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Today's Opinions

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET by Gerald Largen: It’s gala time for the Heritage Commission

    We don’t know about you, gentle reader, but we can scarcely believe that a full year has passed since we were preparing for one of the social highlights of the year 2011, the Roane County Heritage Commission’s Annual Gala, but here we are getting ready for the social highlight of 2012, the Heritage Commission’s Annual Gala.

    Beyond the food and festivities, we dare-say that one of the great attractions of this annual event is the chance to meet many old friends, and equally, the opportunity to make new friends.

  • Was something fishy about case of resigning deputy?

    I had Deputy Derek Kennedy come to my house once for some problems we were having, and I found that he was good and honest.

    I feel bad that he left the sheriff’s department; I feel that they lost a good man.

    I have read all the write-ups in the paper on what happened when he left recently. It looked like Kennedy was trying to do his job, and David Mitchell was trying to stop him because he was afraid that his granddaughter was going to get a ticket for DUI.

  • Writer contends this fish story is 99.99 percent true

    I was reading the fishing report in last week’s Roane County News, and it brought back memories of a my last fishing trip, other than walking to a nearby creek with my grandkids.

    There may be a lesson or two to be learned for wanna-be fishermen.

    I was at work when a friend told me he had recently purchased a bass boat and asked would I like to go fishing with him on our first off day.

    “Sure” I said, quickly daydreaming of relaxing on a nice sunny day on the lake, pulling in one giant lunker after another.

  • GUEST OPINION: When police kill, public has right to information

    By KEN PAULSON    
    First Amendment Center
    There’s often tension between government and the press about access to public information.

    Typically, reporters  strive to use public-records laws to obtain information about government expenditures and decision-making.

    What’s on the mayor’s city-issued credit card?

    Does that ambitious new developer have business ties to members of the city council?

    Will plans for this development have a potential impact on the environment?

  • Says truth serum should be given to police officers

    Police are stealing weapons wherever they can.

    They will have someone come in your home and hold you at gunpoint until you sign your weapons over to them.

    The officer will then get a warrant already signed by the judge and then fill it out.

    Then they will call you up and have you bring the weapons to them.

    The law doesn’t care if the warrant is delivered to your house or not, just as long as they get the weapons.

    The officers are trying to steal the weapons for themselves.

  • I-40 billboard not this Democrat’s cup of ‘Tea’

  • GUEST OPINION: God goes back to school through First Amendment

    By CHARLES HAYDEN
    First Amendment Center
    Millions of kids return to school this week — and, contrary to culture-war rhetoric, most of won’t leave their faith at the schoolhouse door.

    As classes get under way, public school students across America will form religious clubs, pray together in their free time, distribute religious literature to classmates, share their religious convictions in class discussions and in many other ways belie the myth of the “godless public schools.”

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET by Gerald Largen: To whom much is given, of him much is required

    As this column is being prepared for submission to the publisher, the Democratic National Convention is just getting underway, and the Republican National Convention has been concluded five or six days ago.

    Due to these circumstances there is as yet little that we can say about the Democratic get-together in Charlotte, and a very great deal about which we could comment arising from the Republican assembly in Tampa, including addresses by Mrs. Romney, Mr. Ryan, and the Governor himself; not to mention Clint Eastwood’s performance.