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Today's Opinions

  • Census results indicate a lack of long-term plan

    In the March 18 issue, you published census data for Roane and surrounding counties.
    Roane seriously lagged behind with growth of just 4 percent compared to Loudon at 24 percent, Blount at 16 percent, Cumberland at 19 percent and Knox at 13 percent.
    I am a newcomer to this area, having moved in 2010 from Dallas, Texas to this beautiful county that is blessed with the most wonderful natural resources, lake and mountain vistas that are feasts for the eyes.

  • Second Chance thanks those who gave it a chance

    Second Chance K-9 Rescue would like to thank everyone who helped make our 12th annual Chili Supper a great success.
    Especially the good folks at Roane County News and other media for the advertising. The proceeds from this event help the animals of Roane County.
    Our animal shelter adoption spay/neuter assistance program began September 2009, and has helped pay for the spaying, neutering and an annual vaccination.
    Since February 2010, Second Chance K-9 Rescue has provided assistance for 151 animals.

  • Event to help flooded food bank a success

    On Feb. 28, flooding destroyed food and supplies at the Second Harvest Food Bank warehouse in North Knoxville. On its behalf, an ice cream social fundraiser was held, hosted by the Roane County Democratic Party and Market Street Fountain at Ladd Landing in Kingston.
    Nearly $500 was raised. Many thanks to those who contributed or volunteered.  A small number of people can make a difference for people in need. 
    The event was a success, in large part, due to a front page item in the March 2 edition of the Roane County News.
    Kudos to all!

  • Why we all need to monitor officials, our government

    By KEN PAULSON
    First Amendment Center
    The Tea Party Patriots are divvying up members of Congress.
    The advocacy group is assigning its members to track every member of the House and Senate, monitoring their every legislative move.
    “We have millions of manpower hours and thousands of people willing to do heavy lifting,” Shelby Blakely, the project organizer, told USA Today.

  • A View from Lick Skillet: Look out Constitution! Big Bill Ketron strikes again

    That noble document, the Constitution of the United States, is ofttimes praised and supposedly relied upon by the rabid, radical, right-wing, reactionary Republicans, yet, how often they do go on ad nauseam about some action they propose which is plainly and specifically outlawed by the said Constitution.
    Take for instance the issuance of currency.
    Article One, Section Eight, Clause Five, vests in the Congress the power to coin money.
    And, Article One, Section Ten, Clause One, forbids any state from coining money or emitting bills of credit.

  • Commissioners attempt to bell the cats political

    On behalf of the many great cats at Tiger Haven I would like to thank state Rep. Julia Hurley for not signing the Roane County Commission's destructive Tiger Haven bill.
    The commissioners all know the cost of placing tracking collars on 280 plus big cats would be an onerous financial burden for this worthy but cash strapped nonprofit.  

  • Legislation on teachers never about better ed

    Over 50 years ago I interviewed with the school board for my first teaching position in a small town.
    I was immediately told they did not allow any teachers their school to belong to a union.
    Each teacher was to negotiate his or her own salary and that salary was to be kept in strict confidence.  
    I was able to bargain them up to $1,800 a year!  
    Later, I learned I was making more than the teacher who had been with them for 30 years, but who “didn't squabble over salary.”

  • Redefining the public's right to know is critical

    This Sunshine Week, a time when we reflect on the public’s right to know and the importance of open government, isn’t it time to address the Pandora’s box left open by the U.S. Supreme Court last year?
    In two landmark decisions — Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission and, subsequently, Speech Now v. Federal Election Commission — the Supreme Court radically altered longstanding campaign finance disclosure requirements.