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Today's Opinions

  • Ice rescue had heavenly hand; thanks for sharing

     I just wanted to say a big thank you to the Roane County News and  Damon Lawrence for doing such an amazing article on the story about the boys who had  fallen through the ice.

    Thank you for telling it as Neil Crass told it.  So many interviewed him, but chose to cut out the parts where he gave the glory to God, but Lawrence didn’t.  

    Thank you for allowing Crass to share his faith in  the media, because we all know that if God had not been in the midst of all this, those boys would not have made it.

  • Laws are not answer to curtail drug abusers

    Pain pill adiction is epidemic. That’s what some leaders in Harriman want the rest of us to believe.  

    And J.D. Sampson thinks he has the answer. Obviously the well-meaning councilman has better ideas than the AMA, FDA, DoJ and countless other three-letter acronyms that proliferate our pyramid of government. He had heard of a pill that could not be ground up — maybe on the Internet — therefore, it must be true.

  • GUEST OPINION: Putin’s shiny Olympic village a civil-rights ruse

    By CHARLES C. HAYNES
    First Amendment Center
    Russian President Vladimir Putin has spent more than $50 billion — more than all previous Winter Games combined — to unveil a “new Russia” at the Sochi Olympics.

    But Sochi’s shiny new infrastructure is little more than a Potemkin village, an extravagant ruse designed to deceive the world about the true nature of Putin’s police state.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Republicans at the center of week’s news

     

    Gentle reader: As so often happens when we come to organize the items we wish to communicate about with you, this week’s topics seem all to center around one or more of our Republican friends. 

    In fact, in each of the subjects which I hope to write about, if enough room is available, one or more Republicans plays a major role.

  • Family wrongly cuffed, roughed up by police

     

    Recently, you published an article about the good job police did apprehending the robbers of Rocky Top Market No. 37 on Bluff Road on Sept. 27, 2013.

    You forgot to mention the family that was stopped and harassed on their way home from a football game because they were driving a car of the same color as that used by the robbers.

  • Legislators should approve Haslam’s education program

    Gov. Bill Haslam’s proposal to establish a program he called “Tennessee Promise” gives hope for higher education to many high school graduates who might not otherwise have the means to enter college or technical school.

    The governor plans to use monies from the state lottery reserve fund to pay for this program.

  • Studying robins’ arrival for clues to changing weather

    On Jan. 19, 2013, I saw a group of four or five robins in the yard. I had never observed robins in January.

    I wondered if I would see them this year, then on Jan. 12 I looked out the window and saw a robin about 20 feet from the house.

    He was hunting for food, as robins do, and was there for 20 minutes.

    About 12:30, he was there again. I looked for others, but did not see any.

    Last year on Jan. 27, one daffodil blossom was opening. I am watching to see when it will be this year.

  • GUEST OPINION: More free speech in the face of bigotry

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    First Amendment CenterOne of the most difficult times for the public image of the First Amendment is when its protection for freedom of expression means sheltering speech that most people find offensive, degrading or vile.