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Today's Opinions

  • GUEST OPINION: More on media and government secrets

    By Gene Policinski, First Amendment Center
    Will the government ever do it — charge a reporter under the Espionage Act with endangering national security for disclosing classified information?

    No journalist ever has been prosecuted for receiving and writing about such leaked information. Two recent controversies raised questions of how far the Department of Justice officials might go in investigations of such “leaks.”

    But President Obama clearly stepped back from taking the issue to any constitutional cliff.

  • LETTER: Bigots wrongly think they can speak for us

    No, racism isn’t dead. It isn’t even sleeping. It is hiding behind closed   doors of houses built with cow’s dung.  It is just as strong and ugly, and it raises its head to announce things, opinions and people it will not tolerate.

    What arrogance to make personal decisions for someone else because their own fragile senses are offended.

    A cereal company had the audacity to include a mixed-race couple with a child in their commercial.

    The cow’s dung house exploded with anger and indignation.

  • LETTER: School-shooting security increase is unnecessary

    Should we raise taxes and spend huge amounts of money on beefed up security in our schools — NO!

    Here’s why:

    Since 2000 the United States has averaged 2.46 school shootings per year, including shootings where no one, including students, were injured or only the shooter died (suicide).

    The chances of any particular K-12 school in the United States experiencing a shooting incident in any given year is approximately 1 in 53,925.

  • Congressional investigations must be done right

    By Lee H. Hamilton, Center on Congress
    By my count, 11 separate Washington investigations are looking into the three big issues besetting the Obama Administration right now: Benghazi, IRS targeting of Tea Party groups, and the Justice Department’s pursuit of national security leaks to Associated Press reporters.

    That’s a lot of scrutinizing by any measure.

     Don’t get me wrong.

  • Rockwood officials not asked to be part of wine effort

    I just wanted to take a moment to ask you to clarify something on behalf of the city of Rockwood.

    After the article came out concerning the Walmart petition on wine in grocery stores, I received some calls about whether or not the city of Rockwood officials did their part to help get the signatures.

    The final statement of the newspaper article makes it sound like the cities of Harriman and Kingston worked on their petitions for about month and that the city of Rockwood did not.

  • Wants elaboration on global warming due to CO2

    Columnist Mark Banker reported recently in the Roane County News that 97 percent of climate scientists believe that carbon dioxide is causing global warming.

    Why do they believe this?

    I read that the carbon dioxide concentration is only about 400 parts per million.

    For many years, I made my living working in scientific endeavors. I have 10 U.S. patents and around 50 or so technical publications, including papers in science journals.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Amidst election shambles — signs of hope?

    Well, kind hearts, another election has come and gone, but as they say, the aroma lingers on.

    In much of the state the principal thrust of the election was in the Republican side of the general election ticket as well as in the state and federal Republican Primary elections.

  • Community there for family after tragic accident

    On May 30, 2014, our lives were changed beyond our wildest imagination. Our precious daughter, Jadah, and our “other” son, Rod, lost their lives in the train wreck while our son, Darius, and one of his best friends, Hunter, were clinging to life.

    The days that followed were filled with hopefulness, sadness, and faithfulness. Some bonds were formed with friends who we had lost contact with, some bonds were strengthened with family and friends who wanted the Crass and Gallaher families to know they were there for us during this uncertain time.