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Today's Opinions

  • Going With the Flo: God’s Word tells us to support our President

    By Flo Charles

    Writing about President Trump again wasn’t my intention; now it seems necessary!

    I support our President because God’s Word says to!

    God is Sovereign - we are responsible.

    In Deuteronomy 6, God promises to cast all our enemies from before us, if we do what is right and good.

    Supporting our president is doing what is right and good. It’s obedience to God’s authority!

  • A big thanks to Harback for part in Thanksgiving meal

    The volunteers of the Harriman Love Kitchen, who meet at the First Presbyterian Church on Clinton Street, want to thank Rodney Harback for the turkey, dressing, gravy and more for the past several Thanksgiving meals.

    He has gone above and beyond in helping serve the needy in our community, and we want people to know how much we appreciate what he has done.

    We also want to thank those who donated $349.52 during the Community Thanksgiving service. As we begin the Advent season, let’s follow Rodney’s example and help those in need.

  • Glimpses From a Teacher Historian: Common goals unite opposites

    Last week, opinion-editorial pages from an array of newspapers and web-sites offered advice to readers who hoped to avoid heated debates with kin and others about politics and other controversial matters as they ate their Thanksgiving meal.

    If we six “Banker Boys” had reconvened last Thursday, perhaps that advice might have been helpful. But, in my brothers’ absence, unpleasant discourse was not an issue in our household.

  • Current system for health insurance unfair for uninsured

    We need insurance equality.

    People with employer backed insurance apparently have the right to tax free subsidies from the consumers, for employers do pass the cost of those subsidies on to  those consumers, who may or may not have insurance of their own.

    Government workers apparently have the right to insurance subsidies from the taxpayers, whether those taxpayers have their own insurance or not.

    The uninsured only have the right to be silent and keep subsidizing the total bigots who call them freeloaders.

    Thomas Hensley

  • Flo’s column not needed as counter to Largen column

    Why does the Roane County News feature the weekly ramblings of a religious writer on the Opinion page?

    Do Largen’s writings really need to be offset with religious hate speech like that which calls a portion of the electorate anti-Americans, Socialists, Marxists and Communists?

    Flo’s recent column stating that the Republican loss of the House was due to “Christians staying home” was both laughable and insulting.

  • Flo’s column not needed as counter to Largen column

    Why does the Roane County News feature the weekly ramblings of a religious writer on the Opinion page?

    Do Largen’s writings really need to be offset with religious hate speech like that which calls a portion of the electorate anti-Americans, Socialists, Marxists and Communists?

    Flo’s recent column stating that the Republican loss of the House was due to “Christians staying home” was both laughable and insulting.

  • Largen is wrong when criticizing Trump, Sessions

    The last time I wrote into the Roane County News I told myself not to mention Gerald Largen or A View From Lick Skillet ever again.

    So that will be the last time I type those two items. People in Roane County don’t need me naming the evil that resides in the county; they have lived with it a very long time.

    How could one person get so much wrong?

    While reading the paper on Nov. 16, I saw that some people will never change. They are so full of hate and anger they just can’t get out beyond it in their own small minds.

  • Going With the Flo: Christians staying home is why Right lost the House

    By Flo Charles

    The greatest problem in America is spiritual apathy.

    Too many Christians didn’t care enough to get involved, but helped push our nation to the edge of the abyss.

    Christians could have prevented this, but stayed home during midterms and didn’t vote.

    Therefore, the House was lost!

    The average midterm turnout since 2010 for people who identify as Protestants (Evangelicals) averaged 55 percent.

    This midterm, 47 percent of people who identify themselves as Protestant voted.