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Today's Opinions

  • GLIMPSES: Remembering the Civil War — lessons and legacies

    By MARK T. BANKER
    Author’s note: The following three premises are essential to this column.
    1) None of us sees the past or present with absolute clarity; 2) Each of us has the capacity for glimpses of informed insight that draw from and reflect our personal values; and 3) Cordial, forthright exchange of those insights enhances our mutual well being.

    At the end of 2014, editor Terri Likens and I discussed restarting my  “occasional” column in the Roane County News.

  • GUEST OPINION: Experts give 2014 a barely passing grade of C-minus

    By LEE HAMILTON
    Center on Congress
    For the second straight year, a group of academic experts who were asked to evaluate Congress’s performance gave the institution a barely passing grade of C-minus.

    “This is a dismal assessment,” said Indiana University political scientist Edward G. Carmines, director of Research for the Center on Congress at Indiana University.

    The C-minus grade for 2014 is the same mediocre mark the institution earned in 2013.

  • If they call or email, they’re not the IRS

    Friends, the IRS will never call nor email you about taxes or penalties you may owe.

    I saw that line time and again over the summer, when the Internal Revenue Service sent out an almost-continuous stream of press releases warning taxpayers about schemes in which swindlers attempt to separate law-abiding citizens from their hard-earned dollars by evoking the name that sends chills through most Americans.

    I’m now glad I did.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: ‘Characters’ continued: Dr. Neal’s O.R. history

    Today, gentle reader, we begin the second in our series of brief recollections of extraordinary characters we have been lucky enough to encounter in our lifetime, which we began a couple of weeks ago with some paragraphs about the late Joe Posey.

  • See you soon, football

    “Sometimes you eat the bar, and sometimes ... well, he eats.”

    Out of all of the random life lessons the Coen Brothers snuck into cult-classic “The Big Lebowski,” that one line by The Stranger, played by Sam Elliot, may be the most significant.

    After the confetti cleared Sunday night at University of Phoenix Stadium, one thing was clear. The Seattle Seahawks ate — although some might say they choked — the bar, bringing an unwelcomed end to football season.

  • Maybe experience was better choice in assessor race

    It was just a couple years ago the voters gave the “heave, ho” to Roane County tax assessor Teresa Kirkham.

    The complaint was that she was too efficient, which resulted in increased appraisals.  

    She was replaced with David Morgan who had little training for the job. 

    This lack of understanding has resulted in the county being in noncompliance with the state of Tennessee.  

    This is sort of being “tossed out of the frying pan into the fire.”

  • Taxpayers will be footing bill brought on by Morgan

    In reference to your recent articlcle in regard to the property assessor hiring an out-of-state group to come into our county and make recommendations about our tax assesstment for 2015.  

    This is supposed to be paid for by the county.

    Who will pay for it? It should be the tax assessor; he was elected to do the job, but he didn’t do it. He is paid a good salary also. But I guess we poor taxpayers will have to foot the bill.

    This problem never happened during the tenure of Teresa Kirkham. She had a capable staff, which David Morgan fired.

  • Gentlemen? More like cruel children in this instance

    This is an open letter to the two young men traveling west on Cumberland Street approaching the intersection of Cumberland and Kentucky streets in Kingston on Wednesday, Jan. 28, at 3:30 p.m.

    As your vehicle was moving toward the red light, one of our employees was in the process of returning to work after a short break.

    She observed an elderly woman crossing Cumberland Street while pushing a shopping cart.