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Today's Opinions

  • GUEST OPINION:What a free press meant when JFK assassinated

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    Inside the First Amendment
    The commemoration on Nov. 22 of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy is also a reminder — a stark and somber one, to be sure — of journalism as some call it: “The first draft of history.”

    From the time that three shots were fired in Dallas at the presidential motorcade on Nov. 22, 1963, that “first draft” of reporting about the tragedy reached Americans in a manner unique in history.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Dr. Rywell’s Tenn. apple stack cake re-visited

    Gentle reader, there comes a time when repeating oneself is no longer repetition but a tradition.

    Thus it is with our annual holiday column about our beloved Tennessee Apple Stack Cake, also known in this area as “Fruit Cake.” As we have said many times before, what is being offered in some grocery stores as apple stack cake is not our Tennessee Apple Stack Cake.

  • Looseleaf laureate: On idealism, cynicism and conspiracy theories

    It has taken decades to realize how much a series of bullets — fired half a century ago by a lone gunman, or maybe not — has impacted the life of one preschooler.

    I was a 5-year-old in hand-me-down dungarees. The knees, judging by most of the pictures from the era, were worn bare.

    I don’t remember ever seeing my mother cry before that day; perhaps that’s why my memory of  President John F. Kennedy’s murder is so vivid.

  • New initiative helps state conservation

    By GINA HANCOCK
    The Nature Conservancy
    Last week, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell gave an important speech about her vision and priorities for the Department of the Interior.

    In it, she mentioned a key item for conservation in our nation and in Tennessee going forward.

    She announced a secretarial order that will help balance economic development with the protection of natural resources.

  • GUEST OPINION: Anti-semitism rears ugly head, poisons society

    By CHARLES C. HAYNES
    Inside the First Amendment
    Americans have long needed a wake-up call about pernicious anti-Semitism that still poisons our society — and last week we got one.

    On the eve of the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht — the violent anti-Jewish pogroms that took place in Germany on November 9 and 10, 1938 — The New York Times published a chilling account of pervasive anti-Semitism in Pine Bush Central School District, located in a rural area 90 miles north of New York City.

  • Harriman Happenings

    Marvin and Anna Anderson of Knoxville observed their 49th wedding anniversary on Nov. 16.

    They were married in Harriman at St. Mary’s Baptist Church among family and friends.

    The couple have three sons, 12 grandchildren and one great-grandson.

    Both retired from X-10 Plant in Oak Ridge. They are faithful members of New Covenant Baptist Church in Knoxville.

    They are former residents of Harriman.

    May they continue to be blessed by the Lord.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Why hasn’t sheriff answered jail questions?

    Gentle Reader, as you will recall, in last month’s column for Friday, the 25th, we raised the issue of the supposed over-population problem in the new jail.

    In that column we posed certain questions, the answers to which we think it is critical that everyone, (especially the people who are going to have to foot the bill for any “corrective measures” that might be proposed, i.e. the Roane County taxpayers,) should have answered.

    These are the general questions we posed:

  • Cold medicine law punishes good people

    The prescription requirement for medicine containing pseudoephedrine is not based in fact.

    Police estimate that near 95 percent of meth comes from Mexico via Atlanta. How would a prescription mandate keep Mexican meth out of Tennessee?

    If people are still able to obtain prescription painkillers to abuse, how can we expect a prescription to keep pseudoephedrine from meth cooks?