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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.

  • OUT to LUNCH: Gloria Jean’s has a flair for great southern cuisine

    In our “Out to Lunch” adventures I’ve discovered restaurant locations change management and names.  

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: GOP-ruled Tennessee, third most corrupt state?

    Last week we pointed out how the Republican Party’s unification behind their apostle of adultery and abortion, Dr. Scott DesJarlais, their candidate for re-election as congressman from the Fourth Congressional District of Tennessee must perforce result in the party itself being henceforth labeled, not the pro-life party of family values, but instead the party of Adultery and Abortion.

  • There’s more to consider for big cat rescue, neighbors

    In the matter of the Tiger Haven big cat rescue in East Roane County, the issue of liability insurance has not been addressed. 

    How many companies in the state of Tennessee, while operating with this much capacity for endangering the lives and well-being of a entire community and surrounding counties, have shown no proof of financial responsibility? 

    What is one human life worth?

  • GUEST OPINION: Many confused on church/state separation

    By CHARLES C. HAYNES

    First Amendment Center

    At a time when Americans are deeply divided over the meaning of “separation of church and state,” a recent ruling from the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals provides a much-needed case study in how the First Amendment’s establishment clause is supposed to work.