Today's Opinions

  • Guest opinion: New York protects gay equality and religious freedom

    By Charles C. Haynes, First Amendment Center
    Winners and losers in the battle over gay marriage in New York can agree on at least one thing: Without robust protections for religious groups, the law legalizing same-sex marriages would not have passed.

    Eleventh-hour negotiations between Republican senators and supporters of the bill led to the insertion of strong language ensuring that churches and other religious organizations could not be sued or penalized for refusing to accommodate gay marriages.

  • A view from Lick Skillet by Gerald Largen: Vanderbilt poll produces surprising data

    We wonder why the preachers of the ilk of Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell, et al., who have always been so vociferous in assigning great disasters, such as floods, earthquakes, tornados and hurricanes, to God’s wrath as punishment for man’s shortcomings of a Liberal nature, but remain totally silent when such disasters have befallen areas dominated by those of a Conservative nature.

  • Jail: Icy cold, food is bad and portions miniscule

    I am an inmate in the Roane County Jail. I’m writing this letter to let the public know how inhumane it is, and how we’re being treated in here.
    The food portions have gotten smaller. For breakfast we get a small scoop of grits or oatmeal, half an apple or half a banana, and a piece of bread they left out the night before that they call toast.
    The grits and oatmeal have no flavor. No sugar.
    Lunch is a thin sandwich five days a week with water or Kool-Aid, which is only colored water.
    Dinner is OK for the most part.

  • Body-bag shot of drowning victim was in poor taste

    As a reader of the Roane County News, I am generally satisfied with the paper and the stories it publishes.
    However, I was highly disappointed in the news story and photographs in the Wednesday, June 22, edition concerning the drowning of Cesar Uribe.
    He was a friend and co-worker of mine, and I was highly disappointed in the choice to publish a photograph of the body bag holding his body.

  • Kingston’s the place to be on Fourth of July

    This is the time of year when Kingston really shines.
    The preparation for the Fourth of July has been going on all year, but the week before is a blur of activity.
    Crews are out trimming along the lakefront, the American flags have been posted on the main streets. Set up for the thousands and thousands of people who come in for a great, small-town fireworks show — and more — is under way.
    It’s great that Roane County has such an option.

  • IMPRESSIONS by Johnny Teglas: Take your RCN on vacation, get picture in paper

    Are you ready for some summer?
    Like most folks, my bet is you’re already pondering just exactly how hot it’s going to get in August.
    That’s because we’ve had an extremely warm May and June — and July’s just around the corner.
    My guess is the days and weeks to come won’t exactly be lazy. Especially this weekend, because Independence Day is here.

    I always enjoy the holiday … especially when it coincides with a long weekend.

  • Kingston city manager a good example for all

    The headline of your recent editorial, “A Good City Manager Well Worth the Money” spurred me to express my gratitude and commendations to Kingston’s City Manager Jim Pinkerton and his staff.
    Without doubt Kingston is the best-run city in Roane County, and I attribute this to the staff, department heads and employees who serve under Jim’s steady leadership.
    When first elected to city council, a few people bent my ear about Jim —  that he needed to go.

  • WBUD ‘policy’ ridiculous and wrong, man says

    I am a resident of Roane County and a Watts Bar Utility District customer.
    Recently, I encountered problems with a WBUD policy.
    Being a senior citizen, I sometimes have a problem understanding how the concept of right and wrong is so hard for some people to get.
    Back in the day, when one party damaged another party’s property, the party causing the damage was expected to make restitution.
    Evidently that has changed.