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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Calendar filled with never-before-seen pics

    Most people love to [complain]. However, this short note is to say thank you!

    I just received my copy of your 2017 Roane County Historical Calendar. I love it and will be sharing it with all members of my family and friends who may not have gotten a copy.

    It is very well done and full of pictures I have never seen.

    Thank you.

    W.M. “Bill” Griffin

    Harriman

  • Amazing to compare towns’ past with present

    We would like to thank the Roane County News, Roane Heritage Commission and Robert Bailey for the calendar.

    It was nice to see the old photos from all the cities in Roane County. It’s amazing how the little towns have changed, but the footprint from days gone by is still there.

    Great job!

    Dennis Long

    Kingston

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: President and curmudgeon allied on education

    Since we have some shocking comments to make, we ought to go ahead and get them out of the way right off the bat, so here goes: President Donald J. Trump and the old curmudgeon see eye-to-eye and stand shoulder-to-shoulder together 100% on one of the issues about which he spoke in his inaugural address.

  • Obama did more for area than deny clemency

    This is in response to Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton’s ill-considered remark that denying Ralph O’Neal’s petition for clemency is the “greatest thing he’s [Barack Obama] done since he’s been in office for Roane County.”

    I’m certain that if Sheriff Stockton applied himself, he could provide readers with other examples of President Obama’s actions and initiatives beneficial to Roane County citizens over the last eight years.

  • Coal ash toxicity only one part of the picture

    With respect to the recent report on the Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) meeting in Knoxville (Roane County News, Jan. 20, page 2A), the SELC is on the cutting edge in raising questions about the disposal of coal ash. The new federal law allows legal action by citizens and the state to compel compliance.

  • INSIDE the First AMENDMENT: An open letter to We, The People

    Sending an “open letter” to President Trump has been in vogue these days.

    Social activists, business moguls, media chieftains and political leaders all have penned a multitude of them since the November election. Some offer advice, some raise alarms, some offer praise and some just convey insults.