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Today's Opinions

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Use Republican Rule to defer school decision

    Gentle reader, you no doubt recall that Emerson said that ‘A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.’ Events of the last few weeks have caused us to wonder what the great Ralph Waldo would have said about folks whose chief consistency consists of inconsistency.

    We refer, of course to our Roane County School Board for they have proven themselves to be remarkably consistent in their inconsistency.

  • INSIDE the First AMENDMENT: Is C+ good enough for our freedoms?

    By Gene Policinski

    When it comes to our core freedoms, is a “C+” grade good enough?

    A new “First Amendment Report Card,” released by the First Amendment Center of the Newseum Institute, gives our First Amendment freedoms — religion, speech, press, assembly and petition — a barely passing grade.

    The grades were assigned by 15 panelists from across the political spectrum, some of them experts on First Amendment issues overall, and some who focus on specific areas such as religion or press.

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Class of leaders soak up Roane

    I spent the past eight months enrolled in classes for Leadership Roane County.

    Our class traveled to government offices, businesses, social and health services, entertainment venues and law enforcement facilities, where we listened to a variety of elected officials, county employees and volunteers who work together to make Roane County a great place to live and work.

  • Merged schools a boon for kids, and for business

    To all the Roane County Commissioners:

    I have lived in Rockwood for over 50 years. I graduated from Rockwood High School in the mid ’60s, and that was some of the best times I have had — and memories that will last forever.

    Some memories I would just as soon not remember, and others I think about every day. I was there when Campbell High School closed and their students came to our high school (Rockwood High School). South Harriman High School closed and their students moved in to Harriman High School.

  • We can’t afford not to pay for benefits of merged school

    For those of us of a certain age, time has not been kind to the Roane County School System.

    For those of us who can, I am sure that you can remember the big vocational building program we were able to use when we went to high school.

  • Indivisible Tennessee’s dissent not a threat

    Indivisible Tennessee is a loose network of engaged citizens — one of many such groups that have emerged since November — dedicated to opposing the Trump agenda within our own congressional districts by calling, meeting with, and if necessary peacefully protesting, our representatives and senators.

    Recent town halls have given us the opportunity to speak passionately about issues that are, particularly in the case of any repeal of the Affordable Care Act, a matter of life and death for many of us or our loved ones.

  • GLIMPSES: History’s best lesson? Common sense

    By Mark Banker

    Fifty-seven years after singer Sam Cooke crooned, “Don’t know much about history …,” that oblivious lyric echoes in our own historical moment.

    Case in point: President Trump’s recent assertion that his was the “most successful first 90 days in history” — a dubious claim that few Americans even questioned.

  • A visit to Rockwood High will showcase good, dedicated teachers

    Reading Mr. Largen’s column this past Friday, I felt the need to reply again. No. 1 is that he overlooked the point that I previously mentioned that Rockwood High School was not satisfied with our ACT scores and we are making changes to improve our scores. We do not like being last in the county and will make every attempt to improve them.