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Today's Opinions

  • Commandments guide morality, absolutes exist

    Charles Haynes, in his Guest Opinion in the July 6 edition of the Roane County News, ended with, “But with New York as a model, we can acknowledge both gay equality and religious liberty as basic human rights.”
    Our Constitution recognizes religious liberty not just because “the multiplicity of sects in the new nation left us little alternative.”

  • IMPRESSIONS by Johnny Teglas: Looking for value in hard times? Here’s help

    Like you, I’m pretty much a very, very loyal grocery shopper.
    Over the years, I’ve chosen to spend money with folks who spend theirs with me.
    Hence, I search their ads in the newspaper each week to determine what I am going to buy where.
    I honestly can’t recall a moment when I went out on a “jag” and plunked down serious cash for an item I hadn’t thought out.
    Well, I guess I do have to admit I once rushed out to a convenience store on Christmas morning for batteries for one of Jon Clark’s Christmas gifts.

  • Looseleaf Laureate: Pushing beyond the limits, mist and all

    Humidity.

    I rarely take vacation time in July because of that single weather extreme. I’m more the April or October type.

    But this year, circumstances prompted a change in my habits. And while the humidity is out there in spades, I’m glad I am getting out of the house more during a month I usually hole up inside.

  • A View from Lick Skillet: Money men continue to manipulate patriots

    By Gerald Largen

  • 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.