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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Teen with illness is helped by many donations

    The benefit yard sale for Amber Howard, 15, who has a brain-stem tumor, was a great success.
    I would like to thank the citizens of Roane County and Kingston for their help.
    Thanks to Knoxville Coca Cola, Rockwood Walmart, Carmella Catering, McDonald’s of Kingston, and a big thank you to Dotty and Kenny Pickell, Sue Kelly, John King, Kay Thomas and Bud Stout and a special thank you to Martin W. Cash.
    Libby King
    Kingston
     

  • Schools can’t be substitute for churches

    By CHARLES C. HAYNES
    First Amendment Center
    If only a fraction of the allegations are true, public school officials in Sumner County have been treating their school district like a missionary field for the Christian faith.
    Nine students — who understandably wish to remain anonymous — have filed suit with the help of the American Civil Liberties Union seeking to end school promotion of religion.

  • Impressions: You CAN stay cooler in this heat and humidity

    Things started heating up in our corner of the world last week.
    I don’t think it had anything to do with Memorial Day and its unofficial heralding in of summer.
    But I must admit, the constant humming of our chillers at the office last Monday reminded me that spring will soon be behind us.
    I pretty much had the place to myself as I worked through some interviews, project deadlines and telephone calls on the holiday.
    Our air-conditioning units were my only company when the sun really started bearing down.

  • Teacher gets a two more votes of support

    Just wanted to send a quick note of what a wonderful teacher Debbie Hayes was when we were in her kindergarten class.  
    We still remember her taking Julie’s class to her house for an Easter egg hunt.  
    Mrs. Hayes has always stood out in our memories because she was such a kind and caring teacher and made learning enjoyable.  
    She gave us and many others a good start to education.
    We are not surprised that Mrs. Hayes has taught for 38 years without a blemish in her records.