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Today's Opinions

  • Going with the Flo: How a village atheist became our greatest leader

    The first Republican Party was started by 30 anti-slavery Democrats who no longer felt at home in their own party because they were against slavery.

    In 1864, the Republican Party called for a Constitutional Amendment to permanently ban slavery. Abraham Lincoln ran on this anti-slavery platform and got elected.

    The Constitutional Amendment passed, and Lincoln signed it. He didn’t have to. No president ever had signed an amendment, but Lincoln wanted to sign it, because he wanted the world to know that he hated slavery and wanted it to end.

  • A View From Lick Skillet: What has Creswell got against our culture?

    Gentle Reader, by this time you doubtless know of the incipient revolution taking place in your county government.

    We have often heard of a proverbial tail wagging a proverbial dog. Well, our county has produced a multi-tailed dog to wag our little dog. However, we fear, it’s beginning to look more like the ancient goddess Medusa’s head with its multiple snakes.

  • Mega disgusted with board’s talk of mega school

    I am thoroughly disgusted that our school board thinks that a large consolidated school for Kingston, Rockwood and Harriman is going to help our education program in Roane County.

    I read Gerald Largen’s Feb. 22 column, “A View from Lick Skillet.” He titled it, “Mega School Invites Mega Troubles.”

    It is an appropriate title and on spot for what the school board is trying to do. Mr. Largen wrote about some very real considerations when voting for a new, larger school.

  • Going with the Flo: Norma Jean delivers joy at Bradbury yard sales

    By Flo Charles

    This past weekend, Bradbury Methodist Church had its usual yard sale directed by Norma Jean Hensley, wife of Sam Hensley.

    For several years now, these yard sales have been a part of this church on a hill with its light shining like a beacon for all around.

  • A View From Lick Skillet: Why we need the guns. Cowards as cops we don’t

    Gentle reader, the recent school shooting in Florida has brought up once again two matters which one can only hope will be resolved before they grow worse.

    The first is the continued ignorance or misunderstanding of the Second Amendment to our great Constitution, one of the ten amendments to that noble document commonly called the Bill of Rights.

  • Glimpses From a Teacher Historian: Stooping to such reaps rewards

    History often surprises and disappoints those who seek simple lessons from it. One reason for this is that few observers grasp the unintended consequences of historical events.

    To appreciate this, one need only consider how the American Civil War spurred the nation’s emergence as an industrial super power or how World War II accelerated advances for women and African Americans.

  • Constitution often at odds with Commandments

    The belief, often shared on these opinion pages, that our laws are based on the Bible, and more specifically, the Ten Commandments, is absolutely false.

    1. Thou shalt have no other gods before me. The Constitution says you may.

    2. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing. The Constitution says you may, and our federal buildings are covered with them.

    3. Thou shalt not take the name of the lord thy God in vain. The Constitution says you may.

  • Going with the Flo: America’s Pastor was a beacon of integrity

    By Flo Charles

    After 60 years of ministry, Billy Graham’s body was buried Friday, March 2, after the House and Senate both agreed to allow his body to lie in honor at the U.S. Capitol rotunda.

    He is only the fourth citizen to have such an honor. A simple pine box with a cross on top was chosen as a powerful reminder of his simple life; yet he met with every president since World War II, Queen Elizabeth and the beggar on the streets.