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Today's Opinions

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: Good things, indeed, can come from bad

    I’m a firm believer in acknowledging our problems. I believe ignoring things only allows them to fester or blow up.

    The good news is, serious concerns, when addressed, can turn into something really positive.

    Case in point: the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

    Did you know that those soaring mountains we all hold dear were on the verge of ruin through logging and poor farm management?

    In the 1920s, people started reacting to the threat, and against the odds, the national park was born.

  • Employment figure impact depends on perspective

    Perceptive reader, you know that perspective is vitally important in matters of art.

    It was the discovery of perspective and the means of rendering it in two-dimensional art that made early Renaissance painting in Italy so outstanding.

    Well, perspective is also important in many other things than painting and photography; to demonstrate, consider how large our planet earth is to us who live upon it, but consider how relatively small it appears from the space station, and how smaller yet it appears from the surface of the moon.

  • Writer supports Rose, emergency staff

    I would like to offer my support for the Roane County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, its leadership as well as its functions.  

    As a retired Air Force colonel who spent 30 years of active duty in the occupational safety and health and environmental protection field, and as a nationally certified industrial hygienist, I feel I can speak on this subject with some expertise.  

  • Writer supports Rose, emergency staff

    I would like to offer my support for the Roane County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, its leadership as well as its functions.  

    As a retired Air Force colonel who spent 30 years of active duty in the occupational safety and health and environmental protection field, and as a nationally certified industrial hygienist, I feel I can speak on this subject with some expertise.  

  • Wait before you knock Ron Woody

    This is in reference to John Andriulli’s letter regarding Ron Woody being a “bonehead.”

    When salary cuts are made, they are made for a reason.

    My sister fainted in Cracker Barrel recently, and three emergency vehicles came to her rescue: an ambulance, EMTs and a firetruck (where’s the fire?). She was on her feet when they arrived and refused their services.

  • How much do you really know about the Constitution?

    It’s Constitution Week.

    As much as this foundation for our nation’s freedom and way of life has been bandied about lately, we are shocked by how little many people really know about its history and its actual content.

    “We the people...” are words that define our government — our belief system — and our unique set of freedoms.

    These words have guided this country  through hard times and civil strife.

  • IMPRESSIONS: A country boy can survive – even in D.C.

    “George and Gwen Kellerman live in the small, quiet town of Twin Oaks, Ohio, with their two young children and pet dog. George has a strong sense of what is right and wrong, especially as it applies to himself and Gwen, but he still looks to her for validation.”

    Sound like something out of our lives right here in Roane County?

    Good people grounded in what really matters … family.

  • New direction could be a plus for Swan Pond

    There has been much community discussion and quarterbacking regarding the $43 million provided to Roane County by TVA.  

    The amount of the funds offered will be likely remembered as a controversial issue in that these funds may be considered too low of a price tag or, perhaps, even too high, simply depending on one’s perspective.

    At this point, the amount funded to the school system is appreciated as our schools certainly needed improvement.