Today's Opinions

  • Show farm animals compassion this Mother’s Day

    Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 12, celebrates the cherished bond between mother and child. But often mother cows, very icons of motherhood, never get to see their own babies.

    Newborn calves are torn from their mothers at birth and turned into veal cutlets, so we can drink the milk that was meant for them. The grief-stricken mother cows bellow for days, calling in vain for their return.

    In some cases, dairy cows spend their lives chained on concrete floors, with no access to the outdoors.

  • Sick and tired of reading Largen’s disrespect of Trump

    I am so tired of reading Gerald Largen’s column that consistently spews sarcasm, hate, lies and disrespect for our President Donald Trump.

    He starts his column “Gentle Reader” which is self-serving and his constant use of the word curmudgeon is boring.

    He shows no respect for our President, elected by the people of the United States, President Donald Trump, but refers to him by his first and middle name.

  • Glimpses From a Teacher Historian: Religious voices may disagree, but can come together for good

    By Mark Banker

    “What does the Lord require of you … but to do justice, love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.”

    Thanks to my devout, spiritually curious father, this verse from the prophet Micah is permanently imprinted in my soul.

    But, as Dad would surely remind me, one is never too old nor too wise to glimpse new insights.

  • Wading Through the Numbers: How does Roane County pay for its ambulance operation?

    By Ron Woody

    In a previous article “Does Roane County Government have an Emergency Fund”? I discussed how county government accounting and budgeting is established by fund accounting. In the previous article I talked about how funds are operated like independent companies. The county operates 24 “fund/companies” and one of those is the Roane County Ambulance Services.

    The Ambulance Service accounting is similar to that of an ambulance company with, of course, some accounting exceptions.

  • Going With the Flo: There is no justice for the Venezuelan people

    Have you ever been in a situation and needed justice?

    Recently, I watched armored military vehicles plow through a peaceful demonstration of protesters. Venezuelan president, Nicolas Madura, looked on, watching the military vehicles kill 40 people he was responsible to protect.

    They were crying out for justice; their president was merciless — giving no justice!

  • A View From Lick Skillet: Some random thoughts while reading the News

    Gentle reader, before we get into the main area of today’s article, which is random thoughts occurring while reading recent issues of the News, we must take care of one item from last week’s column. That item is our expressed uncertainty as to the status of Mr. Henry Redmond vis-a-vis the Chamber of Commerce. When writing the piece, we did not know whether he “continues as an Ambassador in good standing, and still ‘officially represents the Chamber’.”

  • Redmond responds: his take on lawyers and their moral failings

    I’m sorry Mr. Evil but you are wrong again. Yes I’m a member of the Chamber of Commerce, American Legion Post 50, and the Roane County Republican Party.

    When I speak for these groups I let people I’m speaking to know that I’m representing that group. In addition to being a member of these groups I’m also a private citizen so at times I just represent myself and my views.

    That is why my letters are only signed with my name and not as a member of any group.

  • Glimpses From a Teacher Historian: Honoring Robinson and the civil rights issues of the U.S.

    By Mark Banker

    Early last week, baseball fans found it difficult to recognize their favorite players. In tribute to the great Jackie Robinson, every player on every major league team wore the number 42.

    Robinson’s courageous breaking of baseball’s “color barrier” in 1947 was one of several significant events in the aftermath of World War II that changed the face of this nation.