• Constitution doesn’t establish separation of church and state

    2 + 2 =5, 2 + 2 = 5, 2 + 2 = 5 …  of course not. But it is surprising how many people think that if you repeat a statement often enough and long enough, it becomes truth.

    Now, what about this ‘separation of church and state’? This is not in our Constitution. In fact, the first article expressly declares otherwise. Look at it again at the top of the newspaper:  ‘Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; …’

  • Roane County needs to deal with ‘unwanted guests’ in Roane jail

    When any illegal activity occurs in Roane County and sends someone to the county jail, that person becomes an “UNWANTED GUEST” to every taxpayer in Roane County.

    If the inmate population increases, it is up to law enforcement and the Roane County Commission to come up with the money to increase jail size.

    Recently, county law enforcement had no choice but to ask county commission for the money to increase the size for an over populated jail and county commission had no choice but to put the money out to do it.

  • Comparing meat eaters to Nazis won’t inspire veganism

    This civilized citizen likes the taste of animals.

    To compare the murder of six million Jewish people to the butchering of animals to feed the population of the world was just beyond me.

    Then to quote a Jewish Nobel laureate, Isaac Bashevis wrote: “To animals, all people are Nazis.” I could not believe it. I would tell Mr. Bashevis and Mr. Capone to ask Anne Frank how she feels about that. Oh sorry, they can’t do that can they?

  • Labor Day Picnic a success because of community members

    I want to say thank you to all who participated to make the Roane County Democratic Party Picnic a successful event and especially to the event committee who worked so hard to put this together.

    Thanks again for supporting the Roane County Democratic Party.

    Michael Howe

    Chair Roane County

    Democratic Party

  • Proposed DOE landfill would be in bad location

    The landfill that DOE wants to build in the Oak Ridge city limits is in a bad location. If built, it will damage our environment, health, and property values. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) both identified serious problems with this proposal and stated clearly that they find the plan deficient. DOE does not have their support and does not have community acceptance.

  • How can a civilized society continue to slaughter animals?

    This Sept. 1 marked 80 years since Hitler invaded Poland and started   World War II.

    Three years later, he launched the Holocaust that murdered six million European Jews.

    A key question facing historians is how could an enlightened society that   produced our civilization’s greatest philosophers, poets, painters, and   composers also produce its most notorious mass murderers, along with millions of ordinary upstanding citizens who just went along.

  • Many concerns about proposed DOE landfill

    In July the Department of Energy (DOE) revealed they had shipped improperly characterized waste from Tennessee to Nevada for disposal.

    A frustrated Nevada representative claimed Nevada was a “dumping ground” for DOE, but problems of waste characterization and waste acceptance are not limited to Nevada. Such problems occurred at the on-site landfill in Oak Ridge, the Environmental Management Waste Management Facility (EMWMF).

  • Flo digs herself deeper in a hole of falsehood with her quote defense

    Flo seems to prefer modifying Will Rogers’ famous quote to: “When you find yourself in a hole, keep digging.” 

    To review, Flo used a spurious quote by George Washington in a previous column to justify her claim that the “Founding Fathers” intended the U.S.A. to be a Christian nation. 

    However, the First Amendment specifically disallows this, and Washington, Jefferson and the rest of the “Founding Fathers” were deeply involved with writing and approving the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

  • Largen wrong on his outlook regarding the Second Amendment

    Gerald Largen seems to support the right for ordinary citizens to have military-grade weapons of mass destruction. 

    In opposition to a statement by Barbra Streisand, he selectively quotes from the Second Amendment of our Constitution.

    The Second Amendment is a simple statement: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

    Our founders were astute in the choice of words in this Amendment. 

  • Separation of church and state benefits Christianity

    As a Christian who has chosen to live, “the right way,” (Roane County News, 08-23-19, by Flo Charles) I am thankful for the separation of church and state. 

    It has enabled religion — Christianity — to flourish in America.

    Our government has not taken away the Ten Commandments and prayer. Do our state institutions have a rule that no one is allowed to pray while in this building? A student dressed for a game can pray before leaving the locker room or even on the field.