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Today's Opinions

  • Throw up your hands (or just throw up?)

    The water department mess in Rockwood has gotten messier — and just when we thought the city council there had turned the corner.
    Here’s a quick summary:
    After some members of the city council focused attention on municipal utility director Rod King, he filed suit against some of those same people, accusing them of meeting illegally to discuss his fate.
    Last week, the council approved a $75,000 settlement with King, contingent on his resignation. In between, there has been much finger pointing, teeth gnashing and even plenty of back biting.

  • A View from Lick Skillet by Gerald Largen

    Last week we told you of the infamous Citizens United Supreme Court opinion which upheld the theory that spending money is the equivalent of speech, and that corporations have the same rights as real live human beings insofar as the First Amendment is concerned.
    We demonstrated that both concepts are foolish and without foundation in history, language, or law.
    We concluded with the promise to conclude on this topic this week, so there follows part two of our consideration of this matter:

  • Hit-and-run killed man, changed family forever

    On June 30, my husband was involved in a hit-and-run accident on Hwy. 61. Twenty-six days later, he passed away.
    My husband was driving a Metro; the other vehicle was a blue, unloaded logging truck.
    After crossing over the center line and hitting my husband’s car, the driver never stopped or went back to see the damage that was done.

  • Hit-and-run killed man, changed family forever

    On June 30, my husband was involved in a hit-and-run accident on Hwy. 61. Twenty-six days later, he passed away.
    My husband was driving a Metro; the other vehicle was a blue, unloaded logging truck.
    After crossing over the center line and hitting my husband’s car, the driver never stopped or went back to see the damage that was done.

  • ‘Sunflower’ still blooms in hearts of one couple

    Charles Miller was a sunflower, an angel on this earth.
    Doug and I visit two nursing homes each Monday. One is Renaissance Terrace in Harriman, and the other is The Bridge at Rockwood.
    I met Charles Miller in Renaissance Terrace about two years ago.
    I met a man with cerebral palsy and other major health problems. He was a joy to meet!
    He always smiled whenever I came into his room. Because of his disability, at first I couldn’t always understand him, but later I could hear what he was saying.

  • YOU are a winner if you went to the polls and voted

    Did you vote?
    Kudos if you did.
    Whether your candidates were successful or every one of them was beat, you deserve credit for participating in the Democratic process.
    A democracy will quickly unravel if its citizens give  up their freedoms — and their obligations to participate in the selection of their government.
    Voters are the biggest freedom fighters of all.
     

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: I realized something on the long drive home

    Last weekend, I traveled to Bowling Green, Ky., to receive the Herald Award for Outstanding Contributions in Journalism.

    For me, it was a big day.

    I had not been back to the campus of Western Kentucky University, which now simply goes by WKU, in decades.

    My head and heart were aswirl with memories and emotions. I was remembering the people I had known there; my mistakes and my successes.

  • IMPRESSIONS: Familiarity in bumper-to-bumper madness

    Poking along in post-game traffic following a Bowl Championship Series (BCS … a.k.a. the “big boys”) college football game between two major universities can be monotonous.
    Anyone who’s traveled half an hour or so up the road to catch the Vols at Neyland Stadium knows exactly what I mean. Half an hour can easily turn into several in next to no time; especially afterward.
    You don’t ever need to get in a hurry. And, um, you’d better make sure you “go” before you get going.