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Today's Opinions

  • Honky-tonk? Not so much. Family fun? For sure

    The article about the Riverfront Band in last week’s Roane County News described it as a “honky tonk” band.
    I’d like to clarify that.
    The band plays country-western music in a family atmosphere, with no drinking or smoking allowed.
    We have mostly family, senior citizens, children and teenagers.
    The main object is exercise, fellowship and to have lots of fun.
    “Doc” Mullins
    Harriman
     

  • Dunn Center benefits from silent auction

    On Friday, Jan. 7, state Sen. Ken Yager hosted his annual chili supper and silent auction at the Kingston Community Center.
    Sen. Yager had contacted the staff at Michael Dunn Center a few weeks prior to the event and notified us that he would like to donate the proceeds of the silent auction to the Michael Dunn Foundation.
    He and his staff spent a great deal of time soliciting gifts from businesses around his district to be entered into a silent auction.
    An estimated 400 people participated in the event.

  • Country is broke and only Repubs can fix it

    Columnist Gerald Largen believes that America is not broke.
    Has he seen the U.S. debt clock which has just surpassed $14 trillion? Our spending, especially on government programs, has got to be cut.
    Largen used several illustrations to indicate that if America is so wealthy, it can afford to pay for government services and programs.
    America’s wealth is in its people and private enterprise, not in government spending programs.

  • Yette – a Roane Countian all should know

    We were saddened by the death last month of Samuel F. Yette, a man whose influence still will be felt decades from now.
    Yette, a Harriman man who was schooled at Rockwood’s famed Campbell High School for black children, left his mark as a journalist.
    He covered many significant Civil Rights Era events for Newsweek magazine and also for LIFE magazine.
    He lost his job at Newsweek after he wrote his plain-spoken, then-controversial book, “The Choice: Black Survival in the United States.”

  • A view from Lick Skillet by Gerald Largen

    Gentle readers, be not disturbed if you do not immediately recognize the name Hetty Green, for she has not been prominent in the news for more than three-quarters of a century.
    But around 1900, Hetty Green was the richest woman in the entire world!
    And the tabloids of the period often wrote of her on account of her miserly ways.

  • Kingston salon wreck victim offers thanks

    I am one of the women injured when a van crashed into a Kingston beauty salon on Aug. 24, 2010.
    First, I want to thank God for letting me live. There were days when my family was told I might not make it through the night, but God had other plans.
    I would like to thank my husband, Bob, and my sons, for taking great care of me when I got home from the hospital. I love you more than I can say.
    Thanks to the classes of ’64 and ’65. Thanks for your prayers, visits and cards. Thank you so much for your gift. God bless you all.

  • ‘New Right’ knows exactly what it seeks

    In response to Gerald Largen’s column of Jan. 7 regarding a mandate within the Obama health care bill, I say welcome aboard. I am proud of the liberal “old curmudgeon’s” conclusion that our government forcing anyone to buy anything is unconstitutional.
    However, as one of the “slow-on-the-uptake” crowd, as he put it, I think seeking legal remedy for this unconstitutional portion of the bill is exactly correct. We are fully aware of what we ask for.

  • Adequate notice is a treasure for democracy

    By BILL WILLIAMS
    The Paris Post-Intelligencer
    Most people probably pay little attention to public notices in newspapers. But — like the fire department that’s out of mind until you need it — they fill an essential role in good government.