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Today's Opinions

  • Bipartisan effort on budget mess is appreciated

    We were pleased to see that Lamar Alexander, the U.S. senator from Tennessee, was one of a handful of elected officials working in a bipartisan fashion to end the national budget standoff that has been threatening to crumble our economy.
    These are shaky economic times, and while blancing the budget sounds good, cutting spending and programs now could easily send our situation into the kind of crash that could wreak worldwide disaster.
    Alexander and his “Gang of Six” senators are to be commended for putting the American people ahead of political lines.

  • IMPRESSIONS by Johnny Teglas: Send in vacation photos holding the RC News!

    Beating the heat … that seems to be a goal everyone’s trying to achieve these days.
    With most of the country in the grips of what many are calling a “deep fryer,” it seems as if record highs are being registered pretty much daily.
    While we’ve not been hit by triple digits as have many from the Southwest to the Midwest yet (and hopefully won’t), the combination of mid 90s and upper 60s dew points here in the Tennessee Valley have combined for some seriously steamy days.

  • The Garden Gate by Ellen Probert Williamson: Vegetable blooms a promise of tomorrow's bounty

    All vegetable plants must have flowers in order to produce their fruits, although most farmers and vegetable gardeners don’t pay much attention to them, being intent upon the vegetables to come.
    The flowers are just the means to an end. But vegetable flowers are all very pretty and can be surprisingly effective in flower arrangements.

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: It's nice to pretend the good guys always win

    “You know what today is?” my mother asked in a recent phone call.

    “I do,” I replied without hesitation.

    She didn’t have to ask.

    I needed no reminder that July 11 was the fifth anniversary of my father’s death from cancer.

    I try not to dwell on the pain of his last days and the suffering which he handled with dignity.

    Instead, I try to focus on my fondest memories of him.

  • A view from Lick Skillet by Gerald Largen: The passing scene grows more grotesque

    Ah, Gentle Reader, the last few days have been filled with unusual, noteworthy occurrences, haven’t they?
    For instance, a certain element, which is usually almost fulsome in its praise for the late Ronald Reagan and all his works, has forgotten, or maybe never knew of, his adventure in bombing Col. Gadhafi’s compound in Tripoli.
    As we recall, he didn’t trouble the Congress with his plans, he just did it, and as a result the Col. had a complete conversion and behaved himself for several years thereafter.

  • Should public officials govern our free speech?

    By KEN PAULSON
    First Amendment Center
    There’s not a lot of free speech in most workplaces. The First Amendment provides that government cannot limit our speech, but we don’t enjoy the same liberty where we work.
    If you doubt that, you may want to try to petition your boss for a redress of grievances and then organize a march to his office to make your point.
    Chances are your free speech will end up giving you more free time than you ever intended.

  • Supreme Court to give another look to broadcast decency

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    First Amendment Center
    The U.S. Supreme Court will consider next term whether to uphold or throw out the government’s rules about what broadcasters can put on over-the-airwaves TV when young children may be watching.

  • Roane County: Great amenities, wonderful people

    Over the past Fourth of July weekend, my family from out-of-town took in the beauty of Roane County in more than a visual appreciation of the offerings Roane County extends. 
    Roane County Park’s splash pad was a terrific place to enjoy young children in the safe recreational environment  while providing lake swimming, $5 paddle boat rentals and viewing of the watercraft traveling along the river, all in a very well maintained park.