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Today's Opinions

  • Dynamic trio represented good balance for readers

    Regarding the dynamic trio of Flo Charles, Gerald Largen and Gene Policinski and the issue of Aug 18:

    What a pleasant balance of reading for the gentle reader. Your writings were blessed with a good dose of intelligence, patriotism, history, education, morality, spiritualism, religious freedom, tolerance, respect for property and life, minority and majority balance and truth.

    It sure was a pleasure reading

  • OFF the CUFF: Face time is part of representing us

    Chuck Fleischmann says constituents won’t find his name on lists of U.S. Congressional members scheduling town hall meetings.

    The Ooltewah Republican contends he’s not trying to duck contentious sessions that his fellow GOP lawmakers have faced in the months after a controversial Donald Trump rose to the presidency.

    Nor, he said, is he avoiding discussions of hot-button topics like health-care reform, possible government shutdowns, immigration or gun control.

  • Banker’s latest should be required high school reading

    Mark Banker’s columns are always well written and interesting. His column in the Aug. 23 issue of the Roane County News was beyond excellent.

    It is the type of thing that could be required reading for high school juniors and seniors.

    Jim Leitnaker

    Kingston

  • Viewing eclipse nothing short of incredible

    To celebrate the occasion of the total solar eclipse from Paint Rock area, I planted some paw-paw tree seeds. Native Americans used to say that “planting during an eclipse assures good growth.”

    Also, I didn’t cook or eat our Crock-Pot chicken dinner during the eclipse. Some say “food cooked during this event can be poisonous!”

    Our experience of viewing the eclipse was nothing short of incredible! In spiritual silence we tuned into the many changing wonders of nature.

  • GOING with the FLO: Eclipse a shining reminder of our Creator’s wonders

    By FLO CHARLES

    This week’s amazing event of the solar eclipse was sensational and just echoed the wonder and sovereignty of our God.

    The whole time I sat watching the beginning and ending of this awesome miracle of God, I kept thinking of the magnificence of our Creator and how insignificant we are. It was such a humbling experience.

    The cicadas, the night sounds from various insects; all of the insects, along with the rooster that crowed several times, were phenomenal.

  • Guest Column: Harriman led women’s right to vote

    On Aug. 26, 1920 — 97 years ago — women’s right-to-vote became law after Tennessee’s pivotal ratification of the 19th Amendment.

    Although it is not well known, Aug. 26 of each year since 1971 has been proclaimed Women’s Equality Day as a day of commemoration by U.S. presidents to celebrate the anniversary of women winning the right to vote and to serve as a “symbol of the continued fight for equal rights.”

  • 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.