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Today's Opinions

  • GUEST OPINION: The dead do speak – freely and not forgotten

    By GENE POLICINSKI

    First Amendment Center

    The dead do speak.

    They need no free speech protection — no government can forever silence their message. No dictator can prevent the living from taking notice. And no earthly authority can erase or demean their sacrifice.

    On several occasions recently, we are reminded of the men and women who sacrificed their lives for the greater good of many.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Ad says vote NO on the Taliban amendment!

    Gentle reader, if you are like us, you have never before heard of “Tennesseans for Preservation of Personal Privacy, Inc.,”  but we stand in awe of their “maiden” advertising effort against Proposed Amendment 1, to be voted upon in the November general election. 

    In case you missed it, the ad we refer to ran on page 15A of the Knoxville News Sentinel dated Sunday, 25 May, 2014, in which it takes up three-quarters of the page. 

  • Summer offerings at Kingston Public Library are all free

     Good things are happening at the Kingston Public Library during the month of June.  

    Our summer reading program is underway.  Each Wednesday at 1:30 p.m., we will be having a special program for children 12 and younger.  

    Children who have attended previous summer programs at our library will find this year’s program even better. 

  • New EPA regs are a step, but we can do more ourselves

    I am delighted that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has finally moved to abate the disastrous impacts of climate change by regulating carbon dioxide emissions from power plants. 

    But, given the adverse reaction from the coal industry, the EPA should have issued parallel regulations on emissions from meat industry operations. Each state could than determine its own optimal strategy for curbing greenhouse gases.

  • Looseleaf laureate: Proposed new superhero may surprise you

    I’m happy to report I got all of my tomatoes — 14 plants’ worth — in the ground before Memorial Day this year. 

    I can’t remember all of their names, but I made acquaintance with Mr. Stripey, Yellow Pear and Cherokee Purple among the heirloom varieties, and Yellow, Big and Better Boys among the hybrids. 

    With all of these plants, I hope to show something for my effort come harvest time.

  • Tiger Haven should be liable financially

    I want to address a problem that has concerned my neighbors and me for 20 years. I live next to a facility that houses some of the most dangerous animals in the world. Just hearing them growl in the morning is enough to put the fear of God in anyone, and they are not pit bulls.
    Imagine having to listen to a loud, ferocious roar morning, noon and night, knowing a vicious animal may escape at any time. It’s a nuisance that not only bothers me, but also all of my neighbors.

  • GUEST OPINION: Satirical tweets may be fake, but they’re protected

    By KEN PAULSON
    First Amendment Center
    The queen of England had a rough weekend recently. It rained relentlessly and her youngest son, Edward, was stuck in the garden wearing an Easter Bunny suit.

    I know this because I follow “Elizabeth Windsor,” a Twitter account that shares Elizabeth’s personal musings. It’s informative, amusing – and totally fabricated.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Property committee has its work cut out to do

    Gentle reader, according to Damon Lawrence’s usual comprehensive report of the recent County Commission meeting and their action on the “In God We Trust” matter, it seems that the resolution has become embroiled in acrimonious controversy such that either approval or rejection will be the source of ill will and dissension, so that the wiser and better course of action would be to lay the resolution on the table for the time being.