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Today's Opinions

  • Thrift store, food pantry combo gives thanks

    On behalf of Seton’s Thrift Store and Food Pantry, we would like to recognize and graciously thank Harriman Save-A-Lot for being such a supportive business in our community.

    The store generously donated items to our food bank recently when our supply had run low, allowing us to provide meals for locals in desperate times.

    In addition to their generosity, they are consistently friendly with a great team of workers, especially Melissa and Randy. They always maintain a positive atmosphere for shoppers.

  • Putting 9/11 fear aside in favor of freedom

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    First Amendment Center
    “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself,” Franklin Delano Roosevelt said in March 1933 — speaking in his first inaugural address to a desperate and fearful nation wracked by the Great Depression.

    Those same words, which perhaps would be sent today as a tweet from PrezFDR.gov, translate well to today’s war on terror as we mark the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks in 2001.

  • 9/11 effort was in vain, but they tried

    By CLIFF SEGAR
    Like all of us, I recall where I was and what I was doing 10 years ago.

    Sept. 11, 2001, will be forever etched into our memories. And, like the rest, I wondered what I could do to help.

    At that time, I was living in the Atlanta  area. I was a field engineer for the Mobitex wireless data network. That was the first carrier for the BlackBerry system.

    By 10 in the morning, my manager had sent out a message to all of us field engineers to leave any downtown areas.

  • 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.