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Today's Opinions

  • 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

  • And thanks for Imagination Library help

    I wish to thank the good folks and businesses of Roane Co for their support to Roane Imagination Library during the last year.  

  • Communities continue to rely on newspapers

    MANCHESTER TIMES
    Founding father Thomas Jefferson said in 1787, “Were it left to me to decide whether we should have government without newspapers, or newspapers without government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.”
    In small towns across America, Mr. Jefferson’s words seem to ring true today. A study recently released by the National Newspaper Association shows that communities served by local newspapers continue to demonstrate heavy reliance upon their local papers for news and information.

  • 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.