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Today's Opinions

  • Thank you, Midtown Choir, for bringing dogs much happiness

    Hats off to Beth Trescher and her choir from Midtown Elementary School for serenading the animals at the Roane County Animal Shelter.

    These dogs and other animals are there because they got lost or someone did not want them anymore. Can you imagine how the pets feel after being with a family and all of a sudden they’re locked in a cage?

  • Glimpses From a Teacher Historian: Does nostalgia override reform?

    By Mark Banker

    Several recent letters to the editor have expressed reservations about proposed plans for Roane County’s public schools.

    Last Friday, one lengthy letter introduced readers to philosopher-educator John Dewey and connected Dewey’s influence to today’s ongoing educational debates.

  • Proposed school geographically not a smart move

    The proposal to build a consolidated high school about one mile from the Rockwood city limits is foolish from a human and physical geography standpoint.

    Kingston high school has the largest student population in Roane County. It would be foolish to require a school which has the largest student population to move 8 miles away to a campus near Rockwood.

    I’m shocked that the parents of Kingston high students are not publicly outraged at the decision to move their school out of Kingston since it has the largest student population.

  • Going With the Flo: We must repent, arise and help our president build

    By Flo Charles

    Let us arise and build!

    These were the words of the people in the book of Nehemiah (from the Bible) after Nehemiah saw the walls of Jerusalem were broken down.

    Nehemiah faced the same fierce, hate, intimidation and ridicule that our president is facing today. They attempted to distract and coerce him into changing his mind, but it didn’t work.

  • A View From Lick Skillet: Would it really be a Rockwood Mega-school?

    Gentle reader, inasmuch as the mega-school plan is by far the most important public issue to confront our community for some little time, we feel it not out of order to devote an inordinate amount of time and space to that issue in our columns for the time being, so this column will be so focused.

    First of all, we have been addressed with this question: Why are the Rockwood head men so strongly pushing this plan to eliminate their high school when, since the memory of man runneth not to the contrary, Rockwood leadership has always strongly supported their community school?

  • Would school plan be another failed, costly experiment in education?

    I begin this letter with a question related to education: Who was John Dewey?

    He gave us the Dewey Decimal System.

    Dewey was a philosopher and prolific writer. A bibliography of Dewey’s writing is more than 150 pages in length.

    Unknown to many is the fact that Dewey viewed education and teachers as social change agents. He was known as “a man of all knowledge.”

  • Glimpses From a Teacher Historian: Advances foster consequences

    By Mark Banker

    Recent revelations suggest that Britain-based voter profiling firm Cambridge Analytica used infor-mation from Facebook in its at-tempt to influence at least 50 million voters in the 2016 presidential election.

    If reports that the Trump campaign paid the firm $6 million for their services are true, special counsel Robert Mueller will, no doubt, consider if this effort aided and abetted alleged Russian meddling in the election.

  • Put $68 million decision before We The Voters

    Last Friday our newspaper reported on the $68 million new high school.

    One must know that Roane County is a group of “hollers.” Rockwood is a “holler.” Harriman is a “holler” and Oliver Springs is a “holler.”

    I know graduates of Harriman, Kingston and Rockwood high schools. I do not know an Oliver Springs graduate. These all agree that never the twain should meet. Each of these communities has its own personality.