Today's Opinions

  • Founders made Declaration of our Creator, God

    The Roane County News seems to have become the preferred place for ultraliberal, self-proclaimed intellectuals to bloviate (i.e. talk at length, especially in an inflated or empty way.)

    Reading one of their editorials recently, I found several paragraphs lamenting the lack of a definition of “LEA” in a new Tennessee General Assembly law regarding the posting of “In God We Trust” in public schools.

    A 10-second Google search found this logically and authoritatively defined as a Local Educational Agency.

  • Plant-based diet helps the body and the Earth

    With scorching heat and raging wildfires in the West and torrential downpours and massive flooding in the East, global warming is not just about a gentle sea rise any more.

    These tragic consequences of dumping greenhouse gases into our atmosphere call for drastic remedies.

    For starters, we should rejoin the Paris Climate Accords and actually become a world leader in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. One of the most effective ways is by changing our diet.

  • Glimpses From a Teacher Historian: Fran’s lessons not bound by classroom

    By Mark Banker

    Regular readers know where I stand on the future of Roane County education. But they might not understand why I am so determined that we adequately fund our public schools.

    After all, I am a 67-year old taxpayer with no direct heirs in the county who taught most of his 40 years in private schools.

    Here’s my answer: I begin each day early with a stout cup of coffee. On my better days, I pause and reflect briefly on the many things for which I am thankful. Prominent on my lengthy list are a host of teachers.

  • Pay attention to candidates who want to care for us

    Fifty-three years ago, President Lyndon Baines Johnson established Medicare and Medicaid, a boon to those most in need and to seniors.

    Since then, most of us in Roane County have used these programs to take care of our basic medical needs.

    BUT many today, throughout our great nation, feel unprotected and vulnerable because of lack of coverage. These are the people we hear about who decide to buy food for their family rather than renew a much-needed prescription, a very hard choice to make.

  • Make your vote to keep us clean and green

    Having spent the first half of my life in the factory-entrenched Midwest, I viewed Tennessee as paradise – the mountains, waterways, valleys and rolling farmlands all astounded my senses. My spirit sang, “home, home at last.”

    However, in my 18-year residency here, I have begun to witness environmental sacrifices to our waterways and air quality due to EPA regulations altered or lifted to increase industrial production.

  • Going With the Flo: Our country needs statesmen with courage and convictions

    Maintaining an attitude of gratitude for God’s goodness and divine intervention for America is so satisfying to the soul, creating a harmonious atmosphere. God gave us a strong and merciful president.

    President Trump commuted a life sentence of Alice Marie Johnson, a 63-year-old great-grandmother who had served 22 years behind bars for getting involved in drug trafficking following a terrible period in her life.

    She lost her job of 10 years because of gambling, got divorced, then lost her youngest son in a motorcycle accident.

  • A View From Lick Skillet: Thoughts on the legal profession and Trump

    Gentle Reader: As you may know, the old curmudgeon was admitted to the Bar in the spring of 1959, and practiced law for over a half century thereafter, until he decided it was time to retire a few years ago, but the Roane County Bar Association very kindly allowed him to remain as an emeritus member of that organization.

  • Time for Miller to resign from school board and give up mayoral post

    This is an open letter to the mayor of Rockwood, Brillo Miller.

    Dear Brillo,

    I have known you most of your life. You grew up in First Baptist Church here. You loved sports; you were involved in church activities, the same as our daughter Sharon. The two of you graduated from Rockwood High School the same year.

    I know you are nearing 60 years of age.

    We voted for you. I read the Roane County News. I’ve noticed you are quoted often. I have a bunch of friends who are and have been school teachers since you have been in office.