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Today's Opinions

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Joe H. Walker – A profile in courage

    (NOTE: Last week’s column concerning Sen. Howard H. Baker, Jr. ‘s, Roane County roots and kinsmen was reinforced as we reviewed the list of candidates in the upcoming election. At least five of the candidates are cousins of the late senator. First is Criminal Court Judge E. Eugene Eblen; then County Executive candidate Mike Farmer; County Commissioner Bobby Collier; County Commissioner Carolyn Collier Granger; and County Trustee Wilma Eblen. There may be one other, but we are sure of these five. As we said in the caption, his Roane roots ran very deep.)

  • Current president a threat to country over immigration

    It has become painfully clear that the situation on our borders is the direct result of illegal actions by President Obama as he has circumvented and ignored our immigration laws.  

    It is also becoming obvious that this crisis has been deliberately orchestrated by this president as a way to force Congress to pass his idea of amnesty.

    In the past, no president would have dared to ignore our laws and Congress to do what he is doing because both Democrats and Republicans would have stood together as Americans and stopped him.

  • Sidewalk would benefit seniors who use library

    My name is Elizabeth Greer, and I live in the Lakewood Village Senior Center in Kingston. Numerous other residents and myself are concerned that access to the Kingston Public Library has been denied by failure to install a handicap-accessible walkway from our residence to the library, after many officials promised and campaigned on their intentions to do so.

    A sidewalk is partially complete, but work has been stalled for over a year. Many residents in our facility need to use the library and would like to save transportation costs in getting us there.

  • GUEST OPINION: Seigenthaler’s ‘45’ — words we all should know

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    First Amendment Center
    Freedom of Speech has lost one of its most eloquent voices.

    Freedom of Religion is today without one of its truest believers.

    Freedom of the Press has one less compelling writer — and one of its most-exceptional editors.

    Freedom of Assembly has one less person to stand with others — 50 years after he risked his life as a young man in defense of those marching peaceably for justice.

  • Another voice: FREEDOM’S CHAMPION

    By KEN PAULSON
    First Amendment Center
    A lead pipe to the head will get your attention.

    One day in 1961, Justice Department aide John Seigenthaler was brutally attacked with a pipe by Ku Klux Klansmen as he rushed to protect Freedom Riders arriving in Montgomery, Ala. The Klansmen left John in the street to die.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Sen. Howard Baker’s Roane roots ran very deep

    As the unofficial keeper of the family genealogy, since the death of Senator Howard H. Baker, Jr., we have been contacted by more than one mutual cousin seeking information clarifying the exact nature of Howard’s relationship to the caller, which we have been glad to provide.

    On reflection, it struck us that since there are literally hundreds of relatives of the late senator in the readership of this paper,
    it might be a good thing to give a brief history of this relationship to them and so many other Roane Countians.

  • Looking for former Re-Ed students for possible reunion

    I’m looking for students, faculty and staff from East Tennessee who attended the Children’s Re-education Center (Re-Ed), also known as Smallwood at Moccasin Bend in Chattanooga during 1968 and 1969.

    After 45 years, it would be great to have a reunion. Most were from the Chattanooga area, but some were from other parts of East Tennessee.

    Anyone who is interested, please call me at 423-698-3643.

    Kevin Wheeler
    Chattanooga

  • GUEST OPINION: Expect fireworks over Hobby Lobby decision

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    First Amendment Center
    We celebrated the nation’s 237th birthday on this July 4th holiday weekend with fireworks of all kinds and colors, but there are some ongoing pyrotechnics around First Amendment issues from religious liberty to free speech.