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Today's Opinions

  • Columnist pleas to support president misguided at best

    Shame on the Roane County News! Your new guest columnist, Flo Charles, is nothing more than a religious zealot!

    You have recently made the comment that her rantings are published to offset those of Gerald Largen ... baloney! While Largen is most certainly a liberal, he is not an unleashed attack dog. He is a legitimate historian who writes with the best interests of the community at heart. While quite wordy at times, he does not spout the word storms of hate that seem to be the specialty of Charles.

  • Gee whiz, that’s a lot of tiger urine over 20 years

    After hearing that Russell Johnson, District Attorney General, is disturbed by some of the things he’s heard about the health concerns from workers at the ash spill, here are some of my concerns about the effect of breathing cat urine for the last 20 years.

    Cat urine produces ammonia which, when inhaled in large amounts, leads to cellular destruction by disrupting lipids in the cell membrane. Levels greater than 25 parts per million cause nausea, headaches and lightheadedness.

  • GOING with the FLO: It’s obvious something is wrong in Washington

    By FLO CHARLES

    We need to consider what our responsibilities are to our country. I am shocked at the lack of honor and respect toward our president. Especially since our Lord Jesus Christ said in His Word to honor those who are in authority over us. (Romans 13:1-2)

    The onslaught has gotten worse. Charles Krauthammer knows the knives are out for Trump and went on Fox News to issue this warning to members of the political establishment who want to remove Trump from office:

  • Our public libraries are treasures in our community

    On Thursday, July 20, at the Kingston Public Library, a small group of us were treated to a wonderful lecture and discussion led by Connie Jordan Green, a local authority on Appalachian literature, as well as being a published author and award winning in poetry and other genre.

    Ms. Green is also currently an active teacher in Oak Ridge Institute of Continued Learning through Roane State.

    On this particular evening, attention was given to two specific works: “River of Earth” by James Still and “The Tall Woman” by Wilma Dykeman.

  • GLIMPSES: Conflict again a complication

    By Mark Banker

    During World War II, Winston Churchill reportedly observed: “Americans will always do the right thing – after exhausting all the alternatives.”

    Whether the British statesmen uttered those exact words is debatable. But we might all hope that this realistic appraisal will someday be appropriate for our own present chapter in history.

  • Can’t stand with the president? Sit in the corner

    Clyde Pedigo making a rebuttal to “Going with the Flo” proves to all that his public education is lacking.

    It does not take much research today to find out that Horace Mann is considered the Father of Public Education in America, a member of the Whig Party, a party that “advocated the rule of law, written and unchanging constitution.” That does not sound very liberal or progressive to me, I’m pretty sure they advocate for a living constitution that changes whenever they feel the need.

  • GOING with the FLO: Together, we will make America great again!

    Most of you are unaware of the fact that I was once totally against Donald Trump.

    I guess you could say, “I was a never Trumper” and stood so strong against his election that I resigned a position with the state Republican women’s organization because I felt that I just could not in good conscience support Trump.

    I was looking at his flaws and his seemingly inability to move forward in stability. I concentrated so heavily on his flaws that I could not see anything positive. Isn’t that the way we are?

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: If Trump has no respect for office, why should we?

    Gentle Reader: Sad to say, I must start this column as I did last week, with the recognition of the death of a lovely lady. I am not sure if Minnie Love was born in Emory Gap, but she was living there from my first memories, and if memory serves aright, she was one of my customers when I became a newspaper delivery boy for the old Knoxville Journal.