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Today's Opinions

  • GOING with the FLO – Pay attention: Some facts simply cannot be ignored

    By Flo Charles

    I must emphasize these important facts that cannot be ignored. We are seeing the effects of Saul Alinskiy’s “Rules for Radicals” more and more.

    We must pay attention. They pick a target, freeze it, polarize it and continue to attack it over and over.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Our random thoughts on miscellaneous topics

    Today we give you a collection of our random thoughts on miscellaneous topics:

  • Partisanship a mandate for Amendment

    In our partisan society, the 1954 change to the U.S. tax code known as the “Johnson Amendment,” is needed.

    It prohibits tax-exempt organizations (churches) from becoming a political organization by endorsing political candidates for office.

    It does not prohibit churches from speaking to political issues such as the death penalty, homosexual practice, immigration, etc.

    It is attractive for a candidate to be able to give tax-exempt gifts to churches and in return have the church endorse his or her candidacy for office.

  • GLIMPSES: Do we have an identity problem?

    By MARK BANKER

    As a grade-school student, I relished the arrival of The Weekly Reader, a little newspaper that introduced children to current events and public concerns.

    One issue, however, left me puzzled.

    This was the early-1960s, and Appalachia had captured the nation’s attention. Photos and an accompanying story presented an impoverished backward region, where children did not have shoes, strip-mining ravaged the land, and people lived in squalor.

  • OPEN GOVERNMENT: Tenn. constitution not a relic — yet

    By DEBORAH FISHER

    Last week’s account of a state worker snatching a meeting agenda packet from a news reporter’s hands was a low point in the open government ethic of Tennessee.

    I wish it were the only one.

    At a public meeting of the Douglas Henry State Museum Commission, Nashville Scene reporter Cari Wade Gervin picked up a meeting packet laying on the table that contained a proposed new operating policy, including a new Code of Conduct for commissioners. She was trying to copy down information in it.

  • Thank a veteran by flying our flag with pride

    I am a retired master sergeant from the United States Air Force. Twenty-six year veteran. This I gave for my country and our flag.

    Our flag means more to me than a country symbol. I fly it at home every day.

    I fly it for the men and women who served and gave all they had and didn’t come home.

    I wear my veterans cap every day with pride. I have lots of people thanking me for my service.

    If you really want to thank a veteran, fly the country’s flag with pride.

  • Hefty hauls across counties come with a hefty price tag

    If you have been around Harriman or Kingston any time in the last few weeks, you could not help but notice the almost-continual stream of heavy dump trucks passing back and forth.

    An inquiry reveals that they are engaged in transporting rock and dirt from the Bitter Creek road construction in Morgan County to a landfill in Monroe County, a haul of about 50 miles.

    We all know that the Tennessee Department of Transportation assures that our tax dollars are spent wisely and that we can be certain that we get the most for our dollars on infrastructure projects.

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Want officials to listen? Speak up

    Not everyone can run for office and become an elected official. It usually takes a lot of time and sometimes a lot of money.

    That doesn’t mean that average folks can’t participate in their local government. Probably the easiest way to make your voice heard is to show up at meetings and workshops of the city and county government.

    Over the years that I’ve covered these local government meetings I’ve always been dismayed at how few people take advantage of the opportunity to participate in these meetings.