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Today's Opinions

  • Time to give credit where credit is due

    We would be remiss in our duty if we did not, on these pages, acknowledge the the death of Henry Wattenbarger.
    Wattenbarger was a friend to this newspaper — and to many individuals and groups in and around the community.
    We sometimes wondered of Wattenbarger felt his contributions — and they were many — would be forgotten after he was gone.
    They won’t be — not by the people who knew him.
    Wattenbarger lived past the age of 90 and was one of the busiest retirees we have ever known.

  • Residents proud to call Clifty Manor home

    We are proud to be living at Clifty Manor for quite a few years. Not everyone has bedbugs — maybe four or five apartments.

    We have an excellent pest control company. They do a good job here. They can only do so much to treat a problem if the tenant doesn’t do his part to oust their bedbugs. That’s the biggest problem.

    There are always a few bad apples in every bushel. There’s no reason not to be clean and respect your place of residence.

    Thank you for printing the good of Clifty Manor tenants.

  • The view behind the lead dog isn't pretty, writer says

    This letter is in response to the county commissioners voting unanimously to borrow money to purchase new school buses.

    Our forefathers set up a system so we, the people, would have representation at the county, state and federal levels of government.

    In the past, our commissioners were voting their will, and not the will of the people of Roane County.

    We thought we had corrected this problem when we voted several of the commissioners out of office during the last election.

  • A View From Lick Skillet: On friends and neighbors past and present

    By Gerald Largen

  • Holiday season doesn't have to be a big stress fest

    Tensions run high during the holiday season.When high expectations meet the demands of reality, it can dash the brightest moods.

    What can we do to make our holiday season brighter? Change our expectations.

    Perfection isn’t all it’s cut out to be. Let’s aim for good enough instead.

    Don’t worry if the main course came out a bit dry — that’s what gravy is for.

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: Facing winter with a warm glow -- for now

    Last Sunday evening, in the warm company of friends, I realized what I like best about winter.

    Friends Steve and Helen, who live on the edge of Catoosa Ridge, had cooked up a big pot of Mexican hominy stew and issued an all-call to their friends.

    Later, on their deck, the group of us admired the bare and twisted chestnut oak that dominates their viewshed and then turned a telescope up to the heavens to marvel at the moons of Jupiter.

  • Knee-jerking on religion puts freedom at risk

    By CHARLES C. HAYNES
    First Amendment Center
    Much of the news media seemed bemused or bewildered when Sharron Angle warned of an Islamic-law takeover in America during her unsuccessful bid to unseat Sen. Harry Reid.
    Angle was widely ridiculed for citing Frankford, Texas (a town that no longer exists), and Dearborn, Mich. (with a large population of Arab-Americans living under American law), as examples of the imposition of Islamic or sharia law.

  • IMPRESSIONS: Having 30 years of marriage to be thankful for

    I read recently that a national poll revealed a disturbing trend — at least to me. Apparently, nearly 40 percent of Americans say marriage is “obsolete.”
    Say what?
    For decades nearly half of all marriages have ended in divorce.
    But for an almost equal number of respondents to say the state of holy matri-mony is dead on arrival.
    I can’t imagine ever not being married.
    I met the love of my life when I was 19. I’m 51 now.