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Today's Opinions

  • Momentum shifting to good things for local economy

    Momentum can be a tricky course to initiate or maintain. Since I have had the opportunity to serve at The Roane Alliance, I have seen firsthand that Roane County has established positive momentum in industrial and commercial business recruitment. 

    In recent years, we have encountered more than our share of obstacles — some of those out of our control and some not.

  • Science supports global warming due to CO2

    A Kingston resident recently expressed an opinion in your paper that essentially denied the existence of global warming.

    It was hard for him to believe that 400 parts per million of carbon dioxide could cause global warming.

    He also cherry-picked a few statements, one from a member of the British government.

    What a joke!

    I read an article today by Paul B. Farrell of MarketWatch that provided evidence as to why climate-science deniers have zero credibility.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Use great care before incurring student debt

     

    Gentle reader, in 17 days we will, Lord willing, achieve another birthday, and complete 79 years of experience of life in these United States. 

    During that span of years we have observed many things, including almost revolutionary changes in so many things. But probably the most basic and most revolutionary changes we have observed have been the increased role of money, and the decreased role of individual independence.

  • OUT to LUNCH: Gloria Jean’s has a flair for great southern cuisine

    In our “Out to Lunch” adventures I’ve discovered restaurant locations change management and names.  

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: GOP-ruled Tennessee, third most corrupt state?

    Last week we pointed out how the Republican Party’s unification behind their apostle of adultery and abortion, Dr. Scott DesJarlais, their candidate for re-election as congressman from the Fourth Congressional District of Tennessee must perforce result in the party itself being henceforth labeled, not the pro-life party of family values, but instead the party of Adultery and Abortion.

  • There’s more to consider for big cat rescue, neighbors

    In the matter of the Tiger Haven big cat rescue in East Roane County, the issue of liability insurance has not been addressed. 

    How many companies in the state of Tennessee, while operating with this much capacity for endangering the lives and well-being of a entire community and surrounding counties, have shown no proof of financial responsibility? 

    What is one human life worth?

  • GUEST OPINION: Many confused on church/state separation

    By CHARLES C. HAYNES

    First Amendment Center

    At a time when Americans are deeply divided over the meaning of “separation of church and state,” a recent ruling from the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals provides a much-needed case study in how the First Amendment’s establishment clause is supposed to work.

  • GLIMPSES: Making the case for investing in Roane schools

    Author’s note: The following three premises are essential to this column. 

    1)  None of us sees the past or present with absolute clarity. 

    2) Each of us has the capacity for glimpses of informed insight that draw from and reflect our personal values.

    3) Cordial, forthright exchange of those insights enhances our mutual well being.