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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: Tax hikes easy but harmful

    By Tyler Overstreet

    For Roane County News

    In my opinion, having a conversation about major school construction prior to well-designed academic programming geared toward 2022 and beyond is like putting the cart before the horse in light of REFUSING to first discuss the significant monetary savings to all taxpayers if Roane County (city and county) were to consolidate and merge existing services that are currently duplicated in each township.

  • Glimpses From a Teacher Historian: Founders didn’t trust We the People

    Last week’s resignation of Roane County Schools Director Leah Watkins will no doubt impact our county’s ongoing school debate. But it also offers a useful reminder.

    Unexpected events have often made those who “learn from history” appear foolish.

    Consider, for example, the 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor or the events of Sept. 11, 2001.

    Both undermined attempts to learn from more remote past experiences, and gave rise to policies that would previously have been unimaginable.

  • Going With the Flo: All went wonderfully at the Singapore Summit

    By Flo Charles

    What a great time to be alive in America! What a great president we have!

    Contrary to all the doubts, distortions and warnings about this meeting, and very strong circumstances, it was a success.

  • 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?