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Today's Opinions

  • Ruling means press might pay to stream games

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    First Amendment Center
    When the nation’s Founders protected press freedom, they had never heard of public high school football games. If they had, they probably would have understood the desire of a free press to cover them. But the press has run into a little trouble with that of late.

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: Two lakes, two very different days on the water

    Last Saturday, I spent the morning in my kayak at the Kingston waterfront, dutifully watching as swimmers churned through the water in the city’s first triathlon.

    Excitement was in the air as people cheered from the shore and other volunteer kayakers and a Jet Ski operator made sure all were safe.

    On Sunday morning, I was back in the kayak and on the water again — this time a couple of hours away.

  • Women’s equality remains only a goal in workplace

    By MARIANNE HILL
    American Forum
    Women’s Equality Day, Aug. 26, is both a celebration of women’s progress and a reminder that equality remains a goal, not a reality.
    On this day in 1920, women gained the right to vote under the 19th Amendment.
    Today, more than 90 years later, the struggle to advance women’s rights is concentrated on the economic front — with an end to discrimination against women in the labor force a critical, and hotly debated, objective.

  • A view from Lick Skillet by Gerald Largen: Tea Party wants nothing from government! Really?

    Gentle Reader, it is not too soon to give some thought to your schedule for Labor Day, Monday, 5 September.
    If you do not already have firm plans for that day, some of you might well wish to attend the East Tennessee Labor Day Picnic at Roane County Park from noon to 3 p.m.
    The event is as usual sponsored by the Roane County Democratic Party, but this year it is designated to honor Teachers and one of the guest speakers is scheduled to be Reba Luttrell, Representative of the Tennessee Education Association.

  • Tea Party violence — or was it? The debate continues

    I submit this letter in response to a recent Roane County News item headlined Truth and opinion in letters from readers, an Opinion page Nuts and Bolts column by editor Terri Likens.
    The article sought to explain the reasons for editing letters submitted to the Roane County News.
    One condition to edit would be if the editorial staff had knowledge that any particular statement submitted was false. Any false statement would be edited out.

  • As West looks to control tweets, China squawks

    By KEN PAULSON
    First Amendment Center
    The use of social media to organize and fuel riots in Great Britain has led some Western public officials to speculate about limits on BlackBerry messages, Twitter and Facebook.
    Such talk has not gone unnoticed by more-repressive nations.
    Chinese media have claimed hypocrisy by the West and have used the news events as justification for “proper web monitoring.”
    From Xinhua, China’s state-run news organization:

  • Engaging change – why a policy was altered

    Things change.
    Sometimes, in response, we have to change, too.
    Few words could be truer when talking about people … and even newspapers.
    Here at the Roane County News, we like to reason things out when we set any kind of policy.
    But sometimes, even after they were made with careful thought, we see flaws or omissions in our policies.
    We find points we hadn’t thought about, and we consider changes.
    Last week we made an alteration to our policy concerning the publication of engagements between couples planning to marry.

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: The teachers I know really care about what they do

    How did you spend your weekend?

    I spent the better part of Sunday afternoon in a Hamilton County classroom scrubbing desks and lab tables.

    I’m no school teacher, but Derek — the man I am dating  — is.

    I rubbed out graffiti, scraped gum, wiped away months of grime and even washed a few windows while he arranged and installed equipment and tackled other chores.

    It was important for him to be ready for the return of students this week.