gas was 19.9 cents a gallon when I first started driving, and we would go out of our way to save a penny a gallon.

    Now that the range on gas prices is $1.999 to $2.999, the nine-tenths is not a relevant factor — it has always been a marketing gimmick.

    Along with the .1 additional increase, require that all stations price their gas in even dollars and cents.

    Charles Whaley Sr.

    Rockwood

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Services abound for Roane seniors

    When I wrote about my Leadership Roane County class visit to the Roane County Animal Shelter last month, I pointed out that you can tell a lot about a society by how it treats animals.

    You can tell even more about a society by how it cares for its sick, young and elderly citizens.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Can he learn to run the trains on time? Not so far!

    Gentle reader, as you will recall, last week we were filled with hope that the President and the old curmudgeon were going to hit it off just fine, based upon his statements in his inaugural address concerning the state of education in the nation.

    Unfortunately, although we remain steadfast, he has veered off course already in the very first week on the job. How disappointing. But, we must soldier on, as we have in the past made a practice to do, through numerous administrations, regardless of partisan affiliation, and call ’em as we see ’em.

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  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Kudos for retreat from Gatlinburg

    The Roane County Board of Education held a retreat/conference last weekend.

    Although the board considered holding the retreat in Gatlinburg, the group decided to remain in Roane County and held the meeting at Roane State Community College.

    This was a good decision on the part of the board for several reasons and deserves to be praised.

  • GLIMPSES: Divided, but will we soon decline?

    By Mark Banker

    I begin with belated best wishes for 2017.

    A nasty virus plagued my January, but my captive status offered one dubious benefit. Television and the internet provided a front-row view for the transition from the Obama to Trump eras.

    One week into the latter, Americans can agree on one thing: Our nation’s prolonged divide has widened. Our new president’s admirers are pleased that his actions are consistent with his campaign promises.