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Today's Opinions

  • Many consolidation opportunities available in Roane

    I have had the privilege of living and working in four different regions of our wonderful country.

    My children went to schools in all of the different areas we lived in — some small, and some big.

    When we moved North and West, the school systems attempted to place our boys in remedial classes and even in speech therapy.

    Why? Because they were coming from East Tennessee and talked funny, and they thought their early education was inferior.

  • GLIMPSES: We pay for the past, and the future

    By Mark Banker

    In the Feb. 13 issue of this paper, Roane County Executive Ron Woody observed, “Nobody wants to increase the tax, but everyone wants the service.”

    Our state legislature is still debating the target of Mr. Woody’s concern, Gov. Haslam’s proposed 7-cents-per-gallon increase in gas taxes. But our Executive’s candor is less debatable.

    “Everyone,” he continued, “wants better roads.” The big question, he clearly implied, is who pays for them?

  • Thanks for taking granddaughter’s photo at Scott

    I want to say thank you to Michael Lindsay for taking a picture of my granddaughter recently at Scott High field against Kingston.

    It was an awesome picture ... thank you so much!

    Cammie Byrge

    Oneida

  • Analogy flawed with Watts Bar vs. Claytor lakes

    With regard to the March 22 article, “Carp Control Weeds” in the Roane County News, I offer the following observations on its contents:

    Claytor Lake in Virginia is 4,500 acres and approximately 21 miles long with an area of 7.031 square miles.

    The Claytor Lake group spent between $12,000 and $15,000 per year for two years and stocked about 10,000 carp in total.

    Watts Bar Lake is 39,000 acres, approximately 73 miles long with an area of 61.08 square miles. It has 722 miles of shoreline.

  • It’s up to us to reclaim democracy at every level

    Candidate Donald Trump promised that health-care replacement would include the right to buy insurance freely across state lines — releasing the consumer from arbitrary and artificial limitations to choice and competition.

    I wrote to our Congressman Fleischmann asking where this provision appears in the GOP bill. I have not received an answer, not even the usual, neutral drivel about how he is so very concerned with this issue on our behalf.

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: State eyes open government legislation

    Last year the state legislature looked at several bills related to open records and open government.

    This year the legislature is again considering several bills related to transparency in government.

    Several of these bill were referred to committee to be reviewed. One bill that could be up for a vote this session involved the release of records pertaining to investigations of police shootings conducted by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

  • GLIMPSES: What will history say about 2017?

    By Mark Banker

    “History never looks much like history when you are living through it. It always looks confusing and messy, and it always feels uncomfortable.” John W. Gardner

    What will history say about our own “confusing…messy…uncomfortable” times?

    Assuming the deep-seated American penchant for conflict does not soon disappear, we can expect observers will continue to disagree into the foreseeable future about the issues we find so debatable.

  • A VIEW FROM LICK SKILLET: Conservatives? Today’s Republicans aren’t

    Gentle reader; For some time now we have heard and read with increasing disquietude the claims of various Republican candidates for various offices to be “the Conservative Candidate”.

    But, upon considering these candidates’ platforms when running, and voting records when elected, we have become convinced that none of them are in fact true conservatives.