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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.”

  • Roane deputy, Rockwood Street Department get kudos

    As frequent walkers on the Charles E. Cole track adjacent to REU and while traveling the intersection of Dunn Street and U.S. Hwy. 27 North, my wife and I wish to give a big thank you to the Rockwood Street Department and Deputy Steve Bryant with the Roane County Sheriff’s Office concerning the immediate resolution of a safety issue at these two locations.

    Mr. Odell, director of the Street Department, assigned his crew to cut and remove the huge tree that had fallen across the walking track at REU.

  • 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.

  • Letter to Jinx Watson, secretary Roane Dems

    I’m sure Flo has not confused anything. If you look at the Communist Party and the Democratic Party you can find many things in common.

    They might be different organizations, but in my opinion and many others feel they share many ideas and values.

    If you wish to change our views of your party please tell us what your party values and ideas are in great detail, not just one or two words. Then we might take another look at the Democratic Party.

  • 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.

  • Appreciate farm animals by celebrating World Day for Farm Animals Oct. 2

    I just learned that there is a World Day for Farm Animals, coming up on Tuesday, Oct. 2, (Gandhi’s birth date).

    It’s intended to memorialize the billions of animals abused and killed for food each year.

    Like many others, I always thought of farm animals as “food on the hoof.” But, after watching the deeply moving feature film Okja on Netflix, I realized that a farm animal is much like our family dog, fully deserving of compassion and respect.

  • 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.