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Today's Opinions

  • Violent culture plays role in mass shooting deaths

    Your recent column regarding gun violence probes two urgent issues in our country.

    We need to make a greater effort to identify and treat those with mental illnesses - both to care for their needs and to keep our society safe from them.

    However, a recent Wall Street Journal column by a mental health professional claims a minimal correlation between mental illness and mass shootings.

    Everyone seems to have myriad reasons why each proposal can’t work. That should not, however, stop us from prioritizing our public health issue with mental illness.

  • GOING with the FLO: Star-spangled banner yet waves for treasured U.S.

    By FLO CHARLES

    “The struggle now going on for the world will never be decided by bombs or rockets, by armies or military might. The real crisis we face today is a spiritual one; at root, it is a test of moral will and faith.” (Ronald Reagan, 1983)

    Character is a distinctive mark or stamp. Character includes those habits and personality traits distinguishing our individuality. Our moral values and our deepest beliefs about who we are as a people are intimately related to our character.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Cutting Corporate taxes creates jobs? How???

    Recently, we have been reading the letters of that First Century Roman correspondent, Pliny the Younger, with considerable pleasure. Pliny was nephew of Pliny the Elder, a statesman of great note who died in the eruption that destroyed Pompeii and Herculanium.

    His father’s family were the Caecilii and his mother the Plinii. By the Elder Pliny’s will, the Younger was adopted and was henceforth known as Gaius Plinius, hence anglicized into Pliny.

  • Why stop with Southern emblems and monuments?

    We are now living in a time of what I believe the Communist Chinese called “cultural cleansing” in their country. This includes getting rid of anything that may be offensive to some.

    Since we seem to be in a feeding frenzy of tearing down memorials to the dead, which is much like tearing down tombstones in cemeteries, perhaps we should expand this process beyond just Southern monuments and emblems.

  • FROM the ALLIANCE: Become a tnAchieves mentor

    By WADE Creswell

    Last week, the Tennessee Board of Regents, the state agency responsible for Tennessee’s community and technical colleges, released the long-awaited report that showed the state’s return on investment for Gov. Haslam’s Tennessee Promise program that offers tuition free college education to all new high school graduates.

    While progress could be seen incrementally and through countless individual stories, a thorough analysis of the results had been widely anticipated.

  • Thanks to you, books fundraiser exceeded goals

    Roane County neighbors, thank you. As a result of your generosity, Roane Imagination Library met and even exceeded the 2017 fundraising challenge established by Pro2Serve and Materials and Chemistry Laboratories Inc. (MCLinc).

    The Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation then added its match to the total. We so appreciate all of our donors and our organizational partners.

  • Neighbor worries about disease at Tiger Haven

    This is a slap in the face from Tennessee wildlife to the people of Roane County and the people who live around what is called Tiger Haven.

    An article in the paper talks about the wild hogs at Big South Fork’s 125,000 acres. Maybe 1,000 hogs? TWRA is concerned about the damage to the landscape and the disease they could carry.

    Here in Roane County, they let Tiger Haven have 400-plus big cats that could carry disease. It has been said by Miss Haven that many of the cats are in deplorable condition.

  • GOING with the FLO: When Wright is wrong, and Jeremiah is Denton

    By FLO CHARLES

    Correction! The name of the POW that blinked “TORTURE” was Jeremiah Denton, not Jeremiah Wright, who was Obama’s pastor for over 20 years, spewing out anti-American rhetoric and ranting, “g--d---- America.”