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Today's Opinions

  • GOING with the FLO: We’re draining the swamp for our veterans

    While tax reform and health care remain on the president’s agenda, he has kept his promise to our veterans.

    Secretary of Veterans Affairs David J. Shulkin, M.D., was approved by a bipartisan majority vote of 100 percent in the Senate.

    He is the only Trump cabinet member to receive unanimous confirmation in the Senate.

    It is the one area the Democrats lined up along the side of President Trump. Shulkin had served under President Obama and is now serving under President Trump.

  • GLIMPSES: Another Fort Sanders encounter draws little attention nationwide

    By MARK BANKER

    Mark Twain’s observation that “history does not repeat itself – but it rhymes” can help us better understand and appreciate events that unfolded on Knoxville’s Fort Sanders Hill on Aug. 26.

    Those incidents might, in turn, help us make sense of and qualify Twain’s puzzling message.

  • 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