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Today's Opinions

  • GUEST OPINION: Cross-media ownership likely to widen soon

    By KEN PAULSON
    First Amendment Center
    Cross-ownership of newspapers and broadcast stations has long been strictly regulated, but that may be about to change.

    The Los Angeles Times reports that the Federal Communications Commission is expected to approve a proposal that would permit ownership of both a newspaper and major television and radio station in the nation’s 20 largest markets.

    The idea behind the limitation was to prevent a single media entity from dominating the free flow of information to a community.

  • Looseleaf Laureate: Elections not as tasty now

    I’ll never forget the first election I covered.
    I was a poor reporter, barely making more than minimum wage and trying to get by on it.
    Ground zero for election coverage was the courthouse in Pineville, Ky., and Election Day was the highlight of my professional calendar.
    The county clerk’s office — and many other contributors — brought in a feast of casseroles, meats, side dishes, snacks and desserts and shared willingly with all.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Whither the divided house of Republicans?

    Well, Gentle Reader, the old curmudgeon need not feel embarrassed by his prognostications that Barack Obama would be re-elected, inasmuch as he has been.

    Possibly even more impressive than the President’s win, is the fact that the Senate is firmly in control of the Democrats.

    The most perilous aspect of the election results is probably the retention of control of the House of Representatives by the Republicans.

    How did the Republican losses come about?

  • Roane County lags on free books for children program

    Recently, Tennessee’s First Lady, Crissy Haslam honored McMinn County Imagination Library as the top ranking program in the state with regards to the percentage of children enrolled in this early childhood literacy program.  

    Fully 89 percent of McMinn County’s children, from birth to age 5, are receiving free books every month.  

    McMinn Imagination Library volunteers have done a great job reaching their children.
    Roane County’s enrollment is 64 percent.  

  • GUEST OPINION: Look to the First Amendment to know the Second

    By DAVID L. HUDSON Jr.
    First Amendment Center
    The First Amendment right to freedom of speech and the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms are usually related only by their proximity in the Bill of Rights.

    But the connection actually runs much deeper. Courts are using standards from First Amendment law and applying them in Second Amendment cases.

    The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals just did this in its Oct. 25 decision in National Rifle Association v. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.

  • Residents respond to ash cleanup

    REPORT FROM ROANE COUNTY
    COMMUNITY ADVISORY GROUP
    Roane County residents directly impacted by the 2008 catastrophic release of 5.4 million cubic yards of fly ash, expressed their disappointment in TVA’s most recent clean up plan.

    Last month, many of them submitted comments on TVA’s latest plan to clean up the fly ash that still remains in the Emory, Clinch and Tennessee rivers.

  • Time for a change in Harriman High football coaching

    I have watched Harriman High School football since 1958. Sometimes we won, sometimes we lost, but we always competed.

    This is the worst coached team I have seen in my 64 years.

    When I played for Harriman, practice was harder than any game we ever played.

    I have watched these teams practice for a long time. These coaches don’t allow tackling.
    This is football, coach.

    I am so sick of hearing “We are so young.” You haven’t been young for the past nine years.

  • Likens bombing of embassies to World War III

    A recent letter by B.J. Gillum urges us to stay out of war. But it appears to me that we are already in World War III.

    Bombings of embassies in Kenya and Tanganyika were acts of war, as was the bombing of the USS Cole.

    The first bombing of the World Trade Center was still another and, of course, a “better” job was done on that building on Sept. 11, 2001.

    This war is quite different than the two I was involved in, World War II and Korea, and will have to be approached differently, of course.