Today's Opinions

  • Resist making enemies of good

    By Mark BankerMTBanker1951@gmail.com

    Roane County’s ongoing school debate brings to mind a story shared by writer Tony Hillerman.

    As a youth in Depression-era Oklahoma, Hillerman worked for an old farmer known for his generosity. When less honorable neighbors took advantage of the old man’s kindness, young Tony was enraged.

    In response, the old man advised: “Son, if you don’t forgive your enemies, you’re going to run out of friends.”

  • Going With the Flo: The Constitution affirms America’s belief in God

    By Flo Charles

    “If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what was and never will be.” (Thomas Jefferson)

    The Declaration of Independence is the official and unequivocal affirmation by the American people of their belief and faith in God, affirming God’s existence as “self-evident” truth, requiring no further discussion or debate – containing five references to God.

  • Tennessee Coalition for Open Government: Government business is not a trade secret

    By Deborah Fisher

    Government officials have found an effective way to keep secrets, especially when they don’t want taxpayers and voters to know about sweetheart deals with favored businesses.

    It works something like this.

    First, the government officials sign a non-disclosure agreement with the business that says that anything in an upcoming government contract with the business could be considered proprietary, a trade secret or otherwise confidential information of the business, and not disclosable under Tennessee Public Records law.

  • Kingston Rotary breakfast success because of help

    The Rotary Club of Kingston hosted our 39th annual pancake breakfast and silent auction on Feb. 9.

    Approximately 200 people came by for breakfast, and had a great time enjoying the wonderful food and visiting with their friends and neighbors in what has become an annual tradition for many.

    Funds raised at the pancake breakfast are used to support our club’s many service projects aimed at improving the quality of life for the young people in Roane County.

  • Does Jago have data to support school position?

    Roane County School Board member Rob Jago, in a recent edition of the Roane County News indicated that he believed that a high school student body of 800 to 1,000 is a more appropriate number for a high school body rather than the 1,800 for the proposed consolidated high school.

    Is there data supporting Mr. Jago’s position? It would be of interest, I believe.

    James M. Leitnaker


  • Why are Roane students on spring break so early?

    Happy Spring?

    According to my calendar, it is still Winter so why are our Roane County students on spring break?

    I understand they are trying to keep the students on a certain program of grading periods every eight weeks instead of the six weeks most of us used, but why are they starting classes in the hottest month of the year? 

    What is the big rush to even start school before Labor Day (which is called the last holiday of the summer)?  

    Then they have a Winter break when it is still Autumn. 

  • A View From Lick Skillet: Consolidation, the snake that will not die!
  • Going With the Flo: Religion, morality needed in our country

    By Flo Charles

    Have you noticed that a group of accused liars in our Congress are asking a convicted liar if he’s telling the truth as they attempt to set the stage for Trump’s destruction, which is their goal?

    The partisan ideology blocks contradicting evidence, revealing the heart. The heart of the problem is the problem in the heart. We have forgotten God!

    In 1892, the U.S. Supreme Court stated, “Religion, morality and knowledge are necessary to good government, the preservation of liberty and the happiness of mankind.”