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Today's Opinions

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: Funny what you see on a long, dark highway

    I’ve been on the road a bit lately — trips that involve night driving on miles of two-lane highways. I couldn’t help but notice the light glowing from the windows of houses scattered along the way.

    And in noticing, landscape features faded and years slipped away.

    I was a kid again, riding in a car down U.S. 41 to see my father’s people.

  • Here’s your opportunity to REACH out and help

    In one of his many post-game interviews Saturday afternoon Tennessee football coach Derek Dooley summed things up: “We made some special plays.”
    Indeed, something special happened at Neyland Stadium on homecoming week-end.
    The Vols literally came out of nowhere, put together their best effort of the year and waxed the University of Mississippi, 52-14.
    The 6,000 or so no-shows missed a huge opportunity to be present and hear “Rocky Top” played more than it has all season.

  • A gift of love and kindness is the best present

    The Humane Society of Roane County Rescue Team — in a desperate attempt to find forever homes for several dogs — will be hosting the “I’ll be home for Christmas” free adoption drive during this holiday season.
     If you would be willing and able to offer a loving forever home to one of these deserving dogs, you can call 376-2474 for more information or visit our website at www.petfinder.com//shelters/TN391 to receive an application.

  • Lives saved in accident in spite of risks

    Two lives were lost in a horrendous accident on Hwy. 58 Monday morning, but if not for the quick action of passersby, others may have met the same fate.
    We would like to commend Eric Bauer, who was on his way to work as an emergency medical technician for Air Evac when he happened on the wreck.
    He and two unnamed passersby worked quickly to free some of those who were trapped in the fiery two-car accident.
    We commend them for stopping to help people who were critically in need.
    We also would like to implore our readers to be careful drivers.

  • A view from Lick Skillet by Gerald Largen

    Gentle reader, in recent days we have encountered several of our friends who have borne upon their countenance a cast of gloom, a depressed and downcast expression prompted by the outcome of the recent election.
    We have told them, and we now tell you, that this is not the proper set of mind; no, we say that this is a time of celebration for all good patriots, for the day of our national redemption is surely at hand.
    Why say you this, you may ask. Well it is simple really.

  • Democrat has a few suggestions for cutting deficit

    I want to begin by saying that I am a Democrat.
    I feel certain that I am not the only Democrat who thinks the deficit is a problem.
    First, let’s talk about the Bush tax cuts. Weren’t they supposed to create jobs? If we are going to reduce the federal debt, everyone will have to make sacrifices.
    The biggest problem I have with deficit spending is that it is fraud!
    If I go out and borrow money without intending to pay it back, that’s fraud.
    I know that sometimes it is necessary to borrow money, but there should always be a plan to repay it.

  • Please give this woman her stolen stuff back

    While I was in the hospital about two or three weeks ago, someone came to my house and took an 18-foot ladder and my new grass trimmer out of the garage.
    I wish whoever did this would bring them back.
    I need them.
    Helen Howard
    Harriman

  • Civility – is this America’s latest lost cause?

    By CHARLES C. HAYNES
    From Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson’s ad in Florida demonizing Republican Dan Webster as “Taliban Dan,” to Republican Sharron Angle’s ads in Nevada demonizing Latinos, negative campaigning reached new lows in the 2010 election cycle.
    Grayson and Angle both lost.
    But since their opponents aired their share of attack ads, it’s hard to tell what worked with voters and what didn’t.