http://www.roanecounty.com/todaysopinions/rss.xml en A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: ‘Solid South’ promises painful future http://www.roanecounty.com/content/view-lick-skillet-%E2%80%98solid-south%E2%80%99-promises-painful-future <p> In the days of our youth, there were two expressions that one quite frequently heard, one was &ldquo;The Solid South&rdquo;, and the other was,&rdquo; The South Will Rise Again!&rdquo;</p> Poor Internet in many communities needs county help http://www.roanecounty.com/content/poor-internet-many-communities-needs-county-help <p> We have been residents of Roane County for 15 years, and throughout this period our Internet service has been sorely lacking.</p> <p> Our development, Crystal Cove, at least has access to DSL; but, since we are on the outer edge of the service area, it is only slightly better than dial-up. That&rsquo;s what a substantial number of our neighbors are still suffering with.</p> <p> Roane County officials have for years touted our area as a wonderful place to retire. We heartily agree.</p> Roane Heritage Commission glad for gala help http://www.roanecounty.com/content/roane-heritage-commission-glad-gala-help <p> OFF the CUFF: Rep. Fincher, we deserve to hear from you http://www.roanecounty.com/content/cuff-rep-fincher-we-deserve-hear-you <p> I was incensed when I saw the headline Saturday afternoon.</p> <p> &ldquo;GOP staffer posts, apologizes,&rdquo; it said. &ldquo;Obama daughters showed no class at turkey pardon.&rdquo;</p> <p> How disgusting, I thought. Who would go after children? No class, indeed.</p> <p> Then I read the article and became outraged. Not only was this a staffer, this was a communications director.</p> <p> An experienced communications director. And the part that made me angriest: her employer was one of Tennessee&rsquo;s own.</p> GUEST OPINION: In public schools, when should holy day be holidays? http://www.roanecounty.com/content/guest-opinion-public-schools-when-should-holy-day-be-holidays <p> By CHARLES C. HAYNES<br /> First Amendment Center<br /> The school board in Montgomery County, Md. ignited a national debate earlier this month by voting to eliminate the names of Christian and Jewish religious holidays on the school calendar &ndash; while still planning to close schools on those days.</p> <p> The board&rsquo;s action was in response to the local Muslim community&rsquo;s longstanding request to add at least one Muslim holiday to the list of days when the district&rsquo;s schools would close.</p> A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: What we ate, and how we fixed it, way back then http://www.roanecounty.com/content/view-lick-skillet-what-we-ate-and-how-we-fixed-it-way-back-then <p> Gentle reader, in this season of Thanksgiving, marked by indulgence, even over indulgence in eating, we thought it might be a good time to remark upon some of the items which Americans consumed in an earlier day which are virtually, if not completely, unknown to the modern American, and how we fixed our food back then.</p> Forgo the turkey, says resident, and sleep easier http://www.roanecounty.com/content/forgo-turkey-says-resident-and-sleep-easier <p> Next week, President Obama will pardon two turkeys to promote the turkey industry.</p> <p> Every one of us can exercise that same pardon power by choosing a nonviolent Thanksgiving observance. It&rsquo;s a most fitting way to give thanks for our own life, health, and happiness.</p> <p> The 240 million turkeys killed in the U.S. this year have nothing to give thanks for. They are raised in crowded sheds filled with toxic fumes. Their beaks and toes are severed.</p> Close the border, once and for all, resident declares http://www.roanecounty.com/content/close-border-once-and-all-resident-declares <p> Just a few days after a sweeping victory by the Republican Party in the House and Senate, President Obama, with the stroke of a pen, neutered Congress again. There was nothing hidden in his agenda. In one simple executive order he granted a form of amnesty to his new &ldquo;priority minority,&rdquo; while at the same time abruptly ending any celebration by the GOP.</p> <p> U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander and U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann&rsquo;s victories were silenced.</p>