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Columns

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Treason not to applaud Trump? Lincoln & ‘Dixie’

    Gentle reader, as you know, the usual gestation period for the genus homo sapiens is nine months. We have now entered a parallel period of similar length for the gestation of the re-birth of America, or of her death.

    That is, in just under nine months we will have the 2018 Congressional elections whereat all the members of the House of Representatives, and one-third of the Senate will be elected. These elections will be a referendum on the current Republican Government, i.e. the President, the House, and the Senate.

  • GOING with the FLO: Filth and immorality have permeated our society

    America is rotting from within because we’ve put corruptible characters in office. Filth and immorality have permeated our society.

    While watching the drama of the FISA memo, I was reminded of what most of us have forgotten. We must listen to those who are in authority! I don’t listen to anyone who isn’t under authority.

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Fiction appears to imitate truth

    I’ve always believed the best way to understand what is going on is to hear it from different perspectives. That’s why I like to listen to different news sources.

    The differences between outlets such as ABC, CBS NBC and CNN used to be subtle, but if you listened close you might pick up a fact here or there that one of the other outlets missed.

    Lately, however, it amazes me how different teams of professional journalists can view the same event through such different perspectives.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: A fond farewell to newly departed friends

    Well, dear reader, you are not going to read what the old curmudgeon wrote for you to read. For this he is sorry, but ‘t’sn’t his fault. You see, slave to duty that he is, despite having put in a tiring day this Tuesday past, he retired to his work room and took up the tools of his trade, i.e. the keyboard of his trusty Apple Mackintosh desk-top computer, and as was once the common descriptive parlance for feverish composition — Let ‘er Rip!

  • GLIMPSES from a Teacher Historian: Historical analogies can be blinding

    By MARK BANKER

    Last week’s announcement that longtime Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones had been elected to baseball’s Hall of Fame was a pleasant diversion from other news.

    But for this news junkie, historian and Braves fan, Chipper’s story offers a cautionary tale about learning from history. It, in turn, lends needed perspective on that other news.

  • Guest Column: TNReady reports valuable for all

    By Amy Barbra

    For Roane County News

    This year, I started my 11th year of teaching. I love my job and believe with all my heart that I have been called to do it.

    I love that feeling you get when you see your students achieve a hard-earned goal.

    Let me give you an example: One of my favorite students so far has been Eric. Eric came to me struggling academically. He had a lot of obstacles to overcome, but I saw so much potential.

  • GOING with the FLO: He’s President Trump, not President Perfect

    With all the emergencies around our country and abroad, we need to be focused on the progress our president has made. He works many hours a day and well into the night to keep us on the right track and to Make America Great Again.

    The Dow had an 8,000 growth last week. That’s a 31-percent increase. This hasn’t happened since FDR. This helps everyone.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Despite Mr. Redmond, it’s still heresy & still wrong

    Gentle reader, we must beg your forbearance in advance as we violate a self-imposed restriction on our subject matter.

  • GLIMPSES from a Teacher Historian: School yourself on better education

    By MARK BANKER

    In 1966, my father ran for a position on the Roane County Court under the slogan “Banker for Better Schools.”

    In 2018, that message will be a regular theme in this space in the Roane County News.

  • GOING with the FLO: What does it mean to be a good patriot?

    By FLO CHARLES

    It is evident that most of our country’s problems come from our educational and political arenas.

    Because our history has been rewritten in most of our textbooks, many do not have a hint of what patriotism is, the way our country was founded and established, so how can we raise patriots for the future of our country when the majority have no heroes to follow.