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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.

  • 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.