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Today's Opinions

  • ‘New Right’ knows exactly what it seeks

    In response to Gerald Largen’s column of Jan. 7 regarding a mandate within the Obama health care bill, I say welcome aboard. I am proud of the liberal “old curmudgeon’s” conclusion that our government forcing anyone to buy anything is unconstitutional.
    However, as one of the “slow-on-the-uptake” crowd, as he put it, I think seeking legal remedy for this unconstitutional portion of the bill is exactly correct. We are fully aware of what we ask for.

  • Adequate notice is a treasure for democracy

    By BILL WILLIAMS
    The Paris Post-Intelligencer
    Most people probably pay little attention to public notices in newspapers. But — like the fire department that’s out of mind until you need it — they fill an essential role in good government.

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: Warming up to a good book

    Today I will have the pleasure of spending the evening with a book club on River Road.

    I’ve been looking forward to it since last November, when they originally asked me to join them for the session.

    I enjoy talking about good books, hearing what everyone else is reading and sharing the ones I love best.

    Recently, I temporarily swapped my copy of Edward Abbey’s classic Desert Solitaire for a friend’s copy of Ferrol Sams’ Run with the Horsemen.

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: Warming up to a good book

    Today I will have the pleasure of spending the evening with a book club on River Road.

    I’ve been looking forward to it since last November, when they originally asked me to join them for the session.

    I enjoy talking about good books, hearing what everyone else is reading and sharing the ones I love best.

    Recently, I temporarily swapped my copy of Edward Abbey’s classic Desert Solitaire for a friend’s copy of Ferrol Sams’ Run with the Horsemen.

  • IMPRESSIONS by Johnny Teglas

    We find our fun where we can here at the newspaper.
    Otherwise, we’d all just go bonkers.
    When I read editor Terri Likens’ column last Friday, I had to chuckle at her pirate-speak.
    Reading further it dawned on me she and I were on the same wavelength.
    Our brief chat after deadline confirmed my suspicion
    We are both “over it.”
    Our short exchange reminded me of a film from way back in the day.
    Anyone remember “Network”?
    It won four Academy Awards.

  • Must we shoot every creature that takes wing?

    “Save the neck for me, Clark,” Cousin Eddie requests of his host, Clark Griswald, in the movie “Christmas Vacation.”
    Christmas dinner at the Griswalds’ could change drastically if TWRA issues the 733 hunting permits for the regal birds which are supposed to be “good table fare” according to the executive director of the Tennessee Wildlife Federation.
    Cousin Eddie would need a plate at least 2 feet across to accommodate this tall bird’s neck. Drumsticks would require equal space.

  • Salvation Army’s bell-ringing helps ease hard times

    The Salvation Army wishes to thank the citizens of Roane and Morgan County for making this year’s kettle drive a success.
    Through our local Red Kettle sites and our bell ringers’ efforts, we raised $24,971.90.
    With our uncertain economy, this will go a long way toward meeting the needs of our community this coming year.
    We are indebted to Food City in Harriman and Kingston, Kroger and Walmart in Roane County and Darnell’s Food Market, Family Dollar and Sav-A-Lot in Morgan County for letting us locate our kettles at their stores.

  • Public notice helps all keep watch on government

    By FRANK GIBSON
    A government reform commission in Virginia has recommended abolishing the 10-year-old Virginia Freedom of Information Advisory Council as a way to streamline government and save money.