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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • A View from Lick Skillet by Gerald Largen

    The stories telling of the new Republican leadership in the House of Representatives instituting the reading of the Constitution at the beginning of the session was interesting.
    While we approve strongly of the Representatives reading the Constitution, as we think every citizen should read it periodically, in the case of the law-makers, it might raise the calibre of the laws they adopt if, in lieu of the Constitution, they were to read these selfsame laws before voting on them.

  • Another landlord story that came to a bad end

    I was reading the letters to the editor secton and was appalled to learn of the family that was evicted because of their noisy young child.  
    It seems that there are more and more horror stories of landlords.  Ours, too, is one of those.  The week before Christmas, we were informed that our landlord had no intentions of repairing anything in our home.  

  • Thanks to Largen for his brilliant column on tariffs

    I just wanted to let you know that the column you ran Friday on Page 4 by Gerald Largen with the heading — U.S.A. needs a new tariff to solve problems — was brilliant. I copied it and passed it on to my friends and neighbors who gave me the same response.
    I wish there was a way for this article to be run in every press in the USA and a copy givin to all our polititions and a copy laid on President Obama’s desk.
    Please give Mr. Largen our thanks on his fantastic article and tell him to keep ’em coming.
    Joe Van Dyke
    Oak Ridge