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Today's Opinions

  • IMPRESSIONS by Johnny Teglas

    Folks here at the newspaper get called some interesting names other than the ones our parents gave us.
    We accept this as an occupational hazard.
    But a couple of times a year, we don’t mind it so much.
    That’s because we turn into bonafide ding-a-lings.
    Yep, you got it. For those who might enjoy critically pointing out that we don’t have a clue, I say here’s your chance.

  • Reasons for slow growth in Roane County?

    “Obviously, the economy is a reason,” County Commissioner Ron Berry said when he heard about Roane County’s relatively slow population growth rate of 3.1 percent over the past decade.
    If Berry is talking about the overall economic slump, then it would be difficult to explain why Loudon County’s (19.5) population shot up around six times the rate of Roane’s, or Monroe’s (17.6) at more than five times the rate.
    Then there is Meigs (11) and Rhea (9.2), each with a substantially higher growth rates.

  • A view from Lick Skillet by Gerald Largen

    Regular reader, you will recall that in the column entitled “Social Security not to blame for deficit or debt”, published 19 November, we wrote at length on the fact that the Social Security programme does not contribute to the deficit nor to the debt, and explained how the so-called “Unified Budget” caused many to be confused about this fact.

  • Here’s a gift that could be enjoyed by community

    After many years of discussion, planning and hope, the first phase of the Kingston Public Library’s renovation and expansion project is under way.
    Our first step in the $150,000 renovation program is to remodel the Truman D. Anderson Discovery Center and Meeting Room.
    As many of you already know, the library has received a $19,000 grant to place a state-of-the-art computer lab at the library.
    This lab will enable us to offer computer training and other vital programs to our patrons and community.

  • Granddaughter separated from family kept safe

    I would like to thank the ladies who came to the aid of my granddaughter at the Rockwood Christmas Parade.
    You held her in your arms and kept her safe until we found her.
    Again, thank you with all my heart.
    Shelia Steele, on behalf of
    the family of Makayla Green

  • Give Kingston employees bonus from scrap sale

    Things are tight all over.
    With that in mind, we can understand the debate over a recent proposal to sell scrap metal the city of Kingston has accumulated in order to give employees an extra pay boost.
    The idea, proposed by Councilman Kevin McClure, would raise enough to add an extra $98 or so to the approximately $400 bonus each employee will receive. Other than the bonus, the employees are not getting a raise.
    Normally, we might agree with Councilman Brant Williams that the scrap-metal money could be put to better use.

  • IMPRESSIONS: Your gift buying can be present to community

    We’re slipping, sliding and rolling headlong into the holiday season.
    Let’s make sure as many of our friends as possible grab onto a piece of the Yuletide spirit!
    Mother Nature is cooperating.
    Our recent dustings of snow certainly got me in the mood.
    Shoot, one morning I stood quietly in the parking lot well before sunrise and savored the tiny flakes falling from the heavens.

  • Overspending can sabotage benefit of any tax cuts

    Internal Revenue Service records show increases in tax revenues for every year of the Reagan administration.
    More money was collected after the tax cuts, and the rich actually paid more total taxes and a higher percentage of all taxes.
    So why did the deficit increase?
    The simple answer is more money was spent than collected, even with increased revenues.
    Other tax cuts have produced the same results, but overspending can sabotage the benefits of tax cuts.
    Tom Hensley
    Kingston