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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • 'Disgraceful' deception over Pinnacle Pointe

    In the Monday July 26, issue of Roane County News, Cindy Simpson published a compilation of discussions that I have had with the Harriman City Council on economic projects that benefit both Harriman and Roane County.
    In the article, those discussions were linked to Pinnacle Pointe in a way that suggests my agreement with Prestige and their lawyer on their style of development.
    I don’t agree.
    The juxtaposing of good development objectives with the characters in the Pinnacle Pointe saga offended me.

  • New Rockwood traffic lights get thumbs up

    Three cheers for TDOT and the new traffic light system they are installing in Rockwood.
    It gives priority to the traffic on Gateway Avenue.  
    Who knows how much time, gasoline and diesel will be saved.  
    Eight to 12 vehicles no longer have to wait for one vehicle to immediately have access to the main drag from the side streets.  
    Kudos also the the installing contractor who is working with a minimum of interuption of traffic.
    Maybe the same design could be applied to the traffic lights at Tedder and at Walmart.

  • Hearts touch in chance encounter at driving range

    Last week I happened to be at a local golf driving range, just planning on working on my game a little before a business outing.
    I noticed a young lady very quietly, yet intensely, working on her game.
    She was all alone, with just two buckets of balls and her clubs nearby. She seemed to be crying.
    Being a mother, I stopped and began to watch this young lady make her adjustments on her form and whack!
    Ball after ball, I watched her drives go to the 150 to 200 mark on this particular range. I stood in awe.

  • Once we elect them, we have to help them do their jobs

    We’re sure to have some new officials after Election Day, as well as some incumbents.
    We hope these people will stand by their promises of better, more responsive government, but our role as citizens doesn’t end at the ballot box.
    We must put forth the effort to let our officials know what our priorities are before we criticize.
    We must make an effort to keep up with the issues in our community, and it never hurts to attend a government meeting or two, just to get an idea of what goes on.
    Democracy is a two-way street.

  • Scrutiny can make insurance change work

    The state of Tennessee is planning on increasing its scrutiny of health insurance rate hikes.
    It is getting a $1 million U.S. Health and Human Resources grant to aid the effort.
    On the whole, we think this can be money well spent. So do a number of consumer-advocate groups, including the Tennessee Health Care Campaign.
    Until recently, rate-hike proposals on group policies in Tennessee didn’t have to be submitted to a state agency for approval.

  • Let's praise those who are willing to serve

    This is a difficult time of transition for people in public office.
    The elections are over, and those who failed in their bids for re-election are still in office until September.
    It has to be tough.
    But despite the outcome of the elections, we believe these officials should hold their heads up for the work they have done for the community.
    We know each and every one of them have contributed in the community in some way.
    They have attended meetings and attempted to sort out the complex business of running a county in many important ways.