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Today's Opinions

  • OFF the CUFF: Diapers to dreams: Where did the time go?

    She appreciates my sense of humor.

    She listens to my puns with anewed interest.

    And she likes — yes, LIKES! — my singing.

    I introduced Roane County News readers to my baby girl with those words the week I returned to work from maternity leave.

    Scribbled on a yellow legal pad only hours after Amie was born, those words spilled on and on as I watched my tiny dark-haired creation slumber beside my bed.

    I was in awe. She was so small. And my love for her was so enormous.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: We should broaden our educational horizons

    Gentle reader, the current powder keg in Ukraine will, no doubt, in the fullness of time teach many lessons, but one which we doubt we will hear much about, but which could well be the most important in the long run for these United States, bears upon the excuse under which Putin claims the right to over-run and seize his neighbors’ lands.

  • Tailgaters, do me a solid: back off just a little bit

    I had by far the worst experience of tailgating in my many years of driving this last Saturday night.

    Roane County has more than its share of people who like to ride the bumper of the car in front of them, but this is the worst I’ve been involved with.

  • We can learn something from lost Flight 370

    Flight 370’s missing aircraft is this era’s Titanic. Because of the Titanic, more diligence is used to patrol the North Atlantic for ice floes.

    The code “SOS” became the standard after the Titanic tried to use the telegraph code in 1912.

    Messages are now interrupted for crucial information, unlike how the operators on the Titanic brushed them off for “more important” messages from the passengers to families and friends, and those on land who wanted to contact them.     

  • On Noah, the Bible and why we shouldn’t eat flesh

    TV host Glenn Beck and other stalwarts of the Christian right have attacked  the recent blockbuster “Noah” as being “pro-animal” and unfaithful to  the Bible. Well, yes and no.

    The film is both pro-animal and faithful to the  Bible, at least to the Book of Genesis, our only source for the story of  Noah.

  • Lion’s Club pancake breakfast gets lots of help

    The Kingston Lions Club appreciates the support given by the residents and businesses of Roane County toward their annual “Spring Tonic” pancake breakfast.  

    Despite the rainy morning, the event was very successful.  We thank the several hundred people who came to enjoy a great breakfast.

  • GUEST OPINION: State’s forestry resources are under attack

    By ALEX WYSS
    Tennessee Nature Conservancy  
    Tennessee is one of America’s greenest states.

    It is still more than 50-percent forested. In fact, much of the majestic beauty that defines Tennessee comes from its trees.

    Our trees provide habitats for animals, nesting for birds and shading for our homes. They are also under attack.

    Tennessee’s beautiful trees are appetizing to many foreign pests that are making new homes in our state.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Lick Skillet has lost a good man: Larry Alford

    Our friend and neighbour, Larry Alford died on Friday, 28 March, 2014. Larry had fought a long and courageous battle for some long time and died way too soon, inasmuch as he was only three days short of his 71st birthday on April First.

    Aiding him, assisting him, and nursing him, was his beloved wife and helpmeet, Ruby.