Today's Opinions

  • Redistricting talks on schools are long overdue

    I refer to “School Redistricting” by Damon Lawrence on Page 1 of your July 10 issue.

    The school board’s workshop was held on July 7.

    The longtime great champion of school redistricting, James “Dub” Harmon, died on July 8.

    What lit the fire under the county school board to cause members to have a work session just prior to the beginning of a new school year? Is there something we are not being told?

  • Give them their rights, but ‘no’ on reparations

    Now that the highest court in the land has opined the LGBT community has been denied their constitutional rights to marriage privileges, will reparations become the next push to the left?

    Yes, denial of this right has inflicted financial inequities on this group of Americans since we became a country. But now, in modern times, the question becomes, should back-paid Social Security benefits for surviving spouses be a reparation cost of the new constitutional interpretation?

  • $10,000 for council tablets waste of money

    The Harriman City Council is considering forking over $10,000 for computer tablets to get electronic versions of agendas and other documents involving city business. (See story in today's Roane County News)

    Our response?


    Has it not been drummed into our — and their — heads that these are tight budget times?

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Thoughts on Mr. Obama’s ‘Week That Was’

    You know, gentle reader, that there are times when you are on a losing streak, and no matter what you do, nor how you do it, nothing seems to come out right, and then, dictu mirabile — wondrous to say — all of a sudden everything changes, and all your cards are right, your numbers are what they should be, your dice are charmed, in short your luck has changed, and every thing is coming up roses.

  • Pharmacies help fight against illegal drugs

    Pharmacists are to be commended: They fight the war on illegal drug use every day.

    You may not realize it, but they are even battling the meth cooks, who have quite a few tricks up their sleeves. One is to send associates into any number of pharmacies and grocery stores to buy products like Sudafed, which contain pseudoephedrine, for the meth maker to use in his deadly concoction.

    It is a way to get around the limits on individual pseudoephedrine purchases. These buyers are known as smurfs, and what they are doing is against the law.

  • No more subsidies for animal products

    Nearly 240 years ago, our founding fathers declared our national independence from Great Britain. This Fourth of July, let’s declare our independence from the meat industry.

    More than 60 percent of U.S. agricultural subsidies pay for meat, dairy and egg production. Fresh fruit and vegetable farmers receive less than 1 percent of the total. It’s time to declare our independence by stopping these subsidies.

  • Karen Beard’s family still seeking answers, closure

    Karen Farmer Beard was born in 1955 and murdered in 1991 in Kingston.

    We believe someone living in or around Kingston knows who, why and where this happened.

    What a lot of people don’t know is that this was a double murder; you see, Karen was 7 1/2 months’ pregnant at the time of her death.

  • 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.