Today's Opinions

  • Roane County hits admirable goal in literacy effort

    Thank you, Roane County, for demonstrating that you value early childhood literacy.  

    We now have 80 percent of Roane’s children, from birth to age 5, enrolled in Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.  This has been the  “stretch goal” since the Roane County affiliate was founded 10 years ago. 

  • State trooper’s effort appreciated by stranded couple

    My husband and I would like to express our great appreciation for a certain state trooper who came to our rescue recently on Interstate 40 in Knoxville. 

    We had a flat tire and were waiting for our road service to come when he stopped to check on us. 

    About that time we found out there had been a mix-up, and the service call had been mistakenly canceled. 

  • GUEST OPINION: Ebola reporting and the media — the bottom line


    First Amendment Center

    So how scared should we be about the worldwide Ebola virus crisis?

    For nearly all of us, the answer to that question will come through what we see, hear and read in the news media and in the U.S. that places a unique burden on those free to print, broadcast or post stories as they wish about efforts to control the spread of the virus.

  • GUEST OPINION: We should view political corruption more broadly

    Center on Congress
    A hefty majority of Americans believe that government is run on behalf of a few big interests.

    A focus on private concerns can lead to neglect of the common good.

  • Be wise and watch over your business taxes carefully

    If you are among people paying personal property taxes on your business operations, you would be well advised to review that assessment annually.

    Otherwise, you may end up in a situation similar to what I recently had to endure.

    The situation I’m referring to resulted in my having to pay nearly $2,400 to satisfy what should have been no more than a $120 tax debt.

    I have three such accounts, but the one in question, much in part due to my own neglect and mismanagement, fell through the cracks, and deteriorated from there.

  • Doesn’t agree that ash spill not a health danger

    I would like to be complimentary about the TVA inspector general’s report on the recovery from the coal ash disaster, but I am still concerned about the impact of the coal ash spill on human health.

    It is not correct to say that no one was killed as a result of the coal ash spill.
    A worker died during the cleanup, and another has a broken back.

    With all due respect, it is misleading to imply that the information presented to date is a thorough consideration of the impact of the coal fly ash spill on the health and well-being of people who live(d) in the area.

  • Important to keep judicial selections nonpartisan, stable

    If Amendment 2 is not passed, Tennessee will have no system for selecting judges.

    The previous merit-based Tennessee plan process for selecting and evaluating appellate judges and justices was not renewed by the legislature during its 108th General Assembly, with final sunset effective June 30, 2013.

    Current judicial selection is occurring under Gov. Bill Haslam’s Executive Order of Oct. 17, 2013; it will expire Nov. 5. No system will be in place after Nov. 5.

  • GUEST OPINION: Students fight censorship of history by schools

    First Amendment Center
    Dozens of Colorado high school students decided recently to demand a complete education about American history — and they had to walk out of class to make their point.

    According to reports in The Denver Post and the Los Angeles Times, students at nine high schools in Denver suburbs have left classes at times “to protest what they see as the school board’s attempt to censor advanced history curriculum.”