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Today's Opinions

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: Tim Russert and I thank you ...

    This summer, for the first time in about 20 years, I had a kitten in the house again.

    It was an unplanned acquisition — the little guy was rescued with his siblings after someone dumped them.

    The one I took was physically the most unusual of the bunch. He is polydactyl — with seven toes on each front foot. I confess that it was this strange trait that convinced me to take him, because I was not in the market for an additional pet.

  • Phew! There’s so much to do around here

    Time was my son would breeze through his weekend high school homework and then complain.
    You know the drill … “There’s nothing to do around here. I’m bored!”
    We assured him life would change when he headed off to the Big University.
    And so it has.
    Nowadays, he doesn’t exactly breeze through the weekend assignments.
    Rather, he schedules and hosts study groups around his responsibilities with the football team.

  • School test scores reveal a trend of deceit

    Quite some time ago, on Sept. 21, Tennessean parents and students received the latest TCAP test results.
    Many of our state’s media published local reactions ranging from frustration to outright anger about the often severe drops in the reported student-achievement results.
    So why haven’t Roane County’s citizens heard or read anything about the reactions from our students, parents, teachers and school administrators?

  • Whoops! Man’s property value dropped after all

    In a previous letter, I attempted to alert the public about the possible results of an audit before our Tax Equalization Board.
    Due to the difference in the arrival of the notice of an increase of appraisal, a lag in the printing of my letter, and my learning the total effect of the Board’s decision, a person reading that letter is left with a false impression of the facts.
    As a result, I’m now left with some “crow to eat.”

  • Officials in Rockwood need to step it up

    We are deeply disappointed with some Rockwood officials in their handling of water department issues.
    Weeks after the Roane County News wrote about the existence of a letter from a state official telling the city it has been illegally mingling funds between the water and gas utilities, many of these officials have been burying their heads in the sand.
    We don’t have that letter, some city officals said. Then some of them, including utility director Rod King, seemed to want to continue to ignore its existence.

  • A View From Lick Skillet by Gerald Largen

    In just a few days early voting will commence (13 Oct. to 28 Oct.) and you, gentle reader will be confronted by a choice of whom you will vote for to be governor of our beloved state for the next four years, and who will represent you the next two years in both the state House of Representatives and the national House of Representatives.

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: Life has disappointments, even in good times

    It was my father’s big day, his retirement from a long, successful career with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the whole family was there for it.

    The whole family except for me.

    I was working for The Associated Press in Chicago at the time, and Dad’s retirement gala happened to coincide with a critical election in the Windy City. The AP news staff was told that under no circumstances were we to request time off that day, and so I dared not.

  • IMPRESSIONS: Groan ... sometimes Teglas humor tough to bear

    I’m no big game hunter.

    Friends will tell you the most shooting I’ve ever done is with a camera.

    I can honestly lay claim to fame for getting a big deer.

    I got my one and only six-pointer on Memorial Day weekend in 2005.

    As not to embellish (and to keep myself out of a TWRA inquisition on why I was hunting out of season), I will come clean and remind you that the buck picked me out and chose to commit suicide on the front end of my old green Jeep Cherokee.