Today's Opinions

  • OFF the CUFF: State’s policy a sign of the times?

    Members of Tennessee’s General Assembly have new digs.

    If you’re a Tennessean or have spent money in the Volunteer State, you helped foot the $126 million bill to renovate Nashville’s Cordell Hull Building to house the offices of our state Representatives and Senators.

    Our lawmakers have shiny new desks, plush chairs and other office accessories because who wants to move old, dank furnishings when you can opt for new on the taxpayer’s dime?

  • OS community gives the gift of belonging

    I had just received the best gift of all this Christmas, and it is not for what it is, but for what it means to me.

    It represents the encouragement to write about so many things I am thankful for this holiday, from my students to my coworkers, to the community.

    My name is Yris Vaca, or Profe. Vaca as my students call me, and I proudly work at Oliver Springs High School, since last year, when I arrived to Tennessee.

  • GOING with the FLO: The way we view history affects how we live today

    By Flo Charles

    Many Americans today are uninformed or misinformed about the truth of our American history. Our nation’s history has been rewritten or altered and our educational system is receiving an altered view of history.

    “I know of no other way of judging the future than by the past.” (Patrick Henry) We must remember that Thomas Jefferson said, “History, by appraising the past, will enable them to judge of the future. “

  • Time to challenge some questionable statements

    A recent Opinion column contained so many highly questionable statements about President Trump I just could not let it go unchallenged. He has a 65 percent negative/30 percent positive rating at this writing.

  • GLIMPSES: Conflict again a complication

    By Mark Banker

    Bears Ears, Codetalkers, Pocahontas, and Keystone Pipeline: All refer to the most recent controversies in our uniquely United States’ version of one of history’s most enduring stories.

    Initiated when an array of European people encountered an even more diverse array of indigenous Americans in the 15th and 16th centuries, this encounter took on many forms and evokes an array of responses that continue in 2017.

  • GOING with the FLO: Unity, praying and listening to God’s Word essential

    We must listen to God’s Word, unite behind our president and pray!

    North Korea recently launched a ballistic missile that experts say would reach anywhere in the U.S. That intercontinental ICBM ballistic missile reached record altitudes 10 times higher than the space station, landing close to Japan. It traveled 2,800 miles into space before crashing into the Sea of Japan.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Will your tax cut be 43%? The corporations’ will!

    Gentle reader: As this is written, both houses of the Congress have passed their respective versions of the Republican Tax Bill, and they will each designate members to meet together in a joint committee (which may well have already happened by the time this column is published) to reconcile the two bills and produce a final version of the legislation, which will then be returned to the two houses for final action, which is probably a foregone outcome of adoption.

  • Cartoon reminder that Mom’s wisdom still true

    Your editorial cartoon in the paper of Dec. 1 recalled to me of some wisdom passed on many years ago by my mother.

    When I’d asked why someone did something really stupid, her reply was always, “All the fools aren’t dead yet.”

    A reminder that as modern as we think we are, human nature is what it is, and has been, since time immemorial.

    Paul McGinley