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Today's Opinions

  • Band uniforms may have been a better spending option

    I noticed where the Rockwood Band Boosters are starting a drive to raise money for band uniforms.
    I promise to help all I can.  
    The schools furnish football uniforms and basketball uniforms.   
    I know they can’t afford band uniforms for every school.  But the money  they spent last year ($650,000) for telephones and so-called new technology wasn’t wisely spent.  
    The $650,000 could have been more wisely spent — possibly on band uniforms.  

  • 'Dub' sets good example for officials, us

    After decades serving the public as a county commissioner, James “Dub” Harmon is no longer an elected official.
    Instead of tucking tail over his recent election loss, Harmon is, instead, stepping up.
    “That stage of my life is probably through,” the 83-year-old said recently in a Roane County News interview about his failure to get re-elected. “But there are many things for Roane County I can work for.”
    Harmon has not been afraid to champion what, to some, have been unpopular causes.

  • Cherokee Middle kids need room to practice, play

    I, as a parent, am utterly appalled by the view I am looking at.
    It is the start of another wonderful football season with again no place for our football teams to practice.
    We have four football and cheerleading teams (totaling 150 children) crammed into the outfield of Cherokee Middle School’s baseball field.
    It is an absolute shame and disgrace to this town, not to mention future generations of athletes, that our leaders are unable to provide a safe environment for our children to play any sport they desire.

  • Largen needs to see hypocrisy on his side of aisle

    I would like to respond to the Gerald Largen’s July 30 column entitled, “Do Republicans really want to end deficit?”
    I agree with him on absolutely nothing but do enjoy reading his columns to hear what the far left is thinking.
    In his July 30 column, Largen takes to task the Republicans in Congress who are in favor of extending the Bush tax cuts, claiming they are hypocrites and not truly committed to deficit reduction. What he doesn’t understand is a tax increase at this time is the absolute worst thing that could happen.

  • Acts of heroism, big and small, lift the community

    Any newspaper that is doing its job has plenty of bad news in it.
    That is part of its role — to shed light on problems in hopes solutions will be sought.
    However, in amongst those problems are usually plenty of glimmers — and sometimes, shining beacons — of hope and caring. There are acts of heroism large and small.
    We’d like to take stock of a few of those acts in recent Roane County News editions.
    Take, for instance, the accident involving a van ramming through a busy Kingston hair salon Tuesday.

  • IMPRESSIONS: Technology – but with a beautiful smile

    Time was I was the son setting the time on my dad’s VCR.

    The worm, as they say, has turned.

    Let’s just say I’ve been humbled more times than I ought to admit in recent months by my techno-savvy kid.

    First, it was the VCR/DVD burner combo Santa brought us.

    At least I could set the clock. But that was about it.

    After re-reading the instructions for something like the millionth time, I gave up and asked my son for help.

    In about 10 seconds, he had everything talking to the TV.

  • Paranoia? Or a real affront to reasonable folk?

    I was outraged when I read the guest opinion” printed in Friday’s Roane County News.

    It’s shameful that the editors of our local paper are so determined to insult the sensible citizens of Tennessee and silence those who are asking legitimate questions that they go all the way to the Washington Post to reprint accusations of “Islamophobia!”

  • RCHS has plenty to be thankful for

    We, the Roane County High School Band, RCHS Band Booster Association, and families of the band, would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to Roane County families and friends for helping to make the RCHS band fundraising car wash and cookout of  July 31 a great success.