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Today's Opinions

  • GOING with the FLO: Neighbor helping neighbor no better American role

    It is so inspiring to watch the people rush to rescue the flood victims in Houston; yet so painfully disturbing to see them come out to the boats and trucks with only what was on their backs or some with small white garbage bags of items and some carrying their pets.

    The fear and disbelief on the faces of the young and the old was so heartbreaking to me. They were obviously disoriented.

    Who wouldn’t be? They were leaving everything they held dear, and some were watching their homes and vehicles being submerged as they left.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Article reveals some pitiful anti-statue types

    Gentle reader, we don’t know about you, but the old curmudgeon is growing increasingly frustrated, exasperated, annoyed, disappointed, and in general disgruntled, as the state of both general and specific ignorance continues to grow apace.

  • What’s that in the air? It’s cat urine — a lot of it

    This is in response to Albert Tate’s letter on cat urine. That is a lot of urine.

    I live next to Tiger Haven. I think there’s a lot that goes on there that people in Roane County don’t know about or understand what the adjoining land owners and the community lives with.

    The County Commission and zoning say their hands are tied and handcuffed. They say they don’t have the key.

    But I think I found the key. It’s in the lawsuit of 2001 that states that Tiger Haven can’t become a nuisance to adjoining land owners.

  • Dynamic trio represented good balance for readers

    Regarding the dynamic trio of Flo Charles, Gerald Largen and Gene Policinski and the issue of Aug 18:

    What a pleasant balance of reading for the gentle reader. Your writings were blessed with a good dose of intelligence, patriotism, history, education, morality, spiritualism, religious freedom, tolerance, respect for property and life, minority and majority balance and truth.

    It sure was a pleasure reading

  • OFF the CUFF: Face time is part of representing us

    Chuck Fleischmann says constituents won’t find his name on lists of U.S. Congressional members scheduling town hall meetings.

    The Ooltewah Republican contends he’s not trying to duck contentious sessions that his fellow GOP lawmakers have faced in the months after a controversial Donald Trump rose to the presidency.

    Nor, he said, is he avoiding discussions of hot-button topics like health-care reform, possible government shutdowns, immigration or gun control.

  • Banker’s latest should be required high school reading

    Mark Banker’s columns are always well written and interesting. His column in the Aug. 23 issue of the Roane County News was beyond excellent.

    It is the type of thing that could be required reading for high school juniors and seniors.

    Jim Leitnaker

    Kingston

  • Viewing eclipse nothing short of incredible

    To celebrate the occasion of the total solar eclipse from Paint Rock area, I planted some paw-paw tree seeds. Native Americans used to say that “planting during an eclipse assures good growth.”

    Also, I didn’t cook or eat our Crock-Pot chicken dinner during the eclipse. Some say “food cooked during this event can be poisonous!”

    Our experience of viewing the eclipse was nothing short of incredible! In spiritual silence we tuned into the many changing wonders of nature.

  • GOING with the FLO: Eclipse a shining reminder of our Creator’s wonders

    By FLO CHARLES

    This week’s amazing event of the solar eclipse was sensational and just echoed the wonder and sovereignty of our God.

    The whole time I sat watching the beginning and ending of this awesome miracle of God, I kept thinking of the magnificence of our Creator and how insignificant we are. It was such a humbling experience.

    The cicadas, the night sounds from various insects; all of the insects, along with the rooster that crowed several times, were phenomenal.