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Columns

  • GLIMPSES from a Teacher Historian: Constitution rife with controversy

    By MARK BANKER

    Guns and Russian meddling in our elections now hold center stage in the ever-changing American news cycle. But roots of these current controversies run deep in our Republic. Indeed, rhetoric from all sides of our ongoing debates draw from a common source — the United States Constitution.

  • THOSE were the DAYS: Sometimes you get a second chance

    By ADELE ROBERTS

    I’m giving you my heart. Please take care of it for now you have two – and I have none.

    I knew from the time I was in third grade that I wanted to be a teacher. There was never a doubt in my mind.

    In 1961, I graduated from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Mich., and began my teaching career.

    I loved being a teacher. I can remember thinking at the end of the day, “I can’t believe I’m being paid for doing this.” However, at that time $4,000 a year was good pay!

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Let’s make Kingston great again

    Imagine a downtown Kingston where folks travel from near and far to visit historic places and stop at coffee shops and ice cream stores to refresh themselves.

    On nice days these visitors could walk by the lake or maybe even rent a sailboat, canoe or kayak for an afternoon cruise before dining in a fine downtown restaurant.

    It’s still a dream, but business owners, elected officials and volunteers have been working to make it reality. These visionaries intend to breathe new life into the underdeveloped downtown Kingston.

  • GOING with the FLO: God protects those following Him

    In last week’s column I mentioned that God promises to “dispossess nations greater and mightier than we are” if we obey and He will “set us high above all the nations of the earth.”

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Mega-School invites Mega-Troubles

    Well, Gentle Reader: It’s happened again. This time at a high school in Broward County Florida. This atrocious slaughter has provoked, once again, the gun debate, and we could join in on that vital subject, but not today, for today we want to address a much more vital and much more timely aspect of this mass killing, as it relates to our local situation and future prospects.

  • GLIMPSES from a Teacher Historian: We, too, will survive our times

    By MARK BANKER

    Tragically, a bad week for our nation might be a good week for an opinion columnist.

    Surely with yet another tragic school shooting, alleged incontrovertible proof of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, and yet another showdown between right-wing extremists and their critics in Knoxville, any writer worth his laptop can reflect and compose a relevant column.

  • GOING with the FLO: Eliminating God’s word ends nation He protects

    We have endured hysterical talking points from those few in the top levels of the FBI who took an unverified and salacious dossier to secret court to get a secret warrant to spy on a fellow American without telling the court who paid for it and the political ramifications.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Crump on Trump? If the shoe fits, put it on!

    Gentle reader, if you are a long-time reader, you know that we have been much concerned with the religious right, or evangelical element, and their attitude towards President Trump. Many of them seem to have reverted to the ancient concept of divine right of rulers, and believe that Mr. Trump was not only elected, but was divinely anointed, to rule over us, as was believed by royalists in centuries long gone by.

  • 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.