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Today's Opinions

  • A view from Lick Skillet by Gerald Largen: When thinking of national debt, recall 1835

    As we predicted last week, we continue to be inundated with statements, almost sermons, about the national debt and how some of our right-wing wise guys are going to pay off the debt. To this you, learned reader, may well express some doubt — a sort of ‘I’ll believe it when I see it” type attitude — and your doubt is well justified, as we will now demonstrate:

  • Collared tigers would hinder more than help

    Well, here we go again about Tiger Haven. What does it take? There
    have been no problems with the people who run the facility. The TWRA
    monitors the place, and evidently they have found nothing wrong with the way they have taken care of the big cats.
    I live close to the facility and have not had any problems whatsoever. Would you want to walk around with a location collar around your neck? I think not, and probably the cats would not, either.

  • College officials, police denounce legislators’ gun plan

    Tennessee Board of Regents Chancellor John Morgan was speaking out, expressing his concern for the safety of students, faculty and staff on college campuses if a bill being discussed in the legislature to allow guns on public campuses is passed.
    Morgan has joined the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police, University of Tennessee President Joe DiPietro, and numerous other presidents, faculty, staff and students of Tennessee’s public higher education institutions in opposing the bills.

  • School wars over religion heating up

    By Charles C. Haynes
    First Amendment Center
    Just when First Amendment principles seem to be working in public education, new fights over student religious speech threaten to reignite culture-war battles in schools across the country.

  • IMPRESSIONS by Johnny Teglas

    I wonder who “anonymous” is.
    I ponder the question simply because whoever that person or entity is recently made a priceless investment in Roane County.
    Through their philanthropy, The Roane Alliance now owns its building free and clear.
    Only one stipulation President and CEO Leslie Henderson said was required.
    The Alliance and its partners must continue to invest in upkeep and improvements in the property over the next 10 years.
    Seems pretty reasonable to me.

  • Salvation Army organizers have thanks aplenty

    Salvation Army recently held its annual reception to honor the volunteers who rang bells for us during the Christmas season. It was a great time of food and fellowship for everyone.
    We would like to thank all the businesses that contributed food or door prizes. We could not do it without them.

  • What could be funnier than following politics?

    Our little planet wobbles and spins through space, orbiting a red-hot coal that will eventually incinerate us and turn Earth, our moon and all other planets and orbiting space debris into a part of the dying red giant.
    In the meantime, we have to face floods, sweltering summer heat waves and chilling winters. Tornadoes rip a path from Oklahoma to Tennessee.
    Meanwhile, our legislators worry about the safety and humane treatment of fighting roosters and busy themselves with legislating the nursing habits of women in Tennessee.

  • Teacher made a mistake but is not a bad apple

    I write in response to the overwhelmingly condemning reaction to Debbie Hayes, the teacher involved in the incident at Bowers Elementary. 
    I don’t defend or agree with the tactic used, but find myself compelled to offer some words of support due to the one-sided public expression that I am hearing.
    My daughter had Mrs. Hayes as a teacher and loved her.  She was well-prepared and enthusiastic about school. 
    Mrs. Hayes had a lot to do with that.