Today's Opinions

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Evangelicals fail to recognize Trump’s heresy

    Gentle reader, although we are almost three weeks beyond Christmas day, we must return to that time for today’s topic. We have deliberately waited to see if the matter we wish to bring up were to be addressed by those most affected by it, the evangelicals, especially their leaders, ministers, pastors, et al. They have not, insofar as we can determine, therefore we will.

  • Operation REACH a success, thanks to you

    On behalf of the Operation REACH board of directors, I want to express our appreciation and thanks to the thousands of people throughout Roane County who helped make our 42nd year of Operation REACH a success.

    First, and foremost, we want to thank everyone for their monetary contributions.

    If you are a county deputy, policeman or fireman under the leadership of the sheriff, police chiefs or fire chiefs, both city and county, who took up money at roadblocks for our program, we are grateful.

  • GLIMPSES from a Teacher Historian: Remembered past can temper tensions


    Sometime around the mid-point of my nearly 40 years as a history teacher, I realized that I should begin my courses by discussing the nature of history and whether it is worthy of our time and attention.

    Perhaps those reflections might help us today better understand why history’s lessons are so often contradictory and why Americans disagree so vehemently about our past and future greatness.

  • Skunk amusing, rest of letter found troubling


    Dear Mr. Pedigo: I think in your last letter you referred to me as a skunk. I found it very funny the way you phrased it. “You don’t get into a ‘whizzing’ contest with a skunk.” It sounded very Southern. I truly loved it. However, it is the rest of your letter I would like to address.

    You state, “However, I do stand behind my statements as facts.” I’m sorry, but you have not presented one fact in any of your letters that I can recall.

  • GOING with the FLO: Play your role in making America better

    What can you do to make our America better? Each of us can do something in our sphere of influence. First, we can pray!

    We had the opportunity to hear Congresswoman Michele Bachmann this weekend. She is a brilliant and knowledgeable fighter for our freedom and a powerful prayer warrior.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: A fond farewell to newly departed friends

    Some where, some time, we read of a theory about the timing of dying. It seems that some student of the subject has detected a definite correlation between the changing seasons and the number of folks dying.

    Over the years I have tended to observe the same correlation, and this current change from autumn into winter has been no exception.

  • Carmella’s a jewel on banks of Watts Bar

    To say that one is impressed and surprised by the discovery of something completely unsuspected on the banks of your beautiful Watts Bar Lake is an understatement. But I did just that.

    My daughter and I had the great pleasure of dining at Caramella’s, a little jewel in your town, a restaurant not to be missed. From the moment we were greeted by its chef/owner Andras Bartha, we were transformed into a cozy, charming room which brought back memories of a long ago trip to Switzerland. Even though Chef Bartha is not Swiss, he captures the charm of European restaurants.

  • Kudos to Banker for explanation of taxation

    Mark Banker in his “Glimpses” article on Dec. 6 did an excellent job of trying to help us understand taxation.

    If you missed the article, he poses that the fundamental question has never been “Will we pay taxes?” Instead, the question is “Who pays and who benefits?” I would add that we should also address, “How much should be paid?”