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Today's Opinions

  • Our nation is culturally Christian, but our government is neutral

    Flo Charles writes with obvious passion and sincerely-held beliefs. But her positions are based almost entirely on Christian scripture, and therefore are appropriate for the Faith and Religion pages rather than the Opinion pages debating public policy.

  • GLIMPSES: History’s mirror often cloudy

    By MARK BANKER

    Last week’s events in Charlottesville, Va., emerged from two unspoken questions: How do — and how should — we view the past?

    Rather than dismiss these queries as merely politically correct, honest reflection about their relevance might at least counter some of the demons that erupted in Charlottesville.

  • Having differing opinions voiced perfectly all right

    Clearly Randy Martens is a liberal. The world can see this by the way he starts his self-righteous letter with an attack on people he does not agree with or do something he doesn’t like.

    His attack on the Roane County News and Flo Charles is just wrong and clearly with this letter he hopes to push the Roane County News to stop publishing Flo Charles.

  • Honor and respect will come when earned, deserved

    Your Friday columnist asks, “What happened to honor and respect in our country?” Maybe I can help. You only need go back to the year 2000 to find out.

    During the turmoil after the 2000 election, the Supreme Court of the United States illegally stopped the counting of votes in Florida and selected the next President of the United States by a 5-to-4 vote. The SCOTUS vote was along party lines according to the political party of the POTUS that had appointed the nine judges.

  • INSIDE the First AMENDMENT: ‘Freedom’ is the best response

    By Gene Policinski

    Let them march in Charlottesville. Let them speak.

    Hate-propagating neo-Nazis and bottom-dwelling white supremacists — the dregs of our open society — have and should have First Amendment rights to speak and march in public.

    We need to see them for what they are: a disappointing collection of the disaffected; some parading around in silly costumes, often ignorant of the real meaning and history of the symbols they display, carrying torches meant as much to intimidate as to illuminate.

  • GOING with the FLO: What happened to honor and respect in our country?

    It bears repeating that God’s Word in Romans 13:1, says, “Let every soul be subject to the higher powers (Human Government). For there is no power but of God (God has ordained Government): the powers that be are ordained of God.”

    In verse 2: “Whosoever therefore resists the power, resists the Ordinance of God. (Anarchy is not of God).”

  • GLIMPSES: Hindsight often blinding, too

    By MARK BANKER

    Residents of Roane County in 2017 who face the challenge of funding a public-school system for our posterity without bankrupting ourselves should be mindful of an old proverb: “The nearer the past, the more uncertain its lessons.”

    While we have a long past to learn from, many of us personally experienced the history most relevant to our current school debate. I, for example, attended public schools in Kingston from 1957-69.

  • Columnist pleas to support president misguided at best

    Shame on the Roane County News! Your new guest columnist, Flo Charles, is nothing more than a religious zealot!

    You have recently made the comment that her rantings are published to offset those of Gerald Largen ... baloney! While Largen is most certainly a liberal, he is not an unleashed attack dog. He is a legitimate historian who writes with the best interests of the community at heart. While quite wordy at times, he does not spout the word storms of hate that seem to be the specialty of Charles.