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Today's Opinions

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: ‘Characters’ continued: Dr. Neal’s O.R. history

    Today, gentle reader, we begin the second in our series of brief recollections of extraordinary characters we have been lucky enough to encounter in our lifetime, which we began a couple of weeks ago with some paragraphs about the late Joe Posey.

  • See you soon, football

    “Sometimes you eat the bar, and sometimes ... well, he eats.”

    Out of all of the random life lessons the Coen Brothers snuck into cult-classic “The Big Lebowski,” that one line by The Stranger, played by Sam Elliot, may be the most significant.

    After the confetti cleared Sunday night at University of Phoenix Stadium, one thing was clear. The Seattle Seahawks ate — although some might say they choked — the bar, bringing an unwelcomed end to football season.

  • Maybe experience was better choice in assessor race

    It was just a couple years ago the voters gave the “heave, ho” to Roane County tax assessor Teresa Kirkham.

    The complaint was that she was too efficient, which resulted in increased appraisals.  

    She was replaced with David Morgan who had little training for the job. 

    This lack of understanding has resulted in the county being in noncompliance with the state of Tennessee.  

    This is sort of being “tossed out of the frying pan into the fire.”

  • Taxpayers will be footing bill brought on by Morgan

    In reference to your recent articlcle in regard to the property assessor hiring an out-of-state group to come into our county and make recommendations about our tax assesstment for 2015.  

    This is supposed to be paid for by the county.

    Who will pay for it? It should be the tax assessor; he was elected to do the job, but he didn’t do it. He is paid a good salary also. But I guess we poor taxpayers will have to foot the bill.

    This problem never happened during the tenure of Teresa Kirkham. She had a capable staff, which David Morgan fired.

  • Gentlemen? More like cruel children in this instance

    This is an open letter to the two young men traveling west on Cumberland Street approaching the intersection of Cumberland and Kentucky streets in Kingston on Wednesday, Jan. 28, at 3:30 p.m.

    As your vehicle was moving toward the red light, one of our employees was in the process of returning to work after a short break.

    She observed an elderly woman crossing Cumberland Street while pushing a shopping cart.

  • GUEST OPINION: Govt.-funded news bureau dies the death it deserves

    By GENE POLICISNKI
    First Amendment Center
    This “just in”: Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said last week he has terminated development of a state-run, state-funded news operation called “JustIn” which reportedly would have published stories based on state-written news releases about state programs, policies and government officials.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Educational mismanagement — top to bottom

    Well, Gentle Reader, this week let us discuss education and the sad fact that sometimes the very folks we have placed in charge of the education of our young are themselves sadly lacking in the basic skills of clear thinking, sound reasoning, and basic factual knowledge.

    This unhappy happenstance occurs at all levels, sad to say, running from the ivied halls of academe to the basic neighborhood institutions of kindergarten upwards.

  • An open letter to sports parents

    Dear sports parents, this is an intervention.

    Not for all of you, though. In fact, many of you are free to go but I would advise reading hanging around to read the rest of this. If for nothing else the fact you can point and laugh at the others next time you’re at a game.

    No, I’m not writing this for the normal supporter of their child’s athletic endeavors (no matter how bad they may be).