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Today's Opinions

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: ARGGGGGGGGGGGGHH!!!!

    No, this is not a column about pirate speak, although I do — in my own special way — honor International Talk Like a Pirate Day on Sept. 19.
    I’ve given up.
    I’m done.
    Finished.
    I’m sick of it!
    It once was my habit to study the weather forecasts as far as 10 days out, planning wonderful things for the nice days ahead.
    Now, I don’t even look at the forecasts.
    I don’t have to.
    Why?

  • Impressions: Flap over flapjacks leads to warning

    Folks know I get around. They also know that while on my travels I like to eat.
    Well, sometimes, overeat, as witnessed by the spare tire hanging around my middle.
    Since work regularly takes me to several counties in the greater Knoxville area, I’ve had an opportunity to sample many a restaurant’s fare.
    As not to cut into Bethel Poston’s “Out to Lunch” feature, I won’t name any names.
    Let’s just say there’s plenty of good places to chow down here and around here.

  • Let’s not get complacent over education

    It seems that many of our leaders in Roane County are taking it for granted that our overall goal in Roane County should be “growth” in the number of residents and jobs.
    As far as I can tell, hardly any of them seem to extend this “growth” goal to specify what kind of growth they are for.
    Consequently, they tend to be focusing on new tax forgiveness incentives and other ways to attract all kinds of businesses, with hardly any discussion of the desired quality of the desired growth in residents and jobs.

  • Haslam order a slap in the face of Tennesseans

    After the inaugural celebration for Gov. Bill Haslam this weekend, the new governor turned and immediately slapped the face of the public who elected him.
    He signed three executive orders that, according to a news release from his office, were intended to set out his commitment to transparency and openness in state government.
    Some commitmment.
    Included in those orders was language that eliminates the governor and his top aides from having to disclose how much they earn in outside income.

  • A view from Lick Skillet by Gerald Largen

    The history of human communication is replete with divers methods and methodology.

  • Why banning bulls-eye would be wrong

    By KEN PAULSON
    First Amendment Center
    A Pennsylvania congressman is targeting bull’s-eyes.
    In the wake of the attempted assassination of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., and the murder of federal Judge John Roll, Rep. Robert Brady, D-Pa., told The New York Times that he plans legislation that would ban language or symbols that could be perceived as threatening federal officials and members of Congress.

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: Whirling duck fans the flames of cabin fever

    It was the glow that woke me up.
    One glance at the closed curtain, anther at the clock, and I knew what was outside: Snow and plenty of it.
    So around 3:30 a.m. Monday, I sat up in bed, threw back the curtain and watched snow pour like rain from the sky.
    It had already piled up.
    The little whirligig duck across the street at Joe and Lois Longmire’s carried a several-inch load of snow on its back.
    Its little wings spun wildly.

  • IMPRESSIONS by Johnny Teglas

    During my nearly 30 years of marriage, I’ve been blessed to have great in-laws.
    From what some of my friends and acquaintances say, my experience puts me in the minority.
    I’ll happily stay there.
    While my late father-in-law passed on 15 years ago and hasn’t been with us to watch his grandson grow into a fine young man, my mother-in-law is still very much a part of our lives.
    On Saturday night, after a wonderful home-cooked meal at her house, we finally had “Christmas.”