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Today's Opinions

  • Cain tax plan would double state sales tax

    Just when you thought it was safe to go to back to the store, Republican candidate Herman Cain wants to slash rich folk’s taxes and stick it to the poor.

    I already pay more than 9 percent in sales tax, and he wants to double it.

    To our credit, people are already saving more and spending less.

    Who believes that a 9-percent increase in prices won’t further curb people’s appetite for consumption?

    Think about it, $6,000 tax on a new car!

    Cain defends this tax by saying it will only be on new stuff.

  • Jim Hines deserves nod for serivce

    We are pleased to see that Rockwood has fielded an ample pool of qualified candidates for the city administrator job.

    We expect that city council members will have a harder time than usual eliminating candidates to get down to their final choice.

    However, we cannot let the retirement of former city administrator Jim Hines pass without comment.
    Hines served both the cities of Rockwood and Harriman loyally and with integrity for many years.
    We know him to be a man of intelligence and depth.

  • Nuts & Bolts by Terri Likens: Tri-weeklies are weird animals in news business

    Roane County News publishes three times a week — on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, when the post office delivers it to subscribers.

    However, except when holidays alter our schedules, we actually print those newspapers on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday, when you can find the latest editions in stores and newsstands.

    For people who are used to the schedules of a daily or once-a-week newspaper, tri-weeklies and the demands of their publishing schedules can be confusing.

  • Some elaboration from the top on the Midway Solution

    Recently, the Midway community celebrated a ribbon cutting on the use of the Midway Middle School’s kitchen and gym.

    During the celebration ceremony, I gave a brief history of how the project was conceived, supported and construction of Phase 1 and Phase 2 had taken place. 

    A number of people commented afterward about not knowing this history and appreciated hearing the process. 

  • RSCC Playmakers is a real plus for the community

    We attended the Roane State Community College Playmakers’ production of “The Rainmaker” on Saturday evening.

    As always, Michael Golebiewski directed a top-notch performance which we enjoyed very much. 

    We also got to listen to the live performance of music before, during and after the play.

    We are so fortunate to have the Playmakers right here in Roane County!

    Celia Simon and Richard Evans
    Kingston

  • U.S. turned own guns against WWI vets in 1932

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    First Amendment Center
    The “Occupy Wall Street” movement and its rapidly spreading urban echoes are — like the Tea Party movement — grand examples of Americans using at least two of our lesser-known First Amendment freedoms: assembly and petition.

    Regardless of how you feel about either or both movements, they are the latest examples of the role of protest in American politics and society. In the history of protest, there are both lessons to be learned and mistakes to be avoided.

  • Writer says government can’t grant rights

    I read with interest that our Looseleaf Laureate gladly handed over $10 to Roane State student Corey Reed after naming the five rights delineated in the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. 

    Both the student and the generous Laureate should be applauded for their knowledge of and interest in our Bill of Rights. 

    However, through a lax choice of words the lesson and the article relating it propagate a grave and dangerous misconception about the nature of the First Amendment and the Bill of Rights.  

  • Thanks to responders of Midway brush fire

    On behalf of the Roane County Board of Education and the staffs of Midway Elementary, Middle and High schools, I would like to express appreciation and gratitude to all the fire departments and other emergency agencies that worked the brush fire near Midway Elementary School on Sept. 1.

    The fire was noticed about noon, and as soon as I received the information, we started making plans to evacuate the elementary school and others if needed.

    Bus drivers were put on stand-by and were later called in as the fire seemed to be progressing nearer to the school.