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Today's Opinions

  • OUR OPINION: Who is minding the store in Rockwood?

    Anyone seeing the list of alleged purchases made by former Rockwood public works director Tom Pierce should be furious that he was able to misuse public money with so little oversight.

    Eleven guns, ammo, women’s jeans, an online degree program, music, and not one, but two high-end digital cameras are among the personal items authorites said he purchased over a three-year period.

  • Gridlock deals Congress out of policy-making

    Earlier this year, it seemed there might be some hope for Capitol Hill when Congress dealt easily with raising the debt ceiling.

    But don’t let that one episode fool you.

    As President Obama and House Republicans circle each other over the forthcoming budget cuts known as the “sequester,” it’s a reminder that Congress and the White House have a complicated legislative agenda ahead.

    The big issue, of course, will be the budget and fiscal affairs.

    Can we get our fiscal house in order?

  • Contributions made health fair solid success

    The health fair held on Feb. 18 at Luminary United Methodist Church in Ten Mile provided services to 155 people, who received more than 480 medical screenings.

    Many people and groups deserve thanks for contributing to this successful and valuable event.

  • These dronezzz are bigger threat to our society

    The  guest opinion article by Gene Policinski in the Feb. 22 edition of Roane County news gave an overview of the spread of “drone” technology and its possible uses against American citizens.

    Violation of First Amendment rights was an expressed concern should our own government authorities use this technology improperly.

  • GUEST OPINION: When do student prayers cross the line?

    By CHARLES C. HAYNES
    First Amendment Center
    Students are free to pray in public schools – except when they aren’t.

    If this sounds confusing, pity school administrators charged with figuring out if and when to draw the line on student prayers.

  • Celebrity protection unnecessary, harmful

    By KEN PAULSON
    First Amendment Center
    It’s open season on paparazzi in celebrity-laden states as legislatures gear up to protect the rich and famous.

    Most recently, the Hawaii legislature was so grateful that Aerosmith singer and American Idol judge Steven Tyler purchased a home on Maui that it named an anti-paparazzi bill after him.

  • OUR OPINION: Aytes marriage to employee is, indeed, conflict

    The selection of Gary Aytes as Roane County Schools director has been welcomed by many — and rightly so.

    At a time when funding and teachers’ employment issues have caused tension elsewhere, he has boosted morale among teachers and parents in Roane County.

    Aytes also has found love along the way.

    At a school board meeting last month, Aytes was congratulated on his recent marriage to Glenna Treece, a well-respected former Midtown Elementary School principal who now works as the school system’s parent involvement coordinator.

  • Forefathers couldn’t imagine weaponry future

    Oh, yes, the problem of gun control rears its ugly head yet again.
    I am totally for the Second Amendment to our Constitution.
    Yes, I should have a handgun to protect myself and family.
    Yes, everyone should have a rifle if they want to hunt game. (I love venison with potatoes, carrots and onions, but I could never shoot a deer).