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Today's Opinions

  • GUEST OPINION: More on media and government secrets

    By Gene Policinski, First Amendment Center
    Will the government ever do it — charge a reporter under the Espionage Act with endangering national security for disclosing classified information?

    No journalist ever has been prosecuted for receiving and writing about such leaked information. Two recent controversies raised questions of how far the Department of Justice officials might go in investigations of such “leaks.”

    But President Obama clearly stepped back from taking the issue to any constitutional cliff.

  • LETTER: Bigots wrongly think they can speak for us

    No, racism isn’t dead. It isn’t even sleeping. It is hiding behind closed   doors of houses built with cow’s dung.  It is just as strong and ugly, and it raises its head to announce things, opinions and people it will not tolerate.

    What arrogance to make personal decisions for someone else because their own fragile senses are offended.

    A cereal company had the audacity to include a mixed-race couple with a child in their commercial.

    The cow’s dung house exploded with anger and indignation.

  • LETTER: School-shooting security increase is unnecessary

    Should we raise taxes and spend huge amounts of money on beefed up security in our schools — NO!

    Here’s why:

    Since 2000 the United States has averaged 2.46 school shootings per year, including shootings where no one, including students, were injured or only the shooter died (suicide).

    The chances of any particular K-12 school in the United States experiencing a shooting incident in any given year is approximately 1 in 53,925.

  • Congressional investigations must be done right

    By Lee H. Hamilton, Center on Congress
    By my count, 11 separate Washington investigations are looking into the three big issues besetting the Obama Administration right now: Benghazi, IRS targeting of Tea Party groups, and the Justice Department’s pursuit of national security leaks to Associated Press reporters.

    That’s a lot of scrutinizing by any measure.

     Don’t get me wrong.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Sen. Howard Baker’s Roane roots ran very deep

    As the unofficial keeper of the family genealogy, since the death of Senator Howard H. Baker, Jr., we have been contacted by more than one mutual cousin seeking information clarifying the exact nature of Howard’s relationship to the caller, which we have been glad to provide.

    On reflection, it struck us that since there are literally hundreds of relatives of the late senator in the readership of this paper,
    it might be a good thing to give a brief history of this relationship to them and so many other Roane Countians.

  • Looking for former Re-Ed students for possible reunion

    I’m looking for students, faculty and staff from East Tennessee who attended the Children’s Re-education Center (Re-Ed), also known as Smallwood at Moccasin Bend in Chattanooga during 1968 and 1969.

    After 45 years, it would be great to have a reunion. Most were from the Chattanooga area, but some were from other parts of East Tennessee.

    Anyone who is interested, please call me at 423-698-3643.

    Kevin Wheeler
    Chattanooga

  • GUEST OPINION: Expect fireworks over Hobby Lobby decision

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    First Amendment Center
    We celebrated the nation’s 237th birthday on this July 4th holiday weekend with fireworks of all kinds and colors, but there are some ongoing pyrotechnics around First Amendment issues from religious liberty to free speech.

  • Kingston has the chance to do right with development

    This is an open letter to Kingston City Council concerning the development behind Woodhaven Subdivision and Davis Drive.

    Please forgive me for beginning with a question, but, if the hopeful developers of the acreage behind our homes propose to appropriate our entry road and to then make it impossible for large trucks to turn toward our homes in order to protect us from unwanted annoyances, how will we get large trucks to our homes when we need to move?