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Today's Opinions

  • Thanks for unexpected gift at restaurant

    My wife, Eileen, and I went to the Cancun Restaurant Dec. 24 for lunch.

    We selected a table not far from a woman who was finishing her meal.

    When we finished, our payment was refused.

    We were told, “That woman paid your bill.”

    What an unexpected, pleasant gift!  

    It lifted our spirits.  

    Our thanks to her and to all who do such things.

    Eileen and Dave Manzano
    Harriman

  • GUEST OPINION: Kid’s speech on religion gets it right, despite adults

    By CHARLES C. HAYNES
    First Amendment Center
    When children speak the truth, adults often squirm and shut them up.

    That’s apparently what happened to Zachary Golob-Drake last week after he delivered a speech entitled “In the Name of Religion” to his fifth grade class in Tampa, Fla.

    The teacher initially applauded Zachary’s speech, awarding him first prize and an opportunity to compete to represent his school at the regional 4-H Tropicana Public Speech Contest.

    But school officials had second thoughts.

  • Judge offers words of thanks, wisdom

    Beginning last January, after experiencing some pain and fever, I began seeing a urologist, which led to out-patient hospital procedures.

    After testing and continuing confirmation, it was the doctor’s opinion and that of other urologists that I had a kidney performing at 15 percent or less, and that the kidney should be removed.

  • Judge offers words of thanks, wisdom

    Beginning last January, after experiencing some pain and fever, I began seeing a urologist, which led to out-patient hospital procedures.  

    After testing and continuing confirmation, it was the doctor’s opinion and that of other urologists that I had a kidney performing at 15 percent or less, and that the kidney should be removed.  

  • GUEST OPINION: Ho, ho or humbug — let’s celebrate our basic rights

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    First Amendment Center
    ’Tis the season to be jolly and of good will, right?

    Responding to holiday cheer with a well-voiced “Bah” or “Humbug?”

    Well, it’s our right under the First Amendment to speak and write in ways that are naughty or nice.

    Let’s stick with that seasonal theme as we move from the Christmas season into resolutions and forecasts for the New Year, and consider the past year and what’s ahead.

  • ‘Grinchy’ Gillum turns attention to real Christmas

    My Christmas dilemma began decades ago when I decided I didn’t need to have a basement under my new house since — or so I though — it would only give me a place to accumulate a lot of seldom-used material.

    So, the space is “three rows” of block short of a basement height.
    Now that I am older and I have become plagued with the nickname of “Three-row Bill,” I find myself grimly digging through piles of material once thought essential to life to locate Christmas decorations long forgotten.

  • OUR OPINION: It’s time to pare down to one big Christmas parade

    Nearly a decade ago, an economic report showed that Knoxville had fallen behind similar-sized regional cities, such as Chattanooga and Lexington, Ky., in part, because of leaders’ clannishness.

    Instead of working together for the good of the city, leaders then were trying to stake out their own little piece of the pie for their own communities or interests

    That situation has improved, and with it, so have Knoxville’s economy and attractiveness.

    We raise this point because we fear the same is true in Roane County.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Ladds in American: 360 years and counting

    As we are approaching the end of this Year of Our Lord Two Thousand and Thirteen, we would be remiss were we not to remind all of our fellow kinsmen who rightfully claim descent from John Ladd that this year marks the three hundred and sixtieth anniversary of his arrival on the shores of America, in the colony of Virginia, a short time prior to the 7th day of October, 1653.