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Today's Opinions

  • 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

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    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.”

  • Top official lost his wallet; is glad for locals’ honesty

    It is truly a blessing to live in a small town and community.

    I want to say thank you to an unidentified lady who found and turned in my wallet to staff at the Kingston Food City.

    On Sunday, after a long day traveling, my wallet either fell out of my car or I left it outside the Food City while retrieving a newspaper.

    On the way home, I noticed that my wallet was missing and immediately called Food City. The staff said a lady who knew me turned in the wallet and they placed it in their safe.

  • Based on quote, Beets misinformed on role of mayor

    In Friday’s (Oct. 10) edition of the Roane County News, the article titled “Kingston’s Choice: Beets or Neal for Mayor?” talks about the experience of each candidate. The article was about a half page in length, giving each candidate equal space to discuss their history and qualifications for the position.

  • Neighbor: Big cat santuary too dangerous

    This letter is based on information and statements from a Tiger Haven fundraising letter sent throughout the country by Mary Lynn Haven.

    Below are direct quotes from this letter. In the Tiger Haven letter an incident is described that occurred at Tiger Haven. The incident is the reason for the fundraising campaign.

    From the letter:

  • GUEST OPINION: College — where religious freedom goes to die

    In the Orwellian world of many college and university campuses, all faiths are welcome — but some faiths are more welcome than others.

    Just this month, for example, California State University “derecognized” InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, an evangelical student organization with more than 900 chapters at colleges and universities across the country.