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Today's Opinions

  • Look at all the help Harriman Lions Club had

    We would like to thank everyone whocame out for the Harriman Lions World’s Greatest Pancake Breakfast.  Without you, we couldn’t do what we do.  Special thanks to our sponsors. Many are local businesses  that support Harriman Lions and other Roane County charities on a continuing basis. Let us support them.

    Restaurants: Mama Mia’s, Los Primos, The Roane Street Grill, Gondolier, Jake’s Bar and Grill, El Cantarito, Red Bones on the River.

  • GUEST OPINION: Turns out we don’t know what our freedoms are

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    First Amendment Center

    C’mon people — it’s just 45 words!

    We’ll even give you the Twitter version: Freedom of Religion, Speech, Press, Assembly and Petition.

    There, a whole lesson in what it means to be a citizen of the United States — and the answers to some the questions on the actual test that you have to pass to become a citizen.

    Perhaps that’s why 29 percent of respondents to the 2014 recently released State of the First Amendment survey couldn’t name one — they don’t have to.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Thoughts on modern practitioners of chivalry

    We have recently been reading some books in a relatively new series by authoress Rita Mae Brown, who has several novels to her credit, including another series featuring “Sneaky Pie” Brown.  

  • Religion should not be established by majority rule

    Our courthouse is owned by believers and nonbelievers alike, but we have some religious bullies who do not agree with that premise.

    Some of our  commissioners seem to think that religion should be by majority rule. They  are in bad need of a civics lesson. The move to place the “In God We Trust” motto on our courthouse is political pandering at its worse.

    I do not expect to change anyone’s mind, but I would like to see those who are ready to donate money for this project to also commit to pay for possible legal challenges.

  • City official takes time to give thanks for cleanup help

    I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved with helping the Kingston Public Works Department cleanup after the tornado a few weeks ago.

     I would like to personally thank the three men who were already working to cleanup on Dogwood Drive. When I arrived to cut two large trees that had fallen across the road, they were already working hard to remove the trees with saws. Thank you for your hard work and help.

  • DAR golf tourney a success thanks to contributors

    On June 14, the Avery Trace Chapter, Daughter of the American Revolution, held its fifth annual Flag Day Golf Tournament at Southwest Point Golf Course in Kingston.

    The DAR promotes patriotism in our local schools and community, supports our military active duty as well as our veterans and educates American youth in the history of our great country.

  • U.S. Sen. McCain cock-of-the-walk now, but ....

    Like a barnyard rooster that perches on the tallest post of the barnyard and crows loudly to proclaim, “I am the greatest,” U.S. Sen. John McCain is perched in front of TV cameras again; this time to reassert his contention that only he foresaw the Middle East would devolve into chaos.

    He seems to be suggesting the U.S. is responsible for this disaster. Apparently, he has decided that American troops and armament must be left in every country in the world to help them become, what? Our friends?

  • OUR OPINION: Kingston battle one needing introspection

    It’s hard to blame the residents of the Davis and Dogwood drive neighborhoods in Kingston for feeling sucker-punched.

    Dogwood Drive residents have enjoyed an almost-forgotten paradise of tree-lined streets, woods and — for some of them — waterfront.

    It’s a mature neighborhood populated with current and retired Oak Ridge Reservation scientists and workers.