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Today's Opinions

  • Going With the Flo: Socialism is direct threat to our democracy

    By Flo Charles

    “Ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.” (John F. Kennedy) – a good president with addictive habits.

    Only his inner circle knew Kennedy was a serial womanizer.

    Jackie Kennedy considered divorce, but was convinced to remain. Being much loved by the people, she was vital to JFK’s presidential success; God used him with his flaws. (1 Samuel 16:7) “God looks on the heart; man looks on the outside.”

  • Roane Writers Group ends Student Writing Contest after nine years

    After nine years, the Roane Writers Group will no longer offer the Roane County Student Writing Contest.

    We wish to thank all of our past sponsors, donors, supporters, students, teachers and faculty who have made the program a success.

    All things must eventually come to an end, and we have arrived.

    The 2018 Anthology is currently being assembled, and will be distributed as planned.

  • THE VIEW FROM HERE: Free thinking, not blindly following is key to democracy

    By Sheila Sitzlar

    “Find more pleasure in intelligent dissent than in passive agreement, for, if you value intelligence as you should, the former implies a deeper agreement than the latter” Bertrand Russell, 1872-1970.

    Intelligent dissent indicates that people are thinking with their brains, not blindly following any designated leader or person in power.

  • Mr. Doughty use facts, not fiction to make your point

    When I was young I started reading the newspapers. It has been a habit most of my life.

    I like reading the opinion columns and the letters. I like to see what people are thinking about. But it is very irritating when people make up facts for the opinion column or letters they send in.

    First, Mr. Doughty, the people that were elected to the Roane County Board of Education and the Roane County Commission made clear how they felt about the school consolidation issue before the election.

  • A View From Lick Skillet: Remember - vote against wheel tax referendum

    As you know, Gentle Reader, the election is upon us, and we would urge you that you not forget to search through the maze of voting opportunities: Federal (Senator and U.S. House of Representatives), State (Governor and Tennessee House of Representatives), and Municipal (Kingston, Oak Ridge, Oliver Springs and Rockwood), until you find the one captioned “County Wheel Tax Referendum.”

  • Going With the Flo: We must participate in our government or lose it

    Many of you have spoken to me about the encouragement my articles have given you, helping you to know that you are not alone in your thoughts and feelings.

    However, I’m sorry that my conservative, Biblical and Constitutional references from my research have offended others — interpreting them as personal attacks, which isn’t my intention!

    We are at a point in our country where we must stop being a spectator and start being a participant in the functioning of our government, or lose it!

  • Rockwood 2000 forum presented new ideas to see Rockwood thrive

    Rockwood 2000 Organization hosted a Q&A community gathering for several candidates.

    Heading up the hour was an informative presentation by Tennessee Governor hopeful, Karl Dean.

    The 31st House District candidate, Dean Sparks spoke passionately about the need for higher wages and improved infrastructure within our communities.

    Those running for Rockwood City Council shared their views on topics that centered around how to improve the appearance and solvency of their town.

  • Glimpses From a Teacher Historian: All Americans dislike politics

    By Mark Banker

    Even in our polarized times, Americans of all persuasions share a disgust for politics.

    This loathing is rooted in experiences with power that few could have imagined and that selective popular memories often misrepresent.

    Because Great Britain neglected her North American colonies for a century and a half, forebears of our nation’s historic Caucasian majority developed a preference for distant, benign power.