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Today's Opinions

  • Bigger newer schools not most important thing

    Heart and soul.
    This is what I call our school here at Walnut Hill — our heart and soul.
    It has been the heart of our community, our teachers, our children and our families for many, many years.
    At the end of this month, it will be closing for good, and all the wonderful children who have passed through her doors will be a thing of the past.
    The wonderful memories we all have shared, the backbone of our community, and one of the best educational institutions in Roane County will be gone.
    It has devastated our family here at school.

  • ‘Concern’ for the poor gives writer goosebumps

    Did you ever get the feeling you were being watched? When your skin crawled and chills surged up your back as if an icy hand had suddenly been thrust against your bare flesh?
    If you have, you can relax and continue grocery shopping.
    It could just be a recent letter-to-the-editor writer of Harriman being himself and “noticing” what other people buy in the grocery store.

  • Trying to stifle student reporting just won’t work

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    First Amendment Center
    Wanna keep a secret? Betcha can’t — particularly when it involves an arrest and later the resignation of a local teacher.
    But when allegations of improper conduct involving a teacher are involved, principals still keep trying to stifle the news through the heavy-handed — and futile — method of censoring the school publication.

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: Thanks to Foust — and maybe you?

    I’ve been pretty active this summer, often hiking 10-12 miles or more on a weekend, not counting dog walks.

    How about you?

    Are you looking to raise your activity level? Get in better shape?

    How about helping a worthy cause?

  • A View from Lick Skillet: We must not remain ignorant on Islam

    Gentle reader, there is much talk nowadays about the subject matter and the quality of our educational system.
    This talk, and more, is fully warranted by the present state of knowledge among the general population, but unfortunately this has become bogged down in a right-wing ideological morass, with the only real action being taken consisting of attacking the teachers’ unions.
    This will produce nothing other than increased rancor and ill will, leaving the coming generation to be even less well educated than their elders.

  • He has a proposal for those who are poor, overweight

    I was surprised to hear the mayor of New York propose limiting the amount of soft drinks a food stamp recipient could buy with food stamps. This is something that has bothered me for years.
    I do quite a bit of the shopping in my family and being a nosey person, I have a habit of watching and listening to other people. Sometimes it irritates my wife when I can hear a conversation at the table next to us, but I can’t keep up with what’s happening at my own.

  • Energy policies need serious updating

    I like Gerald Largen’s column, but his constant Republican bashing is getting a little old.
    Democrats aren’t any better.
    Both parties seem to do nothing but argue and get little done. The last-minute midnight-hour budget passing that has become so common is a perfect example.
    Mr. Largen’s contention that the national debt is no big problem is, I think, very wrong. It’s the interest on the national debt that has to be paid.

  • Budget time needs full attention

    Now is the time county and city governments are cobbling together their budgets for the upcoming fiscal year.
    This difficult work is taking place in difficult economic times.
    Grants are harder to come by, state and federal funding is being cut back, and yet, state and federal governments continue to add more requirements for local governments to live up to.
    Local governments also have to deal with the unrealistic expectations by some residents to have Cadillac services at a Kia price tag.