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Today's Opinions

  • A View From Lick Skillet: Dr. Leah R. Watkins: Bon chance et bon voyage

    Gentle reader, we had to conclude last week’s column before we had finished our list of subjects to cover, so we begin this week with what we intended to have ended with last week.

    Regular readers will recall that early into the present administration we predicted that Mr. Trump would not be the Republican nominee on the 2020 ticket, and would in all likelihood not serve out the full term.

    Well, dear friends, the last few days have seen the beginnings of that scenario.

  • Educational opportunities needed; what happened to all the TVA money?

    As Hugh Willett’s article explained, by voting against the wheel tax all that citizens will be able to eliminate is a chance that a wheel tax will be used to pay for school improvements.

    Historically, whenever a wheel tax is initiated for whatever reason, it stays in place to be used for other purposes.

  • Industry hit by lack of CTE, number of schools

    In a day and age where most students are pressured to pursue a college degree regardless of their desire for higher education, it is important to educate students, along with the rest of the community, about other options, such as “skilled trade” paths.

  • Why are leaders ignoring those with different opinions?

    Who is a bigot?

    You do not have to be a racist to be a bigot.

    Webster’s define “bigot” as a prejudiced person. It also goes on to define “bigotry” as someone stubborn and complete intolerance of any creed, belief or opinion that differ from one’s own.

    Does this sound familiar? Does in my opinion.

    Do we have some bigots on the County Commission? Why are they ignoring the people of Roane County whose opinion differs from their own as Commissioners?

  • Going With the Flo: Clarence’s dream lives on, through kids and his farm

    My stones of Remembrance this Memorial Day: My husband’s dream — a family farm and four children. Clarence and I agreed that I should work through the summer for the FBI, since I had just been cleared and he would return to the canning factory in Illinois and work for college money. We would return in the fall to Tennessee Tech, continue our education and be married.

    I left for Washington, D.C., the morning after graduating from Harriman High.

  • A View From Lick Skillet: Roane County High out ranks 237 other schools

    Gentle reader, we did not intend to devote this week’s column to the Mega-school issue, but an aspect of this matter has recently come to our attention which we feel compelled to bring to your attention as well, as it has implications of a very serious nature bearing on the status of the School Board, the County Commission, the Roane Alliance, and most important of all, of Roane County High School.

  • Commission should put school plan to voters if it’s within their power

    Roane County has examined and rejected the idea of a mega high school in the past, and I don’t think the people have changed their minds on the matter.

    I don’t know for sure whether it is a good idea or not, but county officials should be sure they are not pushing this through against the wishes of the people.

    Roane County has, in the past, chosen their local schools over mega schools.

    The County Commission is not required by law to put the question to a vote, but they have the power to do it, and they should do it.

  • Glimpses From a Teacher Historian: Bethel holds true to its tenets

    By Mark Banker

    Members of Bethel Presbyterian Church invite our neighbors to a concert at Fort Southwest Point on Friday, June 1, from 6 to 9 p.m.

    Lively music and good fellowship will celebrate appropriately Bethel’s 200 years of community stewardship and cooperation.

    Present Bethel minister, the Rev. Wendy Neff, traces this tradition to Old World Calvinist legacies that called Believers to address earthly as well as spiritual matters.