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Today's Opinions

  • We can’t afford not to pay for benefits of merged school

    For those of us of a certain age, time has not been kind to the Roane County School System.

    For those of us who can, I am sure that you can remember the big vocational building program we were able to use when we went to high school.

  • Indivisible Tennessee’s dissent not a threat

    Indivisible Tennessee is a loose network of engaged citizens — one of many such groups that have emerged since November — dedicated to opposing the Trump agenda within our own congressional districts by calling, meeting with, and if necessary peacefully protesting, our representatives and senators.

    Recent town halls have given us the opportunity to speak passionately about issues that are, particularly in the case of any repeal of the Affordable Care Act, a matter of life and death for many of us or our loved ones.

  • GLIMPSES: History’s best lesson? Common sense

    By Mark Banker

    Fifty-seven years after singer Sam Cooke crooned, “Don’t know much about history …,” that oblivious lyric echoes in our own historical moment.

    Case in point: President Trump’s recent assertion that his was the “most successful first 90 days in history” — a dubious claim that few Americans even questioned.

  • A visit to Rockwood High will showcase good, dedicated teachers

    Reading Mr. Largen’s column this past Friday, I felt the need to reply again. No. 1 is that he overlooked the point that I previously mentioned that Rockwood High School was not satisfied with our ACT scores and we are making changes to improve our scores. We do not like being last in the county and will make every attempt to improve them.

  • Consolidation could mean so much for Roane County

    Wake up, Roane County! What price are today’s children expected to pay for more “Auld Lang Syne”?

    How long are we to continue living in the past?

    We could give our children so much more with a couple of new high schools. With five of everything, we have way too much ME, MYSELF and I.

    As a kid, I loved the Three Musketeers and their motto, “All for One, and One for All.”

    With some consolidation on many levels, Roane County could be so much more and embrace that same motto.

  • ACT doesn’t define which students will be successful in life

    After reading Mr. Largen’s articles over the past few months, I have decided to respond.

  • Dear Lamar: Check your facts on filibustering

    Last week, after the U.S. Senate confirmed Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, I emailed our Tennessee senators to express my displeasure in their vote to exercise the “nuclear option” changing the requirement from a “super majority” of 61 votes to a “simple majority” of 51 votes.

    Yesterday, I received the following e-mail from Sen. Alexander:

    Dear Clyde,

  • Where were the ‘real men’ during the flooding?

    Thank you for attempting to expose the situation at Walnut Grove to the gentle reader (pardon oh pontification of Lick Skillet).

    The situation at Walnut Grove results in two senior families’ homes being inundated with storm water. Both parties are living in fear.