http://www.roanecounty.com/todaysopinions/rss.xml en A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: The Roane County Bar as it was, Part Two http://www.roanecounty.com/content/view-lick-skillet-roane-county-bar-it-was-part-two <p> Gentle reader, as promised last week, we continue with our recollections of the membership of the Bar as it was when I was admitted to it in March of 1959.</p> <p> My intention from the time I first resolved to pursue the law was to open an office and establish a general practice in Harriman as soon as I could, however it was not until some six months after I was admitted that I was able actually to open my first office on the second floor of Mrs. Edington&rsquo;s building at 416 Roane Street, up the street from the bank, and down the street from the post office.</p> Tax abatement response leads to more questions http://www.roanecounty.com/content/tax-abatement-response-leads-more-questions <p> I was hoping to get some response from my disparaging words about tax abatements for the rich, and I did get a response from The Roane Alliance President/CEO Wade Creswell himself.</p> <p> First, let me say that I don&rsquo;t think it&rsquo;s the job or right of the government to take money out of the pockets of taxpayers, many of whom can&rsquo;t afford to feed and house their families, to aid or prop up rich businesses.<br /> As a matter of fact, I think it&rsquo;s downright immoral.</p> A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: What Was, Was; What Is, Is; What will be is Uncertain http://www.roanecounty.com/content/view-lick-skillet-what-was-was-what-what-will-be-uncertain <p> Gentle reader, strange as it may seem to one as intelligent as you, there are those of our fellow citizens who do not comprehend the truth of the following proposition, namely:</p> <p> What was, was; what is, is; only what will be is uncertain.</p> <p> The reason we bring this proposition to your attention today is because of the inordinate amount of time, energy, anxiety, antagonism, and resources that are currently being expended by the aforementioned citizens trying to change the past while doing little or nothing to try to ameliorate the present or prepare for the future.</p> When do we taxpayers get our abatements? http://www.roanecounty.com/content/when-do-we-taxpayers-get-our-abatements <p> A comment on a couple of articles in Jan. 4 and 6 papers:</p> <p> The first comment concerns the &ldquo;Investing in jobs&rdquo; story. I am one of those who simply hates the use of taxpayer money being used to lure these rich companies to locate in our county.</p> <p> I realize some jobs may be created, but the tax abatements, which have to be made up by the taxpayers ... couldn&rsquo;t this be construed as we taxpayers paying the wages of these rich company employees?</p> <p> A pretty good deal for them, bad for us.</p> From the COUNTY: Evaluate where we are, and get engaged http://www.roanecounty.com/content/county-evaluate-where-we-are-and-get-engaged Generally during the coming of a new year and the passing of the old year, we often evaluate our lives and what we are trying to accomplish in life. As county leaders, we reflect also on what we accomplished, what we failed to accomplish, what decisions we made that we consider good decisions and what we consider not so good decisions. As we evaluate the past, we also focus on the future. Let’s first talk about the recent property tax bills. Some were very painful. My own property taxes increased. I wish that had not happened, and I know that others went up even higher. Making much ado about hairdo, not hydrogen bomb http://www.roanecounty.com/content/making-much-ado-about-hairdo-not-hydrogen-bomb The claim by the brash North Korean dictator that they have detonated a hydrogen bomb is not the stickiest issue facing America and her allies today. Not even close! After hours of searching the Net and interviewing experts in the field I have discovered a worrisome and previously ignored threat. Forget the bomb; look at his fat Cabbage-Patch-Doll face and the plastic hairdo! What if that style is suddenly adopted by our pop stars and rock bands across the country? Imagine it on Broadway? Or even worse — on Rush Limbaugh! Dolly’s turning 70, and you can wish her happy birthday http://www.roanecounty.com/content/dolly%E2%80%99s-turning-70-and-you-can-wish-her-happy-birthday Dolly Parton is turning 70 years young on Jan. 19. Please join your neighbors and friends wishing her A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY. From now until the end of January, each of the public libraries will have a birthday banner for you to sign and even include a personal greeting. An award-winning singer, songwriter, performer and philanthropist, Dolly’s career has spanned more than 50 years and is still going strong. A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Memories of a thriving Harriman, circa 1959-61 http://www.roanecounty.com/content/view-lick-skillet-memories-thriving-harriman-circa-1959-61 <p> Gentle reader, our holiday hiatus is at an end, and we now resume our weekly Friday communication with you.</p> <p> As you will recall, our last column of 2015 was one of reminiscences of Christmas parties of years past.</p>