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Today's Opinions

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET by Gerald Largen: Corporal Boehner enlists for ‘class warfare’

    The other day, we were visiting with our neighbour, Don Matthews, when he told us of the new name going around for Texas Governor Rick Perry — Governor Scary! That seems an apt appellation if ever there was one.

    However, as has been said. ‘There’s a little bit of bad in the best of us, and there’s a little bit of good in the worst of us.’ And in the case of Gov. Perry that was demonstrated in the recent Florida candidates debate.

  • She’s done with Gerald Largen’s denouncements

    Once again, columnist Gerald Largen has deemed himslf superior and more intelligent, while denouncing a gentle reader as ignorant thrice.

    Intoxicated with the exuberance of his own verbosity, he seems unable to disguise his arrogance and surely lacks any modicum of gentility. 

    FINI!

    Joyce Anderson
    Kingston
     

  • Largen ought to recant ignorant statements

    Being as I have never written a letter to Our Readers Write, I felt compelled to do so in relation to columnist Gerald Largen’s opinion on the Jews and Israel on Sept. 23.

    I know that opinions are like noses, everybody has one.

    But when he stated his ignorance of the Word of God about Israel and the Jewish people as being God’s chosen people and God Almighty establishing His name in the holy city of Jerusalem, then there is something he needs to know about God’s Word if indeed he believes the Holy Bible is the inspired word of God.

  • Hospital situation in Knoxville has her praising RMC

    I have never seen such inappropriate behavior as I saw the week of Aug. 22-29 at Mercy West in Knoxville.

    My husband went in to have hip surgery. After going to the third floor for recovery, he lay there a couple of hours before anyone checked on him.

    All but three nurses and one assistant acted liked they were upset that we were there.

  • Interruptions shouldn’t be celebrated

    By KEN PAULSON
    First Amendment Center

    You don’t have to spend much time watching cable television or listening to talk radio before you hear people being interrupted and cut off.

  • Nuts & Bolts by Terri Likens: Doesn’t every office have a demonic clown?

    The people who work in the newspaper business are a lot like everybody else.

    Some are a little quirkier, though. Take Sam Dunn, one of our pressmen.

    Sam, a Harriman resident, is tall, bearded and strong — I guess you’d call him a man’s man.

    Yet a couple of weeks ago, when he found a hummingbird tangled up in cobwebs in the pressroom, Sam showed the gentle side so many of us have come to know.

    He carefully removed the exhausted bird from its accidental trap.

  • Less government — or more responsible public officials?

    I keep reading and hearing the saying “we need less government.”

    What are the specifics that this “less government” term refers?

    Are you saying we need fewer regulations on the banking and investment industry?

    Should we eliminate public schools?

    Are we going to stop medical support for those born with disabilities or for our veterans?

    Since Social Security is an “entitlement program,” is that to be eliminated?

    Are we also going to eliminate or privatize our police and prison systems?

  • Why buy goods from abroad that are dangerous to us?

    Arsenic in our food?

    I was watching the news this morning, and I wasn’t surprised to hear that there was something in our food that didn’t belong there.

    They were talking about apple juice but all the food we buy has changed drastically in the last 40 years.

    When I was young fresh produce was a lot different than it is now. Fresh corn on the cob usually had some imperfections in it.

    It wasn’t unusual to find worms in any kind of fresh produce. We just picked them out and kept on eating.