Today's Opinions

  • Harriman’s government failed city employee and voters they represent

    The other night, I attended a City Council meeting. A friend of mine asked me to attend in support of them.

    It shocked me not that this person could lose their job but that the city government was only providing four or six hours’ notice to them. No

    way have I ever been taught to treat others like this. They should have been informed weeks before that date.

    Not sure who the responsible party was who should have notified them — and it does not matter. It’s a failure of the city government.

  • From the Editor’s Desk: Creswell worked hard for all of us

    It is with regret at his leaving and congratulations for a job well done that Roane County will say goodbye to Wade Creswell, president of the Roane Alliance.

    Wade has decided to exercise his considerable talents in the service of another local organization, for whom I’m certain he will be a great asset.

    Wade not only brought a great deal of marketing talent to the Alliance, he also brought a level of sincerity and passion to his promotion of Roane County that could only be found among those who really love this place.

  • Creswell’s priority was to make life better in Roane

    This is directed to the columnist Gerald Largen in response to his column, “A View From Lick Skillet, Is It time to revaluate the Roane Alliance?”

    I would first like to note that it is “re-evaluate,” not “revaluate.” That must be your highly thought of education kicking in.

    If you value any shred of integrity in the journalist world, then you might want to “re-evaluate” your views. Your recent column was the most biased piece of writing I have ever read.

  • Farewell to the ever-welcoming Wade Creswell

    The news of Wade Creswell’s leaving the Roane Alliance came as no surprise to me. He told many of us that it might happen, and I wish him the best in all his future endeavors.

    Of course, the Roane Alliance will continue to support the county. The Alliance is better off for having a man such as Mr. Creswell leading it for the last few years. In the time I have known him, he has proven to be a man of honesty, integrity, honor and courage.

  • Going With the Flo: Are you ready to say enough is enough?

    By Flo Charles

    Henry David Thoreau stated: “It’s not what you’re looking at that matters, it’s what you see.”

    I was shocked at what I saw of Sen. McCain’s funeral — religiously moving on the surface, but a shocking revelation of mutinous actions! Being so stunned, I missed my high school reunion, replaying everything, disbelieving the contemptuous attitudes I was seeing and hearing.

  • A View From Lick Skillet: Is it time to revaluate the Roane Alliance?

    President Harry Truman is credited with saying, “If you can’t take the heat, stay out of the kitchen.” And it’s old folk wisdom, “never to start a fire you can’t put out”. Now why, you may ask, is the old curmudgeon bandying about all this pyrotechnical talk?

  • Are the candidates on November’s ballot standing up for you?

    What went wrong with the American Dream?

    Why do many rural families, women, people of color, young people or older workers feel under-employed?

    A democratic nation stands for equal rights, responsibilities and opportunities. Many families work so hard for so little money, pay way too much for health care, and worry if their retirement savings and Social Security will be there when they are ready.

    We may be at full employment, but some have to work two to three jobs and still not make ends meet.

  • Watchful eye could help make Mount Roosevelt beautiful once again

    I received the newspaper from Rockwood today.

    In regard to Mount Roosevelt, yes, it is the most beautiful spot. This beautiful place has been overlooked for years. It is overgrown and unkempt.

    Each time I come to Rockwood, I go up to the tower, and it is heartbreaking to see what others do and those that have ways to correct.

    Why not do a little more policing, cameras, put up fences and fine people that are causing the litter, vandalism?

    Please try harder to contact the Forestry Department. It could make a beautiful view again.