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Today's Opinions

  • President’s power grab bigger danger than immigration

    Although Bill Gillum fails to recognize it, I think most people can see the difference between law-abiding people who meet the requirements of their host country, follow the rules in an orderly manner and assimilate to become productive members of their new communities and tens of thousands of unidentified aliens who disrespect our laws and invade our country, bringing with them diseases, criminal backgrounds, gang affiliations and terrorist ties.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: A report from McGlothin-Largen Park

    NOTE: In a note to last week’s column, we reviewed the list of candidates in the upcoming election and pointed out that at least five of the candidates are cousins of the late senator Howard Henry Baker, Jr., namely Criminal Court Judge E. Eugene Eblen; County Executive candidate Mike Farmer; County Commissioner Bobby Collier; County Commissioner Carolyn Collier Granger; and County Trustee Wilma Eblen. We then stated that “there may be one other,” but we are sure of these five.

  • Dealing with big-cat sanctuary take collaboration

    The Roane County Commission, state Rep. Kent Calfee and state Sen. Ken Yager have said that Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency controls all aspects of the operation of Tiger Haven.

    In contrast, TWRA claims that its only responsibly with regard to Tiger Haven is the inspection of the cages and fences and the number of big cats housed in the facility.

    TWRA further states that there is no limit on the number of cats that can be kept at Tiger Haven.

    Roane County lost a lawsuit in an attempt to control the facility.

  • Greatest threat? Gillum takes Johnston to task

    Existential is a good word and a powerful one.

    Gary Johnston’s letter in your July 18 issue used it to describe the dire consequences of President Obama’s illegal actions regarding Central American immigrants.

    So great is this threat that Johnston claims it is the worst threat ever faced by the USA.

    I assume he includes the War of Independence, American Civil War, the threat of nuclear war, the first and second World Wars, the Great Depression and the near collapse of the financial markets in 2008.

    Worse than all those things?

  • 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.