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Today's Opinions

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: Views from on high — and down under

    When the group I sometimes hike with decided to take on a 10-mile hike at Cumberland Gap National Historic Park, I hesitated.

    Ten miles is a long hike, and the long climb to the White Rocks and Sand Cave also is listed as strenuous.

    I was well aware of this fact.

    I had done this hike several times as a much younger woman when I lived on the edge of the park.

    I also knew the beauty that lay ahead.

    And so, last Saturday, I went with about a dozen other hardy hikers and began the 1,655-foot climb.

  • Impressions: Icky stuff is actually sign of good stuff to come

    SPLAT!
    It was yucky.
    Some sort of great big bug committed suicide on my windshield as I was driving home from a meeting at our newspaper in Campbell County Friday afternoon.
    I won’t go into all the gory details, but what remained of the insect left green, yellow and reddish-purple juices streaming down the glass and onto the hood.
    To be honest, I don’t know how that much liquid a bug can hold, but this one must have been a beaut.
    The darned thing’s remains pretty much turned my stomach.

  • Big-business pigeons have returned to roost

    To all you voters, especially teachers, who thought it was so wonderful to put the Republicans back in control, it looks as though your pigeons have come home to roost.
    They are already in the process of dismantling health-care reform and are going after Social Security and Medicare next.
    All so that companies like United Healthcare and the drug manufacturers can continue to reap their obscene profits and contribute more heavily to the Republican campaign coffers.

  • Writer: It’s about time union thugs are reigned in

    After spending decades at the mercy of teachers’ unions, parents and taxpayers in state after state are finally taking a hard look at what they’ve been getting for their “investment” in education and deciding that it’s time for real change.  
    Not surprisingly, those who benefit from the cozy relationship between the unions and Democratic politicians are furious with the upstart Tea partiers and the new Republican legislators who have the nerve to actually represent their constituents by turning their campaign promises into action.

  • Heavy rains brought out best in local officials

    If you were out during or immediately after the pounding rain that hit Roane County Monday, you likely saw police, fire officials, road crews, rescue squads and other emergency officials hard at work.
    They were clearing drains, cutting fallen trees, helping people from flooded homes, scraping away mud and debris, working vehicular accidents, blocking dangerously flooded roads, opening emergency shelters and, in general, helping the people they serve.
    Many of us at the newspaper witnessed their work firsthand.

  • A view from Lick Skillet by Gerald Largen

    Last week, we wrote about the Tennessee General Assembly’s assault upon the Tennessee Education Association, the teachers’ union.
    This is just one small piece in the giant mosaic of right-wing attacks upon the poor, the underprivileged and the working class.

  • More serious implications of proposal ignored

    By FRANK GIBSON
    I remember my initiation into a college leadership society. Blindfolded and taken into the woods somewhere in Blount County, we were paraded one-by-one in front of student leaders, who would recite some moral maxim, poke us on the chest and ask: “Get the point?”

  • IMPRESSIONS by Johnny Teglas

    Decisions, decisions.We face them with every breath we take.
    Sometimes, they’re no brainers … we breathe in, and we breathe out. The most wonderful wife in the world has to remind her wayward husband to do it every now and again.
    At least that’s what she says when I do something stupid that gets on her nerves. Needless to say, I comply with pretty much everything she says because I know she knows what’s best for me.