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Today's Opinions

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Treason not to applaud Trump? Lincoln & ‘Dixie’

    Gentle reader, as you know, the usual gestation period for the genus homo sapiens is nine months. We have now entered a parallel period of similar length for the gestation of the re-birth of America, or of her death.

    That is, in just under nine months we will have the 2018 Congressional elections whereat all the members of the House of Representatives, and one-third of the Senate will be elected. These elections will be a referendum on the current Republican Government, i.e. the President, the House, and the Senate.

  • GOING with the FLO: Filth and immorality have permeated our society

    America is rotting from within because we’ve put corruptible characters in office. Filth and immorality have permeated our society.

    While watching the drama of the FISA memo, I was reminded of what most of us have forgotten. We must listen to those who are in authority! I don’t listen to anyone who isn’t under authority.

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Fiction appears to imitate truth

    I’ve always believed the best way to understand what is going on is to hear it from different perspectives. That’s why I like to listen to different news sources.

    The differences between outlets such as ABC, CBS NBC and CNN used to be subtle, but if you listened close you might pick up a fact here or there that one of the other outlets missed.

    Lately, however, it amazes me how different teams of professional journalists can view the same event through such different perspectives.

  • School board member’s comment crosses a line

    In a Jan. 31 Roane County News article, a school official said criticism of teacher pay is “stupidity.”

    What is stupid is an elected official saying something like this. American citizens have the right to question and criticize all aspects of the government as they see fit.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: A fond farewell to newly departed friends

    Well, dear reader, you are not going to read what the old curmudgeon wrote for you to read. For this he is sorry, but ‘t’sn’t his fault. You see, slave to duty that he is, despite having put in a tiring day this Tuesday past, he retired to his work room and took up the tools of his trade, i.e. the keyboard of his trusty Apple Mackintosh desk-top computer, and as was once the common descriptive parlance for feverish composition — Let ‘er Rip!

  • GLIMPSES from a Teacher Historian: Historical analogies can be blinding

    By MARK BANKER

    Last week’s announcement that longtime Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones had been elected to baseball’s Hall of Fame was a pleasant diversion from other news.

    But for this news junkie, historian and Braves fan, Chipper’s story offers a cautionary tale about learning from history. It, in turn, lends needed perspective on that other news.

  • Guest Column: TNReady reports valuable for all

    By Amy Barbra

    For Roane County News

    This year, I started my 11th year of teaching. I love my job and believe with all my heart that I have been called to do it.

    I love that feeling you get when you see your students achieve a hard-earned goal.

    Let me give you an example: One of my favorite students so far has been Eric. Eric came to me struggling academically. He had a lot of obstacles to overcome, but I saw so much potential.

  • Puzzled about interpretation of graduation rates

    I wonder how Damon Lawrence’s story on graduation rates should be interpreted.

    If maximum graduations are indeed part of the answer, shouldn’t we just graduate every student and make it 100 percent?

    Are there no questions about the ACT scores?

    I guess I was not the only one who is interested in further information or explanation.

    John Shacter

    Kingston