Today's Opinions

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET by Gerald Largen: A tale of extraordinary courage and achievement

    Come August of this year, one of the alumni of the class of 1984 of Roane County High School will be a member of a team of 20 or so climbers who will scale Africa’s tallest mountain, Mt. Kilimanjaro.

    This climber will be Roger Long, and the climbing group will be the Team Fox Kilimanjaro Expedition, organized by Michael J. Fox on behalf of The Michael J. Fox Foundation, which is an organization founded by Fox to aid in the fight against Parkinson’s Disease, from which both Roger Long and Michael J. Fox suffer.

  • GUEST OPINION: Journalists face attacks, death in much of world

    First Amendment Center
    The world news items about reporters killed, news organizations harassed, and unsolved crimes committed against journalists in other nations come nearly daily, generally in one or two paragraphs at most in a newspaper or online.

    These attacks around the globe demonstrate the huge difference between press freedom as we know it in the United States and press freedom elsewhere.

  • Looseleaf Laureate by Terri Likens: Here’s proof that we really walk the talk

    I regularly talk to people who have ended up on the wrong side of the law and want to keep the incident out of the newspaper.
    My answer is invariably a polite no-can-do. If the situation is a matter of our usual public record, it all goes in the paper.
    We make no exceptions.
    Employees of this newspaper are held to the same standard  — including me.
    Which brings me to the point of this column. On Saturday night, in a neighboring county, I was charged with DUI.
    I wanted you to hear it from me first.

  • Nuts & Bolts: Mayfield campaign flack curdles over ‘sour’ headline

    Roane County has its share of political hijinx, but generally, they don’t involve congressional candidates.

    That changed last week when Republican dairy magnate Scottie Mayfield was in Roane County stumping for the 3rd District Congressional seat.

    Mayfield’s 33-year-old son, Michael, was caught on security camera vandalizing the vehicle of a staff member for his father’s incumbent opponent, Chuck Fleischmann.

  • ‘Mr. Skillet’ can leave the vitriol somewhere else

    Shame on the Roane County News for devoting one third of its editorial page to “A View from Lick Skillet,” April 27.

    I read Mr. Skillet for his down-home humor. This column, however, was such a blatant, vitriolic, diatribe against the LDS and Catholic Churches, I actually paused a minute to check and see if I were actually reading a county newspaper.

    I thought, perhaps, I had picked up The Globe by mistake.

    Wars are fought all over the world because of religious intolerance.

  • Another against Largen’s attacks on churches

  • Veteran’s hospital gets this reader’s full support

    I am writing in regard to the proposal that a veterans hospital be located in the buildings vacated by Roane Medical Center in Harriman.

    The city of Harriman should jump at the chance of a veterans hospital being located there.

    The cost to the city of Harriman would be minimal compared to the advantages of hundreds of jobs being created, as well as thousands of veterans being helped.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET by Gerald Largen: How far should we defer to priests’ decisons?

    Gentle reader: In recent days we have witnessed another step in the growing trend on the part of Corporate America to reduce, if not totally eliminate, all service employees.

    We refer to the scene at the checkout area of the Kroger store, a scene duplicated no doubt at Food City, Ingles, and various other emporia.

    These major chain stores have all fallen for the sales pitch on the part of the makers of the self-checkout machinery and bought and installed four, or more, of these atrocities.