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Today's Opinions

  • Reappraisals shouldn't be works of fiction

    Many years ago, my wife and I purchased two lots on the lake to build on when we retire.

    We built a new house, doing nearly all the finishing work myself to save money.

    When I saw the recent lot reassessments I almost had a stroke — nearly DOUBLE?

    Worse, my neighbor’s lot, very small but yes, on the lake, went from an appraised value of $175,000 to; get this, $377,000 — for a lot. He’d gladly sell it for that.

  • OK, wiz, open the curtian on appraisal process

    I remain puzzled by my experience with the 2010 property reassessment process.  A native of Roane County, living here 47 of my 52 years, I have supported the county government by paying property taxes for many of those years.

    The January 2010 reassessment increases my property value on five of six parcels from 5-23 percent. This I can comprehend.

    On one parcel, the reassessment increased the property value 152 percent.

    I tried to understand where Roane County came up with the information to substantiate a 152-percent increase.

  • Holliway did fine job on summer elections

    Congratulations to Charles Holiway for a job well done on Election Night.  

    As the administrator of the Roane County Election Commission, Mr. Holiway  reported the votes as precincts information became available.  

    This information was easily assessable on the Roane County Election Commission website.   

    I knew the unofficial results of the local election well before 10 p.m.

    Louise Dice

    Kingston

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: Gold rush: Heading into the hills to find it

    If any wildflower deserves a fan club, it is solidago. And I would fight like a dog to be the president of it.
    I thought as much as I took the winding roads up Roan Mountain over the long weekend.
    My mother and I had abandoned our plans to swim at Indian Boundary Lake (too chilly that day), and instead made the drive to upper East Tennessee.
    We stopped at the Gray Fossil Site near Johnson City, took the tour and marveled over the many magnificent prehistoric animals that once walked the earth there.

  • A View From Lick Skillet by Gerald Largen

    Gentle reader, our nation is troubled, it is divided, it seems to have lost its way, but there are solutions that should alleviate some of this national distress, however we must recognize with some degree of accuracy what the problems are, before we can hope to resolve them.
    Unfortunately, in the present atmosphere, when we are beset by a tribe of screamers, and scammers, disciples of the faith of political correctness, and supposed wise men besotted with ignorance, arrogance, and self delusion, it is indeed difficult to spy the trees for the surrounding forest.

  • Gentle Reader or syncophant? You decide

    In his column on July 30, Gerald Largen makes the claim that Republicans in Congress are hypocrites for being in favor of extending the Bush tax cuts and not being committed to deficit reduction.
    I’m sure Mr. Largen would agree there are hypocrites aplenty to go around on both sides of the aisle.

  • Public's right to assembly basic to our freedoms

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    First Amendment Center
    Americans sure have been assembling a lot lately — using a basic right that’s often overshadowed by its better-known First Amendment kin, particularly freedom of speech.

  • Thanks for CASA column in Sept. 3 edition

    I would like to take this opportunity to thank Terri Likens for her front-page column in the Roane County News on Friday Sept. 3 concerning the fine work that is done by CASA.  
    The timing was serendipitous!  
    The Tennessee Department of Correction is sponsoring a state-wide Victim Impact Awareness Week Sept.  27 -Oct. 2.  
    Each correctional facility has been asked to choose a local charity that works, in some fashion, with victims of crime and to raise money for the organization.