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Today's Opinions

  • Taking a minute to speak out

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    First Amendment Center
    What would you say if you got 60 seconds to speak to the world?

    At noon recently, on a hot and muggy day in the heart of Washington, D.C., the world heard everything from birthday wishes to a call to national action in education and housing to a reminder that developed nations need to pay attention to violence and poverty in small African nations.

  • American foreign policy causes reader concern

    The weather has been so pleasant and the lake views so enchanting as to nearly make one forget the significant news of the day. I’m referring to the heavy weaponry being readied to go to Ukraine to bolster that country’s defenses against Putin’s continuing aggression. It appears Putin is set on re-establishing the USSR.

  • GUEST OPINION: Enjoy TN state parks on Trails Day

    By KEN YAGER
    State Senator, 12th District
    School is out and summer is in.  

    There is nowhere better to enjoy summer activities than Tennessee’s beautiful state parks.  

    A state park is within an hour’s drive of just about anywhere in Tennessee.  

  • GLIMPSES by Mark Banker

    Author’s note: The following three premises are essential to this column:
    1) None of us see 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; and 3) Cordial, forthright exchange of those insights enhances our mutual well being.

  • Kingston firefighters went above and beyond

    The smoke detector in the upstairs hallway of our building began chirping 24 hours,  night and day.

    An upstairs resident notified the landlord, but no one ever came to fix it.

    It was time for justice and truth to be carried out in Roane County, and it was — by the Kingston Fire Department. They were quick to arrive when called on April 24, and it turned out it wasn’t a bad battery but a faulty unit, which firefighters replaced in less than 30 minutes. I personally witnessed the character of these fine men of honor.

  • Harriman Lions Club ‘eats-for-eyes’ event had backing

    Once again, the Harriman Lions Club had a successful pancake breakfast at Roane Street Grill. We served approximately 250 people on May 23.

    This is our annual major fundraiser for the programs which we sponsor and support. Following our primary goal of sight preservation, we provide photo eye screening each year for over 400 Roane County children. We pay for eye examinations and/or glasses for 25-35 people yearly. We also contribute to local charities as the need arises.

  • GUEST OPINION: A look at the news with freedom’s eye

    By GENE POLICINSKI

    First Amendment Center

    The public furor and the televised flames that reached from Ferguson to Baltimore over the last 10 months have faded — for now — from the headlines.

    For some, though, consideration of what happened and how the news of those events was reported remains very much in mind — an aspect of First Amendment freedoms we don’t often consider.

  • Gillum amused by Texas residents’ fears of takeover

    Texans are at it again!

    Has anyone noticed that many Texas residents are becoming extremely concerned, even paranoid, that President Obama allegedly is planning to use the Army’s Special Ops training exercise code named Jade Helm 15 to “take over the state” and impose martial law?

    They think the U.S. Army will infiltrate their population and execute a takeover.

    Even the governor and lieutenant governor have indicated they have the same thoughts.

    What is it about the water in Texas that poisons residents’ minds?