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Today's Opinions

  • Could hike in gas tax also call for even pricing?

    In regard to the potential gas tax increase, would it be possible to go up .1 cent on top of whatever increase emerges?

    I remember when gas was 19.9 cents a gallon when I first started driving, and we would go out of our way to save a penny a gallon.

    Now that the range on gas prices is $1.999 to $2.999, the nine-tenths is not a relevant factor — it has always been a marketing gimmick.

    Along with the .1 additional increase, require that all stations price their gas in even dollars and cents.

    Charles Whaley Sr.

    Rockwood

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Services abound for Roane seniors

    When I wrote about my Leadership Roane County class visit to the Roane County Animal Shelter last month, I pointed out that you can tell a lot about a society by how it treats animals.

    You can tell even more about a society by how it cares for its sick, young and elderly citizens.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Can he learn to run the trains on time? Not so far!

    Gentle reader, as you will recall, last week we were filled with hope that the President and the old curmudgeon were going to hit it off just fine, based upon his statements in his inaugural address concerning the state of education in the nation.

    Unfortunately, although we remain steadfast, he has veered off course already in the very first week on the job. How disappointing. But, we must soldier on, as we have in the past made a practice to do, through numerous administrations, regardless of partisan affiliation, and call ’em as we see ’em.

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  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Kudos for retreat from Gatlinburg

    The Roane County Board of Education held a retreat/conference last weekend.

    Although the board considered holding the retreat in Gatlinburg, the group decided to remain in Roane County and held the meeting at Roane State Community College.

    This was a good decision on the part of the board for several reasons and deserves to be praised.

  • GLIMPSES: Divided, but will we soon decline?

    By Mark Banker

    I begin with belated best wishes for 2017.

    A nasty virus plagued my January, but my captive status offered one dubious benefit. Television and the internet provided a front-row view for the transition from the Obama to Trump eras.

    One week into the latter, Americans can agree on one thing: Our nation’s prolonged divide has widened. Our new president’s admirers are pleased that his actions are consistent with his campaign promises.

  • Calendar filled with never-before-seen pics

    Most people love to [complain]. However, this short note is to say thank you!

    I just received my copy of your 2017 Roane County Historical Calendar. I love it and will be sharing it with all members of my family and friends who may not have gotten a copy.

    It is very well done and full of pictures I have never seen.

    Thank you.

    W.M. “Bill” Griffin

    Harriman

  • Amazing to compare towns’ past with present

    We would like to thank the Roane County News, Roane Heritage Commission and Robert Bailey for the calendar.

    It was nice to see the old photos from all the cities in Roane County. It’s amazing how the little towns have changed, but the footprint from days gone by is still there.

    Great job!

    Dennis Long

    Kingston

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: President and curmudgeon allied on education

    Since we have some shocking comments to make, we ought to go ahead and get them out of the way right off the bat, so here goes: President Donald J. Trump and the old curmudgeon see eye-to-eye and stand shoulder-to-shoulder together 100% on one of the issues about which he spoke in his inaugural address.