Today's Opinions

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: As Thanksgiving & Christmas near, it’s stack cake time!
  • Bad taste from Arby’s truck leaving Roane County

    I was very disappointed to read that the Arby’s truck will no longer sit in Roane County.

    I’m disappointed not just because they make a good sandwich with a convenient delivery system, but also because it is another freedom denied our citizens by a few tax-loving, government-loving and kindergarten-minded (that’s not fair) folks.

    That truck represented a willing seller, willing buyers, with a legal product at an authorized location.

    No laws were being broken.  

  • OFF the CUFF: Pickpockets minor in wake of attacks

    My daughter received a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity in the summer of 2014.

    An anthropology student at East Tennessee State University, she was able to go on a three-week archaeological dig at Université Blaise Pascal in Clermont-Ferrand, France.

    Leaving her at Tri-Cities Regional Airport for the first leg of her journey was one of the hardest things I’ve done as a parent.

    Have we done everything to keep her safe from pickpockets?

    My baby’s flying over an ocean! For a long time!

  • A personal thanks to a teacher and true American hero

    An open letter to Tom Pemberton:

    Having read the excellent article in the Roane County News, I would like to personally thank you, Tom, for your service to the United States, the Marine Corps and your personal sacrifice.

    I lived in Rockwood in the ’50s and graduated from Rockwood High in 1954.

  • OFF the CUFF: Salute to a sergeant with a big legacy

    I am thankful to our veterans, on this Veterans Day and every day.

    Because of their sacrifices, I am free to write these words and express my opinion — and you are free to disagree with these words and express your discontent.

    Our veterans and military personnel put their lives on the line — with many paying the ultimate price — to ensure our freedoms and rights.
    Sgt. Alvin C. York is probably one of Tennessee’s most famous veterans.

  • Deregulation not a pretty part of Thompson legacy

    I need to comment on one piece of Cheryl Duncan’s “Off the Cuff” series in the Nov. 4 paper.

    I’m sure everyone remembers the deregulation of the commodities exchange in 1998.

    That’s when gasoline suddenly jumped to over $5 a gallon. Your grocery bill seemed to triple. Everything seemed to cost about three times more.

    Your money was devalued by about one third and more. (I’ve read the government wanted this because our debt to foreign countries was so great, and this would make it look like maybe not as much.)

  • Beckner a godsend in his help with toppling chair

    My name is Anna Cochran. I have MS and use a power chair to get around outside of my home.

    On Wednesday, Nov. 4, I was going to the Dollar General Store. I went to go over the railroad tracks.

    I must not have been paying attention, because after I cleared the tracks, I continued forward and hit the uneven asphalt and tipped over sideways into the rocks.

    My oldest son, Michael, was there. The chair is very heavy.

    As soon as I tipped over, a gentleman stopped his car and ran over to help us.

  • Forget the ghouls, nothing more scary than meat industry

    I was never scared of all the witches, zombies, and assorted goblins wandering around on Halloween on Saturday night.

    What really used to scare me was the meat industry.

    This is the industry that mutilates, cages and butchers billions of cows, pigs and other feeling animals; that exposes thousands of undocumented workers to crippling workplace injuries at slave wages; that exploits farmers and ranchers by dictating wholesale prices then jails those who document its abuses through unconstitutional “ag-gag” laws.