Today's Opinions

  • GLIMPSES from a Teacher Historian by Mark Banker

    Author’s note: The following three premises are essential to this column: 1) None of us see the past or present with absolute clarity; 2) Each of us has the capacity for glimpses of informed insight that draw from and reflect our personal values; and 3) Cordial, forthright exchange of those insights enhances our mutual well being.

    The irregularity of this column is not due to a dearth of deserving topics.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Happy Birthday Nell Willis — 90 & counting

    In his well-nigh eight decades of observation and experience, the old curmudgeon has encountered many things, some bizarre, some humourous, some wise, and some outrageous, but to the best of his recollection, none has been more outrageous at first glance than the proposal to charge a fee or tax for the public to look at the public records of this state.

  • Use your vote to tell Commission to live within budget

    When is enough enough?

    The property owners in Roane County now pay more property tax than Oak Ridge. Still, the County Commission elects to increase property tax in Roane County.

    A budget doesn’t seem to mean anything. If you spend more than the budget, you just get the property owners to pay more tax.

    Remember this when you go to the polls.

    Sam Doughty

  • Cage free a good move, but egg free’s even better

    McDonald’s pledge last week to start using cage-free eggs is only a small step in preventing staggering suffering endured by millions of birds.

    Hatcheries that annually supply 200 million female hens for U.S. egg production, including cage-free, also kill the same number of male chicks at birth by grinding them up alive in industrial macerators or suffocating them slowly in plastic garbage bags.

    The female laying hens endure a lifetime of misery, crammed with 5-6 others, in small wire-mesh cages that cut into their feet and tear out their feathers.

  • Tiger Haven gives cats an awesome place to call home

    Recently, I had to take a trip to Tiger Haven to conduct some business.

    The people who run the facility (Mary and her crew) were some of the nicest people you will ever meet. What wonderful people, to dedicate their lives to caring for God’s creatures. I guess they are looking forward to the day when we “lambs will lie down with their lions.”

    Even though the facility is closed to the public, I was given a short tour when I got ready to leave.

    It was awesome!

  • Continue to give law enforcement your support

    Residents of the United States of America enjoy a security system like no other country in the world.

    This system is based upon being able to call the police whenever we need them. Help or protection is never too far away. We know that they will come, regardless of the circumstances or potential danger involved.

    We go to sleep every night, secure in the knowledge we will be protected from harm.

  • Kingston tax hike not a decision made easily


    For Roane County News

    In the weeks to come, the Mayor and City Council will be considering the city of Kingston’s budget for the upcoming year.

    Due to delays with the county reappraisal, we’re obviously addressing this much later than normal.

    While there is always much to consider in a budget, the basic question before us this year is very simple: Will we raise taxes or will we cut positions?

    There simply aren’t any options beyond that.

  • Take a moment on 9/11 anniversary to remember heroes

    On some anniversaries, we celebrate. On others, we reflect.

    The 14th anniversary of the attack on America and New York’s World Trade Center is one of the times for reflection.

    There is truly nothing to celebrate in the extraordinary tragedy of 9/11.

    As much as I would like to forget some of them, the images from that day will never be out of my mind, nor will the victims and their families.

    But there is one memory I want to hold on to, one that I want to cherish as the deepest and most lasting of Sept. 11, 2001.