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Today's Opinions

  • Disservice to city of Rockwood, readers by using draft audit

    Over the 22 years I have served the city of Rockwood, it has been my practice to provide as accurate as possible information to the Roane County News and always refrained from making statements that lack full truth or cast a negative reflection on our city and its people.

    A recent article did both; it made a couple of our employees look bad and alleged findings our council has not yet dealt with or approved.

    Auditors have been working with the city of Rockwood since completing their part of the city audit in late May.

  • A Roane County teacher remembers sharing 9/11

    As a former educator of Roane County with 30-plus years of experience, I am now six years into my retirement.

    I have many memories as a fifth-grade teacher at Midtown Elementary, but Sept. 11, 2001, is the most powerful.

    Having just lost our son Josh, 29 years old, to a drug overdose caused me to feel very vulnerable and at a loss.

    It was a Tuesday.

    I had bus duty starting at 7:45 a.m. As I greeted students exiting buses and cars, I thought, “What a beautiful blue sky day ahead!” (Not a cloud to be seen.)

  • A View from Lick Skillet by Gerald Largen: Why we’re so hard on the Tea Party

    Gentle reader, at a gathering we recently attended, we were asked by a lady of our acquaintance why we were being so hard on the Tea Party.
    Although we gave a quick answer to her question, we did not do so at any length, since it did not seem appropriate at such a light-hearted social occasion.
    However, we regard it as a legitimate question, and one that we should address.

  • It’s important to note when we get something right

    It’s been a great summer here in Rockwood ... hot, but great.

    My daughter Sophie and I visited our Rockwood Library each week for their Summer Reading Program. 

    This year’s theme was “One World, Many Stories.” 

    Library staffers Margaret and Judy and their crew hosted approximately 75 children throughout the summer for stories, crafts and general fun. 

    They kicked off their pre-school Story Time (free and worthwhile) on Sept. 7 at 10:30 a.m. 

  • Who is misleading whom, writer asks of the Tea Party

    The letters from Tea Partiers Gary Johnston and Linda Wimberley are fine examples of why the American public now thinks more highly of Muslims and atheists than they do of the Tea Party.

    Linda’s defense of Gary’s union hypocrisy was a staggering example of intentionally missing Gerald Largen’s point and misrepresenting him in order to deliver a personal attack.

    If you have to lie to make your case, you have no case.

    Say what you will of Gerald opinions, his facts are facts.

  • Ruling means press might pay to stream games

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    First Amendment Center
    When the nation’s Founders protected press freedom, they had never heard of public high school football games. If they had, they probably would have understood the desire of a free press to cover them. But the press has run into a little trouble with that of late.

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: Two lakes, two very different days on the water

    Last Saturday, I spent the morning in my kayak at the Kingston waterfront, dutifully watching as swimmers churned through the water in the city’s first triathlon.

    Excitement was in the air as people cheered from the shore and other volunteer kayakers and a Jet Ski operator made sure all were safe.

    On Sunday morning, I was back in the kayak and on the water again — this time a couple of hours away.

  • Women’s equality remains only a goal in workplace

    By MARIANNE HILL
    American Forum
    Women’s Equality Day, Aug. 26, is both a celebration of women’s progress and a reminder that equality remains a goal, not a reality.
    On this day in 1920, women gained the right to vote under the 19th Amendment.
    Today, more than 90 years later, the struggle to advance women’s rights is concentrated on the economic front — with an end to discrimination against women in the labor force a critical, and hotly debated, objective.