Today's Opinions

  • Hire more male teachers to end counter violence

    Several weeks ago, school board member Danny Wright invited people to give input on the current political movement to raise county property taxes in order to pay for uniformed police officers for each Roane County School.  

    I’d like to give Mr. Wright, his safety committee, and your readers my input at this time. I support putting armed guards in schools. But, I am against raising property taxes in order to fund the proposed school police safety program.

  • OUR OPINION: Disappointment over rejection of ankle bracelets

    It’s a shame the Roane County Commission failed the taxpayers on a potential resource — ankle bracelets — to save taxpayers some revenue while expanding our arsenal to deal with nonviolent crime.

    We’d like to give a nod to the commissioners who voted Monday in favor of the measure, which would have allocated $25,000 for an ankle-bracelet monitoring program.

    The commissioners who stuck their necks out in an effort to save taxpayers some money were Copper Bacon, James Brummett, Randy Ellis, Jerry Goddard, Chris Johnson and Fred Tedder.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Largen: Will the Circle be Unbroken?

    Gentle reader, you no doubt are familiar with the hymn, “Will the Circle be Unbroken?” We, of course, know not the answer to that question about the future, but we do know that as to the present, the answer is definitely “no,” for we find that with each passing year our circle of friends and acquaintances is broken in more and more places.

  • No price too high for safety of our schoolchildren

    I am writing in response to the editorial in the Roane County News April 3 edition. It made a valid point regarding the price for placing resource officers in our schools.

    The questions I ask in response are how much is your child worth and what would you pay to keep your child safe?

  • GUEST OPINION: Egypt doesn’t have political sense of humor

    Egypt has reportedly arrested a comedian for mocking President Mohamed Morsi, prompting criticism by the U.S. State Department.

    The State Department said the arrest of television personality Bassem Youssef  was “evidence of a disturbing trend of growing restrictions on freedom of expression,” according to Voice of America News.

    The incident stands in contrast to the robust nature of freedom of expression through humor and satire in the United States.

  • We’ll be seeking window seats on unpiloted drone

    Drones will be flying over the USA, and the Federal Aviation Administration is currently preparing to handle this new type of air traffic with fewer operational air traffic control towers.
    Many small airports will lose their towers and controllers soon due to the efforts of the Feds to reduce costs and lower the national debt.
    But that is only the tip of the airship, so to speak, as we consider the very real tendency toward reduced fares in commercial air travel.

  • Price for SROs in every school much too steep

    The tragic shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., prompted many, if not most, schools systems across the country to re-evaluate their safety plans.
    It also has prompted calls from some — including people in Roane County — to dedicate a school resource officer at every school.
    Resource is a key word here. If resources were no object, it would be fine to assign an officer to every one of Roane County’s 17 elementary, middle and high schools.
    We could be even safer and assign an officer to each and every classroom.

  • Here’s one way to make room in closet for big guns

    “...until death do us part.” Then the invitation to, oops ­— “You may kiss ... each other?”
    Ah yes, so romantic and final!
    But at most only 50 percent of marriages in the USA last that long for a multitude of reasons.
    And now we are engaged in a moral struggle with ourselves that challenges an accepted societal norm that has lasted for over two thousand years.
    Suddenly society is being asked to accept “same sex” unions of both sexes and trans-gender couples as marriages, a state prescribed in the Bible.