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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • If God put Trump in office, He also chose past leaders

    If you are going to believe and spread the idea God put Trump into office, then you have to take the cognitive step to accept He also did the same for the past presidents. 

    You know, don’t you, that kind of belief dates back to ancient times, even farther back than Medieval England to the time of early Mayan societies. 

    The premise is that God elects and bestows His divine to those at the top, thereby, making them gods … or so they believed. 

    It further gave them the unquestionable right to sow power over the people. 

  • THE VIEW FROM HERE: A lesson in tobacco

    By SHELIA SITZLAR

    Many years ago, I had a supervisor at work named Andy. He was a displaced Yankee, having been transferred here from Chicago.

    Andy was a good guy and he worked hard to fit in, but his mouth betrayed him to any local.

    He just didn’t talk “right” and try as he may, he never mastered our beautiful East Tennessee twang, so every time he spoke, his displaced (or misplaced) status as a Yankee was confirmed.

  • Make it a truly happy holiday for Thanksgiving Day

    While President Trump is pardoning two turkeys for Thanksgiving, every one of us can exercise that same presidential power by choosing a non-violent Thanksgiving observance.

    And here are some other good reasons:

    • You can brag about pardoning a turkey — like Trump (or not).

    • You will stay awake for your entire favorite football game.

    • Your sensible vegetarian kid won’t have to boycott the family dinner.

    • Plant-based holiday roasts don’t have to carry government warning labels.