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Today's Opinions

  • Let’s not get complacent over education

    It seems that many of our leaders in Roane County are taking it for granted that our overall goal in Roane County should be “growth” in the number of residents and jobs.
    As far as I can tell, hardly any of them seem to extend this “growth” goal to specify what kind of growth they are for.
    Consequently, they tend to be focusing on new tax forgiveness incentives and other ways to attract all kinds of businesses, with hardly any discussion of the desired quality of the desired growth in residents and jobs.

  • Haslam order a slap in the face of Tennesseans

    After the inaugural celebration for Gov. Bill Haslam this weekend, the new governor turned and immediately slapped the face of the public who elected him.
    He signed three executive orders that, according to a news release from his office, were intended to set out his commitment to transparency and openness in state government.
    Some commitmment.
    Included in those orders was language that eliminates the governor and his top aides from having to disclose how much they earn in outside income.

  • A view from Lick Skillet by Gerald Largen

    The history of human communication is replete with divers methods and methodology.

  • Why banning bulls-eye would be wrong

    By KEN PAULSON
    First Amendment Center
    A Pennsylvania congressman is targeting bull’s-eyes.
    In the wake of the attempted assassination of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., and the murder of federal Judge John Roll, Rep. Robert Brady, D-Pa., told The New York Times that he plans legislation that would ban language or symbols that could be perceived as threatening federal officials and members of Congress.

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: Whirling duck fans the flames of cabin fever

    It was the glow that woke me up.
    One glance at the closed curtain, anther at the clock, and I knew what was outside: Snow and plenty of it.
    So around 3:30 a.m. Monday, I sat up in bed, threw back the curtain and watched snow pour like rain from the sky.
    It had already piled up.
    The little whirligig duck across the street at Joe and Lois Longmire’s carried a several-inch load of snow on its back.
    Its little wings spun wildly.

  • IMPRESSIONS by Johnny Teglas

    During my nearly 30 years of marriage, I’ve been blessed to have great in-laws.
    From what some of my friends and acquaintances say, my experience puts me in the minority.
    I’ll happily stay there.
    While my late father-in-law passed on 15 years ago and hasn’t been with us to watch his grandson grow into a fine young man, my mother-in-law is still very much a part of our lives.
    On Saturday night, after a wonderful home-cooked meal at her house, we finally had “Christmas.”

  • Gift exemplifies the kind of man Largen really is

    I read the article in the Roane County News on Dec. 28 concerning the remarkable multi-million dollar gift of 110 acres of prime, lakefront property that was given by Gerald Largen not only to Roane County but to anyone who may ever visit there. 
    I certainly wasn’t surprised by his generosity.
    I have known Mr. Largen for many years and have often been amazed at his knowledge and ability. 
    I had the awesome opportunity to work with him and Boots Cook for several months one time in my life at a much younger age.

  • Barf bag needed if this ever makes the big screen

    Move over Muse Watson — make room for Rocky and Leon Houston!
    The brothers’ recent TV appearance on WBIR-TV News, The News Sentinel and on the recent front page of Roane County News is truly inspired acting.
    So much so that the media seems to have been duped into assisting them in what seems to be their plans to use the media again as they have done many times in the past to garner public support and harass authorities.