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Today's Opinions

  • Save lives by giving up meat during this Lenten season before Easter

    March 6 marked the beginning of Lent, the period before Easter, when devout Christians abstain from animal foods in remembrance of Jesus’ 40 days of fasting in the wilderness.

    The call to abstain from eating animals is as traditional as Genesis 1:29, yet as current as the teaching of evangelical leader Franklin Graham. 

    Methodist founder John Wesley, Salvation Army pioneers William and Catherine Booth, and Seventh-day Adventist Church founder Ellen White, all followed the divine call.

  • County schools should look to the future when deciding what is needed

    As I continue to read about Roane County and the controversy over its educational plans for the future I admit that I am not qualified to make the decision.

    I have not studied into all that is involved.

    Most of us Americans look back on our life and desire that the future give us the same security as the past holds, but that is not how life works.

    After two years in the Army, 1945 and 1946, I returned home to Battle Creek, Mich. but the past I left two years before was not there.

  • From the Editor’s Desk: Sometimes government can help

    Most folks understand the meaning of the phrase “I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.”

    It was a favorite saying of President Reagan and small-government proponents who like to point out that the government usually makes things more complicated and more expensive.

  • From the Editor’s Desk: Sometimes government can help

    Most folks understand the meaning of the phrase “I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.”

    It was a favorite saying of President Reagan and small-government proponents who like to point out that the government usually makes things more complicated and more expensive.

  • From the Editor’s Desk: Sometimes government can help

    Most folks understand the meaning of the phrase “I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.”

    It was a favorite saying of President Reagan and small-government proponents who like to point out that the government usually makes things more complicated and more expensive.

  • From the Editor’s Desk: Sometimes government can help

    Most folks understand the meaning of the phrase “I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.”

    It was a favorite saying of President Reagan and small-government proponents who like to point out that the government usually makes things more complicated and more expensive.

  • From the Editor’s Desk: Sometimes government can help

    Most folks understand the meaning of the phrase “I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.”

    It was a favorite saying of President Reagan and small-government proponents who like to point out that the government usually makes things more complicated and more expensive.

  • Glimpses From a Teacher Historian: Roane County ambivalent about place in Appalachia

    By Mark Banker

    In the decade since a ruptured settlement pond at TVA’s Kingston steam plant dumped more than 5.3 million cubic yards of coal sludge into the greater Tennessee River watershed, the media have reported regularly on the spill.

    When future observers look back at this media coverage — and particularly to recent commentary on the spill’s tragic human consequences — the absence of any reference to “Appalachia” will surely appear odd.