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Today's Opinions

  • GUEST OPINION: Donald Sterling and more lessons in free speech

     

    What’s left to say about the ugly, racist views of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling and the vocal reactions to his comments?

    Well, from a First Amendment free expression perspective, several things — some of which may well resonate even longer than Sterling’s repugnant remarks and the lifetime ban imposed on him by Adam Silver, commissioner of the National Basketball Association.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: It’s been quite a week for the old curmudgeon

    Gentle reader, today we have more topics roiling around in the old cranium than Carmen Miranda had Cavendish bananas in her headdress.

    (Younger readers can ask their parents to identify the effervescent Latin Bombshell, Carmen Miranda and her fabulous fruit adorned turbans, and can seek guidance on the Cavendish bananas in some botanical tome, or in the more likely source, the internet.)

  • CASA in need of volunteers to be child advocates

    CASA’s annual Run for the Child was held on the Roane County campus of Roane State Community College, Saturday, May 3.

    The 5K run/walk raises money to train and support court-appointed special advocates — citizen volunteers who are appointed by the juvenile court to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children.

    Last year, CASA volunteers served more than 140 children in the counties of Loudon, Morgan, and Roane.

  • Government as an innovator? You bet!

    By LEE HAMILTON

    Center on Congress

    Both government and industry are needed to solve big problems. Collaboration puts us in a stronger competitive position than either sector acting alone.

    Five years ago, the federal government spent $169 billion to fund basic research and development. This fiscal year, it’s down to $134 billion.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Life and learning in US as it was a century ago

    As the reader may know, Sunday’s News Sentinel’s Life section featured a fascinating article on three local centenarians, including one hundred year old Walter Pulliam.

  • A simple card is nice reminder of officer’s presence

    I live out in the country, and I find it very comforting to find a card in the  mailbox informing me that an Roane County deputy has been by my house.

    In this day and time, we’re so busy that we don’t always see a patrol car, but  it’s nice to know one has been in the neighborhood.  

    I would think that when that card is placed in the mailbox in the middle of the night that the officer looks for anything out of the ordinary.

  • Holocaust survival tale of 15-year-old is a must-read

    Sunday, April 27, was Holocaust Memorial Day.

    My friend, Mira Kimmelman, will soon be 92. She was sent to a concentration camp at age 15. It was winter when she was placed on an open train car with so many others. They were freezing. When they needed to relieve themselves, they sat in their own frozen waste.

    Having spent much time in the Jewish Ghetto, she learned to live by her wits to get food for her family.

    By now, she had lost her 13-year-old brother, and she had to draw strength and ingenuity to save herself.

  • GUEST OPINION: Vigorous debate continues on First Amendment

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    First Amendment Center
    So, what part of the First Amendment, or the law around it, would you want to change?

    For most of us, the answer is an academic exercise at best. For a few legislators, lawyers and litigants, the response is proposed legislation or lengthy briefs and pointed legal arguments.

    But when the words involve justices of the U.S. Supreme Court, it is cause for special attention.