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Today's Opinions

  • 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. 

  • Commandments guide morality, absolutes exist

    Charles Haynes, in his Guest Opinion in the July 6 edition of the Roane County News, ended with, “But with New York as a model, we can acknowledge both gay equality and religious liberty as basic human rights.”
    Our Constitution recognizes religious liberty not just because “the multiplicity of sects in the new nation left us little alternative.”

  • IMPRESSIONS by Johnny Teglas: Looking for value in hard times? Here’s help

    Like you, I’m pretty much a very, very loyal grocery shopper.
    Over the years, I’ve chosen to spend money with folks who spend theirs with me.
    Hence, I search their ads in the newspaper each week to determine what I am going to buy where.
    I honestly can’t recall a moment when I went out on a “jag” and plunked down serious cash for an item I hadn’t thought out.
    Well, I guess I do have to admit I once rushed out to a convenience store on Christmas morning for batteries for one of Jon Clark’s Christmas gifts.