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Today's Opinions

  • OPEN GOVERNMENT: Tenn. constitution not a relic — yet

    By DEBORAH FISHER

    Last week’s account of a state worker snatching a meeting agenda packet from a news reporter’s hands was a low point in the open government ethic of Tennessee.

    I wish it were the only one.

    At a public meeting of the Douglas Henry State Museum Commission, Nashville Scene reporter Cari Wade Gervin picked up a meeting packet laying on the table that contained a proposed new operating policy, including a new Code of Conduct for commissioners. She was trying to copy down information in it.

  • Thank a veteran by flying our flag with pride

    I am a retired master sergeant from the United States Air Force. Twenty-six year veteran. This I gave for my country and our flag.

    Our flag means more to me than a country symbol. I fly it at home every day.

    I fly it for the men and women who served and gave all they had and didn’t come home.

    I wear my veterans cap every day with pride. I have lots of people thanking me for my service.

    If you really want to thank a veteran, fly the country’s flag with pride.

  • Hefty hauls across counties come with a hefty price tag

    If you have been around Harriman or Kingston any time in the last few weeks, you could not help but notice the almost-continual stream of heavy dump trucks passing back and forth.

    An inquiry reveals that they are engaged in transporting rock and dirt from the Bitter Creek road construction in Morgan County to a landfill in Monroe County, a haul of about 50 miles.

    We all know that the Tennessee Department of Transportation assures that our tax dollars are spent wisely and that we can be certain that we get the most for our dollars on infrastructure projects.

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Want officials to listen? Speak up

    Not everyone can run for office and become an elected official. It usually takes a lot of time and sometimes a lot of money.

    That doesn’t mean that average folks can’t participate in their local government. Probably the easiest way to make your voice heard is to show up at meetings and workshops of the city and county government.

    Over the years that I’ve covered these local government meetings I’ve always been dismayed at how few people take advantage of the opportunity to participate in these meetings.

  • GOING with the FLO: Our monuments serve as reminders of our heritage

    By FLO CHARLES

    Editor’s note: The opinions expressed in this column do not reflect the views of this newspaper.

    First, I want to congratulate Gerald Largen for all the years he has been keeping us abreast of the events in our county and nation. He has been very faithful to use his talents to open our eyes about important activities and citizens around our county, as well as showing honor to those faithful older citizens and the newer generation.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Just a little consistency mightn’t offend Emerson

    Editor’s note: The opinions expressed in this column do not reflect the views of this newspaper.

  • GLIMPSES: Traditions are borne of history’s spin

    I begin today with a few more thoughts on our public memory.

    Humans have always been curious about how the past relates to the present. Hence, ancient myths addressed such essential questions as “Where did we come from?” or “How should we behave?”

    For millennia, metaphorical answers to these and other queries were typically accepted on faith. They offered adherents a “mythical public memory.”

  • A view for Largen: Try to look for and write positive

    A view from John Dennis to Gerald Largen regarding “A View from Lick Skillet,” June 16, Roane County News, I feel this address totally misrepresented our dear President, Donald John Trump.

    I read five columns of blasphemy, slander and negative comments about the man who lives on 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. and who was chosen by the people to lead the greatest nation on earth.