Today's Opinions

  • Tiger Haven gives cats an awesome place to call home

    Recently, I had to take a trip to Tiger Haven to conduct some business.

    The people who run the facility (Mary and her crew) were some of the nicest people you will ever meet. What wonderful people, to dedicate their lives to caring for God’s creatures. I guess they are looking forward to the day when we “lambs will lie down with their lions.”

    Even though the facility is closed to the public, I was given a short tour when I got ready to leave.

    It was awesome!

  • Continue to give law enforcement your support

    Residents of the United States of America enjoy a security system like no other country in the world.

    This system is based upon being able to call the police whenever we need them. Help or protection is never too far away. We know that they will come, regardless of the circumstances or potential danger involved.

    We go to sleep every night, secure in the knowledge we will be protected from harm.

  • Kingston tax hike not a decision made easily


    For Roane County News

    In the weeks to come, the Mayor and City Council will be considering the city of Kingston’s budget for the upcoming year.

    Due to delays with the county reappraisal, we’re obviously addressing this much later than normal.

    While there is always much to consider in a budget, the basic question before us this year is very simple: Will we raise taxes or will we cut positions?

    There simply aren’t any options beyond that.

  • Take a moment on 9/11 anniversary to remember heroes

    On some anniversaries, we celebrate. On others, we reflect.

    The 14th anniversary of the attack on America and New York’s World Trade Center is one of the times for reflection.

    There is truly nothing to celebrate in the extraordinary tragedy of 9/11.

    As much as I would like to forget some of them, the images from that day will never be out of my mind, nor will the victims and their families.

    But there is one memory I want to hold on to, one that I want to cherish as the deepest and most lasting of Sept. 11, 2001.

  • Kingston’s beautiful new tennis courts much appreciated

    In case you haven’t noticed, Kingston is proudly sporting newly resurfaced tennis courts.

    They are absolutely beautiful and ready for play.

    A big “shout out” to the county for finding the funds necessary, and especially to Vic King for continually going to bat for us. He never gave up.

    Also, another “shout out” to the city Parks and Recreation Department for providing new nets and set up.

    We love our new courts, and we thank you very much.

    Robin McMillin

    Lou Erwin

    Betty Caldwell

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Will Bill get government out of government?

    As this is written, we know not what the next steps will be in the case of the Kentucky official who has been refusing to issue marriage licences to same-sex couples, claiming that to do so would violate her religious principles.

    There seems to be a lot of that going around these days, with folks claiming that their religious principles are endangered by baking wedding cakes, or providing flowers for wedding ceremonies, etc., etc.

  • Newest crop of politicos seem to look familiar ...

    For believers in the Darwinian theory of evolution, it is easy to accept a concept that a “Lucy” archaeologists uncovered in Africa is the remains of all mankind’s original mother.

    And from that belief it is possible to agree that as time and the evolutionary clock ticked millennia forward the visual art of believers produced the evolutionary chart, so called, that depicts our slow rise from a knuckle-dragging forager to Homo erectus and on to our physicality of today, a fully upright homo sapien.

  • Reflections on political correctness

    Author’s note: The following three premises are essential to this column: 1) None of us see the past or present with absolute clarity; 2) Each of us has the capacity for glimpses of informed insight that draw from and reflect our personal values; and 3) Cordial, forthright exchange of those insights enhances our mutual well being.

    Last week’s column offered my final thoughts about the Civil War and its legacies.