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Today's Opinions

  • Gillum shares with readers a lesson from nature

    Peep ... peep ... peep!

    The insistent calls from the sky called my attention to some unusual aerial combat that was taking place right in front of my cabin.

    At first I thought it was the cry of a young osprey calling for food from a parent bird, but no, it was coming from three birds locked in what seemed mortal combat just above the surface of Watts Bar Lake; a bald eagle diving and maneuvering to avoid the combined attack of an osprey and a crow.

    It is that time of year and birds are very territorial when it comes to nesting sites.

  • Strangers’ help, kindness lifts motorist’s heart

    One Sunday evening several weeks ago, just after dark, I was traveling home from Oliver Springs to Harriman along Hwy. 61.

    About five miles from home, I swerved left to miss firewood that had fallen from a truck into my lane.

    The result was a bent right front wheel, flat tire and no injuries.

    I was able to bring the car to rest on the right side of the roadway, out of traffic lanes, and called a wrecker.

  • 90th birthday celebration makes Greif feel happy

    Many thanks to all who turned out on March 11 for my 90th birthday at the Live and Let Live Drug Store.

    Thanks to all who donated to the Bernard-Greif scholarship fund at Roane State Community College.

    Special thanks to my daughter, Linda, who came from Memphis for my big day, and made all the arrangements for my birthday.   

    Thanks also to all the officials from all over the county who came.  

    It was, indeed, a happy day for me.

    I am so happy that I have lived this long.

  • GUEST OPINION: Celebrating two First Amendment landmarks

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    First Amendment Center
    No one I know sent flowers or candy, but on March 9 we all had cause to celebrate the anniversaries of two very different First Amendment landmark moments.

    Sixty years ago, on March 9, 1954, CBS’ Edward R. Murrow hosted an episode of the prime-time television program “See It Now,” in which he successfully exposed Sen. Joseph McCarthy’s mean-spirited and shoddy tactics in pursuing alleged communists in the U.S. government.

  • Justice was served in Leon Houston’s federal sentencing

    My thanks to the Roane County News for the excellent front page article about the man (Leon Houston) who finally, finally, will receive a measure of justice in the prison system.

    I hope his stay will include a serious round of anger management training.

    As I understand it, there was once a time in our recent history when such personalities as his were subjected to a personality adjustment surgical procedure called a frontal lobotomy.

  • GUEST OPINION: Something was missed in debate in Arizona

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    First Amendment Center
    Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s veto last week of SB 1062 — a controversial “religious freedom” bill few Americans read and even fewer understood — may well have been a defining moment in the history of gay rights in America.

    Post SB 1062, it will be politically difficult, if not impossible, to pass laws that are perceived to allow discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation — even to protect religion, even in red states with Tea Party-favored governors.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Is Bryan College trying for new monkey trial?

    Gentle reader, before we get started on today’s topics, we would like to mention to you a brief thing we heard on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition on Tuesday, a week ago, at approximately 7:40 a.m.

    The segment was about the up-coming Louisiana Senate campaign, and specifically about Sen. Mary Landrieu and the effect her vote for Obamacare might have on the outcome.

  • Bingo arrest of elderly ladies backfired on police

    The bingo article in the Feb. 26 edition of the Roane C0unty News brought back some memories of a true story that happened in Sumner County (Gallatin) while I was a resident of the county.

    Apparently bingo was considered a form of gambling by the state of Tennessee back in the 1980s. I can’t remember the exact year, but bingo was legal in Kentucky at that time.

    An elderly women’s club, a group who loved their bingo, had chartered a bus to take them to a Kentucky bingo parlor for a relaxing, leisurely, fun day of bingo.