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Today's Opinions

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: A special event for a special former officer

    For more than 25 years, Jonathan Foust was a special kind of trooper — one of those rare officers who was so polite you were likely to thank him for the speeding ticket he handed you.

    “He never saw a person he didn’t like. He was always ready to do what was asked of him,” said Trooper Teresa Brown, who not only worked with Foust on the Tennessee Highway Patrol, but she also graduated from Rockwood High School with him.

  • A view from Lick Skillet by Gerald Largen: The reason we bash Republicans explained

    Gentle reader, we suspect that you, like we, despite wishing it were not so, share a certain prurient interest in the pecadillos of the rich, the famous, and most of all, the powerful.
    So it is that we have followed the reports of the egregious behaviour of IMF chief, Dominique Strauss Kahn, formerly considered most likely the next president of France, and his assault on the housekeeper in the luxurious New York hotel, Sofitel.

  • Missed candidate forum, but had work obligations

    I want to apologize for not being able to attend the “Meet the Candidates” at Killefer Park on May 15.
    I unfortunately had obligations at work that I had to attend to.
    I am part of the working class, which I am sure that most of Harriman can relate with. However, just because I had obligations at work, I don’t want the people of Harriman to think that I don’t care.
    I have a plan for Harriman that I want the people of Harriman to be aware of before the main election, which is June 7.

  • She says she has information, but police won’t call

    I know you’ll get to the real story behind the young Beard woman – seven months pregnant and missing for more than 18 years.
    I pretty much know the three parties who did it or had it done.
    Why, with the other information, didn’t someone look into this at the sheriff’s office?
    I called everyone they told me to so I can tell them what I know, and I haven’t heard a thing back from anyone. What do you think?
    M.M. Gorham
    Kingston

  • Free-speech issues abound on Internet

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    First Amendment Center
    Freedom of speech might logically seem to apply the same way whether the speech takes place on the street corner or on the Internet.
    But that basic First Amendment premise is as yet unsettled in our new Web world. An intricate set of laws and judicial opinions on free speech and defamation has evolved over several centuries, from a system that existed mainly to protect the elite from criticism to one that enables anyone to seek compensation for what they see as unfair damage to their reputation.

  • IMPRESSIONS by Johnny Teglas: Help for libraries is good for all of us

    Back in the day … long before I met the “boss,” got into the information business and then started having children, I had hours to burn.
    Outside of weekend camping trips with buds, some shade-tree mechanic work on my old mini-bike and homework projects, I had a special passion.
    I suppose what it really boiled down to was my tendency to choose to escape from the humdrum of every day life.
    I liked to read.
    And I often could be found wearing out my library card at
    C. Bascom Slemp Memorial Library.

  • Smoky’s death may not have been in vain

    We loved a solid gray cat named Smoky. Just a cat, you may say, just another cat. But he became a family member about nine years ago.
    He’d been in a fight for his life. His left eye was swollen with infection. He was a mess and skinny.
    Doug, my husband, took him to the vet and had him fixed up and “fixed.”
    On May 11, Smoky wanted out, and as usual, Doug called out to me, “‘Smokes’ is out.”

  • Easter event a success thanks to these donors

    Harriman Fire Deportment held its annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 23.
    More than 300 participants entered this year. This event would not be possible without the hard work and dedication of the Harriman firefighters and the many sponsors who make it happen.
    We wish to thank the following sponsors who made this event a big success: