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Today's Opinions

  • Celebrate World Press Freedom Day

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    First Amendment Center
    Thanks to the First Amendment, I’m free to write these words — and you’re free to read them.
    But for about 84 percent of the approximately 6.9 billion people with whom we share this planet, that’s not the case. They live in nations where the press is only “partly” free from government control or criminal intimidation, or not free at all.

  • Another defends teacher in Bowers oinking incident

    I have long been an avid newspaper reader but have never before felt compelled to write a letter to the newspaper.
    Newspaper articles are written and placed in such a way as to attract the maximum attention and to increase sales of papers.
    That is the way it is done in big cities where the faces are unfamiliar and apparently also in small communities where we should actually know each other.
    With this knowledge, I take their content with “a grain of salt” and assume that all other thinking people do the same.

  • Humbled honoree offers thanks for award, banquet

    The eagerly anticipated 65th Annual Roane County Chamber of Commerce Banquet, held on April 29, more than met everyone’s expectations.
    From the wonderful hospitality of Paul and Jean Cowell at Whitestone Country Inn, to the excellent food and service from their kitchen and wait staff, to the timely keynote address by Tennessee Secretary of State, Tre Hargett, not one person should have left feeling shortchanged.

  • IMPRESSIONS by Johnny Teglas: Warm fuzzies from gala, then pleasant dreams

    There’s something about sitting around a banquet table surrounded by old and new friends — and letting your hair down.
    Of course, you have to have some hair to do that last part. The round, gray-headed guy has closely cropped locks.
    Yet, that didn’t prevent the Teglas clan from doing exactly that Friday evening at Whitestone Country Inn.

  • Inconsiderate fishermen making mess at boat ramp

    Twice in the past three weeks, fishermen have dumped six or more large gar fish near the boat ramp at Blue Springs.
    This ruins the ramp and parking area for other boaters and fishermen.
    Last fall inconsiderate hunters dumped two deer carcasses there. 
    The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency maintains this ramp which provides access to the beautiful Blue Springs cove and Tennessee River. 
    Why can’t people help them maintain it — instead of trashing it?

  • What’s next for America now that bin Laden is gone?

    Public Enemy No. 1 for America and for much of the rest of the world is dead.
    Osama bin Laden was killed in his compound in Pakistan by a Navy Seals team, putting an end to his lengthy, personal reign of terror.
    We’ll still have more terrorists to deal with. Killing one man, no matter how high he ranks, will not put an end to hatred, cruelty and misunderstanding.
    For all the death and destruction bin Laden has left in his wake, it strikes us that his worst blow to America was what he did to us as a people.

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: Nervous wreck rides out storms

    Today’s column was to have been on wildflowers ... but this week’s wild weather seemed to need more attention, so I changed directions.

    I survived the brunt of the worst tornado system in recorded history — the April 3, 1974, superstorm that struck Tennessee, Kentucky and adjoining states — and killed 315 people.

    This week’s storms have come close, with sobering devastation in Alabama, Arkansas and Mississippi. The death toll was nearing 200 as I write this. Many more people lost homes, businesses and other property.

  • Impressions: Survey says ... well, just read on to find out

    “Gasoline prices are nearing the point where Americans are beginning to cut back.”
    That was a headline I saw many times last week during my morning media sweeps.
    Big surprise, huh?
    We all feel the pinch when we pull up in front of the pump.
    Talking heads on television tell us there really isn’t a supply problem or massive demand.
    Even the unrest in North Africa and the Middle East are only blips on the world-market radar.
    Rather, we are told those infamous “speculators” keep pushing up the price of crude oil.
    Whatever the case, it’s cutting into all of our budgets.