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Today's Opinions

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Burning red-light tickets is stupid

    Last week Tennessee state legislator Andy Holt suggested that people who receive tickets from red-light cameras should burn them. Holt said that because the citation is a civil, not a criminal, there is no penalty for not paying.

    For years Holt has worked to outlaw red-light and speed cameras in the state. He’s not alone. Other legislators have decried the evil cameras and urged their removal.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: The Bar as it was, Part Ten, Roberts & Deatherage

    Patient reader, we return to the Bar as it was when I was admitted and began to practice. As you will recall, I have in previous Parts told first of the Bar in Harriman, then in Rockwood, and most recently with Kingston, beginning with Bob Badger, and then Judge Elmer L. Eblen. Today I will move on to the firm of Roberts and Deatherage.

  • Why not put the boat slips at the Gravel Pit?

    David Reichele’s letter to the editor last week concerning the building of boat slips at 58 Landing expresses my thoughts exactly.  

    It seems that the city received some money from TVA for compensation of the gigantic ash spill.  How much planning went into the decision to build the boat slips at 58 Landing?

    I’ve heard that the dock structure is actually available from a failed project upstream on the Clinch River. How convenient!

  • Consolidation of city services likely to save money

    I have expressed my thoughts against Roane County school consolidation several times in letters to the editor.

    But not all forms of consolidation are bad. Some city services could be consolidated.

    For example, city police and fire departments. Look at Kingston with city police. The county sheriff’s department is all over Kingston and could handle the city as well as the county.

    Same with Rockwood and Harriman. One fire chief, one police chief.
    City schools in the county went out years ago and now are county schools.

  • Lots of questions about Kingston’s 18 boat slips

    First of all, let me vent my frustration to the city officials of Kingston on how they handled this dock situation.

    I’ve been in the past extensively involved in marinas/docks on the waterway. I’m not claiming to be an expert, but working with DOE and TVA in the past has given me considerable experience.

    I know that TVA and the Corps probably had no input on where they could use this $90,000, but neither did the public.

  • What in the world is happening to our country?

    I’m getting some age on me now, just turned 74 last month.

    You know, I can remember a time as a young man when people felt safe about leaving their doors unlocked night or day. You could feel OK about leaving the keys in your car after parking; no one bothered it. If you got a whipping at school, you could feel pretty assured you were going to get a another when you got home.

    There wasn’t a lot of crime; for the most part, people were God-fearing, honest, hard-working, decent, moral people.

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Property law a lifeline for governments

    A bill that recently passed the state legislature will help Roane County and other counties across the state, get some relief from being forced to take responsibility for unwanted properties acquired because of delinquent taxes.

    House Bill 2343 and Senate Bill 1949 gives local chancellors the authority to set aside a county’s bid on properties that the county takes possession of through delinquent property taxes if the financial or environmental risks outweigh the value of the property.

  • New school chief challenged to raise reading scores

    Why not challenge the new Roane County Schools director to improve the reading scores of Roane County third-grade students?

    I read that 43 percent of third-graders in Tennessee read at grade level at the end of their year. In response to my question, [Education] Commissioner [Candice] McQueen’s office told me that in Roane County, 40.3 percent of third-grade students read at grade level.

    Reading is surely the most single skill students can have.  It is also highly correlated with skill in math.