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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.”

  • Guest Column: School attendance is important

    By Sheila Sitzlar

    Special to the Roane County News

    Did you know that children who miss 18 or more days in kindergarten and first grade are much less likely to read at grade level by the end of third grade?

    By sixth grade, missing 18 or more days of school in a school year is proven as an early warning sign for dropping out of high school.

    By ninth grade, good attendance is a better predictor of graduation rates than test scores.

  • Glimpses From a Teacher Historian: Politics weather the storms, too

    By Mark Banker

    Kathy and I have watched the weather with more attention than usual this past week as Hurricane Florence blasted the Atlantic coast. More than 40 years ago, she introduced me to North Carolina’s Outer Banks.

    Her Forbes’ ancestors arrived there in the late 17th century, and for more than three centuries that rocky, semi-isolated seacoast was their home.

  • Guest column: State’s top court could hinder reporters in their job

    By Deborah Fisher

    Should reporters censor information from government proceedings? Of course not.

    The Tennessee Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments on Oct. 4 in an important case involving state libel laws and a free press.

    The appeal before the state’s highest court is a test of the state’s fair report privilege.

  • Creswell, Alliance have grown our quality of life

    I want to take this opportunity to say thanks and give a tip of the hat to Wade Creswell and the Roane Alliance.

    Wade recently submitted his resignation to join UT Battelle as a member of the Protocol and Communications Specialist team. His being in this position will help enhance our relationship with a valued economic development partner.

  • 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.