Today's Opinions

  • Emotion range last week is one for history books

    What a cathartic week for American freedom.

    First, the president singing “Amazing Grace” at the funeral service in Charleston, S.C., showed he and I share something in common: a barely passable singing voice.

    But he was sincere, I believe, and put the bully pulpit of his office to good use during the eulogy.

  • Modified TVA landfill another disaster waiting to happen

    During the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rollout of three plans to remediate the 2008 Kingston Fossil Plant dike failure, a fourth option was offered by the public that the remaining ash in that cell be left in place.

    Craig Zeller with the EPA, who was representing TVA, originally didn’t think
    that was an option.

    The EPA/TVA assured by us that the current elevation would never exceed the current permitted elevation.

    This Plan 4 was adopted by the EPA/TVA and executed.

    While I didn’t agree with the entire plan, I believe this was the right decision.

  • GUEST OPINION: Congress may finally be on the right path

    Center on Congress
    There have been encouraging signs on Capitol Hill of late that Congress’s long slide into irrelevance may be slowing.

    Agreements on Medicare reimbursements in both houses, and on Iran, No Child Left Behind, Pacific trade and other issues in various committees this spring led to a chorus of relieved approval both in Washington and in the press.

  • Taking a minute to speak out

    First Amendment Center
    What would you say if you got 60 seconds to speak to the world?

    At noon recently, on a hot and muggy day in the heart of Washington, D.C., the world heard everything from birthday wishes to a call to national action in education and housing to a reminder that developed nations need to pay attention to violence and poverty in small African nations.

  • American foreign policy causes reader concern

    The weather has been so pleasant and the lake views so enchanting as to nearly make one forget the significant news of the day. I’m referring to the heavy weaponry being readied to go to Ukraine to bolster that country’s defenses against Putin’s continuing aggression. It appears Putin is set on re-establishing the USSR.

  • GUEST OPINION: Enjoy TN state parks on Trails Day

    State Senator, 12th District
    School is out and summer is in.  

    There is nowhere better to enjoy summer activities than Tennessee’s beautiful state parks.  

    A state park is within an hour’s drive of just about anywhere in Tennessee.  

  • GLIMPSES 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.

  • Kingston firefighters went above and beyond

    The smoke detector in the upstairs hallway of our building began chirping 24 hours,  night and day.

    An upstairs resident notified the landlord, but no one ever came to fix it.

    It was time for justice and truth to be carried out in Roane County, and it was — by the Kingston Fire Department. They were quick to arrive when called on April 24, and it turned out it wasn’t a bad battery but a faulty unit, which firefighters replaced in less than 30 minutes. I personally witnessed the character of these fine men of honor.