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.”

  • A View From Lick Skillet: They’re not conservatives, they’re reactionaries!

    Gentle reader: We don’t watch a great deal of television, so you may have seen much more of the current TV advertising battle among the GOP gubernatorial candidates then we have, but the other day we saw one that seems to represent one of the great problems not only for our state, but for the nation.

    The upshot of this ad was that of the four candidates, two are in fact conservatives, but that one is not as he claims a conservative, but a MODERATE!

  • Going With the Flo: God blesses sacrifices; just ask Walter and Barbara

    By Flo Charles

    Walter and Barbara wanted to see the fireworks in Kingston on July Fourth.

    However, we learned that someone had a need. Our family tradition and God’s Word says to help anyone who is in need, not judging them as how why they got into the situation.

    God is merciful! He says, “Mercy triumphs over judgment.” (James 2:13)

    As Oswald Chambers says, “I have never met the man I could despair of after discerning what lies in me apart from the grace of God.”

  • Glimpses From a Teacher Historian: Nation’s troubled times no surprise

    By Mark Banker

    Two weeks ago, I speculated about how future observers may view our era. Today I return to my assertion that the quest to “Make America Great Again” may someday be understood in the context of broader developments that transformed the United States in the second half of the 20th century.

  • Lack of trust in president to tell the truth is a big deal

    I’m worried. Our intelligence agencies have concluded that Russia meddled in the 2016 elections.

    But President Trump doesn’t believe them, preferring instead to embrace fake news and believe Russian President Putin. Apparently he does not comprehend the danger Russia poses?

    At least 97 percent of climate scientists agree: climate-warming trends over the past century are most likely due to human activities. But he doesn’t believe them.

  • Treason is illegal; disagreeing with the president is not

    I was disturbed to read the June 29 Flo Charles opinion piece entitled, “The Traitor Violates Allegiance and Betrays his Country.”

    In it, she indicates that those who disagree with the policies of the current president are treasonous.

    Our democracy is designed to be a dialogue and debate between different points of view. The citizens participate and decide which ideas and candidates they prefer. Then they vote.

  • Massengill was our friend because he cared about us

    The Roane County community mourns the untimely loss of one of its best friends, Everett Massengill. 

    Everett was our friend because he genuinely cared about each of us as individuals.

    His longtime tenure on the Roane County school board reflects the regard we felt for him.

    I was honored to know him for many years and will treasure the memories.

    State Sen. Ken Yager


  • Going With the Flo: Our founders had honor, but where is our honor?

    Never forget the price our founding fathers paid for our freedom!

    These were men of means with an education and a deep love for freedom. They knew the price they might pay, if caught, for signing the Declaration of Independence but knew the price would mean freedom for all Americans.

    Of the 56 men who signed it, five were arrested by the British as traitors, tortured and executed; 12 had their homes looted and burned by the enemy.