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Editorials

  • Give Kingston employees bonus from scrap sale

    Things are tight all over.
    With that in mind, we can understand the debate over a recent proposal to sell scrap metal the city of Kingston has accumulated in order to give employees an extra pay boost.
    The idea, proposed by Councilman Kevin McClure, would raise enough to add an extra $98 or so to the approximately $400 bonus each employee will receive. Other than the bonus, the employees are not getting a raise.
    Normally, we might agree with Councilman Brant Williams that the scrap-metal money could be put to better use.

  • More thoughts on consolidation of utilities

    A number of years ago, discussion of the potential of a merger of some municipal and county services was discussed in this county.
    Few people embraced the possibility of a full metro government, with the cities and county merging into one.
    However, some embraced aspects of such mergers. High on that list are municipal utilities.
    Both Rockwood and Harriman have or are anticipating the loss of top managers in their utility departments.

  • Note to authorities – reporters are not demonstrators

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    The First Amendment is not a secondary concern. That simple and obvious statement is disregarded by police and municipal authorities when they arrest journalists who are reporting on controversial protests.
    In the process, they debase all of our rights of free speech, press and assembly — three of the core freedoms in the First Amendment specifically delineated by the Founders to protect us against government suppression of points of view, speech and news reports.

  • Time to give credit where credit is due

    We would be remiss in our duty if we did not, on these pages, acknowledge the the death of Henry Wattenbarger.
    Wattenbarger was a friend to this newspaper — and to many individuals and groups in and around the community.
    We sometimes wondered of Wattenbarger felt his contributions — and they were many — would be forgotten after he was gone.
    They won’t be — not by the people who knew him.
    Wattenbarger lived past the age of 90 and was one of the busiest retirees we have ever known.

  • Holiday season doesn't have to be a big stress fest

    Tensions run high during the holiday season.When high expectations meet the demands of reality, it can dash the brightest moods.

    What can we do to make our holiday season brighter? Change our expectations.

    Perfection isn’t all it’s cut out to be. Let’s aim for good enough instead.

    Don’t worry if the main course came out a bit dry — that’s what gravy is for.

  • Knee-jerking on religion puts freedom at risk

    By CHARLES C. HAYNES
    First Amendment Center
    Much of the news media seemed bemused or bewildered when Sharron Angle warned of an Islamic-law takeover in America during her unsuccessful bid to unseat Sen. Harry Reid.
    Angle was widely ridiculed for citing Frankford, Texas (a town that no longer exists), and Dearborn, Mich. (with a large population of Arab-Americans living under American law), as examples of the imposition of Islamic or sharia law.

  • Lives saved in accident in spite of risks

    Two lives were lost in a horrendous accident on Hwy. 58 Monday morning, but if not for the quick action of passersby, others may have met the same fate.
    We would like to commend Eric Bauer, who was on his way to work as an emergency medical technician for Air Evac when he happened on the wreck.
    He and two unnamed passersby worked quickly to free some of those who were trapped in the fiery two-car accident.
    We commend them for stopping to help people who were critically in need.
    We also would like to implore our readers to be careful drivers.

  • Civility – is this America’s latest lost cause?

    By CHARLES C. HAYNES
    From Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson’s ad in Florida demonizing Republican Dan Webster as “Taliban Dan,” to Republican Sharron Angle’s ads in Nevada demonizing Latinos, negative campaigning reached new lows in the 2010 election cycle.
    Grayson and Angle both lost.
    But since their opponents aired their share of attack ads, it’s hard to tell what worked with voters and what didn’t.

  • Throw up your hands (or just throw up?)

    The water department mess in Rockwood has gotten messier — and just when we thought the city council there had turned the corner.
    Here’s a quick summary:
    After some members of the city council focused attention on municipal utility director Rod King, he filed suit against some of those same people, accusing them of meeting illegally to discuss his fate.
    Last week, the council approved a $75,000 settlement with King, contingent on his resignation. In between, there has been much finger pointing, teeth gnashing and even plenty of back biting.

  • YOU are a winner if you went to the polls and voted

    Did you vote?
    Kudos if you did.
    Whether your candidates were successful or every one of them was beat, you deserve credit for participating in the Democratic process.
    A democracy will quickly unravel if its citizens give  up their freedoms — and their obligations to participate in the selection of their government.
    Voters are the biggest freedom fighters of all.