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Today's Opinions

  • Going With the Flo: Trump is the miracle answer to our prayers

    By Flo Charles

    Benjamin Franklin said, “It is in the region of ignorance that tyranny begins.”

    President Obama returned to sow seeds of discord, discontent and distrust toward President Trump’s leadership. How ludicrous! America is better off than ever!

    Lacking the space, I cannot list President Trump’s accomplishments — in just two years – compared to President Obama’s disastrous policies in eight years.

  • A View From Lick Skillet: Creswell & Chamber know not where Roane is

    “L’état, c’est moi!” [The state, it is me!] Thus spake King Louis XIV of France on 22 December, 1655. But it appears increasingly likely that Louis’ utterance reflects our own Donald John Trump’s innermost conviction.

    Witness for instance his recent “Tweet” concerning the anonymous critical essay published in the New York Times. As we understand it, he characterized the writing in the single word — “TREASON.”

  • Harriman’s elimination of Schwepfinger job sends wrong message

    Thank you for the gracious acknowledgement of Rebecca Schwepfinger’s job at Harriman City. The impact of the elimination of this one event’s position will impact the youth of Roane County!

    Rebecca comes from a fine family of several caring generations, whom have served locally. She went to college to advance in her career. She’s a model citizen, a happy one who involves everyone in activities.

  • We need a leader in Congress, not someone who chases photo ops

    Why aren’t our politicians more effective?

    Tennessee District 3 has not had any substantive influence on the U.S. government in almost a decade.

    Sure, votes have been cast, but a robot could do that. A few bills have been introduced, but none have been passed into law; they haven’t made it to consideration in the Senate. Why is that?

  • Harriman’s government failed city employee and voters they represent

    The other night, I attended a City Council meeting. A friend of mine asked me to attend in support of them.

    It shocked me not that this person could lose their job but that the city government was only providing four or six hours’ notice to them. No

    way have I ever been taught to treat others like this. They should have been informed weeks before that date.

    Not sure who the responsible party was who should have notified them — and it does not matter. It’s a failure of the city government.

  • From the Editor’s Desk: Creswell worked hard for all of us

    It is with regret at his leaving and congratulations for a job well done that Roane County will say goodbye to Wade Creswell, president of the Roane Alliance.

    Wade has decided to exercise his considerable talents in the service of another local organization, for whom I’m certain he will be a great asset.

    Wade not only brought a great deal of marketing talent to the Alliance, he also brought a level of sincerity and passion to his promotion of Roane County that could only be found among those who really love this place.

  • Creswell’s priority was to make life better in Roane

    This is directed to the columnist Gerald Largen in response to his column, “A View From Lick Skillet, Is It time to revaluate the Roane Alliance?”

    I would first like to note that it is “re-evaluate,” not “revaluate.” That must be your highly thought of education kicking in.

    If you value any shred of integrity in the journalist world, then you might want to “re-evaluate” your views. Your recent column was the most biased piece of writing I have ever read.

  • Farewell to the ever-welcoming Wade Creswell

    The news of Wade Creswell’s leaving the Roane Alliance came as no surprise to me. He told many of us that it might happen, and I wish him the best in all his future endeavors.

    Of course, the Roane Alliance will continue to support the county. The Alliance is better off for having a man such as Mr. Creswell leading it for the last few years. In the time I have known him, he has proven to be a man of honesty, integrity, honor and courage.