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Today's Opinions

  • Glimpses From a Teacher Historian: Stooping to such reaps rewards

    History often surprises and disappoints those who seek simple lessons from it. One reason for this is that few observers grasp the unintended consequences of historical events.

    To appreciate this, one need only consider how the American Civil War spurred the nation’s emergence as an industrial super power or how World War II accelerated advances for women and African Americans.

  • Constitution often at odds with Commandments

    The belief, often shared on these opinion pages, that our laws are based on the Bible, and more specifically, the Ten Commandments, is absolutely false.

    1. Thou shalt have no other gods before me. The Constitution says you may.

    2. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing. The Constitution says you may, and our federal buildings are covered with them.

    3. Thou shalt not take the name of the lord thy God in vain. The Constitution says you may.

  • Going with the Flo: America’s Pastor was a beacon of integrity

    By Flo Charles

    After 60 years of ministry, Billy Graham’s body was buried Friday, March 2, after the House and Senate both agreed to allow his body to lie in honor at the U.S. Capitol rotunda.

    He is only the fourth citizen to have such an honor. A simple pine box with a cross on top was chosen as a powerful reminder of his simple life; yet he met with every president since World War II, Queen Elizabeth and the beggar on the streets.

  • A View From Lick Skillet: Trump is right protecting steel and aluminum

    Gentle reader, over the years that we have been writing this column, there have been a few times when we have felt a dearth of topics from the preceding week’s news events out of which to select a subject upon which to expound.

    This past week has not been one of those. No, indeed we have been inundated, flooded, overcome, overwhelmed, well-nigh buried with potential topics since we last commented on national affairs, our last two having focused on local or historical matters primarily.

  • Going with the Flo: We are one nation under God under his divine order

    By FLO CHARLES

    Leaving the FISA memos chaos in Washington for now to our All-Powerful God, Who can reveal anything covered up, let me clarify: Never was it implied or meant that we should obey man rather than God.

    We obey God-appointed authorities because God instructs us to in His Word. No one is higher than God Almighty!

    We are a nation under God — under His divine order. We answer to Him for our decisions and for those of our country, and so do our leaders.

  • GLIMPSES from a Teacher Historian: Constitution rife with controversy

    By MARK BANKER

    Guns and Russian meddling in our elections now hold center stage in the ever-changing American news cycle. But roots of these current controversies run deep in our Republic. Indeed, rhetoric from all sides of our ongoing debates draw from a common source — the United States Constitution.

  • THOSE were the DAYS: Sometimes you get a second chance

    By ADELE ROBERTS

    I’m giving you my heart. Please take care of it for now you have two – and I have none.

    I knew from the time I was in third grade that I wanted to be a teacher. There was never a doubt in my mind.

    In 1961, I graduated from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Mich., and began my teaching career.

    I loved being a teacher. I can remember thinking at the end of the day, “I can’t believe I’m being paid for doing this.” However, at that time $4,000 a year was good pay!

  • Thanks for support of Father-Daughter dance this year

    The Harriman Rotary Club would like to thank the following people and businesses for sponsoring our fifth annual Father Daughter Dance:

    State Sen. Ken Yager, state Rep. Kent Calfee, Griffin Insurance, Duncan Family Auto Group, Eddie’s Body Shop, Glenda Johnson, Visionary Horizons-Chris Ahler, Edward Jones-Deric A. Runge, Express Employment Professionals and Christina Branham-Coldwell Banker Jim Henry and Associates.

    We would also like to recognize Chris Whaley and Diane Cox of Roane State Community College for the use of the student lounge.