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Columns

  • Going With the Flo: We must participate in our government or lose it

    Many of you have spoken to me about the encouragement my articles have given you, helping you to know that you are not alone in your thoughts and feelings.

    However, I’m sorry that my conservative, Biblical and Constitutional references from my research have offended others — interpreting them as personal attacks, which isn’t my intention!

    We are at a point in our country where we must stop being a spectator and start being a participant in the functioning of our government, or lose it!

  • Glimpses From a Teacher Historian: All Americans dislike politics

    By Mark Banker

    Even in our polarized times, Americans of all persuasions share a disgust for politics.

    This loathing is rooted in experiences with power that few could have imagined and that selective popular memories often misrepresent.

    Because Great Britain neglected her North American colonies for a century and a half, forebears of our nation’s historic Caucasian majority developed a preference for distant, benign power.

  • Senator touts opioid legislation awaiting president’s signature

    By Sen. Lamar Alexander

    By an overwhelming vote of [98-1], the Senate last week sent to President Trump’s desk legislation I sponsored to help Tennesseans fight the opioid crisis.

  • Going With the Flo: Left continues to attack foundation of our courts

    The most important part of any structure is its foundations. “If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?” (Psalms 11:3)

    Obama set out to change the character of our foundation — our laws, our principles, and the character of America — with the help of spineless Republicans and leftist Democrats. Now “America’s Democrat Left” is trying to transform our judicial branch of government.

    For 30 years they’ve tried to destroy our judicial confirmation process.

  • A View From Lick Skillet: Shouldn’t we observe Sgt. York’s centenary?

    Gentle reader, we haven’t seen or heard mention of a very important centenary event that will probably be completely overshadowed by the mid-term elections. This 100th anniversary of which we speak is, of course, the armistice that ended World War I, the “War to End War,” which officially occurred at eleven o’clock the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918.

  • Glimpses From a Teacher Historian: Americans’ experience with limits may shape today’s political climate

    By Mark Banker

    Shortly after completing last week’s column, I turned on the news with hopes of getting an update on Hurricane Florence.

    Instead, I was reminded that 40 years earlier President Jimmy Carter and leaders of Israel and Egypt agreed to what became known as the “Camp David Accords.”

    In addition to offering a much-needed respite from our 24/7 news soap opera, that “old news” conveniently affirmed an assertion from my just-submitted column.

  • Going With the Flo: We’ve strayed from God, and our nation shows it

    By Flo Charles

    Have we become the very people our Founding Fathers fought and died to protect us from?

    We quote the motto: “United We Stand; Divided We Fall” while participating in sabotaging our very foundations.

    Allowing socialism and abortion into America’s leadership corrupts our society! Francis Schaeffer warned us in the 1970s that one day we would wake up and discover that the America we once knew was gone.

  • A View From Lick Skillet: Kavanaugh case — it’s not the lust, it’s the lying

    Gentle reader: As this column is written in preparation for our Wednesday noon deadline, the radio, television, and daily press are all devoting considerable efforts to the developing story surrounding Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s fitness to become a member of the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS).

  • Guest Column: School attendance is important

    By Sheila Sitzlar

    Special to the Roane County News

    Did you know that children who miss 18 or more days in kindergarten and first grade are much less likely to read at grade level by the end of third grade?

    By sixth grade, missing 18 or more days of school in a school year is proven as an early warning sign for dropping out of high school.

    By ninth grade, good attendance is a better predictor of graduation rates than test scores.

  • Glimpses From a Teacher Historian: Politics weather the storms, too

    By Mark Banker

    Kathy and I have watched the weather with more attention than usual this past week as Hurricane Florence blasted the Atlantic coast. More than 40 years ago, she introduced me to North Carolina’s Outer Banks.

    Her Forbes’ ancestors arrived there in the late 17th century, and for more than three centuries that rocky, semi-isolated seacoast was their home.