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Today's Opinions

  • Avery Trace DAR grateful for all the tourney support

    On Saturday, June 11, the Avery Trace Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution held its annual Flag Day Golf Tournament at Southwest Point Golf Course. 
    DAR promotes patriotism within our local schools and community, supports our military veterans, and educates American youth in the history of our great country.

  • A good city manager well worth the money

    During the weeks leading up to the most recent election, Harriman mayoral and city council candidates were asked their thoughts on having a  city manager.
    It is an issue that has long been debated in the town, but one whose time has come.
    Harriman has, in recent years, taken a step forward with a city coordinator.
    We believe more progress can be made when it advances to a full city manager — provided the city hires the right person.

  • Divided loyalties: How to be true to two schools

    My 35th high school reunion is this summer. Both of them, actually.

    I grew up in the Franklin County school system in Frankfort, Ky., until the middle of my junior year.

    After my father took a promotion in Cincinnati, the family moved to the Boone County, Ky., school system just across the Ohio River from the big Queen City.

    I grew up with the kids from the Franklin County schools, including my first two and a half years at the high school there.

  • Impressions: Phrase is sweet music to most any father’s ears

    One of the sweetest phrases a man will ever hear comes directly from the heart:
    “I love you, Daddy.”
    Whether the words originate from the mouth of a toddler, teenager, full-grown offspring or somewhere in between, something magical happens when they’re spoken.
    Precious little girls can bat their eyes and melt their old man’s heart, all the while wrapping him around their pinky fingers.
    Little boys can lower their heads, shrug their shoulders and weasel themselves out of all sorts of trouble with the simple four-word phrase.

  • Allegiance pledge recital not mandatory

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    First Amendment Center
    The Pledge of Allegiance is a simple and clear way of expressing love of country.
    It’s also a voluntary patriotic exercise — declared as such more than 50 years ago by the U.S. Supreme Court.
    Still, some officials or legislatures periodically try to coerce others into reciting the Pledge. A recent attempt involves a Mississippi judge who jailed a lawyer who refused to recite the Pledge of Allegiance last October at the start of a court session.

  • A View from Lick Skillett by Gerald Largin: Maybe it’s something in the New York water

    Although, as you know, gentle reader, any day and every day is a good day to learn more about our history, we as a nation more often than not choose to ignore our history except on the occasion of fifty year anniversaries, such as 50, 100, 150, etc.
    This being the case, and 2011 marking the 150th of secession, the Knoxville News Sentinel this past Sunday ran a front page story titled “June 8, 1861 Tennessee Secedes.”

  • Councilman grouses over headline, story

    I think your recent article headlined “AIRPORT HEAD TO GET A 10% RAISE” was totally misleading.
    This has not been passed. The airport manager is a contract employee.
    And the Ron Harwell, Tea Party candidate article was just free publicity for him in his council race.
    This should have been offered to all of the candidates. It is a shame this was printed so close to the election date.
    Ray Collett
    Rockwood
     

  • Success of CASA fundraiser comes from their help

    The board of directors for CASA of the Ninth Judicial District would like to thank all those who participated or helped in making the CASA’s third annual Run for the Child such a success. We has 98 runners/walkers in the 5k race and 13 participants in the one mile fun walk/run.
    Additionally, there were several others who participated by purchasing a T-shirt or who registered for the run/walk but were unable to come to the event.
    The board is especially thankful for the major sponsors who helped pay for the event.