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Today's Opinions

  • GUEST OPINION: Knowledge is power against hate, distrust

    By CHARLES C. HAYNES
    First Amendment Center
    Over the past decade, an anti-Muslim movement in America has pushed for anti-Shariah laws in some 23 states and helped generate anti-mosque protests in more than 50 communities.

    Even more disturbing, poisonous anti-Muslim rhetoric has contributed to an atmosphere of anger and hate that provokes acts of intimidation and violence — including the recent attack on a Sikh temple in Wisconsin where six people were murdered, apparently because the killer confused Sikhs with Muslims.

  • Looseleaf Laureate: Two wheels keep on turning, but not here

    My passion for vehicles on two wheels has been well-documented of late.
    I’ve loved riding bicycles since, as a 6-year-old, I snagged my older sister’s powder-blue Huffy out of the yard and wildly pedaled off.
    Now, as an adult, I have two bicycles of my own.
    In the past month or ™so, I’ve gotten my motorcycle license and bought one of those, too.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET by Gerald Largen: If they love the party, Republicans will fire DesJarlais

    It seems, gentle reader, that when we were first exposed to the deplorable conduct of Dr. Scott DesJarlais, we weren’t told even half of the story.

    What we were told about his conduct with and to his first wife, and even more importantly his son, seemed enough to disqualify him from representing us, or any others of the good, moral, ethical, and high principled citizens of the old Fourth Congressional District of Tennessee.

    However, our Republican friends saw it differently and gave this low-life reprobate their votes.

  • Are those prepaid funeral expenses really covered?

    This letter is to the people of Roane County who think they have made their “final” funeral arrangements, paid in full, with a local funeral home.

    Our mother passed away recently and had made her arrangements in 1990.

    She was 80 years old at the time and thought her family wouldn’t have to worry about anything financial when she passed away.

  • Mystery of missing gift card has her rethinking options

    In August, I purchased three gift cards for my granddaughters’ birthdays. Two days later, I put their gift cards with their birthday cards in my home mailbox to be sent to them.

    Somewhere along the way, one card did not get to the intended recipient.

    The card was used a couple days after the purchase by an unauthorized person. It remains to me a mystery how it was able to be cashed so quickly.

    It makes me think it didn’t have time to be delivered.

  • GUEST OPINION: Cities may not screen transit ads by viewpoint

    By KEN PAULSON
    First Amendment Center
    A second federal judge has ruled that a metropolitan transit system must accept controversial ads that call for support for Israel and the defeat of “jihad.”

  • Listless Congress cedes power to president

    By LEE HAMILTON
    Center on Congress
    There is a widespread sense, both in Washington and around the country, that Congress has just ended one of the most listless and unproductive sessions in memory.

    When its members bolted town to go home and campaign, they left a long list of big issues unaddressed — immigration reform, “the fiscal cliff,” climate change, entitlement reform, cyber-security.

  • Lowest bid isn’t always the best choice for country

    The ongoing political campaigns fill the media with exaggerated or alleged factoids and lies while the country continues an inexorable slide into a second-rate economy status.

    It seems obvious that the low prices in discount and retail stores are paid for by the unemployed workers who once made the furniture, shoes, clothing, electronics etc and were paid a living wage.