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Today's Opinions

  • Salvation Army organizers have thanks aplenty

    Salvation Army recently held its annual reception to honor the volunteers who rang bells for us during the Christmas season. It was a great time of food and fellowship for everyone.
    We would like to thank all the businesses that contributed food or door prizes. We could not do it without them.

  • What could be funnier than following politics?

    Our little planet wobbles and spins through space, orbiting a red-hot coal that will eventually incinerate us and turn Earth, our moon and all other planets and orbiting space debris into a part of the dying red giant.
    In the meantime, we have to face floods, sweltering summer heat waves and chilling winters. Tornadoes rip a path from Oklahoma to Tennessee.
    Meanwhile, our legislators worry about the safety and humane treatment of fighting roosters and busy themselves with legislating the nursing habits of women in Tennessee.

  • Teacher made a mistake but is not a bad apple

    I write in response to the overwhelmingly condemning reaction to Debbie Hayes, the teacher involved in the incident at Bowers Elementary. 
    I don’t defend or agree with the tactic used, but find myself compelled to offer some words of support due to the one-sided public expression that I am hearing.
    My daughter had Mrs. Hayes as a teacher and loved her.  She was well-prepared and enthusiastic about school. 
    Mrs. Hayes had a lot to do with that.

  • College officials, police denounce legislators’ gun plan

    Tennessee Board of Regents Chancellor John Morgan was speaking out, expressing his concern for the safety of students, faculty and staff on college campuses if a bill being discussed in the legislature to allow guns on public campuses is passed.
    Morgan has joined the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police, University of Tennessee President Joe DiPietro, and numerous other presidents, faculty, staff and students of Tennessee’s public higher education institutions in opposing the bills.

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: My spring of falls and other thoughts

    What is it that makes spring air seem so wonderfully soft?

    Perhaps it is the perfect combination of temperature — an easy warmth — and moderate humidity, but somehow, I think a gentle breeze and the perfume of new flowers also play into the mix.

    I’m dubbing this season my spring of falls.

    I’ve gotten in a couple more hikes in since I last wrote, and I’m beginning to lose count of all the waterfalls I’ve seen.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Wouldn't true patriots pay more to save country?

    Well, Gentle R­eader, the news over the weekend was dominated, as it probably will be for some little time, with the manoeuvres, machinations, and manifestoes concerning the government’s budgetary plans and actions.
    After much ado, more than halfway into the fiscal year, apparently there has finally been agreement as to the 2010-2011 federal budget. You have read and heard about it ad nauseam no doubt, so we will not go into the subject in any detail.

  • Ken Yager's Legislative Week in Review

    The State Senate approved a wide range of bills this past week, including a proposal to curb abuse of prescription pain pills, legislation to address illegal immigration, and several measures to benefit police officers across the state.   
    Meanwhile, Senate Committees reviewed 20 departmental or government agency budgets as members examined the 2011-12 proposal submitted by Governor Bill Haslam.  

  • Former judge does not deserve anything from us

    I would just like to speak my mind, only my opinion......
    When I saw the story in your paper a few weeks ago of our ex-judge Thomas A. Austin wanting to run for an office again or thinking he would like to be a lawyer or what ever, I thought it was a dang big joke.
    I am still wondering why his very first action after getting out of prison would not have been to ask Roane çounty residents for forgiveness for his actions.