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Today's Opinions

  • Group grateful for help from Rockwood 2000

    Ridge View Elementary School fifth grade would like to thank Rockwood 2000 for the organization’s generous donation that provided our transportation on a recent field trip.   

    The students visited the University of Tennessee campus in Knoxville.  

    While on campus, the students supported our school’s 4-H Clover Bowl team and toured several of the buildings.  

  • GUEST OPINION: Teacher needs a few lessons, too

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    First Amendment Center
    In this contentious election year, it seems almost quaint to hear someone insist that it’s socially incorrect — and possibly illegal — to criticize the president of the United States as opposed to a candidate for the office.

  • ’Round Rockwood-May 28

    We here in Rockwood have had showers of blessings from dark clouds above.

    Our grass is growing, even needs mowing. Beautiful flowers, roses, daffodils, daisies.

    I was so glad to receive a big fresh bouquet of large orange tiger lilies that Shirley Byrd brought me from her yard.

    Unlike down in Eagle Furnace, the dust just flies when Steven mows his yard, and the deer eat up his garden, green beans, corn and even okra.

    The groundhogs come eating roses and anything that grows green and blooms with beautiful flowers.

  • Buffett buy ringing endorsement for newspapers

    Perhaps you saw the news last week: Berkshire Hathaway, the prominent investment company headed by Warren Buffett, purchased Media General, a group of 63 newspapers.

    Unlike many investment firms, Buffett’s, under his guidance, is known for solid decision-making and building up its purchases.

    Too many others are known for dismantling their purchases for a quick, short-term profit. This often leaves hundreds and thousands of employees jobless and fewer prospects in the overall employment pool.

  • Battery warranty situation better if you shop around

    The manufacturers’ pro-rata warranty for lead acid batteries, for as long as I can remember, has been, with a few exceptions, a consumer rip off.

    That has finally been proven in a class-action lawsuit against Johnson Controls, a company that purchased Globe Union some years ago, one of the largest manufacturers of lead acid batteries in the world.

    Johnson Controls, like Globe Union had, distributes batteries that will be marketed under different labels, including a number of very popular ones.

  • Religious beliefs shouldn’t be basis of president vote

    We, as a nation, are nearing the time to elect a president to represent us all.

    This time we have a unique religious twist as the Republican candidate appears to be Mitt Romney who is a devout member of the Mormon Latter-day Saints faith.

    It goes without needing to be said that there will be a certain number of voters whom are of other faiths or none at all, who will not vote for Romney because of this, even though they may otherwise agree with his nonreligious beliefs.

  • GUEST OPINION: Reaction against terror went too far

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    First Amendment Center
    The terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, posed many issues for our nation as to how to respond, and what lengths to go to, in the name of national security.

    In some cases, new safety rules have meant minor inconveniences. No bottles with more than 3 ounces of liquid allowed in carry-ons on an airplane, for example.

  • A View from Lick SKILLET by Gerald Largen: Will it be a ‘bully pulpit’ or a pulpit for a bully?

    Gentle reader, as you know, there has been a widely perceived problem in this country that has come more and more to the fore over the last few years — the problem of bullying.

    One of the most serious consequences of this pernicious practice has been an unacceptable number of teen-age suicides brought on by bullying, especially the bullying of youngsters who appear to be effeminate or homosexual.

    There has been, and there is now, an ongoing programme on the internet to assure victims that “Things will be better.”