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Today's Opinions

  • Budget time needs full attention

    Now is the time county and city governments are cobbling together their budgets for the upcoming fiscal year.
    This difficult work is taking place in difficult economic times.
    Grants are harder to come by, state and federal funding is being cut back, and yet, state and federal governments continue to add more requirements for local governments to live up to.
    Local governments also have to deal with the unrealistic expectations by some residents to have Cadillac services at a Kia price tag.

  • Impressions by Johnny Teglas: Moon walks to pro wrestling, what’s really real?

    God rest her soul, my wife’s grandmother, has long departed this world.
    But we still lovingly remember her quite often when something strikes our funny bones.
    Stella Trusley had interesting viewpoints on the world around her.
    She used to tell Junior he needed to clean up and go out and get a job.
    Junior was my father-in-law. He was a retired educator and her primary caregiver during her later years.
    I vividly recall him cooking a full breakfast for her when I’d drop Jon Clark off at his house.

  • Congregation at KUMC is what makes the church

    Black smoke pouring from the back of the roof lines; fire trucks from many places; lights flashing, blinking red; police cars strobing blue.
    Elizabeth, Pastor John Anderson’s daughter, bringing a box of tissues all around, smiling encouragingly.
    Congregation members gathered in tears, heartache with helplessness, and with words of love and support in the smoky, twilight air.
    These are my thoughts and impressions of the evening of Saturday, April 30, when Kingston United Methodist Church caught fire.

  • Wandering dog is safe thanks to people who cared

    Just before 3 p.m. last Friday, I was waiting for my niece to deliver an early supper from Cracker Barrel to my curb at 629 Unaka St.
    My 12-year-old Boston terrier, Blackjack, was with me as usual. He decided to go to the lot across the street.
    He does this very often, but he then decided to go on down to the house on the alley — all the time I am calling him and even went across the street to call him back, but to no avail.
    He went across Tennessee Street at the alley, and I felt he would stay there until my niece arrived, which she did very shortly.

  • Atheists, the First Amendment and equal treatment

    By CHARLES C. HAYNES
    First Amendment Center
    In case you missed it, on May 5, the president of the United States called the nation to prayer — just as past presidents have done on the first Thursday of every May since 1952.
    Mandated by Congress, the National Day of Prayer was marked this year by events around the country, many of which were organized by the National Day of Prayer Task Force, an evangelical Christian group that maintains the self-described “official site” on the Web for celebrating the day.

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: Some things you don't see coming

    You can be plodding along in the routine of life and never see a week like the  past one happen.

    Killer storms swirled all around us, but in Roane County, most of us escaped the worst of the harm.

    Then a blissfully beautiful Saturday unfolded.

    My plans involved hiking at Big South Fork, but I soon expanded my itinerary to include one night of camping.

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: Some things you don't see coming

    You can be plodding along in the routine of life and never see a week like the  past one happen.

    Killer storms swirled all around us, but in Roane County, most of us escaped the worst of the harm.

    Then a blissfully beautiful Saturday unfolded.

    My plans involved hiking at Big South Fork, but I soon expanded my itinerary to include one night of camping.

  • A view from Lick Skillet by Gerald Largen: President shows his leadership in action

    Some friends, knowing that we have long regarded Meredith Willson’s “The Music Man” as one of the best musicals ever written, kindly gave us a copy of the programme for the current production of this work, appearing through 15 May at the Clarence Brown Theatre.
    As would be expected, the programme lists the cast members, which, if you know the story, must of necessity be unusually large, but, in addition the musicians in the orchestra are also listed.