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Today's Opinions

  • Congress should compromise to live like we do

    How did we become a nation of people who blame anyone and every one for all of our problems?
    It’s the fast-food industry’s fault that my child is overweight, it’s the school system’s fault my child can’t read and write, it’s my father’s fault I’m not wealthy, my government has failed me. The list goes on and on.
    It’s high time we stop blaming others for our problems and start looking for ways to resolve them for ourselves.

  • Golf tournament a success, thanks to community

    VFW Post 6598 would like to express our gratitude and heartfelt thanks to all who were involved in making our annual golf tournament an outstanding success.
    We would like to thank all the golfers who played in our tournament.
    Following is a list of the hole and prize sponsors for the tournament. Without their support, this event would not have been possible.

  • Here’s hoping leaders aim for what benefits all

    All the hand-shaking and footwork has paid off, and the governing bodies of Roane County’s four municipalities are now in place.
    It’s almost like a clean slate — and it’s time for those voted into those positions to prove that their campaign promises were more than lip service to attract votes.
    We trust the new officials will provide fresh insight into the operations of city government. Likewise, we hope those voters returned to their seats live up to the confidence placed in them for another four years.

  • Impressions: Support of reading makes sense

    Folks know we are reading enthusiasts here at the newspaper. Obviously, that makes sense in our line of business.

    As print and on-line information providers, it’s, well, kind of important that our current and future customers are have effective reading skills.

    Hence, over the years we have been ardent advocates of education and literacy initiatives.

  • Solving Beard’s case an excellent birthday gift

    Happy birthday, Karen.

    Friday, July 1, was our daughter’s 56th birthday. But we did not celebrate it with her.

    Her name is Karen Farmer Beard, and she was abducted and murdered in Kingston on Jan. 15, 1991.

    Some of the individuals who are responsible for this hideous crime are still walking the streets of Roane County. The sheriff tells us that the case is still open and under a “cold case” investigation by detective Steven White.

  • Kudos to Hurley for service to the people of county

    I would like to take this opportunity to thank state Rep. Julia Hurley for her service to the people she represents.

    One of the most important traits of a legislative representative of the people is the willingness to listen to the people they represent. I have found Rep. Hurley to be a person who listens and considers the perspectives and concerns of all people, regardless of where they stand on any particular issue.

  • Thanks for all the support of library book sale

    Thank you to all of the folks who attended the Kingston Library Foundation book and bake sale at the Kingston Community Center.

    The proceeds will be used for new best sellers, children’s books, etc.

    The 501st Star Wars costuming group was in attendance and were absolutely fantastic. The children and adults alike were thrilled with them.

    It was especially heartwarming to watch the children interacting with R2D2, Darth Vader and the storm troopers. These fine young men donated their Saturday to our book sale, and we thank them.

  • Guest opinion: New York protects gay equality and religious freedom

    By Charles C. Haynes, First Amendment Center
    Winners and losers in the battle over gay marriage in New York can agree on at least one thing: Without robust protections for religious groups, the law legalizing same-sex marriages would not have passed.

    Eleventh-hour negotiations between Republican senators and supporters of the bill led to the insertion of strong language ensuring that churches and other religious organizations could not be sued or penalized for refusing to accommodate gay marriages.